Rohrabacher stymied in bomb probes

Thursday, March 27, 2008
By Kevin Eggers
Napa Valley Register

On Feb. 26, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, delivered a 60-minute speech detailing how the Bush administration has “intentionally obstructed Congress” in its investigations for the past seven years.

The first part of Rohrabacher’s speech covered his investigation of the ties between 1995 “Oklahoma City bomber and murderer Terry Nichols” and Al Qaeda’s terrorist leader Ramzi Yousef, “the mastermind of the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993,” who were both in Cebu City in the Philippines during the same time frame, both using similar bombs, two years apart, to blow up American targets.

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both using similar bombs

Only a minor note: That's the official reading, but not so fast.

The chief FBI forensic expert quits his job over a dispute how real the forensic analysis was.


``The problems and deficiencies that Whitehurst brought to our attention are extremely serious,'' Bromwich said, ``but they are a far cry from the rampant and intentional wrongdoing alleged by Dr. Whitehurst: ... Perjury, fabricated evidence, obstructed justice and suppressed exculpatory evidence.''

In the Oklahoma bombing, Bromwich said explosives unit supervisor Williams decided a 4,000-pound ammonium nitrate-fuel oil bomb was used based on the defendants' alleged purchases rather than on scientific evidence.

Frederic Whitehurst, FBI Lab Whistleblower
Testifying at the World Trade Center Bombing Trial
August 14, 1995
(Dr. Frederic Whitehurst's efforts to expose scientific fraud in the FBI laboratory was the subject of an article in The Washington Post, September 14, 1995 and continuation page.)
FBI Pressures Scientists to Lie.
In the aftermath of the world Trade Center bombing of February 26, 1993, the FBI concocted misleading scientific reports and pressured two leading scientists to perjure their testimony in order to support its prosecution of the men accused of the bombing.

The process was described by senior FBI explosives expert Dr. Frederic Whitehurst during his testimony at the trial on August 14, 1995.

Sewage pipes in the skyscraper broke during the explosion. depositing 80 gallons of sewage throughout the wreckage. The Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) asked Dr. Whitehurst to analyze some of this sewage, thinking it was an explosive substance. "Transcript. pg. 16333".

Dr. Whitehurst concluded that there was no sound scientific basis for the government's public claim that a urea nitrate bomb had been the source of the explosion. When he refused to recant or to doctor his reports to support the urea nitrate bomb theory, the FBI used an unqualified lab technician to testify that the so-called urea nitrate found at the scene was consistent with a urea nitrate bomb.

Dr. Whitehurst submitted two blind test samples to the lab technician. Whitehurst had prepared one sample by urinating into a laboratory flask. The other was a sample of commercial grade fertilizer prepared by FBI Agent Burmeister. The lab technician found that both samples tested positive for urea nitrate, the explosive component of the infamous fertilizer bomb.

In other words, Dr. Whitehurst proved that the lab technician, like the ATF, couldn't tell a bomb from sewage.

The following pages are taken from the transcript of the New York trial for the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. The extracts begin at page 16315 in the original transcript, and continue consecutively through to page 16354.