Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Remember Jayna Davis? (and related questions)
She's the reporter and investigative journalist from Oklahoma who has spent years tracking down leads that indicate that Timothy McVeigh and his accomplice Terry Nichols were involved with various Muslims in planning and executing the terrorist attack in Oklahoma City in 1995 (including a shadowy network of Filipino terrorists associated with al Qaeda, and one or more Iraqi Muslims associated with Saddam Hussein's military).
And Jayna Davis is still at it; though I'm not quite sure what the current status is of her project.
In 2005, she published a book that represents a thorough summation of her investigations up to that point, titled pointedly and provocatively enough:
The Third Terrorist: The Middle East Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing.
Her website includes a detailed and informative blurb on the book's contents and its reception by various important individuals -- including David P. Schippers, former Chief Investigative Counsel of the House Judiciary Committee for the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton and a former federal prosecutor (under U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy) who scored convictions against a number of high profile organized crime figures.
According to Schippers:
"There is contained in this book not one fact, not one allegation, not one accusation, not one conclusion that is not supported by evidence sufficient to constitute proof in a court of law... The Third Terrorist may well turn out to be perhaps the most vital expose of the young 21st century."
In May of 2005, Schippers conducted videotaped interviews with principal witnesses featured in Jayna Davis's book. Afterward, he noted:
"Given the credibility of these witnesses, I could get an indictment with just one day of testimony before a grand jury".
Others whose appraisal praises the book include former director of the CIA, James Woolsey:
"This fascinating product of Jayna Davis' near-decade of brave, 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."
In a 2004 interview, Jayna Davis provides a wealth of information about the issue. In reading her detailed responses, one detects the sober, dispassionate and mature tone of a genuine investigative journalist, not that of a conspiracy theorist.
1) Jayna Davis began her investigations and raised her questions while Clinton was still President, and she continued them into the Bush Administration. Why did neither President take her seriously enough to help her in her investigation? (Forget about Obama; he's hopeless -- at best -- in this regard.)
2) You'd think, considering all the grief President Bush went through trying to persuade the American public, a hostile Democratic party, a biased press, and European allies of the necessity and cogency of an Iraq invasion, that he would have welcomed this supremely juicy casus belli and would have thus pulled out all the stops to help investigate Jayna Davis's theory. Why didn't he?
3) In her 2004 interview, Jayna Davis has recounted the reluctance and resistance she has experienced from F.B.I. officials and from the Department of Justice (among others) when she has tried to raise this issue with them. Why have the F.B.I. and the D.O.J. -- whose job, paid for by our tax money, is to protect us -- been unconscionably remiss in their duty in this regard?
4) Why have our political representatives in Congress, whose responsibility is to protect us American citizens, not opened a formal investigation into this?
5) Why have journalists in the news media, whose responsibility, among other important activities (such as keeping us up to date on Weiner), is to uncover important facts concerning our society's safety, not shouldered some of the burden of investigation into this issue that Jayna Davis alone, apparently, has been bearing all these years?
6) Consider all those hardnosed, hard-hitting conservative news pundits out there -- Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Mike Savage, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity: Why has none of them taken the trouble to bring the crucial thesis of Jayna Davis to the spotlight for the education of their viewers, and to light a fire under our political representatives?
7) Why has not one potential or rumored (yet still highly influential) Presidential candidate -- Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Giuliani, Palin, McCain, Gingrich, et al. -- at the very least expressed awareness and concern about this issue, let alone promise to make it a priority should they win?
8) I forgot another nagging question -- one more intriguing (if not any more important than the previous seven): If the Oklahoma City terror attack was plotted and executed with the help of -- or (more likely) under the direction of -- a cell of Muslims, why did no Muslims take responsibility for the attack in order to boast about it and in order to use it as leverage for continued threats against us?
(One possible answer would be that the Muslims involved thought it was in their best interest to make this particular attack seem like a domestic, non-Islamic terror attack; perhaps for polemical uses in the War of Ideas. For, how many times have we heard the “What about Timothy McVeigh?” tu quoque response — at least back in those days we fondly remember when we still thought it was worthwhile to bother with even debating Muslims at all.)