"SMOKING GUN" EVIDENCE FOR OKC BOMBING CASE
PART 5 of 6
March 20, 2008
Evidence of DOJ Obstruction, Cover up
OK Senator Inhofe’s former chief of staff and long time advisor, Herb Johnson, allegedly has asserted that the DOJ obstructed the investigation of Middle Eastern suspects identified in the OKC including but not limited to the suspects identified in the April 20, 1995 teletype. According to the Herb Johnson story, Johnson was told by a close friend and associate in the FBI at the FBI command center in OKC (described in the April 20 teletype) that within the first week of the bombing the FBI was ordered by the DOJ to stand down on the Middle Eastern, Islamic terror suspects in the bombing.
I told Senator Inhofe about Herb Johnson’s alleged assertions in a personal call to Inhofe at his residence in Tulsa, OK in January 1999. Inhofe had no comment to me other than ask for a source of the story. I told Inhofe that one of the sources of the story was OKC attorney Dan Nelson who was married to a close relative of Senator Inhofe’s. I have since learned from a close associate and friend of Herb Johnson that in fact Johnson was in a downtown OKC building and in close touch with the FBI OKC command center for Senator Inhofe for the first week of the OKC bombing. It is also possible that one of Johnson’s close friends at the OKC FBI command center was Floyd Zimms, the FBI agent and CIA and DOJ liaison described in Part 4 who intentionally gave out false information on the Siddiqqy car that may have led to the premature release of the Siddiqys and Mohammed Chaft.
The article Former officials dispute claims FBI investigated Strassmeir or Elohim City connections by JD Cash and LT Colonel Roger Charles in 2005 quoted sources inside the DOJ who described a DOJ cover up of the OKC bombing with the FBI that is consistent with the Herb Johnson story and the "stonewalling" and "cover up conspiracy" Congressman Rohrabacher described in his House floor speech on Feb 26, 2008. The SLC attorney, Jesse Trentadue, who obtained the April 20, 1995 FBI teletype, has had similar experiences and has made similar assertions about the FBI and DOJ. Here is an important excerpt from the article by Charles & Cash:
“Speaking on the condition that their names not be revealed, a group of former Department of Justice (DOJ) officials have told this newspaper that the FBI never seriously investigated Tim McVeigh’s connections to a right-wing paramilitary training camp.”
"Neither, they say, were McVeigh’s ties to a notorious bank robbery gang operating in the Midwest investigated. Further, FBI agents interested in working the case were thwarted by Department of Justice attorneys and by other FBI officials."
Another article by OKC’s KTOK radio news director Jerry Bohnen also reported July 14, 2005 on the Charles and Cash article Newspaper Claims Former DOJ Officials Confirm Bombing Coverup. Here is what JD Cash said during the Bohnen interview with Cash:
"We were put into contact with some very, very high level former Department of Justice officials who have seen about as much of this cover up of the Oklahoma City bombing they can stomach," said Cash in an interview with KTOK News.
There are other numerous and very significant examples where the FBI, apparently acting on the orders of the DOJ, stopped following up on important leads of Islamic terrorist involvement that the FBI had originally developed early in the bombing case with key witnesses. For more details on Islamic terror suspects linked to the OKC bombing investigation, also 14 Islamic Terrorist Suspects Identified in OKC Bombing.
1. Part 1 describes the efforts of the FBI and DOJ to block inquires of Congressman Rohrabacher into Terry Nichols’ connections to 1993 WTC bomber, Ramzi Yousef, and the Abu Sayef terror cell in the Philippines in 1994-1995 and through Nichols’ relatives living in the US..
2. Terry Nichols and 2-3 other men were seen in Newkirk, OK at an E-Mart convenience store the day before the bombing with a pickup and a Ryder truck shorter than the one used in the bombing. One of the men was a young Middle Eastern man in his early twenties and was identified by 3 witnesses to the FBI within a week of the bombing as the man in the FBI’s famous John Doe#2 sketch. The BATF dusted the EZ Mart for fingerprints. One of the witnesses was the wife of a police officer. Yet there was no later follow up by the FBI or BATF. The John Doe #2 sketch shows a man who resembles the Iraqi suspect, Al Hussaini, and also, the recently convicted AlQaeda operative, Jose Padilla, especially because of the faint scar on the cheek of the man in the sketch. Jose Padilla has such a scar and was also in the same Florida town at the same time as McVeigh in 1993.
3. As described in Part 2, nothing adequate was done to follow up about the FBI and CIA’s knowledge of AlQaeda leader, Dr. Ayman Zawahiri, being in OKC and at the Norman, OK mosque at the time of the OKC bombing. Zawahiri was escorted in the US by Ali Mohamed, an FBI, CIA and AlQaeda operative involved in the 1993 WTC and the Tanzanian and Kenyan bombings. For more on Zawahiri’s and Ali Mohamed’s involvement with the FBI, DOJ ,CIA and Clinton NSC advisors Anthony Lake and Ali Mohamed see Part 6.
4. At the time of the OKC a federal grand jury and US assistant attorney Ted Richardson were investigating Dr. Samir Khalil (employer of Iraqi suspect Al Hussaini) for tax evasion. The funds from this suspected tax evasion may have been used to help Dr. Khalil pay Dr. Zawahiri for the Bosnian Islamic rebels being trained and armed by the CIA, Pakistan, Iran, Albania, and AlQaeda.. The federal grand jury was abruptly stopped by the DOJ shortly after the OKC bombing.
5. As described in Part 2, evidence of a suspected Islamic super cell and its members who have a business enterprise has been thoroughly and formally presented to the FBI in OKC for strong suspicions of involvement in the OKC bombing. The suspected cell and its members have been tied to Samir Khalil and Mujahid Menepta, a man identified by the BATF in court as a suspect in the 1993 WTC and 1995 OKC bombings. Despite formal, good faith presentations being made to the FBI in OKC by an OKC attorney, FBI Director Robert Mueller transferred (off the case) the key FBI agent who had been working on this aspect of the case with the OKC attorney.
6. The FBI sent different FBI agents to interview witnesses to an Islamic connection at the Travelers Aid in OKC several times starting a week after the bombing but without taking notes and the FBI agents used improper coercive tactics to try to get the witnesses (Traveler’s Aid employees) to change their stories. Islamic terrorist suspect Mujahid Menepta had been with McVeigh’s yellow Mercury Marquis at the Travelers Aid in OKC a block away from the Murrah Building the day before the bombing. The Director of the Travelers Aid, Gloria Smith, wrote letters to AG John Ashcroft and DOJ IG Glen Fine complaining about the FBI conduct and the men seen with McVeigh’s car. Despite getting the Smith letter in person at his residence, AG Ashcroft did nothing adequate to follow up. Air Force General Benton K. Partin, a man that Ashcroft knows personally, hand delivered the letter to Ashcroft in the summer of 2001.
7. Part 4 identifies three Pakistanis (at least one of whom, Asad Siddiqy, was investigated as a suspect in the 1993 WTC bombing) who were prematurely released after being arrested in OKC and Dallas on the day of the OKC bombing for possible involvement in the OKC bombing based on eyewitness accounts and a bomb sniffing dog hit on their black bag three times for traces of explosives. Despite CIA Middle East Chief Vincent Cannistraro being told by Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki Faisal of Pakistani involvement in the bombing only hours after the bombing, the FBI and CIA did not continue to pursue the three Pakistanis. Detailed reference to the three Pakistanis is made inside the recently released FBI teletype dated April 20, 1995 presented in Part 4.
8. Before noon on the day of the bombing the FBI confiscated the motel registration records of three Middle Eastern Muslim men who had checked in the Monday of the week of the bombing and checked out early the morning of the bombing. A Ryder truck and the late model brown Chevy truck described in the April 20, 1995 teletype were seen at the motel the morning of the bombing. The motel clerk, Ruby Foos, and the motel security man talked with the FBI and independent investigators about the leads. The motel was the Plaza Inn, south of downtown OKC on I-35.
9. Shawn Hogan and her husband made sketches of two Middle Eastern men they had seen inside the Journal Record Building the Monday of the week of the bombing. The Hogans owned the Journal Record Building immediately north of the Murrah Building. Although the FBI interviewed Shawn Hogan about her experience in front of the Murrah building when it was bombed, Hogan also complained that the FBI refused to follow up on the sketches she and her husband made. Shawn Hogan said she believed the men in her sketches were casing the Murrah Building for the bombing and the description she gave was of two men also fitting the description of AlQaeda Islamic terrorists Dr. Ayman Zawahiri (known by other sources to be in OKC at the time) and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
10. Joint US and Israeli intelligence asset, William Northrup, flew from Florida to OKC to warn FBI officials in OKC on Monday the week of the bombing of an Islamic terror attack on OKC Federal buildings including the bombed Murrah Building. William Northrup confirmed his warning to the OKC FBI to his long time friend, Pentagon terror advisor Jesse Clear, but there was not any known adequate follow-up by the FBI or DOJ. Within a few weeks after the OKC bombing, the Israeli newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, reported that Israeli authorities had forewarned warned the US government of an Islamic assisted terror attack on the Murrah Building. Northrup told OKC KTOK radio new director, Jerry Bohnen, in a live radio interview in August 1998, that Israeli and West German authorities had given the US government details of the Islamic assisted terror attack both before and after the OKC bombing. Within a week after the bombing, Yigel Carmone, the terrorism advisor for Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin, offered President Clinton assistance in investigating the Islamic ties to the bombing but Clinton publicly turned the Israeli’s offer down.
11. Former KFORTV reporter Jayna Davis tried from mid 1995 through 1999 to give her evidence of Islamic terrorist involvement (including the involvement of Al Hussaini and Samir Khalil) in the OKC bombing to FBI officials who refused to accept it. Finally in January 1999, OKC FBI agent Dan Vogel met with Davis, her husband and her attorney Dan Nelson to receive 22 witness affidavits on the OKC bombing. Several years later the FBI claimed it had lost the materials Davis had given Vogel. Davis claimed that during her meeting Vogel told her the FBI had been tracking in Dallas a number of suspects she had identified. At the time of the Davis meeting with Vogel, the FBI Special Agent in charge in Dallas was Danny Defenbaugh, the former OKC Bombing Inspector for the FBI, who had been using Dallas police officers to track AlQaeda operatives in and outside the US according to Dallas news reports. For part six click below.
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