Strange Favored Treatment
For Berg In OK Court
Rumor Mill News Reading Room

By Michael P. Wright
Norman, Oklahoma
Readers are invited to take a close look at Nick Berg's Norman city court record, which I obtained on May 18. There are some strange paradoxes in it. > First, observe that there were two arrests for trespassing, and two columns with dates. On the left are the dates for the arrests, and on the right are the dates of consequent court actions. For the arrest of 5/28/00, we see the symbol BF, meaning that Berg forfeited bond in the amount of $162. He did not make a court appearance. The bond forfeiture amounted to a guilty plea, and a conviction went on the record.
Earlier, he had been arrested on 4/11/00. After this we see the symbol DISM CO, which means dismissal complied. We also see the date of 11/21/00 for the court action. The clerk explained this. It meant that on 5/21/00, six months earlier, Berg appeared in court and received a deferred sentence. He was told that the complaint would be dismissed six months later if he committed no other offenses within that time interval. As the record demonstrates, it was dismissed.
The paradox in this record is that he violated the terms of this deferred sentence by being arrested seven days later but enjoyed obtaining a dismissal in November in spite of this. The clerk stated that this was done at the city attorney's discretion.
How do we account for this? Now we must move from fact to informed speculation. It looks like the city attorney did a favor for Berg. In my column of 5/18/04, I state the suspicion that Berg was a CIA operative and infiltrator taking instructions from David Boren, George Tenet, and David Edger. Boren is a powerful political patriarch in Oklahoma. It would be a trivial matter for Boren to ask a little favor from the city attorney, in order to help out one of his operatives.
Take another look at the record. Notice that for both arrests, financial sums in the amount of $162 were assessed against Berg. Why did he have to pay this amount for the charge which was dismissed? The clerk explained that for this charge, the sum was a fee instead of a fine. The amount was $100. Additionally he had to pay $32 for court costs and $30 for time spent in jail. For the conviction, the $100 went on the record as a fine.
I had never heard of anything like this before, and it strikes me as a questionable and extraordinary arrangement. I suspect a little horse-trading went on behind the scenes. The city attorney, in the process of granting the favor of dismissing the complaint, simultaneously and paradoxically came up with a way to snatch a little money from Berg for the court. He was sneaking in the back door. In Oklahoma, that's the way good ol boys "do bi'ness."
Nick Berg Was Arrested Twice At OU During Spring 2000
by Michael P. Wright
Norman, Oklahoma
Today from the Norman city court clerk I obtained a document confirming that Nicholas E. Berg, who reportedly was decapitated by militants in Iraq, was arrested twice for trespassing on the University of Oklahoma campus during the spring of 2000. Earlier, OU police had reported that he had been sleeping on couches around the campus. He appeared to be living as a vagrant during that period. The OUPD actually contacted him six times.
Today I gave the arrest record to the editor of The Norman Transcript.
Friday, I ascertained that Berg had been an OU employee during academic year 2000-2001. The OU personnel directory for that year listed him as a facilities attendant at the Lloyd Noble arena.
The thought crosses one's mind that Berg might have been the one who bought the 9/11 hijacker's airline ticket from the OU library computer terminal. I have not been able to ascertain whether he was ever an OU library employee. Most likely, he would have been a temp.
Still, there are things about Berg's story which don't add up. Are we to >believe that someone would really voluntarily surrender his email password to a stranger he met on the bus? This is apparently the story which Berg told the FBI to account for the fact that the password and Berg's email address were on Moussaoui's computer when they searched it, after 9/11.
If Berg was the one who bought the ticket, then appearing to be a vagrant would have been a way to gain the trust of Al Qaeda, for infiltration purposes. They would be likely to trust someone who appeared to be a misfit and alienated from mainstream American society. Also, it has been reported that Berg had been in possession of anti-Semitic literature. That would be another tactic for gaining the trust of Al Qaeda.
>How does one who was a vagrant in spring 2000 make the transition to independent >businessman in Iraq, doing telecommunications work, in 2004? Maybe with the help of funds paid by the CIA to its operatives?
If he bought the plane ticket, then the CIA had a good reason to set him up to be snuffed: dead men tell no tales. The execution also served the propaganda purpose of taking the focus of off American mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners.
Three different people have told me of watching a Channel 5 TV news broadcast reporting the event of the hijacker's ticket purchase from the OU library. During an October 2003 phone conversation, a Channel 5 employee at the news desk confirmed this, but reporter Terri Watkins later denied it.



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