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Terrorist Attacks on Americans
A survey of pre-September 11, 2001, attacks
by David Johnson
International Terrorist Organizations
In the shadowy underworld of international terror, things are not always what they seem. Groups with diverse, even opposing, ideologies and differing goals often help each other when they share a common enemy. And while a terrorist act may be over in a matter of minutes, the planning and the coordination of such an event may take years.
For instance, despite their ideological differences, Middle Eastern terrorist organizations have participated in two international summits—in Beirut, Lebanon, and Teheran, Iran—in the year before the September 11, 2001, attacks, intelligence experts say. Two Palestinians, Musa Abu Marzouq, of Hamas, and Ramadham Abdullah Shallah of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, organized the conferences, which were called "The Jerusalem Project."
Participants at bin Laden's camps were taught about blowing up a nation's infrastructure, rocket-launching, urban warfare, assassination, and sabotage.
The 400 participants pledged to support the Palestinians and seek Arab control over Jerusalem. They also reportedly agreed that the U.S. has become "a second Israel." Attendees included several Iranian diplomats and intelligence officials; representatives of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda; the Lebanese Hezbollah; and individuals from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Pakistan, Sudan, and Yemen, and at least one person living in the United States.
Highjacking of TWA Flight 847
On June 14, 1985, TWA Flight 847 en route from Athens to Rome was forced to fly to Beirut by gunmen apparently connected to Hezbollah, the Shiite Muslim terrorist group in Lebanon. The group demanded the release of 700 prisoners in Lebanon and Israel.
During the standoff, U.S. Navy diver Robert Stethem was executed and his body tossed from the plane onto the runway. The 17-day crisis ended when the hijackers flew to Algiers and released the hostages. The perpetrators escaped without arrest, yet Imad Fayez Mugniyah, Hassan Izz-Al-Din, and Ali Atwa were indicted for the crime in the U.S. They were placed on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list on Oct. 10, 2001.
Planned Explosion of Pacific Airliners
When a bomb exploded accidentally in a Manila apartment in January 1995, police uncovered a major terrorist plot. Associates of Osama bin Laden had planned to blow up 12 planes as they flew from Southeast Asia to the U.S., crash another aircraft into CIA headquarters, and kill the pope.
Ramzi Yousef, who was later arrested in Pakistan, received a life sentence plus 240 years for his role in the plot and for his complicity in the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, of Kuwait, was indicted for this plot and was placed on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list on Oct. 10, 2001.
Despite terrorism breeds in the middle east, some people still ignore its existance. Much like WWII, in which people still today say their was not a Holocost? Its one thing to be stubborn, its another to be given information, and still deny truth. But if your a conspiracy theorist you "create" the truth, in the minds of your believers. :spin: