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Just Don't Blow Up The Buffet at The Rio

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 10th August 2004 8:27am
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- When the Justice Department obtained two videos suggesting terrorists had cased Las Vegas, Nevada, casinos, the discussions didn't center on public alerts or heightened security. Rather, authorities worried about the effects on tourism and the casinos' legal liabilities, internal memos show.

One of the tapes, found in Spain in 2002, shows al Qaeda's European operatives casing Las Vegas casinos in 1997, according to documents provided to U.S. authorities from Spain.

The tape includes casual conversation with an apparent reference to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Another tape found in a Detroit, Michigan, terror cell's apartment had eerily similar footage of the MGM Grand, Excalibur and New York, New York casinos -- three hotels within a short distance of each other on the Las Vegas strip with a combined total of 11,000 rooms.



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