Extremism: Waves of Terrorism

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Extremism: “Overlaying Yesteryear Onto Now”

1. Anarchist Extremism


wall street bombing GALLERY

As the clocks struck noon on September 16, 1920, a massive explosion tore through Wall Street in Manhattan’s Financial District. The blast killed 38 people and injured hundreds more, but despite years of government investigations, the perpetrators—commonly believed to be Italian anarchists—were never brought to justice. Ninety-five years later, learn the little-known story of one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in American history.” -Evan Andrews 2015 History.com

lexington GALLERY

On July 4th, 1914 a bomb prematurely exploded inside the top floor apartment that was occupied by anarchists. A more detailed explanation can be found here.

Union Square Park GALLERY

March 1908 during a labor rally held in Union Square Park, one of the protestors named Selig Silverstein (aka Selig Cohen) tossed a bomb at the Police. The landscape of Union Square Park has since been renovated however, some of the original building structures that surround are still the same which assist us in lining up where the event took place.


2. Left-wing Extremism


Greenwich Village GALLERY

March 6th, 1970 a nail bomb prematurely detonates inside an apartment occupied by members of the Weather Underground, located at 18 West 11th street in New York City.

fraunces tavern GALLERY

January 24, 1975 members of the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional Puertorriqueña, a Puerto Rican domestic terrorist group aka FALN, planted a 10 pound bomb fitted into an attaché case and left inside Fraunces Tavern Restaurant hallway entrance. A note left by the FALN at a telephone booth stated it was in retaliation for the “CIA ordered bomb” that killed Puerto Ricans.

On January 27th, 1972, two NYPD officers were assassinated by members of the Black Liberation Army (aka BLA) while walking their beat on the lower east side of Manhattan. The two officer, Gregory Foster and Rocco Laurie had both served together in the Vietnam War.


3. Religious Extremism


WTC Brooklyn GALLERY

On September 11th, 2001, four commercial airplanes were high jacked while in flight by members of al Qaeda. Two of the four planes were intentionally crashed into New York City’s World Trade Center. The overlay photo above displays the 2001 view of pedestrians walking across the Brooklyn bridge towards Brooklyn.

WTC West ST. GALLERY

On September 11th, 2001, four commercial airplanes were high jacked while in flight by members of al Qaeda. Two of the four planes were intentionally crashed into New York City’s World Trade Center. The above photo is facing north bound at West Street and Albany street after the buildings collapsed.

On September 11th, 2001, four commercial airplanes were high jacked while in flight by members of al Qaeda. One of the four planes intentionally crashed into The Pentagon. The above photo was taken at the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial.

 

faisel shazad GALLERY

On May 1st, 2010 Faisel Shahzad parked his bomb laden vehicle in Times Square. Luckily, the bomb did not detonate properly and was discovered by a sidewalk vender whom alerted police.

On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen at 2:00am, entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando Florida and began shooting people. Omar had pledged allegience to ISIL via 911.


4. Unclassified Extremist Movement


Times Square Recruiting Station Bombing

Times Square Recruiting Station Bombing 2008

On March 6th, 2008 and unknown individual planted a pipe bomb in front of a United States Armed Forces recruiting station in Times Square, New York City.

 

NY Public Library Bombing

by George Metesky aka “The Mad Bomber”

NY Public Library

George Metesky aka “The Mad Bomber” planted numerous bombs over a period of 17 years before being caught with the assistance of criminal profiling. The above photo displays was one of the unexploded bombs he planted inside a phone booth inside the New York Library in April 1951.