Wes Vernon, NewsMax.com
Monday, Sept. 9, 2002
WASHINGTON-The Wall Street Journal has added its voice to those - in and
out of government - who have concluded the circumstantial evidence linking
Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the 1993 first
World Trade Center bombing, as well as the 9-11 attacks, is overwhelming.
Former CIA Director James Woolsey also expresses skepticism that Timothy
McVeigh, executed for the Oklahoma City bombing, and his accomplice Terry
Nichols, sentenced to life in prison and awaiting further trial on murder
charges, could have planned and executed this monstrous crime all by
Woolsey believes the work of persistent investigators, reporter Jayna
Davis and Middle East expert Laurie Mylroie, are onto something, as many
clues in their separate probes point ominously toward Baghdad.
"[W]hen the full stories of these two incidents [Oklahoma City and the
first Trade Center bombing] are finally told,” he told the Journal, "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.”
In a lengthy carefully worded Sept. 5 op-ed piece, Wall Street Journal
senior editorial page writer Micah Morrison says while the information to
date stops short of "conclusive evidence” the Iraqi dictator was implicated
in the attacks on the Trade Center or the federal building in Oklahoma City,
"there is quite a bit of smoke curling up from the various routes to
That the Wall Street Journal is taking a serious look at the "Iraq
connection” is significant if for no other reason than the fact that this
Dow Jones icon of business journalism is not noted for an addiction to wild
But the WSJ is by no means alone. Other mainstream publications have
recently weighed in with similar observations.
"Our position is: Congress should hold hearings on evidence of previous
Iraqi connections to terror,” editorialized the Indianapolis Star Sept. 7.
"In the Oklahoma City case,” the paper added, "[Jayna] Davis
painstakingly reviewed telephone records that indicate Terry Nichols
contacted Iraqi intelligence in the Philippines to acquire bomb-making
Two weeks earlier, Star editorial writer James Patterson wrote that
Indiana Rep. Dan Burton’s House Government Reform Committee had spent some
of the August congressional recess "sniffing around” Oklahoma City looking
for reasons to believe that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols had help.
"They found plenty,” Patterson reported.
Committee staff interviewed at least six people who claimed they saw
McVeigh keeping company with "foreign-looking men” in the days, "even
minutes” prior to the blast at the Murrah federal building that killed 168
innocents on April 19, 1995.
Apparently, the committee’s interest was aroused in part by David
Schippers, the Chicago lawyer hired in 1998 as chief investigative counsel
for the House Judiciary Committee’s work in the impeachment of
then-President Bill Clinton. According to Patterson, Schippers "has been
traversing the country” citing Davis’s investigative work in the case.
Yet another credible voice has been added to the chorus of those who do
not believe the execution of McVeigh and the sentencing of Nichols neatly
added up to "case closed.” Larry Johnson, former deputy director of the
State Department’s Office of Counter-Terrorism has told TV audiences that
his suspicions in the case were confirmed by "his own deeply held law
enforcement contacts” 9Patterson’s description). Further, Johnson is
convinced the Middle East terrorist cell that carried out the bombing is
still in business.
Suspicion that Iraq was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks was fueled
mainly by reports over the past year of a meeting in Prague in April 2001
between apparent hijacker Mohammed Atta (believed to have piloted the first
plane that crashed into the World Trade Center a year ago) and Iraqi
diplomat Ahmed Khalil Ibrahim Samir el-Ani.
The fact that Atta was located in Virginia and then in Florida shortly
before and after the reported meeting has caused much of the media to
dismiss the story. Two things about that:
A high Bush administration official was quoted in the August 2 Los
Angles Times as saying evidence of the meeting "holds up.”
Czech officials have insisted the meeting took place. They subsequently
expelled the Iraqi diplomat.
Further, the Wall Street Journal cites several reported contacts between
the Iraqis and the al-Qaeda terrorist network, something that CIA Director
George Tenet has confirmed in congressional testimony.
Espionage writer Edward Jay Epstein reports on his website that an Iraqi
defector has stated that Iraqi intelligence has trained groups on how to
hijack planes without weapons.
Editorialist Micah Morrison, in his Wall Street Journal piece, credits
Davis and Mylroie as having "looked very hard for fire” in the "Iraq
That connection "remains a speculative possibility,” Morrison adds, "but
a possibility that needs to be put on the table in a serious way.”
Such as a hearing soon by Congressman Burton’s House committee?
As the U.S. notes the anniversary of the biggest terror attack so far
—Sept.11 - President Bush is contemplating going to war with Iraq. Some
believe he has already decided. If any or all three of the murderous attacks
can be traced to Saddam Hussein, the question of whether the U.S. is
justified in pursuing that course then becomes academic. At that point, the
smoking gun having been found, the argument is settled. The debate ends. It