Though the author of a best-selling book on a Mideast connection to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing says she is not surprised about a report of a videotape showing Timothy McVeigh with accomplices before the explosion – since the FBI has admitted there are 22 tapes related to the event in existence – she is “cautious” about the validity of this particular claim.
As WorldNetDaily reported, the Associated Press reported yesterday a Secret Service document mentioning the tape will be entered as evidence by Terry Nichols’ defense team at his capital murder trial this week.
Jayna Davis, author of “The Third Terrorist,” says she is skeptical of the timing and circumstances of the release of the document, but doesn’t doubt the existence of the tape.
Davis mentioned what she called a “horrendous” FBI Office of Inspector General report on the attack stating agency personnel had made determinations about the crime by looking at a videotape of the truck.
“That’s that tape!” she exclaimed. “But nobody was screaming about it back then. Hello!”
Davis said she is cautious “about a story like this,” partly because it originated with Associated Press writer John Solomon.
“I’ve worked with this guy,” she said, noting Solomon “always breaks a story when something big happens with my book or with my investigation.” “The Third Terrorist” has gained enormous popularity lately, climbing to as high as No. 10 on Amazon.com’s best-sellers list.
Davis noted the FBI admits it has 22 videotapes, “and we haven’t seen them all; we’ve only seen one.”
Those tapes are dated April 15-19, 1995, according to information obtained from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
In that case, the judge directed the FBI to make a list of tapes in its possession, and, said Davis, “He stated in a motion that there were numerous tapes from April 19 from numerous sources … so why are we all scrambling when this information is already under seal with the judge in a FOIA case?”
Davis says she’s “hopeful” about the story, but, she told WND, “I just don’t know the validity of this Secret Service memo. There’s no way to corroborate whether or not it’s valid. It could have been leaked to the defense team to make them look like fools.”
Davis says if the document can be validated, it would be “wonderful,” as it would support the conclusion of her book that McVeigh and Nichols did not act alone.
“So, let’s see the tape,” she added. “I’m just cautious right now.”
“Security video tapes from the area show the truck detonation 3 minutes and 6 seconds after the suspects exited the truck,” says the Secret Service document, according to the Associated Press.
The Secret Service report, dated six days after the bombing, was a log of agents’ activities and evidence in the investigation, the AP said.
The government has concluded McVeigh acted alone at the scene despite several eyewitnesses reports to the contrary.
Danny Defenbaugh, the retired FBI agent who led the bombing investigation, told the AP he had not seen the document, but if it “shows what it says, then it would be significant.”
Secret Service agents are expected to testify on the log this week at the Nichols trial, Secret Service spokesman Charles Bopp told the AP.
McVeigh was executed in 2001 on a separate federal conviction. Nichols was given a life sentence on federal charges and now is being tried by the state of Oklahoma.
Davis’ new book, release by WND Books, presents substantial evidence of Iraqi involvement and a refusal by federal government agents to investigate much evidence from the bombing. It also suggests the Sept. 11 attacks possibly could have been prevented if evidence of an Iraqi and al-Qaida link to OKC had been pursued.
Davis documents how Iraqi intelligence agents infiltrated the United States to recruit and assist McVeigh and Nichols.
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