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How 9-11 Happened - Ann Coulter
FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 4/01/04 | Ann Coulter

Posted on 04/01/2004 1:12:47 AM PST by kattracks

We don't need a "commission" to find out how 9-11 happened. The truth is in the timeline:

PRESIDENT CARTER, DEMOCRAT

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter allowed the Shah of Iran to be deposed by a mob of Islamic fanatics. A few months later, Muslims stormed the U.S. Embassy in Iran and took American Embassy staff hostage.

Carter retaliated by canceling Iranian visas. He eventually ordered a disastrous and humiliating rescue attempt, crashing helicopters in the desert.

PRESIDENT REAGAN, REPUBLICAN

The day of Reagan's inauguration, the hostages were released.

In 1982, the U.S. Embassy in Beirut was bombed by Muslim extremists.

President Reagan sent U.S. Marines to Beirut.

In 1983, the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut were blown up by Muslim extremists.

Reagan said the U.S. would not surrender, but Democrats threw a hissy fit, introducing a resolution demanding that our troops be withdrawn. Reagan caved in to Democrat caterwauling in an election year and withdrew our troops – bombing Syrian-controlled areas on the way out. Democrats complained about that, too.

In 1985, an Italian cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, was seized and a 69-year-old American was shot and thrown overboard by Muslim extremists.

Reagan ordered a heart-stopping mission to capture the hijackers after "the allies" promised them safe passage. In a daring operation, American fighter pilots captured the hijackers and turned them over to the Italians – who then released them to safe harbor in Iraq.

On April 5, 1986, a West Berlin discotheque frequented by U.S. servicemen was bombed by Muslim extremists from the Libyan Embassy in East Berlin, killing an American.

Ten days later, Reagan bombed Libya, despite our dear ally France refusing the use of their airspace. Americans bombed Gadhafi's residence, killing his daughter, and dropped a bomb on the French Embassy "by mistake."

Reagan also stoked a long, bloody war between heinous regimes in Iran and Iraq. All this was while winning a final victory over Soviet totalitarianism.

PRESIDENT BUSH I, MODERATE REPUBLICAN

In December 1988, a passenger jet, Pan Am Flight 103, was bombed over Lockerbie, Scotland, by Muslim extremists.

President-elect George Bush claimed he would continue Reagan's policy of retaliating against terrorism, but did not. Without Reagan to gin her up, even Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher went wobbly, saying there would be no revenge for the bombing.

In 1990, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait.

In early 1991, Bush went to war with Iraq. A majority of Democrats opposed the war, and later complained that Bush didn't "finish off the job" with Saddam.

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON, DEMOCRAT

In February 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed by Muslim fanatics, killing five people and injuring hundreds.

Clinton, advised by Dick Clarke, did nothing.

In October 1993, 18 American troops were killed in a savage firefight in Somalia. The body of one American was dragged through the streets of Mogadishu as the Somalian hordes cheered.

Clinton responded by calling off the hunt for Mohammed Farrah Aidid and ordering our troops home. Osama bin Laden later told ABC News: "The youth ... realized more than before that the American soldier was a paper tiger and after a few blows ran in defeat."

In November 1995, five Americans were killed and 30 wounded by a car bomb in Saudi Arabia set by Muslim extremists.

Clinton, advised by Dick Clarke, did nothing.

In June 1996, a U.S. Air Force housing complex in Saudi Arabia was bombed by Muslim extremists.

Clinton, advised by Dick Clarke, did nothing.

Months later, Saddam attacked the Kurdish-controlled city of Erbil.

Clinton, advised by Dick Clarke, lobbed some bombs into Iraq hundreds of miles from Saddam's forces.

In November 1997, Iraq refused to allow U.N. weapons inspections to do their jobs and threatened to shoot down a U.S. U-2 spy plane.

Clinton, advised by Dick Clarke, did nothing.

In February 1998, Clinton threatened to bomb Iraq, but called it off when the United Nations said no.

On Aug. 7, 1998, U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by Muslim extremists.

Clinton, advised by Dick Clarke, did nothing.

On Aug. 20, Monica Lewinsky appeared for the second time to testify before the grand jury.

Clinton responded by bombing Afghanistan and Sudan, severely damaging a camel and an aspirin factory.

On Dec. 16, the House of Representatives prepared to impeach Clinton the next day.

Clinton retaliated by ordering major air strikes against Iraq, described by the New York Times as "by far the largest military action in Iraq since the end of the Gulf War in 1991."

The only time Clinton decided to go to war with anyone in the vicinity of Muslim fanatics was in 1999 – when Clinton attacked Serbians who were fighting Islamic fanatics.

In October 2000, our warship, the USS Cole, was attacked by Muslim extremists.

Clinton, advised by Dick Clarke, did nothing.

PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH, REPUBLICAN

Bush came into office telling his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, he was "tired of swatting flies" – he wanted to eliminate al-Qaida.

On Sept. 11, 2001, when Bush had been in office for barely seven months, 3,000 Americans were murdered in a savage terrorist attack on U.S. soil by Muslim extremists.

Since then, Bush has won two wars against countries that harbored Muslim fanatics, captured Saddam Hussein, immobilized Osama bin Laden, destroyed al-Qaida's base, and begun to create the only functioning democracy in the Middle East other than Israel. Democrats opposed it all – except their phony support for war with Afghanistan, which they immediately complained about and said would be a Vietnam quagmire. And now they claim to be outraged that in the months before 9-11, Bush did not do everything Democrats opposed doing after 9-11.

What a surprise.


Ann Coulter is a bestselling author and syndicated columnist. Her most recent book is Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism.



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1 posted on 04/01/2004 1:12:48 AM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Amen.
2 posted on 04/01/2004 1:43:31 AM PST by txzman
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To: kattracks
Once again, Ann in her incredibly succincint way, lays out the true road map to disaster. I find the very mention of Clarke's name like fingernails on a chalkboard these days.
3 posted on 04/01/2004 1:51:50 AM PST by GunnyB (Once a Marine, Always a Marine)
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To: kattracks

I heard that one of the fastest ways to get banned from FreeRepublic was to fail to post a picture of the hot babe when citing one of her articles.
4 posted on 04/01/2004 1:51:51 AM PST by kingu (Which would you bet on? Iraq and Afghanistan? Or Haiti and Kosovo?)
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To: kattracks
bump
5 posted on 04/01/2004 1:56:48 AM PST by GiovannaNicoletta
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To: kingu
This should be read to a joint session of congress, by the president himself, and then ask if there are any questions.
The people demand it. Well I do anyway, and I'm a people.
6 posted on 04/01/2004 2:05:52 AM PST by wita (truthspeaks@freerepublic.com)
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To: kattracks
She forgot -

Before Iran was the fueling of Mid-East tensions and anti-Americanism by the USSR and their willingness to go to war on behalf of the Palenstinians if Israel attacked. You could say it's all the Commies' fault.
7 posted on 04/01/2004 2:27:41 AM PST by The Raven
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To: kattracks
I love you Ann,if you read this.

But she missed (next week,perhaps) the fact that Democrats also cut US Intellegence in the 1970's, 1980's, 1990's.
8 posted on 04/01/2004 3:10:28 AM PST by Finalapproach29er (" Permitting homosexuality didn't work out very well for the Roman Empire")
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To: kattracks
Two important things Ann left out were: that the first WTC bombing was masterminded by OBL and carried out by an Iraqi military official (Youssef) close to SH, and that now Dickie Clarke ADMITS the connection between the 1994 bombing of OKC and OBL in his book. OKC should be added to her list, and the Iraq-al Qaeda connection should be revealed.

As always, her conclusions are right to the point.
9 posted on 04/01/2004 3:10:49 AM PST by alwaysconservative (Democrats diddle while US cities, embassies, ships, and barracks burn.)
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To: kattracks
Clinton responded by calling off the hunt for Mohammed Farrah Aidid and ordering our troops home.

Very polite of Ann to not mention Richard Clark was involved in the Somalia mission change to capture Aidid, and subsequent retreat.

10 posted on 04/01/2004 3:18:39 AM PST by XHogPilot
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To: Finalapproach29er
You are awesome, Ann. I wish every American could see and hear what you have to say everyday. The very clarity of the truth you speak automatically lifts my burden about all that goes on. Keep up the good work!
11 posted on 04/01/2004 3:23:56 AM PST by jazzlite (esat)
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To: kattracks
She leaves out all those "hostages" kidnapped between Reagan and Bush I.
12 posted on 04/01/2004 3:26:51 AM PST by Fledermaus ( Frm ^;;^ says, "I give Dick Clarke's American Grandstand a 39...you can't dance to it.")
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To: kattracks
Dear Anne,
Reasons to marry me,
!. I have assets worth $50 Million
2. I'm 6'4" 190lbs. Blond hair, blue eyes
3. I'm a member of MENSA
4. I, like you, are a staunch conservative
5. I worship at your alter (in my basement)
6. I can part my eyebrows with my tongue
7. I went skinny-dipping in the Loch-Ness and people are still talking about it.
Call 1-800-luvanne
13 posted on 04/01/2004 3:32:08 AM PST by bullseye1911 (Not as good as I once was, but as good once as I ever was!)
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To: kattracks
How 9/11 Happened (Ann Coulter Hits A Home Run!!!)
14 posted on 04/01/2004 3:34:45 AM PST by BlessedBeGod ('I went to Vietnam, yada yada yada, I want to be President...")
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To: kingu
As I understand it,a picture of the lovely lady must accompany the very mention of her name.

btw..I haven't seen the one you posted before,it's very nice,actually,it's very,very nice.

All that and brains.

Too true Ann...what a surprise

15 posted on 04/01/2004 3:41:16 AM PST by mitch5501 (by the grace of God,I am what I am)
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To: kattracks
Ann for senate......that will shake up their candy asses
16 posted on 04/01/2004 3:44:31 AM PST by The Wizard (Democrats: enemies of America)
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To: kingu
That's an interesting angle. I wonder if she knew she was being photographed?
17 posted on 04/01/2004 3:47:14 AM PST by Musket
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To: kattracks
Since then, Bush has won two wars...

This is the only thing I find fault with in this piece. I do not consider these actions to be wars but campaigns in the war. Just as in WW II, each action was not a separate war but a battle or campaign. Invading North Africa, Sicily, Italy, D-Day, Tarawa, Guam, etc. - these are all separate campaigns and not separate wars. Ann and the rest of us should start refering to these battles as campaigns in the war on terror - or WW III. IMO, of course.

18 posted on 04/01/2004 3:53:34 AM PST by 7thson (BT AR - means end of message - no reply necessary or wanted!)
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To: jazzlite
I too wish that more Americans could read this. However, when I send things like this to people, a lot of them and come back telling me they do not want to read this stuff. It seems there are a lot of people sticking their heads in the sand.
19 posted on 04/01/2004 4:00:15 AM PST by 7thson (BT AR - means end of message - no reply necessary or wanted!)
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To: Molly Pitcher; Miss Marple; lysie; Neets; kassie; Iowa Granny; gulfcoast6; Bitwhacker; kstewskis; ..
Good Morning Everyone.

Ann in one of her classics!

Enjoy!

Jay

20 posted on 04/01/2004 4:01:05 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( "Behold Mother... I make all things new." - Jesus of Nazareth)
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To: kattracks; hellinahandcart; Lil'freeper; Mia T
Excellent article.
21 posted on 04/01/2004 4:25:49 AM PST by sauropod (Life is too short to read articles written by Upper West Side twits)
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To: kattracks
Thanks for the new tagline, Ann.

22 posted on 04/01/2004 4:28:31 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Clinton, advised by Dick Clarke, did nothing. - Ann Coulter 4/1/04, How 9-11 Happened)
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To: kattracks
BTTT
23 posted on 04/01/2004 4:38:06 AM PST by davidosborne (www.davidosborne.net)
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To: kattracks
BTTT
24 posted on 04/01/2004 5:18:19 AM PST by sr4402
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To: kattracks
Beautiful Mind
25 posted on 04/01/2004 5:20:09 AM PST by PGalt
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To: sauropod
 
bill clinton admits: I DID NOT PROTECT AMERICA FROM TERRORISTS
(WHY THE CLINTONS, KERRY AND THE LEFT ARE DANGEROUS FOR AMERICA)

 
by Mia T, 3.31.04

"The Sudanese wanted America to start dealing with them again. They released him [bin Laden].

At the time, '96, he had committed no crime against America, so I did not bring him here because we had no basis on which to hold him, though we knew he wanted to commit crimes against America.

So I pleaded with the Saudis to take him, 'cause they could have; but they thought it was a hot potato. They didn't and that's how he wound up in Afghanistan."

bill clinton
Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002
Clinton Reveals on Secret Audio:
I Nixed Bin Laden Extradition Offer

ritical to the understanding of the clintons' (and Kerry's and the left's) inability to protect America from terrorism is the analysis of clinton's final phrase, "though we knew he wanted to commit crimes against America."

"though we knew he wanted to commit crimes against America."

This phrase is clinton's explicit rejection of both bin Laden's repeated declarations/acts of war and the (Bush) doctrine of preemption to fight terror.

This phrase underscores clinton's failure to understand that:

  • a terrorist war requires only one consenting player
  • defining bin Laden's acts of war as "crimes'' is a dangerous, anachronistic, postmodern conceit (It doesn't depend on what the meaning of the word "war" is) and amounts to surrender
  • preemption serves a necessary, critically protective, as well as offensive function in any war on terror.

The sorry endpoint of this massive, 8-year clinton blunder was, of course, 9/11 and the exponential growth of al Qaeda.

ASIDE: It is beyond farce, therefore, for Richard Clarke to exalt clinton, (whose response to terrorism--in those rare ("bimbo") instances when he did, in fact, respond--was feckless, at best), even as he attempts to take down Bush, a great president whose demonstrated vision, courage and tenacity in the face of seditious undermining by the power-hungry clintons and their leftist goons is nothing short of heroic.
 

Mia T, 3.28.04
CLINTON TURNED DOWN SUDAN'S OFFERS OF BIN LADEN
HEAR CLINTON'S SECRETLY TAPED "ADMISSION" NOW

complete article

26 posted on 04/01/2004 5:37:05 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: bullseye1911
4. I, like you, are a staunch conservative

You blew it. Ann's a staunch grammarian as well.

27 posted on 04/01/2004 5:44:18 AM PST by MrB
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To: MrB
Yea, well I'm the product of public education. I'm sure she's a compassionate conservative. ;^)
28 posted on 04/01/2004 5:51:15 AM PST by bullseye1911 (Not as good as I once was, but as good once as I ever was!)
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To: kattracks
And now they claim to be outraged that in the months before 9-11, Bush did not do everything Democrats opposed doing after 9-11.

This is it in a nutshell.

29 posted on 04/01/2004 5:59:18 AM PST by mathluv (Protect my grandchildren's future. Vote for Bush/Cheney '04.)
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To: kingu
Great picture! I had not seen that one before. Love your tagline!
30 posted on 04/01/2004 6:00:41 AM PST by mathluv (Protect my grandchildren's future. Vote for Bush/Cheney '04.)
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To: bullseye1911
LOL! I needed a good 'wake-up' laugh!
31 posted on 04/01/2004 6:03:15 AM PST by mathluv (Protect my grandchildren's future. Vote for Bush/Cheney '04.)
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To: kattracks
Ann Coulter bump!

Ann doesn't do nuance...thank goodness.
32 posted on 04/01/2004 6:07:14 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: bullseye1911
Good gawd, I didn't know my husband freeped. What are you doing here honey, and why are you hittin' on Miss Coulter?
33 posted on 04/01/2004 6:14:33 AM PST by Quilla (Stamp out freepathons, become a monthly donor today.)
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To: Quilla
Good gawd, I didn't know my husband freeped. What are you doing here honey, and why are you hittin' on Miss Coulter?

Man, I gotta change my screen name again?

34 posted on 04/01/2004 6:47:45 AM PST by bullseye1911 (Not as good as I once was, but as good once as I ever was!)
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To: kattracks
The combination of a liberal media with an unaware public makes situations like this happen. Ann is great as usual and I never pass up anything she has to say. Besides just being in the white house to party, Clinton hurt the US more than anyone knows.
35 posted on 04/01/2004 6:55:32 AM PST by NotchJohnson
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To: XHogPilot
Someday Clintons name and now even Richard Clarke will be remembered as a sore spot on US history. Instead of invoking Hoovers name, it will be Bills. Bill can't change his legacy and I'm not sure if he cares.
36 posted on 04/01/2004 6:59:28 AM PST by NotchJohnson
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To: bullseye1911
LOL - Enjoy!


37 posted on 04/01/2004 6:59:55 AM PST by Quilla (Stamp out freepathons, become a monthly donor today.)
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To: Northern Yankee; kattracks
Excellent article! I'm passing it along in e-mail.
38 posted on 04/01/2004 7:12:33 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: kattracks; Caleb1411; The Big Econ
BUMP
39 posted on 04/01/2004 7:26:43 AM PST by rhema
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To: kattracks
clinton: "I did not bring him [Osama bin Laden] here... though we knew he wanted to commit crimes against America."bump
40 posted on 04/01/2004 7:37:34 AM PST by Mia T (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations (The acronym is the message.))
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To: kattracks
Ann as always has hit the nail on the head. It's all about the democrats and their lack of interest in protecting their country and it's citizens. The blood of 3000+ American citizens is on their hands. God bless our President Bush, God bless America!
41 posted on 04/01/2004 7:44:43 AM PST by Lucky2 (I'm a Born Again Christian, Republican, Conservative and will proudly vote for George W. Bush!)
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To: kattracks
>In 1979, President Jimmy Carter allowed the Shah of Iran to be deposed by a mob of Islamic fanatics

Well, hell, Truman and
Ike (and everyone else!) let
the Arabs just take

the oil fields British
and US companies built.
Everyone's to blame . . .

42 posted on 04/01/2004 7:45:23 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: 7thson
I completely agree with you that these have been but battles.

This is why I insist that Iraq be called the BASH.

(Battle Against Saddam Hussein)
43 posted on 04/01/2004 7:49:48 AM PST by AFPhys (My Passion review: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1089021/posts?page=13#13)
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To: Northern Yankee
You are completely on target here. This is one of Ann's best columns ever. It will be very useful in demonstrating to any non-socialist what has really happened the past 25 years. Some of the FReeper additions in this thread are very useful in fleshing it out, too.
44 posted on 04/01/2004 7:52:00 AM PST by AFPhys (My Passion review: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1089021/posts?page=13#13)
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To: kattracks
That loveable little tart can write.

Required reading for all potential voters in 2004.

Do your part, Freepers - distribute to everyone you know.
45 posted on 04/01/2004 8:06:12 AM PST by Stallone (Guess who Al Qaeda wants to be President?)
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To: kattracks
an interesting trio here


46 posted on 04/01/2004 8:10:20 AM PST by xp38
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To: Mia T
OKC Blast Linked To bin
Laden - FBI Refused To
Accept Evidence
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=22122
© 2001 WorldNetDaily.com
3-21-1

A former investigative reporter for the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City last night told Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly she has gathered massive evidence of a foreign conspiracy involving Saudi terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in the 1995 bombing of the federal building that killed 168 people.

Jayna Davis, former reporter for KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, says she took her evidence -- including hundreds of court records, 24 sworn witness statements and reports from law enforcement, intelligence and terror experts -- to the FBI, which refused even to accept the material.

Two men were convicted of murder and conspiracy charges in the bombing -- Timothy McVeigh, who faces execution May 16, and Terry Nichols, who yesterday asked that Oklahoma charges against him be dismissed as he has already been convicted in federal court.

Nichols, 45, is serving a life prison sentence for his federal conviction on eight involuntary manslaughter counts and conspiracy for the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. State prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Nichols. But defense attorneys said yesterday constitutional protection against double jeopardy bars the state from seeking the death penalty.

Davis said federal authorities investigating the bombing decided early on in the probe that the blast was the result of a domestic conspiracy, not a foreign one, ignoring all evidence to the contrary.

She said a Middle East terrorist cell was in operation only blocks from the federal building, and that an Iraqi national who formerly served in Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard was in contact with McVeigh the day of the bombing. She said this suspect arrived at the crime scene in a Ryder truck moments before the blast and sped away in a brown Chevrolet pickup truck immediately after.

An all-points bulletin was issued for this suspect, but was later withdrawn inexplicably.

Davis said her evidence indicates a conspiracy involving McVeigh, Nichols and at least seven men of Middle Eastern ethnic background. She called bin Laden the mastermind of the conspiracy.

"The evidence we have gathered definitely implicates McVeigh and Nichols," she said. "I want to make that very clear. They were in it up to their eyeballs."

Davis also points to court records offered in the Nichols defense that suggest he had contacts with a member of bin Laden's terrorist organization in the Philippines prior to the bombing.

When she took her hundreds of pages of documentation of conspiracy in the bombing to the FBI, Davis said agents "turned me away and refused to take my statements."

"I was flabbergasted," she told O'Reilly. "I am unable to imagine any reason they would not accept it."


47 posted on 04/01/2004 8:11:08 AM PST by Stallone (Guess who Al Qaeda wants to be President?)
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To: kattracks

48 posted on 04/01/2004 8:17:25 AM PST by cartoonistx
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To: Stallone
For 15 years now, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has known with certainty that terrorists use center fuel tanks to destroy passenger planes.

In 1989, according to the NTSB, terrorists destroyed an Avianca Airlines jet by placing a small bomb over the center fuel tank. The methodology relies on a terrorist smuggling a small amount of plastic or liquid explosive inside a passenger jet. The bomb is then detonated in a row of seats located near the center of the plane, immediately over the fuel tank.

While it is extremely rare to ignite aviation fuel with a mere spark (to this day, NTSB investigators cannot explain the source of ignition that caused the presumably accidental explosion of TWA Flight 800 in 1996), the energy from even a small amount of high explosives will initiate a catastrophic explosion of the fuel tank. The bomb works best when it is a shaped charge that channels its explosive energy down through the floor of the aircraft directly into the tank. This is the effect Richard Reid had in mind when he boarded American Airlines Flight 63 with explosives laced to his feet.

Al Qaeda has experimented with this technique for attacking 747 aircraft. Pakistani-born terrorist Ramzi Youssef, who is now in prison for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, planned to blow up a dozen U.S. jumbo jets on a single day using bombs over center fuel tanks. To calibrate the precise amount of explosive needed, Youssef conducted a test bombing on a Philippine Airlines jet.

Fortunately, he and his co-conspirators were foiled after a fire in their Manila safehouse resulted in authorities detecting their plot to blow up passenger planes on trans-Pacific routes before it could be put into effect. It was in this same safehouse that Filipino security services found documents outlining plans to crash aircraft into government buildings in Washington.

Some experts believe that TWA 800 was actually destroyed by a bomb of this type rather than by the accidental ignition of the center fuel tank.

According to Larry Johnson, a former CIA and State Department counter-terrorism official who participated in the Pan Am Flight 103 probe, an FBI official told him that Youssef claimed in 1996 that al Qaeda had destroyed TWA 800. Approximately 5 percent of the wreckage of TWA 800 -- some eight tons of the plane, equivalent to a mid-sized cargo truck -- has never been recovered. Mr. Johnson told me that the Pan Am 103 aircraft pieces, which bore evidence of a bomb attack, were "small enough to fit on top of a table." The precise source of the explosion of TWA 800 -- whether a bomb, a missile or malfunctioning equipment -- has never been identified and may never be known.

49 posted on 04/01/2004 8:21:46 AM PST by Stallone (Guess who Al Qaeda wants to be President?)
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To: Stallone
For 15 years now, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has known with certainty that terrorists use center fuel tanks to destroy passenger planes.

In 1989, according to the NTSB, terrorists destroyed an Avianca Airlines jet by placing a small bomb over the center fuel tank. The methodology relies on a terrorist smuggling a small amount of plastic or liquid explosive inside a passenger jet. The bomb is then detonated in a row of seats located near the center of the plane, immediately over the fuel tank.

While it is extremely rare to ignite aviation fuel with a mere spark (to this day, NTSB investigators cannot explain the source of ignition that caused the presumably accidental explosion of TWA Flight 800 in 1996), the energy from even a small amount of high explosives will initiate a catastrophic explosion of the fuel tank. The bomb works best when it is a shaped charge that channels its explosive energy down through the floor of the aircraft directly into the tank. This is the effect Richard Reid had in mind when he boarded American Airlines Flight 63 with explosives laced to his feet.

Al Qaeda has experimented with this technique for attacking 747 aircraft. Pakistani-born terrorist Ramzi Youssef, who is now in prison for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, planned to blow up a dozen U.S. jumbo jets on a single day using bombs over center fuel tanks. To calibrate the precise amount of explosive needed, Youssef conducted a test bombing on a Philippine Airlines jet.

Fortunately, he and his co-conspirators were foiled after a fire in their Manila safehouse resulted in authorities detecting their plot to blow up passenger planes on trans-Pacific routes before it could be put into effect. It was in this same safehouse that Filipino security services found documents outlining plans to crash aircraft into government buildings in Washington.

Some experts believe that TWA 800 was actually destroyed by a bomb of this type rather than by the accidental ignition of the center fuel tank.

According to Larry Johnson, a former CIA and State Department counter-terrorism official who participated in the Pan Am Flight 103 probe, an FBI official told him that Youssef claimed in 1996 that al Qaeda had destroyed TWA 800. Approximately 5 percent of the wreckage of TWA 800 -- some eight tons of the plane, equivalent to a mid-sized cargo truck -- has never been recovered. Mr. Johnson told me that the Pan Am 103 aircraft pieces, which bore evidence of a bomb attack, were "small enough to fit on top of a table." The precise source of the explosion of TWA 800 -- whether a bomb, a missile or malfunctioning equipment -- has never been identified and may never be known.

50 posted on 04/01/2004 8:23:00 AM PST by Stallone (Guess who Al Qaeda wants to be President?)
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