Experts also say the way the Murrah building fell....
Experts also say the way the Murrah building fell may also indicate that charges on floor beams began a building collapse just before the truck bomb went off. But the government has never been interested in Graham's or Wilburn's testimony. In fact, from almost the very beginning of the case, the federal government has engaged in what could be called a bizarre pattern of behavior. It launched the largest manhunt in U.S. history, but after apprehending McVeigh and Nichols, the investigation abruptly shut down. Although the FBI spent a lot of time trailing a mysterious "Robert Juaquez," officials no longer seem interested in finding anyone else. "I think it basically boiled down to this," says Jones. "They had two men. They couldn't find the others, so they declared victory and said, 'We've solved the crime.'" The second explanation is less benign. The explanation -- and it's a theory supported by the government's behavior -- is that Washington knows who the other suspects are, but who one or more of them are poses a big problem.
"The most reasonable explanation is that there was someone in this group of people that helped carry this out," says Oklahoma state representative Charles Key. "If they would have traveled this path to discover and prosecute these other John Does, one of those persons, I believe, was either an informant for the government -- maybe even a government agent. They don't want that to be discovered, because that, like other information, will point toward specific prior knowledge." Key was responsible for convening a special county grand jury for the purpose of finding out the whole truth about the bombing and what the government might be hiding. "We believe they had specific prior knowledge, and that they were in the process of actually trying to stop these people from carrying out this crime," says Key. "What do you do if you're the government in charge of this?" questions Jones.
"If you admit that yes, we thought something might happen and we did check it out, then you open yourself up to negligence, which means, of course, hundreds of millions of dollars recovered by victims of the bombing." Then maybe it's not so surprising that in the trial of Timothy McVeigh, the government did not call a single witness who could place him in Oklahoma City on the day of the bombing, because those same witnesses, under cross-examination, would also testify that they saw a number of other men too. Carol Howe was not allowed to testify, either. Instead, the government tried to prosecute her but lost. She's now in hiding and has changed her identity. And the over one thousand fingerprints recovered by investigators have been checked against fewer than 20 suspects. Who could have been the other suspects?
One man connected to the bombing by Carol Howe was Andreas Strassmeir, a German national. Strassmeir was questioned by the FBI and, incredibly, allowed to leave the country. British investigative reporter Ambrose Evans-Pritchard says flatly that Strassmeir, the son of a prominent German politician and a veteran of German counterintelligence, was an agent sent in to infiltrate anti-government hate groups. Strassmeir even suggested to Evans-Pritchard in a book that the bombing was a sting operation that spun out of control because different branches of the FBI and ATF were not cooperating with each other.
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