Las Vegas never warned about al Qaeda


Jun 3, 2003
Las Vegas never warned about al Qaeda
Las Vegas Review-Journal |
"Prosecutors obtained a videotape showing that an al-Qaida cell broken up by Spanish authorities in 2002 in Madrid had video surveillance of the same American landmarks that were found on a video with the Detroit cell... The Spanish and Detroit tapes show surveillance of casinos in Las Vegas, landmarks in New York, including the World Trade Center, and Disneyland in California. Both tapes showed nearly identical footage of security, information on how cars could access the landmarks, and other footage that could be useful for staging an attack... Government witness Youssef Hmimssa, who delivered his testimony as part of a plea agreement, said one of the defendants referred to Las Vegas as the 'city of Satan' and was disgusted by Muslims engaging in sinful behavior here. Las Vegas police, and officials with the Las Vegas offices of the U.S. attorney and the FBI, were blindsided by Hmimssa's testimony... [Clark County Sheriff Bill Young] blasted the Detroit offices of the FBI and the U.S. attorney for not notifying Las Vegas authorities before Hmimssa took the stand."

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