Plame Game - Curious Musings

Before the Iraq War there was the Oklahoma City Bombing on April 19th, 1995.

The excerpt below is from the WSJ of September 5th, 2002.

The Iraq Connection - Was Saddam involved in Oklahoma City and the first WTC bombing?

"OKLAHOMA CITY--With the Sept. 11 anniversary upon us and President Bush talking about a "regime change" in Iraq, it's an apt time to look at two investigators who connect Baghdad to two notorious incidents of domestic terrorism. Jayna Davis, a former television reporter in Oklahoma City, believes an Iraqi cell was involved in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building here. Middle East expert Laurie Mylroie links Iraq to the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, and has published a book on the subject.

Both cases are closed, of course--in the public mind if not quite officially. Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder in the Oklahoma City bombing and executed in June 2001; Terry Nichols was sentenced to life in prison for conspiracy and manslaughter, and faces a further trial on murder charges. In the World Trade Center bombing, prosecutors convicted six men of Middle Eastern origin on the theory that they operated in a "loose network." One suspect remains at large, but the apparent ringleader, known as Ramzi Yousef, was captured in Pakistan and is now in federal prison in the U.S.

The prosecutors in both episodes believe they got their men, and of course conspiracy theories have shadowed many prominent cases. Still, the long investigative work by Ms. Davis and Ms. Mylroie, coming to parallel conclusions though working largely independently of each other, has gained some prominent supporters. Former CIA Director James Woolsey, for example, recently told the Journal that "when the full stories of these two incidents are finally told, those who permitted the investigations to stop short will owe big explanations to these two brave women. And the nation will owe them a debt of gratitude."

Ms. Davis, for example, has a copy of a bulletin put out by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol immediately after the Murrah bombing. It specifies a blue car occupied by "Middle Eastern male subject or subjects." According to police radio traffic at the time, also obtained by Ms. Davis, a search was on as well for a brown Chevrolet pickup "occupied by Middle Eastern subjects." When an officer radioed in asking if "this is good information or do we really not know," a dispatcher responded "authorization FBI." Law-enforcement sources tell Ms. Davis that the FBI bulletin was quickly and mysteriously withdrawn.

Jayna Davis wrote this book about her investigation and I recommend it, for if her facts are true then the whole argument of whether or not Iraq had WMD or violated sanctions is null and void, for on April 19th, 1995 Iraq orchestrated an attack on US soil. For those in Berkeley California that's called an "act of war".

However more curious is the presence in her investigation of similiar players we've noted in the Plame Game, namely Vincent Cannistraro, Larry Johnson, Col. Patrick Lang, all telling Jayna that they saw in one case a clear involvement of Iraq or at least a middle east (Al Qaeda) connection in the attack.

"Ms. Davis's evidence was examined by Patrick Lang, a Middle East expert and former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency's human intelligence collection section. In a memo to Ms. Davis, Mr. Lang concluded that Mr. al-Hussaini likely is a member of Unit 999 of the Iraqi Military Intelligence Service, or Estikhabarat. He wrote that this unit is headquartered at Salman Pak southeast of Baghdad, and "deals with clandestine operations at home and abroad."

Larry Johnson, a former deputy director of the State Department's Office of Counter Terrorism, also has examined Ms. Davis's voluminous research. "Looking at the Jayna Davis material," Mr. Johnson says, "what's clear is that more than Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols were involved. Without a doubt, there's a Middle Eastern tie to the Oklahoma City bombing."

Well! This leaves us with a question. If these gentlemen believed so much in what they said, why are they seemingly saying something so very different now? What changed? Rather "who" changed them?

One name missing from the report, "Ray McGovern" along with another may be a well known financier familiar to the 2004 election may be the key.

Remember, the world's oldest corruptor - money.

Incidently Salman Pak is key as well to Iraqi involvement in 9/11 and and just what happened to the WMD.

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