Al Qaeda has long had a fascination with suspension bridges, especially the Brooklyn Bridge. New documents reveal that before Sept. 11, 2001, methods for bringing down bridges were being taught at a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan.
Interviews with Guantanamo detainees revealed they were actively training in Middle East camps to cut cables on the 130-year-old suspension bridge, causing it to crash into the East River — bring commercial traffic headed into the New York harbor to a halt.
“It’s confirmed. Because we know directly from people in on the plot, they were trying to take down the Brooklyn Bridge,” said Robert Strang, a security expert and former co-chair of the 9-11 taskforce.
Even though the reports come from interviews conducted in 2006, Strang says the threats are not weakening over time.