Croker Sack

"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." — Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)

Monday, December 25, 2006

McVeigh, Nichols, et alii

They apparently want little attention to be given their report, since the news comes out on Christmas. According to the AP via CBS News:

(AP) A two-year congressional inquiry into the Oklahoma City bombing concludes that the FBI didn't fully investigate whether other suspects may have helped Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols with the deadly 1995 attack, allowing questions to linger a decade later.

At the end is a nod to Jayna Davis, who did an amazing job of assembling evidence showing that Nichols and McVeigh bombed the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City with the assistance of foreigners -- including some who had come from Iraq.

Rohrabacher's report cites several leads the subcommittee believes weren't fully investigated, including:
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_ Information from a former TV reporter concerning an Iraqi national who was in Oklahoma around the time of the bombing.

It is a strange situation, based on Davis's work. It looks as though the people who helped McVeigh and Nichols didn't mind letting people know of their existence, yet no group ever claimed "credit." It also looks as though some of the 9/11 terrorists knew of the previous presence of those individuals in Oklahoma -- almost like they were hinting at a connection to them. But why?

If only the FBI had done a reasonably thorough job, we might be able to do more than merely hazard a guess as to the answer.

Oh, well, the subcommittee's report will be released "as early as Wednesday." It will be interesting to see what they say about Davis's work.


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