The World Trade Center Attacks in Perspective

After the "collapse" of the USSR in 1991, a decade-long series of bombings against American targets ensued both within and outside the United States.

For the first time explains the connections between the1993 WTC bombing, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the bombings of the American embassies in Africa in 1998, the 2000 USS Cole bombing in Yemen and finally the 9/11 attacks.

The World Trade Center Attacks in Perspective

On October 27, 1993 the New York Times revealed that the FBI were in a much better position than previously known regarding events leading up to that year’s February 26 bombing of the World Trade Center’s north tower.1 The story broke thanks to the hundreds of hours of secret recordings made by FBI informer Emad A. Salem of conversations he had with FBI personnel.

Emad A. Salem, a former lieutenant colonel in the Egyptian army, arrived in the United States in 1988 and soon began working for the FBI as an informant.2 Initially Salem was assigned the task of infiltrating the Russian Mafia in New York City, focusing on the crime organization’s links to the KGB.3 In mid-June of 1992 Salem had penetrated the group responsible for the bombing of the World Trade Center. The group was having difficulties with securing remote bomb detonators (the need for more than one detonator was due to the terrorist’s plans to bomb other targets besides the World Trade Center), so Salem offered to build the bombs for them. Interestingly, not only was the bomb for the World Trade Center built by Salem, but built under the supervision of the FBI and the D.A.:

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