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Flashback Hunting Bin Laden
December 27, 2009
VIEW: A flashback to New Year's 1999, the eve of a new decade and new millennium.
U.S. intelligence had no idea of Bin Laden's whereabouts, but knew he was determined to strike. Some were certain Al Qaeda cells were buried in America. [See Justice Department's Fran Townsend's interview on the extraordinary fears surrounding the Times Square New Year's Eve countdown.]
Bin Laden already had been linked to the first World Trade Center attack in 1993, the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998 and many other events tied to Al Qaeda, one of the most active terrorist groups in the world.
So here are the concluding minutes from our sixty-minute report on Bin Laden, who for two decades now has taunted, threatened and frustrated the United States. This report was first broadcast in April 1999, but was updated and re-aired two nights after the Sept. 11, 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center and attack on the Pentagon. [These concluding minutes reflect the updating.]