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The '93 WTC Bombing precedent


Project: History of US Interventions

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       Ramzi Yousef, the eventual mastermind of the bombing, is thought to have gained his explosives expertise on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in al Qaeda training camps during this period, and is also known to have close ties to Osama bin Laden. [Profile; Article; Article; Article; Article; Article; Article; Article]


       Sheik Omar Abdul-Rahman (later convicted to life imprisonment for his central role in the bombing) is enlisted by the CIA as a "valuable asset" in covert operations involving the Afghan mujahideen, during which time he befriends Osama bin Laden. [ABC News article; Article; Article; Article]


       Emad Salem, another former Mujaheddin fighter, enters the US. [Article; Article]

May 1990

       Sheik Omar Abdul-Rahman is granted a one-year visa from a CIA agent posing as an official at the US Consulate in Khartoum, Sudan. He arrives in New York in July 1990 despite being on the US State Department's "watch list" of non-Americans believed to be involved in terrorism since 1987. [Article; Article]

Nov 1990

       Sheik Omar's visa is revoked, and the State Department advises the Immigration and Naturalization Service to be on the lookout for him. So attentive is the INS to this advisory that it grants Sheik Omar a green card just five months later. [Article]


       The FBI recruits Emad Salem as an informant. Through him, the FBI learns of the bombing plot. [Article; Article; Article; Article]


       A rift develops between Salem and the FBI, and it is agreed that Salem's undercover investigation should be terminated. [Appeals Court Case; Article; Article]
       Emad Salem then recruits another bunch of Muslims for another bombing, and then turns them all in in a classic case of entrapment (prosecutors would concede that none of the defendants had the technical knowledge required and that the chemicals they were allegedly mixing would never have exploded). [Article] The relevance of this is that it is alleged that the entire conspiracy (in the WTC bombing) was also the product of Salem, who needed to bust something big to earn his $1 million reward from the FBI. [Article]

Feb 1993

       A bomb is set off in the World Trade Center, killing six people, wounding over a thousand and inflicting $500 million in damage. [CNN article; Article]
       The FBI puts Emad Salem back on the payroll, paying him over $1 million to continue as an informant. [CNN article; Article]
       Within 48 hours of the bombing, the FBI requests Salem to help them solve the case, who quickly points the finger at the defendants. [Article]

Oct 1993

       The New York Times reports that the FBI knew in advance that terrorists were plotting to build a bomb and 'blow up the World Trade Center' and 'planned to thwart the plotters by secretly substituting harmless powder for the explosives...'. [NY Times article; Article; Article; Article; Article; Article; Article] Also revealed is how Salem secretly recorded his conversations with FBI agents and, as the transcripts show, tried to complain to FBI Headquarters in Washington about the bureau's failure to stop the bombing but was dissuaded by an agent identified as John Anticev. Defense attorney, William Kunstler, had seen some of the transcripts and described them as "filled with all sorts of Government misconduct." [NY Times articles; Article; Article; Article; Article; Article; Article]
       The overall mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, is a close relative of Ramzi Yousef, thought to be his uncle. [LA Times article; Article; Article]

Sept 11 Connection

       Aside from the above-mentioned links of many of the conspirators to Osama bin Laden, a message left by one of the attackers found following the attacks stated 'Next time, it will be very precise.' (the terrorists had aimed to topple the towers, and could have succeeded if the bomb had not been placed in the wrong place). [AP article; Article; Article]

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