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(Newsday)   90 years ago today, the US army found out what could possibly go wrong when 2,000 tons of munitions awaiting transfer to WWI battlefields are left unguarded in NY Harbor. Osama bin Kraut surrenders   ( divider line
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989 clicks; posted to Politics » on 30 Jul 2006 at 12:43 PM (11 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2006-07-30 11:54:02 AM  
When I lived in Jersey City, I used to ride my bike through Liberty State Park right on top of the Black Tom site. Today, it's a picnic area and a snack bar. Wikipedia has a few grainy pictures.
2006-07-30 12:56:55 PM  
Not really the first...

Boston Tea Party FTW.
2006-07-30 01:21:59 PM  
I'd say the first was the Haymarket Square bombing/riot bombing in Chicago earlier. 1886? Presumed by socialists/unionists/anarchhists, never satisfactorily solved.

Terrorism has been a part of America for a long time. This idea that 9-11 terrorism is unique is absurd.

But it does generate fear to advance questionable agendas on both left and right.
2006-07-30 01:22:56 PM  
Only 6 dead, could have been far worse, esp in a city as populated as nyc.

Just over a year later in Halifax harbour, two ships carrying 2,300 tons of wet and dry picric acid, 200 tons of TNT, 10 tons of gun cotton and 35 tons of benzol collided. The French ship Mont-Blanc, burning, drifed to the pier.

Children who had stopped on their way to school, workmen lining the windows, families in their homes, sailors in their ships, died instantly. Almost 2,000 perished. Injuries were frightful, 100's blinded from the splintering glass adding to the shock and bewilderment.

That very night a train loaded with supplies, together with medical personnel and members of the Public Safety Committee, left for Halifax. Help poured in from all over Canada and many parts of the world, with the continuing generosity of Massachusetts unforgettable. Each Christmas the huge tree that glitters in Prudential Plaza in Boston is a thank-you gift from the people of Nova Scotia.

My father's family in Halifax made sure every child today knows about this disaster and to this day, Downhomers (East-coast Canadians) will always buy any visiting Bostonian a beer in gratitude. Cheers, eh!
2006-07-30 02:07:14 PM  
Lets see, a legitamate military target hit....

Sorry folks, not terrorism, go back to you lives.
2006-07-30 02:14:54 PM  
From Wikipedia:

"Terrorism refers to a strategy of using violence, or threat of violence targeted against non-combatants to generate fear, cause disruption, and ultimately, to bring about compliance with specific political, religious, ideological, and personal demands."

This does not qualify as terrorism. The munitions were a military target and no demands were made.

I object to the way words are constantly being redefined to suit someone's agenda.


War: Does the "war on poverty" mean we are attacking the poor?
2006-07-30 02:18:43 PM  

Not really the first...

Boston Tea Party FTW.

The Boston Tea Party was just simple vandalism.
2006-07-30 02:33:50 PM  
Burn98: The Boston Tea Party was just simple vandalism.

Fraternity prank
2006-07-30 02:59:58 PM  
Burn98: War: Does the "war on poverty" mean we are attacking the poor?

judging from the last 6 years, yes it does.
2006-07-30 05:43:17 PM  
Until the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, the largest slaughter of (white) civilians on U.S. soil took place on September 11, 1857: Mountain Meadows massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
2006-07-30 05:43:56 PM  
2006-07-30 01:22:56 PM gbcinques

Facinating info!

I did not know that!

I have visited NS and saw\heard some of the history. If I racall correctly a piece of an anchor from the ship is embedded in some church wall?
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