as if I'd seen it before. It was like history repeating itself, but
his time I was there to witness what I'd only read about. It was the
crime of the century, and I was one of the investigators. But as I
worked the case I could see that too many things were falling into
place that eerily reminded me of what, prior to April 19th, 1995,
was considered "the Crime of the Century", the assassination
of President John F. Kennedy.
a distinct advantage over the other investigators. I had spent four
years immersed in an investigation into the Kennedy assassination,
resulting in my book "Kill Zone: A Sniper Looks at Dealey Plaza."
In researching the facts surrounding the Kennedy murder, and the Warren
Commission's assertion that a lone nut with a gun named Lee Harvey
Oswald was responsible, I had delved into Oswald and the mysteries
surrounding him prior to November 22, 1963. Now, as one of the assigned
investigators of the Oklahoma City bombing, I began to witness a series
of events transpire that so closely matched the events in Dallas that
it was chilling. I could almost tell what would happen next on a day-by-day
basis. Beside the entire "investigation" turning into a
massive and blatant coverup before my eyes, I noticed that the two
"lone nuts," McVeigh and Oswald, seemed to have a lot in
common. So much so, that one could draw the conclusion that OKBOMB
was an off-the-shelf operation that was taken from a blue print first
drawn up in Dallas 32 years before--or maybe even earlier at a building
in Germany called the Reichstag. Let's examine the "coincidences."
Around 9:00 a.m. Oklahoma time on 19 April, 1995, a huge explosionrocked
the downtown area of Oklahoma City. Within minutes, during theevacuation
of what remained of the building, searching for casualties, arrival
of police, fire and rescue personnel, and mass confusion, two more
"devices" were found inside the building. Bomb squad personnelhad
to deactivate at least one of the devices and remove them from the
area for safety. Within the hour the media stated that they were "ATF
training devices, not actual bombs." If this were so, why were
they placed in strategic locations inside the building, on floors
away fromthe ATF offices?
In Dealey Plaza, a scenario quickly developed wherein a lone shooter,
from the 6th floor of the Texas Schoolbook Depository, allegedly fired
three shots which amazingly created over a half dozen wounds (including
one missed shot) and escaped the scene undetected. Later investigation
showed that only two empty 6.5mm shell casings were found on the 6th
Floor and turned in, along with a rifle and one live round. Yet these
documents were altered during the Warren Commission hearings to reflect
three empty cartridges to fit the "Magic Bullet" theory.
Oklahoma City: Two seismic events transpired according to the University
of Oklahoma Seismic Center. The tape, which actually shows three equal
events, is quickly debunked by the government as being "the initial
explosion, followed by the building collapsing" (ignoring the
first event entirely). Yet, when the entire remaining building was
demolished by controlled demolition, the event recorded on tape was
barely noticeable. Still, the investigators insist that only one bomb
was used: the Ryder truck bomb allegedly delivered by McVeigh. Within
twenty-four hours the Ryder truck grows from a small van to the largest
box-truck in Ryder inventory to contain the ever growing amount of
ammonium-nitrate explosives required to create the damage done to
the building. Yet, according to sources outside the government, very
little indication of nitrate deposits at the scene are found—indicating
a different type of explosive.
In Dallas, following the ambush of JFK, damage control seemed to begin
immediately with the focus of attention being directed away from the
Grassy Knoll to the Book Depository building—and a shooter on
the sixth floor. In OKC, the first two leads indicate that two "middle-eastern
males" were seen hanging around the scene and were probably involved;
and an all points bulletin was broadcast by OKC Police Department
to search for a brown pickup truck with a smoked-plastic bug shield.
Within a few hours, the FBI cancelled both leads—and told the
police that they had not issued an "attempt to locate" on
the pickup truck. But the OKC PD had the original release from the
FBI asking for the APB, and it had been duly noted in theirradio logs.
McVeigh is picked up for speeding, in a car with no license tag, for
doing 85 mph, by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Oswald was picked up,
for allegedly shooting Dallas officer J.D. Tippit, after entering
the Texas Theater without buying a ticket. In each case, the FBI was
notified within a short period of time that a "suspect"
was in custody. In Oswald's case, items "linking" him to
the Kennedy assassination were "found" in various locations:
photos of him with a Carcano, a Mannlicher-Carcano found on the 6th
floor, etc. For McVeigh, copies of "subversive material,"
such as a small-press radical book titled "The Turner Diaries"
is found in his car. For Oswald, the Carcano was traced to him by
the FBI, who, before the advent of computers and data bases, managed
to track the weapon from its entrance into the U.S., to an importer,
to Klein's Sporting Goods, to a sale to "A.J. Hidell," to
Lee Harvey Oswald. All in two days. Over a weekend!
For McVeigh, the rear axle (differential?) of the Ryder truck was
discovered, wherein an ID number was allegedly discovered, which was
supposedly traced from the manufacturer, to Ryder, to a truck rental
in Kansas—all within hours. Interviews with the rental agent
produced two sketches: McVeigh and John Doe #2. The media did not
report that a third person was present, who waited outside in a car,
and who appeared to be dark complected. And John Doe #2, as a lead,
evaporated when the FBI stated that there was a mistake, and that
he was a soldier from Fort Riley who rented a truck the previous day,
and was not involved with McVeigh. But media outside of Oklahoma did
not report that another John Doe #2 was discovered by KFOR TV in Oklahoma
City, and that he matched the suspect sketch; was seen by six eye
witnesses in a bar with McVeigh and Nichols only days before the bombing;
drove a brown Chevrolet pickup with smoked plastic bug screen; and
was an Iraqi officer who had fought against us in the Gulf War! It
also was not reported that over 5,000 Iraqi POWs had been brought
into this country for "humanitarian reasons," and a large
segment ended up being settled in Oklahoma City.
In Oswald's case, it is interesting to note that he had connections
to the White Russian community of Dallas-Fort Worth, and that these
people had been settled here by the OSS when Allen Dulles brought
the SS Galizien Division out of Europe at the end of World War II,
to Greece, then Canada, then New York City and Dallas/Fort Worth.
The teenage children of the Galiziens were later utilized as CIA assets
for infiltration into Russia—they spoke Russian and had relatives
inside who might provide support after infiltration. (This makes one
wonder about the Oswald who, during his time in the Marine Corps in
Japan, "taught himself" Russian within a few weeks).
The investigation of the Kennedy assassination rapidly focused on
the "lone nut" scenario. Witnesses who did not support this
rapidly-building case against Oswald as the lone participant were
intimidated, debunked or misquoted in reports. Most who saw something
other than a man in the 6th floor window were not subpoenaed to testify
before the Warren Commission. In McVeigh's case, anyone who brings
forward information that there had to be more than one bomb, or that
there were higher powers involved in the bombing, or more than just
McVeigh and Nichols involved, is quickly debunked, discredited or
ignored. For the OKC bombing, anyone who heard or felt more than one
explosion or saw more than one person get out of the Ryder truck was
discredited or not permitted to testify before the Grand Jury. In
fact, no one was permitted to testify. All questions that were asked
by the Jurists in one room, were asked through the Prosecutor, who
then went out into another room to ask the witnesses, then he would
return with the answer! (At least an answer that to me would have
provoked suspicion in the fact that I did not hear the witness directly).
Such actions infuriated Jurist Hoppy Heidelberg who eventually was
dismissed from the Grand Jury because he objected to the way it was
Within twenty-four hours of the bombing the mainstream media, en total,
slanted the dagger of suspicion to "far right radicals,"
such as the burgeoning militia movement. In particular, the Michigan
Militia was targeted as being "tied" to McVeigh. In actual
fact, though two members of the Michigan Militia stated that they
think they saw McVeigh at one of their open-to-the-public meetings,
McVeigh himself says he never attended. Still, even if he was seen
at a meeting, it could easily have been part of a setup to develop
manufactured connections to a group already under scrutiny by certain
For Oswald, a radical background (this time Left Wing) was built in
the press long before Dallas. He was filmed handing out "Fair
Play for Cuba" pamphlets on a New Orleans street corner, and
was interviewed on television wherein he declared himself a "Marxist"
for public consumption. The media has maintained ever since that Oswald
was a Marxist by his own admission, and killed Kennedy for radical
political reasons. For McVeigh's "legend"--the term used
in the intelligence community when one play-acts a bogus background
for public consumption--it was handing out The Turner Diaries to fellow
employees at CalSpan Incorporated in Buffalo, New York.
The media's attack on the militia—who had absolutely nothing
to gain and everything to lose in the aftermath of the bombing—resulted
in new "anti-terrorism" laws being ram-rodded through Congress
in the wake of media-generated public emotion. These laws had been
laying stagnant for months, having been written following the New
York City Twin Towers bombing fo 1993, but delayed due to their conflict
with Constitutional rights.
Interestingly, one major result of the Kennedy assassination was the
"Firearms Control Act of 1968," which was the first major
legislation regarding governmental control of citizens firearms since
the 1930s where private ownership of automatic weapons had to be licensed
by the federal government—another restriction on Constitutional
rights. Then there are the "Wild Goose Chases" of the national
investigation. During the Kennedy investigation, hundreds of FBI agents
were sent hither and yon to interview, question, and report on even
the most obscure leads and "witnesses." The agents, all
trying to do as sterling a job as possible, then sent their reports
to FBI headquarters for screening and absorption. Few agents ever
saw the "big picture," could compare notes, or even knew
just why they were following up on a given "lead." The same
happened with the OKC bombing investigation. Hundreds of agents have
"followed up" on even the most obscure leads, but, like
their predecessors who investigated the Kennedy assassination, they
are left out of the grand scheme of things and are only privy to certain
pieces of the puzzle. It is also interesting to note that the main
question is not being answered concerning the motivation behind any
crime: Who Benefits?
FBI agents who attempted to follow the money, and the powers, behind
the murder of JFK were quickly redirected by Washington to other activities.
The agents who smelled a large rodent with the Oklahoma City bombing
(as in Who Benefits) found themselves subject to the same circumstances.
It appears to once again be a system of directed investigation, ignoring
or debunking of anything that does not fit the mold of a predetermined
outcome ("A Patsy Gets The Blame"), and disassociation with
the idea that higher powers are involved. After all, what agent wants
to be re-assigned to Coldville, North Dakota? The television coverage
of the transfer of McVeigh from jail to the holding facility at Tinker
Air Force Base, outside of Oklahoma City, was quite reminiscent of
Oswald's transfer attempt from the Dallas PD jail to the county jail.
The only difference was that there was no Jack Ruby to intervene.
However, it should be noted that McVeigh was dressed in bright orange,
and wore no bullet proof vest! It makes one wonder if an opportunity
was not being presented by design. Until the investigation begins
to follow leads concerning "Who Benefits?" it is unlikely
the Oklahoma City bombing case will ever progress to a full, believable,
conclusion. If the case against McVeigh and Nichols, who the government
maintains acted by themselves, was so iron clad, then we must ask
ourselves why the governmentprosecutors had to ask for a ninety day
extension on their investigation before attempting to present McVeigh
for indictment before a federal Grand Jury. The FBI and Department
of Justice still maintain the case is "ongoing" and that
there are "others unknown," but in actual fact no one is
working the case, and any new evidence that is presented is either
refused or shunned. This also holds true in the JFK case, as the small
group of dedicated JFK assassination researchers has discovered over
and over when new material comes to light. No U.S. Attorney will touch
it, or wants to even know of it. It muddy's the water, and is bothersome.
After all, Oswald acted alone, didn't he?
In Oklahoma City, there's one more element to consider: the video
tape. In 1963, Abraham Zapruder's film recorded the events that transpired
in Dealey Plaza. It was seized by the FBI, obtained by Life magazine
(who employed former OSS and CIA personnel such as senior editor Charles
D. Jackson), and not released until much later. When it was released
it had been altered. In Oklahoma City, the media reported that the
camera on an automatic teller machine (or the Southwestern Bell building
security camera, or a camera on the Regency Park apartment building
a block west) recorded McVeigh parking the Ryder truck, then walking
away from it to get into a vehicle to speed away. The federal authorities
seized the tape for evidence.
Why have we not seen these tapes? If they were being kept secret until
trial, then they should have been released after being exhibited in
a court room. No tapes were produced, even though they were asked
for by the defense. Now the trials are over. The question is: will
we ever see them? If not, why not? Showing the videos will put the
issue to rest concerning who, and how many, exited the Ryder truck.
Many other questions remain to be answered, as in the Kennedy investigation,
but will probably never be breached. Questions such as: Was there
an Iraqi connection? Were there actually two (or more) explosions?
Were there two or more other bombs inside the building? Why did McVeigh's
license tag "fall off" his car? Why was the APB on the brown
pickup not followed up on, then later cancelled altogether and denied
to exist by the FBI? Exactly what number was found on the truck axle
that would identify the vehicle? Why have we not seen photographs
of this number plate? Why was not John Doe #2, the Iraqi Republican
Guard Division officer, not followed up in detail by the FBI? And
why, after it was shown there was no connection, did the media continue
to shift public attention to right wing groups ranging from the NRA
to various militia organizations when those entities had the most
to lose from such a tragic event?
Shortly after Oswald's arrest in Dallas he exclaimed: "So I'm
the patsy!" One can only wonder if McVeigh and Nichols felt the
same. One last note to consider: The June 25, 1996 bombing of the
Khobar Towers apartment building in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, which killed
23 Americans was briefly referred to by the media as "proof"
that a truck bomb could do the damage to a building that the ammonium-nitrate
packed Ryder truck supposedly did. But the claims quickly died when
it was determined that
1) the building was built with poor grade materials and was not reinforced
to American standards;
2) that only the front wall fell and little damage occurred past that
3) the Murrah building was built to strict modern codes using the
strongest materials; and
4) the explosives used were in excess of 5,000 pounds of RDX and Semtex
high explosive. A bomb twenty-five times as powerful as the "Ryder
bomb" did only one-tenth the damage.
1. In comparison, the crater in front of the Murrah Building was
20 feet deep and 30 feet wide, while the crater in front of the Khobar
Towers was 35 feet deep and 85 feet wide.
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