Jack Cashill is an Emmy-award winning independent writer and producer with a Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue. His latest book is the blockbuster "Deconstructing Obama."More ↓Less ↑
Editor’s note: In his extraordinary new DVD documentary, “Mega Fix,” Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Jack Cashill traces the roots of Sept. 11 to the political exploitation of terror investigations by the Clinton White House in the desperate 1995-1996 election cycle. This 8-part series began in Oklahoma City and today moves to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
The very same day that the Clintons go to Long Island to meet with the TWA Flight 800 families, security guard Richard Jewell is patrolling the grounds of Centennial Park in Atlanta. He’s a little Barney Fife-ish, but a good guy and very observant.
Right around midnight, Jewell spots a large, olive-green, military-style backpack, known as an Alice pack, under a bench. He immediately shares this information with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. When the GBI cannot find the pack’s owner, the GBI officer and Jewell begin to clear an area around the pack. Soon afterward, the pack explodes. Two people die and more than a hundred are injured. If this sophisticated 40-pound bomb had not been jostled, and had Jewell not seen it, the bomb might have killed hundreds.
Richard Clarke and the Clinton administration were understandably worried about terrorism. At one high-level planning meeting before the Olympics, Clarke has even theorized that terrorists might hijack a 747 and crash it into Olympic stadium. Remember the Bojinka-related “planes as bombs” plot. But in the “feel good” Olympic games of 1996, in the lead up to the Clinton re-nomination, when “everything is wonderful,” no official even speculates as to whether Islamic terrorists might be behind the Olympic bombing.
Nor do contemporary media reports address the fact that the Centennial Park bomb was one out of many. A highly reliable Atlanta-area police officer who was working the Olympics has shared some new information with me. As he relates, the night after the Centennial Park blast, a bomb is found in the trunk of a car parked on the road between Olympic City and Centennial Park. The bomb squad defuses it with a 12-gauge slug from a distance after two hours of trying. Over the course of the next week or two, he and his fellow officers will get reports that different devices have also been found, including one on a MARTA train.
“The information wasn’t really rumor,” writes the officer, “because we were listening to it real-time on the radios – I wanted to make that clear.”
Rather than alarm the Olympic-goers and the nation with the possibility of a widespread terror plot, the Clinton Justice Department suppresses information about the subsequent bombs and blames the one lethal blast on the transparently innocent Jewell. Its agents then hound Jewell all the way through the end of October.
Whose idea this was is not clear. Clarke blames Louis Freeh and the FBI. But the Clintons and their operatives were always quick to blame the FBI, and the media were equally quick to pile on. The media shed no light. The reporting on this incident is insufficient and inept. The best account, an 18,000-word piece in Vanity Fair, does not even mention the words Islam or Islamic even to dismiss them. Only Dick Morris has gone on record to call this a terrorist “attack.”
Six months after the Centennial Park attack, a bomb goes off outside an Atlanta abortion clinic, and a month after that one explodes at the Otherside lounge, an Atlanta “gay” bar. This, of course, leads Clinton’s Department Of Justice to pin it all, including the Olympics – a rather novel target for anti-abortion activists – on the mystical right-winger, Eric Rudolph.
But there is something to consider here. The first killing in the American jihad took place in November 1990 when an Egyptian by the name of El-Sayyid Nosair shot Jewish activist Meir Kahane at a New York Hotel. The first terrorist act in the American jihad had taken place in April of that year when the same Mr. Nosair blew up a “gay” bar in Greenwich Village.
And that brings us to great irony of the jihad. The America that the terrorists hate is progressive America: homosexual rights, abortion, radical feminism, pornography, MTV … you name it. And yet, our progressive friends are almost pathetically eager to embrace radical Islam. Why? There’s one thing they have in common: their shared distaste for America.
One final irony. Toward the end of the 1996 campaign, the media start challenging Clinton about the illegal Asian money he has been using to fund his campaign. To suggest his own innocence, and the media’s recklessness in accusing him, Clinton compares himself to, yes, Richard Jewell.
About Mega Fix: In this stunning, surprisingly entertaining, 90-minute DVD video documentary, Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Jack Cashill traces the roots of Sept. 11 to the perfect storm of disinformation that surrounded the Clintons’ desperate drive for the White House in the years 1995-1996.
Cashill leads the viewer from Oklahoma City to Dubrovnik, where Ron Brown’s plane crashed, to the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia to the destruction of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island to the Olympic Park bombing.
As Cashill proves beyond dispute in this DVD, these are not multiple conspiracies, but all part of one major political fix, the mother of all fixes … the Mega Fix.