- A Tulsa airport police officer was fired Thursday after
he was accused of lying to Congress about the Oklahoma City bombing. J.W.
Reser, 55, had worked at the airport since March 4.
- He was terminated for "acts on or off the job which
would bring embarrassment, distrust or discredit to the city of Tulsa,"
said Kathy McNair, attorney for the Tulsa Airport Authority.
- Reser claimed in a sworn statement he saw a video of
a Middle Eastern man getting out of the passenger side of the bomb truck
seconds before the April 19, 1995, explosion.
- Reser said he saw the surveillance video in Washington
while working as a consultant for the Navy.
- Reser is accused of fabricating those claims and of lying
about his background to the House Government Reform Committee.
- U.S. Rep. Dan Burton, the committee chairman, asked Attorney
General John Ashcroft last week to investigate "these false statements"
and, if warranted, prosecute Reser.
- The committee is looking into the possibility of foreign
involvement in the Oklahoma City bombing. Burton, R-Ind., complained the
committee cannot do its work "if people are allowed to fabricate allegations
of government misconduct, fabricate their own credentials and work history
to give their allegations credence, and then walk away without consequences."
- Reser is a former Oklahoma City police officer. He could
not be reached in Tulsa for comment.