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P.L. the Blind Sheikh 2.26.13 Embedded Links

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The Blind Sheikh: a flashpoint for terror 20years after the World Trade Center bombing
 
BY PETER LANCE
  www.peterlance.comFebruary 26th, 2013,the 20
th
anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing,
which killed sixand injured a thousand,may be the latest proof of 
George Santayana‘sprediction 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 Septemberand the January Algerian hostage crisis
both directly linked to
demands by Islamic radicals to ―free the blind Sheikh.‖
 Indeed, new evidence wasuncovered last summer by  ex-FBIasset Emad Salem,proving that Abdel-Rahman, now 74 andserving a life sentence in a NorthCarolina federal prison, was abletoissue a fatwa that helped propel Egyptian Brotherhoodpresidential candidateMohammed Morsi to victory 
a bit of prison-cell electioneeringthat 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 theObama administration would be naïve enough to extradite SheikhOmar, 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 fourEgyptians 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, thefailure by administration officials and critics to appreciate his key rolein 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 is the blind Sheikh?
The Prince of Jihad
 Blinded shortly after birth, Abdel-Rahmanhad memorized the Koran by the age of eleven. He earned a degree in Koranic studiesin 1972 from the Al Azhar University in Cairo, where he was influenced by the writingsSayyid Qutb, the Egyptian intellectual who was an ardent member of the MuslimBrotherhood. 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 Jihadled by Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri. Both Abdel-Rahman and al-Zawahiri were jailed following the 1981assassination of Anwar Sadat and by separate routes, the two of thenfound their way to Afghanistan; al-Zawahiri aligning with Osama binLaden to form al Qaeda in 1988 and Sheikh Omar connecting withGulbuddin Hekmatyar, a warlord and future Taliban commander who became one of the conduits for the billions in U.S. covert military aidto the Mujahedeen.On his return to Egypt in 1990, the blind Sheikh was subjected tohouse arrest, but he escaped to the Sudan and despite his presence onmultiple watch-lists, succeeded in entering the U.S. in July, thanks, tohelp from the CIA for his aid in the secret Afghan arms campaign.
 
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Before long, Abdel Rahman was preaching at the alFarooq mosque in Brooklynand the ironically named al-Salaam (mosque of peace)located on the third floor of a building on Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey 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 emigré named El Sayyid Nosair, committed what wasarguably 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 seizedforty-seven boxes of evidence from
Nosair‘s home in Cliffside Park, New 
Jersey, proving that a bombingconspiracy was afoot with the WTCas a target. Among the files weremaps 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 Sheikh was the instigator, demanding, in one of 
his sermons that his followers ―mount steeds of war (and) striketerror into the enemies of Islam.‖
 

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