To him, Murrah blast isn’t solved

by | Dec 11, 2006 | Stress Blog | 8 comments

That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you…

From the Chicago Tribune:

“Another envelope from the FBI landed in Jesse Trentadue’s mailbox last week, bearing a copy of another secret memo from the FBI’s investigation into the Oklahoma City bombing more than a decade ago.

Like thousands of other pages that the Salt Lake City lawyer has extracted from the government over the years via a series of lawsuits and Freedom of Information Act requests, this latest document was heavily censored to obscure the names of most suspects and informants. But a few key words stood out among all the ones that had been covered over: “Aryan Nations” and “explosives” and “bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building.”

By itself, the three-page document was no smoking gun. But read alongside all the others that overflow Trentadue’s file cabinets, the FBI memo was another small piece of a puzzle he has been doggedly trying to solve: whether neo-Nazi conspirators helped Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the only plotters ever charged and convicted for the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, and whether federal government agents failed to heed warnings of the scheme.

The FBI, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Justice Department have all long insisted that the answer to both questions is a resounding “no.” No one besides McVeigh and Nichols participated in the bombing that killed 168 people, U.S. officials say, and no federal agency knew anything in advance about their plans for a crime that, before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, ranked as the worst act of terrorism ever on U.S. soil.

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Yet the documents Trentadue has obtained, despite heavy redactions, reveal that FBI agents vigorously investigated whether McVeigh was part of a neo-Nazi gang that staged a series of bank robberies across the Midwest in the mid-1990s.

And the memos suggest that the FBI, the ATF and the Oklahoma state police all had informants inside a white supremacist enclave near Oklahoma City that McVeigh contacted and may have visited as he advanced the bombing plot.

Such loose ends in one of the most exhaustive criminal investigations in U.S. history continue to feed the fervid imaginations of conspiracy theorists, who have variously asserted that Oklahoma City was the work of neo-Nazis, Iraqi provocateurs, Muslim radicals or the federal government itself.”

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One day Morris Dees and the rest of the Oklahoma Bombers will be held responsible for the 169 lives they took.

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