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Sunday, August 6, 2006

Target New York

New York City - Number 1 target of US enemies

If someone is an enemy of the United States chances are that New York City is the place that they are plotting to blow up or attack.

So why did the Department of Homeland Security cut New York City's antiterrorism budget by $83 million or 40% and give more money to cities like Omaha, Louisville, Atlanta, and Jacksonville? The straight answer is that the Department of Homeland Security are clueless fools.

The incompetence starts at the top of that inept organization, which is led by dumbass Michael Chertoff. There is no need to check with New Orleans on that one.

The Department of Homeland Security does not know American history. New York City, specifically Manhattan, has had a bullseye painted on itself for over a hundred years. Of course, 9-11 is the most famous attack. But there have been numerous other attacks on New York City dating back to the Civil War.

"New York has always been a symbol for its [US] enemies," said author Barnet Schecter. How true that is and it's a crime that DHS doesn't understand that.

List of attacks on New York City:

> Civil War Attack November 1864

In November, 1864, a dozen agents of the Confederacy infiltrated the city and, using a "combustible liquid" prepared by a chemist in a secret laboratory off Washington Square, they set fire to major hotels, public buildings and ships in lower Manhattan.

> Black Tom explosion - July 30, 1916

On the night of July 30, 1916, a series of explosions shook lower Manhattan. Windows along Broadway, Wall Street and Broad Street were shattered all the way up to the library at 42nd Street. Fire and burglar alarms went off all over town. A water main burst, flooding Times Square.

Across the Hudson River, every shop window along five blocks of Ocean Avenue in Jersey City went, stained glass windows at St. Patrick's church were blown out, and the ceilings of the assembly chamber at City Hall and at the police station caved in.

In Philadelphia, people felt their houses move and thought it was an earthquake. In Maryland callers jammed police phones to report feeling strange vibrations.

The damage to the Statue of Liberty was valued at $100,000 and included the skirt and the torch. The explosion is part of the reason the Statue's torch is not accessible today.

The German-American Mixed Claims Commission in 1939 declared that Imperial Germany had been responsible for the sabotage and ordered damages. The Lehigh Valley Railroad Company and Germany finally settled on $50 million in 1953. The final payment was made in 1979, sixty-three years after the attack.

> The 1920 Wall Street Bombing - September 16, 1920

If you go downtown in Manhattan to the offices of the old J. P. Morgan firm at the corner of Wall and Broad, you’ll see the pocked-marble scars of the first blow that terrorists struck at America’s financial heart, the Wall Street bombing of 1920. The country recovered amazingly well from that outrage, although no one was ever brought to justice for the crime, which was, until the Oklahoma City devastation, the most deadly terrorist attack in American history...

just after noon on September 16, 1920, a horse cart filled with dynamite and sash weights had exploded in front of the Assay Office, near the intersection of Wall and Broad, killing 30 people instantly and injuring about 300 others. (Eventually, some 40 would die.) The lunch hour had barely begun, and many of the victims were messengers crossing the street or clerks hit by shattered glass as they ate at their desks. The hundreds of pounds of sash weights acted like shrapnel. One piece of iron was blown to the thirty-fourth floor of the Equitable building; canopies burned and windows broke a quarter-mile away. "I saw the explosion, a column of smoke shoot up into the air and then saw people dropping all around me, some of them with their clothing afire," the head of the Stock Exchange’s messengers, Charles P. Dougherty, told the Sun. The Exchange closed within a minute of the explosion, for fear of the falling glass, which might have seriously injured the hundreds of traders caught inside if it had not been deflected by the building’s big silk curtains.

> Armed Forces of National Liberation, FALN, Puerto Rican terrorist 1970's bombings

On December 11, 1974, Angel Poggi, a police officer, lost an eye and was permanently disabled by one of FALN's bombs at 336 East 110th Street in East Harlem. It was his first day on the job.

On January 24, 1975 FALN, through their Communique No. 3 claimed responsiblity for the bombing of the Fraunces Tavern, killing four people and injuring more than 50. No one was ever prosecuted for the bombing.

On April 3, 1975, FALN took responsibility for four bombings in New York City, by leaving their Communique No. 4 for the Associated Press at a phone booth. The four bombs went off within a 40 minute period. The first bomb exploded on 51 Madison Avenue, the New York Life Insurance Company. The second bomb exploded on 45 East Forty-Ninth Street, the Bankers Trust Company plaza. The third bomb exploded on 340 Park Avenue South, the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company headquarters. The fourth bomb exploded on 5 West Forty-Sixth Street, the Blimpie Base restaurant. At least five people were injured from the bombings

> World Trade Center bombing on February 26, 1993

On February 26, 1993 at 12:17 PM, a Ryder truck filled with 1,500 pounds (682 kg) of explosives was planted by Ramzi Yousef and detonated in the underground garage of the North Tower, opening a 100 foot (30 m) hole through 4 sublevels of concrete. Six people were killed and over a thousand injured.

> World Trade Center Attack on September 11, 2001

In a coordinated terrorist attack, Al Qaeda-affiliated suicide hijackers, led by Mohammed Atta, crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the North Tower at 8:46 am [6] on September 11, 2001. At 9:03 am [6], United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower, which subsequently collapsed at 9:59 am [6]. At 10:28 am [6], the North Tower collapsed. Later that day, 7 World Trade Center also collapsed, while the four remaining buildings in the WTC plaza also sustained heavy damage from debris and were ultimately demolished. For the following 8 1/2 months, the World Trade Center site cleanup and recovery continued 24 hours a day and involved thousands of workers.

At the time of the incident, media reports suggested that tens of thousands might have been killed in the attack. Ultimately, 2,749 death certificates were filed relating to the WTC attacks, as of February 2005. 13 people died after the disaster, from injuries received on September 11; three of these people died in Massachusetts, Missouri, and New Jersey, and the rest died in New York.

> British Consulate Bombings on May 5, 2006

CNN reported:

Two makeshift bombs rigged from "novelty-type grenades" exploded in front of a building that houses the British Consulate and other offices early Thursday morning, officials said.

The blasts shattered windows but caused no injuries and no significant damage, the New York Police Department said.

They occurred as voters in Britain were casting ballots in a general election in which Prime Minister Tony Blair is seeking a historic third term for his Labor Party...

The British Consulate is on the 9th and 10th floors of the building at 845 Third Avenue, between 51st and 52nd streets, a nondescript office block in an upscale area.

Failed Plots To Bomb New York:

> New York City landmark bomb plot - June 1993

The New York City landmark bomb plot was a planned followup to the February 1993 World Trade Center bombing that could have inflicted hundreds of casualties on American soil.

The plot was espoused by the blind sheikh, Omar Abdel-Rahman, a radical Muslim cleric in New York City, to be carried out by some of his followers. The attacks were to take place on July 4, 1993, Independence Day in the United States.

The first target was the United Nations Headquarters; it was to be destroyed by a suicide bomber driving a truck bomb. Also to be destroyed by car bombs were the Lincoln Tunnel and the Holland Tunnel, two busy underground roadways in the city. The George Washington Bridge would be bombed next, as well the PATH tunnels between New York and New Jersey and the FBI's main office at the Jacob Javits Federal Building in New York City. There was also some talk of bombing Jewish targets in the city as well as assassinating U.S. Senator Al D'Amato and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

The conspirators were arrested on June 24, 1993. On October 1, 1995, Rahman and nine others were convicted by a New York jury on 48 of 50 charges, including seditious conspiracy, solicitation to murder Mubarak, conspiracy to murder Mubarak, solicitation to attack a U.S. military installation, and conspiracy to conduct bombings.

At the time they were arrested, the conspirators were mixing fertilizer and diesel fuel to create an ANFO bomb like the one used on the World Trade Center.

> NY PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson Railroad) bomb plot - July 2006

On July 7, 2006, an alleged plot to detonate explosives in the PATH tunnels (initially said to be a plot to bomb the Holland Tunnel) was uncovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The plot included the detonation of a bomb that could significantly destroy and flood the tunnels including all the occupants and vehicles in the tunnel at the time of the explosion. The terror planners believed that Lower Manhattan could, as a result of the explosion, be flooded due to riverwater surging up the remaining tunnel after the blast. Officials say that this plan was unsound due to the strength of the tunnels, and that it would require a large amount of explosives to explode. Since semi-trailers are currently not allowed to pass through the tunnels (either PATH or Holland), it would be very difficult to get sufficient explosives into the tunnel to accomplish the plan. If the tunnel were to explode and allow water from the Hudson River to flood the (Holland) tunnel, Lower Manhattan would be spared since the area is 2-10 feet (1-3 meters) above sea level. Three of the eight planners have been arrested, based in six different countries.

Gotham at War [Gothamgazette.com, Oct. 28, 2002]
The 1920 Wall Street Bombing [freerepublic.com]
FALN [wikipedia]
World Trade Center bombing on February 26, 1993 [wikipedia]
World Trade Center Attack on September 11, 2001 [wikipedia]
Police follow camera lead in NYC blasts [CNN, May 5, 2006]
New York City landmark bomb plot [wikipedia]
OSAMA LACKEY A PSYCHO-PATH [NYPost.com, July 8, 2006]
Terror Plot Actually Targeted the PATH [gothmist, July 8, 2006]
Holland Tunnel Targeted in Terror Plot [gothmist, July 7, 2006]
Tunnel Terror Plot Press Conference [gothmist, July 7, 2006]
The Biggest Loser: NYC Gets Stiffed on Anti-Terror Money [gothmist, June 1, 2006]
Homeland Security to Mass Transit Commuters: Suck It [gothmist, July 15, 2005]

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