Latest Airline Terror Plot Resembles 11-Year-Old Failed Plan

Published August 10, 2006

| Associated Press

The plot was simple: Blow up a dozen U.S. jets with bombs assembled on board using liquid in household containers.

It was 1995, and it was the idea of Ramzi Yousef, the man behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Yousef is now an inmate at the Supermax federal prison in Florence, Colorado.

Terrorists still copy his plans — including Project Bojinka, Yousef's blueprint for mass murder. Tom Corrigan, a former New York detective who investigated Yousef while on the FBI-NYPD terrorist task force, said similarities between the Bojinka plot and British plots are alarming.

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Pat D'Amuro, a former FBI assistant director, said the London plot shows that terrorists "like to come back to areas, like they did the World Trade Center."

Yousef's uncle, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who was captured in Pakistan in 2003, is called the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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