Skip to comments.WTC bombing World Trade Center (Feb. 26, 1993) 20 years ago tomorrow.
Posted on 02/25/2013 7:34:29 AM PST by fishtank
Twenty years ago tomorrow......
WTC bombing 1993 - the first one
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Part 2 of our history series commemorating the FBIs 100th anniversary in 2008.
Fifteen years ago this week, at about 17 minutes past noon, a thunderous explosion rocked lower Manhattan.
The epicenter was the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center, where a massive eruption carved out a nearly 100-foot crater several stories deep and several more high. Six people were killed almost instantly. Smoke and flames began filling the wound and streaming upward into the building. Those who werent trapped were soon pouring out of the buildingmany panic-stricken and covered in soot. More than a thousand people were hurt in some way, some badly, with crushed limbs.
It was Friday, February 26, 1993, and Middle Eastern terrorism had arrived on American soilwith a bang.
As a small band of terrorists scurried away from the scene unnoticed, the FBI and its partners on the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force began staffing up a command center and preparing to send in a team to investigate. Their instincts told them that this was terrorismtheyd been tracking Islamic fundamentalists in the city for months and, theyd later learn, were tantalizingly close to encountering the planners of this attack. But hunches werent enough; what was needed was definitive proof.
Theyd have it soon enough. The massive investigation that followedled by the task force, with some 700 FBI agents worldwide ultimately joining inquickly uncovered a key bit of evidence. In the rubble investigators uncovered a vehicle identification number on a piece of wreckage that seemed suspiciously obliterated. A search of our crime records returned a match: the number belonged to a rented van reported stolen the day before the attack. An Islamic fundamentalist named Mohammad Salameh had rented the vehicle, we learned, and on March 4, an FBI SWAT team arrested him as he tried in vain to get his $400 deposit back.
One clue led to another and we soon had in custody three more suspectsNidal Ayyad, Mahmoud Abouhalima, and Ahmed Ajaj. Wed also found the apartment where the bomb was built and a storage locker containing dangerous chemicals, including enough cyanide gas to wipe out a town. All four men were tried, convicted, and sentenced to life.
The shockwave from the attack continued to reverberate. Following the unfolding connections, the task force soon uncovered a second terrorist plot to bomb a series of New York landmarks simultaneously, including the U.N. building, the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, and the federal plaza where our office in New York is housed. On June 24, 1994, FBI agents stormed a warehouse in Queens and caught several members of a terrorist cell in the act of assembling bombs.
Meanwhile, the mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing was still on the runand up to no good. Wed learned his nameRamzi Yousefwithin weeks after the attack and discovered he was planning more attacks, including the simultaneous bombing of a dozen U.S. international flights. Yousef was captured in Pakistan in February 1995, returned to America, and convicted along with the van driver, Eyad Ismoil. A seventh plotter, Abdul Yasin, remains at large.
We later learned from Yousef that his Trade Center plot was far more sinister. He wanted the bomb to topple one tower, with the collapsing debris knocking down the second. The attack turned out to be something of a deadly dress rehearsal for 9/11; with the help of Yousefs uncle Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al Qaeda would later return to realize Yousefs nightmarish vision.
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And from this we could have arrested Bin Laden, when Somalia was offered him to us. But no, Bill Clinton would not allow this.
And we didn’t learn a damm thing.
Wow. 20 years???? Time flies
The reason 911 hasn’t been repeated is that New York - the media in particular - IS DOING A BETTER JOB OF DESTROYING THE UNITED STATES than all the terrorists combined could ever hope to.
New York commies never learn anything. Their contempt for the entire world, especially non-New Yorkers, is complete.
They are total parasites, and live on bailouts.
They have accomplished what Hitler, Stalin and Mao only imagined...
Or to put it another way:
Why does the enemy need another 9-11 in NYC
when there is CSCOPE in Texas ????
Wow! I didn’t know that. Teachers are commies wherever they are, I guess.
I found this:
After complaints about its secret nature (including criminal penalties for releasing its content), and Social studies lessons (calling the Boston Tea Party terrorism  ) Texas has announced significant changes in CSCOPE including:
-Making all meetings of Governing Board public with all the respective notice requirements being met.
-A joint review process of all CSCOPE lessons beginning with Social Studies.
-Removing civil or criminal penalties associated with the release of CSCOPE content.
-Allowing teachers to post any and all CSCOPE lessons that they deem necessary.
-Creating a standing curriculum review panel, comprised of: parents, teachers, school administrators
Start watching from 3:35 and remember, always trust the official story you get from the “news”. :)
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