REPORT ON OKC BOMBING TO IDENTIFY ISLAMIC TERROR CONNECTIONS?
A principal investigator for the House International Relations Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has revealed these new findings in the Islamic terror connections to the OKC bombing:
***Terry Nichols was introduced by a man and woman couple to Ramzi Youseff, one of the masterminds of the 1993 WTC bombing and a member of an Abu Sayef cell of Iraqis and AlQaeda in the Philippines. The couple is living in New Jersey. Nichols traveled to the Philippines in December 1994 and reportedly met with Abu Sayef cell members including Ramzi Youseff and his uncle, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) to seek help in the OKC bombing. KSM was also a mastermind of the 1993 and 9/11 attacks on the WTC.
***An Iraqi suspect, Al Hussain Hussaini, who reportedly helped McVeigh in OKC at the time of the bombing, was located living at a YMCA in Boston. Hussaini had been a food service worker at Boston's Logan's airport, the embarkation point for some of the 9/11 hijackers, but had disappeared after 9/11. Al Hussaini was brought to OKC after the first Gulf war and was identified by several witnesses in OKC as being with McVeigh before and at the scene of he OKC bombing.
***Information could not be readily obtained from the US attorney's office for New York concerning US citizen suspects in the OKC bombing case who were also involved in the 1993 WTC bombing, namely, Dr Samir Khalil, Mujahid Abdulqadir Menepta (Melvin Lattimore), Anas and Asad Siddiqy and Mohammed Chafti.
Dr Kahlil had employed the Iraqi Al Hussaini at the time of the OKC bombing. Men with Khalil's same name and the same name as Khalil's brother, Akmed Yousef, were on the New York US attorney list of un-indicted coconspirators for the 1993 WTC bombing. The BATF testified at a federal trial in November 2001 that Menepta was named to the FBI as a participant in the OKC bombing whose credit card had been used to purchase the bomb making materials for the 1993 WTC bombing. The Siddiqys and Chafti were arrested in OKC and in Dallas at the OKC time of the bombing after having been seen with McVeigh in OKC near the scene of the bombing. They were reported to have also been suspects in the 1993 WTC bombing.
The investigator who revealed this information is helping write a report for the House International Relations subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, currently chaired by California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher formally announced on November 21, 2006 the cancellation of hearings he had planned for the OKC bombing and the preparation of a report in place of the hearing. At the time of the cancellation Rohrabacher had said one of the reasons for canceling the hearings was because of the unavailability of key witnesses that he had wanted to call to testify or to have his investigators question.
***However, Rohrabacher's investigator also revealed that another reason for canceling the OKC bombing hearing was because Rohrabacher did not believe his subcommittee could enforce subpoenas they could issue to compel witnesses his investigators had found to show up and testify such as Dr Khalil, Jennifer McVeigh (McVeigh's sister), Carol Howe (BATF informant who knew of FBI provocateurs involved in the OKC bombing), and possibly the couple from New Jersey who have helped Nichols meet Ramzi Yousef.
A spokesman for the OKC bombing survivors family members, VOTIVES, expressed dismay and disbelief at the assertion that Rohrabacher's investigator claimed the subcommittee could not enforce their own subpoenas for witness testimony. The spokesman cited the McCarthy, Iran Contra and recent Enron hearings as evidence that Congressional committees could compel testimony particularly for private citizens with the threat of contempt of Congress and subsequent imprisonment for failure to testify.
Furthermore, the VOTIVES spokesman wondered why the FBI had not assisted Rohrbacher and his investigators in finding and taking action against the Siddiqys, Chafti, Menepta, the Iraqi All Hussaini, and especially the couple living in New Jersey who had helped Nichols meet Ramzi Yousef. Rohrabacher had met with FBI Director Robert Mueller in 2004 to arrange a meeting with Nichols and Rohrabacher in prison with the accompaniment of an FBI agent. The FBI also declined an opportunity to interrogate Al Hussaini in 1998 when he returned to OKC to appear at a deposition in a lawsuit Hussaini had filed against OKC TV station KFORTV.
***Rohrabacher's investigator has been informed (via statements of OK law enforcement) of the presence of AlQaeda's number two leader, Dr Ayman Zawahiri, in OKC and in Norman, OK at a Norman mosque at the time of the OKC bombing. Zawahiri was escorted to OKC by Egyptian and AlQaeda member Ali Mohammed from California when Ali Mohammed also worked for the FBI in Sacramento. Ali Mohammed had trained the 1993 WTC bombers including some of the men seen with McVeigh in OKC such as the Siddiqys, Chafti and perhaps even Menepta, the man whose credit card was sued to buy their bomb making materials.
If he had wanted to and had sought the FBI 's permission, Rohrabacher or his investigators likely could also have interrogated Ali Mohammed in prison just as he had questioned Terry Nichols in prison.
***Rohrabacher's investigator has also been provided with 40 pages of memos, photos, records and documents demonstrating the presence of currently active AlQaeda, AlFuqra, Hamas and Hezbollah terror individuals, criminal enterprises and cells operating in OKC that had been shown to be tied directly to the OKC bombing. Much of this information was turned over to the FBI in OK starting almost 6 months ago. Although the FBI in OK originally opened up a threat assessment on the information, the FBI leadership in Washington DC under Mueller has not taken any more known action.
When Rohrabacher releases his report on the OKC bombing, many OKC bombing victims and residents will be reading the report to see what actions Rohrabacher, Congress, the DOJ and the FBI are taking in regard to these new findings and revelations. Action must be taken to not only bring to justice the others involved in the murder of 169 people in the OKC bombing, but to also thwart the future efforts of currently active Islamic terror cells operating in OKC also involved in the OKC bombing. The statute of limitations of those murdered in OKC never expires but will the FBI and DOJ enforce the laws to bring these others to justice?
Rohrabacher, as a member of the House International Relations committee on Oversight and Investigations, has a moral responsibility and a civic duty to continue, even after his report is issued on the OKC bombing, to take actions to ensure something is done to protect the public from the Islamic terror individuals and groups that are still active in the US and in OK that were also involved in the OKC bombing.
Rohrabacher should not only make criminal referrals to the FBI and DOJ, but he should also refer these findings to other Congressional committees such as the Senate and House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. Rohrabacher also should refer these same findings to the House International Relations Subcommittee on International Terrorism.
If Rohrabacher really does not think his subcommittee can enforce their own subpoenas, he should move to get legislation enacted to give his committee this power.
Furthermore, Rohrabacher should also consider referring these findings
to a special prosecutor and a federal grand jury.
© 2006 Patrick Briley
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Patrick Briley is a Navy Viet Nam era veteran who served on a Polaris ballistic missile nuclear submarine patrol in the Pacific. His Polaris submarine patrol in far East Asia near China was historically significant and exceptionally dangerous.
His Naval service was from 1968 to 1976 during the Viet Nam era. He was a battalion commander of his Naval ROTC unit and a Midshipman on board the ballistic missile submarine, SSBN 624, the Woodrow Wilson. He was chosen to serve under Admiral Rickover as a project engineer at Naval Reactors near Washington DC. Patrick Briley started research and investigation into terrorist attacks after the Oklahoma City bombing.
Patrick submitted his findings concerning the OKC bombing and the 9-11 attacks in briefings to high-level staff for the Senate Judiciary and Senate and House Intelligence committees, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, and the 9-11 Commission.
Rohrabacher should not only make criminal referrals to the FBI and DOJ, but he should also refer these findings to other Congressional committees such as the Senate and House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees.