- 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
- by Michael P. Wright
- 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
- 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.