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1History of al-Qaeda and Terrorism against the USA Adapted from a work created by Dan GreenstoneMichael Quiñones
2CLARIFYING AND GUIDING QUESTION [All notes you take need to help you answer the following question]What effect HAS TERRORISM AND U.S. RESPONSE TO IT haVE on THE U.S. image abroad? What effect HAS IT HAD ON have on U.S. civil rights?]
3What is al-Qaeda?Al Qaeda means “the Base.” It is a stateless (meaning without a country) terrorist organization.It is led and financed by Osama bin Laden, a radical Sunni Muslim.
4When did al-Qaeda form?The beginnings of al-Qaeda go back to the 1980s when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.
5Bin Laden, and the Arab Afghans, fought the Soviet Union in Afghanistan for over 10 years. The Soviet army left in 1988.US stinger anti-aircraft gun.
6Desert Storm (Gulf War I) In 1990, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein invaded the tiny, oil-rich country of Kuwait
7Operation Desert Shield/Storm The United States feared Saddam would invade Saudi Arabia too. The result of further Iraqi invasions could cause unprecedented oil price spikes.Iraqi tanks
8US and Saudi coalitionThe United States was asked by the Saudis to establish military bases in their country in order to stop an Iraqi advance and conquest of Saudi Arabia.
9Saudi’s choiceOsama bin Laden, back home from Afghanistan, offered the Saudis the use of his soldiers to fight the Iraqi army because Infidel armies have no place in the holy land of Islam.
10Saudis chose the USA as its ally and snubbed bin Laden Saudis chose the USA as its ally and snubbed bin Laden. The presence of infidels [non-Muslim people] in the Middle East outraged bin Laden.
12USA in SomaliaDec. 4, 1992, George H.W. Bush sent 28,000 American troops to Somalia.Bush wanted to help the Somali people since all attempts to send food to them were intercepted by war lords.
13Black Hawk Down!In 1993, 18 Americans died when Black Hawk helicopters were shot down over Mogadishu, Somalia and the resulting gun battles.
14al Qaeda?US intelligence agencies such as the CIA and NSA think al Qaeda operatives taught the Somalis how to shoot down helicopters using the [US made] stinger anti-aircraft guns just like the Mujahadeen did in Afghanistan against the Soviets.
151993-The 1st World Trade Center bombing Pakistani national Ramzi Yusef was the mastermind of this attack. He has since been captured, tried, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in the U.S.
161993 WTC bombingThis attack killed 6 people and injured over 1000.
17May 1996 ---Sudan expels bin Laden, and he returns to Afghanistan
181996 car bombing of Khobar Towers 19 Americans were killed and hundreds injured.
19Fatwa [An Islamic edict demanding action] In August of 1998, Al Qaeda, led by bin Laden and Ayman Zawahiri declare war on American.
20Embassy bombings: 1998Two American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed simultaneously [220 people were killed].
21Clinton responds.President Clinton, risking “Wag the Dog” criticism during the Lewinsky scandal, decided to attack al Qaeda to project US strength in response to attacks against the US.
22US sent missiles to destroy al Qaeda training camps in Sudan and Afghanistan under Bill Clinton----to little effect.
232000—Millennium Attacks Foiled! Jordanian police halted suicide 4 bombings of civilian targets.Four al Qaeda terrorists were arrested, crossing the Canadian border with nitroglycerin in their trunk. Allegedly the group was set to bomb [LAX] LA International Airport.In Yemen, a boat with explosives tried to bomb a navy ship but sank due to being overloaded
24USS Cole attack Oct. 2000In Yemen, Al Qaeda operatives sent a suicide bomber aboard a small speed boat into the USS Cole, a US Navy destroyer, and detonated its bomb, blowing a large hole in the US Navy ship. 17 sailors killed.
26343 firefighters and paramedics were killed 2819 people were killed343 firefighters and paramedics were killedKhalid Sheik Muhhamad was the centralPlanner of the 9/11. Most terrorists (at right)were from Saudi Arabia [later captured in Pakistan and still in US custody].
32Flight 93 crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania instead of its believed destination, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C, because of the heroic efforts of several passengers!
33Pentagon the control center of the U.S. military
34U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T. ActWithin 6 weeks of 9/11 the US Justice Department drafted a national security instrument to combat terrorist threats [foreign and domestic].The law was actually an acronym for Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism.This counter-terrorism law strengthened an existing statute called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act formerly created to expose foreign agents inside the US. However, the revisions to the law targeted US citizens too.3 of the most controversial provisions were National Security Letters, FISA courts, and indefinite detentions of declared enemy combatants.Water boarding [simulated drowning] and Rendition [capture, transfer to 3rd World nation “Black site,” [secret prison] blind folded, beaten and interrogated] have been 2 examples of extra-legal tactics used by the US to obtain intelligence.
35U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T. ActNational Security Letters-allowed the FBI and other federal agencies such as the CIA to obtain information [administrative subpoena] without judicial consent [permission of a judge]. This power was troubling because it contradicted guaranteed constitutional rights. The subpoena also had a gag order attached barring the recipient from making the letter public to anyone [that was later overturned as a violation of the 1st Amendment].FISA courts-federal courts established to issue secret warrants to monitor/mine financial, personal, employment, education and medical data to detect patterns of terrorist activity and money laundering. Defendants were/are never notified as is standard practice.Guantanamo Bay Detention center [a.k.a. Gitmo]-is a US Naval base used since 1903 but more recently used to detain people captured on battlefield or terror investigation and held without bail or expectation of release [no lawyers].
36Some Closure…Small hard to detect unmanned remotely controlled aircraft have been used to obtain intelligence and employ missile strikes on targets throughout the Middle East.On May 2, 2011 terror mastermind Osama bin Laden was killed by US special operations forces inside a walled compound in Pakistan as has been suspected by the US.
37REEXAMING THE CLARIFYING AND GUIDING QUESTION [All notes you take need to help you answer the following question]What effect HAS TERRORISM AND U.S. RESPONSE TO IT haVE on THE U.S. image abroad? What effect HAS IT HAD ON have on U.S. civil rights?]