How I Learned to Start Worrying and Hate the OKC Bomb
by Edgar J. Steele
Several books now have been written about the OKC bombing. I’ve read some of them and many, many articles, reports, lab analyses, court transcripts, pleadings and filings concerning both it and things related to it. OK, ok…so I’ve read LOTS of stuff about all of it.
some reason, it has seemed important for my own personal progress to get as
close to the bottom of this matter as I could.
Not because I could reach any insight that hasn’t already been attained
by others with better research skills than my own, but because I seem to have
chosen this single event as the one with which to reach a decision about my
government…our government, that is.
The OKC bombing has drawn me like a magnet and forced me to ferret out as much as I could, with the idea that, once I got to the bottom of things, I could finally choose up sides in this brewing rebellion that seems destined to split apart our country. Not because of OKC itself, you see, but because of it and so many other things to which OKC seems to be related: Waco, Trade Center bombing, TWA Flight 800, Ruby Ridge, Vince Foster and Ron Brown, among so many others. The relationship isn’t necessarily direct, though many of the same faces do seem to be appearing again and again.
appearance of impropriety was passed long ago and the time has come, for me at
least, either to put aside all this “conspiracy theory” crap or to take the
red pill and wake up.
have reached my decision and fear that I am lost, never again to be normal.
Before I share my conclusions with you, however, please spend a little time with me, retracing some of the steps I took on my pilgrimage into the OKC bombing. Though this is pretty long, please remember that I've spent a lot of time on this and we are going to cover a lot of ground today. Much more than I normally do for one of my internet ponderings. While I wrote virtually all of this just for this mailing, a small portion was lifted directly from the work of others. I include no citations, footnotes or the like, whatsoever, simply for the sake of readability.
a synopsis of the government story on OKC:
Oklahoma City Bombing – the official story
McVeigh, an ex-soldier and Gulf War veteran, together with his friend, Terry
Nichols, planned to set off a monstrous fertilizer bomb contained within several
barrels in the back of a rented Ryder truck in front of the Murrah federal
building in Oklahoma City, in the single worst act of terrorism in US history,
leaving a crater in the street 8 feet deep and 30 feet in diameter.
The building was fatally damaged, necessitating its immediate demolition.
got the idea from reading “The Turner Diaries,” which described a similar
incident, and enacted it in retribution for what the feds allegedly perpetrated
they both stole some guns from a dealer to finance their nefarious plot, and
stole explosives and detonation cord from a blasting site, Nichols withdrew from
the plot long before McVeigh rented a Ryder truck, using a phony ID.
Nichols bought the fertilizer and diesel fuel (racing fuel, some
maintain). McVeigh, the night
before the bombing, mixed the two together in barrels in the back of the truck,
then spent the night at the Dreamland Motel, just up the road from the place he
rented the truck, using his real name and ID.
next morning, McVeigh drove to Oklahoma City, stopping to ask directions to the
Murrah Building at the outskirts of the city.
McVeigh parked the truck in front of the building, with many security
cameras recording the proceedings, started the fuse, got in his car (which he
had parked nearby several days earlier) and drove off.
The bomb exploded, ripping the rear license plate from McVeigh’s car as
he departed the scene, caused a portion of the nearly-new Murrah Building to
collapse due to several sheared support columns, killing 168 people.
left town at high speed, got about 100 miles and was stopped by a county
sheriff’s deputy for speeding and having no rear license plate.
He was arrested and his name put out on the wires.
truck’s rear axle was found over 500 feet from the bomb crater and traced it
to the rental shop using the VIN stamped on the rear differential housing.
The clerk at the truck rental shop gave McVeigh’s physical description,
which was then matched to a physical description given by a desk clerk at the
Dreamland Motel, who provided McVeigh’s real identity from its register.
FBI called the county sheriff’s office from the wire report and had them hold
McVeigh until they arrived.
McVeigh was convicted and sentenced to die. Nichols was convicted and sentenced to life.
so far, you might say. However,
there are many serious problems, quite aside from the fact that many aspects of
the official story have changed markedly as time and the facts marched on.
problem with all the material, first of all, is that one must read it in order
to make sense of it. Then, because
there is so much material, one must actually think about it.
Neither of these are activities engaged in by very many these days.
Thus, people just go blithely along, acknowledging that there must be
some problems with the facts, but dismissing the rumors because they just
don’t want to deal with the consequences of deciding that their government has
lied to them. Where’s the smoking
gun? Well, there are several, in
one, and it is, by itself, enough to make anyone willing to face uncomfortable
facts decide that the official story is a lie:
The truck’s rear axle, which sat directly beneath the ANFO
(ammonium-nitrate-fuel-oil) bomb should have been driven directly down to the
bottom of the crater, as if pile driven, yet was catapulted 500 feet away.
Think about it… Take your
time. There are more, but that one
is quite simply inescapable.
Ok, now that you’ve got a somewhat open mind about things, let’s take a look at some of the other problems with the official story. I am not going to present all the facts and circumstances concerning each item, because that makes comprehending the enormity of this affair difficult, at best. Nor am I going to present each problem. Instead, I am going to present things in summary fashion. I didn’t really investigate, then compile this material to convince others, but the context in which I found each thing was enough to convince me.
some point, everybody says, “Enough. If
this is true, then WHY would the government do such a thing?”
Well, we may never know the real truth, but I will present some theories
and interesting coincidences after we cover the basics.
The “why” would necessarily explain why a coverup was necessary, and
also leads one into considering conspiracies of varying complexity.
A caution, however. This is almost certainly going to be a one-way journey for you. In fact, since you have gotten this far, you are already lost, but we’ll pretend for a moment that you can back out.
first step, deciding that our government not only would lie to us, but also
would do something malevolent to its own citizenry (you and me, that is), is the
most difficult. It is relatively
easy to decide that OKC is a lie. However,
then you need to decide if the lie was made innocently (i.e., accidentally),
benevolently (intentional, but for our own good), as a coverup only (of
incompetence or a rogue agency, or both) or malevolently.
is, I sincerely believe, really only one conclusion that can be reached after
honestly considering the OKC evidence. From
that point on, one is lost to an ever-expanding web of conspiracy.
Furthermore, making this transition allows one to suddenly see evidence
that has been there all along, right in front of our eyes, of all manner of
to the monkey house. You were
explosion, coming from the street, took out the first of several building
support columns, inexplicably skipped around the next in line, then took out the
one behind it. This is similar to
the bullet that made several right turns on its path through Texas Governor
Connelley and into President Kennedy – the “magic bullet,” as it has come
to be known.
enough, the explosion peeled the sheet rock off the backs of the building
support columns, but not the fronts which were facing the “ truck bomb.”
Bomb experts point to the asymmetry of the blast(s) and resultant damage as proof that there were explosions inside the building, in addition to the truck bomb.
The official government line points to blue
plastic fragments scattered about the blast site as evidence that McVeigh mixed
his ANFO in several blue plastic barrels. What this ignores, however, is
the many blue plastic recycling barrels placed throughout the Federal Building,
many shoved directly up against --- the concrete support columns, of course.
The perfect place to hide a bomb.
The official government line points to blue plastic fragments scattered about the blast site as evidence that McVeigh mixed his ANFO in several blue plastic barrels. What this ignores, however, is the many blue plastic recycling barrels placed throughout the Federal Building, many shoved directly up against --- the concrete support columns, of course. The perfect place to hide a bomb.
Gen. Ben K. Partin (ret, USAF), former commander of the Air Force Armament
Technology Laboratory, a 25-year expert in the design and development of bombs, stated
that his examination of the column bases showed the direct placement of high
velocity shearing charges, owing to the characteristic blast marks.
noted that the inefficiency of a blast wave through air is dramatic,
particularly outdoors, where the blast energy is dissipated in all directions
with pressure and destructive force falling off precipitously as distance to a
target increases. This makes air blast alone very ineffective against hardened
concrete structures, such as the heavy, steel-reinforced columns of the Murrah
A new study, based on testing data and photographs supplied by the Armament Directorate, Wright Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, argues persuasively against the official government position that a single, large ammonium nitrate/fuel oil (ANFO) truck bomb parked outside the Murrah Building was solely responsible for the massive death and destruction. The Eglin Blast Effects Study includes photographs and data from the Eglin blast tests, as well as extensive technical analysis of those tests, conducted by construction and demolition expert John Culbertson, who concluded that it is impossible to ascribe more than 1% of the damage that actually occurred on April 19, 1995 to a single truck bomb containing 4,800 lbs. of ANFO. Furthermore, Culbertson also concluded that the resultant damage was really due to locally placed charges within the building itself.
After his examination, General Partin urged Senators and Congressmen to delay the destruction of the Murrah building site in order to examine the possibility of a second explosion, but he was ignored. In fact, the building was hastily demolished, with the debris hauled to a government site where it was all buried and is, to this day, under armed guard with access denied to all comers.
least Two Bombs, Not Just One
after the bombing, local television reporters from KWTV-9, KFOR TV-5 and Channel
4 News all reported that state, local and federal officials claimed that a total
of three bombs had been placed inside the Murrah building.
They explained that two additional unexploded bombs found in the building
were larger than the first one, and that the bomb that had exploded blew up
inside -- not outside -- the building. TV-9 reported that "the U.S. Justice
Department has confirmed" that other bombs were found in the structure. Video
footage was aired, showing demolition teams removing unexploded bombs from the
building, with rescue efforts stopped twice so that the teams could
remove them. In subsequent reports,
within hours of the explosion, news crews reported that federal and local
authorities had confirmed that the two other explosives had been
"defused" and "moved off site."
one clip, Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating also confirmed the presence of other
explosives: "The reports I have are that one device was deactivated ...
[and] apparently, there was another device. Whatever did the damage to the
Murrah building was a tremendous...a very sophisticated explosive
Department of Defense Atlantic Command memo, issued one day after the bombing,
says "... a second bomb was disarmed; a third bomb was evacuated. ..."
A Federal Emergency Management Agency "SitRep" (situational report),
dated April 20, 1995, also confirms the presence of three bombs inside the
building. And a U.S. Forces Command daily log report from the same day said:
"Two more explosive devices were located vicinity of explosion site.
Evidently intended for the rescuers." Finally, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol
radio log said, "OC Fire Dept. confirms they did find a second device in
the bldg/OK. ..."
did the alleged truck bomb set off the inside charges, as was suggested early
on. Witnesses interviewed by local
TV affiliates said they felt the Murrah building "shake and shift" for
several seconds before "glass blew in" on top of them. One witness
said he saw the ceiling collapse as he dove under his desk, "several
seconds before the glass came in at me."
began to theorize that the ANFO bomb in the Ryder truck was indeed integral to
what happened, but not as Washington said. Rather, they theorized that the ANFO
explosion -- which came after the internal explosion -- was intended to mask
that first explosion and gave the government plausibility for its
single-bomb-outside-the-structure version of events; the version that eventually
became widely accepted.
videotape of a business meeting in a neighboring building clearly recorded the
two explosions, both visually, in the way the room shook, and aurally.
The two separate explosions also were recorded on seismograph equipment,
as reported by the Director of the University of Oklahoma's Geological Survey,
Dr. Charles Mankin, who stated that, according to two different seismographic
records, there were two blasts, the second approximately eight seconds after the
Though news media initially and extensively reported that there were two explosions, this version of events disappeared from print and the air waves within twenty-four hours, to be replaced by the official “one bomb” government story.
The Crater in the Street
was no gaping hole in the ground where the rental truck was supposedly parked
prior to exploding.
TV shots showed a fire truck sitting on the exact spot, spraying water into the
burning building. Later, sheets of
plywood were placed on the ground, supposedly to “cover the hole,” yet
trucks were driving over them without falling into the “hole.”
The so-called 8-foot-deep crater under the truck was a myth. It was only
shown as an artist's drawing because it did not exist in real life.
the ground at the service entry (water, gas, electric, telephone, sewer)
location up the street was dug up with a backhoe.
Photos of that hole are sometimes represented as the hole left by the
Two weeks after the bombing, Time and Newsweek magazines both ran "artist's conceptions" of the "immense 30-foot crater" allegedly left by the Ryder truck bomb. But news footage in the aftermath of the bombing showed no such crater. There are no photos of the crater where the truck supposedly stood.
did the axle end up over 500 feet from the crater, with the ID number in
pristine condition, when it sat directly beneath the “bomb” and should have
been mangled and driven straight down, into the crater?
truck essentially disintegrated (a neat trick, that, with anything short of a
nuclear explosion), except for that key rear axle.
FBI agents are said to have tracked down McVeigh's truck rental agency by finding a vehicle identification number (VIN) on the truck's rear axle. No rear axle on any vehicle manufactured in America is imprinted with a VIN, even after recent legislation forcing manufacturers to place multiple VINS on the engine, firewall, and frame to discourage chop shops. When queried, a spokesman for Ryder told reporters than it does not imprint additional VINS on its trucks. The only conceivable number available on a rear axle is a part number, but a part number couldn't lead to the identification of a specific vehicle.
Truck Bomb, if it even Existed, Was not ANFO
were no billows of black smoke rising up in the sky after the bombing, as should
have happened with a bomb which used large quantities of diesel fuel.
The TV shots clearly showed clouds of white smoke.
blast was supposedly off to one side of the truck’s location, not equally
spaced around it, yet one cannot make an ANFO bomb into a shaped charge without
some pretty impressive packaging. There
was no real damage to the buildings across the street.
separates into its constituents quite easily, rendering any such bomb pretty
ineffective. McVeigh drove his
truck bomb many miles to the Murrah Building.
The vibration and elapsed time would have seen the “bomb” separate
into its constituent components by the time it supposedly detonated.
when well mixed, the ANFO fertilizer bomb of the type used in the truck is
largely ineffective and usually detonates only 90% of its material. This means
that many hundred pounds of unexploded prill (unconsumed ammonium nitrate
pellets) would have covered the area, none of which was ever found.
air at the blast site would have been unbreathable due to the extensive clouds
of nitric oxide that should have been generated by the blast.
This would have condensed, together with water in the air, into nitric
acid. It would have been an hour
before anybody without special gas masks could have entered the structure
without being overcome. Nobody was
treated for any respiratory ailment more severe than smoke inhalation anywhere
in the area that day. There were no
acid burns reported.
to Department of the Army and Air Force Technical Manual No. 9-1910, entitled
Military Explosives, ANFO requires a greater than 99% purity of ammonium
nitrate, as well as a specific dryness, before it can be mixed with diesel fuel
to create an explosive substance. The manual further spells out that even under
ideal conditions (not often reached even by experts) 4,800 pounds of ANFO
explosive would create a much smaller crater than the one left in front of the
Murrah building, and its shock wave could not possibly wield the force necessary
to compromise the building's concrete support structure. The FBI claims that the
ANFO charge was made from 50 bags of fertilizer. Ammonium nitrate fertilizer
comes in much weaker concentrations than the 99%-plus required for explosives.
According to the FBI lab, no ANFO residue was found on McVeigh’s clothing after it was first tested. Only later, after retesting, did traces of ANFO appear on his clothing. The FBI lab has since been proven by whistleblowers to have extensively falsified evidence in this incident as well as many others.
McVeigh: Patsy, Dupe or Manchurian Candidate
sharp-eyed trooper pulls over McVeigh for his car lacking a rear license plate,
which was found at the scene of the bombing.
Claim: it was blown off by the explosion, which would require an
impressive force, indeed (just try to pull a license plate off a car sometime).
Why wasn’t the car’s paint even scorched?
would McVeigh rent the truck with phony ID, yet use his own ID at the motel just
up the road?
did they identify McVeigh from the verbal description of John Doe #1, given by
the people at the truck rental agency? (5’10”,
185#, stocky, green eyes, rough complexion with acne, deformed jaw.)
McVeigh stands 6’2”, 155#, blue eyes, clear complexion, no acne and
straight jaw. Supposedly, the first
description matched McVeigh closely enough to allow the motel desk clerk to line
it up with McVeigh’s registry entry.
McVeigh had previously expressed so much concern for the children killed at Waco
by the BATF and the FBI; so much so that, in retribution, he supposedly set off
his truck bomb, yet now supposedly views the kids in the Murrah Building’s day
care center as merely “collateral damage?”
did McVeigh set off the truck bomb directly beneath the day care center when,
around back, an empty parking lot would have allowed him to set it off beneath
the ATF offices? The FBI did not
even maintain offices in the Murrah Building, by the way.
TV news report said that then-President Bill Clinton "has called Gov.
Keating ... and said three FBI anti-terrorist teams" were being sent from
Washington, D.C., to OKC, ostensibly to investigate the incident. The report
further stated that "the White House and Justice Department ... have said
[the bombing] was the work of a sophisticated group ... and would have to have
been carried out by an explosives expert."
McVeigh and Nichols were not explosives experts, critics of the
government's official version of events point out.
allegedly just committed a coldly calculated, carefully and meticulously planned
mass murder, why did Timothy McVeigh then suddenly turn into a Clouseau-like
klutz and do everything but send up a flare to draw attention to himself? Why
did he go speeding out of the state at almost 100 mph in a yellow car with no
license plate, virtually guaranteeing that he would be stopped?
McVeigh is a highly trained combat NCO who won a Bronze Star for courage under
fire in the Gulf. Having been stopped by a state trooper, being armed with a
pistol, and knowing that he now faced either execution or imprisonment for the
rest of his natural life, why did McVeigh make no move at all to defend himself
or escape, instead surrendering like a little lamb?
bulldozed over the site almost immediately, which prevented any considered
examination of evidence – just as they did at Waco.
The Murrah building was demolished two weeks after the attack; the site
was covered with dirt and the building materials were trucked to an off-site
dump manned by armed guards and buried. Further
independent analysis of the materials was not, and has not, been permitted.
Doe #2, seen by so many, just hasn’t been pursued (because he is a Fed, of
course). A key eyewitness, sitting
just 20 feet from the truck when the driver alighted before the explosion,
specifically ruled out McVeigh. At
trial, she testified that McVeigh “might have been” on the other side of the
truck, but she never saw him.
in the day of the bombing, and into the next day, details of the official
explanations and information that had been witnessed or confirmed early on by
news organizations, reporters and authorities handling the rescue efforts began
24 hours, federal officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
were saying that the explosion had not occurred within the building itself but
instead the damage had been caused by a "car" parked in front of the
building, loaded with the ANFO bomb. Soon afterward, the "car" became
a Ryder rental truck and the explosives grew in size, to about 4,500 pounds.
officials began to discount the second- and third bomb story, instead focusing
only on the outside, north-face explosion as the one and only explosive source
at the entire complex.
live interviews with McVeigh prior to his execution were blocked by the
government. Supposedly he had promised an interview with the 3 Major Networks
(ABC, CBS, NBC), which "they" cancelled.
recent book, "American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City
Bombing," by Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck, two Buffalo reporters - appeared
amidst great media fanfare, and amidst attempts on the first day of release to
pass off someone else's voice on national radio as Tim McVeigh, calling the
murdered Oklahoma City children "collateral damage." When the authors
appeared on 60 Minutes II, on FOX and everywhere else --- they never offered to
play any actual audio of the alleged 30 hours of taped interviews they had with
McVeigh. Nobody other than the
authors of the book have yet acknowledged having heard any of the 30 hours of
Partin's press release, quoted above, was reprinted in the John Birch Society
magazine New American. Based on this, the news media launched an egregious and
bogus smear campaign against General Benton K. Partin, claiming falsely that he
was a member of the John Birch Society and therefore a "right-wing
extremist.” General Partin has been forced repeatedly to threaten lawsuits in
order to obtain grudging and deliberately downplayed retractions and corrections
of this allegation. His alleged JBS membership still appears in print and
broadcast media today as fact, even though the media are by now perfectly well
aware that the allegation is false.
have been repeated studies done by a variety of accredited explosives experts
and professional demolition contractors, such as former FBI agent Ted Gunderson.
All of these have stated their professional opinion that the destruction of the
Murrah building could only have been accomplished with top-grade military
explosives, detonators, and careful placement of multiple charges. Why have the
media ignored these expert opinions? Why, indeed, have the media engaged in a
concerted campaign to abuse, vilify, discredit and marginalize as a
"crank" or a "right-wing extremist" any explosives expert or
engineer who questions the official FBI version of the bomb's construction and
is not a single piece of concrete evidence to connect either Timothy McVeigh or
Terry Nichols to any militia or right-wing group. Why has the news media refused
to acknowledge this fact and continued to spread the patently false assertion
that McVeigh was a member of a militia group?
is John Doe #2? Does he exist at all? The FBI first conducted a nationwide
manhunt for John Doe #2 over a period of several weeks. Then they claimed that a
U.S. Army soldier on leave was John Doe #2.
Then they claimed for some months that John Doe #2 does not exist, and
that all the witnesses who saw him were mistaken. Now they are hedging again and
say they have an "open mind" about whether John Doe #2 exists.
January of 1996, National Public Radio broadcast a half-hour special containing
interviews with half a dozen witnesses who personally saw John Doe #2 in the
Ryder truck with Timothy McVeigh on the morning of the bombing. These witnesses
all had one thing in common; other than a cursory preliminary interview by the
FBI they did not appear as witnesses at McVeigh’s trial.
reported seeing the Ryder Truck at a place that the government claims is where
McVeigh mixed the bomb in the back, together with several men, some in suits and
some in military uniform. Problem
is, that was two days before McVeigh rented the truck.
Eyewitnesses reported three different Ryder trucks in three different places in Oklahoma City just before the bombing, each with McVeigh either driving or riding as a passenger. Each McVeigh was dressed differently.
Why won’t they let us see any of the numerous tapes taken from the surveillance cameras which recorded events leading up to the bombing?
was the reaction of the Clinton administration, blaming right-wing radio talk
shows for the incident and demanding the most draconian police state legislation
ever proposed in the United States, so swift and obviously organized? The air of
orchestration about the entire government response did not escape notice even at
the time, and was commented on by a number of observers across the political
anti-terrorist legislation which was, at the time, stalled in congress, suddenly
sailed through without opposition,
lending credence to the theory that the feds set up the whole incident as a
"sting" operation in order to rehabilitate the discredited BATF and to
get the draconian Clinton
"anti-terrorist" legislation passed and thus introduce gun
confiscation and prior-restraint censorship of political speech into the United
blizzard of OKC-inspired "domestic terrorism" bills were rushed into
Congress in a matter of days, some of them pre-written and already printed up
BEFORE THE BOMBING. These proposed laws cover everything from banning virtually
all privately owned firearms to unlimited and court-admissible Federal wiretaps
to censorship of the Internet to the suspension of habeas corpus in
"terrorism" cases to the grotesque destruction of the First Amendment
advocated in Charles Schumer's bill H.R. 2580, which imposes a five-year prison
sentence for publicly engaging in "unseemly speculation" and
publishing or transmitting by wire or electronic means "baseless conspiracy
theories regarding the Federal government of the United States” (supposedly,
such as that you are now reading).
was a normally cumbersome, inefficient, and glacially slow legislative branch
able to move so quickly, so comprehensively, and so efficiently in introducing
these laws which would strip Americans of what remaining freedoms they have?
definition, a terrorist must take credit for his violence, or else there is no
compelling reason to commit a crime. The specific purpose of terrorism is to
gain a political end through the credible threat to commit future acts of
violence. No one has claimed credit for the Oklahoma City bombing. Militia and
right-wing groups, the alleged masterminds and presumed beneficiaries, have been
particularly vehement in denouncing the explosion and in many cases have
cooperated directly with Federal agencies to absolve themselves of any
involvement. The only statement of alleged political motive comes from the very
government which was attacked.
Murrah building reportedly warehoused documents relating to the attack on the
Branch Davidians at Waco, and were destroyed in the blast.
it just coincidence that a mountain of documents crucial to the claimants with
Gulf War Syndrome were destroyed in OKC’s Murrah Building?
faxed to Federal judges and officials, legislators and prosecutors,
warning of a possible attack on a government building on the second anniversary
of Waco on April 10th, 1995, nine days before the OKC bombing.
Judge Wayne Alley, whose office was located in the Federal building, was warned
several weeks in advance in a Justice Department memo to be prepared for an
unnamed "terrorist act" directed against the Federal building.
Judge Alley made the above admission to the Portland Oregonian
immediately after the bombing. He has since refused to repeat it or allow
himself to be interviewed again.
do the feds refuse to acknowledge the advance warning of the bombing of a
federal building in OKC on the exact date of the bombing?
A Federal judge believed it enough to ensure his granddaughter was held
out of the daycare center that day. Not
one ATF agent was in the building at the time of the blast, having called in
sick at nine o'clock on a weekday morning, the offices staffed only with
civilian clerical workers.
the word first got out that no Federal agents had been present in the building,
the BATF produced its Resident Agent Alex McCauley who told a long story about
his own heroism and that of a fellow ATF man who allegedly fell three floors in
an elevator, walked away from it, and then helped rescue others trapped by the
bomb. This was quickly exposed as a fabrication in an angry interview by
building maintenance supervisor Duane James, who described McCauley's story as
"pure fantasy.” James examined the elevator in question and also the
central control panel and pointed out a number of technical and logical reasons
why the miraculous elevator incident simply couldn't have happened in the way
claimed. The McCauley account was quietly retracted and flushed down the memory
hole by the ATF, with the help of the media. They now admit that McCauley was
nowhere near the building when the bomb went off, although they refuse to
discuss his exact whereabouts or the whereabouts of any other ATF agent at the
time of the explosion.
is it that the bombing took place in a state with an ex-FBI, -ATF, -SS guy as
governor (Frank Keating), a governor that blocked every effort at investigation
except that by the feds involved? How
is it that none other than Frank Keating himself claims to be the one who found
is the most bizarre “coincidence” I have encountered concerning this entire
incident: Frank Keating’s brother Martin wrote a novel, “The Final Jihad,”
read before published by many feds, which depicted an OKC federal building
bombing, done by one “Tom McVey?” This
is so outlandish that I have no possible explanation whatsoever for it.
Tell me, though – do you believe in coincidence?
reported seeing three men in the parking garage of the Murrah building (it had
nine stories above ground and had a four-floor parking garage underneath)
working with "electrical equipment and pointing at various parts of the
garage” in the days before the attack. Many survivors reported that some of
these men were dressed in Government Services Administration uniforms but had
never seen them before or since.
independent aerial photo was taken of a Ryder truck the size used in the attack
parked at an Army facility near Camp Gruber-Braggs, Okla., outside of OKC, in
the days leading up to the attack.
TV news footage showed a clean cut, soldier-like Timothy McVeigh, in orange
prison garb and in chains, being marched out of a local jail surrounded by
police personnel through a moderately sized crowd which was not very loud, and
was more or less simply looking on at McVeigh in stunned curiosity.
In re-runs of the footage, however, a lot of sound - booing and jeering -
had been added to make it appear that the crowd was loudly
"convicting" McVeigh on the spot, thereby giving the impression that
was already proven to be the main villain of
the Oklahoma bombing.
a witness who worked in an office building just down the street from the Federal
building, told reporter Sherry Koonce what she saw prior to the explosion:
"The day was fine, everything was normal when I arrived for work at about
7:45 a.m. There was some talk about the bomb squad among the employees at our
office. We wondered what it was doing in our parking lot. Around nine I heard
and felt a huge explosion. Then someone said it had to be a bomb, and we all
knew. I remembered the bomb squad in our parking lot and knew what had
has since quit her job, gone into hiding and refused to speak again to any
reporters or investigators. So have a number of other people who saw the heavily
armed and equipped bomb squad in the area up to three hours before the blast.
informant and star witness Michael Fortier, who admits to trading his testimony
for lenient sentencing on gun charges himself, claims that he and Timothy
McVeigh scouted out the Murrah building several weeks in advance looking for the
BATF offices therein. If that is true, why did Timothy McVeigh stop the Ryder
truck at a gas station on the morning of the bombing and ask directions to the
building? And why did he park the truck on the side of the building the farthest
away from the BATF offices, when there was an available parking lot which would
have placed the truck bomb almost directly under the seventh-floor windows of
and get this….McVeigh’s court-appointed attorney, Stephen Jones?
Guess who he is the officially-designated “special counsel” to -----
why, none other than the Oklahoma Governor, Frank Keating.
Just another “coincidence,” of course.
it is logical to ask in the face of all the foregoing, what is the real story?
What really happened? Again,
we may never know.
my personal inclination is to believe that McVeigh originally intended to blow
up the Murrah Building and is, in what is now left of his original mind, sincere
in his belief that he succeeded. Obviously,
he had help. He protected his
accomplices then, and has continued to do so.
Ever the good soldier, McVeigh is prepared to go to his death to protect
problem is that his buddies never really were what they appeared to be.
They were government operatives. McVeigh
has never figured that out and has been kept incommunicado since his arrest to
ensure that nobody helps him to that conclusion.
the government has done its best to “reeducate” McVeigh, through
well-developed mind control techniques along the way to his stoic willingness to
take his medicine. The
government’s leading mind-control expert has been keeping close company with
McVeigh for the past couple of years. This
is the way they wish they could have used Lee Harvey Oswald.
Even so, McVeigh has to die, to ensure that he never has the chance to come unraveled in public, so even the recent reprieve of his execution is simply a delay of the inevitable.
It quite simply doesn't matter what role
McVeigh had in the bombing, if any. This thing is bigger than McVeigh.
This thing is even bigger than the other 168 victims. The important issue
is not whether the government had foreknowledge, as it seems certain to
have had such. The facts prove the government coverup. The FBI/BATF
knew about it and let it happen, or actually carried out the bombing -
there is no difference between the two. The conspiracy is apparent from
the advance preparations by various government officials and agencies. The
important issue is the government's active involvement in killing so many
innocent citizens, nearly all of them civilians and so dreadfully many of them
actually children. How did it ever come to this? How did it ever
become justifiable to commit such an unspeakable act in the name of furthering
official political aims? What on earth have we come to as a country?
It quite simply doesn't matter what role McVeigh had in the bombing, if any. This thing is bigger than McVeigh. This thing is even bigger than the other 168 victims. The important issue is not whether the government had foreknowledge, as it seems certain to have had such. The facts prove the government coverup. The FBI/BATF knew about it and let it happen, or actually carried out the bombing - there is no difference between the two. The conspiracy is apparent from the advance preparations by various government officials and agencies. The important issue is the government's active involvement in killing so many innocent citizens, nearly all of them civilians and so dreadfully many of them actually children. How did it ever come to this? How did it ever become justifiable to commit such an unspeakable act in the name of furthering official political aims? What on earth have we come to as a country?
why did the feds need to blow up the Murrah Building, killing so many
innocent civilians? I doubt that
the answer is simple or straightforward, but let’s take a stab at it.
consider the mindset of the habitual gambler:
just one more roll of the dice…just one more long shot at the
track…just one more day riding that losing S&P 500 option contract…then
things will turn my way and I’ll be on my way back.
The only hope I have of ever finding my way out of these woods, that I
wish I had never entered in the first place, is to go deeper into them.
Maybe I’ll lose the next round, but then I won’t be that much worse
off. If I win, however, then I’ll
be on my way to getting even, and my luck has got to change sometime.
I can’t lose forever, after all. I
just want to get even, I don’t even want to come out ahead any more.
Once I get even, I’ll quit and I’ll never do this again.
And so it goes….
the moment, view both the FBI and the BATF as habitual gamblers.
They have won often enough to be confident they can’t lose forever.
Ruby Ridge was a major black eye to the BATF, a big-time setback.
One of many, to be sure, but the most public humiliation it had ever
suffered. They needed something to
restore public confidence, to shore up their turf from encroachment by other
was a chance to even the score, to rehabilitate the BATF’s tattered image in
the public eye. They went after the
Branch Davidians at Waco in as high a visibility way as possible, calling in and
lying to the FBI for its assistance once things started out badly, to ensure
success. They falsified affidavits
to get the search and arrest warrants necessary to gain entrance by force.
After all, they had been phonying up affiants for years and never really
been called on it. No reason to
believe it would make any difference this time.
one more roll of the dice…then I can get even…then I’ll quit and never do
things didn’t go exactly as planned at Waco (they were losing, of all
things), they called in the FBI. Then,
when things stalled and showed signs of going from bad to worse, they called in
the military; secretly, since posse comitatus laws precluded use of the
military in domestic actions. The
military knows only what it is trained to do:
how to win, at any cost. That’s
the very reason for posse comitatus laws, after all.
Police actions are different from military actions and the founders of
our country knew that, having experienced the difference directly at the hands
of King George. They were wise
enough to establish safeguards against the use of America’s military against
its own civilian population.
one more time…..please, please, please….let it go my way this time.
I’ll never do it again…
of course, went from worse to horrible.
They never really figured that all those people, especially the women and
children, wouldn’t just throw down their weapons and surrender.
They also didn’t count on their men at the scene, their
trained-to-kill-at-any-cost-amoral killers, to go completely native and decide
to actually murder American citizens as retribution for their resistance and for
having actually shot back.
things have really gotten bad for the BATF.
The FBI also feels the heat, both from Waco as well as from a series of
stinging disclosures following the World Trade Center bombing about the FBI’s
falsifying evidence and its involvement in that bombing as a sting-gone-bad.
The near-total discrediting of the vaunted FBI forensic laboratory due to
revelations about systematic doctoring of results in cases adds to the public
embarrassment. Additional scrutiny
comes from the FBI’s involvement in the White House Travelgate controversy and
the FBI files of congressmen found there without any sort of proper reason.
Then, of course, there are all these late-discovered OKC bombing
documents. There is talk of
disbanding both agencies or, at a minimum, of a serious overhaul.
just one more roll of the dice….
years now, the FBI has had its agents (agents provocateur would be more
like it, in many cases) scattered throughout the country, infiltrating all
manner of organizations and groups with anti-government leanings.
It takes no stretch of the imagination to believe that Timothy McVeigh
fell in with one or more of them, who would naturally have pretended to share
McVeigh’s beliefs and been eager to help him along the path that he had chosen
(or would their “help” be even more substantial; would they actually be
instrumental in turning someone who merely complained loudly into a true
the coincidences: Ryder truck….perp
tracked down using VIN allegedly stamped on truck axle…both lifted directly
from the World Trade Center bombing cum sting-gone-awry.
Blown up Oklahoma City federal building, a’ la both
William Pierce’s The Turner Diaries and The Final Jihad,
that remarkable book written by the brother of the Oklahoma governor.
It is easy to see how McVeigh was guided along his path by some rather
unoriginal thinking on the part of somebody.
that somebody is becomes apparent from the fact that not one single BATF agent
was injured in the OKC blast, having all called in sick or been out in the field
that morning. Besides, the truck
was allegedly parked beneath the day care center, rather than on the other side
of the building in the empty parking lot and beneath the ATF’s offices, to
ensure massive public outrage due to the loss of life of children (remember that
Time magazine cover with the fireman carrying the baby?).
And, consider the public sympathy that both the BATF and the FBI received
when it became known that they were the targets of McVeigh’s bomb…and as
retribution for Waco, no less.
this would help along the anti-terrorism legislation that was stalled in
congress. And the militia
connection would foment even more public anti-gun fervor.
Remember how Clinton came out swinging, right after the OKC bombing,
blaming militias and right-wing radio talk shows?
a public relations coup, they must have imagined.
And so it was…for a time.
is, this is the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.
Once again, they have messed up so badly and left so much evidence of
their involvement that, like the habitual gamblers that they are, they are now
even farther behind than before. And
the recent revelation of the withholding of thousands of documents from the
McVeigh trial defense team is yet another black eye for the Justice Department
and the FBI.
one more roll of the dice…after all, even if I lose, I won’t be much worse
off than I am now, and I could get even with…just one more roll of the dice…
What is next? All I can say for sure is, if ever I see a Ryder truck parked nearby, I’m going to run like hell.
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