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Saturday, June 12, 2004
Nichols Sentencing Is Not Quite The End Of OKC Investigations
Despite an Oklahoma jury's decision to spare Terry Nichols the death penalty (link), the official investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing is not quite at an end.
The FBI is still conducting an internal investigation of whether it mishandled the investigation of the bombing or withheld crucial information from the Nichols and Timothy McVeigh defense teams.
The investigation is not the first internal review of the bombing. A Justice Department internal investigation found substantial irregularities in the forensic analysis of the bomb itself.
The investigation will examine claims of other conspirators, including possible involvement by a gang of white supremacist bank robbers, links which have been extensively covered by the Associated Press.
It may also touch on the possibility of foreign involvement in the bombing. Click here for INTELWIRE's special coverage of possible links between al Qaeda and the conspirator, including several stories on al Qaeda's infiltration of the U.S. military which are exclusive to INTELWIRE.
The trial's outcome is a double-edged sword in terms of any further developments in the case.
Since Nichols was spared the death penalty, he continues to have a strong incentive to avoid incriminating himself with any further admission of terrorist links.
Conversely, Nichols remains alive to at least receive the questions, unlike Timothy McVeigh who was executed on June 11, 2001.
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