UPDATE: OKLAHOMA BOMBING COVER-UP
OKC BOMBING FALLOUT
FBI has secret docs
it's reticent to give up
Judge ordered disclosure of info on informants that could shed light on Oklahoma City tragedy
Posted: May 25, 2005
5:00 p.m. Eastern
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The FBI says it has located 340 documents related to the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995, documents that could reveal damaging information about what the agency and its informants knew about the mass murder plot, reports the McCurtain Daily Gazette.
According to the report in the McCurtain County, Okla., paper, the documents address the monitoring of the bombing by FBI informants, Alabama attorney Morris Dees and Dees' organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Writes reporter J.D. Cash in the Gazette: "If proven true, the ramifications of such disclosures would be far-reaching. Not only could the discovery of these documents lead to additional arrests and prosecutions in the OKC bombing case, but evidence of a cover-up of a sting operation involving the FBI and a private charity could ruin a number of careers of highly placed individuals."
The documents are part of an extensive filing made in federal court in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Monday. A court order was obtained by Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue, the plaintiff in a Freedom of Information suit against the Oklahoma City FBI office, the Gazette reported. Trentadue has been seeking evidence in the untimely death of his brother, whose body was found beaten and slashed while the inmate awaited a parole violation hearing.
Trentadue believes his brother was tortured and killed by government agents who mistakenly thought he was involved with executed killer Timothy McVeigh and others in a string of bank robberies and the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building.
After learning the FBI was involved in a sting operation with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Trentadue, the Gazette reports, sought a copy of two teletypes from former FBI Director Louis Freeh that discussed the undercover operation "that proved the FBI knew in advance McVeigh's plans for bombing a federal building."
The FBI initially denied it had the teletypes, but after Trentadue produced redacted copies of them, he went to court to force the FBI to cough up copies of their original un-redacted versions.
On May 5, U.S. District Court Judge Dale A. Kimball ordered the FBI to turn over un-redacted copies of two teletypes sent by Freeh to a select group of FBI field offices, including the OKBOMB task force in Oklahoma City. Kimball's order also included instructions to perform an extensive search for other records involving McVeigh, his alleged co-conspirators and informants working for the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The paper reported that, according to a Jan. 4, 1996, teletype, Freeh disclosed the Southern Poverty Law Center had an informant at the white supremacist Elohim City compound when McVeigh called the facility requesting assistance with his plans. The teletype said the call was made on April 17, 1995 – 48 hours before a truck bomb destroyed the Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 persons and injuring 500 more.
For years, the FBI has repeatedly denied the agency had any prior knowledge of the bomb plot.
The FBI now says it has found 340 documents that could also link the SPLC to McVeigh, Elohim City and members of the Aryan Republican Army.
On Monday, the FBI proposed several alternatives to turning over the documents listed in Kimball's order, saying it did not have time to comply with the judge's order to turn over the material Trentadue is seeking by June 15.
Said an agency representative: "In the past, the backlog in the FOIPA Section has been exacerbated by the high volume of administrative appeals that will require review and response by the FBI's FOIPA Section personnel. … At the present time, the FBI is involved in over 150 pending lawsuits in various federal district and appellate courts throughout the United States."
The agency further argued that revealing the elements of its intelligence-gathering operation at Elohim City would not be in the best interests of the nation.
MURDERED BY OKLAHOMA
FBI Tries To Limit Info Searches
Sat Jan 22, 2005 03:56
BI Tries To Limit Info Searches
WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2005
The FBI is fighting in court to limit how hard it has
to search for government documents requested by the
public under the Freedom of Information Act, one of
the main laws for ensuring openness in government.
If the bureau prevails, people could have a diminished
chance of getting documents from the nation's most
famous law enforcement agency, open records experts
In court, the FBI is defending a recent automated
search that missed some documents that had been
released years ago in a separate FOIA case.
Representing the FBI, the Justice Department asked a
federal judge this month to dismiss this lawsuit and
said its request should not be undermined "by an
unsuccessful search for a document as long as the
search was adequate." FBI officials declined to
further address the ongoing litigation.
Justice Department guidelines say the law requires a
search "reasonably calculated to uncover all relevant
Legal and academic critics say the search in this case
didn't meet that standard. They said they suspect the
transfer of records from paper to electronic files has
become an excuse for doing cursory searches that the
government knows won't retrieve all relevant
"We all thought that digitization of government
documents and electronic FOIA would mean greater
public access, but time and again we've seen
government agencies use it as an excuse for
obfuscation," said Jane Kirtley, a University of
Minnesota journalism professor who has waged many FOIA
battles. "They say, 'We don't have the software set up
to find what you're looking for.'"
The lawsuit in question was filed by Salt Lake City
lawyer Jesse Trentadue, who is pursuing a theory his
brother Kenneth was murdered in a federal prison
isolation cell in Oklahoma City on Aug. 21, 1995.
Kenneth's bloody and bruised corpse raised questions
of foul play among many officials, but local and
federal investigations ruled his death a suicide.
Last summer, Trentadue requested:
* A Jan. 4, 1996, teletype from FBI Director Louis
Freeh's office to the Oklahoma City and Omaha, Neb.,
offices that discussed the 1995 Oklahoma City federal
building bombers (the FBI's OKBOMB case) and a Midwest
gang of bank robbers (the FBI's BOMBROB case). He
enclosed a newspaper story with excerpts from the
* The FBI's record of an interview Trentadue says
he gave an agent and two Justice Department officials
Aug. 12, 1996, discussing his dead brother and the
bank robbery gang, including one member who resembled
* All documents about any connection between the
Southern Poverty Law Center and eight named
individuals from the OKBOMB and BOMBROB investigations
or a white supremacist compound in Elohim City, Okla.
The FBI told Trentadue Nov. 18 it found no documents
matching his requests.
Trentadue responded Nov. 30 by filing with the court a
copy of the January 1996 teletype, which he had found
in the meantime had been released under FOIA in 1997.
Trentadue also submitted a copy of an August 1996
teletype from Freeh's office that said two of the bank
robbers were present when Oklahoma City bomber Tim
McVeigh called the Elohim City compound. That too was
released years earlier under FOIA.
Trentadue asked the court to order another FBI search.
But this month, the Justice Department told the court
that, despite not uncovering those documents, "the
FOIA search in this case was reasonable."
David M. Hardy, chief of the FBI's record/information
dissemination section, told the court the FBI had
searched the general indices to its central records
system and two shared computer drives in the Oklahoma
Hardy, however, acknowledged the indices are not
complete. "The FBI does not index every name in its
files," Hardy told the court. The investigating agent
and supervisors have discretion to index other names
if they are "considered pertinent, relevant or
essential for future retrieval."
It's not clear that any other federal agency has an
index like the FBI's, and many federal agencies do
paper rather than computerized FOIA searches.
Given the details Trentadue provided, Rebecca
Daugherty, director of the FOI Service Center at the
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said the
government's response "doesn't sound reasonable."
"To ignore the map given by the requester is something
the FBI should not be doing," Daugherty said. "If a
requester can accurately describe a case so the agency
can easily find the file, then it's reasonable to
search that case file."
Citing the litigation, FBI Assistant Director
Cassandra Chandler declined to say how much detail
requesters must supply to extend a search beyond FBI
indices to case files.
She also declined to say how the "OKBOMB" search could
fail to produce the January teletype, in which the
first listed subject was "OKBOMB." Trentadue also
supplied the correct date, sender, two accurate
recipients and direct quotes.
Despite refusing in court this month to redo the
search even after Trentadue supplied copies of two
teletypes, the FBI changed its response once The
Associated Press inquired about the case.
FBI spokesman Mike Kortan said that after Trentadue
supplied the two documents the FBI was able to find
them and would provide him copies.
===================================================In the matter of Kenneth Michael TrentadueFri Apr 15, 2005 22:2064.140.158.81
SUMMARY OF THE OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL'S REPORT:
"A REVIEW OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S HANDLING OF THE
DEATH OF KENNETH MICHAEL TRENTADUE AT THE BUREAU OF PRISONS'
FEDERAL TRANSFER CENTER IN OKLAHOMA CITY"
In the matter of Kenneth Michael Trentadue
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[APFN] The Terrance (Terry) Yeakey Incident
Terrance (Terry) Yeakey was a courageous young black
Oklahoma City police officer who was on duty near the
Murrah Building the morning of that building's bombing.
Officer Yeakey entered the bombed out Murrah building
and saw things that apparently caused him to be murdered.
The hideous details are within these audio tapes, an interview
with Terrance Yeakey's wife:
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