The Oklahoma City bombing was “followed by a renewed American spirit, a galvanizing unification of our country in purpose, and a vivid portrayal of our resilience and mutual support,” according to the United States Department of Justice.
It’s understandable why the federal government seems to celebrate the tragedy.
Mount Carmel, former home of the Branch Davidians, burns.
In the early to mid-1990s, Americans had grown distrustful of government. Botched federal raids at Ruby Ridge, Idaho in 1992 and Waco, Texas in 1993 had created a public relations nightmare. A growing citizens’ militia movement arose, part of the larger so-called patriot movement. Right wing talk radio provided a popular new platform for the disaffected. By 1995, bombastic radio hosts such as Rush Limbaugh and G. Gordon Liddy dominated the airwaves.
Americans’ outrage at perceived Constitutional infringements stalled the Clinton administration’s efforts to pass the Counterterrorism Act of 1995. The bill, considered the blueprint for the Patriot Act of 2001, created a new, subjective crime of “terrorism,” permitted use of the US military in domestic law enforcement, and allowed prosecutors to introduce secret evidence. Among many other expansions of federal power.
Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
Then, on April 19, 1995, everything changed.
According to the official narrative, Timothy McVeigh, a man deeply sympathetic to the militia movement, parked a Ryder truck in front of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. He set off an ammonium nitrate bomb he had built days before with his friend Terry Nichols. McVeigh chose the date of April 19 as revenge for the massacre of 76 Branch Davidians at Waco, exactly two years prior. The blast killed 168, including 19 children.
Sympathy for the patriot movement collapsed. Americans rallied around the government. Blistering criticism from the Clinton administration and the media forced right wing talk show hosts to tone down their rhetoric. The Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, direct descendent of the Counterterrorism Act of 1995, sailed through Congress with broad bipartisan support. The public now viewed FBI, BATF, and other federal law enforcement agencies as victims, not oppressors.
Oklahoma City National Memorial.
President Clinton enjoyed an immediate rise in opinion polls. He leveraged his newfound popularity against his Republican opponents by linking their anti-government rhetoric to the bombing. “The haters and extremists didn’t go away, but they were on the defensive, and, for the rest of my term, would never quite regain the position they had enjoyed after Timothy McVeigh,” boasts Bill Clinton in his memoirs.
McVeigh could hardly have miscalculated more. 23 years later, there is still no official memorial to the 76 Branch Davidians, including 21 children, who died at Waco under highly suspicious circumstances while surrounded by federal agents. Almost 30 milion dollars were dedicated to a 2001 memorial for OKC bombing victims. It has seen more than 4.4 million visitors. The OKC bombing greatly benefited the Clinton administration and federal authorities. That hardly proves government complicity or cover-up.
Yet many unanswered questions cast doubt on the official story.
Suppressed Evidence of Other Suspects, Prior Knowledge, Multiple Bombs and other incongruities
Even establishment bastion The Guardian admits the million pages of investigative files on the OKC bombing do “little to bolster the assertion of Frank Keating, a former FBI agent who was Oklahoma governor in 1995, that ‘two evil men did this and two evil men paid.’ Rather, it does the opposite.”
Twenty four eyewitnesses independently claim to have seen McVeigh with an accomplice on the morning of the bombing. Local news reports on the first days of the bombing clash with the official narrative. As do reports from the Justice Department during the first several weeks of the investigation.
(Attorney General Janet Reno discusses the elusive search for John Doe #2. The government would soon officially deny his existence. Yet the FBI’s website presents the OKC bombing as if it had been an open and shut case.)
The FBI confiscated and witheld CCTV footage from and near the bombing site that might have proven whether Timothy McVeigh acted alone at the crime scene. Now it claims the footage is lost.
FEMA memo acknowledging two unexploded bombs .
(A witness to CCTV tapes at the crime scene tells local ABC affiliate KOCO that two men were in the Ryder truck. Radio host Alex Jones speculates following the raw footage.)
Police reported disposing of two unexploded bombs in the Murrah Federal Building, “bigger than the first bomb,” according to multiple, local news sources and government documents. The bomb disposal truck was at the crime scene before the blast, and the OKCPD equine crowd control unit had been deployed, according to multiple witnesses, including OKCPD officer Don Browning. Officials later claimed a deputy had taken the bomb unit out on routine errands, and just happened to be in the Murrah Building’s vicinity.
Affidavit from Joe Harp, military explosives expert. He witnessed the bomb squad remove high explosives.
Yet experts reject this explanation. Dr. Samuel T. Cohen, a nuclear physicist who invented the neutron bomb, said “I believe that the demolitions charges in the building, that were placed inside at certain key concrete columns, did the primary damage to the Murrah Federal Building. It would have been absolutely impossible and against the laws of nature, for a truck full of fertilizer and oil…no matter how much was used…to bring the building down.” Explosives expert Benton K. Partin conducted a detailed study of the OKC bombing and concluded the air blast from the truck bomb had only a tenth of the power needed to tear apart the concrete columns and rebarb.
Debris from the explosion pushed away from building. If the main blast had come from the Ryder truck, debris would have blown inward instead.
(Explosives expert Brigadier General Benton K. Partin shows why the ammonium nitrate bomb in the Ryder truck could not have caused the damage seen at the Murrah Building. Raw footage from local NBC affiliate KFOR shows the bomb removal truck and first responders at the crime scene.)
Affidavit from first responder paramedic Tiffany Bible. She states she had a brief conversation with a BATF officer just after the bombing. He claimed no one in his agency had come to work that day. And that the building had been bombed “because of Waco.”
More than 300 victims and family members filed suit against the BATF in 1997, claiming the agency had prior knowledge. No BATF were killed or seriously wounded in the bombing. “All 15 or 17 of their employees survived…They had an option not to go to work that day, and my kids didn’t. They didn’t get that option,” stormed Edye Smith in a live CNN interview. “Nobody else in the building got that option. And we’re just asking questions We’re not making accusations. We just want to know. And they’re telling us: ‘Keep your mouth shut, don’t talk about it.'”
Deluged with unwanted media attention, Lester D. Martz, head agent of the Dallas regional branch, released a memo stating two agents were injured. He didn’t mention they were clerical workers. No field agents were hurt. Martz went on to explain how resident agent in charge Alex McCauley had broken through a closed, steel elevator door, survived uninjured a five story free fall in the elevator shaft, and went on to rescue other survivors.
Smith sleuthed. She found that the Midwestern Elevator Company had taken extensive photos proving the elevators were frozen in place, and McCauley’s claimed heroics were impossible. An ABC 20/20 investigation further disproved the story. Martz was forced to back down. “Well, maybe Agent McCauley just imagined he free fell.” Agent McCauley was transferred to Kansas City and quietly demoted.
(This one hour documentary explores compelling evidence McVeigh did black ops for the military after his official discharge. And acted as an agent provocateur. In a letter to his sister, published by the New York Times, McVeigh writes that he was chosen as part of a secret unit. “We would be helping the CIA fly drugs into the US to fund many covert operations” and as “military ”consultants” (we) were to work hand-in-hand w/civilian police agencies to ”quiet” anyone whom was deemed a ”security risk.” (We would be gov’t-paid assassins!)” (Transcript linked at end of article.)
In a morbid twist, federal agents recently extracted DNA from a still unidentified leg found at the bombing. It had been enbalmed and buried in the wrong grave. When agents disinterred the remains two years later, they claimed they were unable to extract DNA due to technological limitations.
This has renewed speculation the leg might have belonged to John Doe #2, despite the lab’s findings that the remains are likely female.
Oklahoma State Medical Examiner Fred Jordan recognized the problem at once. “We had eight people with traumatically amputated left legs. However, we have nine legs.” T.K. Marshall is a pathologist in Northern Ireland. He performed over 2,500 autopsies on bombing victims. “In all the years in Ireland, we identified every innocent person that was killed. There was never an unknown victim.”
It’s impossible for a short editorial to do justice to the labyrinthine complexity of the Oklahoma City bombing and its aftermath.
A Noble Lie, featured above in its full two hour glory, is for those who dare to look beyond pat myths and stale canards on the subject. The documentary screened in December 2011 and has earned a respectable 7.6 out of 10 rating on IMDB. It delves into mysteries such as Elohim City, the eastern Oklahoma “patriot” enclave infiltrated by agent provocateurs. And the CIA connection. And the secret 1990s government PATCON operation to discredit the militia movement. Was McVeigh a participant?
In an IMDB review 18 of 23 found helpful, jonlakey 100 writes “I have rarely been as stunned, and forced into submission regarding my previous position, as this film left me. It would be hard to put into words the magnitude of the implications of that the evidence reveals. It left me near enraged. At the perpetrators who got away, at the government for covering it up and at myself for being so ignorant of what happened in my hometown.”
I am a beat reporter here at The Daily Voice, and a writer and editor for DailyTwoCents.com and Writedge.com. My interests are wide ranging outside of the virtual newsroom, yet here I mainly focus on serious world news and commentary. I graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in history.