stiff right jab
turning the tables on oklahoma city

steve farrell

april 29, 2002

it seems only yesterday that 168 innocent americans perished in oklahoma city in the worst terrorist attack in u.s. history pre-9/11.

after saving lives, the top priority on that fateful day was "whodunit?"

then things got worse. as the nation tried to figure out "whodunit," the political left already had an answer, and no amount of facts would change it: "the killer was 'the political right.' "

mass murderer #1: conservative talk radio

remember? according to the left's account, there was one bomber, 150 million co-conspirators and, at the top, a few dozen hate-driven conservative talk radio show hosts who inspired the crime.

said president clinton of these damnable talk radio hosts:

"[they are] purveyors of hate and division ... [they] leave the impression, by their very words, that violence is acceptable."

the leftist media took the cue. bryant gumbel added: "the bombing in oklahoma city has focused renewed attention on the rhetoric that's been coming from the right and those who cater to angry white men.

"while no one's suggesting right-wing radio jocks approve of violence [that's exactly what he was suggesting], the extent to which their approach fosters violence is being questioned by many observers, including the president. ...

"right-wing talk show hosts like rush limbaugh, bob grant, oliver north, g. gordon liddy, michael reagan and others take to the air every day with basically the same format: detail a problem, blame the government or a group, and invite invective from like-minded people."

time senior writer richard lacayo piled on: "in a nation that has entertained and appalled itself for years with hot talk on the radio ... the inflamed rhetoric of the '90s is suddenly an un-indicted co-conspirator in the blast."

mass murderer #2: government watchdogs

co-conspirators all! just as guilty, clinton said, are those who, lincoln-like, "believe the greatest threat to freedom comes from" within, or who, jefferson-like, say "nuts" to trusting in men and deem it their patriotic duty to be government watchdogs.

"how dare you call yourselves patriots!" president clinton fumed at michigan state university.

after the speech, clinton flew to russia to celebrate stalin's victory in what the soviets called the "great patriotic war."

go figure.

mass murderer #3: every american conservative

other co-conspirators whom the left indicted included anti-globalists, homeschoolers, fundamentalist christians, conspiracy theorists, gun owners, income tax opponents, land rights activists, constitutionalists, john birchers and the republican party, for tolerating all of the above.

silence them

the left had a ready answer to "whodunit?" and they had a ready solution, as well: silence them all!

president clinton, fresh from his josef stalin victory party, invoked stalinist rhetoric in montana. real patriots don't allow citizens to criticize the federal government, he suggested. "when you hear someone doing it, you ought to stand up and double up your fist and stick it in the sky and shout them down."

he was serious.

clinton & co. called for a reinstatement of the pre-reagan "fairness doctrine," a pro-communist law that forced radio and television stations during the '60s and '70s to counter all commentary against socialists and communists with "free and equal time" in defense of socialists and communists.

there was nothing fair about it. it was economics 101. no privately owned station could afford to give away free air time, so for two decades, none of them did, and true conservatives were booted off the air.

clinton was ready to finish the job that reagan had interrupted. but there's more.

jeffrey herf of the institute for advanced study at princeton university demanded that the republican party purge itself of its far right elements. "[they must draw a] clear and firm boundary between the democratic and the undemocratic paranoid right" and create a social climate in which the "radical" right is "subjected to regular moral and political criticism and denunciation." this was called for because all "right-wing extremists," no matter how harmless or responsible they may appear, are latent mass murderers.

you get the idea. america thought oklahoma city was about terrorism and mass murder; leftists thought it something quite different a godsend for rethinking the bill of rights respecting "righty."

the real terrorists

no wonder, then, that the participants in this shameless attack on the right fall silent as evidence mounts that iraqi terrorists not the political right ordered the hit on oklahoma city, and that the clinton administration likely covered it up.

shining a light on the mideast connection, americanist journalist william f. jasper was responsible for the earliest, most authoritative investigative reports. no one should fail to read and reread his work. (1) but while jasper's efforts are noteworthy, it is legal action that threatens to finally bust the barn door open and shine a floodlight on years of clintonesque deception.

on march 14, conservative watchdog judicial watch, most noted for its numerous lawsuits against the clinton administration, filed suit against the republic of iraq on behalf of 14 survivors of the april 19, 1995, bombing of the murrah federal building in oklahoma city.

the complaint (2) cites philippine intelligence and law enforcement sources concerning meetings between convicted murrah building bombing accomplice terry nichols and ramzi youssef, the mastermind of the 1993 world trade center bombing, during nichols' travel to the philippines between 1990 and 1994.

additional evidence obtained under the freedom of information act reveals interpol's efforts to apprehend two additional oklahoma city bombing suspects and information in the agency's files associating ramzi youssef with the attack.

while the complaint presents direct and indirect evidence linking iraq to the crime, some of the complaint's most damning bits of evidence regard a government cover-up, e.g.:

  • the written and verbal confession of abdul hakim murad, obtained by the fbi three months after the murrah building bombing, that ramzi youssef's "liberation army" was responsible for the bombing.

  • pentagon assertions that mcveigh was an iraqi agent and had collected iraqi telephone numbers prior to his arrest.

  • a march 1998 timothy mcveigh-copyrighted "essay on hypocrisy," which defended iraq's right to "stockpile chemical or biological weapons" and returned again and again to the topic of iraq.
the victims never were told of any of this, nor were you. judicial watch vows to change that. victims' rights advocate president bush ought to do the same for the sake of the victims, for the sake of government reform, for the sake of justice, and for the sake of shaming the shameful political left for its malicious political opportunism.

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1. to see jasper's groundbreaking oklahoma city work, go to return

2. to see the complaint filed in the u.s. district court for the district of columbia, go to

for a brief summary of the judicial watch complaint, read dave eberhart's newsmax summary. return

3. for new evidence obtained through a deathbed interview with elmina abdul, a terrorist's widow, visit and


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