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Muslim students arrested in failed Oklahoma University stadium suicide bomb attack - bomber Hinrich suspected to be convert

Bomber's roommate Fazal Cheema and Hinrich said to have attended local mosque
October 6, 2005


Joel Henry Hinrichs III


The arrest of Muslim students at the Oklahoma University including the Pakistani roomate of the dead bomber, and a statement from head of the University's MSA that he did " not believe' the bomber was a Muslim", should raise a red alert throughout the United States that we are facing a potential suicide attack and that we can no longer afford to tolerate any radical Islamist organisations whether they operate in in mosques or as campus student organisations.

Besides recruiting converts, MSA's are bringing speakers on campus who promote the radical Islamist agenda and defend suicide bombings. A case in point is the recent Islam Awareness week which was held on campuses nationwide that included speakes such as Yvonne Ridley, who has spoken of suicide bombers as 'martyrs' and John Esposito who defended a fatwa condoning suicide bombings saying 'one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter'. The MSA have also received university funding to bring terrrorists from abroad. In 2001 Kamran Bokhari, the head of Al Muhajiroun in North America brought Anjam Choudary, head of Al Muhajiroun to speak at Northwest Missouri State University. The head of the group Omar Bakri Mohammed fled the UK after the failed suicide attacks in London.The fact that Choudary was a guest of the MSA run by a student who was spokesman for the most extremist organisation in the West today, is proof of the MSA's Jihadist agenda in the 'service of Allah'.

The University of Oklahoma Muslim Student Association gives mission statement informs us that;

"...MSA has diligently participated in activities, rallies, lectures, and conferences to teach the true meanings of Islam at the University of Oklahoma. MSA is striving to become model muslims and to serve the muslim community by spreading the message of Islam, there is no other God than Allah and Muhammad (s.a.w.) is His messenger..." http://www.campusactivism.org/displaygroup-162.htm

In 2004 The Muslim Student Association at the Oklahoma University organised a talk during Islam Awareness Week entitled:

"Submission to the God of America".http://www.oudaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/03/02/4044090ea5086

The denials by the head of the Oklahoma University Muslim Student Association, Ashraf Hussain, that he did not think that "" and that he did not believe Joel Henry Hinrichs the III, 'was a Muslim' or 'attended local area mosques', should be treated with extreme skeptism, due to the simple fact that disinformation is the MO of the MSA, a radical Islamist organisation funded by Wahhabists which propagates fundamentalist Islam. The statement that Ashraf "does not believe" that Hinrichs was a Muslim, could also be a way of indicating that he is employing the Islamically mandated deception which requires a Muslim to lie to save a fellow Muslim from any kind of prosecution and punishment by infidels. More evidence of Ashraf Hussain's attempts at deception, are his exaggerated claims that the bombers Pakistani roomate, Fazal Cheema, is a "really, really,nice guy". http://www.ou.edu/student/oumsa/home12.htm

This description brings to mind those heard of many suicide bombers, who were described in glowing terms by fellow Muslims and family, the most recent example being that of the London suicide bombers.For more on this see: Dr.Daniel Pipes' article: "But he was good to his mother". http://www.danielpipes.org/article/1336

"How Islamist killers dissemble"http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/476

If Ashraf Hussain the head of the Muslim Student Association, claims that the Pakistani roomate of the suicide bomber is a "really really nice guy" it can be assumed that Cheema was a member of the MSA himself. The MSA mission statement proclaims their dedicated to promoting Wahhabist Islam and Islamising the United States by using students as Islamic workers in the cause of Allah. The MSA/is also directly linked to Hamas and is one of the most influential wings of the Wahhabist enterprise in North America.

(It should be noted that MSA leader Ashraf Hussain's website, which gave an Oklahoma University website address, included a disclaimer that 'the views expressed herein do not reflect the views of Oklahoma University' and that the entire site has been pulled from the internet). http://students.ou.edu/H/Ashraf.H.Hussain-1/

The MSA is also on a list compiled by the Senate Finance Committee as one of the groups which perpetuate terror and help finance terrorism. For more on the terrorist ties of the MSA see: Muslim Students of Allah http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/466

If Hinrichs was a convert to Islam, he could have quietly converted elsewhere and not revealed his new Muslim identity. Evidence regarding Hinrich's conversion abound. According to sources more bombs were found near the stadium and a an arsenal was found in his house. As one blogger commented: "If Hinrich was only interested in killing himself why did he keep an arsenal ?" another commentator cites the picture of Hinrich which a newly grown beard common to many new converts to Islam.

MIM: Here are several observations from the blogosphere regarding the terrorist connection to the suicide bombing.

The most comprehensive documentation can be found at 'zombietime', which includes an aerial map of the area and the location of Hinrich's and Cheem's apartment showing the proximity to the stadium and the mosque. http://www.zombietime.com/oklahoma_suicide_bombing/

.Islamic Society of Norman. According to THIS ARTICLE at NewsOK.com (site may require registration [free]), Cheema attended a "nearby mosque," and the FBI was looking into the possibility that Hinrichs also attended the same mosque. THIS SITE shows that there is only one mosque in the vicinity, The Islamic Society of Norman, which is only three blocks away from Hinrichs' apartment, at 420 E. Lindsey. THIS DIRECTORY shows that 420 E. Lindsey is also the office of the University of Oklahoma chapter of the Muslim Students Association, confirming that this was mosque attended by Cheema and possibly Hinrichs.

MIM: Also see the report that Jihad materials were found in Hinrich and Cheema's apartment.

An Oklahoma University student who killed himself by detonating a bomb strapped to his body outside a packed stadium over the weekend was a "suicide bomber" in possession of "Islamic jihad" materials, according to a new report.

MIM: According to Isralert in "Oklahoma bombing was plot gone awry"


"...University of Oklahoma President David Boren seems determined to have everybody believe Joel Henry Hinrichs III was merely a disturbed young man who decided to commit suicide by blowing himself up within 100 yards of a stadium containing 84,000 screaming fans of Sooner football.

Sorry, I don't buy it, at least not yet. Here's why: First, The Daily Oklahoman is reporting authorities found a large cache of bomb-making materials in Hinrichs' apartment. The cache is so big that the Oklahoman reported one of the officials on the scene estimated a full 24 hours would be required to cart away all of the material.

Suicide victims don't normally accumulate a large amount of bomb-making material in their homes. People intent on blowing up other people do.

Second, the proximity to the stadium suggests Hinrichs' target was the crowd, perhaps as people were leaving the game. But being an OU student, he presumably would have access to the student seating section and could have gone from that area to anywhere else in the crowd he chose.

What better place to detonate a bomb guaranteed to both kill and maim many, as well as incite terror and possibly a stampede that would kill and injure more people? My guess is Hinrichs was kept from reaching his target by a premature detonation. Add the proximty of the Micro-Biology building and you may have the potential for a kind of bio-bomb that could have guaranteed utter chaos in and around the stadium..."

"...In one of the photos appearing in the media, Hinrichs appears to have a fresh beard, which is characteristic of new Muslim male converts..."


Joel Henry Hinrichs III in a 2002 photo.


MIM: According to 'law enforcement sources close to the Northeast Intelligience Network':

"...Law enforcement sources close to the Northeast Intelligence Network have confirmed that search and seizure warrants were served today upon the residence of the "suicide bomber," 21-year-old Joel Henry Hinrichs III of Colorado Springs, CO, who was a resident of the Park View Apartments on campus.

Speaking strictly "off the record," the officials stated that they recovered "a significant amount" of Islamic "Jihad" type literature, some possibly written in Arabic, along with the suspect's computer. Some of the documentation included material on how to construct bomb-making vests. .."

"...The same officials, requiring anonymity as the investigation is ongoing, continued to confirm that "other un-detonated explosive devices were found in the area cordoned off by police and federal officials..."


MIM: Craige McMillian of World Net Daily summed up the absurdity of the terrorism denials:

"...Of course, we shouldn't jump to conclusions. Lots of people commit suicide by strapping explosives around their waists and blowing themselves to bits outside crowded athletic stadiums during packed games at our nation's universities, right? http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=46693

For more on denying Islamist terror see Dr.Daniel Pipes: "Denying Islamist Terrorism" http://www.danielpipes.org/article/2396



Bombers Roomate Held Briefly after Attack

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Pakistani roommate of a man authorities said died when he detonated an explosive device outside a crowded football stadium was led in handcuffs from a party shortly after Saturday's explosion, the head of an Islamic student group said.

Fazal M. Cheema, a finance major, shared a university-owned apartment with Joel Hinrichs III, 21, who died Saturday when a device attached to his body exploded as he sat on a bench outside George Lynn Cross Hall.

Cheema and three other Muslim students were led in handcuffs from a party by police after the blast, Ashraf Hussein, president of the Muslim Student Association, said Tuesday. They later were released.

Cheema is "a really, really nice guy," Hussein said.

OU President David Boren said authorities continue to believe that Hinrichs did not try to get into the stadium and that he acted alone. He said Hinrichs' roommate, along with his acquaintances, were questioned by federal authorities.

"All the people who lived in that building, all the people that lived in the building surrounding it, all the people who knew him well or were living in proximity to him ... have been questioned; none of those people have been held by law enforcement," Boren said.

The FBI said in a statement Tuesday that there is no current threat posed by additional explosive materials, that there is no known threat from anyone else related to the incident and that there is no known link between Hinrichs and any terrorist or extremist organization or activities.

Hinrichs' father, Joel Hinrichs Jr., said the FBI re-interviewed him Tuesday at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo. The father told investigators his son was skeptical of ideology.

"Joe would have become a Muslim fanatic when pigs fly," the father side.

Meanwhile, Norman feed store operator Dustin Ellison said Hinrichs attempted to purchase ammonium nitrate a few days before the explosion.

Ellison, whose family operates Ellison Feed and Seed, said the store no longer carries the product because of new federal guidelines regarding its sale. Ammonium nitrate can be used to build bombs and was a key ingredient in the 1995 attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Hinrichs' father said the FBI told him the bomb his son had was made of hydrogen peroxide. He said the FBI told him more high-density hydrogen peroxide was found in the apartment.


Student Leader: Hinrichs Not Muslim


NORMAN, Okla. --

The president of an OU student organization said he believes Joel Henry Hinrichs III was neither a Muslim nor a visitor to local mosques. Ashraf Hussein, the president of OU's Muslim Student Association, also confirmed that up to seven people were either questioned or detained regarding the bombing death of Hinrichs, a 21-year-old engineering student. Hinrichs died Saturday night after a bomb he was supposedly carrying exploded while he sat on a bench next to George Lynn Cross Hall, about 100 yards from Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, where 84,000 people were watching a college football game.

While the incident and its investigation have spurred plenty of rumor and speculation, authorities have consistently maintained that there is no evidence Hinrichs belonged to an extremist organization. On Tuesday, the owner of a Norman feed store acknowledged that Hinrichs came into Ellison Feed & Seed last week to inquire about ammonium nitrate fertilizer, which was an ingredient in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. However, Dustin Ellison said Hinrichs wasn't able to explain what he might want with the ammonium nitrate.

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