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.
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.
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.
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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