Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center has died.
He was known as The Blind Sheikh, but don’t let his handicap fool you.
Abdel-Rahman, 78, died of natural causes at 9:40 a.m. (09:40 a.m. ET) at the Federal Medical Center, Butner, part of a federal prison compound in Butner, North Carolina, according to Greg Norton, a spokesman.
The Egyptian-born Abdel-Rahman remained a spiritual leader for radical Muslims even after more than 20 years in prison.
Abdel-Rahman was called the blind sheikh because he lost his eyesight as a child. Sadly his disability didn’t keep him from becoming a radical Islamic terrorist. His crowning achievement was getting a tourist visa to visit New York, despite being on the State department’s terrorist watch list.
Apparently terrorists have been sneaking in under the radar for a long time now!
Abdel-Rahman pulled that off back in 1990. U.S, authorities say a computer error gave him the visa by mistake. Next he managed to get a green card and obtain resident status.
Once Abdel-Rahman managed to bamboozle us into allowing him residency, he preached his radical messages all over New York, while residing in Brooklyn and nearby Jersey City.
Feb. 26th, 1993- Six people dead, more than 1,000 people injured, and finally Americans see the truth. We are not immune to terrorists. They are intertwined among us.
A few months later, Abdel-Rahman was arrested and went on trial for his part in the attack and his linking with other terrorist attacks. He was accused of plotting a day of terror for the United States that would include assassinations and synchronized bombings of the U.N. headquarters, a major federal government facility in Manhattan and tunnels and a bridge linking New York City and New Jersey.
According to the indictment, Abdel-Rahman and his followers planned to “levy a war of urban terrorism against the United States” as part of a jihad – or holy war – to stop U.S. support for Israel and change its overall Middle East policy”. He could not be directly charged with the attack, but he was accused of conspiring with those who did carry out the plan.
Abdel-Rahman also plotted to kill Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a Jewish New York state legislator and a Jewish New York State Supreme Court justice.
The trial lasted nine long months, but in the end, Abdel-Rahman was found guilty of 48 out of the 50 charges. He never testified on his own behalf. However, he did give a speech at his sentencing in which he proclaimed his innocence. He also called the United States the enemy of his faith.
“I have not committed any crime except telling people about Islam,” he said.
Abdel-Rahman was still an important figure in radical Islam even after years in prison. A year before his al Qaeda followers pulled off the most destructive assault on U.S. soil, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Osama bin Laden had pledged a jihad to free Abdel-Rahman from prison. When Mohammed Mursi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, began his short-lived presidency of Egypt in 2012, he said winning the sheikh’s freedom would be a priority and the jihadists who attacked an Algerian oilfield and took hostages in 2013 also demanded his release.
In short, a Leftist ICON has died. You can bet that along with many Muslims, Leftists join in the mourning of a killer.
I speak on behalf of sane America in saying GOOD RIDDANCE to this Muslim killer.