The United States capitalist class, in all its boundless criminality, never ceases to use its bully pulpit to spread disinformation using all the resources at its disposal to cover up its crimes. Thanks to the use of the vast propaganda arsenal at the disposal of the US capitalists wholly owned subsidiary, the US Government and every major news media outlet in the land, annually assaults the world with hypocritical memorials of the 2011 attack on the World Trade Center.
But today is the 20th anniversary of the first bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City, which took place on 26 February, 1993; and you can search high and low for the usual blathering idiot memorials of the day the chickens came home to roost in the style of the annual 9/11 memorials. There’s a very good reason why the US Government and its bought-and-paid-for mouthpieces in the US news media are practically silent about THIS World Trade Center bombing: the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 was planned and deliberately carried out at the direction of an FBI informant; and the evidence of this fact is far too plentifully available on the Internet for them to risk mentioning it any more.
The story is so well documented, it is hard to believe that the US Government hasn’t been taken down by the enormity of this scandal. But, thanks to the unwillingness of the American working class to give a shit about what “their” government is doing to people around the world – or even to American citizens! – the US bourgeoisie can rape and pillage the planet to their hearts’ content and the US working class just keeps its collective nose to the grindstone, like the obedient wage-slaves they almost all are. It’s a disgrace; and the price the US working class will ultimately pay for their willful ignorance will be extremely high – but that’s another story.
On February 26, 1993, a Ryder rental truck carrying a massive explosive device was detonated in the parking garage underneath the World Trade Center in an attempt to bring the building down. The bomb blew an enormous hole in the structure of the parking garage, shook the building violently and triggered a fire which filled the fire escapes of the building with sooty smoke. Six people were killed and hundreds injured in the attack. Immediately, the usual suspects were assumed to be responsible: “Muslim terrorists”.
The Wikipedia article on the 1993 WTC bombing retails the “official story”; how every US Government agency fanned out across the world to find out who committed the heinous act. The Feds pretended to investigate the crime as if they never knew anything and their investigation started out from square one. The news media dutifully tagged along, lapping up the lies spewed out by the government as the “investigation” plodded forward. The cops were said to have carefully reconstructed pieces of the vehicle that carried the bomb: a Ryder rental truck. They even discovered where it had been rented from. When the guy who allegedly rented the truck and who reported it stolen to the police went back to the Ryder office to get his deposit back (truth is indeed stranger than fiction!), the FBI was waiting! Huzzah! They busted suspect #1: Mohammad Salameh. The official story goes that, they were then able to squeeze Salameh until he started providing them with the names of his accomplices. It was all awesome, tough police work that made rounding up the gang of criminals responsible for this “unprovoked attack” on the innocent United States, blah blah blah…
The official story was believed for several months. Then, on October 28, 1993, the New York Times published a story that knocked US on our asses when we read it: “Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast”, written by reporter Ralph Blumenthal. The first paragraphs boldly state:
“Law-enforcement officials were told that terrorists were building a bomb that was eventually used to blow up the World Trade Center, and they planned to thwart the plotters by secretly substituting harmless powder for the explosives, an informer said after the blast.
“The informer was to have helped the plotters build the bomb and supply the fake powder, but the plan was called off by an F.B.I. supervisor who had other ideas about how the informer, Emad A. Salem, should be used, the informer said.
“The account, which is given in the transcript of hundreds of hours of tape recordings Mr. Salem secretly made of his talks with law-enforcement agents, portrays the authorities as in a far better position than previously known to foil the Feb. 26 bombing of New York City’s tallest towers. ”
Feeling a bit of vertigo after reading that? If so, you know how we felt reading it back in ’93. The story broke when the Feds were forced to cough up to the attorneys for the arrested alleged bomb plotters documents relating to their prior contact with the defendants, many of whom, it was suspected had most likely been under US Government surveillance for some time. And how! The Feds turned over the documents to the lawyers, who apparently immediately handed them to the New York Times. This was back before the US Government began the practice of holding special “terrorism courts” where any lawyer for an accused “terrorist” who so much as tries to deliver a letter from their imprisoned client to his or her family can end up in jail for the rest of their lives, like Lynne Stewart.
It turned out that the big investigation the Feds had performed in front of the world seeking the perpetrators of the 1993 bombing had been largely just that: a performance. The FBI knew who bombed the World Trade Center all along because they had been running an informant INSIDE the group that allegedly carried out the bombing for TWO YEARS prior to the attack!
The FBI informer’s name is Emad Salem; he is a former “Egyptian army officer” – or intelligence operative… which is to say that, since the CIA routinely has every ranking spook and military officer working for every “Third World” country on its payroll as a matter of course, he was probably working for the US Government for years if not decades before 1993.
Salem claimed that the FBI had recruited him to infiltrate the Muslim communities in Jersey City, New Jersey, just across the Hudson from New York City to find out if anyone there was planning any terrorist attacks in the US. Jersey City had been a center of Islamic fundamentalism ever since the late 1970s, when the CIA was organizing Muslim fanatics to participate in Jimmy Carter’s “Holy War” against communism in Afghanistan, where the USSR had sent in troops to support a fledgling socialist government that wanted to modernize that long-suffering and hideously backward nation. The CIA recruited Islamic fundamentalists from all over the Middle East and brought them to the US for military training, then sent them to Afghanistan to build training camps there where Afghan militias were created to bleed the modernizing government and its Soviet sponsors white. When the USSR pulled out of Afghanistan in 1989, many of the CIA’s “freedom fighters” relocated to the United States, many in the suburbs of New York City. The CIA knew many of these men very well; they had, in fact been recipients on the CIA payroll for years during the war in Afghanistan. The CIA in 1989 was, officially, not allowed to conduct operations in the United States; that was the FBI’s turf. So, Salem was recruited by the FBI to infiltrate the fundamentalist groups in the US when it became apparent that they were unhappy with the way the US Government had abandoned them once they were no longer useful as cat’s paws for US imperialism in the fight to destroy the USSR by any means necessary.
Salem started prowling the dark corners of the Islamic fundamentalist underground in New York, looking for “hotheads” seeking to attack the United States. There were a lot of big talkers, and at least one major Islamic fundamentalist fanatic looking to organize jihad against the new “Great Satan”, the US: mullah Omar Abdel-Rahman, “The Blind Sheikh”. Rahman had met Osama Bin Laden in the 1980s while both of them were employed by the CIA in the Agency’s “Holy War” against communism. He moved to the New York City area in 1990, obtaining a Green Card from the US Immigration Service in 1991 in spite of the fact that he was on a terrorist watch list. The FBI was aware of his presence in New York and sent Salem to get close to him; he was photographed apparently working as a bodyguard for the Blind Sheikh at one time.
It was among the circle of followers of the Blind Sheikh that Emad Salem, working as an FBI informant, was able to precipitate a small group of young, naive Islamists into what was to become the group of conspirators who would attack the World Trade Center in 1993.
Salem had frequent meetings with his FBI handlers. However, he was amazingly wearing a “wire” – a recording device – for many of those meetings in which he was able to obtain damning admission from the FBI agents “running” him as an informer of their foreknowledge of the developing plans for the 1993 WTC bombing.