Gov. Cuomo Stunner: ‘First Terrorist Attack in New York City Was 1993’; Ignores Earlier Terror Bombings in NYC by Dem Allies FALN and Weather Underground
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo whitewashed New York City’s history of being terror bombed by Democratic Party allies by marking the 1993 World Trade Center bombing by Islamist terrorists as the start of the City being targeted by terrorists, ignoring the deadly 1970s and 1980s terror bombings by Democratic Party allies the FALN and the Weather Underground (Bill Ayers).
Cuomo made his remarks Wednesday afternoon at a press conference in New York City about the mail bomb addressed to former Obama CIA Director John Brennan at CNN’s NYC bureau as part of a wave of mail bombs apparently targeting Democrats including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder, major Democrat donor George Soros and, as Cuomo announced at the end of the press conference, himself. (Update: Cuomo package deemed safe.)
"This is the world we live in," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says after suspicious package was removed from CNN's NYC offices. "What they are trying to do is scare us and destabilize us. We will not allow that to happen." https://t.co/PObfCTnqgo pic.twitter.com/6AwHMOvv8G
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 24, 2018
“…Also, a little perspective, the first terrorist attack in New York City was 1993. Twenty-five years ago was the bombing of the World Trade Center. Uh, so in some ways this is nothing new. We have lived with this for a long time. Actually my father (Mario Cuomo) was governor at that time…”
The Weather Underground, led by Bill Ayers who would later go on to launch Barack Obama’s political career at his Chicago home in the 1990s, bombed NYPD headquarters in 1970 and blew up a Greenwich Village brownstone with a bomb intended for a soldiers dance at Ft. Dix, New Jersey, killing several Weather Underground members.
On March 6, 1970, a bomb exploded prematurely inside a town house at 18 W. 11th St. in Greenwich Village. Three Weathermen were killed — the two building the bomb, Terry Robbins and Diana Oughton, and another, Ted Gold, who was entering the building…
…His first attack, in 1970, was the most nerve-racking. And why not? They were going inside NYPD headquarters.
“That first one was the scariest,” (Ronald) Fliegelman recalls. “Going into a public building, there was security, and you had to get past it. We had people who did the casings. We needed people who wouldn’t be noticed, so they went in dressed like lawyers. Still, I was scared. Very scared. We knew if we did this, they would come after us.”
But things went smoothly.
“It wasn’t like they had metal detectors back then. There was just a guy at the desk, and we walked right past him,” Fliegelman tells Burrough.
The bomb — created in an apartment on quaint Amity Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn — had a simple design: 15 sticks of dynamite attached to a Westclox alarm clock bought at a RadioShack.
The device, hidden in a hollowed-out law book, was placed above a ceiling tile in a second-floor bathroom at the Centre Street building, about 125 feet from Commissioner Howard Leary’s office.
At 6:40 p.m. on June 9, a warning was called in, and 17 minutes later, the bomb exploded, destroying two walls and blasting a 20-by-40-foot hole in the floor…
The FALN (Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional), a leftist Puerto Rican independence terrorist group, waged a deadly terror bombing campaign in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s.
Members of the FALN were pardoned by former President Bill Clinton in a reputed effort to aid his wife Hillary Clinton’s 2000 bid for to be elected U.S. Senator from New York. In early 2017, former President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of the FALN bombings mastermind, Oscar Lopez Rivera.
On New Year’s Eve in 1982, NYPD bomb squad tech Anthony Senft was sent to defuse a bomb packed with dynamite near the old Manhattan federal courthouse on Centre St.
Moments earlier, Officer Rocco Pascarella, working security at police headquarters, lost part of his left leg when another bomb exploded.
Senft’s police dog, High Hat, detected four sticks of dynamite. Senft gave High Hat a snack, then tied the dog behind a wall. Senft and his partner Richard Pastorella, both in bomb suits, approached.
“He was kneeling and I bent over and, boom — that’s all I remembered for a month,” Senft, 70, recalled Thursday.
He broke his hip, lost his right eye, had both eardrums replaced and still lives with chronic pain. Pastorella lost five fingers and was blinded.
“You sneeze, it hurts. You cough,” Senft said. “You can’t even touch the bad eye. That’s how painful it is.”
…Investigators tied the explosion to the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional, or FALN — which planted more than 100 bombs in New York City and Chicago during the 1970s and ’80s.
On Jan. 24, 1975, seven years before Senft and Pastorella nearly died, Fire Marshal John Knox arrived to an appalling scene of smoke and carnage at the historic Fraunces Tavern on Water St.
A large FALN bomb had exploded there, killing four and wounding 43.
…Lopez Rivera served nearly 40 years in prison for sedition — plotting to overthrow the government — and other felonies for his role in the FALN. He was sentenced to 15 additional years for plotting a prison escape. President Barack Obama commuted his 55-year sentence in January, and he was released from house arrest in San Juan on May 17.