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Thursday, January 12, 2006

From OU to Algeria? Was "Suicide Bomber" Joel Hinrichs an Unwitting Guinea Pig?

Note the reference to three Algerian terrorist plotters with al Qaeda links who were arrested in Italy last month for planning attacks on U.S. stadiums and other targets.

Now, watch this news report by Oklahoma reporter Tamara Pratt at News9 and note the destination on the plane tickets for Joel Hinrich's roomie, which were reportedly found in the apartment the two men shared.

Here's what the Turkish Press report said, quoting a senior Italian official:

"The attacks would have targeted ships, stadiums or railway stations in a bid to outdo the September 11, 2001 strikes by Al-Qaeda in New York and Washington which killed some 2,700 people, Pisanu said."

And note the visiting professor in Hinrichs' apartment who "had his suitcases packed and was ready to leave the country on an airplane the following day," according to this news report from The Daily Oklahoman, which is archived at Free Republic. He was from ... Algeria.

Here's a theory: Joel Hinrichs was an unwitting guinea pig in a trial run.

HT: John at Powerline and Nick at RedState.


Jason Smith at Generation Why is skeptical (with his tonque firmly planted in his cheek):

"Nahhhh, couldn't be. He was just a lonely kid who decided to 'just stop living' by blending a cocktail of chemicals favored by islamic terrorists, walking out into public near a stadium of 84,000 folks and pushing the button... but not until after he'd attended Moussaoui's favorite mosque and inquired about purchasing 'a significant amount of ammonium nitrate.' Just a shy and lonely kid ready to end it. Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket."

Go here for the full Jason.


Faxed it over yesterday to the FOIA chiefs in the respective agencies. We'll see what comes back. Since it was officially ruled a lone suicide, I cannot imagine that there will be any redactions having to do with national security .... right.

I'll post updates as warranted.