Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Ignored Early Warning Of 9/11: 18 Year Anniversary Of The First Terrorist Attempt To Destroy The World Trade Center

From The New York Times, February 26, 1993 article about the first terrorist attempt to take down the World Trade Center with a blast that knocked out the police command and evacuation center and was felt a mile away:
The police said the blast killed at least five people and left more than 650 others injured, mostly with smoke inhalation or minor burns, but dozens with cuts, bruises, broken bones or serious burns. The police said 476 were treated at hospitals and the rest by rescue and medical crews at the scene.

The explosion also trapped hundreds of people in debris or in smoke-filled stairwells and elevators of the towers overhead and forced the evacuation of more than 50,000 workers from a trade center bereft of power for lights and elevators for seven hours.

No Bomb Fragments Found

The blast, which was felt throughout the Wall Street area and a mile away on Ellis and Liberty Islands in New York Harbor, also knocked out the police command and operations centers for the towers, which officials said rendered the office complex's evacuation plans useless.
Read the compltete NY Times article of that event here.

With hindsight, you have to wonder if President Clinton's response to the event was adequate.

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