February 25, 2004

Too hot to handle...

Bryan Preston writes about the similarities in terrorist bomb-recipes around the world, and about the much-neglected question of how Oklahoma City fits in to the world terrorist picture...

...So Mr. Murad was found in possession of a notebook with a new thought about truck bombs--substitute nitromethane for fuel oil to make them more powerful--and his notebook can be dated to a time when Terry Nichols was known to be in the Philippines, which was where Murad was arrested. And that very design change showed up first in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, just a few months later.

Interesting. Even more interesting is a scrap of evidence found in an abandoned al Qaeda safehouse after the fall of the Taliban:

A bomb manual found in Afghanistan contained a recipe for an ammonium nitrate-based bomb marked with the handrwritten notation "Was used in Oklahoma," according to the New York Times.
So there's the science--a new design proposed in an al Qaeda manual shows up in Oklahoma City, and then in subsequent bombings known to have been engineered by al Qaeda elsewhere around the world. Will America's artful investigators ever make the obvious connection?...
No way. There are hot potatoes, and then there's way too hot to handle...

Posted by John Weidner at February 25, 2004 7:21 PM
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