14 Oklahoma City bombing survivors sue Iraq
By Joe Baker
By Joe Baker
A public interest law firm in Washington, D.C., known as Judicial Watch, has filed a lawsuit against the Republic of Iraq on behalf of 14 survivors of the April 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Judicial Watch, which investigates and prosecutes government corruption, filed the suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. It names Iraq as a U.S. State Department designated sponsor of terrorism.
The suit, brought under provisions of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 and which has a specific provision for retroactive application, alleges that other individuals, in addition to Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, were involved in preparation for and the attack on the Murrah Building.
Judicial Watch, on behalf of its clients, alleges these other individuals were operating as agents of the Republic of Iraq and took an active part in the planning, technical and financial aspects of the plot. The lawsuit details the involvement and complicity of Iraq by both direct and circumstantial evidence, spelling out means, motive and opportunity.
The complaint cites reports from Philippine intelligence and law enforcement sources about meetings between Terry Nichols and Ramzi Youssef, charged with masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City. These meetings reportedly took place between 1990 and 1994.
Additional evidence obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests showed Interpols efforts to arrest two other bombing suspects plus information linking Ramzi Youssef with the attacks.
Its time the whole story about the Oklahoma City bombing is revealed, and that justice is done for the Iraqis state sponsorship of that brutal attack on American citizens, said Larry Klayman, chairman and general counsel of Judicial Watch.
Co-counsel Mike Johnston added: The survivors of the Murrah Building bombing and the people of Oklahoma City have waited a long time for the whole, unvarnished truth to come out concerning this horrific plot, and they wont rest until thats accomplished.