Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from part one. You can read part two here.
‘Two decades have passed since the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing. It was the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history, and 168 people died, including 19 children.
The attack on the Murrah Federal Building was said to be the work of Timothy McVeigh and two confederates, described as right-wing extremists with an anti-government agenda. McVeigh was executed by lethal injection and Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier were given prison sentences.
Now, however, major cracks have appeared in the federal government’s story—a story long considered by some victims’ families to be little more than a stonewall of mendacity and distortion. New revelations suggest that the government may be covering up prior interactions between intelligence services and the accused. In this way, Oklahoma City poses some of the same questions raised by 9/11 and the Boston Marathon Bombing—other national security traumas where Washington has worked hard to block potentially devastating disclosures.’
‘[April 19th] will mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, which killed 168 people including 19 children. The mainstream media will undoubtedly focus its attention on Timothy McVeigh, who was put to death in June 2001 for his part in the crime. They might also mention Terry Nichols, who was convicted of helping McVeigh plan the bombing and is serving a life sentence without parole.
There will be less discussion about how the FBI spent years hunting for a man who witnesses say accompanied McVeigh on the day of the bombing. They called this accomplice John Doe #2 and theories about his identity range from an Iraqi named Hussain Al-Hussaini, to a German national described below, to a neo-nazi bank robber named Richard Guthrie. The Justice Department finally gave up its search and said it was all a mistake— that there was never any credible evidence of a John Doe #2 being involved.
That reversal demonstrates a pattern of cover-up by authorities and limited media coverage in the years since the crime. This week, accounts will not repeat early reports of secondary devices in the building, or reports of the involvement of unknown middle-eastern characters. There will also be little if any mention of the extensive independent investigation into the crime that was conducted by leading members of the OKC community. Here are seven more facts that will probably not see much coverage on the 20th anniversary.’
- OKC bombing: 20 years later, key questions remain unanswered
- Oklahoma City Bombing A ‘Wake-Up Call’ For Government Security
- Federal judge reproves FBI in Oklahoma City bombing video case
- Oklahoma City bombing centre stage in brother’s court battle
- PATCON, Oklahoma City, and Jesse Trentadue’s Lonely Crusade for Justice
- Ruling reveals CIA involvement in Oklahoma City bombing investigation
- Oklahoma City bombing: Missing videos?
- John Doe No. 2: The Story the Feds Never Told About the Oklahoma City Bombing
- The Unsolved Mystery of the Oklahoma City Bombing
- McVeigh Accomplice Nichols says bombing was FBI op
- Man in the Background at the F.B.I. Now Draws Some Unwelcome Attention
- Domestic Terrorism 101: Andreas Strassmeir (The Sting That Didn’t)
- Andreas Strassmeir – History Commons
- The Terrorist Motel Links OKC and 911 Plotters
- Conspirators: Jon Ronson on Timothy McVeigh
- McVeigh may be innocent, believes Gore Vidal
- Gore Vidal: The Meaning of Timothy McVeigh
- Timothy James McVeigh – History Commons
- What did Sgt. Terrance Yeakey know?
- The Strange Death of Terry Yeakey
- Policeman Who Rescued 4 in Bombing Kills Himself
- Early News Footage Reporting on Secondary Devices
- Knee-jerk Coverage Of Bombing Should Not Be Forgotten
- The Oklahoma City Bombing: The Jihad That Wasn’t
- Talk Radio on Oklahoma City: Don’t Look at Us
- The Final Report on the Bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building (Book)
- BBC Conspiracy Files: Oklahoma Bombing (Documentary)
- A Noble Lie: OKC Bombing 1995 (Documentary)
- The Trentadue Files
- 2011 Interview with Attorney Jesse Trentadue
- A Noble Lie: Oklahoma City 1995 (2011)
- Oklahoma City Bombing Witness Linked to CIA
- FBI, defense team files identify government informants directing McVeigh
- Declassified FBI memo reveals twists in probe
- Oklahoma City Bombing Live Coverage from 1995
- Terror From Within (1995)
A Salt Lake attorney who contends the FBI is hiding surveillance video associated with the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing might see his case go trial.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups denied the government’s motion to dismiss the case Monday and ordered both sides to prepare for a bench trial. He scheduled a status hearing for Nov. 21, at which a trial date will be set.
“This is a significant ruling,” said Jesse Trentadue, who has spent years trying to get the tapes. “There’s no doubt that evidence exists. The question then becomes why can’t you find it. The obvious answer is you don’t want to find it.”
At issue is whether the FBI adequately responded to Trentadue’s Freedom of Information Act request for footage of Timothy McVeigh parking a truckload of explosives at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.
Specifically, he is after surveillance tape of the federal building and neighboring buildings as well as dashcam video from the Oklahoma state trooper who stopped McVeigh 90 minutes after the explosion that killed 168 people.
The FBI has released 30 videotapes and 200 documents in response to Trentadue’s FOIA request.
Trentadue began looking into the bombing after his brother died in a federal detention center in Oklahoma. He believes federal agents mistook Kenneth Trentadue, a convicted bank robber, for a bombing suspect and beat him to death during an August 1995 interrogation. His official cause of death was listed as suicide.
Trenatdue claims the video will reveal a second bombing suspect who resembles but is not his brother.
We already knew that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the apparent mastermind of the Boston Marathon bombing, “took an interest in Infowars,” the website run by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, but now the BBC’s investigative program Panorama reports that Tsarnaev had literature espousing all manner of anti-government conspiracy theories and even white supremacism.
After a months-long investigation into the bombing, including exclusive interviews with friends of Tamerlan and his brother Dzhokhar, Panorama found that Tsarnaev had articles claiming that both 9/11 and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing were perpetrated by the government, while another warned about “the rape of our gun rights.” The brother also subscribed to publications espousing white supremacy, including one that stated that “Hitler had a point.”
It complicates the picture of the Tsarnaev brothers presented in the media as simple home-grown jihadis, inspired by violent Muslim groups like al-Qaida.
The BBC describes the literature as “right-wing,” but it’s actually much more complicated than that. Tsarnaev illustrates how 21st century anti-government conspiracism melts down typical ideological barriers in a postmodern stew of various radicalisms, united by a common deep distrust of the government.
- Tamerlan Tsarnaev had right-wing extremist literature (BBC)
- Boston Bomber Linked With Right-Wing, ‘Conspiracy Theories’ (Infowars)
- Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I. (NY Times)
- BBC report on Bilderberg linking it with McVeigh, bin Laden (BBC)
- Father of Slain Tsarnaev Friend Will Sue FBI (Newser)
From Fox News to the Weekly Standard, neoconservatives have tried to paint terrorism as a largely or exclusively Islamic phenomenon. Their message of Islamophobia has been repeated many times since the George W. Bush era: Islam is inherently violent, Christianity is inherently peaceful, and there is no such thing as a Christian terrorist or a white male terrorist. But the facts don’t bear that out. Far-right white male radicals and extreme Christianists are every bit as capable of acts of terrorism as radical Islamists, and to pretend that such terrorists don’t exist does the public a huge disservice. Dzhokhar Anzorovich Tsarnaev and the late Tamerlan Anzorovich Tsarnaev (the Chechen brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing of April 15, 2013) are both considered white and appear to have been motivated in part by radical Islam. And many terrorist attacks in the United States have been carried out by people who were neither Muslims nor dark-skinned.
When white males of the far right carry out violent attacks, neocons and Republicans typically describe them as lone-wolf extremists rather than people who are part of terrorist networks or well-organized terrorist movements. Yet many of the terrorist attacks in the United States have been carried out by people who had long histories of networking with other terrorists. In fact, most of the terrorist activity occurring in the United States in recent years has not come from Muslims, but from a combination of radical Christianists, white supremacists and far-right militia groups.
EDITOR’S NOTE: I would argue that there was more to the Oklahoma City Bombing (number 10 on the list) than we have been told. Check out the documentary ‘A Noble Lie‘ and also I would recommend reading the ‘Final Report on the Bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building’.