This story keeps getting better. A friend called me and told me the AP was going to release a story that Nick Berg was investigated by the FBI 2 years ago because he gave his password for his computer account at his university to terrorist mastermind Zacharias Moussaoui.
This guy was dirty. We has over there trying to help the terrorists and they killed him (See previous Wizbang coverage for the video). Then his old man blames Bush?
It is not on Drudge or google news but you can bank on it. The AP has it and you heard it here first.
UPDATE: The FBI at the time decided he was not working with Al Qeada but he was just not to careful with his password. It seems bizarre – Al Qaeda stole his password 2 years ago and killed him this week but they are not related in some way? …. I got a bridge to sell you if you believe that one.
UPDATE 2: CNN finally has the story an hour or so after Wizbang:
UPDATE 3: philly.com has more below the fold.
UPDATE 4: Berg’s Father, “The al-Qaida people are PROBABLY just as bad as they are, but this administration did this.”
And some of you DOUBT this guy is a political hack? More below.
Berg’s encounter with ‘terrorist’ revealed
WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania (CNN) — When Nicholas Berg took an Oklahoma bus to a remote college campus a few years ago, the American recently beheaded by terrorists allowed a man with terrorist connections to use his laptop computer, according to his father.
Government sources told CNN that the encounter involved an acquaintance of Zacarias Moussaoui — the only person publicly charged in the United States in connection with the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
According to Berg, his son was taking a course a few years ago at a remote campus of the University of Oklahoma near an airport. He described how on one particular day, his son met “some terrorist people — who no one knew were terrorists at the time.”
At one point during the bus ride, Berg said, the man sitting next to his son asked if he could use Nick’s laptop computer.
“It turned out this guy was a terrorist and that he, you know, used my son’s e-mail, amongst many other people’s e-mail who he did the same thing to,” Berg said.
Government sources said Berg gave the man his password, which was later used by Moussaoui, the sources said.
The sources said the man who used Berg’s e-mail knew Moussaoui, now awaiting trial on federal charges that could bring a death sentence. But the sources would not disclose details of how the men were connected. …
Berg said his son cooperated fully with an FBI investigation into the matter.
“He was happy to cooperate, and that was never an issue,” he said. He emphasized that the individual was not a friend of his son’s or even an acquaintance — “just a guy sitting next to him on the bus.”
Yeah, I just lent him my laptop, yeah, that’s it, that’s the ticket.
I think the phrase is, “This raises more questions than it answers.”
UPDATE 3: Philly.com has more info that just adds to the mystery. It throws up into the air the junior Berg’s intentions. But it proves beyond a doubt his father is a lying political hack.
Some of those details have not been reported before, including:
The FBI apparently conducted a lengthy investigation of Berg in captivity because they were checking out a possible friendship or other tie with an Arab at the University of Oklahoma who was under scrutiny in connection with the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
The source said that in addition to his passport, cash and a laptop, Berg had two books when he was arrested in Mosul on March 24 that aroused suspicion: the Koran and a book that authorities somehow interpreted as “anti-Semitic.”
Friends say it’s unlikely that Berg, a practicing Jew, would have carried an anti-Semitic book but that reading the Koran and other local texts was very much in line with his intellectual curiosity.
Berg stubbornly refused American offers of assistance in getting home – including an offer of free airfare, cash and an American escort. He told authorities before his April 6 release that he was eager to get back to work seeking contracts in Iraq, telling U.S. authorities “he was losing thousands of dollars in jail.”
The New York Times is reporting this morning that Berg also sent a lengthy e-mail to his family after he was detained. Among the questions asked, he wrote, were: “Why was I in Iraq? Did I ever make a pipe bomb? Why was I in Iran?”
As Drudge says, Developing….
As I slept, it Developed.
Berg’s father speaks out
WEST CHESTER – Michael Berg lashed out at President George Bush and his administration during an impromptu briefing outside the family’s home on Thursday morning about the murder of his son, Nick Berg, who authorities believe was killed by terrorists.
“Nicholas Berg died for the sins of George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld,” Michael Berg said. “The al-Qaida people are probably just as bad as they are, but this administration did this.”
The 20-minute briefing took place outside the family’s home on the 1200 block of Estate Drive, West Whiteland.
“This is an administration that allows something that they arrogantly called the Patriot Act to strip away America, to make America not the America that I grew up in,” Michael Berg continued.
“It was a coup d’etat. At first a bloodless coup d’etat, but, unfortunately, afterward it has become very bloody.”[Yes, Georege Bush took over the country by coup -ed]
On the front lawn of the Bergs’ home was a blue sign that read: War is not the answer. Michael Berg said he posted the sign, which belonged to an organization called ANSWER, or Act Now to Stop the War and End Racism.
Berg has been a member of the group, he said, since participating in a rally in Washington, D.C., in March 2003. “It is something that I am not ashamed of. I am proud of it.”
He continued, “I think stopping the war and ending racism are extremely important things that this world has to do right now. I am proud to be a member of ANSWER and I plan to be at the march on June 5. I know it is considered a radical group,” Berg said. “I want to ask: Radical as compared to what? The Bush administration? I’ll be radical.” Berg also directed a question to the president. “I would like to ask George Bush a question. I would like to ask him if it is true that al-Qaida offered to trade my son’s life for the life of another person,” Berg said. “And if that is true, I need that information … and I think the rest of the people of the United States of America need to know what the fate of their sons and daughters might be in the hands of the Bush administration,” he said.
Now- Where on earth would I get the idea this guy was a left wing loon stepping on the body of his dead son to make a political point?