Al-Qaida-OKC link included in Berger doc?

By Ron Strom

The woman who wrote the definitive book on a Middle Eastern connection to the Oklahoma City bombing says the classified terror-threat report at the center of a criminal investigation of former Clinton aide Sandy Berger might include information about a high-level al-Qaida operative having visited OKC ahead of the 1995 attack on the Murrah Federal Building.

As WorldNetDaily reported, Berger removed handwritten notes and secret documents from a National Archives reading room prior to his testimony before the 9-11 Commission. One of the documents was the draft of an after-action report he ordered his anti-terror czar, Richard Clarke, to write in early 2000. Berger has spoken publicly about how the review brought to the forefront the realization that al-Qaida had reached America’s shores and required more attention. The draft report of the NSC “Millennium After Action Review” addresses the Clinton administration’s handling of al-Qaida terror threats during the December 1999 millennium celebration.

Jayna Davis, author of “The Third Terrorist: The Middle Eastern Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing,” points out the writing of the report was in the same timeframe Yossef Bodansky, former director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, confirmed that Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri, one of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden’s lieutenants, traveled to Oklahoma City in the spring of 1995 ” to insure the smooth execution of the pending terrorist strike against the Murrah federal complex,” said Davis.

“Bodansky explained that he did not confirm Al-Zawahiri’s mission to the heartland state until late 1999,” Davis told WND. “This revelation coincides with Richard Clarke’s drafting of the Berger-directed review regarding the realization that al-Qaida had reached America’s shores.”

Asked Davis: “Was Bodansky’s confirmation that the chief lieutenant of the bin Laden terror network traveled to the U.S. to oversee final preparations for the 1995 terrorist strike on the Oklahoma City federal building included in Clarke’s draft reports that are now officially missing from National Archives?

“Did Berger and Clarke review Bodansky’s skillful analysis of the Murrah Building bomb that drew striking parallels to the techniques used by known Islamist groups for operations in Argentina and elsewhere?”

Bodansky penned several task force warnings in 1995, which were generated from multiple intelligence sources in several Middle Eastern countries over a period of 18 months prior to the Oklahoma City bombing. Information was also gleaned from terrorist conferences that took place in the fall of 1994 and early 1995 in which Iran’s desire to strike inside the “Great Satan” was unveiled. Davis noted President Clinton wielded the power of executive privilege to seal the 1995 task force warnings.

Yesterday, President Bush announced his administration is investigating links between Iran and the 9-11 attacks.

“As to direct connections with September the 11th, we’re digging into the facts to determine if there was one,” Bush said.

Bodansky is the author of the new book “The Secret History of the Iraq War,” as well as “Bin Laden – The Man Who Declared War on America.”

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

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