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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Powerline Not Convinced by Wall Street Journal on Oklahoma "Suicide" Bomber

Powerline's Scott Johnson read The Wall Street Journal's Thursday piece (temporary link, courtesy of one of the reporters involved) and came away with the distinct feeling the paper was trying to persuade everybody that Joel Henry Hinrichs really was just a disturbed young man who killed himself.

"As we have said before, we have no independent knowledge of Joel Hinrichs. We don't know whether he was a free-lance terrorist, part of an extremist group, or just a depressed student. But it simply won't do to cite bland, "no known link" statements by the FBI as an excuse to sweep all questions under the rug.

"It is important to know whether Hinrichs intended a spectacular terrorist attack at an Oklahoma football game. If he did, it is important to know whether he was inspired by extremist ideology, and it is important to know whether he was part of an extremist group that is still operating.

"The answers to these questions may be No, No and No. But at this point, we have no reason to believe that the authorities actually know the answers. And the Journal's effort to stifle discussion of the subject is unworthy of that newspaper."

Definitely worth a full read, as always with the Powerline trio.