New Probe into the Oklahoma City Bombing (revised)
U.S. Congress (members specified in text)
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Chairman, Senate Judicary Committee
711 Hart Building
Washington, DC 20510
F. James Sensenbrenner Jr.
Chairman, House Judiciary Committee
2138 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Chairman, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
House Committee on International Relations
Washington, D.C. Office
2338 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
We, the undersigned, believe that the federal government has not adequately disclosed all relevant information concerning the bombing of the Alfred E. Murrah federal building on April 19, 1995, a conspiracy in which Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols have been convicted of participating.
Ten years after the bombing, there are still many serious, unanswered questions regarding the terrorist attack, possible unknown conspirators and the integrity and completeness of the federal government's investigation.
We believe Congress can quickly and decisively clarify some circumstances related to the bombing by reviewing and releasing information currently held by various agencies of the federal government and by questioning key witnesses who are readily accessible to the Congress.
We believe several actions can be undertaken (by the appropriate committees or subcommittees) at minimal expense to help clarify the circumstances surrounding the Oklahoma City bombing and to help the public evaluate whether this matter has been fully and fairly investigated. These actions include, but are not limited to, the following steps:
1. Associated Press reporter John Solomon and others have published well-documented reports that strongly suggest McVeigh and Nichols were linked to a white supremacist bank robbery gang known as the Aryan Republican Army. The leader of that gang, Pete Langan, is currently serving a life sentence in federal prison.
a) We request that Congress review for potential release all FBI internal records pertaining to the investigation of the Aryan Republican Army.
b) We request that Congress subpoena Langan to testify about his knowledge of the Oklahoma City bombing and compel that testimony if necessary through a grant of immunity from further future prosecution.
2. According to extensive court records, Terry Nichols visited the Philippines from November 1994 through January 1995, at which time Ramzi Yousef was also in the country. Both Nichols and Yousef have been credibly linked to Southwestern University in Cebu City, the Philippines. Nichols is currently serving multiple life sentences for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing and no further prosecution is reasonably foreseeable at this time.
a) We request that Congress review for potential release all FBI internal records pertaining to the Bureau's investigation of Nichols' activities in the Philippines.
b) We request that Congress subpoena or depose Nichols, in a manner consistent with all prudent security considerations, to testify about his knowledge of the Oklahoma City bombing and possible related Islamic militant activity in the Philippines and compel that testimony if necessary through a grant of immunity from further future prosecution.
3. According to records released by the Bureau of Prisons, the FBI and the INS, the U.S. government detained Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, an intimate associate of Osama bin Laden and an alleged al Qaeda financier operating in the Philippines, in December 1994. The aforementioned records indicate that Khalifa was transferred to a maximum security prison on the date of the Oklahoma City bombing and deported to Jordan two weeks later. The records also indicate that Khalifa remained in U.S. custody even after his announced deportation. Many other records relating to this detention remain undisclosed. We believe this case raises serious questions even outside the context of the Oklahoma City bombing.
a) We request that Congress review for potential release all FBI, INS internal records pertaining to the federal government's handling of the Khalifa arrest.
b) We request that Congress subpoena all relevant U.S. officials to testify about the events leading to Khalifa's arrest, his status while in U.S. custody and his subsequent deportation.
c) We request that Congress depose or otherwise seek to interview Khalifa (a Saudi national who lives freely in Saudi Arabia) about his arrest and deportation.
4. According to evidence presented in U.S. v. Ramzi Yousef, an al Qaeda-linked terrorist named Abdul Hakim Murad in U.S. custody at the time of the Oklahoma City bombing told prison guards and the FBI that Yousef's terrorist organization was responsible for the attack. Murad is currently serving a life sentence for his terrorist activities.
a) We request that Congress review for potential release all FBI and other government records pertaining to Murad, his claim and the subsequent investigation of that claim.
b) We request that Congress subpoena all relevant U.S. officials to testify about the events surrounding that investigation.
c) We request that Congress subpoena or depose Murad, in a manner consistent with all prudent security considerations, regarding his claim to have knowledge of the Oklahoma City bombing.
There are many other possible inquiries that may be fruitful in examing this matter, and we urge Congress to explore a wider inquiry. However, the four points outlined above may be accomplished in a timely manner and at a reasonable cost, and we urge Congress to immediately undertake these simple steps. We believe that a full investigation of the above issues will lead to more substantiative avenues for further inquiry.