Monday, June 23, 2008

Out of Context, Part 5

In Part 4, we were looking at a report from Congressman Rohrabacher, entitled Chairman’s Report Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House International Relations Committee, subtitled The Oklahoma City Bombing: Was There A Foreign Connection?

Now, we pick up this story by reviewing an interview with Jayna Davis, whose work was mentioned in the Rohrabacher report. Davis was interviewed by in September, 2004. We now begin to look at that interview, entitled The Third Terrorist:

FP: Jayna Davis, welcome to Frontpage Interview. It's a pleasure to have you here.

Davis: I'm delighted that Frontpage considers my investigative work worthy of an interview. It's a pleasure to join you in this discussion.

FP: First and foremost, what motivated you to write this book? How did you become interested in the topic?

Davis: My tumultuous journey began nine years ago amidst widespread death and destruction on a scale Americans had never before seen. As an investigative reporter for the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City, KFOR-TV, I was among the first correspondents on the scene of the bombing of the Alfred. P. Murrah Building.

The concussive wave of fury had blown out windows in every office building and high-rise within my immediate range of sight and beyond. My eyes drank in the staggering devastation and the surreal panorama of human slaughter, but my mind could not comprehend the possibility of terrorism. Not in my hometown.

On April 20, 1995, my news director assigned me to cover the international manhunt for suspects. During the first forty-eight hours, all eyes were trained exclusively on the Middle East. Pundits and terrorism experts, including retired officials from the CIA and FBI, opined that the destruction to the federal complex shared striking parallels with the 1993 World Trade Center attack and the modus operandi of Middle Eastern truck bombings.

As a reporter from a Midwestern television station, I obviously did not have access to sources inside the intelligence corridors of the Washington beltway. Therefore, I did what any enterprising journalist would do – start manning the newsroom telephones hoping to develop eyewitness testimony near the crime scene.

I soon found myself swimming in a sea of conspiracy theories espoused by people seeking their proverbial fifteen minutes of fame. That is, until, one groundbreaking tip led me directly to the doorstep of what several esteemed intelligence experts, including the former Director of the CIA Jim Woolsey, later determined to be a Middle Eastern terrorist cell living and operating in the heart of Oklahoma City.

Outside a dilapidated business office located thirty blocks north of the burned out Murrah Building, under the very nose of FBI investigators, I began my nine-year quest to expose the greatest law enforcement failure of the 20th century, a legal breakdown that I firmly believe might have led, in part, to the terrorism holocaust of the young 21st century.

A Middle East terrorist cell in the heart of Oklahoma City!

Why, a Middle East terrorist cell in the heart of a Western city is unheard-of and unimaginable!

FP: Many individuals probably find the theme of your book quite far-fetched at first glance: that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were not the lone conspirators in the Oklahoma City bombing. You argue that they were part of a larger scheme which involved Islamic/Iraqi terrorists. Can you give us a few of the facts?

Davis: The Third Terrorist is the culmination of nearly a decade of exhaustive research. Throughout the course of my investigation, I interviewed eighty potential witnesses, twenty-two of whom I deemed credible because their testimonies could be independently corroborated, and more importantly, their stories did not conflict with the government's case against McVeigh and Nichols.

Davis' research was meticulous and well-documented. She focused on the documented and documentable facts; the information she "deemed credible" was "corroborated", and "did not conflict with the government's case".

In detailed affidavits, these witnesses confidently identified eight specific Middle Eastern men, the majority of whom were former Iraqi soldiers, colluding with the Oklahoma City bombers, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, during various stages of the bombing plot.

All of these suspects immigrated to the United States following the Persian Gulf War, ostensibly seeking political asylum from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein. However, my investigation revealed they were, in fact, false defectors – not outspoken dissidents as they had claimed.

This cadre of Iraqi servicemen moved to Oklahoma City in the fall of 1994 and began performing handiwork for a property management company that was owned and operated by a Palestinian expatriate. The affluent real estate mogul, who operated under eight known aliases, funded his vast, multi-million dollar housing empire from monies contributed by siblings living in Baghdad, Jerusalem, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and Amman, Jordan.

In the early 1990's, the Palestinian property owner pleaded guilty to federal insurance fraud and served time in the penitentiary. Court records revealed that the FBI once suspected the ex-convict of having ties to the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

Six months prior to the bombing, the Palestinian felon hired a group of self-professed "defectors" from the Iraqi army to do maintenance work on his low-income rental houses. On April 19, several witnesses watched in stunned amazement as their Middle Eastern co-workers expressed prideful excitement upon hearing the first radio broadcasts that Islamic extremists had claimed responsibility for the attack on the Murrah Building. The men cheered deliriously, exuberantly pledging their allegiance to the now deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, vowing they would "die for Saddam."

Keep in mind what we learned in Part 1 from Chairman’s Report Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House International Relations Committee, subtitled The Oklahoma City Bombing: Was There A Foreign Connection?

Note: at the outset of the subcommittee's investigation, former Oklahoma governor Frank Keating personally requested that the investigation be called off. During his meeting with the subcommittee chairman, Governor Keating mentioned that then-President Bill Clinton had called him only hours after the bombing. According to Keating, President Clinton's first comment to him after the bombing was "God, I hope there's no Middle Eastern connection to this."

But, McVeigh and Nichols were convicted, no Middle Eastern connection to the OKBOMB, case closed -- looks like President Bill Clinton, a President known for telling lies and obstructing justice, got what he wanted.

What I don't understand is why this connection, which was being revealed publicly at the beginning of the Bush-43 Administration, wasn't officially acknowledged by "Dubya". After all, here's a nice, meaty reason for regime change in Iraq, as well as a chance to slam the Democrats not just for lies, but for jeopardizing national security as well.

So why was this not capitalized upon?

From An Interview with Sibel Edmonds, Page Three by Chris Deliso, July 1, 2004:

CD: If your full testimony is heard by the public, who or what agencies are going to be in the biggest trouble?

SE: Well, as for agencies I guess the DOJ, FBI, State Department. But in a way these agencies get some kind of immunity when you charge them like this ... I hate to see how a lot of agents get stigmatized in this. Most of the field agents I met in the FBI were good, honest and hardworking individuals. They were trying to do their best, but up against this ingrown bureaucracy -- this is where you have the problem, as will as with certain elected officials.

CD: What are they so afraid of?

SE: They're afraid of information, of the truth coming out, and accountability -- the whole accountability issue that will arise. But it's not as complicated as it might seem. If they were to allow the whole picture to emerge, it would just boil down to a whole lot of money and illegal activities.

CD: Hmm, well I know you can't name names, but can you tell me if any specific officials will suffer if your testimony comes out?

SE: Yes. Certain elected officials will stand trial and go to prison.

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