6: The Mannlicher-Carcano Bomb
"We get there and all of a sudden they've been told to shut up,"
--Melissa Klinzing, News director, KFOR-TV
Given the allegations of wrongdoing in the federal investigation, such charges could conceivably be leveled against everybody from the ATF to the Justice Department. Key never got the opportunity. The motion was quashed by District Judge Daniel Owens on the grounds that it would be "re-inventing the wheel." Hence, the "original" wheel of justice continues to turn.
That is, for everybody except the victims, journalists and the defense team. Grand Jury transcripts were sealed from the beginning. Journalists and defense lawyers have been barred from obtaining documents, hundreds of which have been sealed by federal judges. Lawyers for Media Group, a coalition of journalists, filed a motion to unseal the documents. In their brief, they state:
Already over 100 documents filed in the matter have been sealed and dual docket sheets (one for the public and one "not public") established. This has created an aura of secrecy about filed pleadings in a criminal trial that may be unprecedented...
On April 28th the tape of James Nichols' hearing was released by court order, and it was blank. Nothing whatsoever could be heard on the tape. It was the only record of the proceedings.
This aura of secrecy quickly turned into obstruction of justice, as FBI agents routinely instructed witnesses not to talk to defense team investigators or reporters. KFOR Channel 4 has been taking the lead in investigating the case. Yet KFOR found it almost impossible to interview witnesses.
"We get there and all of a sudden they've been told to shut up," said Melissa Klinzing, KFOR's News Director.
Lea Moore, a woman who was badly injured in the blast, was contacted by a reporter from the L.A. Times. While he was en route to interview her, she received a mysterious call from the FBI telling her not to speak to him. Moore, a diminutive woman in her fifties, was frightened. When the reporter showed up at her door fifteen minutes later, Moore didn't answer.
Norma Smith, who worked at the Journal Record building across from the Murrah building saw, along with several others, the police bomb squad congregated in the parking lot at 7:30 on the morning of the blast. Shortly after Smith's story appeared in a local newspaper, her house was broken into--twice. Smith, frightened, took early retirement and moved out of state. She is currently too afraid to talk to anyone.
The bomb squad, incidentally, denied ever being there.
Journalists and investigators who have attempted to interview rescue workers, including firemen, police and other city officials are denied interviews. Most workers say they've been told not to talk by their superiors or the FBI. They are afraid for their jobs, their families.
One witness who is not afraid to talk is Dr. Paul Heath. A Veteran's Administration official who worked in the Murrah building, Heath had spoken to McVeigh and two of his associates at his office several weeks before the blast, when they approached him "looking for jobs." Heath was interviewed by the FBI no less than ten times.
"He [the FBI agent] confronted me saying he did not want me telling the story any longer," said Heath. "He said it was a false story, that I had made it up, that it was a figment of my imagination, and that if I pursued it, he would publicly discredit me."
"I said to him, 'that is the most despicable, uncalled for attitude that I've ever seen, and I don't know why you said that to me, but I can tell you, you're not going to change my reality with it.'"
Heath, already upset by what he witnessed the day of the bombing, is now uncertain what will happen to him.
In a motion filed by McVeigh's attorney Stephen Jones, affidavits show that numerous witnesses were instructed by the FBI to "keep quiet" so the facts of the case "wouldn't get distorted."
While the FBI has prevented defense lawyers and journalists from talking to key witnesses, at the same time the FBI has violated federal laws by leaking selected "facts" to the media in an attempt to promote their version of the case. 
The FBI even went so far as to convince several witnesses that their former statements were false, and to retract them in lieu of statements more favorable to the prosecution. A primary example is bombing suspect Michael Fortier, who originally told investigators:
"I do not believe that Tim [McVeigh] blew up any building in Oklahoma. There's nothing for me to look back upon and say, yeah, that might have been, I should have seen it back then -- there's nothing like that. I know my friend. Tim McVeigh is not the face of terror as reported on Time magazine..."
But after the FBI raided his home, Fortier reversed his statement, saying that he and McVeigh has "cased" the federal building, ostensibly in response to an offer of a plea bargain.
Mike Moroz, who worked at Johnny's Tire Shop on 10th and Hudson, gave McVeigh and John Doe #2 directions to the Murrah building on the morning of the 19th. After interviewing Moroz, the FBI told him that he had seen McVeigh drive in a different direction than Moroz had originally stated. The FBI then claimed to the press that Moroz had made a mistake and was confused.
During an interview in the Daily Oklahoman, another witness said, "I've changed my mind about the phone call. I thought it was all invention. I am now persuaded that there was a phone call, and it probably was by McVeigh," he said. "Government sources convinced me."
Sealing documents and silencing witnesses may be irrelevant where much of the mainstream press is concerned. The press is supposed to act as government watch dogs. But, as during the Waco debacle, the mainstream press has taken their cues from FBI public relations hounds in a manner more like obedient lap dogs, running eagerly after every bone thrown their way by the official purveyors of disinformation.
Time Magazine immediately put McVeigh's face on their April 20th cover, calling their series "The Terror From Within." One piece purports to show "the paranoid life and times of accused bomber Timothy McVeigh and his right-wing associates." Another article attempts to illustrate as dangerous and wacky all mainstream militia groups.
The New York Times ran several lengthy pieces on McVeigh. With titles like "Roots of Hatred" and "Unraveling a Frayed Life: An Angry Man with an Obsession for Guns," the Times attempts to reinforce the image of the misfit loner with a hatred of all that's good and decent. Nowhere did it mention that McVeigh's sister had claimed her brother had at one time been a government -- possibly ATF -- informant.
And nowhere did the mainstream press remind us that in the World Trade Center bombing, the "Terror From Within" came from the FBI, who taught Sheik Omar Adbel Rahman's group how to make a bomb, gave them the materials for the bomb, taught them how to drive the Ryder truck used in the bombing (the FBI must have a contract with Ryder), then, with full knowledge of impending events, purposely and deliberately failed to prevent a bombing which killed 6 and injured 1000. 
Yet this poignant analogy of the real "Terror From Within" is lost on the mainstream press and even the left-wing press, who obediently regurgitate the image of the lone "right-wing nut," as obediently as they spew forth the image of "crazed Islamic terrorists" or "apocalyptic cultists." Hence the media, acting in concert with the government, dutifully feeds the public with whatever image serves their purposes at the time.
In the case of the Oklahoma City bombing, that purpose has been to connect McVeigh and Nichols with the Patriot/Militia movement--to paint the movement itself as composed of fervent extremists bent on senseless violence. In huge lift quotes across the top of two pages, Time quotes supposed Michigan Militia member John Simpson:
"Terry [Nichols] came to one of our meetings and wanted to talk about a tax revolt... AND ELIMINATING THE GOVERNMENT." (emphasis mine)
Interestingly, the Ryder truck bomb has earned the nick-name the "Mannlicher-Carcano Bomb," after the cheap Italian-made rifle with a defective scope that was allegedly used to kill President Kennedy. District Attorney Jim Garrison joked during the Claw Shaw conspiracy trial that the government's nuclear physics lab could explain how a single bullet could travel through President Kennedy and Governor Connally five times while making several u-turns, then land in pristine condition on the President's gurney.
In the Oklahoma bombing case, it seems the government is attempting to perform a similar feat of light and magic. The fact that a non-directional, low-velocity fertilizer bomb parked 20 to 30 feet from a modern, steel-reinforced super-structure could not have caused the pattern and degree of damage it did was not mentioned in the mainstream press.
While several other unexploded bombs were pulled out of the wreckage, including one with a timing mechanism on it, none was ever mentioned. While news reports on the day of the blast show people being evacuated due to these bomb scares, this fact was quickly hushed up and later denied.
Also denied was the fact that the ATF and DEA had illegally-stored explosives in ordinance lockers. The ATF's locker, located on the 9th floor, had it's floor blown out. Interestingly, the locker was directly above the area of maximum damage, known as "the pit." Yet ATF Special Agent in Charge Lester Martz denied that the locker was even damaged. 
It fact it was almost impossible to find anything in the mainstream press about the blatant inconsistencies in the government's story. Nor were the experts who came forward to inform the public of the simple physical inconsistencies inherent in the government's version of the bombing. Benjamin Partin, a retired Air Force general with 25 years experience in explosives and ballistic weapons design and testing who examined the destroyed building, was ignored altogether or dismissed as a right-wing kook. 
NBC's Dateline attempted to pooh-pooh any theory that the government's version of events was not on the up and up by interviewing two of the most outrageous conspiracy theorists they could find: Debra Von Trapp, who claims the bombing was a retaliation for the Japanese subway gassing, and former FBI agent Ted Gunderson, who claimed the bomb was a miniature nuclear weapon, and even someone who cooks up details from Ouija board. Thus, by proxy, Dateline effectively discredits all non-official proponents of events.
As the case nears trial, America's attention will no doubt be focused on Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols in the same expos-tabloid fashion that riveted its attention on the O.J. Simpson trial. As in the Simpson trial, the relevant facts will remain obscured behind the colored smoke and lights of what will certainly be a circus trial. In the meantime the media will continue to focus on the personalities of the "official" suspects, heart-wrenching stories of the victims, and the wonderful panacea of legislation which will save us from the new "Terror From Within."
Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) is an avid proponent of the "Terror From Within" theory. During the militia hearings, Specter asked Michigan Militia leader Norm Olson how he could say that he understood how someone could do such a thing (referring to the bombing). Although Specter took Olson's statement out of context, he should probably have asked himself that question. Specter's foregone conclusions obviously derive from a keen sense of intuition. As a young federal prosecutor during the Kennedy assassination, it was Arlen Specter who propounded the single "magic bullet" theory. Now, on the very same day as the bombing, Specter is seen propounding the single "magic bomb" theory on McNeil/Lerher.
Now Specter, who is head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is asking KFOR for all the evidence they have collected on John Doe #2. No doubt the good Senator's collecting this information for the next Warren Commission report.
One American's foregone conclusion of the Oklahoma bombing may be more revealing however. It is from a letter sent to the hospitalized survivors by a 3rd grade boy. It reads:
"Hello, I hope you feel better from the explosion in Oklahoma. I wish it never happened. I felt sad when it happened. I felt bad for the people who died and the people who got hurt. That's only the beginning of what's going to happen to America. Hope you feel better."