#280: Everything Was Different in the 90s, Even Terrorism

What the first attempt to topple the Twin Towers was all about.

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Somewhere, someone doesn’t know about the first terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

We get it.

9/11 will cast a shadow over a lot for a long time to come. As ludicrous as it seems to have had one attack, sometimes it stands to remind people that there was an attempt to topple the Twin Towers before September 11, 2001.

On February 26, 1993, the first attack on the World Trade Center occurred when a bomb was detonated in a rented van in the underground parking garage of the North Tower. The explosion killed six people and injured over 1,000.

The attack was perpetrated by Ramzi Yousef who, with accomplices, had plotted to bring down one of the towers. They were associated with the militant group al-Qaeda.

Operation Tradebom

Remember, this was 30 years ago. The world’s security apparatus wasn’t as far-reaching as it is today. The whole idea of attacking the World Trade Center was unfathomable and when terrorists did blow a massive hole in the ground, New Yorkers took it in stride and found a way to move on.

Operation: Tradebom takes us back and slows everything down to a real ‘90s tempo so we can make sense of the run up to the ‘93 terrorist attack and how The Joint Terrorism Task Force charged with investigating it was formed.

Without much precedent to work with, FBI agents and NYPD detectives came together to conduct the international investigation known as Operation Tradebom. It was a huge operation that sent agents to numerous countries in search of leads, suspects, and answers.

Get ready for an earful of suspense and intrigue as the podcast delves into the nitty-gritty of the investigation. From unraveling how international political and ideological tensions spilled over to the US, to tracking down the bomber on a global scale, this Operation: Tradebom is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Have a listen and share what you think.

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