Weeks Before 1995 Oklahoma Bombing, Government Warned of Possible Terror Attacks

From: "Craig Roberts" <centurion-ct@chouteautel.com>
http://web.archive.org/web/20020606011306/http://www.chouteautel.com/~centurion-ct/

To all,

We KNEW the government had forewarnings of the OKC bombing in advance
(which is why they staked out the Murrah building all night the night
before).  Everyone in 1995 called us crazy, including the bogus grand
juries who all followed the Clinton line of "we didn't know anything" and
"there was no middle eastern connection."

Now, the truth finally begins to leak out.  More is to come.  Stay tuned...

Craig

Source:
Tamps Bay online AP News
http://ap.tbo.com/ap/

Weeks Before 1995 Oklahoma Bombing, Government Warned of Possible Terror
Attacks
http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGAYWLGUO2D.html

AP-ES-06-20-02 1220EDT

By John Solomon
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just weeks before Timothy McVeigh bombed the Oklahoma
City federal building in 1995, U.S. authorities received several warnings
that Islamic terrorists were seeking to strike on American soil and that a
likely target was government buildings, documents show.

The information, though it was never linked to McVeigh, was stark enough
that the Clinton administration urged stepped-up security patrols and
screening at federal buildings nationwide, including those in Oklahoma.

The government, however, didn't fortify buildings with concrete barriers
like those hurriedly installed after McVeigh detonated his explosive-laden
truck at the curb of the Murrah building on April 19, 1995, officials said.

Islamic extremists are determined to "strike inside the U.S.  against
objects symbolizing the American government in the near future," said one
warning obtained by The Associated Press.

McVeigh's former trial attorney decried the disclosure Thursday, and
accused the government of a cover-up.

"We specifically asked on the record for all evidence, documents and
tangible objects to show whether the government had received a warning of
acts of terror against federal buildings.  We didn't receive this,"
attorney Stephen Jones said.

Some survivors and relatives of victims said they still don't think the
intelligence would have led to McVeigh because it pointed to Islamic
extremists.

"What bothers me is that people say the government was warned, but there
was nothing specific.  How can you lock down all federal buildings?" asked
Dan McKinney, whose wife, a Secret Service employee, and niece perished in
the attack.

The intelligence that prompted the warnings was gathered across the globe
from Iran and Syria to the Philippines and became more specific as to the
potential type attack (suicide bombing), target (government building) and
likely date (after the third week in March 1995), the documents show.

The U.S.  Marshals Service issued an alert on March 15, 1995, to federal
courthouses it protects, including the one in Oklahoma City across the
street from where McVeigh's truck bomb killed 168 people, the documents show.

"Iranian extremists want it made clear that steps are being taken to strike
at the Great Satan," a term used frequently in the Mideast to describe the
United States, the marshals memo said.  It said a fatwa - a religious order
- had been issued to attack marshals or their buildings.

"There is sufficient threat potential to request that a heightened level of
security awareness and caution be implemented," the memo added.

Separately, the General Services Administration received a warning from the
FBI and asked hundreds of federal buildings it operates to increase
security details, including the Murrah building, officials said.

"We were told there was a fatwa threatening to target federal buildings,"
GSA spokeswoman Viki Reath said this week.  "We increased our patrols to
12-hour shifts."

More than two dozen current and former intelligence and law enforcement
officials interviewed by AP said the period of spring 1995 was a time of
heightened "chatter" among terrorists seeking to strike the United States.

But the officials cautioned the FBI and CIA exhaustively investigated
whether McVeigh could have been aided by Mideast terrorist and found no
credible evidence linking him to any Islamic extremists, including those
who prompted the 1995 warnings.

The information about 1995 emerges as a joint House-Senate panel examining
the intelligence and law enforcement failures that preceded Sept.  11 has
expanded its mission to look back at the late 1980s and 1990s.

John Gannon, former deputy CIA director for intelligence under President
Clinton, said spring 1995 was one of a handful of periods in the 1990s when
intelligence on terror threats peaked as the government increasingly turned
its attention to Osama bin Laden and his emerging terrorist network.

Gannon said the 1995 warnings were plentiful enough that he initially
assumed Islamic extremists had struck when the bomb exploded in Oklahoma
City.  Law enforcement too issued initial bulletins looking for Arab
suspects and borrowed Arabic translators from the military.

"When I first heard about the Oklahoma bombing, the first reaction I had
was I wonder if this were a foreign group that had done this or the Islamic
extremists that had come up on our screen," Gannon said.

He said it was in 1998, after bin Laden issued a fatwa urging specific
attacks on America and two U.S.  embassies in Africa were bombed, that
U.S.  anti-terrorism efforts escalated markedly.

"If there was a watershed year, it was 1998.  That significantly elevated
our concern and resulted in a concerted effort, and a very strong program
to go get Osama bin Laden," he said.

The 1995 intelligence was specific enough that "if that was today, you'd
have (Bush Homeland Security Director)
Tom Ridge going out and saying we have this threat," said former Rep.  Bill
McCollum, R-Fla., who in 1995 was a member of the House Intelligence
Committee.

McCollum formed a congressional task force in the late 1980s that began
warning of the growing threat of terrorism, and which issued some of the
1995 alerts.

"For a good number of years, there was a failure to acknowledge the
severity of the threat," he said.  "There really had been this disbelief or
unwillingness to scare people."

Former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart said "protecting
America against terrorists was a high priority" during the 1990s.  "Threat
information regularly came in and steps were taken to deal with it," he said.

"In general, the record is very clear that the Clinton administration
increased counterterrorism funding and focus more than any other prior
administration based on the emerging threats," Lockhart added.

Some of the 1995 warnings were pointed.

"Iranian sources confirmed Tehran's desire and determination to strike
inside the U.S.  against objects symbolizing the American government in the
near future," said a Feb.  27, 1995, terror warning by the House Task Force
on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare.

The warnings became increasingly specific as to the possible location, type
of attack and likely dates.

"These strikes are most likely to occur either in the immediate future or
in the new Iranian year - starting 21 March 1995," the congressional task
force predicted.

U.S.  intelligence monitored a series of meetings and conferences between
senior officials of Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and other terror organizations
in mid-February
1995 in which the subject of killing Americans on U.S.  soil came up,
officials said.

Around the same time, the FBI received intelligence from the Philippines
that two men later convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing had
been arrested as they were plotting to blow up U.S.  airliners.  The men
planned to hijack one airliner and crash it into the CIA, Pentagon or White
House, documents show.

The marshals warning explained that Islamic extremists had issued a fatwa
to kill marshals personnel because of an episode at the end of the World
Trade Center bombing trial in which deputy marshals accidentally stepped on
a copy of the Quran during a scuffle.

"Allegedly, the fatwa is being disseminated to persons in the United States
who have the capability to carry it out,"  the memo said.

 

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