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Saturday, June 12, 2004

Nichols Sentencing Is Not Quite The End Of OKC Investigations

By J.M. Berger

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.


The following news stories contain a great deal of original material tracing the possibility of al Qaeda complicity in the OKC bombing. al Qaeda involvement in the bombing could be as simple as a shared bomb recipe or as complex as full-scale financial and logistical cooperation the attack. Although such claims have not been proven, INTELWIRE believes there is more than enough evidence to justify a continued investigation.

OKC Bomb Formulas Found in Al Qaeda Manuals

Exposed: Al Qaeda & Saudi Gov't Plotted To Recruit Gulf War Vets As Terrorists

McVeigh, Nichols made moves on key dates in al Qaeda recruitment plot

INS Deported bin Laden Brother-in-Law Just Days After OKC Bombing

Linking Terry Nichols to Ramzi Yousef: Is There A Case?

al Qaeda Recruited Christians in Key Terry Nichols Locale

Jose Padilla and John Doe 2? A Look At A Long Shot


Newsweek: Alleged Yousef-Iraq Link Debunked By Secret Post-9/11 Mission

Ex-Terror Czar Says Feds Couldn't Disprove Nichols-Yousef Link

Khalifa Links run to Al-Zawahiri, Uranium Plot, Terror Finance Network and even 9/11

Bin Laden Brother-in-Law Denies Terror Ties, Asks To Be Dropped From 9/11 Lawsuit

Media Backgrounder: Jose Padilla


Views expressed on INTELWIRE are those of the author alone.



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INTELWIRE is a web site edited by J.M. Berger. a researcher, analyst and consultant covering extremism, with a special focus on extremist activities in the U.S. and extremist use of social media. He is a non-resident fellow with the Brookings Institution, Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, and author of the critically acclaimed Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, the only definitive history of the U.S. jihadist movement, and co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror with Jessica Stern.


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