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On April 19th, 1995, America got what may be its first taste of Middle-Eastern-style terrorism, when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was destroyed by bombs in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Although Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols have been convicted of the crime, there are a number of pieces of evidence linking Middle Eastern individuals, and possibly organizations to the bombing. These key items of evidence were ignored by the FBI and by prosecutors, and were just a few of the many reasons for the Oklahoma Bombing Investigation Committee to come into existence; but in the aftermath of September 11th, there is reason to examine some of that evidence once more.
The biggest related issue is the fact of the Iragi soldiers resettled within this country. After the Gulf War, President Bush began a program of resettlement of Iraqi prisoners tot he United States. This program was continued and expanded by President Clinton. As a result there, are many possible "plants" residing here, from government-sanctioned "extremist" organizations in their own countries, ready to participate in any terrorist activities their "handlers" desire.
Based on the exhibit in the Final Report, on page 475, it appears that more than just deserters from Saddam Hussein's army were allowed into our country. The article shown there, by Congressman Elton Gallegly (R-CA), also indicates that our own State Department was the entity primarily pushing this action. Congressman Gallegly wrote the article for a VFW publication.
In fact, the very morning of the OKC bombing, two APB (All-Points-Bulletin) alerts were issued by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol indicating a Middle-Eastern connection. The first, issued moments after the blast, read:
Be on the look out for a late model, almost new, Chevrolet,
full-sized pick up. It will be brown in color with tinted windows, smoke
colored bug deflector on the front of the pickup... middle eastern male,
25 to 28 years of age, six feet tall, athletic build, dark hair and a
beard... driver of the vehicle was not identified. Subjects were last seen
heading north on Walker at a high rate of speed...Authorization
The second, following a short time later:
Attempt to locate possible suspects and vehicle involved in
bombing OKC 4-19-95 0900 hrs... Use extreme caution...Stop and check all
vehicles matching the following description: blue small to medium size GM
product possibly Chev. Cavalier or Blazer. Vehicle may be rental car from
National Car Rental Systems DFW, Texas. Possible tag of PTF54F Texas.
Suspect information: Occupied by Middle Eastern male subject or
On the day of the bombing, as the local authorities were trying to preserve the scene, Deputy David Kochendorfer was working on the northwest perimeter of the building when he was approached by Congressman Ernest Istook. The Congressman, standing next to Kochendorfer, said, "We knew this was going to happen. We blew it."
Kochendorfer responded, "Excuse me, sir?" Istook repeated, "We had information about a fundamentalist, right-wing Islamic group operating out of Oklahoma City, and we knew this was going to happen." He then left, after realizing that Kochendorfer was a Deputy and not a Highway Patrolman.(Page 269)
Several experts on International Terrorism told KFOR-TV that the bombing had "the hallmarks of other bombings... carried out by Islamic Terrorists"... (Page 290)
FBI Special Agent Henry Gibbons filed a sworn affidavit for an arrest warrant for Abraham Abdullah Ahmad, a Jordanian-born, naturalized American citizen. Ahmad left Oklahoma City by air two hours after the bombing, was detained in Chicago for questioning, then allowed to continue on his flight to Jordan. However, upon arriving in London for a connecting flight, he was determined to be ineligible for entry and was returned to the United States, whereupon he was again interrogated and released. He is connected to two other Middle-Eastern suspects in the OKC Bombing case... Al-Hussaini Hussain and Samir Khalil. (Pages 290, 291)
The list of possible connections goes on... and these connections between the actual truth of what happened on April 19th, 1995, and the events of September 11th, 2001, need to be further explored by those investigating the events leading up to this terrible day in America's history.
Charles Key was an Oklahoma State Representative for 12 years.
He has recently served on the Oklahoma Bombing Investigation Committee,
and published its
He is recognized as one of America's Leading Experts on Terrorism on American Soil. He writes regularly for SierraTimes.com.
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