UPDATE: Oklahoma Bombing Cover-Up
OKC BOMBING FALLOUT
Officials had prior knowledge of bombing
McVeigh's contacts, activities known to ATF year in advance
By Jon Dougherty
A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms memo shows that the agency knew about the activities of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh a year before the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building, while dozens of witnesses have testified that federal, state and local officials had prior knowledge of the bombing.
According to a new 500-page report authored by the Oklahoma City Bombing Investigation Commission, led by former state Rep. Charles Key, "many people in Oklahoma City began to recall conversations they had had or overhead," indicating that "the federal government had prior knowledge of an impending attack on the Murrah Building. "
At the very least, the commission's report said, officials had "a general warning of an attack in the Oklahoma City area" or at several other locations around the country -- all of which had been put on alert that day.
Portions of the new report -- made available exclusively to WorldNetDaily -- included a copy of an April 30, 1995, ATF intelligence memo written by Special Agent Angela Finley.
"In August 1994 this agent began an investigation of White Aryan Resistance (W.A.R.) leader Dennis Mahon and Elohim City," an Oklahoma-based center for right-wing extremists, the memo said. "Confidential Informant has close ties with Mahon and has visited Elohim City on numerous occasions."
The "confidential informant," the commission's report said, turned out to be Carol Howe, who at one time was Mahon's lover but who was recruited as an informant for the ATF after she and Mahon had a falling out.
"W.A.R. trains at Elohim City and Posse Comitatus" -- another extremist group -- "members also frequent" the area, said the memo.
"ATF is primary enemy of all three (sic) people," the memo continued. "Elohim City's leader Robert Millar was contacted by McVeigh April 5, 1995, after he had contacted Ryder rental that day."
The ATF's mention of McVeigh and the Ryder truck -- most likely the same truck used in the OKC bombing -- was corroborated by the Key commission, which interviewed a Pennsylvania attorney about another Ryder truck incident near Oklahoma City just days before the attack.
What the attorney, who requested anonymity, wrote in a Dec. 7, 1997, e-mail to the Key commission seemed to suggest that other law enforcement agencies were aware of not only a possible threat to structures in Oklahoma City, but also that some officials even knew how a portion of the attack would be carried out:
"I have clients in Ohio who have an adult babysitter who, with two of her female relatives, moved a load of household goods from California to Ohio. Their route took them through Oklahoma City several days before the explosion. They had rented a Ryder truck for this trip and, as they drove near Oklahoma City, they were pulled over by several Oklahoma state troopers. You can imagine their shock when, a few days later, the explosion occurred, and it was revealed that a Ryder truck was involved."
At the request of the commission, the report said, the attorney contacted the oldest of the three women -- the mother of the other two -- to find out more details about the stop.
"She said the stop occurred four days before the explosion," the attorney wrote in an e-mail to the commission, following his interview of the women. "There were three Oklahoma State Police cars involved, but there was no search. The first trooper who approached [the women's Ryder truck] did so with gun drawn," the memo said.
"After a few questions regarding who the women were, where they were coming from and where they were heading, they were told they could go. No explanations, no tickets, just a frightening stop and the shock of the explosion days later," the attorney wrote.
ATF gets prior warning
About two months before the bombing, the commission said ATF informant Howe "reported that members of Elohim City were making plans to bomb federal buildings and assassinate politicians. Howe reported that members of the group had begun staking out federal buildings in Oklahoma City and Tulsa."
As WND reported earlier, witnesses who were employed in the Murrah Building said they saw McVeigh and others there in the days prior to the bombing.
Besides McVeigh, Howe -- in her reports to the ATF -- said Dennis Mahon and "a West German national, Andreas Carl Strassmeir," were involved in staking out the building. Howe said they had made trips to Oklahoma City in November and December 1994, and again in February 1995, to inspect the Murrah building specifically.
"She also advised that militants within their group were advising that action needed to be taken by April 19th," which is formally known as Patriot's Day in the U.S. and is also the anniversary of the FBI's final raid against the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, Texas.
Another ATF informant, Cary Gagan, was also able to provide federal officials with prior warning and knowledge of planned domestic terrorist attacks.
Gagan told the commission that "due to his ability and reputation for obtaining false identification papers, he was approached by Arab-looking individuals who offered him $250,000 to help them in a bombing plot," the commission's report said.
"Gagan usually met with these individuals in and around the Kingman, Ariz., area," the report said. "He knew them as Omar and Ahmad. They were often in the company of an unidentified third man."
The commission said Gagan informed the U.S. Department of Justice in September 1994 "that he had been approached by these men to take part in the bombing of a federal building somewhere in the Midwest," the report said, adding that "the plot included Latin American conspirators."
He was given a letter of immunity by the Justice Department and he "continued to meet with the individuals who recruited him," the commission's report continued.
"On March 17, 1995, Gagan met with these people in a motel room in Las Vegas, where they examined drawings of the Murrah Building," said the report. "Three times Gagan was sent by the group to Oklahoma City to case the building. He said he reported these occurrences to Justice Department officials in Denver."
In the bombing's aftermath, Gagan filed a civil lawsuit against the federal government for withdrawing his immunity without advising him and for "attempting to prevent him from testifying in the criminal and civil trials resulting" from the attack, the commission said.
"He alleged the government took this action in order to cover up their wronging in not acting on the bomb warning he had provided to them," the commission said.
Regarding the ATF's specific prior knowledge, then-Director John McGaw, in a news conference May 25, 1995, said he had ordered the agency's field offices to be more alert.
"I was very concerned," McGaw said. "We did some things here in headquarters and in all our field offices throughout the country to try to be more observant."
ATF absent from Murrah Building
According to the Key commission's report, several witnesses reported that ATF agents were not in the Murrah Building the morning of the bombing because, as some alleged, agents had been warned ahead of time to stay out.
Tiffany Bible, a paramedic with OKC's Emergency Medical Services Authority -- the city's ambulance service -- arrived four to five minutes after the bombing, she told the commission.
"She recalls having thought that there must have been a natural gas line explosion," the report said. "She approached an entrance to the building where an ATF agent was standing and asked how a gas line explosion could do that much damage. The agent replied that it was the result of a car bomb."
Bible "expressed concern" to the agent, the report said, "because there were fellow agents of his in the building. The agent responded by saying, 'No, we weren't in there today.'"
Another witness, Bruce Shaw -- whose wife worked in the Murrah Building at the Federal Credit Union -- testified that another ATF agent said "agents were tipped on their pagers not to come into the office that morning," the report said.
And Katherine E. Mallette, an Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate -- also with EMSA -- said in a sworn affidavit to the commission that, as her ambulance was waiting to transport victims to area hospitals, "two ATF agents walked by and she heard one of the agents say to the other, 'Is that why we got the page not to come in today?'" the report said.
ATF officials denied having any prior knowledge of the bombing and especially denied warning agents stationed in the Murrah Building not to report for duty the morning of the bombing.
Director McGaw, at the time, said it was not uncommon for agents not to be in the office, because they were likely out working cases or in court.
But, the commission found, witnesses in the Murrah Building who worked for different agencies and offices there said they had noticed that the ATF contingent in the office the morning of the bombing -- reported to be about five persons -- was smaller than usual.
Other witnesses discuss prior warnings
A number of other witnesses, the commission said, testified to instances that seem to indicate federal, state and local officials knew an attack was coming.
A female Army captain who was stationed at Walter Reed Medical Center at the time of the bombing said her office had "received two phone calls" from "a person [who] identified himself as 'Pentagon' or 'congressional liaison to the governor of Oklahoma's office,'" the report said.
The officer said the man on the phone had asked to speak to a doctor about medical protocols, and "specifically about 'triage for victims of blast overpressure.'"
Also, in a sworn affidavit to the commission dated Dec. 10, 1997, Jeffrey H. Broyles, who was an inmate in the custody of United States deputy marshals, was being transported from the Oklahoma County Jail in OKC to the McCloud [Okla.] Correctional Facility, said the report.
"Sometime between 8:30 and 8:40 a.m." the morning of the bombing, the report said, quoting Broyles' affidavit, "a radio dispatch came in. At the end of it, a female officer made a statement to a male officer, 'I wonder why they're going to evacuate the federal building.'"
About ten minutes later, "another dispatch came in," the report said. "The male officer made the comment, 'Well, now they're not going to evacuate it.'"
Harvey Weathers, then a deputy fire chief for the Oklahoma City Fire Department, told the commission that the FBI "issued a warning the week prior to the bombing for them [the fire department] to be on alert."
In a later interview with USA Today, Weathers elaborated, saying the OKCFD "did receive a report on Friday, April 14, about 'some possibilities of some people entering the city over the weekend,'" the commission's report noted.
Calena Flo Groves, an OKC Police Department dispatcher, contacted Key personally to "volunteer information concerning a call she had taken on approximately April 12, 1995," the report said.
"The caller told Groves that he had overheard two men discussing a bomb plot," said the report. "The man also said he had heard the name 'Nichols' mentioned by the two men" who were discussing it.
"When police officers did not arrive to take his statement, the man called and talked to Groves two or three more times," the commission said. "Groves told interviewers Roger Charles and Charles Key [commission members] that she did not believe the caller was impaired or unbalanced, as depicted in the police report, which was not filed until after the bombing,"
Randy Yount, a park ranger for the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, said in a sworn affidavit that he saw a friend of his -- a member of the local sheriff's department bomb squad -- within minutes after the bombing.
Yount, the commission reported, said he learned of the bombing after feeling the explosion in his west Oklahoma City suburb and turning on local TV. He then headed downtown after putting on his uniform to see if he could help.
After a state trooper dropped him off at the Murrah Building, he saw his bomb squad friend and went over to speak to him.
Yount told the commission his friend said: "Yeah, we've been down here since early this morning looking. We got word that there was going to be a bomb, and we thought it was going to be the courthouse. We went over everything and couldn't find anything."
Renee Cooper, who lost her infant son who was in the daycare center of the Murrah Building the day of the bombing, told the commission she saw "several men in dark jackets with the words 'Bomb Squad' written on them standing in front of the Federal Courthouse, across the street south of the Murrah Building, at 8:05 a.m.," said the report.
The commission concluded that "federal, state, county and city officials were obviously given some kind of warning prior to the bombing," but "how specific that warning was, we do not know."
The report said the warning could have been "a general alert to be more vigilant," as some government agencies have said and -- with some agencies -- "this may be true."
"But with other government entities, the threat seems to have been more specific," the commission said. "The presence of the bomb squad in the downtown area that morning and the page to the ATF agents telling them to not come into the office supports this conclusion."
"We question why government agencies have tried to quash these reports," the commission's report said, as well as why those same agencies "have provided disinformation and have tried to discredit the witnesses. "
OKC BOMBING FALLOUT
Report: Witnesses who saw McVeigh with other suspects not called to testify
By Jon Dougherty
Numerous witnesses reported seeing convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh with other unidentified men and were interviewed about what they had seen by the FBI, yet they were never called to testify in McVeigh's 1997 trial, says a new report.
Former Oklahoma state Rep. Charles Key, whose Oklahoma City Bombing Investigation Commission is set to release a 500-page report on its investigation of the April 19, 1995, bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building that killed 168 people, says the number of witnesses who said they saw McVeigh with other "John Does" increased after the FBI released composite sketches of the men.
The report, portions of which have been made available exclusively to WorldNetDaily, says the witnesses reported seeing unidentified men with McVeigh "prior to, or after the bombing."
"Because many of them were brought to Denver for the federal trials, they expected to be called to testify," the report said. "However, most of them were not."
The report, which only identified witnesses by their initials, said a realtor in Cassville, Mo., received a telephone call from an individual identifying himself as Timothy McVeigh in July 1994.
The caller was interested in "a remote parcel of land that was for sale in the Ozarks," said the report.
That witness and another realtor were in their office in November 1994 when three men arrived. Two came into the office; the third remained in the car outside.
"One of the men who acted as spokesman identified himself as Robert Jacques and said, 'I just go by Jacks,'" the witnesses told the commission. "The second man used the name 'Terry Nichols.'"
Later, the report said the realtor "stated that he saw a noticeable [dental] filling in the mouth of the man in the car; the FBI later confirmed that that was a characteristic of McVeigh," said the report. The other realtor confirmed those observations, the commission said.
Early in 1995, another witness said he saw McVeigh "and others" at a local convenience store and diner in Herington, Kan., "on several occasions." At one point, the witness said he overheard the men discuss the type of truck needed "to transport and make a truck bomb." The witness reported that one of the men in the group even asked him, "What kind of truck would you use to make a truck bomb?" the report said.
Composite suspect drawings
Composite drawings of suspects, which were released the day after the bombing, on April 20, elicited a number of witnesses, the commission said.
Those witnesses, the commission said, included an employee of a local bar in Junction City, Kan., who reported playing pool with McVeigh and "John Doe No. 2."
The same witness said he saw both men the week before the bombing at a bar and a convenience store, while a separate witness -- a "food mart employee" -- saw "both men on several occasions talking within the two months prior to the bombing when they purchased gas from her."
Another woman reported seeing McVeigh and another man dressed as janitors in the Murrah building before the bombing, while another said McVeigh "and two individuals visited his office in the Murrah Building in late March or early April 1995."
"McVeigh stated that they were veterans looking for construction work," the report said.
During the week of April 7-14, 1995, another witness "was in a bar in Dwight, Kan., when a local acquaintance of his arrived with McVeigh. His acquaintance told him to, 'Look for something big to happen on the 19th,'" said the commission's report.
"Three other individuals arrived and met with McVeigh and his companion," while one of the men, the witness said, "resembled Robert Jacques."
A Housing and Urban Development employee also told the commission that she witnessed "three men in the Murrah Building parking garage," whom she "thought were telephone company employees since they held cream-colored wiring and were discussing a set of what she presumed were building plans."
The commission said three other witnesses "came forward to tell of seeing a Ryder truck at Geary Lake, just south of Junction City, Kan., during the week of April 10-14, 1995. They stated that at times, a brown pickup truck and another car were also parked there."
Geary Lake is where the FBI has alleged that the truck bomb was mixed.
On the Saturday evening before the bombing, one witness said she served beer to McVeigh "and John Doe No. 2, whom she described as having a dark complexion."
Meanwhile, three female store employees, the commission's report said, "saw a pickup truck matching the FBI description at another business in the neighborhood. All three testified that McVeigh and two other men speaking a foreign language came into their store on April 14 and 17."
The commission said the owner of the pickup was indeed questioned by the FBI as a possible John Doe No. 2 suspect, but "he claimed that he was a house painter and also [was] employed by a restaurant."
However, the commission said, "on the day of the bombing he said he was painting a house, but a neighbor stated that the house referred to was not being painted that day. Three other witnesses gave information that was contradictory to that of the suspect."
The owner of a pawnshop in Oklahoma City told the commission that McVeigh and two other men were "in her shop several days before the bombing, on 14 April and again on 17 April."
Others saw a "dark, muscular man" at a local grain elevator in Junction City, "lifting heavy bags into the back of a Ryder truck." The FBI has said the bomb used against the Murrah Building was built partially with ammonium nitrate, a common fertilizer element sold at feed stores.
Hours before the bombing
Several other witnesses told the commission of seeing McVeigh with others in the hours leading up to the bombing, which occurred at 9:02 a.m. April 19.
A farmer told the commission he saw a "Ryder truck shortly after" the owner of a café in Mulhall, Okla., saw a Ryder truck parked outside at about 7 a.m. that morning. The café, the commission said, is about 45 miles north of Oklahoma City.
The farmer, the report noted, said the Ryder truck was stopped at the side of the road "and when he stopped to ask the two men in the truck if they needed help, he received a cold response and left the scene."
About an hour before the blast, an oil company executive reported seeing a yellow Mercury matching the description of the car McVeigh was stopped in by an Oklahoma state trooper within days of the blast "in the company parking lot."
"A tall, thin man and a stocky, dark-complexioned man were standing next to the car," the report said. "After the explosion, the men and the car were gone."
Shortly thereafter, a warehouse worker said he "flagged over a truck that he believed came to his place of employment to make a pick-up. He was at eye-level with the passenger, McVeigh, but could not identify the driver."
At about 8:30 a.m., another witness -- a bank vice president -- "saw a Ryder truck and a car resembling McVeigh's, traveling slowly in downtown Oklahoma City," the report said. "McVeigh was driving the car, which contained two other passengers. He did not see the occupants of the truck."
An attorney said he saw a "dilapidated Mercury" automobile run a red light and drive into the underground parking area of the Murrah building at about 8:38 a.m..
And, between 8:45 and 8:55 a.m., another witness, who was in the alley across the street from the Murrah building, "saw a light-colored car parked in a 'no parking' zone with a dark-complexioned or possibly Middle Eastern male in the passenger seat."
The witness "was walking down the alley to his car when he was almost hit by the car as it sped away," the report said. "The license tag on the car was dangling by a bolt; it was not an Arizona plate. He later identified the driver as McVeigh."
The commission said it interviewed nearly 80 witnesses who each gave pieces of detailed information regarding McVeigh and a number of other persons with whom he was seen.
TRAIL OF TERROR
Early accounts differ from today's 'official' explanation of bombing
By Jon Dougherty
An analysis of raw news footage and reports in the immediate aftermath of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City, Okla., shows local television reporters stating repeatedly that two additional, sophisticated, undetonated explosive devices were found by investigators on the scene.
The television reports raise questions about the official government version of events that an "extremist" and his friend acted alone, using a Ryder rental truck and a 1,200-pound ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, or ANFO, bomb to destroy the face of the building.
For example, initial news broadcasts by KWTV-9, KFOR TV-5 and Channel 4 News all feature reports confirmed by state, local and federal officials that a total of three bombs had been placed inside the Murrah building.
TV news footage showed Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department bomb squad vehicles being brought to the scene within a half-hour of the explosion, "amid reports" that "more bombs have been found" by rescuers.
Also, reporters at the scene confirmed that the two other bombs were larger than the first one, and that the bomb that had exploded blew up inside -- not outside -- the building.
Reports said the other two bombs were found on the east and west sides of the building; the explosion occurred at the front, or north side, of the building.
In one clip, the medical director for St. Anthony's Hospital told reporters that local OKC police had informed him that rescue efforts had been called off temporarily "because of the other bombs found in the building. "
And, TV-9 reported that "the U.S. Justice Department has confirmed" that other bombs were found in the structure.
In subsequent reports, within the first few hours of the explosion, news crews were reporting that federal and local authorities had confirmed that the two other explosives had been "defused" and "moved off site."
The 'lone' suspects
Timothy McVeigh, now 32, was convicted in 1997 for his role in the April 19, 1995, bombing, and is scheduled to be executed by the government May 16 at a federal prison facility in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Justice Department said Friday that bombing survivors and victims' families would be able to view the execution via closed-circuit television. He will be the first federal prisoner executed in 36 years. In 1997, he was convicted in the bombing deaths of 168 people, including 19 children.
McVeigh has said he bombed the Murrah building in retaliation for the FBI's raid on a Branch Davidian religious facility April 19, 1993, in Waco, Texas, which led to a fire that killed 80 men, women and children.
McVeigh said he did it to give the federal government "dirty for dirty."
Meanwhile, Terry Nichols, also convicted in 1997 as an accomplice in the OKC attack, is currently serving a life sentence in federal prison. But he also faces Oklahoma state charges of capital murder pressed by prosecutors who have pledged to seek the death penalty.
Early news reports indicated government sources were saying that "bombs were brought into" the Murrah building, and that because they were able to find undetonated devices, authorities would be able to "find out who is responsible" for the bombing.
In 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 device. " Keating was heard saying.
One TV news report then 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.
Later in the day 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 to change.
Within 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.
Also, 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.
At one point, news reports began to suggest that officials believed the outside explosion was intended to set off the other explosions inside, but witness statements began to be reported that would refute the single-bomb claim.
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."
Experts 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.
In the years following the bombing, independent investigators, journalists and bomb experts have studied the available evidence and found new evidence to suggest the earliest reports of what happened just over six years ago were probably the most accurate.
For instance,one particular website http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/OK/ok.html has published official government documents and statements that substantiate the 3-bomb reports first aired by local television news.
A 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 the 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. "
Also, independent engineers, explosives experts and military analysts conducted studies of the available evidence, many concluding that the government's "single truck-single bomb" explanation was technically impossible.
Perhaps one of the most dominant of these was conducted by Brig. Gen. Ben K. Partin, a retired Air Force officer with decades of military experience in the design of explosives and warheads.
Hisexhaustive study, http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/OK/PARTIN/okm.htm completed July 30, 1995 -- less than three months after the bombing -- also concluded that explosive charges, or "demolitions," were most likely placed inside the structure at key points designed to "bring the building down. "
Coming to closure
Despite those early reports and later studies that appear to substantiate the information contained in them, federal prosecutors and the FBI were resolute in discounting much of it when the case went to trial. Instead, the Justice Department's cases were entirely built on McVeigh, Nichols, and the Ryder truck bomb theory.
Even though McVeigh is scheduled to be executed in just a few short weeks, and even if Nichols ends up with a similar fate, there will always be questions from some who remain convinced -- as those early reporters were -- that something other than Washington's official version really happened that fateful day in 1995.
Many questions will probably never be answered, however. 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.
Other questions still nag critics of the government case:parked at an Army facility near Camp Gruber-Braggs, Okla., outside of OKC, in the days leading up to the attack.
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.
Domestic anti-terrorist bills were stalled in Congress before the bombing, but sailed through to become law shortly afterward.
Witnesses 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.
An independent aerial photo was taken of a Ryder truck the size used in the attack
One London journalist, Ambrose Evans Pritchard, uncovered evidence that suggested the entire OKC bombing was a government sting operation gone awry. BATF and FBI officials were working on a case involving a "Christian Identity" group prone to violence and plotting the OKC attack, operating out of Elohim City, Okla., but failed to arrest them before the bombing occurred.
OKC BOMBING FALLOUT
Experts say Murrah Building damage not done by truck blast alone
By Jon Dougherty
© 2001 WorldNetDaily.com
Multiple witnesses reported hearing more than one explosion the day the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City was bombed, while other explosives experts contend that the damage done to the building could not have been caused by a single bomb placed outside in a truck.
According to excerpts of a new 500-page report authored by the Oklahoma City Bombing Investigation Commission, led by ex-Oklahoma state Rep. Charles Key, "the FBI concluded that the damage to the Murrah Building was caused by one ammonium nitrate truck bomb, which was concealed in a 20-foot Ryder rental truck."
However, the commission's report said, multiple witnesses "have testified to hearing a second bomb" go off shortly after 9 a.m. the morning of April 19, 1995.
Furthermore, the report said, "explosives experts contend that the extent of the damage to the building" -- of which aerial photos showed nearly one-third was destroyed -- "could not have resulted from a single truck bomb. "
A summary of the damage report to the building, which was made available exclusively to WorldNetDaily, said witness accounts regarding the explosions "vary, depending upon their location at the time of the bombing." And just a few of those accounts were provided to WND via the report summary.
Nevertheless, the accounts cast doubt on the federal government's insistence that a single ANFO -- ammonium nitrate and fuel oil -- bomb, driven to the front of the Murrah building by convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh and, witnesses say, at least one other person, caused all of the damage.
The bombing killed 168 people and injured hundreds of others.
The commission said a Housing and Urban Development employee reported feeling an "initial shock" while she was on the ninth floor, which "she assumed was an earthquake." A "massive explosion then followed" that sensation, she said.
A local CBS affiliate reporter also said she had interviewed "a number of people who had climbed under their desks to seek shelter." That indicates, according to some analysts who agree with the commission's conclusions, that another device likely exploded -- perhaps in the garage area of the Murrah Building -- before the Ryder truck bomb, because a "sensation" was felt and people had enough time to get under a desk before the ANFO explosion.
Another witness, the report said, "felt a 'boom,' then heard a second explosion," while another, who "was at a third floor stairwell," also "heard a second explosion."
Bomb numbers, characteristics change
Initial reports in local media said city and county bomb squad personnel, as well as some government agents, had discovered up to two other unexploded bombs in the building. But those reports virtually disappeared a few days after the bombing. The sightings of the additional bombs were, when reported, confirmed by local, state and federal officials.
The commission's report said Dr. Raymon Brown, a seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey, "explained how two explosions" could be heard or felt by witnesses.
"He stated that the ground wave [from a single explosion -- outside, in front of the building] was probably heard first, with an air wave following, giving the impression of two explosions," the report said. "Because the speed of sound is faster in the earth, the ground wave arrives early. The air wave follows, which allows the explosion to be heard." Other experts refuted that explanation.
As the commission report showed, there were discrepancies in witness accounts, seismological accounts, and even official federal accounts about the bomb's makeup, the shock waves it caused and specific characteristics surrounding the bomb's size.
The report said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms "reported the blast as being the result of a car bomb containing 1,200 pounds of ANFO. Then, it was reported that the bomb weighed 4,000 pounds. The story changed again immediately preceding [McVeigh's 1997 federal] trial [in Denver, Colo.] when it was asserted that the bomb was a mixture of ammonium nitrate and nitromethane (ANNM), weighing 4,800 pounds."
Also, the commission pointed out, "as rescue efforts began, there were reports of other bombs being found in the building, causing [it] to be evacuated twice" during the early rescue efforts.
Later, "the government, however, denied that any bombs were found within the building, but eyewitnesses refuted that contention."
Reports of other devices
In an interview with Oklahoma City police and fire department officials in the days after the bombing, Firehouse Magazine -- a trade journal for firefighters -- quoted officials who said "four bomb scares" were eventually reported: 10 a.m., 10:22 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 1:51 p.m., all on April 19, the day of the bombing.
Furthermore, the commission said, the "Oklahoma Final Report," which was issued in July 1996 and published by the City of Oklahoma, reported two bombs. According to this report, the commission noted, "a bomb scare occurred at 10:29 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.," and that "both times the building was evacuated."
In the immediate aftermath of the bombing, Dr. Randall Heather, a terrorism expert who was being interviewed by local TV station KFOR, "was quoted as saying that he was aware that the FBI received a [bombing] threat the previous week," the report noted.
"It's a great stroke of luck that we actually have got diffused bombs," he told the station, because, the commission's report quoted Heather as saying, through bomb material " we will be able to track down who committed this atrocity."
OKC BOMBING FALLOUT
FBI refused 22
Evidence implicating Mideast connection created 'discovery problem'
By Jon Dougherty
The Justice Department lawyer who informed Timothy McVeigh's defense team the FBI had denied it access to over 3,100 pages of evidence, had earlier been tasked with justifying the FBI's refusal to take possession of evidence provided by an investigative reporter -- including 22 witness statements implicating several Arab men as having acted in collusion with McVeigh and Terry Nichols in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Jayna Davis, a former reporter for NBC affiliate KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, told WND that FBI officials refused to take custody of evidence she said came from hundreds of pages of "public court records, police reports and statements from intelligence and law enforcement sources" on the eve of OKC bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols' trial in September 1997.
"They rejected the materials outright and declined to sign a written statement acknowledging that I attempted to turn the information over," she said, adding that Pam Nance, a notary public, witnessed the incident.
Nance confirmed witnessing the incident and said the FBI referred Davis to officials in Denver, Colo., where the OKC trials were being held.
On Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" program Monday night, Davis said she "has direct knowledge that there was a prior warning that there would be an Iran-sponsored Islamic attack. The first target was Washington, D.C., Congress and the White House and I know for a fact that the [OKC primary conspirator Timothy] McVeigh and the Nichols defense team did not receive this information."
McVeigh was convicted earlier in 1997 for his role in the bombing. He was scheduled to die by lethal injection on Thursday where he is being held in a federal facility in Terre Haute, Ind., but Attorney General John Ashcroft issued a 30-day stay of execution late last week after the FBI released thousands of pages of evidence the agency said were never handed over to McVeigh's defense team.
After the agency first refused the information, said Davis, "an FBI agent instructed me to have my attorney contact the U.S. Attorney's office in Denver, because federal prosecutors were concerned about discovery and that they would have to turn my material over to the Nichols defense team."
Davis' attorney, Tim McCoy, told WND he had been in contact with U.S. Assistant Attorney in Denver Sean Connelly about the matter.
Ironically, Davis said, Connelly "was the very Justice Department official who just found 3,100 documents and wrote a letter" to the defense teams for McVeigh and Nichols explaining that documents had been accidentally withheld.
McCoy said he and Davis "were trying to make sure that the information was put in the hands of the Justice Department," in order to protect her from later charges that she may have been trying to impede a federal investigation.
"But they refused to receive it," he said. "As a practical matter, the FBI now knew about her information because she had given them detailed information. But nobody had actually subpoenaed it."
McCoy said he told Connelly the FBI did not have any information on the subjects interviewed by Davis. But Connelly told McCoy that the FBI wasn't interested, because "they'd have to sort through it and it would create a discovery problem" for the prosecution and defense teams in the then-ongoing Nichols trial.
"After we first talked with them, they never followed through or re-contacted us about the information," McCoy said. "I think she [Davis] made a few subsequent calls, but they never called back."
McCoy said he saw her affidavits and other data that implicated involvement by Mideastern suspects.
"But I didn't see the specifics," he added, noting that he could not speculate as to whether or not the government believed discovery of Davis' information would jeopardize the Nichols trial or put the recently completed McVeigh trial in question.
However, he said: "If I was a prosecutor, I would want to have any information about any potential suspects that had been involved in the OKC bombing."
Davis has gathered massive evidence pointing to a conspiracy between McVeigh, Nichols and Osama bin Laden's terrorist organization. Last month, in answer to written questions to McVeigh, Fox News reporter Rita Cosby received the condemned convict's most complete statement to date as to his reasons for the bombing. He scoffed at any suggestion of a connection with the Mideast terrorist leader.
When asked why he used the military term "collateral damage" to describe the murdered children, McVeigh wrote: "Collateral Damage? As an American news junkie; a military man; and a Gulf War veteran, where do they think I learned that? (It sure as hell wasn't Osami [sic] bin Laden.)"
Attempts by WND to obtain comment from the Department of Justice were unsuccessful.
TRAIL OF TERROR
By Jon Dougherty
A 500-page report written by an investigative committee on the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, Okla., is set to be released this month, the head of the project tells WorldNetDaily.
Charles Key, a former Oklahoma state representative and head of the Oklahoma Bombing Investigation Committee, said the report contains volumes of evidence citing inconsistencies and omissions in the government's official version of events.
Damage to Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, April 19, 1995.
Key, who left the state legislature in 1998, said he hopes the report will help Americans finally "get to the truth" about the bombing just weeks before one of the prime suspects, Timothy McVeigh, is to be executed in Terre Haute, Ind., for his role in the attack.
McVeigh was convicted in 1997, the same year as his accomplice, Terry Nichols. Nichols received a life sentence from a federal court in Denver, but still faces charges in Oklahoma, where he could receive the death penalty if convicted.
"The purpose of our report is to document the truth," Key told WorldNetDaily. "We, as so many others do, believe that facts regarding other perpetrators, prior knowledge, and the number of explosive devices used to damage the Murrah Building has been concealed."
Key said that when he began his investigation he hoped to accomplish three main tasks: empanel an Oklahoma grand jury to look into the bombing; lobby Congress to hold open hearings on the bombing and the government's handling of the case afterwards; and finally, produce a comprehensive report about his findings.
"Most of that was accomplished," Key said, noting that several congressmen, on his six trips to Washington, D.C., had urged him to put his findings in a final report.
Prior government knowledge
Though the Justice Department has vehemently denied that federal law enforcement officials knew anything about the attack before it happened, Key's committee found what members believe is substantial evidence proving otherwise.
First, the report documents that two of the government's own informants had warned federal officials of "possible terrorist attacks in the United States," but that neither of these witnesses were allowed to testify in the federal trials surrounding the case.
Also, two informants affiliated with organizations in foreign countries issued terrorist warnings to the U.S., the report says. And, the committee found evidence that officials from four government agencies "were notified to be on the alert for possible attacks against individuals, federal institutions, or the public at large. ..."
Of those four agencies, two of them -- the U.S. Marshals' office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms -- were actually officed in the Murrah Building. In addition, the Oklahoma City Fire Department was warned by the FBI, says the report. And Federal Judge Wayne Alley admitted in an interview the day of the bombing (published in the Portland Oregonian, April 20, 1995) that he also had been told to be on the alert for a possible bombing.
Five witnesses who spoke to Key and his committee said they talked to federal officials who in turn claimed that no Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents were in the building at the time of the bombing.
And another five witnesses said they saw bomb-squad vehicles in downtown Oklahoma City shortly before the blast went off at just after 9 a.m.
McVeigh and others?
Key said his committee found "over 70 witnesses" who said they saw McVeigh "and one or more 'John Does'" in the days before -- and on the day of -- the bombing.
After the blast, said the committee in its report, about 40 witnesses came forward in response to FBI composite drawings of "John Doe 1" and "John Doe 2," thought to be of Middle Eastern descent.
Many of these witnesses notified federal authorities "about seeing McVeigh with one or more John Does," the report said.
How many bombs?
The Key committee talked to a number of witnesses who were in the Murrah building at the time of the blast who said they felt it "shaking before the bombing and assumed it was an earthquake," suggesting that there was another blast before the truck bomb went off in front of the building that was ultimately blamed for all of the damage.
Some of those witnesses told the committee they owed their survival "to having had time to seek protection under their desks just before the [truck] bomb exploded," the report said.
Also, the committee obtained seismologic evidence from an expert source that "supports the fact that there were multiple explosions" that morning. But, as was the case with other witnesses, the expert "was not allowed to testify at the federal trials," the report says.
The committee noted that estimates of the size of the ammonium nitrate-fuel oil ("ANFO") truck bomb changed frequently, but officials eventually said the bomb was 4,800 pounds. "This finding was calculated on incorrect measurements of the crater" left in front of the Murrah building, the report said, "rather than on forensic evidence."
The committee's report also documents "at least four sightings of [additional] bombs inside the building," which were reported by witnesses and local news agencies, asWND documented in an April 23 story.
The sightings, the report said, resulted "in rescue personnel being evacuated from the building, leaving behind the injured and dying" victims.
None of the five experts in munitions and explosives, whose reports all concluded that no ANFO bomb of any size could have caused the type and extent of damage at the Murrah building, were allowed to testify at the federal trials, Key's group documented in its report.
Feds knew of others besides McVeigh
Though only McVeigh and Nichols were arrested, tried and convicted for their roles in the bombing, the Key committee found that the federal government knew that others were involved, despite official denials.
The committee found that "in addition to McVeigh and Nichols," suspects listed as "others unknown" were also named "in indictments in both federal trials."
The report said McVeigh was reported by witnesses to have been in the company of "several Middle-Eastern [persons] in the downtown area shortly before the bombing," and that Nichols "frequently visited the Philippines, where it is possible that he developed connections with Middle Eastern terrorists."
Corroborating this, Jayna Davis -- a former investigative reporter for Oklahoma City television station KFOR -- told Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor"on March 20 that Nichols may have been in contact with associates of Saudi billionaire terrorist Osama bin Laden in the Philippines. "Davis also points to court records offered in the Nichols defense that suggest he had contacts with a member of bin Laden's terrorist organization in the Philippines prior to the bombing," WND reported, based on excerpts of Davis' interview with the show's host and WND columnist Bill O'Reilly.
McVeigh, she said, was also in the company of Mideastern men shortly before the bombing, one of whom was a former member of Iraq's elite Republican Guard army corps.
As Davis noted, the Key committee also said that shortly after the bombing, an "all-points-bulletin" was issued by authorities for a man of Mideastern descent who had been spotted with McVeigh in the Ryder rental truck containing the bomb.
But both Davis and Key's committee said the APB was rescinded later in the day "without explanation," and, the Key report noted, "federal law enforcement officials subsequently denied that there was involvement by anyone other than McVeigh and Nichols."
Federal court, law enforcement failures
The committee's report also detailed failures by federal law and court officials -- before, during and after the bombing.
"There is sufficient evidence to confirm that law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma City, as well as Washington, D.C., had sufficient prior knowledge of the impending disaster, yet took minimum measures to avert the bombing," the report said. "Documents and witnesses support this conclusion."
Also, the report said the "FBI quashed reports of explosive devices found in the building and reports showing that the ATF [was] unlawfully storing explosives inside."
The committee said the FBI also refused to allow Federal Emergency Management Agency officials access to the building to conduct their portion of the investigation, and that the FBI failed to run checks "on over one thousand fingerprints that were obtained in this case."
In the aftermath of the bombing, when federal and state grand juries were convened to examine evidence, Key and his committee said "blatant bias against anyone asking questions or probing into facts was evident. ..."
"Virtually all of the rules governing grand juries were broken," the report says.
The report concludes that the Clinton administration's law enforcement agencies and officials "had prior knowledge of the bombing," and that "McVeigh and Nichols did not act alone."
Also, Key's committee said government informants were not allowed to present testimony at the federal trials, and "critical scientific evidence" was never presented in either McVeigh's or Nichols' trials.
"The final report represents years of extensive investigation and countless interviews," Keys said. "It contains information never reported before in any forum."
=================================================================================================Oklahoma City blast
A former investigative reporter for the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City last night told Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly she has gathered massive evidence of a foreign conspiracy involving Saudi terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in the 1995 bombing of the federal building that killed 168 people.
Jayna Davis, former reporter for KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, says she took her evidence -- including hundreds of court records, 24 sworn witness statements and reports from law enforcement, intelligence and terror experts -- to the FBI, which refused even to accept the material.
Two men were convicted of murder and conspiracy charges in the bombing -- Timothy McVeigh, who faces execution May 16, and Terry Nichols, who yesterday asked that Oklahoma charges against him be dismissed as he has already been convicted in federal court.
Nichols, 45, is serving a life prison sentence for his federal conviction on eight involuntary manslaughter counts and conspiracy for the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. State prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Nichols. But defense attorneys said yesterday constitutional protection against double jeopardy bars the state from seeking the death penalty.
Davis said federal authorities investigating the bombing decided early on in the probe that the blast was the result of a domestic conspiracy, not a foreign one, ignoring all evidence to the contrary.
She said a Middle East terrorist cell was in operation only blocks from the federal building, and that an Iraqi national who formerly served in Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard was in contact with McVeigh the day of the bombing. She said this suspect arrived at the crime scene in a Ryder truck moments before the blast and sped away in a brown Chevrolet pickup truck immediately after.
An all-points bulletin was issued for this suspect, but was later withdrawn inexplicably.
Davis said her evidence indicates a conspiracy involving McVeigh, Nichols and at least seven men of Middle Eastern ethnic background. She called bin Laden the mastermind of the conspiracy.
"The evidence we have gathered definitely implicates McVeigh and Nichols," she said. "I want to make that very clear. They were in it up to their eyeballs."
Davis also points to court records offered in the Nichols defense that suggest he had contacts with a member of bin Laden's terrorist organization in the Philippines prior to the bombing.
When she took her hundreds of pages of documentation of conspiracy in the bombing to the FBI, Davis said agents "turned me away and refused to take my statements."
"I was flabbergasted," she told O'Reilly. "I am unable to imagine any reason they would not accept it."
============================================================================================'We knew this
was going to happen'
2 reserve deputies testify about Oklahoma City bombing
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Two Oklahoma County reserve deputy sheriffs said yesterday a congressman told them the night of the bombing, "We knew this was going to happen, we blew it."
David Kochendorfer and Don Hammons, the two reserve officers, say Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Okla., made the statement about advance knowledge of the bombing.
"We got word through our sources that there is a radical fundamental Islamic group in Oklahoma City and that they were going to bomb the federal building," Kulkendorfer recalled Istook saying.
Hammonds said a photographer with Istook, Lana Tyree, confirmed to him that Istook was aware of a bomb threat against the federal building since April 9.
Both Tyree and Istook later denied making the statements and having any knowledge of the bombing beforehand.
"I certainly didn't," said Istook. "I know of nobody in government that had any advance knowledge."
Kulkendorfer and Hammonds earlier had testified for several hours before the county grand jury investigating the possibility of a broader conspiracy to bomb the Murrah federal building. The district attorney in Oklahoma City plans to file 160 state murder charges in the Oklahoma bombing and seek the death penalty against Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, despite their federal court convictions.
The charges will cover the victims other than the eight federal agents whose deaths were the basis of McVeigh and Nichols' federal trials.
District Attorney Robert Macy has said the state charges are aimed at making sure McVeigh and Nichols get the death penalty. McVeigh was given the death penalty at his federal trial. Nichols' life was spared last week.
Macy has said he can prosecute without violating the men's constitutional protection against double jeopardy because the federal and state judicial systems are separate.
"No doubt about it. He can," said Rick Tepker, a University of Oklahoma law professor. "The state of Oklahoma is regarded as a separate sovereignty for purposes of double jeopardy and can enforce its own laws."
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
Part 1 http://www.apfn.org/audio/tyeakey1.rm
Part 2 http://www.apfn.org/audio/tyeakey2.rm
Oklahoma City Bombing Cover-Up
"John Doe #2 Identified: But Can We Get The FBI To Arrest Him?"
[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:
Judge ordered disclosure of info on informants that could shed light on Oklahoma City tragedy 05/25/05
[APFN] Oklahoma City Bombing Cover-Up
WHO KILLED TERRY YEAKEY?
Oklahoma City Bombing
THE NEW AMERICAN: Oklahoma City Bombing
OKC UPDATE: AirForce Photos and JANE GRAHAM
Oklahoma City : Bomb Damage Analysis
OKC Bombing ~ What Is The Government Hiding
OKC UPDATE: Air Force Photos and JANE GRAHAM
Fed Implicated in OKC Bombing
Mind Control & Timothy McVeigh's Rise from "Robotic" Soldier to Mad Bomber
Secret Pentagon Report on Oklahoma City Bombing--Evidence of an Inside Job?
OKC BOMBING WAS VIA EM BEAM WEAPON!!!
The Aryan Republican Army, Elohim City, and the OKC Bombing
Index for The John Doe Times Volumn 5
The Truth Shall Set You Free...or in this case hang your coconspirators....
Volume 5, No. 1 - 16 March 1997
** DESPERATE FEDS SCREW UP AND INDICT CAROL HOWE.
** CAROL HOWE, POLITICAL PRISONER?
** FBI SNITCH RICHARD SCHRUM RAISES HIS WEASELY HEAD AGAIN
-- DOING THE BIDDING OF THE PROSECUTION TEAM?
** "I'M NOT KEEPING MY MOUTH SHUT ANY LONGER ABOUT OKLAHOMA CITY!"
** WHY THE KEHOE BOYS ARE ON THE RUN: THE MUELLER MURDERS
Oklahoma Bombing Grand Jury Loses Credibility
FBI Scandals and Death Threat Bring No Closure
FBI Still Keeping the Lid on Eyewitness Reports
The Oklahoma Bombing
Timothy McVeigh Convicted but Jury is Still Out
Many, Many Questions Still Haunt Oklahoma
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