TERRORISM

2000

General

Materials presented chronologically.

Boyes, Roger. "Life Term for Jackal's Deputy." Times (London), 18 Jan. 2000. [http:// www.the-times.co.uk]

On 17 January 2000, a German court sentenced "Johannes Weinrich, the right-hand man of Carlos the Jackal," to jail for life "for his part in blowing up the French Cultural Institute in Berlin 17 years ago."

Helm, Toby. "Carlos the Jackal's Aide Jailed for Murder." Telegraph (London), 18 Jan. 2000. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

The Berlin court also convicted Weinrich's "co-defendant, Nabil Shritah, a former Syrian diplomat who served as a key witness for the prosecution, of being an accessory to the attack. He received a two-year suspended sentence." Weinrich "was extradited to Germany in 1995 after being arrested in Yemen. He is believed to have taken part in several other incidents, including a rocket attack against an Israeli plane at Orly airport in Paris in 1975."

Pyes, Craig. "Canada Adds Details on Algerians' Suspected Bomb Plot." New York Times, 21 Jan. 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 20 January 2000, Canadian prosecutors "offered the most detailed picture to date of a bomb plot they said stretched from Canada to Brooklyn and involved a number of Algerians, including one they said was trained at camps in Afghanistan operated by Islamic militants."

Calabresi, Massimo. "The Bin Laden Capture that Never Was." Time, 20 Mar. 2000, 24.

A Presidentially approved plan for the CIA to help Pakistan organize a unit to slip into Afghanistan and capture Osama Bin Laden never got off the ground because of Pakistani footdragging.

Loeb, Vernon. "U.S. Is Urged to Preempt Terrorists." Washington Post, 4 Jun. 2000, A1. "Just a Suggestion: Get Tougher with Terrorists." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 12 Jun. 2000, 30.

The report of the National Commission on Terrorism, created by Congress in 1998 in the wake of the bombings of U.S. embassies in East Africa, urges "the federal government to take more aggressive steps to prevent terrorism, including monitoring all foreign students in the United States, loosening restrictions on the CIA and threatening sanctions against such friendly states as Greece and Pakistan....

"While generally complimentary of the FBI and the CIA, the 10-member commission recommended the repeal of regulations that require senior officials at CIA headquarters to approve the recruitment of any counterterrorist informant who may have committed serious criminal violations.... Similarly, the commission said the FBI should streamline its rules on what justifies opening a preliminary or full investigation of a terrorist suspect."

The commission is chaired by L. Paul Bremer III, and includes Maurice Sonnenberg, Richard K. Betts, Gen. Wayne A. Downing; Jane Harman, Fred C. Ikle, Juliette N. Kayyem, John F. Lewis Jr., Gardner Peckham, and R. James Woolsey.

The Commission Report, "Countering the Changing Threat of International Terrorism," is available at: http://www.fas.org/irp/threat/commission.html.

8 June 2000: British defense attache killed in Athens; November 17 group claims responsibility. Click for reportage.

McNeil, Donald G., Jr. "Loss of Face at Lockerbie." New York Times, 1 Oct. 2000. [http://www.nytimes.com]

The credibility of the U.S. intelligence community "suffered at the Lockerbie trial this week." Both the CIA and the FBI "appeared badly singed by the results of the first-ever release of C.I.A. cables in a foreign court, by a series of evasive answers from an F.B.I. investigator and by the poor showing by the witness, Abdul Majid Giaka, who spent three years on the C.I.A. payroll.... The cables revealed that even his C.I.A. handlers had doubts about Mr. Abdul Majid."

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