"SMOKING GUN" EVIDENCE FOR OKC BOMBING CASE
PART 4 of 6
March 20, 2008
FBI Teletype Describes 3 Pakistani Participants With Explosives
The following section in the April 20, 1995 FBI teletype is monumental as it describes “other Middle Eastern” males as suspects in the OKC bombing with their names redacted (shown by “XXX’s in this rendition of the teletype):
“INVESTIGATION HAS ALSO IDENTIFIED XXX AND OTHER MIDDLE EASTERN MALES AS POSSIBLE SUSPECTS”
The Middle Eastern males activities are described further in the teletype including their attempts to get asylum and visas to stay in the US, their flight from New York to Dallas and their driving in a rental car to OKC at 5 am on the day of the OKC bombing. The teletype indicates that one of the men was at a Motel 6 in OKC.
“XXXX.BORN XXXXX WAS RECENTLY DENIED AN APPLICATION FOR ASYLUM BY THE U.S. IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE (INS) IN NEW YORK. HE RECENTLY FLEW TO DALLAS, TEXAS FROM NEW YORK. AT 5:00 A.M. ON APRIL 19, 1995. XXX DROVE FROM DALLAS TO OKLAHOMA CITY, IN AN ATTEMPT TO OBTAIN A VISA TO LEAVE THE U.S. AT 1:30 P.M. XXX LEFT A TELEPHONE MESSAGE FOR A FRIEND IN DALLAS TO CALL HIM AT THE MOTEL 6, 820 S. MERIDIAN, OKLAHOMA CITY, BELIEVING THAT XXX MIGHT BE INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT.”
The teletype then indicates that a bomb sniffing dog detected explosives three times in the black baggage of one of the men. Bomb sniffing dogs are considered to be extraordinarily reliable.
“A BLACK BAG LEFT BY XXX WAS DISCOVERED. A BOMB SNIFING DOG “HIT” ON THE BAG THREE TIMES.
The teletype ends with instructions to the Dallas FBI office to continue investigating the suspect’s black bag which a dog had indicated held explosives:
”DALLAS DIVISON AT DALLAS, TEXAS. CONTINUE LOGICAL INVESTIGATION RE BLACK BAG.”
Although the FBI teletype is redacted and the names of the Middle Eastern suspects are blanked out, enough information in the teletype is given to know conclusively the identities of the men and their background when taken together with eyewitness accounts and articles published in major newspapers on April 20, 21, 1995 after the bombing. Very few if any of these articles or even ones with similar information are believed to have appeared in local newspapers or on local radio or local TV outlets anywhere in Oklahoma.
A list of seven of these news articles from the San Francisco Chronicle, the Atlanta Constitution, Newsday, the New York Times and the Chicago-Sun-Times is presented below. These articles reveal that the Middle Eastern suspects were Pakistanis from Queens, New York, the brothers Anis and Asad Siddiqy and Mohammed Chafti:
From article 5:
“Sources said Asad Siddiqy's name "came up" in the investigation of the February, 1993, explosion at the World Trade Center but added he never was connected to the explosion.
“Siddiqy, 27, who came to the United States from Lahore, Pakistan, in 1990, represents "a significant part" of the bombing investigation, a law-enforcement source said last night.”
“The FBI and Attorney General Janet Reno yesterday said they were unaware the men [Anis & Asad Siddiqy brothers] had been detained.”
“Acquaintances didn't consider him [Asad Siddiqy] very religious, but he went to Friday prayers every week at a Queens mosque [i.e. he was a Muslim].
From article 1:
“CNN said the three men suspects had stopped to ask an Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer for directions Wednesday, and the officer was suspicious enough to write down their car's license plate number. The license number was registered to a rental car -- a car other than what the men were driving, the network said.”
“In New York, a law enforcement source told The Associated Press that one of the three, Asad R. Siddiqy of New York, was a suspect in the bombing. Siddiqy is a cab driver in the borough of Queens.”
“[FBI Special Agent] Weldon Kennedy denied a report by CNN that three people had been arrested in Dallas and Oklahoma.”
From article 3:
“Three men of Middle Eastern extraction were detained and questioned by authorities in Dallas and Oklahoma City Thursday after media reports said the license plates of the car they were driving may be linked to a TRUCK associated with the bombing.”
“A copy of a search warrant left in the apartment showed that a black bag, containing clothing, a calendar and an address book was seized. The items were sent to a federal lab for testing after a bomb -sniffing dog indicated they may have been exposed to chemicals used in explosives, officials said.”
“[Asad] Siddiqy, 27, and an acquaintance, Mohammed Chafi, were in Oklahoma City seeking immigration documents for an emergency return to their Mideast homeland when they were ARRESTED Wednesday.”
“The man's [Anis Siddiqy] two acquaintances were picked up Wednesday night soon after they had asked an Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer for directions. The tag number recorded from their vehicle by the trooper was allegedly traced to a blue Chevrolet Cavalier rented by one of the men from National Car Rental at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, a law enforcement official said. The Cavalier was found with one of the men Thursday morning at an Oklahoma City MOTEL [Mohamed Chafti was the man described in the FBI teletype who was at the Motel 6 in OKC], the official said.”
A former CIA official for the Middle East, Vincent Cannistraro told the FBI that the head of Saudi intelligence, Prince Turki Faisal, called Cannistraro within a few hours after the OKC bombing and told him that Saddam Hussein had hired 7 Pakistanis to assist in the OKC bombing. Cannistraro’s interviews with the FBI about the story are recorded in a number of FBI 302 reports described by McVeigh defense attorney Stephen Jones in his book, “Others Unknown.” Could the Pakistanis, Asad and Anis Siddiqy and Mohammed Chafti, been some of the 7 Pakistanis Prince Turki was referring to?
Jack Douglas Jr. of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram described FBI documents found in January 2001 in the Dallas FBI office of former OKC bomb task force inspector Danny Defenbaugh that may have pertained to the arrest of Chafti and Asad Siddiqy in OKC despite the previous denials attributed in the above articles to Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI special agent Weldon Kennedy. See Dallas FBI files believed to detail 2 arrests.
Why would the Siddiqys and Chafti be released prematurely so soon after the OKC bombing and the FBI records of their arrest be lied about by and hidden for so many years by Reno, Kennedy and Defenbaugh? Why would this be done given the fact that a bomb sniffing dog had found evidence of explosives in their black bag and that they had switched their license plates on their rental car, plates that were reported to have been involved in a truck used in the bombing? Why would this be done since these men were Pakistanis and given Prince Turki’s information about Pakistani terrorists given to Vincent Cannistraro within a few hours of the bombing?
All this incriminating information about the Siddiqys and Chafti is even more significant given the fact that it was reported in one of above articles that Asad Siddiqy was a suspect in the 1993 WTC bombing planned by Ramzi Yousef, the man who Rohrabacher believes may have helped Nichols in the OKC bombing. Also note from Part 1 and 2 of this series that OKC bombing suspect Mujahid Menepta and a man named Samir Khalil were at one time also suspects in the 1993 WTC bombing along with Asad Siddiqy and a man who had the same name as Samir Khalil’s brother, Ahmed Yousef. Rohrabacher has been provided information about Menepta and the Khalil brothers. This information raises questions that are more than academic and become even more highly significant when the rest of the story about this (that is known to the FBI, DOJ and investigators) is further revealed:
The FBI knew to write their teletype on April 20, 1995 not just because of the suspicions of the OK Highway Patrol who had stopped the Siddiqys. The FBI also knew from a key eyewitness, Debbie Burdick, who told the FBI that she saw McVeigh with his yellow Mercury Marquis parked next to Asad Siddiqy and Chafti in a blue Cavalier a few blocks north of the Murrah building approximately a minute or so before the Murrah building blast.
Burdick has said that McVeigh and the occupants of the Cavalier were talking to each other and looking up toward the Murrah building as a helicopter was passing overhead and as sirens were already being heard from approaching emergency vehicles. The area where Burdick saw this was also the same area in which the late model brown Chevy (with Muslim Abraham Ahmad and Iraqi Al Hussain Hussaini) was seen about the same time by eyewitness Kay Herron who also spoke to the FBI. The brown Chevy is the truck referred to in the April 20, 1995 FBI teletype and that had moments earlier been seen by witnesses racing away from in front of the Murrah building.
Burdick also told her story to OK State Representative Charles Key and the news director of OKC radio news, Jerry Bohnen. Bohnen reported and still confirms that Burdick told him an FBI agent named Odom from Denver called Burdick during the federal trials of Nichols and McVeigh and asked Burdick not to talk to reporters or attorneys about her story. Burdick also says she was called after the trials and again asked by the FBI not to tell her story. Burdick and Bohnen recall the FBI agent suggested that Burdick should not talk by asking the question “you would not want to hurt national security (by telling her story) would you?”
The FBI command center was setup on the day of the OKC bombing and is described in the FBI teletype for April 20, 1995:
“…A COMMAND POST HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED AT 11 EAST 6TH STREET, OKLAHOMA CITY, FOUR BLOCKS FROM THE CRIME SCENE.”
An OKC K9 unit police officer, Don Browning, attended a FBI briefing held at the command center on the day of the OKC bombing given by OKC FBI agent Floyd Zimms. Browning has told a number of investigators that at the briefing Zimms intentionally gave out a false description for the car driven by Asad Siddiqy and Mohammed Chafti in OKC. According to Browning, Zimms told the police officers the Siddiqy car was an old green Oldsmobile Cutlass rather than a blue Cavalier. Browning further says that then Zimms told the officers that the description he was giving out was false but that the police officers were not to discuss the fact that the description was false. Interestingly enough, Zimms himself owned and drove an old green Cutlass in the early 1990s.
The call to the Siddiqy and Chafti witness, Debbie Burdick, from the FBI agent Odom in Denver came at a time when FBI agent Zimms was acting and working in Denver as the liaison between the FBI and US Prosecutors in Denver during the McVeigh and Nichols trials. Furthermore, Jerry Bohnen learned that Zimms was also a long time liaison reporting to the CIA while Zimms was also in the FBI and at the time Zimms gave his false identification of the car driven by Siddiqy. Zimms’ false identification may have been one of several reasons used to declare their non-involvement in the OKC bombing and to have the Siddiqys and Chafti prematurely released by Dallas and OKC authorities.
Former KFORTV reporter Jayna Davis has told investigators that FBI agent Zimms browbeat and tried to get a key witness to change his story about McVeigh being helped by Islamic Middle Eastern males to do the OKC bombing. Davis also said she believed Zimms falsified his FBI 302 interview report with this key witness. According to Davis Zimms was later seen and confronted at the beginning of the McVeigh trial by the same key witness at an upscale bar in OKC frequented by other Middle Eastern suspects in the OKC bombing. The key witness worked for Dr. Samir Khalil, the employer of the Iraqi suspect, Al Hussain Hussaini, seen with McVeigh in OKC.
”FBI releases descriptions of two men tied to blast”
April 21, 1995
by Scripps Howard News Service
Denver Rocky Mountain News NEWS/NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL; Ed. F; Pg. 3A
”FBI zeroes in on 2 suspects; Truck found in rubble provides first solid
clue” 'Witness' returned to U.S. from Britain’”
April 21, 1995
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution NATIONAL NEWS, Pg. 1A,
Friday, JOURNAL EDITION
”TERROR STRIKES THE HEARTLAND; Queens Cabbie Held; Pakistan native 'significant
part' of probe”
April 21, 1995 This story was reported by Mae Cheng, Nick Chiles, Kevin McCoy, Emily Sachar, Curt Simmons, Otto Strong and
Peg Tyre. It was written by Alfred Lubrano.
Newsday; NEWS; OKLAHOMA CITY BLAST; Pg. 5 Friday, NASSAU AND SUFFOLK EDITION
”TERROR IN OKLAHOMA; As Focus Shifts, Palestinian-American Is Released”
April 22, 1995
The New York Times April 22, 1995, Saturday, Late Edition – Final,
Saturday, Late Edition – Final
”2 Queens Brothers Released”
April 22, 1995
By Joseph A. Gambardello and Pete Bowles. STAFF WRITERS
Newsday NEWS; THE BLAST/DAY OF THE SUSPECTS; Pg. A17,
Saturday, NASSAU AND SUFFOLK EDITION. For part five click below.
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