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Sandinistas linked to WTC Bombing
Posted on 11/29/2001 10:27:17 AM PST by callisto
State Department kept quiet about connection before Nicaragua vote
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Had Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega won his bid for the Nicaraguan presidency this month, the U.S. was prepared for to charge his government with aiding and abetting global terrorism.
Before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, Bush administration officials had publicly expressed their concerns that a victory by Ortega's Sandinista National Liberation Front could mean a return to the era in which Sandinistas flouted democratic principles and basic human rights, seized property without compensation and destroyed the economy.
U.S. State Department sources now say that in an Oct. 4 meeting with Nicaragua's foreign minister, Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed the fact that five Nicaraguan passports were found in the apartments of a suspected terrorist linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York. On Oct. 5, a speech by a State Department official participating in a conference at the University of Pittsburgh, singled out three FSLN leaders Tomás Borge, Lenin Cerna and Alvaro Baltonado for harboring violent extremists from the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. However, at that time he did not offer any proof of the involvement.
State Department officials say they were concerned about the Sandinistas' ties to states that sponsor terrorism, such as Libya and Iraq, and international terrorist organizations such as the Colombian leftist guerrilla FARC and the Basque separatist group ETA. They say these ties have been maintained and, if elected, the FSLN would need to drop them or risk being added to a terrorist list that now includes only one country in the Americas, Cuba.
Countries on the list are considered states that sponsor terrorism and face sanctions and isolation.
"They are basically saying that if the Sandinistas got to power ... the U.S. government would have submitted them to a long trial period that would have frozen relations," said a high Nicaraguan official.
"Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists," said Bush in his address to Congress in September. A Nicaragua with Ortega in power would have been the first country in Latin America to face this new anti-terrorism litmus test, the basis for the so-called Bush doctrine.
TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
posted on 11/29/2001 10:27:17 AM PST
Where 'oh where is the Barf Alert . . . this is a lot of cr*p.
FReeregards . . .
posted on 11/29/2001 10:37:11 AM PST
If Bill Gertz is actually involved in this report, then it is fact. Assuming that is true, time to start going through the archives and pulling out all the old Leahy, Kennedy, Dodd quotes about their lovefest with the Sandinistas. Educating the public to this connection and reminding how closely tied the Dems were to the Sandi's would go a long way to reversing some of the public myths about Central America, Reagan, and the political dynamics of the time. If this connection can be made in the public minds it becomes, like 9/11, another body blow to the Dems, another small rewrite of perceptive history from myth to actuality.
Borge has been a known terrorist and supporter of terrorists for years; albeit marxist terrorists or others, their networks often have links & sympathies for each other, plus they tend to supply one another with certain services, whether it's shipping weapons or (as portrayed here) forged passports. This would be in line with other reports that OBL & AlQaeda have been moving nuclear waste into the US via Columbia & Latin America.
posted on 11/29/2001 10:48:49 AM PST
by Steven W.
To: Diddle E. Squat
I think Gertz's column simply appears in the same newsletter.
Don't bother digging up the quotes, they will simply say that Sandinsta involvement would be justified by our involvement in their war. (hurl)
To: Diddle E. Squat; Steven W.
Hey guys . . . I often have a difficult time believing all of the so-called information from "unnamed officials" and "sources".
If there is a connection . . . it will certainly come out from named and ranking administration officials.
FReeregards . . .
posted on 11/29/2001 11:11:28 AM PST
To: Diddle E. Squat
If this report is true, then I think Ollie North is owed an apology from those who attacked him.
posted on 11/29/2001 11:25:51 AM PST
Are you a Sandinista?
Got a soft spot in your heart for Central American communists?
this needs to be bumped
posted on 11/29/2001 2:22:12 PM PST
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