539. 9/1/1992

Future World Trade Center bombing conspirator Ahmad Mohammed Ajaj was arrested when he tried to enter the U.S. on September 1, 1992. He essentially served as a decoy for bomber Ramzi Yousef, who was on the same flight. Ajaj’s phony passport raised suspicions, and after bomb making manuals and various fake IDs were found in his luggage, he was arrested by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). “One of the bomb manuals contained words written in Arabic, which the government had mistakenly translated as ‘The Basic Rule.’ Later, terrorism expert Stephen Emerson concluded that the translation should have been ‘The Base,’ a literal translation of ‘al Qaeda.’ Here was evidence, seized by the INS and held by the Feds in 1992, that the man Ramzi Yousef had entered the United States with was linked directly to Osama bin Laden’s terror network. ‘Had the government correctly translated the material,’ Emerson said, ‘it might have understood that the men who blew up the World Trade Center [in 1993] and Mr. Bin Laden’s group were linked.’ ”

 – Peter Lance, 1000 Years For Revenge, Page 110

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