Wednesday, October 05, 2005

More on the Oklahoma "suicide"

The following was posted by falconjet0900 on Free Republic:

This website is a combined website of the Daily Oklahoman newspaper and Channel 9 Television. It will probably require registration to view the video.

Video link: http://newsok.com/video/1633830/

The link is located in the middle of the page and is entitled: "Student Attempted Fertilizer Purchase".

The video is a segment of today's newscast and it will:

Confirm: The bomber had a Pakistani Roommate Confirm: He was seen at a Mosque that is Very close his apartment. Say: Nobody would know where the bomber was for months at a time over the last 2 years. Say: The student attempted a large fertilizer purchase a few days before the bomb went off.

This is a very solid source.

Here is some more background on the attempted fertilizer purchase from Eyewitness News 5:

NORMAN, Okla. -- The general manager of a Norman feed store said Tuesday that Joel Henry Hinrichs III had inquired about purchasing a significant amount of ammonium nitrate, the primary ingredient used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Dustin Ellison, the general manager of Ellison Feed & Seed on Porter Avenue, said that a man matching Hinrichs' description had come into the store days before he blew himself up on OU's campus. Ellison said the man asked about ammonium nitrate, but couldn't offer a reason why he needed it.

After the bombing, Ellison said he thought nothing of it. However, when he saw Hinrichs' photo, it triggered his memory.

To this point, authorities still suggest Hinrichs' only motive for blowing himself up was suicide. The FBI released a statement Tuesday evening saying that "there is no known link between Hinrichs and any terrorist or extremist organization(s) or activities."

The release also indicated that the FBI believes there is "no known current threat posed by any additional explosive materials."

Ellison noted that his store doesn't carry ammonium nitrate any longer after recent legislation required new paperwork for stores to sell the product.

Yesterday's WorldnetDaily also had an interesting article about about possible "jihad" materials found in Hinrichs' apartment:

An Oklahoma University student who killed himself by detonating a bomb strapped to his body outside a packed stadium over the weekend was a "suicide bomber" in possession of "Islamic jihad" materials, according to a new report.

Joel Henry Hinrichs III, 21, an engineering major at the school blew himself up outside OU's football stadium during Saturday night's game against Kansas State. Doug Hagmann, a seasoned investigator, told WND he was informed by multiple reliable law-enforcement sources familiar with the investigation into the incident that authorities recovered a "significant amount" of "jihad" materials, as well as Hinrichs' computer.

Hagmann also said those same sources indicated police and federal agents "had pulled additional explosives from [Hinrichs'] house," including triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, "homemade explosive [that is] very potent but relatively easily manufactured."

TATP was also used in the July mass transit bombings in London, CNN reported, and was used by attempted bomber Richard Reid, who packed his shoes with the compound in an unsuccessful attempt to destroy a U.S.-bound American Airlines flight in December 2001.

The confiscated jihad documents "referenced bomb-making manuals and that type of thing," Hagmann said, who added Hinrichs' apartment in Norman, Okla., is "located near the Islamic Society."

A phone at the Islamic Society of Norman went unanswered yesterday. Also, there was no response to an e-mail inquiry by press time.

I have long held the belief that the "unofficial-official" government policy on terrorist attacks in the United States is that if they don't have to tell you it was terrorism they won't. This is not conspiracy thinking. It's just based on the idea that the government would rather avoid the psychological consequences that something like a suicide bombing on U.S. soil would bring about.

In any event, the very premise of a despondent student choosing that as a way out of this life is a little dubious and this story is worth keeping an eye on.

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