For anyone who’s read about the case at all, the headline above is a well, duh! moment. But most people haven’t read about it and naively assume that McVeigh and Nichols acted pretty much by themselves.
Releasing this news on Christmas Day means most people will continue to think so:
[Congressman Dana] Rohrabacher’s report cites several leads the [House International Relations investigative] subcommittee believes were not fully investigated, including:
• Information that McVeigh called a German citizen living at a white supremacist compound in Oklahoma two weeks before the bombing and that two witnesses saw the men t gether before the bombing.
• Witness accounts that another man was seen with McVeigh around the time of the bombing. The FBI originally looked for another suspect it named John Doe 2, even providing a sketch, but abruptly dropped that line of inquiry. The subcommittee concludes that decision was a mistake.
• Findings in AP articles in 2003 and 2004 that indicated the FBI had gathered some evidence suggesting a group of neo-Nazi bank robbers may have been tied to McVeigh. The subcommittee interviewed three of those robbers, and all denied a connection. A fourth member of the gang died and a fifth member could not be located by Congress.
• Phone record and witness testimony that persons associated with Middle Eastern terrorism in the Philippines may have had contact with Nichols, and that Nichols took a book about explosives to the Philippines. The FBI and Filipino police spent months investigating such a connection, but ruled it out.
• Information from a former TV reporter concerning an Iraqi national who was in Oklahoma around the time of the bombing.
That former TV reporter, Jayna Davis, authored The Third Terrorist, a book that documents the Iraqi connection. I need to get her on my show ASAP.