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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Townhall.com Column Notes Hinrichs Registered His Car for Only 9 Months

Here's my weekly Townhall.com column, which focuses on the many holes in the official explanation that the OU Suicide Bomber acted alone and had no terrorist ties:

It was only hours after Joel Henry Hinrichs III blew himself up Oct. 1 near 84,000 football fans at the University of Oklahoma when federal officials claimed he was just a troubled young man with no links to terrorists.

But then yesterday the U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal court in Oklahoma City to seal the search warrant officials there used to get into the apartment Hinrichs’ shared with three or four students described by neighbors as "Arab-looking men."

If Hinrichs acted alone and had no links to terrorists’ organizations or activities, why seal the search warrant? What did investigators find in Hinrichs' apartment that they don’t want the public to know?

That's an especially important question considering what was already known when Justice sealed the warrant. For example, media reports confirmed by Oklahoma law enforcement sources said investigators found bomb-making materials in the 21-year-old University of Oklahoma engineering student's apartment.

It was also known that the bomb that killed Hinrichs was made with "Mother of Satan," the same extremely volatile chemical explosive used by Richard Reid, the "Shoe Bomber" who tried to blow up a commercial airliner a few years ago.

We knew as well that two days before he blew himself up, Hinrichs tried to buy ammonium nitrate from a local feed store. The store owner, who became suspicious when Hinrichs couldn’t give a satisfactory answer for why he wanted the fertilizer that was a main ingredient in the bomb that destroyed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City April 19, 1995, prevented him from doing so.

Finally, it was known that Al Qaeda has been talking since before May 2005 about launching an October offensive in the United States to coincide with the holiest of Muslim holidays, Ramadan. Oct. 5 was the first fast day of Ramadan.

So there is no surprise that the more officials with the FBI and the Joint Task Force on Terrorism deny Hinrichs had any terrorist ties, the more holes appear in the "lone bomber" scenario first hastily offered by OU President David Boren. Boren is a former U.S. senator who chaired the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence when he retired from government in 1994.

Start with the actual holes made in the bark of a tree near the bench where Hinrichs was sitting when he died. The holes appear to have been made by ball bearings or perhaps nails, the very objects typically used by Middle Eastern terrorists bombers to inflict the most widespread possible damage, injury and death.

Here's another hole: Hinrichs registered his car in Oklahoma in June of this year, but only for nine months ending in February 2006. The June registration could be explained by his going to summer school, but the February expiration date would fall in the early weeks of what would have been his spring semester at OU. Did he know months ago that he would not be around by the time February rolled around next year?

Speaking of his car, federal investigators gave it the once-over but then left it in the parking lot of the apartment complex where Hinrichs lived with three or four Muslim students. By the way, the Muslim Students Association office is across the street from the apartment complex, as is the mosque attended by alleged 9/11 "20th hijacker" Zacarias Moussaoui while he was attending a local flight school.

Not only did investigators not impound Hinrichs' car, they also left out in plain sight on the vehicle's front seat the Justice Department inventory of things they found in it, including 13 plastic bottles.

The bottles weren't described, nor did the inventory indicate whether any of them had anything in them. However, plastic bottles are often associated with bomb makers who find the containers suitable for transporting volatile chemical explosives.

The most disturbing hole, though, is the letter intercepted by U.S. intelligence last May from Iraq terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi to Osama bin Laden describing a "Great Ramadan Offensive." The offensive was described as a series of spectacular attacks in the U.S. and elsewhere during Ramadan, which is in October. Was the OU stadium bombing intended as the first of those attacks?

The foregoing is only a sampling of the numerous facts turned up in the week since Hinrichs died by yours truly and other bloggers, including Generation Why, Zombietime, Flopping Aces and The Jawa Report.

Without these bloggers ignoring the accepted version of Joel Henry Hinrichs' grisly death and forcing the mainstream media to take notice of an immensely important story, odds are good we would find out too late just how important a story it is.


Cinnamon Stillwell has an excellent and comprehensive roundup of the story, including advances by bloggers, MSM media in Oklahoma and informational web sites, published by Accuracy in Media here.