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P.L. the Blind Sheikh 2.26.13 Embedded Links

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Peter Lance underscores the significance of blind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman on the 20th anniversary of the February 26th, 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Peter Lance underscores the significance of blind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman on the 20th anniversary of the February 26th, 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

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The Blind Sheikh: a flashpoint for terror
20
 
years after the World Trade Center bombing
 
BY PETER LANCE
 www.peterlance.com
 
February 26th,
2013,
the 20
th
 
anniversary of 
the World Trade Center
 bombing,
 
 which killed six
and injured a thousand,
may be the latest proof of 
George Santayana’s
prediction that “those who
cannot remember the past
are condemned to repeat it.” Why? Because Sheikh Omar A 
 bdel
-
Rahman, the blind cleric convicted as the leader of that bombing cell,
continues to inspire acts of terror throughout the middle east,
including the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi last September
and the January Algerian hostage crisis
 
 bot
h directly linked to
demands by Islamic radicals to “free the blind Sheikh.”
 
Indeed, new evidence was
uncovered last summer by 
ex
-
FBI
asset Emad Salem
, proving that
 Abdel
-
Rahman, now 74 and
serving a l
ife sentence in a North
Carolina federal prison, was able
to
 
issue a fatwa
 
that helped
propel Egyptian Brotherhood
presidential candidate
Mohammed Morsi to victory 
 
a
 bit of prison
-
cell electioneering
 
that prompted an immediate quid pro quo by Morsi demanding
 Abdel
-
Rahman’s release.
 
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That set off a firestorm of unwanted fears on the U.S
. right that the
Obama administration would be naïve enough to extradite Sheikh
Omar, the head of al
-
Gamma Islamiyya (the Islamic Group) one of 
the world’s most virulent terrorist organizations; responsible for the
 bloody 1997 Luxor massacre in which fifty 
-
eight tourists and four
Egyptians were murdered.
 
Still, in the bickering that turned the Sheik’s purported exit into a
rallying point for Obama bashers, the full significance of Abdel
-
Rahman as a flashpoint for global terror has been lost. Further, the
fa
ilure by administration officials and critics to appreciate his key role
in the ongoing jihad could have deadly consequences in the future.
Today’s anniversary of the Twin Towers bombing is an opportunity 
for us to answer the question: just how dangerous i
s the blind Sheikh?
 
The Prince of Jihad
 
Blinded shortly after birth, Abdel
-
Rahman
had memorized the Koran by the age of 
eleven. He earned a degree in Koranic studies
in 1972 from the Al Azhar University in Cairo,
 where he was influenced by the writings
Sa
 yyid Qutb, the Egyptian intellectual who
 was an ardent member of the Muslim
Brotherhood. Founded in 1928, The
Brotherhood spawned two of Egypt’s most violent terror sects: The
Islamic Group run by Sheikh Omar, and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad
led by Dr. Ayma
n al
-
Zawahiri.
 
Both Abdel
-
Rahman and al
-
Zawahiri were jailed following the 1981
assassination of Anwar Sadat and by separate routes, the two
of then
found their way to Afghanistan; al
-
Zawahiri aligning with Osama bin
Laden to form al Qaeda in 1988 and Sheikh Omar connecting with
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a warlord and future Taliban commander who
 became one of the conduits for the billions in U.S. c
overt military aid
to the Mujahedeen.
 
On his return to Egypt in 1990, the blind Sheikh was subjected to
house arrest, but he escaped to the Sudan and despite his presence on
multiple watch
-
lists, succeeded in entering the U.S. in July, thanks, to
help fro
m the CIA for his aid in the secret Afghan arms campaign.
 
 
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Before long, Abdel Rahman
 was preaching at the al
Farooq mosque in Brooklyn
and the ironically named al
-
Salaam (mosque of peace)
located on the third floor of 
a building on Kennedy 
Boulevard in Jers
ey 
City.
 
He was soon linked directly to two violent homicides.
 
The first blood
 
On November 5, 1991, one of Abdel
-
Rahman’s devoted followers, an
Egyptian emig
ré named El Sayyid Nosair, committed what was
arguably the first act of violence by al Qaeda on U.S. soil
 
the bloody 
assassination of 
Rabbi Meir Kahane
, founder of The Jewish Defense
League.
 
 After the killing, FBI agents seized
forty 
-
seven boxes of evidence from
Nosair’s home in Cliffside Park, New 
Jersey, proving that a bombing
conspir
acy was afoot with the WTC
as a target. Among the files were
maps of the Twin Towers. A passage
inside Nosair’s notebook called for the “destruction of the enemies of 
 Allah… by… exploding… their high world buildings.” There’s little
doubt that the blind Sh
eikh was the instigator, demanding, in one of 
his sermons that his followers “mount steeds of war (and) strike
terror into the enemies of Islam.”
 

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I followed the trial of the Blind Sheik. What evidence was produced that he had agreed to any of the terrorist plans suggested by FBI contract agent Emad Salem?
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