. McVeigh's attorney Stephen Jones filed a brief accusing the government of intimidation and manipulation of witnesses and obstruction of justice.
. Witnesses were told by ATF personnel that they had been offered a choice in coming in to the office that day.
. Smith stated that US Attorney Pat Ryan told her that all but three agents were at a golf tournament in Shawnee OK that morning.
. April 19th is a significant date in American history. The battle of Lexington --the opening battles of the Revolutionary War -- was fought on this day. April 19th was the opening date of the Waco, Branch Davidian seige, resulting in the deaths of 86 men, women, and children, and, a year earlier was the date on which Randy Weaver was raided, resulting in the death of his wife and son. It was also the execution date for Richard Wayne Snell, a member of Aryan Nations convicted of murder.
. In fact, Magaw's statement was supported by a warning memo sent out on March 15th by Eduardo Gonzales, head of the U.S. Marshals Service. The memo put all federal courthouses on alert due to threats of an imminent Middle-Eastern terrorist attack. The Oklahoma City Fire Department received a warning from the FBI, verified by Chief Bunch who took the call. The FBI later denied sending any warning.
. Letter from U.S. Dept. of Justice dated 10/31/95. This is the same Justice Department that covered for the FBI in its atrocities at Waco, where the FBI gassed and incinerated 86 men, women and children. The man responsible for Waco and Ruby Ridge, who gave the order for snipers to fire on women and children, was Larry Potts. Attorney General Janet Reno later promoted Potts to Assistant Director of the FBI.
. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once wrote: "Experience should teach us to be most on guard to protect liberty when government purposes are beneficent... The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning, but without understanding."
. The Domestic Insurgency Act (H.R. 1544), purports to prevent two or more individuals from engaging in any paramilitary group who possess "any weapons capable of causing death or injury with the intention to unlawfully oppose the authority of the United States." Such unlawful intention is left open for federal authorities to interpret.
. President Clinton quickly denounced militias after the bombing. House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for the FBI to have expanded power to infiltrate paramilitary groups. On February 9th, Clinton signed Executive Order 12949, expanding the mandate of the little-known FISA court. The secret court, now has legal authority to approve black-bag operations to authorize Department of Justice (DOJ) requests to conduct physical as well as electronic searches, without obtaining a warrant in open court, without notifying the subject, without providing an inventory of items seized. The targets need not be under suspicion of committing a crime, but may be investigated when probable cause results solely from their associations or status.
. In fact, the Senate passed the Anti-Terrorism Bill 91-8. It's now awaiting final passage in the House.
. The New York Times has led the pack in painting Timothy McVeigh as an angry, mis-guided Patriot. Newsweek's July 3rd interview with McVeigh paints a slightly different picture -- one of an articulate, intelligent, aware young man. In spite of the interview, Newsweek's editors could not resist the temptation to pattern their conclusions after the Times articles. (see the Times, 12/31/95, page 1)
. In fact, some witnesses also reported seeing a John Doe #3 and 4 who appeared to be Middle-Eastern, before and just after the bombing. The popular conception that John Doe #2 is a Middle-Easterner is false. Most witnesses reported John Doe #2 to be a mix of American Indian and Hispanic in appearance.
. Nor were any witnesses who saw McVeigh around the same time. The obvious inference being that those who saw McVeigh would have also seen John Doe #2.
. New York Times, 12/3/95.
. In the Whitewater affair, a special federal judge panel, by statute, appointed an Independent Counsel, Kenneth Starr, supposed to be separate and apart from the Justice Department. Under the law, this was supposed to assure the public that there would be an "independent" investigation of possible high-level criminality, not a white-wash. Miguel Rodriguez was reportedly blocked by Starr and others from probing and calling independent witnesses, not necessarily FBI nor forensic experts beholden to a political agenda. All this, in respect to suspicions that White House deputy counsel Vincent Foster, jr. was not really a suicide but murdered. "Whitewater And The 'Runaway' Federal Grand Jury", Sherman H. Skolnick. Conspiracy Nation, Vol. 5, No. 30.
. Jubilee Magazine, 11/95.
. The seismograms showed two distinct "spikes" indicating two distinct explosions. Although government sources claimes that the second spike resulted from the collapse of the building, Brown and Holzer dispute that claim. The findings also indicated the presence of "shear waves," indicating the possibility of cutting charges placed on the support columns of the building. This claim is echoed by USAF Brigadier General Benjamin Partin (retired).
. Mrs. Smith complained that, when she appears on local radio shows, it seems to her that "more people around here now hate me than like me... People that don't want to think that the government would do such a thing."
. Instead of receiving the checks people sent to her, Smith received a $900 monthly compensation check from the Red Cross.
. "Another Bush Boy," Gene Wheaton, Portland Free Press, July 1995.
. Ricks is in good company. Larry Potts, an FBI supervisor who gave the order to "shoot to kill" at Ruby Ridge, resulting in the murder of a 14 year old boy and a nursing mother, still under investigation, was appointed director of the FBI's investigation in Oklahoma.
. The same reason for demolishing the Oklahoma federal building was given for demolishing the buildings at Waco. "Safety concerns." Yet the Waco buildings were miles from anywhere. Furthermore, an architect who had inspected the federal building soon after the bombing had said there was no immediate danger. But, according to David Hall, owner of KPOC-TV in Ponca City, Oklahoma, this architect was later "persuaded" to change his opinion.
. For instance, leaking reports that McVeigh claimed he was implanted with a microchip, and that he called himself a "prisoner of war" during his arrest, allegations that McVeigh vehemently denied in a Newsweek interview.
. "Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast," New York Times, 10/28/93, "The Other Trial," The Wall Street Journal, 9/22/93. While originally mentioned in the context of a joke, I later fould out that the FBI and the ATF do in fact have a contract with Ryder Trucks.
. Roger Raubach, a former Stanford chemistry PhD, said, "General Partin's assessment is absolutely correct. I don't care if they pulled up a semi-trailer truck with 20 tons of ammonium nitrate; it wouldn't do the damage we saw there [in Oklahoma City]." Sam Gronning, a licensed blaster in Casper, Wyoming with 30 years experience said, "No truck bomb of ANFO (ammonium nitrate slurry) out in the open is going to cause the kind of damage we had there."