Wikipedia is usually a cesspool of misinformation and biased half-truths but occasionally you will stumble across something really interesting that everyone else has overlooked or no one else seems to care about. I must say this entry is the darnedest thing.
We had a confessed bomber in custody, who admitted his role, fingered all the other suspects, and… the FBI kicks him loose! Then he immediately flies BACK to Iraq to disappear for a decade. Then, in the aftermath of 9/11/2001 a very scared, and compliant Iraqi government (still headed by Saddam Hussein) picks him up and attempts to hand him over to the Americans in a gesture of goodwill. The Americans will not give the Iraqis a receipt for custody (for some unknown reason) and so after a few months, and an impending war, the Iraqis seemed to have kicked him loose too or he just walked out of prison after the 2003 invasion. He promptly disappears, again, and he hasn’t been seen since.
If you have a theory as to if this was outright incompetency or a deliberate collusion with foreign terrorists, I’d love to hear your theory.
Abdul Rahman Yasin (Arabic: عبد الرحمن يس ; born April 10, 1960) is an American fugitive who helped make the bombs used in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing attack. Yasin is of Iraqi heritage and grew up in Baghdad. He has been characterized in the American media as “the only participant in the first attempt to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993 who was never caught.” Yasin’s whereabouts remain unknown.
In 1992, Yasin was able to use his American birth citizenship to obtain a US passport and thus enter the United States.
Recruited by Ramzi Yousef, he had acid burns on his legs from bomb chemicals.
Soon following investigation of the attack on February 26, 1993, Yasin was picked up by the FBI on March 4, 1993, the same day as the arrest of Mohammed A. Salameh, in a sweep of sites associated with Salameh. Yasin was found in the apartment in Jersey City, New Jersey, that he was sharing with his mother.
Yasin was taken to New Jersey FBI headquarters in Newark, where he was reportedly very cooperative. Agents had Yasin retrace where and how the WTC bomb had been built in New York and New Jersey.
Yasin said he was released after giving agents names and addresses, and went home to Iraq.
During the 2003 US invasion of Iraq as chaos and looting descended on Baghdad, prisons and jails were “liberated” and emptied of all their prisoners, both political prisoners and common criminals. Many believe Yasin escaped at this time. Others believe he managed to escape from Iraq before the invasion, and is living today somewhere in Jordan.
After the invasion, large numbers of Iraqi government documents were retrieved by US intelligence. An anonymous US intelligence official claimed to USA Today that “some of the analysts concluded that the documents show that Saddam’s government provided monthly payments and a home for Yasin.” However these “documents” have never been produced or shown to the public.
Abdul Rahman Yasin was listed on 17 October 2001 as being associated with the organization known as Al-Qaida, the individual named Osama bin Laden and the organization known as the Taliban, for his participation:
“…in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf, or in support of”, “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materiel to” or “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden and the Taliban.
However Salem Al Jumaily former head of the US Desk at Iraqi Intelligence who actually interrogated and studied Yasin following the 1993 World Trade Center attack insists: “He had nothing to do with Al-Qaeda. He perpetrated that attack as an act of revenge for the First Gulf War.”