Fibs, Fertilizer & the FBI

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director & Randy Taylor, Senior Analyst

13 October 2005: University of Oklahoma bomber Joel Henry HINRICHS attempted to purchase a significant amount of ammonium nitrate fertilizer two days before the explosion in his backpack took his life near the O.U. stadium packed with 84,000 people on Saturday, October 1, 2005. The FBI and O.U. President David Boren are brushing this incident off as unrelated to terrorism. Baloney.
On Wednesday, May 25, 2005 51,000 pounds of urea fertilizer went missing in Little Rock, Arkansas. To date, that fertilizer has yet to be found. on Wednesday, June 1, 2005, Highway Information Sharing and Analysis Center issued a bulletin about the missing J & M Transport truck, the driver and cargo. The FBI became involved, at that time citing the potential for the cargo to be used as a critical component in a fertilizer-based explosive. BOLO’s or “Be on the Lookout” bulletins were issued, and FBI agents searched the Arkansas area for the missing truck, its driver and contents.

On June 3, 2005, after the empty truck was found – but not the 51,000 pounds of fertilizer, the FBI called off their search for the missing fertilizer as they determined that the cargo “was not particularly dangerous.” According to FBI spokesman Special Agent Steve Frazier, the Terrorism Task Force “determined that the missing fertilizer was urea-based and used primarily for grass and rice - not the more hazardous nitrate-based fertilizer.” It should be noted that the latter is what “lone despondent O.U. bomber Joel Henry HINRICHS was shopping for 2 days before his death by explosion.

Randy Taylor, Northeast Intelligence Network Senior Analyst, found an interest in fertilizer bombs on jihad websites, and found a dramatic example of what 100 grams – or about three-and-a-half ounces of properly mixed urea nitrate fertilizer will do when ignited. To put things in perspective, an average cell phone weighs nearly 3 times as much as the urea nitrate shown in the video copied from an Islamic terrorist web site and presented here.

From the main component of the fertilizer bomb to the explanations of the Oklahoma office of the FBI and the President of O.U., their explanations are truly manure.

The mainstream media continues to be conspicuous by their absence in their coverage of this story – and the 51,000 pounds of urea nitrate is still missing.