From the FBI:
First Strike: Global Terror in America
[On this day]at about 17 minutes past noon, a thunderous explosion rocked lower Manhattan.
The epicenter was the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center, where a massive eruption carved out a nearly 100-foot crater several stories deep and several more high. Six people were killed almost instantly. Smoke and flames began filling the wound and streaming upward into the building. Those who weren’t trapped were soon pouring out of the building—many panic-stricken and covered in soot. More than a thousand people were hurt in some way, some badly, with crushed limbs. It was Friday, February 26, 1993, and Middle Eastern terrorism had arrived on American soil—with a bang.
At the National 9/11 Memorial, which opened on the tenth anniversary of the 2001 attacks, the six adult victims of the 1993 bombing are memorialized at the North Pool, on Panel N-73. The recovered fragment of the memorial fountain is on display inside the museum.
Remembering the Six Victims of the WTC 1993 Bombing
Names of the six victims of the Feb. 26, 1993 bombing are forever inscribed in bronze on the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site. (Amy Dreher photo)
From CNN in 2003:
1993 BOMBING VICTIMS John DiGiovanni
Monica Rodriguez Smith
New York remembers 1993 WTC victims
From Phil Hirschkorn
CNN New York Bureau
Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Four of the six people killed in the attack worked for the World Trade Center's owner, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Most of the victims were having lunch in their basement office, adjacent to the parking garage where terrorists parked their explosives-laden van.
Bob Kirkpatrick, 61, Steven Knapp, 47, and Bill Macko, 57, were mechanical supervisors for the transportation agency. Monica Rodriguez Smith was Macko's secretary. All were killed in the bombing.
The fifth and sixth victims were Wilfred Mercado, 37, who worked for the Windows on the World restaurant atop the North Tower and was checking in food deliveries in the basement, and John DiGiovanni, 45, a dental salesman who was in the parking garage when the bomb exploded.
Another thousand people suffered injuries. It took 11 hours to evacuate some 50,000 people from the complex....
Port Authority employees received this pin after the bombing on February 26, 1993. (Photo: Jin Lee)
During the course of my research for this column, I read many, many articles of conspiracy theories, - with accompanying videos - political mudslinging, etc etc etc...ad nauseum.
Lost in all the fog is the indisputable facts that we lost SIX American innocent lives as they went about their daily business.
Also, and most egregious to me, is the lessons either not learned from this outrageous terrorist attack on American soil, or a deliberate forgetting of those lessons; a deliberate sweeping under the rug, if you will.
As I read the constant daily headlines from around the world on the scourge of today's terrorist threats, I am reminded that those who forget the lessons of history, are doomed to repeat them.
We must NOT forget, and we MUST learn. To forget is to seal our future at the hands of terrorist thugs who work tirelessly for our destruction.
The memory of the victims of 1993 demand we REMEMBER.
|1993 BOMBING VICTIMS
Monica Rodriguez Smith
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(I am sure my regular readers know my response to this 2013 article that swears: His lawyer says he's no longer a threat )