Second gunman discovered in the Meir Kahane assassination

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A Jordanian terrorist indicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and later freed by New York federal prosecutors, has been identified as the second gunman in the 1990 assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane. The admission came in a series of confessions by Egyptian El Sayyid Nosair, convicted in the murder. The new evidence uncovered by investigative reporter Peter Lance, also links Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda to the slaying.

The detailed confessions in which Nosair names Bilal Alkaisi, who worked at the al Farooq Mosque on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, are contained in a series of FBI 302 memos obtained by Lance. In addition to supplying details of the Kahane slaying, never previously made public, the 302’s also recount an admission by Nosair that his original target, prior to gunning down Kahane was Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

A previous story, reported by Lance also named Alkaisi as the lead shooter in the grisly 1991 homicide of bin laden associate Mustafa Shalabi, the Egyptian who ran the Alkifah Center at the Brooklyn Mosque.

As Lance reported, additional FBI 302’s he’s obtained provide gruesome details of Shalabi’s slaying committed, two years to the day before the Twin Towers bombing. According to the confessions, Alkasi was the lead killer. His accomplices were Mohammed Salameh, a Palestinian illegal alien and Nidal Ayyad, a Kuwaiti émigré both later convicted in the WTC bombing that killed 6 and injured 1000 on February 26th, 1993.

The discovery of the 302’s withheld from the NYPD by investigators for the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) was prompted by an investigation Lance conducted in conjunction with an article to be published August 13th in the September issue of PLAYBOY magazine.

The piece chronicles the untold story of former Egyptian Army Major Emad Salem, who became a U.S. naturalized citizen and infiltrated the WTC bombing cell in 1992 at the request of the FBI; only to be forced out by a senior Bureau administrator prior to the bombing.

The PLAYBOY article quotes Salem in a 1993 taped conversation with his FBI handler noting that if the Feds had allowed Salem’s undercover role to continue, they could have prevented the Trade Center blast. The agent (John Anticev) is then recorded saying, “Absolutely. But don’t repeat that.” Following the bombing, Salem went back undercover and discovered a plot by additional cell members to plant similar explosive devices at The George Washington Bridge, the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, connecting Manhattan with New Jersey, the United Nations and 26 Federal Plaza, home of the FBI’s New York Office.

See Peter Lance’s detailed piece on this and the Meier Kahane murder in the September 2nd, 2010 edition of Tablet magazine:

 

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