Friday, July 08, 2005

Senator Boxer may have mad cow disease

"Terrorism is a result of this war,'' Boxer said, amid applause at the Commonwealth Club of California-sponsored speech at the Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel. California Senator Barbara 07/06/05

1. February 26, 1993 - First World Trade Center Bombing
The first bombing at the World Trade Center took place on February 26, 1993, when a minibus containing 1,100 pounds of explosives detonated in the garage beneath the complex. The blast killed six people, injured 1,000, and caused $300 million worth of damage.

2. September 13, 1995 - A rocket-propelled grenade pierces the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, but causes no injuries.

3. November 13, 1995 - Car bomb, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 7 dead including 5 Americans.

4. January 1995 - Planned Explosion of Pacific Airliners
When a bomb exploded accidentally in a Manila apartment in January 1995, police uncovered a major terrorist plot. Associates of Osama bin Laden had planned to blow up 12 planes as they flew from Southeast Asia to the United States, crash another aircraft into CIA headquarters, and kill the pope. The FBI, working with the Philippine government, was able to determine that Ramzi Yousef was involved in this attack, as was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the eventual mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

5. June 25, 1996- Khobar Towers
Nineteen U.S. servicemen were killed and 500 people were injured on June 25, 1996, when explosives packed onto a truck exploded outside the Khobar Towers , a military housing complex in the city of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia . Those responsible left the truck shortly before it blew up. Saudi Arabia later arrested a number of suspects, but refused to allow the FBI to interview them.

6. August 7 ,1998 - U.S. Embassy Attack in Salaam, Tanzania
7. August 7 ,1998 - U.S. Embassy Attack in Nairobi, Kenya ,
Four men, believed to be followers of Osama bin Laden, were convicted on May 29, 2001, for their roles in the bombing of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. The blasts killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. Some 5,000 people were injured.

Mohamed Rashed Daoud al-'Owhali, Khalfan Khamis Mohamed, Wadih al-Hage, and Mohamed Sadeek Odeh are believed to be connected with bin Laden's terrorist organization, al-Qaeda ("The Base"). Another six defendants are in custody, while at least 15 more, including bin Laden, remain at large. 13 suspects in this case, including Osama bin Laden, were placed on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list on Oct. 10, 2001.

8. December 1999 - Millennium Terror Plot
In December 1999, authorities arrested an Algerian trying to enter the U.S. from Canada and foiled a plot to detonate a bomb at Los Angeles International Airport in the days before January 1, 2000. Three Algerians—Ahmed Ressam, Abdel Ghani Meskini, and Mokhtar Haouari—were convicted in New York, on July 13, 2001.

Ressam told the court that he had been trained in a terrorist camp in Afghanistan run by Osama bin Laden. Participants were taught about blowing up a nation's infrastructure, rocket-launching, urban warfare, assassination, and sabotage. Experts say Islamic warriors from Central Asia, the Philippines, the Middle East, and China—all of which face incursions from Islamic militants—attended the conference.

9. October 12, 2000 - Bombing of the USS Cole
A suicide bomb attack killed 17 U.S. sailors and injured 39 when the USS Cole was docked in Aden, Yemen , on October 12, 2000. The blast occurred when a small boat came alongside the Cole and its occupants detonated a bomb. The attack blew a hole 40 feet by 40 feet in the hull, nearly sinking the 2100-ton guided missile destroyer.

In a recruitment video for his al-Qaeda organization that later circulated throughout the Middle East, Osama bin Laden appears to take credit for the attack. Meanwhile, Yemeni police have arrested about 30 people in connection with the attack. In June 2001, FBI and U.S. navy investigators left Yemen when police uncovered an apparent plot to blow up the U.S. embassy in Aden. Nine people were arrested.

For many years bin Laden stated motives. He said in an interview in 1999 , "The International Islamic Front for Jihad against the U.S. and Israel has issued a crystal-clear fatwa calling on the Islamic nation to carry on jihad aimed at liberating holy sites. The nation of Muhammad has responded to this appeal. If the instigation for jihad against the Jews and the Americans in order to liberate Al-Aksa Mosque and the Holy Ka'aba Islamic shrines in the Middle East is considered a crime, then let history be a witness that I am a criminal." (Sources:,

All of these terrorists acts happened before the War in Iraq. It's hard not to call Senator Boxer insane if she insists on telling people that terrorism is a result of the War in Iraq.


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