1999 - Pre-2001 – Escalation to Disaster
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Why We Should Expect Another 9/11
The East African Embassies Bombings in August, 1998 finally caught the attention of Washington. The federal government actually figured out that somebody or some bodies were out the get them. It only took them 5 years to figure it out, but what the hell; nobody’s perfect.
For those of you who have not seen the earlier articles, I will give you a short recap of my personal experience vis a vis the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in the Muslim Philippines.
November, 1993 At the request of the FBI, my Muslim Prince
16 December 1994 I submitted to the FBI, on behalf of the Prince
1 November 1995 The US State Department informed me that
15 April 1996 The FBI, ignoring the offer, informed me that I had given them nothing that would fall under their jurisdiction.
8 October 1997 The US State Department designated the ASG a “foreign terrorist group.”
From the time that the FBI initially contacted me regarding the ASG, it took Uncle Sam almost four years to get around to classifying the Abu Sayyaf as a foreign terrorist group, despite repeated kidnappings of American citizens.
Naively, after the State Department made their announcement about the ASG, the Prince and I waited to be contacted and have our offer accepted. It never happened. Perhaps they were unfamiliar with foreign potentates offering assistance and didn’t have any manuals which covered the situation. Whatever the case, it remained all quiet on the eastern front.
The East African Embassies Bombings brought everyone into the spotlight. The gloves were off. This was war:
26 May 1998 Bin Laden held a press conference and promised “to
“New terrorist actions would happen within ‘weeks’.”
6 August 1998 The day before the Embassies Bombings, Ayman Al-
“which we hope they read with care, because we will write it, with God’s help, in a language they will understand.”
We didn’t have to wait long. The following day, the American Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania were bombed between 10:30AM – 10:40AM local time. A total of 224 people were killed and over 4,500 wounded. The message had been delivered, loud and clear.
1998 ended without further incident.
1999 began without incident. However, bin Laden and his boys were really ready to ring in the new Christian Millennium with a really big bang:
12 November 1999 Rockets were fired at US/UN facilities in
30 November - Jordanians arrested 15 Al-Qaeda terrorists,
14 December 1999 U.S. arrested an Algerian resident, Ahmed
19 December 1999 Lucia Garofalo and Bouabide Chamchi,
19 December 1999 Pakistan arrested 200+ suspected terrorists, who were plotting millennial attacks against American nationals.
The above are the recorded attempted attacks. I have no idea if there were others that somehow didn’t make it into the news. We got lucky – repeatedly. The other side didn’t get lucky – this once.
The long border between Canada and America was extremely porous. It was only our guys/gals out on the streets that protected us from major disasters.
Everything was geared for the 2000 millennial festivities.
In the next article, we will address the pre 9/11 events, those that were not recorded in the press. It was situation normal – nobody cared.