Skip to comments.Remembering the 1993 World Trade Center bombing 25 years later
Posted on 02/26/2018 4:52:18 AM PST by SMGFan
Twenty-five years ago, the World Trade Center was attacked for the first time, shaking New York City and the nation. The 1993 World Trade Center bombing killed six people, including a pregnant woman, and injured more than a thousand others. On Feb. 26. 1993 at 12:18 pm, a 1,200-pound bomb exploded in an underground parking garage beneath the North Tower. The explosion caused power outages, stranding people in elevators and affecting communication systems. Smoke also began seeping through the towers, with some people on higher floors breaking windows to get air.
With the elevators not working, people began running down many tens of flights of stairs. Rescuers also arrived on the roof using helicopters to help, and the area outside of the Twin Towers became a makeshift triage center. Around 50,000 people were evacuated that day.
Investigators concluded that a small cell of terrorists was responsible for the attack. Police tracked down six Islamic extremists who were convicted. According to the FBI, a seventh plotter remains at large.
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The van was rented by Jersey City Muslim from Kennedy BLVD truck rental a few blocks from Bayonne border.
Victims of first WTC terror bombing still tormented as the attack is overshadowed by 9/11
As much as I hate the presidency of slick Willy. 4 weeks after the end of the papa Bush administration put this on one-worlder Georges watch.
The muzzies’ first attempt. It should have been a warning that the 7th century savages wanted to kill innocent people, but the authorities refused to hold that thought in their minds, and allowed the muzzies to kill 3,000 innocents a few years later.
Damn. This and then two days later the Waco raid. I was a junior in high school.
I seem to recall that the Feeb-Eye guys knew bout this group in advance and one of their informants helped them make the device (which failed)
In the aftermath, Osama Bin Laden was an indicted co-conspirator. However, in 1995-6 when the Sudan offered Bin Laden on a silver platter, the US, with Susan Rice in the lead, refused the exchange.
25 years and still feels like just yesterday I ran out of that building, covered in smoke and ash. Longest hour and a half of my life.
Yup. Once again the FBI was distracted buy something it shouldnt have been rather than doing its assigned job of keeping America safe.
Now the organization is full of traitors who tried to pull a soft coup on President Trump just in the last 2 years.
Were there more than one device? I remember the one that went off vaporized a hundred foot hole through 4 levels of the the parking garage.
Their device failed to bring down the buildings but did not fail to explode and kill people.
Remember it well. The terrorists were hoping to blow a big enough hole in the foundation to knock the north tower over into the south tower, bringing both down and killing up to tens of thousands of people.
It didn’t explode as large as they wanted it too.
Left a big hole in the floor(s) of the parking garage, iirc and yes, people died.
I need to double check something,
Law-enforcement officials were told that terrorists were building a bomb that was eventually used to blow up the World Trade Center, and they planned to thwart the plotters by secretly substituting harmless powder for the explosives, an informer said after the blast.
The informer was to have helped the plotters build the bomb and supply the fake powder, but the plan was called off by an F.B.I. supervisor who had other ideas about how the informer, Emad A. Salem, should be used, the informer said.
The account, which is given in the transcript of hundreds of hours of tape recordings Mr. Salem secretly made of his talks with law-enforcement agents, portrays the authorities as in a far better position than previously known to foil the Feb. 26 bombing of New York City's tallest towers. The explosion left six people dead, more than 1,000 injured and damages in excess of half a billion dollars. Four men are now on trial in Manhattan Federal Court in that attack. Mr. Salem, a 43-year-old former Egyptian army officer, was used by the Government to penetrate a circle of Muslim extremists now charged in two bombing cases: the World Trade Center attack and a foiled plot to destroy the United Nations, the Hudson River tunnels and other New York City landmarks. He is the crucial witness in the second bombing case, but his work for the Government was erratic, and for months before the trade center blast, he was feuding with the F.B.I. Supervisor 'Messed It Up'
After the bombing, he resumed his undercover work. In an undated transcript of a conversation from that period, Mr. Salem recounts a talk he had had earlier with an agent about an unnamed F.B.I. supervisor who, he said, "came and messed it up."
"He requested to meet me in the hotel," Mr. Salem says of the supervisor. "He requested to make me to testify and if he didn't push for that, we'll be going building the bomb with a phony powder and grabbing the people who was involved in it. But since you, we didn't do that."
The transcript quotes Mr. Salem as saying that he wanted to complain to F.B.I. headquarters in Washington about the bureau's failure to stop the bombing, but was dissuaded by an agent identified as John Anticev.
"He said, I don't think that the New York people would like the things out of the New York office to go to Washington, D.C.," Mr. Salem said Mr. Anticev had told him.
Another agent, identified as Nancy Floyd, does not dispute Mr. Salem's account, but rather, appears to agree with it, saying of the New York people: "Well, of course not, because they don't want to get their butts chewed."
Mary Jo White, who, as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York is prosecuting defendants in two related bombing cases, declined yesterday to comment on the Salem allegations or any other aspect of the cases. An investigator close to the case who refused to be identified further said, "We wish he would have saved the world," but called Mr. Salem's claims "figments of his imagination."
The transcripts, which are stamped "draft" and compiled from 70 tapes recorded secretly during the last two years by Mr. Salem, were turned over to defense lawyers in the second bombing case by the Government on Tuesday under a judge's order barring lawyers from disseminating them. A large portion of the material was made available to The New York Times.
In a letter to Federal Judge Michael B. Mukasey, Andrew C. McCarthy, an assistant United States attorney, said that he had learned of the tapes while debriefing Mr. Salem and that the informer had then voluntarily turned them over. Other Salem tapes and transcripts were being withheld pending Government review, of "security and other issues," Mr. McCarthy said.
William M. Kunstler, a defense lawyer in the case, accused the Government this week of improper delay in handing over all the material. The transcripts he had seen, he said, "were filled with all sorts of Government misconduct." But citing the judge's order, he said he could not provide any details.
The transcripts do not make clear the extent to which Federal authorities knew that there was a plan to bomb the World Trade Center, merely that they knew that a bombing of some sort was being discussed. But Mr. Salem's evident anguish at not being able to thwart the trade center blast is a recurrent theme in the transcripts. In one of the first numbered tapes, Mr. Salem is quoted as telling agent Floyd: "Since the bomb went off I feel terrible. I feel bad. I feel here is people who don't listen."
Ms. Floyd seems to commiserate, saying, "hey, I mean it wasn't like you didn't try and I didn't try."
In an apparent reference to Mr. Salem's complaints about the supervisor, Agent Floyd adds, "You can't force people to do the right thing."
The investigator involved in the case who would not be quoted by name said that Mr. Salem may have been led to believe by the agents that they were blameless for any mistakes. It was a classic agent's tactic, he said, to "blame the boss for all that's bad and take credit for all the good things."
Ping to post #14
but was BJ Clinton’s response? A speech http://www.history.com/speeches/clinton-on-the-1993-world-trade-center-bombing
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