Fresh Paint
Monday, April 19, 2004
Saddam Responsible for Oklahoma City Bombing
On this anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing, I can't begin to describe the disgust I felt when I watched the clip on foxnews.com of "reporter" Jayna Davis (really, could be a twin of Monica Lewinsky) mesmerizing us with "facts" linking Al Qaeda, Iraq, and McVeigh. Started digging a little, and came up with this link of 11/18/2002, where the "Center for Security Policy ('Promoting Peace through Strength')" is obsessed about Iraq and heaps praise on Davis.

The Center for Security Policy
(Washington, D.C.): On Sunday, the New York Times breathlessly reported on its front page (above the fold, no less) that, "The Bush administration has begun to monitor Iraqis in the United States in an effort to identify potential domestic terrorist threats posed by sympathizers of the Baghdad regime."
Unfortunately, it appears that at least some of the agencies charged with addressing the threat posed by Saddam's operatives and their sympathizers fail utterly to comprehend the challenge the targeted groups and individuals constitute.
Here is one of her pieces of evidence:
While Timothy McVeigh, the man executed for his role in the bombing, was widely portrayed as no more than a disgruntled Army veteran, he expressed to friends and at least once publicly (on "60 Minutes") his sympathy for Middle Eastern peoples he felt were victimized by American foreign policy. Shortly after McVeigh's arrest, one of his acquaintances from the military told ABC's "Prime Time Live" that "Tim always wanted to become a mercenary" preferably for a Mideast country because they "paid the best."
Started wondering a little who this woman is. Google found this link at Nelson Ministry Services:
Biography: Jayna Davis has worked in broadcast news since 1986, reporting in Texas, California, and Oklahoma. Between 1993 and 1997, she worked at KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City as an investigative reporter and, as such, covered the OKC bombing story from the first moments. In 2001 she founded Journalists’ Committee for Justice, a nonprofit organization that has carried on the OKC investigation. She has received many awards over the years, including "Best Investigative Report" in 1994 from Associated Press and again, in 1995, from Oklahoma Association of Broadcasting. And her rigorous investigative work has garnered her appearances on a number of shows including interviews with Bill O’Reilly, Greta van Susteren, John Gibson, Fox News Live, and Lou Dobbs.
I immediately breathed a sign of relief. They're just a bunch of skinheads like I always thought. And extreme right wing skin heads, too, which is why we have to get distracted today, of all days.

Addendum: This is where I started the day, with the arrest of William Krar, reported here
Just as startling was the identity of the owner of the arsenal, which included nearly half a million rounds of ammunition and more than 60 pipe bombs. He was not some foreign terrorist with ties to Al Qaeda but a 63-year-old Texan with an affinity for anti-government militias and white supremacist views.

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