Friday, January 05, 2007

Using the letterhead one last time

For the second time in just over a week, the National Review's Cliff May is posting dodgy source material at The Corner. This time --

Oklahoma City Bombing [Cliff May]

An Al-Qaeda connection? A congressional committee suggests there was.

This claim is an old chestnut of the neocons; sometimes the bombing is connected to Saddam Hussein and sometimes to al Qaeda. No evidence for it has ever been produced. May's evidence -- a link to a PDF file. Open the file and it's billed --

Chairman’s Report
Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House International Relations Committee The Oklahoma City Bombing: Was There A Foreign Connection? Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R - CA)

This report reflects the views of the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and its investigators, and has not been approved by a vote of the subcommittee or the full International Relations Committee.

One has to work back to Rohrabacher's website to see the release date of December 26th, when he was Chairman of the subcommittee only by inertia, with Congress in recess and a new Democratic majority coming to town yesterday. And as the disclaimer makes clear, the actual report has zero status as a Congressional report -- it's just his opinion with his now defunct title at the top.

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