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A Terrorist's Testimony

After being convicted for his conspiracy to bomb Los Angeles International Airport in December 1999, Ahmed Ressam agreed to cooperate with U.S. investigators in hopes of a lighter sentence. In July 2001 he appeared as a witness for the prosecution in the trial of a co-conspirator. His testimony offers chilling details of exactly how a terrorist cell operates, what went on in Osama bin Laden's terrorist training camps in Afghanistan, and Ressam's role as a key member of a worldwide terror network. Here are excerpts.
Ahmed Ressam's Millennium Plot

A chronology of the Algerian terrorist's years of travel, training and activities leading up to his foiled plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport in late December 1999.
Interview with Jim Steinberg

Steinberg was Deputy U.S. National Security Adviser during President Bill Clinton's second term and was a member of the counterterrorism working group that met daily in the White House situation room in December 1999. He recalls the preparations taken for the expected millennium terrorist attacks and the response of U.S. security to Ressam's arrest.
Other Millennium Attacks

Ahmed Ressam's foiled plot to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport was not the only terrorist operation planned to coincide with the millennium. President Clinton's National Security Adviser, Sandy Berger, announced that in the weeks before the New Year law enforcement had disrupted terrorist cells "in eight countries, and attacks were almost certainly prevented."

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