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Specter: No Response From Ashcroft --Justice Mum on Iraq-McVeigh Link
WorldNet Daily ^ | 10/22/02 | Jon Dougherty

Posted on 10/23/2002 1:53:19 AM PDT by glorygirl

The Justice Department and FBI have so far failed to respond to an inquiry from the senior Pennsylvania senator regarding an alleged Iraqi connection in the Oklahoma City bombing seven years ago.

Bill Reynolds, a spokesman for Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said today that so far FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and Attorney General John Ashcroft had failed to respond to an Oct. 4 letter seeking their input on the allegation.

In that letter, Specter said several earlier media reports implying the connection concerned him because "Iraqi nationals may have been involved in the [April 19] 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building. …"

The allegation has a renewed significance given suspected Middle Eastern – and some say Iraqi – involvement in the 9-11 attacks.

Despite a lack of response thus far, however, Specter – a former prosecutor – "is moving ahead with an investigation and is asking tough questions," said Jayna Davis, a former television reporter from Oklahoma City who briefed Specter regarding the alleged connection Oct. 12.

Davis, who has been investigating the links since the bombing, told WorldNetDaily she was invited by Specter to present her evidence. In his letter, Specter said Davis "has provided us with a large volume of information."

He also said that, besides the alleged Iraqi OKC connection, he was equally troubled by "allegations concerning the potential involvement of al-Qaida terrorists in the 1995 bombing and a possible Iraqi connection to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing."

"It is my understanding that my staff has contacted both the FBI and Justice Department requesting a briefing on the issues raised by these allegations, and these requests have been rebuffed," Specter wrote. "It is also my understanding that such a briefing was offered to former CIA Director Robert J. Woolsey Jr., but that he declined the FBI's offer."

"I would appreciate your comments on whether these allegations warrant further investigation," he concluded.

Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were convicted of staging the OKC bombing on April 19, 1995, destroying most of the Murrah Building and killing 168 people.

Both were convicted in 1997, and McVeigh was put to death June 11, 2001. Nichols, who is serving a life sentence in federal custody, is scheduled to be tried on state charges in Oklahoma, where he faces the death penalty if convicted.

Nichols lost a U.S. Supreme Court bid in January. His lawyers unsuccessfully claimed that trying him again in state court for the same charges would amount to double jeopardy.

Earlier, Davis accused the FBI of failing to take possession of 22 witness statements in 1997 that allegedly implicate "several" Arab men who reportedly acted in collusion with McVeigh and Nichols.

Based on that and other evidence, she said Specter's office became interested enough to learn more.

"I went into the briefing [with Specter] expecting to be torn apart," she said, mindful of his prosecutorial experience. "But I was elated because he was not only objective and open-minded, but it was obvious his staff had looked at this evidence very seriously."

Included in a summary of evidence Davis shared with Specter was a timeline. She began following the Middle Eastern angle as an investigative reporter for NBC affiliate KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City.

According to those documents, she said the FBI put out bulletins "immediately" after the bombing that the bureau was looking for "several Middle Eastern-looking males who were seen fleeing the Murrah Building in a brown Chevy pickup just moments before the blast."

"Within hours and without explanation," she said, "federal agents instructed Oklahoma County law-enforcement officials to cancel the all-points-bulletin issued that morning for foreign terrorists," even though the FBI "continued to aggressively seek Middle Eastern suspects."

Davis, in her summary, went on to say that within 48 hours, "the focus of the investigation shifted from the Middle East to homegrown terrorism."

Despite the age of the case, Specter is not convinced McVeigh and Nichols acted alone.

"This is a matter which warrants an inquiry, so we will do it," Specter said last week.

The House is also interested in the alleged Mideast connection to OKC. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., chairman of the Government Reform Committee, is pushing for an explanation from Justice regarding Davis' evidence.

Specifically, Burton has sent a subpoena to the secretary of the Navy seeking video and still camera shots of the Oklahoma City federal building on the day of the bombing, the Indianapolis Star newspaper reported Oct. 12.

"He has reason to suspect that the Office of Naval Intelligence or the Defense Intelligence Agency may have in their archives a photograph of John Doe 2 and convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh getting out of the Ryder truck before it blew up outside of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building," the paper said.

This Is London reported Monday that there is concern "at the highest political levels" in D.C. that "a group of Arab men with links to Iraqi intelligence, Palestinian extremists and possibly al-Qaida, used McVeigh and Nichols as front men to blow up" the Murrah building.

There is also other ancillary evidence of an Iraq connection to 9-11. Though vehemently denied by U.S. officials, Czechoslovakian government officials have repeatedly said the 9-11 ringleader, Mohamad Atta, met with an Iraqi agent in Prague in the months leading up to the attacks.

Finally, in a separate case, public-interest law firm Judicial Watch has filed suit against Iraq for its alleged involvement in the OKC bombing.

"Plaintiffs assert that the entire plot was, in whole or in part, orchestrated, assisted technically and/or financially, and directly aided by agents of the Republic of Iraq," the suit says.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: fredthompson; iraq; jaynadavis; mcveigh; okcbombing; specter

1 posted on 10/23/2002 1:53:20 AM PDT by glorygirl
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To: *OKCbombing; Alamo-Girl; Gary Aldrich; amom; archy; aristeides; anymouse; AtticusX; backhoe; ...
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2 posted on 10/23/2002 1:54:29 AM PDT by glorygirl
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To: glorygirl
Specter: No Response From Ashcroft --Justice Mum on Iraq-McVeigh Link

He's saving it for Nov. 3. Nov. 3 headline topic-line: Dems implicated in OKC coverup to blame Republicans and boost Clinton for the '96 election.

3 posted on 10/23/2002 2:03:42 AM PDT by #3Fan
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To: glorygirl
Don't worry. Specter is on this and he's the guy that solved the JFK assassination.
4 posted on 10/23/2002 2:14:37 AM PDT by Neanderthal
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To: glorygirl
"a group of Arab men with links to Iraqi intelligence, Palestinian extremists and possibly al-Qaida, used McVeigh and Nichols as front men to blow up" the Murrah building.

There has never never been any doubt in my mind that this is 100% true!

5 posted on 10/23/2002 2:21:51 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Neanderthal
Don't worry. Specter is on this and he's the guy that solved the JFK assassination.

I thought Kevin Costner did that?

6 posted on 10/23/2002 2:26:50 AM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK
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To: glorygirl
I am glad to see that AG Ashcroft is using discretion in giving sensitive information to unreliable individuals.
7 posted on 10/23/2002 3:08:58 AM PDT by 2timothy3.16
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To: glorygirl
Question for Mr. Specter:

If you are so convinced that Iraq was involved in OKC, why did you vote no to the resolution of force against Iraq?

8 posted on 10/23/2002 3:41:07 AM PDT by William McKinley
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To: #3Fan
Attorney General John Ashcroft had failed to respond to an Oct. 4 letter seeking their input on the allegation.

By his deeds, Ashcroft has demonstrated he is not at all interested in pursuing corruption in government....Chinagate, Boston FBI, lynx fur, BIA corruption.....

9 posted on 10/23/2002 4:02:08 AM PDT by RJCogburn
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To: William McKinley
Specter voted yes on the resolution to use force against Iraq. He voted "no" on the measure to stop discussion of the subject before the vote, which would support the inference there were more issues to be discussed.
10 posted on 10/23/2002 4:38:07 AM PDT by glorygirl
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To: glorygirl
I stand corrected. I could have sworn I had read him as a no vote.
11 posted on 10/23/2002 4:47:46 AM PDT by William McKinley
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To: William McKinley
Easy to misunderstand. The night it happened there was some confusion on the threads as well, because of the earlier vote.
12 posted on 10/23/2002 4:53:11 AM PDT by glorygirl
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To: glorygirl
Probably too many people still in the FBI and Justice Department who were involved in the cover up. There will be tremendous resistance to any public discussion about foreign involvement in the OC bombing. The cover up had to have a lot of support within the government agencies.
13 posted on 10/23/2002 5:00:12 AM PDT by FreePaul
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To: glorygirl; honway; Wallaby; Boyd; Uncle Bill; Fred Mertz; Lion's Cub; aristeides
Specifically, Burton has sent a subpoena to the secretary of the Navy seeking video and still camera shots of the Oklahoma City federal building on the day of the bombing, the Indianapolis Star newspaper reported Oct. 12.

"He has reason to suspect that the Office of Naval Intelligence or the Defense Intelligence Agency may have in their archives a photograph of John Doe 2 and convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh getting out of the Ryder truck before it blew up outside of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building," the paper said.

interesting that after more than 7 years, ONI all of a sudden surfaces in the murrah investigation. does anyone remember the navy being involved in any manner after the bombing?

14 posted on 10/23/2002 5:03:04 AM PDT by thinden
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To: thinden
I could be mistaken, but I'm sure a fellow Freeper might be able to do some digging and sourse the article dealing with the US navy, building a 5 story structure to common commercial building codes (not the more strict codes for Federal buildings), filling up a truck with MORE ANFO than T.M. was supposed to have used and detonate it.

I did blow out the windows and do some structural damage. The building, constructed to a lesser code, meaning it was not as strong, was left standing.

The only reason I remember this was at the time, I thought it was strange that the Navy would be doing this kind of testing.
15 posted on 10/23/2002 5:11:15 AM PDT by taxed2death
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To: glorygirl
Could Senator Specter be cosmically forgiven for the "Magic Bullet Theory" tm, if he were to become key in unlocking an OKC-Iraq connection?

Considering Iraq is an external affair, while JFK hopefully was an internal affair, it would pretty much wipe the slate clean in my book.

16 posted on 10/23/2002 5:40:07 AM PDT by copycat
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To: thinden
Interesting. Thanks for the flag.
17 posted on 10/23/2002 5:58:31 AM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: William McKinley; Plummz; honway
If you are so convinced that Iraq was involved in OKC...

spectre may have reservations eventhough a significant number of eye witnesses to the murrah bombing document ME/Iraqi involvement.

exactly who they were working for remains unanswered.

18 posted on 10/23/2002 6:34:40 AM PDT by thinden
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To: copycat
Never! Before the Kennedy coverup, he Was Ira Einhart's(sp?)attoney that got him out on bail, so he could skip country for 20+ years for beating his girlfriend to death and putting her in a trunk in his appartment. That Rat Bastard also voted some stupid Scottish law BS of "Not proven" in the Impeachment Trial.

He deserves to be remembered for ALL his misdeeds.

19 posted on 10/23/2002 6:39:09 AM PDT by Area51
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To: glorygirl
"is asking tough questions"

Anyone can ask tough questions, but Specter rarely provides any correct answers.
20 posted on 10/23/2002 7:46:54 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: copycat
Could Senator Specter be cosmically forgiven for the "Magic Bullet Theory" tm, if he were to become key in unlocking an OKC-Iraq connection?

I'm not sure, but I think Dr. Cyril Wecht was the author of the MB Theory, although Specter backed it.

21 posted on 10/23/2002 8:07:01 AM PDT by lasereye
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To: Area51
He deserves to be remembered for ALL his misdeeds.

Yeah besides his bizarre Not Proven vote on Clinton's impeachment, his opposition to Robert Bork's Supreme Court nomination. In his book The Tempting of America Bork recounted his discussions with Specter on the issue of pornography and the first amendment. Specter was objecting to Bork on the grounds that allegedly he took the position that pornography laws weren't subject to judicial review, i.e., the courts cannot review a pornography law to determine whether it's constitional. Bork repeatedly attempted to explain to Specter that that wasn't what he was saying, but Specter couldn't or wouldn't understand that.

22 posted on 10/23/2002 8:19:04 AM PDT by lasereye
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To: glorygirl
Thanks for the heads up!
23 posted on 10/23/2002 9:54:16 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Area51
That Rat Bastard also voted some stupid Scottish law BS of "Not proven" in the Impeachment Trial.

Oh, yeah, forgot about that.

You've convinced me...Specter would need to out about 4 OKC's before HE'S even.

24 posted on 10/23/2002 10:30:45 AM PDT by copycat
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To: FreePaul; glorygirl; OKCSubmariner
UMMMMMMMMM!
25 posted on 10/23/2002 1:54:23 PM PDT by Betty Jo
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To: RJCogburn
By his deeds, Ashcroft has demonstrated he is not at all interested in pursuing corruption in government....Chinagate, Boston FBI, lynx fur, BIA corruption.....

Maybe he's living in the present. Should he reopen the Kennedy assassination?

26 posted on 10/23/2002 1:57:25 PM PDT by #3Fan
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To: #3Fan
Maybe he's living in the present.

Boston FBI includes activity during this administration as does the BIA backdating scandal. That should be present enough for many.

27 posted on 10/23/2002 3:50:28 PM PDT by RJCogburn
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To: glorygirl
The House is also interested in the alleged Mideast connection to OKC. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., chairman of the Government Reform Committee, is pushing for an explanation from Justice regarding Davis' evidence.

Interesting. I have more confidence something could come from Burton's efforts. I'd love to be proven wrong about Magic Bullet though. I really would.

28 posted on 10/23/2002 4:38:48 PM PDT by Sal
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To: RJCogburn
Boston FBI includes activity during this administration as does the BIA backdating scandal. That should be present enough for many.

I don't know what the Justice department should and shouldn't do. There are 280,000,000 million people in this country and I don't know if the Justice Dept should oversee the all the cases of crimes committed by these 280,000,000 people.

29 posted on 10/23/2002 5:21:58 PM PDT by #3Fan
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