Did the Oklahoma student who blew himself up outside a college football stadium while a game was being played last year mean to commit simple suicide, or did he intend to take as may of the 84,000 in attendance at that game with him as he could?
The "experts" can't seem to agree.
Contrary to statements by authorities and the conclusions of media, a police bomb expert says the explosion that killed a University of Oklahoma student outside a packed football stadium last fall was accidental.
According to the Oklahoman newspaper, Sgt. George Mauldin of the Norman, Okla., police department believes 21-year-old Joel Hinrichs III "accidentally blew himself up" Oct. 1 on a park bench 173 yards from OU stadium during the second quarter of a night game against Kansas State.
Asked if Hinrichs intended to enter the stadium with the explosives, Mauldin said: "I don't believe he intended for an explosion to occur at that spot (on the park bench)."
Some 84,000 people were at the game.
The article goes on to state that there was no conclusive evidence that young Hinrichs intended to enter the stadium. Hum. Okay, what about the earlier reports that the young man tried three times to get into the stadium but was turned away? (See LGC's Archives for our earlier reports on this story) Guess that doesn't count as evidence or speak to motivation.
And what of his motivations?
Hinrichs' father, Joel Hinrichs Jr., has insisted his son meant only to kill himself, and FBI investigators said they found no ties to terrorist organizations.
But as As WorldNetDaily reported, investigators found "Islamic jihad" material in Hinrichs' apartment, and the student reportedly attended a nearby mosque – the same one attended by Zacharias Moussaoui, the only person charged in connection with the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Also, the warrant used to execute a search of his apartment, where an undetermined amount of explosives were found, has been sealed by a federal court at the request of the Justice Department.
WND reported, in addition, a feed-store owner who refused to sell Hinrichs fertilizer that can be used to fashion explosives said an off-duty Norman police officer witnessed the attempted transaction. Ammonium nitrate was a principle ingredient in the bomb that destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City April 19, 1995.
And, some investigators familiar with the case said they suspected authorities might have had some kind of advanced warning or concern about a potential bombing incident, based on witness accounts of tighter-than-normal security at the football game.
Mauldin said Hinrichs had two to three pounds of triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, in a backpack in his lap when it exploded.
The bomb expert pointed out TATP is "the explosive of choice" in the Middle East.
This young man attended the same mosque Zacharias Moussaoui attended. He had jihadis literature, bomb-making materials and instructions, was in possession of explovies favored by the Middle East, he attempted to purchase other bomb-making materials (a la Timothy McVei's present to Oklahoma City), and the authorities don't think there is any fire under all that smoke.
Seems to me the attitudes and complacency of pre-9/11 have returned to those charged with protecting us. Either that, or there is more here they aren't telling us.
For myself, I pray it is the latter.
It's possible he was a "work accident", and didn't even trigger himself:TATP.
"TATP and other explosives of the peroxide family are used extensively by terrorist organizations around the world because they are easy to prepare and very difficult to detect. Many of the devastating suicide attacks by terrorists over the past few years involved TATP, including the bus explosions in Israel," said lead researcher Professor Ehud Keinan of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. "They are also dangerous to those who prepare them. This is the reason for the frequent ‘work accidents’ that have occurred in the terrorists’ labs."
Now I somehow imagine that he didn't learn to make this in his High School chemistry class. So you have to ask yourself two questions:
- Where did he learn to make it?
- Why isn't his father demanding to know who taught him to make it?
Something smells here.