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  posted on 9/23/2016 at 04:31 PM
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A Brief History of People Setting Off Bombs in New York City
By Tom Cowell

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September 23, 2016

When a bomb went off in New York's Chelsea neighborhood last Saturday, it didn't take long for the specter of Islamic terrorism to engulf America's largest city. This, many thought—absent any evidence—was surely an act of jihad, whether orchestrated by a group like ISIS or otherwise. And even if a notebook authored by alleged bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami—who is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, among other offenses—suggests he was in fact a fan of al Qaeda luminaries, a blind rush to judgement never serves anyone.

Meanwhile, regardless of the bomber's motivations, it's fair to say heated rhetoric on the campaign trail and attacks by radical Islamists both here and abroad have helped ramp anti-Muslim sentiment up to frightening new levels. As the New York Times reports, hate crimes across the United States are the highest they've been since just after 9/11—and spiked by 78 percent last year. Rahami's alleged role seems poised to fan already white-hot flames.

But if you were hesitant to jump to conclusions after Saturday's blast, history is actually on your side. New York City has been rocked by blasts large and small over the centuries, thanks to bombs planted by groups with the healthy array of prejudices and ethnic backgrounds you might expect from a diverse metropolis. Some of them, like the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, are fresh in our minds. Others, less so. Here's a brief rundown of the some of the people and organizations who have tried to blow up a little piece of the Big Apple.

A Guy Upset at Con Edison

This really happened. George Metesky planted 33 pipe bombs around New York throughout the 1940s and 50s, 22 of which exploded. The target of his rage was the electric utility Con Edison, which had fired him after a workplace injury. He also justified his actions in terms of the unreasonable rates the company charged for electricity. Using his crude bombs, Metesky attacked Pennsylvania Station, Radio City Music Hall, the New York Public Library, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the RCA Building, and the New York City Subway. He was caught in 1957 and committed to a state mental hospital until 1973. Miraculously, he never killed anyone, but injured 15.



Puerto Rican Nationalists

The Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN) was a terrorist group dedicated to independence for Puerto Rico, and to Marxist-Leninism in general. Between 1969 and 1982, the group planted at least seven bombs throughout New York City, killing five people, injuring dozens, and blinding three NYPD bomb technicians. Its targets include the Macy's department store in Herald Square, and Fraunces Tavern—the inn and tourist attraction where George Washington headquartered his army during the Revolutionary War.

The Jewish Defense League

Founded by Rabbi Meir Kahane in New York City in 1968, the JDL was created to protect Jews from anti-Semitism "by any means necessary." During the 1970s, the group's political violence was targeted mainly at the interests of the Soviet Union within the United States, in protest at the treatment of Jews within the USSR. In 1980, the group detonated a device outside the New York headquarters of Aeroflot, the Soviet government airline, and the year after, was linked with rifle fire directed at the Soviet mission to the United Nations. In 1972, a smoke bomb was planted in the Manhattan office of musician Sol Hurok, who organized tours of the US for Soviet performers. The JDL was suspected of involvement, and one victim died of smoke inhalation.

Confederate Sleeper Agents

On November 25, 1864, in the waning days of the American Civil War, eight Confederate sleeper agents set crude incendiary devices at 21 locations throughout the the city. Their plan was to overwhelm New York's fire response and burn as much of the city as possible. Most of the devices either failed to start fires, or their blazes were quickly contained.

A Fan of the Movie "Fight Club"

The most bizarre explosion ever to rock New York took place in 2009 when 17-year-old Kyle Shaw set off an explosive device at the East 92nd Street branch of Starbucks, inspired by "Project Mayhem," the domestic terrorism operation featured at the end of Fight Club. There were no injuries. In 2010, Shaw accepted a plea deal to serve three and a half years in prison.

Croatian Nationalists

On September 10, 1976, a group calling itself "Fighters for a Free Croatia" hijacked a flight from LaGuardia to Chicago O'Hare. The men informed authorities that they had also left a bomb in a locker at New York's Grand Central Station. Their aim was to draw international attention to Croatia's desire for national independence from Yugoslavia. The station bomb was located and transported to a firing range. Attempting to dismantle the device, one police officer was killed and three others wounded.

Italian Anarchists

Shortly after midnight on September 16, 1920, a horse-drawn wagon filled with explosives was detonated in front of the J.P. Morgan bank on Wall Street. Containing dynamite and 500 pounds of small metal weights, the blast killed 38 and wounded hundreds. Although the terrorists were never caught, the verdict of history is that the atrocity was committed by Italian followers of insurrectionist anarchist Luigi Galleani.

The Weather Underground

Multiple explosions in New York City in the late 1960s were attributed to the Weather Underground. A paramilitary splinter group of the anti-war organization SDS (Students For A Democratic Society), the Underground's ultimate goal was the revolutionary overthrow of the US government. Although the group largely targeted government and corporate buildings in their attacks, it accidentally exploded a townhouse in Greenwich Village in 1970. Three Weathermen were making explosives at the home, on West 11th Street. All three died in the blast.

 

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  posted on 9/23/2016 at 04:43 PM

One thing that was not widely reported was that Mr. Khan's wife had filed for full custody of their child in January 2016. That could be the stressor that pushed him to his limit. That and working at the chicken restaurant, living over that with his parents etc.

There will be a bias because he used pressure cookers as a weapon, everyone's mind goes back to the Boston Marathon bombings.

The second bias is because he is a Muslim.

The third bias is because he is an Afghan. Afghans have been unfairly blamed and stigmatized because of Osama and his post 9.11.01 jihad. Most Americans equate the Taliban with Al Qaida.

 

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  posted on 9/23/2016 at 04:45 PM
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One thing that was not widely reported was that Mr. Khan's wife had filed for full custody of their child in January 2016. That could be the stressor that pushed him to his limit. That and working at the chicken restaurant, living over that with his parents etc.

There will be a bias because he used pressure cookers as a weapon, everyone's mind goes back to the Boston Marathon bombings.

The second bias is because he is a Muslim.

The third bias is because he is an Afghan. Afghans have been unfairly blamed and stigmatized because of Osama and his post 9.11.01 jihad. Most Americans equate the Taliban with Al Qaida.




He had visited ISIS and terrorist web sites. This had nothing to do with his wife and everything to do with the fact that he was another scummy terrorist that you love.

 

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  posted on 9/23/2016 at 05:01 PM
Okay, in this instance there was a desire to carry out attacks, there is info. that he was doing it for Isis, and also for Osama. He mentions that Osama offered peace to the West, and the West denied that offer.

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2016/09/10-pages-from-ahmad-khan-rah amis-journal.php

I do want to make clear my original point, that visiting terrorist websites in and of itself does not make someone carry out attacks. Otherwise you would journalists doing jihad, which has not happened. Mr. Khan having went back to Afghanistan and possibly over the border to Pakistan where Isis and the al Qaida members aligned with them are shows he had more than just internet contact with them. In Mr. Khan's case, there are more factors (the wife wanting custody of the child is a factor). Even with the guy who tried to blow up a van in Times Square, he was angry because he was working on Wall Street and was paid less than others doing the same work. He was frustrated because he did not make enough money that was his motivation.

I do not agree with that form of jihad, but I understand the rationale. You think we can continue killing people anywhere all over the globe, those million Iraqis did nothing to anyone in the US, but you think it was okay to kill them.

Can you explain why it was okay to kill all of them?

Why was it okay to kill them? Osama hated Saddam, he even offered to go and kill him, Saddam was not in league with Al Qaida, yet Iraqi lives were deemed acceptable for assassination. This is ONE of the reasons they carry out attacks on Western people. The other reason is because they are not believing Muslims. So there are TWO reasons. One is retaliation for the deaths of Muslims in their lands, the other is to enforce conversion to Islam, which is believed to be a duty.

Until people understand these TWO reasons, nothing changes. We just declare "terror", go to other countries and bomb and shoot at people, civilian deaths become acceptable collateral damage. The only thing that has changed is now the attacks are coming here to American cities.






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  posted on 9/25/2016 at 01:41 PM
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I do want to make clear my original point, that visiting terrorist websites in and of itself does not make someone carry out attacks.


Oh, good. Then we can rest assured that you won't be carrying out attacks. That's a relief.

 
 


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