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World Trade Center Bombing & Shakh Abdul Rahman

More generally, the bombing and threat of more bombings drew greater attention to the subject of terrorism as a whole. The press response to the New York incidents had a further consequence, a consequence which is, perhaps, worthy of closer examination.

The Trade Center bombing and the alleged plot were both associated with followers of a previously obscure New Jersey clergyman, Shaikh Abdul Rahman, a Muslem fundamentalist who preaches at a mosque which occupies an upstairs room in a building in a nondescript New Jersey neighborhood near New York City (Frantz, 1993). Until the shaikh's alleged ties to the Trade Center bombers and the later abortive bombing campaign were reported, he was sunk in obscurity. His message was heard in the United States only by the two hundred or so worshippers at the mosque where he preached.

All of this changed with the Trade Center bombing and the reports of Shaikh Rahman's links to the bombers. He at once became one of America's bestknown preachers; interviewed by Cable News Network, his name and an outline of his beliefs reported on network news broadcasts, in newspapers, and in the news weeklies. The coverage was almost unrelievedly negative, and it is undoubtly true that his adherents woul


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