Open letter to John Ashcroft

     2001 - Joseph Farah

     Dear Mr. Attorney General:

     I knew you would disappoint me when I agreed
     to support your nomination as attorney general.
     Politicians always disappoint me. But I had no
     idea it would be so soon.

     Your press conference last Thursday was an

     You insist on executing Timothy McVeigh,
     come hell or high water, June 11 - as if there is
     some magic in that date. You say we have to do
     that because all the evidence has now been
     turned over to his defense team. You say there
     is nothing in the new evidence that could
     possibly have affected the outcome of the trial.

     You suggest we can just trust you on all that.

     Well, pardon me, Mr. Attorney General, but
     many of us in America don't trust politicians to
     do the right thing - especially when the
     agencies over which they preside have been
     obstructing justice and obfuscating the truth for

     I strongly suggest you not become a party to
     that process - lest you wind up with as much
     respect as your predecessor.

     Let's suppose the convicted Oklahoma City
     bomber's defense team doesn't see it the same
     way you do. Are they just out of luck and out of
     time? If I was part of that defense team, I would
     be moving for a mistrial. In fact, I can see no
     other way to serve justice in this case but
     through a retrial with all the facts on the table.

     You are not the judge, jury and executioner in
     this case. You are merely the attorney general.
     You are exceeding your authority in this case.

     You claim the documents previously withheld
     from the McVeigh defense and the American
     people represent "less than 1 percent" of the
     hundreds of thousands of pages of evidence in
     the case. Big deal. Cases are not won or lost on
     the basis of the physical weight of the evidence.
     They are won and lost on the evidence itself.

     Have you had time to personally review the
     3,000 pages of new evidence in this case? If so, I
     would seriously question how you are
     performing your other duties. If not, you have
     assigned these duties to underlings -
     underlings who, I suggest, may well have been
     involved in the way this case was mishandled
     from the beginning.

     "No documents created any doubt about his
     guilt, let alone established his innocence," you

     Oh, gee, well, golly. Those are nice words. But,
     let's face it: You don't know squat about this
     case. You haven't examined the facts. You don't
     know about the mountains of evidence your
     own FBI has refused to examine - or examined
     and failed to act upon.

     Don't make the mistake of trusting those who
     erred in the past to come clean now.

     Maybe you think you are just doing the right
     thing "politically" by getting rid of McVeigh.
     Maybe you think it will be the popular thing to
     do. Well, sir, it may be. But try doing the
     courageous thing. Try doing the right thing. Try
     to find all the culprits in the Oklahoma City
     bombing case.

     Some of them are getting away with murder.

     You say you've got the word of FBI Director
     Louis Freeh that the agency "has completed its
     search and produced every relevant document
     in its possession." I'm sure Freeh is saying that.
     I'm sure Freeh is eager to see McVeigh take the
     rap for this most heinous crime. I'm sure Freeh
     wants to put all this behind him. But Freeh has
     bungled this case. Freeh should not be allowed
     to come within a country mile of the review

     Freeh should be under investigation for his

     Did you ask anyone at the FBI why they turned
     away people like reporter Jayna Davis who
     tried to provide evidence in the case? She was
     told they couldn't accept it because it would
     have to be disclosed to the defense. It sure
     sounds like the FBI made up its mind about
     McVeigh's guilt - and McVeigh's guilt alone -
     before they ever got started investigating. In
     other words, it sounds like the Justice
     Department found the patsy it was looking for
     and never searched for the accomplices.

     I'm going to conclude by asking you a few
     questions I have been chanting like a mantra of
     late. I hope you can answer them. If you can't,
     you ought to do everything in your power to
     facilitate a mistrial and retrial of Timothy
     McVeigh and Terry Nichols.

     What was the role of Andy Strassmeir in
     the bombing? Strassmeir was closely
     associated with McVeigh in the
     underworld of neo-Nazi activity and
     terrorist plans, according to witnesses,
     including a government informant. Why
     was he never questioned in the case while
     some 20,000 other people were?
     Strassmeir's father is Gunther Strassmeir,
     Helmut Kohl's secretary of state, a man
     known as the "architect of German
     reunification." The younger Strassmeir
     received military intelligence training at
     Bundeswehr Academy in Hanover. He's
     now back in Germany, reportedly living
     with his parents.

     The Murrah Building was the local home
     of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
     Firearms. Why is it that - coincidentally -
     most of the ATF's employees didn't show
     up for work the morning of the bombing?
     Every ATF member survived the attack.
     It's a stretch to believe someone wasn't
     tipped off about the bombing.

     Why were the reports about a planned
     bombing of a federal building in
     Oklahoma on April 19, 1995, by ATF
     informant Carol Howe ignored? Why have
     the links she drew between Strassmeir and
     McVeigh been discredited?

     Why did the FBI report on the day of the
     bombing that two other explosive devices
     were found in the building? What
     happened to those "sophisticated devices"
     that were larger than the one that went off?

     And how did the truck bomb create a
     pattern of devastation unexplainable from
     its position in front of the building?

     How does the government explain other
     witnesses who report seeing bomb-squad
     activity at the Murrah building an hour or
     more before the blast?

     After all, the object is not just to find someone
     guilty of a crime in our country. The object is to
     punish all of the criminals. Your Justice
     Department hasn't done that - not even close.
     The most devastating terrorist crime in the
     history of our nation, with 168 killed, deserves
     much more serious criminal justice work than

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