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Iraq Involved In 1973 NYC Terror Plot

From Saddam Hussein’s undying defenders at the Associated Press:

In this March 18, 1993 photo released by U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., the family of Khalid Duhham Al-Jawary is shown holding a picture of him. On Feb. 19, Al-Jawary, 63, will be released.

NSA helped uncover 1973 NYC bombing plot


NEW YORK (AP) — It was the National Security Agency that uncovered a 1973 plot to bomb New York City, a scheme since linked to a terrorist who is nearing release from prison, according to government documents and interviews.

Khalid Al-Jawary, a Black September terrorist, placed two car bombs along Fifth Avenue and one near Kennedy Airport. The attack was meant to coincide with Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir’s arrival in the city. The bombs failed to detonate, and Al-Jawary quickly fled the country before being arrested nearly 20 years later.

The case has gained increased attention since an Associated Press investigation provided new details about Al-Jawary’s shadowy background. He’s scheduled to be released Feb. 19 after serving only about half his 30-year prison sentence.

But until now, it has been unclear how the authorities knew where to look for the cars. Shortly after Al-Jawary planted the bombs around March 4, the NSA intercepted a message revealing the location of them.

"When we picked that one up, it was a shocker," said Jim Welsh, who served as an NSA analyst from 1969 to 1974.

Declassified CIA records indicate the FBI and NYPD began looking for Al-Jawary’s bombs at 7:15 p.m. on March 6, 1973 — not long after the NSA intercepted the message about the plot.

The two bomb-rigged cars on Fifth Avenue were towed March 5 and were later found at impound yards. The third bomb at Kennedy Airport’s El-Al cargo terminal was discovered early March 7 and disabled by Terence McTigue of the NYPD bomb squad

Welsh said someone transmitted the message using official Iraqi diplomatic communications in the U.S. He believed it originated at the U.N. Iraqi mission in New York.

Welsh said the message stated the bombs had been placed and gave their whereabouts. Welsh said the encrypted message was sent to the Iraqi foreign ministry in Baghdad, where it was relayed to the Palestine Liberation Organization’s office.

Iraq’s specific involvement in the plot is not known, but the PLO routinely relied on friendly governments to facilitate communications during that era, said Matthew Aid, an intelligence historian who specializes in the NSA.

Al-Jawary was known to use multiple passports, including an Iraqi one. One of his aliases was Abu Walid al-Iraqi. The FBI captured him in early 1991 after he left Baghdad to attend the funeral of a terrorist in Tunis.

Declassified State Department documents say Iraq supported Black September, which intelligence officials believe was controlled by PLO leader Yasser Arafat

Funny how the Associated Press downplays Iraq’s involvement in this would-be terror attack.

Why is that?

Also, isn’t it peculiar for the AP to show so much concern for a terrorist going free after serving only half of his prison sentence?

Haven’t they been pushing for releasing the terrorists held at Guantanamo since day one?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Iraq Involved In 1973 NYC Terror Plot”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    What RB would like to do with car bombers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnL-7x4n4d8

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    Hasn’t this freedom fighter suffered enough? Whoa! For a minute there I was channeling Madeline Albright.

  3. canary says:

    AP aren’t liberals. They are cowards. Probably, have some terrorists within. They suck up to the terrorists so they don’t get kidnapped or shot. You never hear of an AP reporter getting held hostage.

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