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According to Michael Mannheimer, a writer for German PI-News, Germany now has its own 9/11, thanks to the convert to Islam, Andreas Lubitz.

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All evidence indicates that the copilot of Airbus machine in his six-months break during his training as a pilot in Germanwings, converted to Islam and subsequently either by the order of “radical”, ie. devout Muslims , or received the order from the book of terror, the Quran, on his own accord decided to carry out this mass murder. As a radical mosque in Bremen is in the center of the investigation, in which the convert was staying often, it can be assumed that he – as Mohammed Atta, in the attack against New York – received his instructions directly from the immediate vicinity of the mosque.

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Whether or not the above report is credible – and at this stage, 1389 Blog takes no position on that – jihadis in the social media have already jumped on the bandwagon. See: Pamela Geller: Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz praised on Facebook: ‘Our holy martyr Lubitz died for our prophet’

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No, but nobody is addressing that question. It is a simple one. A very direct one. And one that they should be able to get something of an assessment on fairly quickly. He was seeing someone for psychological treatment. What do their records indicate about his faith? Surely they have interviewed his therapist. Was he a man of religious convictions seems to be a pretty standard question you’d ask under these circumstances. Because that question is on everybody’s minds, and nobody seems to really want to ask it or answer it. Which gets my hackles up. It’s just instinct, but I have fairly good instincts when it comes to such things. I was a psychology major for a while, had Abnormal and Clinical Psychology courses at a college level, and this isn’t behavior that you’d expect to see from someone with major depression. It just doesn’t fit that pattern. A mania of some form or another, though, seems more likely, but everyone is pushing the depression angle. Yeah, insane people do insane things, but an insane depressive might throw themselves into a concrete mixer, or, hell, cut off their head using a train (I’ve heard of a case of that). But depressives usually don’t try to take a whole raft of people out with them. Depression just doesn’t work that way. Look at any of the recent school shooters, and you won’t find depression on their list of psychological ailments. Something is off here. If it isn’t that he is a recent convert to Islam, what is it? Remember they didn’t admit the guy in Oklahoma City was a Muslim for a couple of days, either. The initial story was he was just a nut. Here, again, we have an act that is consistent with Islamic terrorism, and we are being told it is “just a nut”. Something isn’t adding up.

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And, all the while, the West’s (so-called) leaders have a concocted need to topple Assad. It is basically none of the West’s business, unless its so-called leaders are permitted to make it so.

al-Monitor has the story:

…I asked him how he felt about the warring camps in Syria, whom he supports and why. He answered, “There is no question at all about whom we support: the government, of course. It is the only force protecting us from the jihadists and extremists.”

“Why do you feel this way? Aren’t there armed groups and an opposition that are not extremists and represent other Syrians and their legitimate interests, too?” Al-Monitor asked.

“No, not anymore,” he said. “You see, at the beginning, some welcomed the protests because they felt it might get the government to fix the problems, you know, like the corruption and other important issues and reforms, like an alarm bell to wake them up. But we soon saw this is not what it was about. They just wanted to take power at any cost; they will destroy Syria to do that. They soon showed their true faces, the religious extremism they were hiding. Anyone who took up arms against the state is wrong.”

“Is this just the Islamic State (IS), al-Qaeda and the foreign fighters, or all? Many groups are local ones,” Al-Monitor said.

“You mean the local ones throwing their rockets at our houses?” he laughed, mockingly. “What difference does it make? Look, we are targeted now as a religious community; this is very clear to us. They want to get rid of us, drive us from our lands that we have inhabited for centuries. They have destroyed churches. Look at Kassab and Maaloula, do you need further proof?”…

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This episode reflects on the healing of the man born blind, in John 9. A weekly, catechetical program based on the Byzantine liturgical calendar and hosted by Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin, a liturgiologist at the University of Vienna in Austria.

We have a fascinating topic to discuss today, zillions. It is the Gospel narrative about how Jesus healed the man who was born blind. It is read in church on the 6th Sunday after Pascha, just two weeks before the great feast of Pentecost, when we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. Let‘s see how this reading can help us to recognize our own various forms of blindness, and why it‘s vital for us to recognize our blindness in order to receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit, celebrated on Pentecost.

Before we look at this Gospel-reading, which forms part of our preparation for Pentecost, let‘s remind ourselves that the weeks between Pascha and Pentecost are, indeed, an intense period of preparation, just as Lent was a period of preparation for Pascha. You know, many of us devote time and energy to intensify our prayers and spiritual mindfulness during Lent, but then, after reaching Pascha, we tend to weak-en these efforts and re-turn to business as usual, until next year‘s Lent. – As if Christ‘s death and Resurrection were the end of the story of Christ‘s salvific works for us. But the sending down of the Holy Spirit on the 50th day after Pascha is an equally important chapter in the history of our salvation, because He, the Holy Spirit, and His divine energies, are what make our life in Christ, and the salvific, sacrament-al, and life-giving existence of the Church, possible. So let‘s try to re-gain our focus and pay attention in the weeks before Pentecost, so that our eyes will be open to the vision and gift of that great feast.

Let‘s take a lo-ok, together, at how the healing of the blind man is described in the 9th chapter of the Gospel of John: “Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.“ I must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said these things, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And he said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.“ (Jn 9: 1-7) After this the Gospel tells us how the healed man is brought before the Pharisees, who refuse to believe that Jesus opened the man‘s eyes, saying that Jesus is not from God, because He did not keep the Sabbath. You see, it was the Sabbath when the blind man was healed. After questioning both the parents of the man born blind, and the man himself, they finally cast him out of the synagogue. At the very end of this chapter, which I can‘t quote in full because we only have 10 minutes, the Lord once again speaks to the healed man and reveals to him that He is the Son of God, and the man worships Him, saying “Lord, I believe!“ (Jn 9:38)

Then Christ says: “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.“ Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind al-so?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.” (Jn 9: 39-41)

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Bano Shahdady threw away her Niqab, only to be killed by her husband disguised in a Niqab

March 7, 2014

By John Goddard

TORONTO—When her baby got a heart transplant at Sick Children’s Hospital, Bano Shahdady threw away her burka (niqab).

At twenty years old, after years of religious training, she also decided to return to public high school. With help from her son’s doctors and a social worker, she arranged to rent an apartment to leave her parents and husband.

It was there, two weeks after she moved in, that police found her strangled to death, her son left alone with the body for 15 hours, murdered by a man hiding his identity behind a burka (niqab).

On Wednesday, the husband Abdul Malik Rustam was sentenced to life in prison for the murder with no chance of parole for 17 years.

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…I answer that we are all made in the image and likeness of God.

If somebody wants to punish me for being a Christian, I’ll take it.

I’m a big-time redneck who loves people. I make coffee at home with filtered water.

Weasel Zippers: This Will End Well: Starbucks Wants Baristas To Discuss Race With Customers
 
It ended, no question about that:

STARBUCKS BARISTAS STOP WRITING ‘RACE TOGETHER’ ON CUPS

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Many people are confused by jihad. If Islam is a religion of peace, why is there a persistent problem of radicalism in the Muslim world? If Islam is the problem, why are there so many peaceful Muslims? In this video, David Wood explains that jihad isn’t the product of a single factor, but of three factors: belief, knowledge, and obedience. These three factors come together in what we’ll call “The Jihad Triangle.”

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The US president continues to back the MuBro in every possible way.

Commentary: Obama Gives Sisi the Netanyahu Treatment

By Jonathan S. Tobin

In a Middle East where Islamist terror groups and the Iranian regime and its allies have been on the offensive in recent years, the one bright spot for the West in the region (other, that is, than Israel) is the way Egypt has returned to its old role as a bulwark of moderation and opposition to extremism. The current government led by former general Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has clamped down on Hamas terrorists and has been willing to deploy its armed forces to fight ISIS in Libya while also clamping down on a Muslim Brotherhood movement that seeks to transform Egypt into another Islamist state. Yet despite this, the Obama administration is unhappy with Egypt. Much to Cairo’s consternation, the United States is squeezing its government on the military aid it needs to fight ISIS in Libya and Sinai terrorists. As the Israeli government has already learned to its sorrow, the Egyptians now understand that being an ally of the United States is a lot less comfortable position than to be a foe like Iran.

The ostensible reason for the holdup in aid is that the Egyptian government is a human-rights violator. Those concerns are accurate. Sisi’s government has been ruthless in cracking down on the same Muslim Brotherhood faction that was running the country until a popular coup brought it down in the summer of 2013. But contrary to the illusions of an Obama administration that hastened the fall of Hosni Mubarak and then foolishly embraced his Muslim Brotherhood successors, democracy was never one of the available options in Egypt.

The choice in Egypt remains stark. It’s either going to be run by Islamists bent on taking the most populous Arab country down the dark road of extremism or by a military regime that will keep that from happening. The obvious Western choice must be the latter, and Sisi has turned out to be an even better ally than Washington could have dreamed of, as he ensured that the Brotherhood would not return to power, took on Hamas in Gaza, and even made public calls for Muslims to turn against religious extremists.

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On how laypeople can pray the Hours (Terce, Sext, and None), even with a busy schedule. A brief reflection, based on the Byzantine liturgical tradition, hosted by Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin, a liturgiologist and Russian Orthodox nun who teaches at the University of Vienna in Austria.

First let‘s talk about the very idea of certain hours of prayer. The way this works in traditional church-services both in East and West is that we attach to certain times of day certain memories from salvation history. For example, our evening-prayer, called Vespers, is associated with the creation of the world, because, according to the Book of Genesis, creation began in the evening. You can watch our episodes on Vespers if you‘d like to know more about that. Every morning service, called Matins, remembers the Lord‘s resurrection, because he rose from the dead in the early morning. Similarly, the Hours 3, 6, and 9 are associated with central moments in salvation history that happened at those times. Now, you might know that, before the invention of the mechanical clock, which comes from the Celtic words “clocca“ and “clogan,“ both meaning “bell,“ and was introduced in Europe by Latin monks in the 13th c., in order to signalize the times for prayer – before the mechanical clock, the times of day were divided only approximately, according to the position of the sun. Now let‘s look more closely at the ancient hours 3, 6, and 9, and what they mean to us.

The so-called Third Hour corresponds approximately to our 9 o‘clock in the morning, and it was at this hour that the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles, according to Acts 2:15. So in the Roman tradition it was called “hora aurea,“ the golden hour, or “hora sacra,“ the holy hour, and this hour was chosen for the celebration of the Eucharist on feast-days. In the Byzantine tradition, the main hymn or Troparion of the Third Hour, which is sung on the weekdays of Lent, is something we could say, while driving to work or perhaps already sitting at our desks at work, or wherever we may be, around 9 o‘clock in the morning. Here is the text of the Troparion: “O Lord, You sent down Your most Holy Spirit upon Your Apostles at the Third Hour. Take Him not from us, O Good One, but re-new us, who pray to You.“ Now, I didn‘t see you writing that down, but I won‘t repeat it. You can beg and you can cry – I won‘t do it. Moving on to the Sixth Hour, this is the hour of the crucifixion, as it says in the Gospel of Luke: “There they crucified him… It was about the sixth hour“ (Lk 23: 33, 44). For us this is around 12 o‘clock or midday. And it this time, perhaps during our lunch break, we could say by heart, or read, the brief Troparion of the Sixth Hour, if we have this text, perhaps written down on a piece of paper or typed into our phone. Here is the Troparion of the 6th Hour, and I will only read it once: “On the sixth day and hour, O Christ God, You nailed to the Cross Adam‘s audacious sin, committed in paradise. Tear asunder also the writing of our iniquities, and save us!“ And finally we co-me to the Ninth Hour, which roughly corresponds to our 3 o‘clock in the afternoon, and this is the hour of Christ‘s death on the Cross, and the events surrounding that, including the words of the repentant thief, the Lord‘s final cry from the Cross, the darkness that encompassed the earth and so on. As it says in the Gospel of Mark, “And at the ninth hour…Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last“ (Mk 15: 34, 37). And the Troparion of the Ninth Hour, sung on the weekdays of Byzantine Lent, goes as follows: “At the ninth hour You tasted death in the flesh for our sake. Mortify the mind of our flesh (this is the “carnal“ mind referred to in Ro-mans 8), O Christ God, and save us!“ So, if we give this a try, and remember, throughout our day, these central moments of salvation history, making them part of our day, we not only intensify our preparation for the upcoming celeb-ration of Christ‘s passion and resurrection, called Pascha. We also re-discover, quite intimately, our connection to these events – Christ‘s salvific works and the resulting descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

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Have you ever noticed that toothpaste makes some yummy foods, like orange juice, taste awful? QQ explains!
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By Scott Stewart

On the morning of Feb. 26, 1993, a massive truck bomb ripped a hole almost 30 meters (100 feet) across the B-2 level of the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center’s North Tower. The blast wave was so powerful that it penetrated five stories of the reinforced concrete building. In addition to causing structural damage, the explosion destroyed or heavily damaged hundreds of vehicles in the garage. That such a powerful explosion killed only six people is nothing short of a miracle, for the attackers had a goal much more grandiose.

They wanted to topple the North Tower onto the South Tower to destroy them both and kill thousands. Had a device of the same magnitude been detonated at street level during rush hour, it would have likely killed scores if not hundreds of people and wounded perhaps thousands more.

From Yemen to New York City

An hour or two after the bombing, I landed in Frankfurt, Germany, on my way back to Washington from Yemen. I was working as a special agent for the Diplomatic Security Service investigating a bombing attack against U.S. Air Force personnel in Aden on Dec. 29, 1992, and a rocket attack against the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa in January 1993. As I stood in the airport terminal looking at the first reports of the World Trade Center bombing, I had no idea the attack was linked to the incidents I had been investigating in Yemen. Later it would be discovered that the same group that conducted the Yemen attacks also bombed the Trade Center: al Qaeda.

I had initially flown to Yemen with a colleague from the explosives section of the FBI laboratory to investigate the strikes against U.S. interests there. We suspected the Libyans might have conducted those attacks after seriously wounding embassy communicator Arthur Pollick in a 1986 shooting in Sanaa and conducting a series of other attacks against U.S. interests around the world.

One of the explosive devices in the Aden attack had failed to detonate, and we wanted to examine it to see if it matched any of the components or bombmaking signatures from devices used in previous Libyan and Libyan-sponsored attacks. However, after examining the Aden device and the manner in which the rocket attack against the U.S. Embassy had been conducted, we were fairly certain the attacks were not the work of the Libyan intelligence service or one of its usual proxies such as the Abu Nidal Organization or the Japanese Red Army, also known as the Anti-Imperialist International Brigade.

But the manner in which those attacks were conducted did tell us one important thing: The CIA had trained whoever had conducted them. Several specific elements of those attacks matched techniques I had learned when I attended the CIA’s improvised explosive device training course. (Agents assigned to my office attended the bombmaking course because knowing what is required to make a bomb is crucial when investigating a bombing.) After the CIA station chief assured us that he and his people were not behind the Aden and Sanaa attacks, we concluded that the attackers were most likely Yemenis who had traveled to Afghanistan to fight against the Soviet occupation and had received some training from the CIA’s Office of Technical Services — or someone it had trained.

So we knew what the attackers were — jihadists who had returned from Afghanistan — we just didn’t have a name for them yet. It would be almost a year before I heard the term “al Qaeda” and several months after that before I realized the term was the name of a group of former mujahideen who fought in Afghanistan and had turned their sights against the United States.

As I watched the newsfeed in Frankfurt, I also had no idea that I would spend the next two years of my life investigating the World Trade Center bombing and the New York Landmarks bomb plot that was connected to it, which targeted the Lincoln Tunnel, the U.N. headquarters and the Javits Federal Building in Manhattan among other locations. In fact, since I was returning from a 10-day investigative trip in Yemen, I figured that if my office was asked to assist in the investigation, my supervisor would assign another agent to the case.

But I was wrong. When I arrived home Feb. 27, I found a message on my answering machine telling me to pack my gear for an indefinite rotation to New York. One of my colleagues had been designated to run the case, but he had become tied down at headquarters handling the myriad investigative leads being sent to regional security officers at U.S. embassies around the world, and he had requested that I be sent to New York to help with the investigation.

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A World Trade Center bombing crime scene identification badge issued by the New York JTTF.

Initially, the FBI’s working hypothesis was that Serbian terrorists had carried out the bombing in revenge for U.S. support of the republics that had broken away from the former Yugoslavia. Regional security officers at U.S. embassies all over the world were pulling visa applications, airline manifests and crew lists of merchant ships with Serbians on board in an effort to identify the potential bombers. I was skeptical of the idea that Serbians carried out the attack, and my previous experience investigating large vehicle bombings by Hezbollah, such as the March 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, led me to suspect that this was another of its attacks. Of course, we would all be proven wrong within a week.

The Crime Scene

I did not deploy to New York alone. The FBI laboratory requested that we transport one of the State Department’s EGIS explosive detection machines to the crime scene, and a security engineering officer from the Diplomatic Security Service traveled up to the World Trade Center with me. We arrived in New York at an opportune time on Sunday, Feb. 28. As I checked in with some of my Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and NYPD friends at the crime scene, they excitedly told me how they had just found the rear differential of a vehicle that showed indications of heavy explosive pitting and gas wash — signs that it had been in intimate contact with the explosives, or possibly was from the rear end of the vehicle used to transport the bomb.

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Rubble and debris cover the basement of the World Trade Center’s North Tower.

They documented their find and placed it on an ambulance gurney to take it to the NYPD explosives laboratory in hopes of recovering the vehicle identification number from the differential. The sight of a gurney being wheeled out of the parking garage and loaded into a truck led the press to speculate that another victim had been found. It was a good thing the NYPD and ATF personnel had identified and removed the differential Sunday, because on Monday morning, a huge slab of concrete fell from the level above right onto the area where it had been. Had the agents not moved the differential, it might have been buried for some time.

The excitement my ATF colleagues felt over the differential find became somewhat dampened as they learned of events that transpired in Waco, Texas, earlier that day. A group of Branch Davidian members had holed themselves up in their compound and killed four ATF agents during a raid. The next morning, we all reported for work with black bands over our badges to mourn the agents who lost their lives in Waco.

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Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent Scott Stewart uses an EGIS explosive detection machine to examine rubble in the World Trade Center’s basement in 1993.
Monday morning was also when we fired up the EGIS machine and ran its collector over several items that appeared to have been in proximity to the seat of the blast, including a huge steel girder that had been hurled into the Port Authority office where four of the victims were killed. The machine’s mass spectrometer showed a substantial spike of some sort of nitrate compound, but the machine had been programmed to recognize only six different common explosive compounds, so it could not identify what it had detected. Laboratory tests would later determine that the main charge consisted of urea nitrate.

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The screen of an EGIS explosive detection machine indicates a high level of a nitrate compound.

The EGIS machine turned out to be pretty much useless, so I volunteered to help with the rest of the crime scene investigation. I was given a broom and shovel to help the army of police officers and agents working at the site collect bits of rubble, vehicles and other miscellaneous materials so they could be sorted and catalogued at an armory in Long Island. Literally sweeping the crime scene proved to be a long, labor-intensive process.

A few days later, I came off of broom and shovel duty after lab techs were able to pull up the VIN number from the differential and trace it to a Ryder truck that had been rented by Mohammed Salameh. He was a known member of a group the FBI had previously investigated as a possible terrorist threat after one of its members assassinated Meir Kahane, the founder of the Jewish Defense League, in a Manhattan hotel in November 1990. Our New York field office was familiar with the group after working with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to investigate overseas leads in the Kahane investigation.

Officers and agents from the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) arrested Salameh at a Ryder rental office March 4. He had filed a stolen vehicle report for the truck and was attempting to retrieve his security deposit. After detaining him, agents and police officers began rounding up his associates identified in the earlier investigation.

One of those associates, Ibrahim Elgabrowny, attacked a colleague of mine from the ATF who was serving a search warrant on his home. Authorities arrested Elgabrowny for assault, and a search team discovered Nicaraguan passports bearing the photos of his cousin, Kahane’s assassin El Sayyid Nosair, and his family in addition to Nicaraguan driver’s licenses and identification cards. I talked to the JTTF unit supervisor and told him I was confident I had enough to make a passport and document fraud case against Elgabrowny. Because there was no other evidence tying Elgabrowny to the bombing investigation, the JTTF supervisor told me to approach the U.S. Attorney’s office to see if it was interested in pursuing the passport fraud case. It was, and Elgabrowny was soon indicted on assault and passport fraud charges.

I quickly developed a close working relationship with the group of assistant U.S. attorneys working the case. They frequently came to me seeking the Diplomatic Security Service’s help with some of the more problematic suspects in the World Trade Center bombing case and the connected New York Landmarks plot.

In addition to helping with the successful prosecution of Elgabrowny, Diplomatic Security special agents tracked and arranged for the capture and rendition of Mahmud Abouhalima, who had fled the United States after the bombing. We also uncovered sufficient evidence to help tie Ahmed Ajaj to the conspiracy and found critical information that helped the U.S. attorney convince the U.S. attorney general to allow the indictment of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman. I developed a visa fraud case against Rahman so he could be arrested if acquitted on the seditious conspiracy charges, and we also obtained an indictment for Abdel Basit, also known as Ramzi Yousef, for passport fraud and captured him in Pakistan.

Looking Back

In retrospect, Nosair’s assassination of Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane was the first notable grassroots jihadist case in the United States. When the FBI infiltrated a group of Nosair supporters, it judged them to be inept and not posing a serious threat. The 1993 World Trade Center case serves as an example of how seemingly bumbling grassroots jihadists or “Kramer terrorists” can become quite deadly when they link up with a highly trained terrorist facilitator who can lead and organize them. After learning lessons from this case, today, even when a group appears to be somewhat inept like the group of Nosair supporters, the authorities must go after them as hard as they can with whatever charges available instead of just writing them off.

The pre-9/11 terrorism operational model seen in the Kahane assassination, the World Trade Center bombing and the New York Landmarks plot shares many parallels with the current environment. It is far harder for jihadist groups such as al Qaeda or the Islamic State to conduct a 9/11-style attack using highly trained operatives dispatched from overseas to conduct attacks in the United States and the West. The big difference between 1993 and today is that we are now acutely aware of who the jihadists are, be they members of al Qaeda, the Islamic State or other organizations. We also know what they believe and have a clearer idea of their capabilities. There is much more emphasis on countering the threat than there was in 1993. Security agencies also have more resources now.

Finally, my involvement in the investigation of the 1993 bombing gave me a profound sense of the sheer magnitude of the events that occurred on 9/11. I had seen firsthand how a large truck bomb that caused substantial damage in the parking garage had little impact on the Twin Towers themselves. Seeing the towers completely destroyed was something almost impossible for me to imagine.

I am a person with a sheepdog-like wiring that gives me a deep need to protect others, and the time I spent working in the bowels of the World Trade Center and the many months of effort I put into helping catch and prosecute those responsible for the attack also gave me a special affinity for the buildings. Watching the Twin Towers fall on live television impacted me in a deep and personal way — and I am sure that my colleagues from the wide array of agencies involved in the 1993 investigation shared those same feelings of disbelief, grief and shock. New York and the country have moved on from the loss of the World Trade Center, but even today, there is a hole in my heart when I gaze at the Manhattan skyline.

A Look Back at the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing is republished with permission of Stratfor.”

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