The 1993 World Trade Center Bombing Essay

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The 1993 World Trade Center Bombing

On February 26, 1993 at 12:18 pm in New York City, the first call was received at the Central Office from a street alarm box at the corner of West and Liberty Streets. The call was reporting a possible transformer vault (or manhole) explosion on West Street near the World Trade Center. As manhole explosions are common in wet whether, there was no hint of a major catastrophe until the phones never ceased to ring after aid had arrived to the site. Numerous phone calls continued, now reporting smoke in the towers of the Trade Center as far up as the 33rd floor within the first three minutes of the explosion (http://members.aol.com/fd347/wtc.htm). The ceiling then collapsed in the train station, which
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Assistant U.S. Attorney Lev Dassin told jurors that Yousef was part of a "self-proclaimed army of terrorists" http://cnn.com/US/9708/05/wtc. trial/index.html), that plotted the February 23rd attack. While Yousef was charged with ordering and mixing the chemicals to make the bomb, co-defendant Eyad Ismoil was accused of driving the van carrying the bomb into the World Trade Center's underground garage. In an article for CNN on the 5th of November 1997, jury deliberations were said to have begun. The two men, Ramzi Yousef, 29, and Eyad Ismoil, 26, were both charged with conspiring to set off a bomb February 26, 1993, at the Center. U.S. Attorney Lev Dessin said that the pair believed they were above the law and set off the bomb to terrify Americans. Prosecutors say the pair and four other men who were convicted earlier, hoped that the bombing would persuade the U.S. to stop giving aid to Israel ttp://europe.cnn.com/US/9711/05/trade. center.trial/).

Yousef, a 29 year old electrical engineer, was arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan, in February 1995, and extradited to the United States. Prosecutors say that he was the ringleader of the plot. Four other men already convicted in the case got sentences of 240 years in prison each

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