Y2K Concerns

December 1999

Materials presented chronologically.

Hockstader, Lee. "Jordanians Arrest 13 Suspected of Planning Attacks on Americans: Afghan-Trained Arabs Are Linked to Bin Laden." Washington Post, 16 Dec. 1999, A30. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul-Raouf Rawabdeh announced on 15 December 1999 that his country's security forces had arrested "11 Jordanians, an Iraqi and an Algerian returning from Afghanistan who planned 'to carry out operations in the Jordanian arena.'" U.S. officials said the group was planning to attack American and other targets in Jordan.

Labaton, Stephen. "National Security Adviser Warns of Risk of Terrorism." New York Times, 20 Dec. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

"With security being tightened after the arrest of an Algerian man who crossed the Canadian border into Washington with powerful bomb-making materials, President Clinton's national security adviser" warned Americans on 19 December 1999 "to be more vigilant over the next few weeks because of a 'heightened risk of terrorist actions.'"

Adams, Lorraine. "U.S. Tightens Border, Airport Security." Washington Post, 22 Dec. 1999, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

In response to heightened concern about foreign terrorism, law enforcement agencies on 21 December 1999 "tightened their grip at the nation's borders, increasing inspectors and redoubling security at airports. And [on 21 December 1999] the State Department reemphasized its warning that Americans abroad may be the target of terrorist attacks in the next few weeks."

Burns, John, et al. "Arrest at U.S. Border Reverberates in France." New York Times, 22 Dec. 1999. [http://www.nytimes.com]

"When United States customs officials arrested Ahmed Ressam near Seattle last week..., American intelligence officials knew little about him. But the arrest set off alarms in France, where antiterrorist officials had been focusing on the 32-year-old Mr. Ressam because of his connections to a loosely organized group of Islamic radicals that French investigators suspect had carried out a series of attacks on supermarkets, armored security vehicles and banks in northern France in 1996."

Pearlstein, Steven. "Canadians Examine Lapses in Security: Suspected Terrorist Benefits from Bungling by Police, Immigration Agents." Washington Post, 22 Dec. 1999, A8. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"Embarrassed Canadian officials were scrambling ... to explain how a suspected Algerian terrorist managed to elude them for nearly six years before getting caught by U.S. border police as he allegedly tried to smuggle a homemade bomb into Seattle.... Documents released ... in Ottawa and Montreal tell a tale of bungling by police and immigration officials as well as skillful manipulation of Canada's open-armed immigration system by the mysterious Algerian, Ahmed Ressam."

U.S. News & World Report. "The Ball Goes Up, but What Comes Down? Assessing Terrorists' Plans for the Millennium." 27 Dec. 1999, 20.

U.S. agencies are on the alert against international and domestic terrorist threats.

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