765. 4/13/1995

"The FBI's [April 13, 1995] report [on global terrorism, quoted in The Washington Post on June 6, 2002] noted the vulnerability of the American homeland to attacks. It specifically cited [World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef's cohort Abdul Hakim] Murad's confessed plot to hijack a plane and fly it into CIA headquarters as an example. …There was now reason to 'suspect Yousef and his associates receive support from Osama bin Laden and may be able to tap into bin Laden's mujahedin support network.' In addition, they may also have been able to draw on Islamic charities for support. …The cable concluded: 'Yousef's group fits the mold for this new generation of Sunni Islamic terrorists. …The WTC bombing, the Manila plot, and the recent [Islamic Group] attack against [Egyptian president Hosni] Mubarak demonstrate that Islamic extremists can operate anywhere in the world. We believe the threat is not over.' "

 – Ghost Wars, Steve Coll, 4/13/1995

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