"President Clinton and the work of the Clinton Foundation exemplify the core mission of this award and the Memorial and Museum," said Kari Watkins. "He stood by this city 15 years ago and helped lead the way to rebuilding the heart of our city. Since then, he has done a tremendous job of bringing together the private sector and the non-governmental organizations to combat global issues."
My beef isn't with Watkins, mind you. It lies, instead, with the continuation of the myths surrounding the bombing. Stated more succinctly, it lies with the fact that the cover up surrounding the April 19, 1995, attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building continues.
As reported in four posts based on exclusive interviews with David P. Schippers and Jayna Davis, the evidence points to President Clinton being responsible for doing little to bring about complete justice for the 168 victims of the bombing in the nation's heartland.
Who is Schippers? He's a 70-something Chicago-based attorney who served as chief investigative counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee during the Clinton Impeachment Hearings and as manager of the proceedings that followed in the U.S. Senate. In addition, he authored the book, SELLOUT: The Inside Story of President Clintons Impeachment.
I was introduced to Schippers by Jayna Davis, author of the book, "The Third Terrorist," which chronicled her decade-long investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing and became a New York Times Best Seller. Some 30 years his junior, Davis considers Schippers a close personal friend and something of a father figure.
In a post published Sept. 30, I recounted my interview with Schippers:
I began the interview by asking Schippers why no one had pursued Hussain Al-Hussaini, the Iraqi native Davis identified in her book as the third terrorist who, along with Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, carried out the attack?
My honest opinion is that the original shot was made by (President Bill) Clinton in 1995, he explained. Remember, it was 1995, and he had lost the congress both houses of Congress and people were saying he would never get reelected, and his numbers were way the hell down.
If he had had another attack against the United States, he would have had to act, and he didnt do a damn thing on the first Twin Towers bombing, he continued. Clinton said, Lets not overreact, and, at that time, we had the Department of Justice with (Janet) Reno in there who was completely politicized, and I think (Clinton) just decided were not going to do it.
Schippers continued, riding a bipartisan train of thought.
Now, why didnt the (President George W.) Bush people do it? he asked rhetorically. Thats the one that really bothered me. We deliberately waited until Reno and that gang got out of the administration and then Bush came in.
Unfortunately, no one ever bit on the information Schippers said a president could have used as a legitimate reason to invade Iraq, and he blames it on a pact between the Bushes and Clintons something akin to the mutually-assured destruction mindset that prevailed during the Cold War between Russia and the United States.
The preponderance of the evidence, thoroughly documented by Davis and explained further by Schippers, is difficult -- if not impossible -- to refute.
Schippers’ book, Sellout, is a stunning read. Unfortunately, I gave it to my son who has never returned it. I would like to re-read it in light of other developments.
The question still begs: what WAS that “agreement” between the Bushes and the Clintons? Will we ever know the answer? And why was McVeigh executed so quickly? Before we got the rest of the story from him.