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flip on the television set. and it's had a profound influence on this is entire nation. and it has to be affirmed. . >> terrorism has been with us since the start of time and it will be with us long after i have left this earth. but in the '80s, it was especially prolific. >> hijackings, assassinations, bombings, hostage taking across the spectrum, terrorists were active and they were effective. >> attacks were more frequent. they were more deadly. if anything happened like that today, we would be absolutely in a panic. >> as a former fbi agent and
chairman of the house intelligence committee, had i oversight of all 16 of our nation's intelligence agencies. my name is mike rodgers. i had access to classified information gathered by our operatives, people who risked everything for the united states and our families. you don't know their faces or their names. you don't know the real stories from the people who live the fear and the pressure until now. >> today's attack comes after several months of growing violence in the middle east. it's the sort of incident that became familiar in the mid-1970s when palestinian terrorism was at its height. >> terrorist groups in the '80s were more active and more effective than they are today. at that time, you had terrorist groups throughout the world operating virtually unchallenged. >> you had hezbollah, you had ha
maz, you had the abu na dal organization. >> abu nadal was viewed as the most heathal as all of the palestinian terrorist groups. >> december 27th, terrors as we know attacked rome and vietnam international airports. the latest in a series of atrocities which have shocked the conscience of the world. it's clear that the responsibility for these latest attacks lies squirely with the terrorist known as abu nadal and his organization. we shall make every effort to bring abu nadal and other terrorists to justice. >> the organization was a palestinian terrorist group devoted to the destruction of israel and the establishment of the palestinian state. >> in the '70s, and on into the '80s, they were responsible for the death or injury of over 900 people in 20 countries. the anl was as feared as isis is
today. starting in the '60s, going all the way up until the mid-'80s, the u.s. government didn't know how to approach this problem. >> all of our attention was placed towards count ker espionage, the threat of the soviet menace. very little resources were dedicated to this nebulous terrorist threat that was starting to appear. even within the fbi, the terrorism section was kind of a small group within the criminal investigative division. had nothing to do with intelligence, nothing to do with security. at cia, in the early days of the reagan administration, there was a position called the national intelligence officer for counter-terrorism. one man. but he was not in a position to get net intelligence from anybody but where the next attack is going to occur. it was all on the defensive
side. >> terrorism was going virtually unchecked. >> in those days, there was never a heads up. now, we have the national security agency out vacuuming the sky, and they're able to tell you that, gee, we think something is happening. in 1985, this came, this was a bolt out of the sky, literally. >> i was 24, and this was the first flight of my life. we bought the ticket in athens. it was supposed to be a night flight of two hours from athens to cairo. for me, it was a big thing, to fly and to travel. i've never been abroad before. my plans were to fly from athens to cairo, and then the next morning, flying to vancouver. >> were you nervous about flying? >> yeah. i was a little nervous. i was more excited, you know. i had plans. i wanted to see the world.
>> what was your traveling companion's name? >> mendelson. that was her name. we were sitting in our seats. then after a few minutes, somebody stood up in the front of the airplane. and he had a grenade in one hand and pistol in the other. and he was shouting in arabic. i was thinking that this is a drill of the egyptian security and i told myself, wow, tomorrow i would call my parents and i will tell them what a strange flight we had. after a while, i realized, it's not a dream. it's real. and it was very, very scary. >> the lead hijacker was salem chakore. the number two in the mission was omar rezaq and the number three was bou assaid.
the three were members of the abuny dal organization. they wanted to take the plane hijack, take hostages and exchange the hostages for abu nidal members in egypt. >> all the passengers are made to move to the back of the aircraft. one by one, they're asked to come forward to turn over their passports to salim chakore. >> each one of us gave them our passport. >> when the hijacker took nitzan's passport, he did this, like he was very happy that she came. >> by golly, he had three americans and two israelis. he knew how valuable israelis and americans were as bargaining chips. i mean, had he hit the jackpot. >> as he requested the passport of one passenger, the passenger was actually an undercover egyptian sky marshall. drew out his weapon and shot the leader of the hijack mission chakim killing him. >> obviously getting the
attention of rezaq, who is in the cockpit, and bou said. they both start firing at the sky marshal. so we have cross fire going down the aisle of an aircraft. at some point, a round pierces the skin of the aircraft, which as you know, a plane at 35,000 feet, that's not a good thing. the lights go out. the oxygen masks drop. >> the plane was very quiet. i think everybody was in shock. i didn't let feelings race up. i was so afraid, i was so worried, just being terrified, like i've never been before in my life and i hope i'll never be. i'm not a religious person. i never really believed. but this situation, you don't say mom saved me. you don't say dad save me.
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down the aisle of an aircraft. at some point, a round pierces the skin of the aircraft. >> the pilot knows he's got to land that aircraft immediately. >> out over the horizon, he sees the island of malta. and that's the best place for him to land at that point because he is losing a lot of fuel. >> we just felt it's very, very scary and dangerous. >> the hijackers had originally wanted the aircraft to go to libya. >> at the time, libya was a state-sponsor of terrorism. >> but the pilot told the hijacker that the aircraft could not make it to libya. they would either have to ditch in the sea or land in malta. >> i was so afraid. i was so worried. but i had my walkman, and i was listening to a very famous israeli singer and the song says, "to whom who doesn't believe, it's hard this year." this was the part of the hope in
my mind. i have to believe it would be okay. i have to believe it went like this. ♪ one part was saying, it's terrible, what's happening here. you might die. you'll never get to where you want. it's terrible. people are being killed here and there has been shooting. and the other one said, okay, you have to believe because maybe it will it be okay. >> i was the chief of station in the mediterranean area. and i was in malta at the time. i received a phone call that told me that there was a hijacked airliner coming in from cairo. egyptair flight. so i sped immediately to the airport. specifically to the control tower. i was there with the american ambassador to malta. i was kept in an area down on the ground floor, whereas the ambassadors were up on the top floor of the control tower.
i was the only female station chief in the european and mediterranean area. this was my first assignment as a chief of station. but there was nothing in the training program on how you deal with an ongoing, live situation, where you have american lives at risk. >> once they landed on the island of malta, rezaq is more or less in charge. salim chakore has been killed by the egyptian sky marshall. >> he was the only one who spoke to the pilot, and he was the only one, i believe, who ever took control of the microphone inside that aircraft. >> rezaq then, surprisingly, released some flight attendants who had been wounded and some
filipino passengers. >> they were letting them out safely? >> yup. this went very well with the song i had in my mind. i have to believe. i have to believe. >> then rezaq asked for fuel. no fuel was brought. he said, if you don't bring fuel, i will kill a passenger every 15 minutes. >> my concern was that the maltese would refuel the plane. so strong representations were made to the malta government not to refuel the plane, not to allow the plane to leave. >> they let out a group of, i don't know, between 10 to 20. then they said, one israeli, come to the front. exactly like they said about the others. since nitzan was sitting more close to the aisle, i said to her, go. i was sure they were going to release us. she said, i can't. i can't. i have a headache and a stomachache. you go. i said, okay. they called us. somebody has to go. i went out. and i stood on the platform.
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and then he started raising up his hand with a pistol. it was like, he's not going to release me. he's going to shoot me. i turned around toward the stairs with my back to him. and he shot. and the bullet came in here from behind my ear, went through my ear and landed here. and stayed here under the skin. it was like a big hit, and i fall down on the platform. and i stayed there. and the hijacker closed the door and went in. and i laid there for a few minutes. and then i realized, i'm not dead. i said to myself, i'm not staying here. so i went down by the stairs. >> she had no clue where she was, so rather than run off, she simply sat at the bottom step. >> then the hijacker saw me from upstairs. he went down and shot me like this.
and this bullet came in the back and lodged in the pelvis. i laid down on the tarmac, under the airplane, pretending dead. >> in the control tower, i found a bathroom. i noticed that there was a window. i could actually make out the outline of the plane. when tamar artzi was shot, you could hear the gunshot. you could see a flash from the actual weapon. i think we all realized that these hijackers were absolutely deadly serious. >> the hijacker is preparing for another execution in ten minutes. >> time goes by. he takes another passport. nitzan mendelson, come forward.
nitzan, who had already seen what occurred, was screaming hysterical. >> rezaq picked her up, pulled her by the hair, shot her and she then fell. >> tamar artzi saw her friend laying there. >> her body was moving. i thought she was as injured as me. i didn't think she was injured so badly. and i kept telling myself, go away from here. it's dangerous here, but then where should i go? >> at the same time, the three americans are seated in the front row. their hands are tied behind their backs with neckties. it's patrick bake area, scarlet rogenkanp and jack a pflug. >> time went by. patrick baker, come forward. patrick was the first american. tall, 6'5". patrick was thinking, there must be something i can do.
perhaps i can kick him or assault him. >> he locks eyes with rezaq as he's walking forward, staring right at him. rezaq must have sensed something because he backs away. patrick makes the decision at that point. maybe i can jump out the door and run before he shoots. so he turns to go out the door of the aircraft. at that precise moment, rezaq comes up behind him and fires a round at his head. the bullet literally skims the basque patrick's head. he's laying at the top of those steps. rezaq closes the door. patrick gets up, runs down the steps and runs off and finds the maltese police. >> okay. now the passengers are being killed one by one. he will continue to shoot a passenger every half an hour. i think you're making a ridiculous act.
you could have saved the lives of these passengers if you had given us fuel. >> time goes by. scarlett rogenkamp, come forward. scarlet stood up it, hands tied behind her back, walked forward. >> he had her kind of kneel down in front of him at the open door of this aircraft. and he shot her, point-blank. >> you know, you think things are unspeakable. this is unspeakable. >> i could tell that that body was lifeless when it struck the tarmac. as you live through an incident like this, you sort of lose sense of time. you're caught in this sort of horrendous nightmare. it doesn't seem to have any end to it. >> a certain point, i woke up and i saw it's dark. i said to myself, it's going to be light soon. i have to run away now. i took out my hand and tried to
pull nitzan with me. but of course, she was too heavy for me to carry her. and i decided i can't and i'm going. there was two cars standing there. i was so cold. -said to myself, i'm getting into these cars to get warm. when i got close to them, the doors were open. somebody came out. they were police. they put me to the ambulance. i'm laying down, and they covered me. i keep thinking, unbelievable. the song that went on in my head was the one thing that kept telling me, keep hoping. don't lose hope. you know, that's what saved me. >> there's no more shooting during the night. so a maltese van with two police officers can pick up the bodies of nitzan mendelson and
rogenkamp. at some point the next day, rezaq comes out of the cockpit. jackie pflug is called forward. >> placed a gun to her head, and she's shot. she tumbles down. she tumbled down the stairs and lay on the tarmac for hours. >> i can't even begin to imagine what that feels like. it made me mad, what he did to those people. >> eventually, a maltese truck approached the aircraft to collect the body of jackie pflug and found out she was alive. >> the american ambassador made
the offer to dispatch a group that had been formed a few years before called the delta force. and the offer was politely rebuffed. it's an egyptian aircraft. the egyptian government belonged along with the maltese are the two responsible government parties in this case. it's not the united states. but then i was notified by the ambassador that the egyptian offer of sending in their hostage rescue force had been accepted by the maltese. that, to me, signalled that at least this thing was going to come to an end one way or the other. so the egyptian team landed. and i watched the plane get offloaded. you could see all the equipment that they had brought with them. i noticed quite a few wooden boxes of explosives.
i thought, boy, that seems like an awful lot. i knew the explosive was simtex. it was written on the side of the box. and it's very, very powerful stuff. >> the egyptian commandos come up with their game plan. they send a small force to assault the front door. and they send a small force to the back of the aircraft, where they place some explosives on the cargo hold. they're trying to create a diversion at the back of the aircraft. unfortunately, they seem to have miscalculated the amount of explosives necessary. they used too much. >> it was detonated and sent a fire ball blowing through the interior of the aircraft, burning people, incinerating the hijacker who was in the rear of the aircraft. >> it shook the windows of the control tower. it was extremely powerful. and the plane was totally sealed up. >> fire and smoke is billowing down through that aircraft
towards the cockpit. >> when all the passengers were trying to get out, as they were exiting the aircraft, a lot of them were actually being shot by the egyptian commando teams. it was such a chaotic situation. >> rezaq starts to run off into the darkness. he is shot through the chest by commandos. >> once this scene has been secured, the extent of the damage and death becomes apparent. >> at least eight passengers were killed by gunfire. the other 51 were killed by the fire and the smoke. >> the families, the children who were killed, they're egyptian. they're palestinian. lebanese. it makes no sense. >> it was a catastrophe, plain and simple. those people didn't need to die.
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so under cover of dusk, the commanders went in. in the cramped seating and confined area, the effects were devastating. >> rezaq starts to run off into the darkness. he is shot through the chest by commandos. >> in the chaotic situation that ensued, rezaq was taken to the hospital. >> and he's laying in intensive care. you have other passengers being brought in. they're pointing at him to the
maltese. hey, that was the guy who was shooting everybody on the aircraft. >> the maltese authorities isolate him from the rest of the victims and take him into custody. >> i knew he was there, laying one room near nitzan mendelson. she passed away after a week. and he recovered. there's no justice. >> i had to go down to the basement of the hospital and make the official identification of scarlett rogenkamp. i saw it, in a way, will as my patriotic duty. i had been given her passport, which had been located in the cockpit of the plane. how else are you going to make an identification? i was looking and i was staring at the birth date and i was looking at the state where she was born.
and i thought to myself, that could be me, easily. and i kind of made the decision, i think, at that point, that i was going to devote the rest of my career to the field of counterterrorism, even though it was not considered career enhancing to do that. >> the days after that, i kept feeling very afraid. i was sad. i was feeling a little guilty because i was saved and my friend not. when i came back after that, somebody told me, this is the most significant thing that ever happened to you. and i resent that. i existed before this happened. i'm tamar, like i was before. i've changed in some things, but i don't want to be defined by that. i've met evil. and it took my innocence. i'm not as naive and innocent as i was before. but it's not that only this is me. it's not only this.
>> in 1986, the maltese prosecuted rezaq. and because americans were on board that aircraft, malta accepted the assistance of fbi forensic support. >> at trial, we learned about rezaq and his background. we know that he is palestinian by birth. that he grew up in refugee camps. >> he had been educated as a small child about what had happened to the palestinians in losing their homeland and what the israelis had done to them. that was the only thing he really knew. >> rezaq pled guilty to hostage taking, murder and attempted murder. he was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment, the maximum under maltese law. as a response to the terrorism in the 1980s, the u.s.
government passed a series of laws giving the fbi jurisdiction to conduct investigations overseas for hostage taking, for the attempted killing of americans and prosecute it in the united states. and so in august of 1992, my supervisor came by and dropped a big, dusty box and said, try to make something of this. and it was investigation of the hijacking of egyptair flight 648. this case was given to me as a matter of routine. we review all these cases to see if there might be some prosecutetive potential in the eventity he was released somewhere. he was sentenced to 25 years. the bureau wanted a contingency. can we prosecute him in the u.s. if he was released? >> bob was the case agent. i was the co-case agent on the investigation into rezaq.
>> the horror of this case, the photographs, the autopsy reports, the tragedy of it, is very, very dark and weighs upon you. and the way kevin and i got around this is we'd say, let's go run. and we'd run the monuments of washington and talk about our families, talk about sports, talk about anything. this way, not only did we address those concerns, but we became great friends. >> bob and i get word back at washington field office that it appears that rezaq is going to be set free. bob clifford did something i have never seen before and have never seen since then. >> i went to meet with deborah robinson, the federal magistrate in washington, and discussed with her the rezaq case and an arrest warrant for air piracy. well, there are three aspects to that warrant, number one that he takes an aircraft by force or
intimidation, which he did. number two, that that aircraft is outside the special aircraft jurisdiction of the united states, you know, foreign area, it was. number three, that individual then finds himself on u.s. territory. i told deborah robinson, your honor, i anticipate in the future rezaq will find himself in the united states. really, agent clifford? yes, ma'am. well, i'm going to authorize you then this anticipatory arrest warrant. >> so even though we didn't know 100% that he was going to be let out early, we decided to err on the side of caution. february of 1993, myself and a prosecutor from the u.s. attorney's office traveled to malta to meet with deputy prime minister minister dimarco to discuss this case. >> the maltese came back and
said, this is well and good, but we're not going to release rezaq any time soon. >> so we left malta with that thought, that he wasn't going to be released any time soon. less than 36 hours later, i get the phone call from malta that rezaq has been released from prison and he is on his way to the airport. >> it would be an outrage to the victims whose children burned to death. gualoov how did you feel? >> i was enraged. >> 25 years was not enough. the fact that he's been released after seven years is outrageous. >> we find out from the ambassador that he is on his way to the airport to be put on a aeroflot flight, a russian aircraft. >> his flight takes him from malta to ghana to nigeria, ethiopia to the sudan. >> and we knew that had he made it to the sudan, he likely would
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malta told the united states, told kevin, we are not going to release rezaq any time soon. >> so we left malta with that thought. less than 36 hours later, i get the phone call that rezaq has just been let go. that he's been released from prison and he is on his way to the airport. >> his flight takes him from malta to ghana to nigeria, ethiopia to the sudan. but when rezaq arrived in ghana, the ghanaian authorities took him into custody. >> so we go to the gan gow nian officials and say, will you taim take him off the aircraft and give him to us? we were told, yes, we will. >> i immediately assembled a team and we deploy to a pre-staging base to try to defect the arrest of rezaq in ghana. >> this is called a rendition.
>> a rendition is u.s. law enforcement officials who travel to another rather to obtain a person who is wanted for a crime back here in the united states to face justice for that crime here in an american court. >> on july the 13th, ghana contacts the state department and says, we're not going to turn rezaq over to you. we're going to release him and allow him to continue on his scheduled flight. if you want him, you have 48 hours to mount an operation. when we were notified that rezaq's next stop was nigeria, we knew that was our only chance to intercept him. because once he got on that plane to addis ababba, he was gone. i had tried to anticipate what possible ways could we identify rezaq with? number one, self-admission. number two, facial recognition.
number oo number three, scars or marks. but the only thing for sure, the only thing that would give us 100% certainty were his fingerprints. >> because we weren't going to have the luxury of sending his prints back to the united states before we took off with him, it was extremely critical that bob classify his fingerprints once we got him on board. >> we only had one opportunity, one chance to do this. and so i would take this old set of fingerprints, and i would study them every night. i memorized the worrells, the ridges, every aspect of his fingerprints because i knew i had to be 100% certain it was him, and i had to do it fast. now, what's important is in early july, the dictator of nigeria, called for elections. his opponent won out offing and.
out of anger, the general had his opponent imprisoned. because of this, there was riots in the streets and the outcry by the opposition. even pockets of street fighting going on. the nigerian government and the general personally were condemned on the floor of the u.s. congress for this affront to democracy. if you can imagine, a few days later, after being condemned, the state department calls and says, general, by the way, we have a favor to ask you. will you allow us to mount an operation? surprisingly, he agreed to it. so we deployed. and hours before we left on july the 15th, we heard reports of street fighting, of civil unrest in lagos. and i still remember it, looking
down at lagos and you could see streams of smoke coming from various parts of the city. we land and were taxied to an area off the main airport. suddenly, the pilot yells out, we're being surrounded by armed troops. >> i immediately yelled out, which way are their weapons pointing? the pilot said, well, they're pointing them outwards. we as a group decided, that's a good thing. they're not pointing them at us, so that's good. our door comes open. some nigerian officials come on our plane, along with some folks from the u.s. embassy. >> he says, in a few hours, rezaq's plane will arrive. i will have a team escort him as soon as he gets on the tarmac and we'll handcuff him and walk him right over to your plane. >> it was silence on our aircraft. nobody was speaking to anybody else. we were just waiting with anticipation for word of anything.
it was nerve-racking to me. >> suddenly, i heard one of the agents who i had posted up at the front of the aircraft say, "here they come!" the door opens up, and i see two nigerian officers literally thrust this individual into our plane. literally thrust this individual into my plane number u.s. official saw him in seven years. this is the only photograph we have of omr rizax. he was older, his hair was longer. they then bring him back to mechlt and i say, we're from the government. of the united states of america. we're agents of the federal bur official investigation. we're taking you to the united states. what is your name? at this he reported omar ali. and the urban translator said is
there another name in ? something more? and he replies, rezak. at this point i immediately finger print liz left and then right hands. the prints matched. and so by self admission, by facial recognition, by seeing the bullet wound in his cleft that i knew he had been shot, and by his fingerprints, i said it's a match. go! and the aircraft took off. crab lover's dream and new favorites like dueling crab legs with dungeness and snow crab. it's happening right now right here at crabfest. red lobster. now this is seafood.
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by self admission, facial recognition, bullet wound in his chest and his fingerprints, i said it's a match. go! and the aircraft took off. >> all during the flight back from the rendition i sat and staired at him. i wanted to seat person who caused all this suffering to all these innocent people around the world. and what i saw from liz eyes, very blank. very blank stare. we did not question him at all during that trip. so we read him no mile an hour
anda rights. but we kept him cuffed and secured to his seat. >> the minute we crossed in usair space, we let the attorneys in washington know they con veenld a grand jury and he was indicted. at p 7:12 in the morning on july 16th, 1993, i signed the arrest warrant for omar rezak for air piracy. when we landed in washington, i was able to get on the phone and call the father of scarlet rosencamp and said, sir, it's about your daughter. we captured her killer. and he broke down crying. that is what it means to be an fbi agents. >> we landed at dulles airport. a car came out to our aircraft. we brought rezak off the aircraft. he was place in the backseat of that car and they drove immediately to the nearest
magistrate available. >> and as we crossed the theodore roosevelt bridge, and as we drive about it lincoln memorial, i'm looking at rezak. and just staring straight. he doesn't want to look at mechlt bme but he sees the lincoln memorial and he just kind of turns his eyes. and then i knew that he realized he will never go home again. when that trial started in june of 1996, we had compiled the stronge strongest possible case we could. >> what was the trial like? >> it was hard. it was very hard to testify. i felt like sometimes, you know, they say sometime somebody went through a rape, when they goes to the police or trial, they feel like they rape her again. it was hard. >> what was it like seeing rezak
in court? >> that's where my aggressive feelings came out. i wanted to spit on him. i feel like i am still a little bit in jail of my meafears and thoughts. i feel as long as i'm in jail this kind of jail which will last foefer, he can sit in jail also. that's what i thought aeven that's what i think today. >> on july 19th, of 1996, omar rezak was sentenced to life in prison for his role in this hijacking. >> once you leave a case as an intelligence officer, you live r leave a case. and i was not aware of the trial but one day i received a classified e-mail that said we thought that you should know
that mow a ham he had omar reza was sentenced to life in prison today. >> someone who conducts such horrific attacks, you know, brutalizes so many people with complete disregard for any sense of humanity, any sense of reason, there is no adequate justice that can be measured. but under our system of law, under what we can do, we will do and we did. >> many times people say i was almost there. for me, it was not almost. i was there. i was there and i was really suffering the attack. it's a question whether to thank god or be angry at him for saving me d i or didn't i have luck? because probably if i wouldn't be on this flight, my life would
look very, very different. >> if you could take it all back, would you? >> absolutely. if i could not go through this, i would. >> a new breeze is blowing and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn. >> a column of thanks is heading towards the russian parliament. >> there is no place for lawless aggression in the new world order that we seek to create. >> unemployment will be growing again by election day. >> i will not sell out to anybody but to the american people. >> i believe with all my heart that together we can rekindle that american dream. >> the day of the dictator is over. ♪ ♪