Oklahoma: The Axis of Evil
Infowars | May 30, 2006
by Holland Van den Nieuwenhof
Oklahoma, which is normally a drive-through, fly-over state, usually only makes the national news when something, unfortunately, blows up. The Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. The suicide-bombing of late last year. Norman, Oklahoma is my hometown. You may have heard of it because it is the home of the University of Oklahoma. Growing up there I was convinced that I lived in the most boring town in the world, so it was with growing alarm that I began to discover through my own research and the diligent work of others that Norman has served as a crossroads of sorts for international terrorists for well over a decade. These facts are documented, yet the reasons why Norman has been used as a springboard for terror can only be explained, I believe, by the apparent immunity these terrorists enjoy in Oklahoma. The threads of terror that run through Norman have been examined by some in the mainstream press, but none in the media have stepped back to look at the pattern these threads form, perhaps because this pattern would lead to some uncomfortable conclusions about our government’s true role in the War on Terror.
Let’s first examine just some of these threads. Then perhaps you can see the pattern arise. Many of these facts seem unrelated at first, but in their entirety an ominous picture develops.
According to the New York Daily News and the 9/11 Congressional Report, Osama bin Laden’s personal pilot came to Norman in 1993 to take lessons at Airman Flight School. Since we all know that bin Laden has been a CIA asset since at least the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and that his family ties are entwined with the Bush family, it is interesting to see that bin Laden chose Norman to train his own pilot.
On May 15, 1998, the local office of the FBI warned of the large number of Mideastern men taking flight instruction in Oklahoma. This memo was titled, “Weapons of Mass Destruction.”
In the Fall of 1999 Nicholas Berg, the man who was later the unfortunate star of a televised beheading in Iraq, attended a semester at OU. But according to the excellent research of Michael P. Wright, Berg stayed on OU campus for some time afterward as an employee of the university.
Despite, or perhaps because of, FBI attention on local flight schools, in 2000 alleged 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta and fellow future hijacker Marwan Alshehhi visited Norman to inquire about flight training.
In February of 2001, Zacharias Mossaoui, the supposed 20 th hijacker, came to live in Norman and train at, once again, Airman Flight School. He later moves in with Melvin Lattimore, whom I shall expand on later.
In April of 2001, 9/11 hijacker Nawaf Alhamzi is issued a speeding ticket in Oklahoma. His license apparently does not trigger any red flags, despite the fact that he has been in this country illegally since January of 2001 and that the CIA has known that he is an al-Qaeda terrorist since March of 2000.
In the Summer of 2001, CIA agent David Edger, who was in charge of the CIA team that monitored the al-Qaeda cell in Hamburg, Germany, is appointed to OU as a visiting professor by OU President David Boren. This cell included several 9/11 hijackers including Mohammed Atta, who had already been identified as an al-Qaeda cell leader by Defense Intelligence Agency Task Force Able Danger.
On August 1, 2001, a meeting took place at the Sands Motel in Oklahoma City between Zacharias Mossaoui and Mohammed Atta. This motel had previously been used by Timothy McVeigh and bombing suspect Hussain al-Hussaini prior to the OKC bombing. This meeting must have been of importance, because Mossaoui left for Minnesota shortly thereafter, where he was finally arrested by local FBI agents.
It was also shortly after this that Nicholas Berg’s laptop computer was used to email Mossaoui in Minnesota. Berg is questioned by the FBI and cleared. According to Berg’s father, an unknown party asked Nick Berg if he could use his laptop while they were on a transit bus to OU. Berg apparently gave this man his password so he could email Mossaoui. But according to the research of Michael P. Wright, OU transit buses were NOT equipped with wireless technology in 2001 (or even many laptops), nor was Berg even registered as an OU student at this time.
It was also this month of August 2001, just weeks before the 9/11 attacks, that hijacker Ziad Jarrah’s plane ticket for his date with infamy was purchased at an OU library computer terminal. This story was originally reported on local TV station KOCO-TV, but that story has since been erased from history. The ticket purchase does not trigger any red flags, despite the fact that Jarrah had previously been detained and questioned at the request of the CIA, and released, in Dubai for suspected links to al-Qaeda. Even more ominously, according to statements obtained by Michael P. Wright, the man who purchased this ticket was a white American male, described as a “skinhead type” by the library employee who witnessed the transaction and informed the FBI about it. As an interesting side note, Nicholas Berg sported a shaved head during his time at OU.
Following Mossaoui’s arrest in Minnesota, Oklahoma FBI agents visited his former home in Norman, still occupied by Melvin Lattimore. According to FBI reports, several unidentified men ran out the back door when the agents came calling. Lattimore is not arrested at this time. Also, Melvin Lattimore abandoned his lease on September 10, 2001.
And of course, on the morning of 9/11, while planes were striking buildings across the east coast, OU President David Boren was having a cozy breakfast with his protégé, CIA Director George Tenet. Upon being informed of the attacks, Tenet turned towards his breakfast companion and said, “I wonder if this has something to do with the guy who trained for a pilot’s license.” He of course could only be referring to the arrest of Mossaoui, but I can only wonder if Tenet had a knowing smirk on his face when he said this, because he was telling this to the man, David Boren, whose campus had been home to Mossaoui for the last several months.
And then on May 8, 2004, Nick Berg’s headless body was discovered in Iraq three days after his televised decapitation was shown to the world. This was wonderful timing once again, as his horrific death skewed world attention away from the Abu Ghraib torture scandal that had erupted just days earlier.
And finally, but perhaps not, on October 1, 2005, while I was giving a speech at Conspirathon ‘05, Joel Henry Hinrichs III died in a suicide-bombing outside OU stadium as thousands of fans were watching the Nebraska game.
These facts point towards a disturbing trend about 9/11, but some of these characters involved are also linked to the biggest news story in Oklahoma history, the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. And this is precisely why the story of Norman is so important. Not only does the evidence of terrorist activity in Oklahoma point towards something wrong with the official explanation of 9/11, but it directly connects 9/11 with the OKC bombing. And it hints at what we can only expect will be a larger terror attack in the future.
Let’s first look at Melvin Lattimore, who was Mossaoui’s roommate in Norman. Lattimore is an African-American, a convert to radical Islam who now goes by the name of Majahid Abduquaadir Menepta. According to the New American, his credit card was used to purchase the bomb-making materiels in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993. FBI collaboration with the terror cell that was blamed for that attack has been well documented by the New York Times. After the Oklahoma City bombing, a BATF agent testified under oath that Lattimore had been named as a suspect by an FBI informant. Not only that, he was also seen at McVeigh’s motel in Oklahoma City. And just a few days before the bombing, Lattimore showed up at the Traveler’s Aid Society in Oklahoma City with a known associate of McVeigh, Tim Rosencranz. The two men became belligerent when they were refused charity because they refused to identify themselves. According to the supervisor, Lattimore even flipped them the bird. When the two men left, the employees took down their descriptions and the make of their car, which was a Mercury Marquis without a license plate. If you recall, that description matches exactly the car that McVeigh was pulled over in following the bombing.
Lattimore was later arrested following the 9/11 attacks and imprisoned for fifteen months on a weapons charge. Lattimore, who is directly connected to three of the most high-profile terror attacks in American history, was NOT charged with terrorism, and is once again a free man. At last report, he is back in his hometown of St. Louis.
Another man with links to both 9/11 and the OKC bombing is Hussain al-Hussaini, who was identified as the infamous and elusive John Doe #2 by several witnesses to the bombing, and by KFOR-TV, before the company was purchased by the New York Times Broadcasting Company and its programming director fired. This man was seen in the company of McVeigh more than once in Oklahoma City and on the day of the bombing was seen riding with McVeigh in the Ryder Truck. Al-Hussaini sued KFOR-TV for defamation because of their investigation of his links to McVeigh, but he lost the case in court and his alibi for that day has been proven a lie. And on the morning of 9/11 al-Hussaini, according to author Jayna Davis, was working at Boston’s Logan airport, the point of departure for some of the hijackers, including Mohammed Atta. Al-Hussaini has never been charged or even investigated for terrorism.
These two men, and many others, have seemingly enjoyed some kind of immunity from prosecution for their suspected roles in the terror attacks of recent years, a protection that can only be given by those whose responsibility is supposed to be to prevent these attacks. What was the government doing about all of these terrorists and their suspected accomplices in Oklahoma? We can start by looking at David Edger, the CIA man on campus at OU.
David Edger made his bones at the CIA in Chile, where on SEPTEMBER 11, 1973, he was present during the CIA-sponsored coup of the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende, and his subsequent murder. We can only guess at Edger’s role in that affair. Edger was later present in Brazil during the CIA-supported war against the urban guerrillas in that country. A proven case officer, in the mid-nineties Edger was promoted to Deputy Director of Intelligence for the Directorate of Operations, the covert action arm of the CIA. This is one of the highest and secretive positions in the agency. Then, in an apparent demotion, Edger went to Hamburg, Germany to be in charge of the CIA team monitoring an al-Qaeda cell that included Mohammed Atta. Atta at this time had already been identified as an al-Qaeda cell leader by DIA Task Force Able Danger. During this time in Hamburg, Atta exchanged several phone calls with Zacharias Mossaoui, and emailed several flight schools in the U.S. to ask about flight instruction. One of the visitors to Atta’s apartment at this time was Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the uncle of convicted World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef and the supposed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. Shaikh Mohammed had a bounty on his head by the U.S. Government at this time, but still remained unmolested.
Shortly thereafter, David Edger was appointed to OU as a visiting professor in the Summer of 2001 by OU President David Boren. According to the OU newsletter announcing his arrival, Edger is described as the CIA Officer in Residence, NOT as a retired CIA officer. We can only assume that he was still on duty at that time, and may very well still be. Edger, who monitored the communications of Atta in Germany to Mossaoui in the U.S., just happened to be present in Oklahoma, on duty, when Atta, Mossaoui and at least one other hijacker held their fateful meeting in Oklahoma City, at the same motel that McVeigh used prior to the OKC bombing. The same motel that McVeigh was seen with several other Arab suspects including Hussain al-Hussaini and Melvin Lattimore, both of whom later had connections to 9/11.
A colleague of mine has sat in Edger’s class on terrorism at OU. Edger freely admitted to a variety of crimes in the service of the National Security State, including fixing elections overseas and inducing instability in foreign nations run by “bad guys.” He even admitted to monitoring Mohammed Atta in Germany, but quickly undercut any questions about this by adding that he had heard nothing of interest. Nothing of interest indeed, at a time when Mohammed Atta and at least two other hijackers were living in an apartment under CIA surveillance and were buying chemicals for making explosives and one hijacker boasted of planning to attack the World Trade Center and killing thousands of Americans.
The actions and movements of David Edger strain “coincidence theory” to the extreme. Let me repeat myself for effect. CIA Deputy Director David Edger took a mysterious demotion to take charge of the CIA unit monitoring known al-Qaeda cell leader Mohammed Atta in Germany, while Atta was talking to Mossaoui in the U.S. and while terror suspects were coming and going from Atta’s apartment and talking freely of attacking America. Edger then takes an appointment to OU and is in town while Mossaoui and Atta have an important meeting in Oklahoma. What is one to infer from this train of coincidences? The only logical explanation that I can see is that Edger was monitoring the meeting between Atta and Mossaoui in Oklahoma as he had monitored Atta and Mossaoui’s communications in Germany. BUT, Edger’s suspected monitoring of the leader of the 9/11 attacks and an alleged accomplice did nothing to prevent the attacks, and one can only conclude from this fact that Edger may very well have been protecting Mohammed Atta from arrest, that CIA Officer in Residence David Edger may have been the “handler” for the leader of the 9/11 hijackers. And given the voluminous amounts of evidence pointing towards our own government’s hand in the 9/11 attacks, the importance of the Oklahoma connection comes to light by pointing out by name some of the direct links and probable cooperation between the U.S. Government and those who are blamed for the attacks.
Once again, the question comes down to: Why Oklahoma? Well, Oklahoma must be considered safe ground to conduct insidious covert operations. With that, you must have a compliant law enforcement and a compliant media. The local news media in Oklahoma is very tightly controlled, as demonstrated by the initial reports of second and third bombs found in the Murrah Building following the OKC bombing. These reports were dropped despite corroboration of police, investigators and rescue personnel who saw these secondary devices for themselves. Also dropped were the numerous eyewitness accounts of BATF agents admitting that they had been ordered to not show up to work that morning in the Federal building and the leaked accounts of police officers who viewed the security tapes following the bombing that showed that Tim McVeigh was not alone in the Ryder truck that exploded outside building, and in fact left the truck before the mysterious John Doe #2 (al-Hussaini) did. A detailed account of the lies behind the official myths of the OKC bombing can be found in Final Report, issued by the Oklahoma Bombing Investigation Committee in 2001.
And the law enforcement community in Oklahoma has demonstrated their fealty towards their oath to protect the public by assisting in the coverup of the Oklahoma City bombing and punishing those officers who could not neglect their duty. The bloody murder of Oklahoma City Police Officer Terence Yeakey, who was the first officer to respond to the bombing, served a dual purpose: to silence Terry and to serve as a warning to other officers who may want to come forward with what they know about what happened that day.
But why Norman? Perhaps University of Oklahoma President David Boren has something to do with it. David Boren is a political Institution in Oklahoma. He served as Governor in the seventies and then moved on to the U.S. Senate, where he eventually became the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, privy to the secrets of the National Security State. David Boren is also a member of the Skull and Bones, that homoerotic fraternity of rich men out of Yale whose ranks include such rogues as President George W. Bush and John Kerry.
Boren holds the record for the longest tenure as Senate Intelligence Chairman, and during that time wielded his power accordingly. When the first President Bush, a fellow bonesmen, was having trouble with his nomination of Robert Gates as CIA Director because of Gates’ record as a CIA analyst of inflating the Soviet threat to the benefit of the Military-Industrial Complex, Boren used his influence to secure the nomination. Later, Boren pushed through the nomination of his own congressional staffer, George Tenet, as CIA Director despite Tenet’s lack of any intelligence background or training.
David Boren left the Senate abruptly in 1994, which was a surprising move for the man who had moved in the upper levels of political power for decades and who had voiced Presidential ambitions. What may have precipitated this move was the issue of Boren’s homosexuality, which had been rumored throughout his career and might have become an issue in Boren’s reelection campaign. Boren’s former Oxford roommate, W. Scott Thompson, had published a book in 1994, The Price of Achievement, detailing Boren’s homosexuality. This issue had been brought to the forefront before, including the time that Boren had to fly back to Oklahoma from D.C. to swear on a Holy Bible that he was not gay, as demonstrated on the front page of the Daily Oklahoman.
What is ominous about Boren’s deceptiveness about his sexual orientation is that his proclivity may have put him into a compromising situation, a position in which leverage could be applied to him for the purposes of control and cooperation. Al Martin’s The Conspirators alleges that David Boren was the “victim” of a homosexual blackmail ring run by the CIA, in which compromising pictures of Boren and a seventeen year-old boy were obtained during a trade mission trip in 1984. For a man with political ambitions who depended on the votes of the buckle of the Bible Belt, Boren was totally under the power of the intelligence community from that day forward.
David Boren, who appointed CIA Officer David Edger to OU, who was having breakfast with CIA Director George Tenet on the morning of 9/11 and who continues to wield power in Oklahoma as President of the University of Oklahoma, may very well be responsible for securing Norman as a training base for state-sponsored terror. 9/11 occurred five years ago, and so much has changed in this country, for the worse, since. What can we expect in the future? Perhaps the recent suicide-bombing of Joel Henry Hinrichs III is a hint towards what the next attack will bring
Hinrichs’ self-immolation was fishy from the beginning. First of all, David Boren took the point as spokesman for what should have been a criminal investigation by announcing to the world that this incident was nothing but a tragic suicide. The dust had barely settled on the park outside the Gaylord Memorial Stadium before Boren was telling people to move on, nothing to see here. He further tried to settle the matter by sending an email to students and faculty discouraging speculation that a “conspiracy” was afoot. He specifically cited the OKC bombing as an example of rumor-mongering run amok, despite the reams of evidence proving that the government was lying through their teeth about that tragedy.
We know that Hinrichs tried to buy a large amount of ammonium nitrate from a feed store in Norman just prior to the bombing. Ammonium Nitrate is of course the chemical fertilizer that the government says destroyed the Murrah Building. This assertion is belied by the testimony of explosive experts from around the world. Regardless, the astute clerk at Ellisson’s feed store rebuffed Hinrichs because of his strange behavior, including wearing a jacket with wires sticking out of it and not having any idea as to what the peaceful uses of ammonium nitrate were. Contrast the clerk’s alertness with the Norman Police Officer who just happened to be in the store at the time and witnessed the entire strange episode. According to news reports, this officer reported Hinrichs by cell phone, yet no action was taken by the police department, and Hinrichs went on to self-destruct three days later.
Just recently in Oklahoma, a man filled up several barrels full of diesel fuel at a Love’s gas station and used more than one credit card to pay for the transaction. Diesel fuel is of course one of the ingredients, along with ammonium nitrate, that the government says destroyed the Murrah Building. The clerk alerted the police, which triggered a state-wide manhunt spearheaded by the Department of Homeland Security with local news stations headlining the search for the man on their broadcasts. It turns out that the man was just a Connecticut truck driver cashing in on cheap diesel fuel prices. Okay, case closed. But why did Hinrichs’ strange behavior, witnessed by police, in trying to buy a fertilizer that can be used as an explosive not trigger this same response? One can only contrast the two cases and conclude that something was fishy with the Hinrichs episode.
Add to this the media blackout on the initial news reports that Hinrichs tried to enter gate six of the stadium prior to his self-destruction. KWTV-9 reported this as did the Norman Transcript, but now that story has been dropped. I have toured the site of the explosion, and from gate six, to where Hinrichs was killed on a curbside bench, you have to pass several other gates into the stadium. Hinrichs reportedly was not allowed entrance at gate six because he refused a search of his backpack, and ran from the gate. Now if someone tried to enter a packed stadium and fled the scene after refusing a search, that incident would have been reported to security, and the other gates would have been alerted to the description of a young man with a backpack who may try to enter at other gates. If the security personnel at the stadium were doing their job, this is the very least that would have been done. And there were Norman police stationed at the stadium also, including the bomb squad. Given these facts, we have to ask some questions. Was Hinrichs under pursuit when he died? Did Hinrichs have to be eliminated because of his failed mission, and his strange behavior at the feed store and gate six which might lead to his arrest? Was a burgeoning foul-up cleaned up with the explosive death of Joel Henry Hinrichs III?
Obviously, the Hinrichs bombing is still a mystery, but one that cannot be discounted because of the presence of Boren at OU, a man who has practiced deception all of his life, both in his personal life and in his professional capacity as the Grand Eminence of the Cult of Intelligence. And because of David Edger, a known operator in covert operations, who was in place to shepherd the 9/11 hijackers from Germany to Oklahoma. Boren is still President of OU. Edger is still teaching at OU as a CIA Officer in Residence. Strange things are still going on in Norman.
Rojan Gunarata, a terrorism expert who testified before the 9/11 Commission, has stated that Norman, Oklahoma was host to an al-Qaeda cell prior to 9/11. That cell is certainly still active, as no one in Norman, al-Qaeda or otherwise, has been arrested for complicity in 9/11. From the evidence presented it appears that Norman is home to a training or logistical support group for terrorism, and that they operate under the protection of the intelligence community. And there is every reason to believe that this cell will participate in future attacks against the people of this country.
I have told this to the students at OU. Some colleagues and I held the Oklahoma Truth Convergence on OU campus on January 21, 2006. That was only the beginning. Until we destroy their complacency, let them know that Oklahoma is not safe ground for state-sponsored terror, we can only expect more of the same in the future.
The author is a resident of Oklahoma and a former Marine Infantryman. He writes and distributes handbills detailing the truth behind today’s headlines, works with like-minded people in Oklahoma to wake the people from their slumber and is a research assistant for OTR Productions, a company working in cooperation with numerous survivors, witnesses and investigators of the Oklahoma City bombing to produce a feature-length documentary of the truth behind that tragedy.
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