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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

FBI Dismisses Norman Bomb Squader's Doubts About Hinrichs Suicide; FBI Still Convinced no Terrorist Connection

Gary Johnson, a spokesman for the Oklahoma City office of the FBI, dismissed comments published today by The Daily Oklahoman by Norman Police Sergeant George Mauldin that OU Suicide Bomber Joel Hinrichs killed himself "accidentally" and did not intend the bomb he was carrying to detonate when it did.

"That's just an individual's opinion," Johnson said in an interview with Tapscott's Copy Desk. Johnson said the FBI stands by its view that Hinrichs was not involved in any terrorist activities.

Mauldin is a veteran officer with the Norman, Oklahoma, Police Department and was among the bomb experts who entered Hinrichs' apartment a few hours after he died.

"We've worked extensively, we've tied up all the loose ends, and we've found no evidence that he was involved with a terrorist group of any kind," Johnson said.

Asked why the FBI Joint Task Force on Terrorism continues investigating an incident that was officially said to be a lone suicide within 48 hours of Hinrichs death, Johnson said "We promised the American people we would do everything possible to insure there was no terrorist connection and that is what we have done."

Johnson said he expects an official statement from the FBI concluding the Hinrichs investigation "within a few weeks."

Here are previous posts from Tapscott's Copy Desk on the Hinrichs case:

http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2006/01/justice-department-denies-hinrichs.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2006/01/from-ou-to-algeria-was-suicide-bomber.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2006/02/fbi-wants-dead-students-privacy.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/memo-to-cathy-young-these-are-facts.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/hinrichs-was-clean-shaven-at-feedstore.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/if-joel-hinrichs-was-lone-suicide-why.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/memo-to-wsjs-hagan-chittum-did-you.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/political-teen-has-video-of-cnn.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/does-suicide-message-close-ou-bomber.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/heres-transcript-of-cnn-segment-on-ou.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/powerline-not-convinced-by-wall-street.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/cnn-segment-raises-most-of-right.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/fbi-tells-oklahoma-congressman-agency.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/ou-suicide-bomber-who-is-tariq-alzoubi.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/are-there-any-real-journalists-at-ou.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/there-are-holes-in-hinrichs-tree.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/10-reasons-why-hinrichs-terrorist-link.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/ou-shrink-this-was-no-quiet-suicide.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/dear-president-boren-what-did-you-know.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/townhallcom-column-notes-hinrichs.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/was-hinrichs-waiting-to-return-to.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/justice-department-seals-ou-suicide.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/ou-stadium-nyc-subway-threat-were.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/was-hinrichs-hoping-for-arrest-at-feed.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/fbi-not-asking-about-hinrichs-religion.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/statement-from-last-person-to-see.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/hinrichs-was-known-to-law-enforcement.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/13-plastic-bottles-found-in-hinrichs.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/ous-boren-backs-off-lone-suicide.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/more-suicide-bomber-links-to-ou.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/ou-bomber-tried-to-buy-fertilizer.html
http://tapscottscopydesk.blogspot.com/2005/10/why-arent-we-being-told-more-facts.html