In a word…no. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Linda Rohrbough is the aunt of Columbine victim Brian Rohrbough. She says that while doing research into school shootings like Columbine that she has discovered a link to shootings like Columbine to terrorist group Al-Qaeda.
“My first inkling of the connection to Al-Qaeda was when I attended the Columbine memorial service. I recognized General Colin Powell at the center of the platform, in full military dress. He was never mentioned or introduced, and he never spoke. He was just there.”
Further reports unveiled the Columbine shooters bragged theirs would be the first of many shootings. Also, the teenage shooters low-level formatted the hard disk drives of their computers before heading out to kill. Rohrbough wanted to know, “How could they know other shootings would follow? And why erase their hard disk drives? What were they trying to hide?”
Fortunately, in two cases, the authorities got to computers before the low-level format was complete. First, in a school shooting in Paris, and second, when a teenager in Florida flew his dad’s plane into a building. In both cases, e-mails traced back to Al-Qaeda operatives.
First off General Powell was there probably there as a representative of President Clinton and probably didn’t want to be announced in order not to take the attention away from the victims.
Second, she takes two isolated incidents that have no connection to Columbine, one of which wasn’t even a school shooting, that may have some connection to Al-Qaeda and she claims this as proof? If this was any more of a stretch she might have pulled a hamstring.
Lastly, how did the Columbine cowards know that there would be other shootings to follow? That’s simple. They knew that because they weren’t the first. While at the time the Columbine shooting was the most prolific in terms of lives lost they were not the first. They were emulating shootings that already took place at Jonesboro and Paducah.
Were there any connections to Al-Qaeda at Red Lake, Virginia Tech or NIU? No.
So why would Ms. Rohrbough be coming out with these allegations now? She had a book of fiction that came out on April 20th, 2011. That was the 12th anniversary of Columbine. Not only does this press release make it sound that book sales may be slipping but the fact that what the release date was smacks of opportunism and bad taste.