Saturday, January 16, 2010

The FBI's Terrorist Facebook

There are a lot of gray-bearded terrorists out there who've been on Federal Bureau of Investigation's fugitive lists for decades. These photographs and computer-generated images of the men as they looked then and might look now, as well as a few the Feds didn't bother to "enhance" or "age" are all taken from the FBI's online "wanted" posters:

Among them are a master bomb maker from the Palestinian May 15 Organization dating back to the 1970s and a vegan animal rights activist. One is from the Philippines, another form Buffalo, New York. There are airplane hijackers from the 1980s, and senior figures in Palestinian Islamic Jihad. One of my favorite transformations is in the looks of a man still wanted in connection with the 1993 -- yes, 1993 -- bombing of the World Trade Center in New York. A couple of these guys are believed to have been behind the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia in 1996, a couple more are linked to the attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, others plotted the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000, and of course several are closely associated with the events of September 11, 2001, including You Know Who.

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