With the nation’s attention drawn to the 9-11 Commission hearings and high-level finger pointing on all sides, investigative reporter Jayna Davis’ newly released book, “The Third Terrorist: The Middle Eastern Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing,” sets out a disturbing scenario of law-enforcement failures and suggests the Sept. 11 attacks possibly could have been prevented if evidence of an Iraqi and al-Qaida link to OKC had been pursued.

In her book, published by WND Books, Davis documents a compelling body of evidence that illustrates how Iraqi intelligence agents infiltrated the United States to recruit and assist Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building – evidence the FBI refused to receive from Davis and investigate in 1997. Among the many revelations are court records that suggest one of McVeigh’s and Nichols’s accused Middle Eastern handlers had foreknowledge of the 9-11 plot.

Furthermore, Davis documents her contention the government purposefully and willfully ignored evidence that implicated Middle Eastern suspects – evidence that FBI and governmental sources believe possibly could have prevented the terrorist attacks of 9-11.

Davis writes that in November 1997, Hussain Hashem Al-Hussaini – a former Iraqi Republican Guardsman whom multiple eyewitnesses identified as McVeigh’s elusive accomplice, John Doe 2 – confided to his psychiatrist that he was anxious about his airport job because “if something were to happen there, I (Al-Hussaini) would be a suspect.” At the time, Al-Hussaini was employed at Boston Logan International Airport, where two of the four 9-11 suicide hijackings originated.

Iraq-al-Qaida link

“The Third Terrorist” strongly rebuts former Clinton aide Richard Clarke’s assertion that Saddam and al-Qaida were not linked, exposing Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh as a “lily white” recruit who acted in collusion with a cadre of Iraqi soldiers.

In his book, “Against All Enemies,” Clarke acknowledges he “could never disprove” that McVeigh’s accomplice, Terry Nichols, learned the macabre genius of terrorist bomb making under the training of Philippines-based al-Qaida explosives expert Ramzi Yousef, the convicted mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Davis first broke this lead eight years ago and uncovered eyewitness testimony directly linking the Kansas farmer to Osama bin Laden’s chief general. According to her research, Terry Nichols and Ramzi Yousef met in the southern Philippines in the early 1990s to discuss bomb making.

Other revelations in Davis’ book include:

  • Saddam Hussein dispatched intelligence operatives to carry out the bombing of an American federal building to avenge his humiliating Gulf War defeat.

  • Acting upon evidence compiled by Davis, David Schippers (former chief investigator for the impeachment of Bill Clinton) demanded a June 2001 meeting with Attorney General John Ashcroft to prevent what he prophetically termed “terrorists blowing up Lower Manhattan.”

  • The failure to examine a Middle Eastern connection in Oklahoma City spawned an emboldened Islamic extremist entity to commit wholesale murder on a scale the world had never before seen.

  • What Davis calls the “proven connection” between bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.

Commented R. James Woolsey, director of central intelligence, from 1993-1995: “This fascinating product of Jayna Davis’ thorough and dogged investigative reporting effectively shifts the burden of proof to those who would still contend that McVeigh and Nichols executed the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing without the support of a group or groups from the Middle East.”

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