A columnist at the Miami Herald, Leonard Pitts, Jr., believes Republicans are terrorists little different than Timothy McVeigh, the former soldier who supposed blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City 20 years ago today.
“Twenty years ago, the idea of anti-government resistance seemed confined to a lunatic fringe operating in the shadows beyond the mainstream,”Pitts writes. “Twenty years later, it is the mainstream, the beating heart of the Republican Party. And while certainly no responsible figure on the right advocates or condones what he did, it is just as certain that McVeigh’s violent antipathy toward Washington, his conviction that America’s government is America’s enemy, has bound itself to the very DNA of modern conservatism.”
This is more than simply Democrat demagoguery. It is a complete break with reality akin to a schizophrenic episode.
So-called mainstream Republicans, like their Democrat counterparts, are staunch supporters and defenders of federal government gigantism. They colluded with Democrats — even during Reagan’s term — to expand the scape and size of government, not diminish it.
“Republicans never even tried to repeal Johnson’s Great Society. Instead, the budget increased, the deficit exploded, the national debt expanded, and Social Security and Medicare tax rates were raised,” writes Laurence M. Vance.
“I don’t want to abolish government,” Grover Norquist famously said. “I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.”
This idea is abhorrent to Republicans. “Republicans are welfare/warfare statists,” Vance continues. “They want to confiscate trillions of dollars from the American people and redistribute it in the form of government contracts or welfare. Then they want to increase every year what they take and what they spend. They want to further run up the national debt. They want to spend money on thousands of departments, agencies, grants, and programs that are not warranted by the Constitution. And they want to do all of this while proclaiming their fiscal conservatism, reverence for the Constitution, desire to cut spending, commitment to the free market, and belief in limited government. They are crooks and liars — just like the Democrats.”
Timothy McVeigh is not the person Pitts, the corporate media and the government tell us he is. Plus the official story on what happened in Oklahoma City is the stuff of pure fiction.
In the lead up to the fifteen anniversary to the bombing, MSNBC ran a documentary supposedly detailing Timothy McVeigh’s death row “confession.” The documentary omits a large amount of evidence that seriously undermines the government version repeated and amplified by the corporate media.
Here is a long excerpt from an Infowars.com article posted on April 25, 2010:
McVeigh said he was attacking the government in response to Waco, and yet no BATF or FBI agents were killed or injured and badge carrying federal agents were mysteriously absent from the Alfred E. Murrah building on the morning of the attack. “Why were all BATF personnel away from their desks on a regular weekday morning? Did someone tip them off in advance?” asks Steven Yates.
U.S. Judge Wayne Alley had an office in the Murrah Building. He was tipped off by the Justice Department that there would be a terrorist attack on a federal building. Judge Alley’s statement about this was published in the Portland Oregonian. The Oklahoma City Fire Department was also allegedly warned by the FBI the weekend before the attack.
If we are to believe MSNBC’s crude propaganda, McVeigh acted alone on the morning of the attack. And yet more than 70 witnesses claimed to have seen Timothy McVeigh on the day of the explosion with others conveniently excluded from the MSNBC presentation.
Jane Graham, a ninth floor survivor of the bombing, said she saw two men who were caught on camera walking away from the building with walkie-talkies after the bombing. She said that she had noticed these men in the building prior to the bombing wearing General Services Administration maintenance uniforms and she did not recognize the men as GSA employees. Ms. Graham was ignored when she contacted the FBI about what she saw.
Other witnesses saw a bomb squad at the scene prior to the bombing. “The day was fine, everything was normal when I arrived for work at about 7:45 a.m. There was some talk about the bomb squad among the employees at our office. We wondered what it was doing in our parking lot. Around nine I heard and felt a huge explosion. Then someone said it had to be a bomb, and we all knew. I remembered the bomb squad in our parking lot and knew what had happened,” a woman identified as “Norma” told a reporter.
Norma subsequently quit her job and went into hiding and refused to speak again to any reporters or investigators. “So have a number of other people who saw the heavily armed and equipped bomb squad in the area up to three hours before the blast,” notes Team Infinity.
And rightfully so. A significant number of people related to the OK City bombing have mysteriously died, including Oklahoma City police officers Terrance Yeakey, Gordon Martin and Ken Griffin, a number of Oklahoma City firefighters, Dr. H. Don Chumley, GSA employee Mike Loudenslager and others.
Evidence of more than one person in the Ryder truck, evidence Maddow and MSNBC ignored.
The MSNBC documentary makes it look like cobbling together a fertilizer bomb is relatively easy. But according to Department of the Army and Air Force Technical Manual No. 9-1910, entitled Military Explosives, an ANFO (Ammonium Nitrate and Fuel Oil) bomb requires a greater than 99% purity of ammonium nitrate before it can be mixed with diesel fuel to create an explosive substance. The 7,000 pounds of explosive the MSNBC documentary claims McVeigh used to build his bomb with a reluctant Terry Nichols would not have been enough to cause the damage. The ANFO mixture also requires low humidity, and yet McVeigh and Nichols allegedly cooked up their bomb on the banks of Geary Lake in Kansas.
“When I first saw the picture of the truck bomb’s asymmetrical damage to the Federal building in Oklahoma, my immediate reaction was that the pattern of damage would have been technically impossible without supplementary demolition charges at some of the reinforced concrete bases inside the building, a standard demolition technique,” explained retired Air Force Brigadier General Benton K. Partin, former commander of the Air Force Armament Technology Laboratory, and a 25-year expert in the design and development of bombs. “Reinforced concrete targets in large buildings are hard targets to blast. I know of no way possible to reproduce the apparent building damage through simply a truck bomb effort,” Partin said. General Partin’s request to have the bomb site preserved in order to examine the possibility of a second explosion was ignored by the government.
Joe Harp, a man with military explosives experience, stated in an affidavit there “was a strong sulfur smell in the air that was very reminiscent of the gas-enhanced ‘Daisy cutter’ bombs I am familiar with from my tours of duty in Vietnam… It was not an ANFO smell.”
In May 1995, former Senior Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Los Angeles, Ted Gunderson, produced an evaluation of the bombing that revealed two distinct seismograph events. Dr. Raymond Brown, a senior geophysicist, analyzed the seismograph data and concluded there was a bomb inside the building. Geophysicist Charles Mankin, Director of the University of Oklahoma’s Geological Survey, also said two explosions occurred, the second coming approximately eight seconds after the first. The U.S. Geological Survey decided not released this data.
An affidavit signed by Tiffany Bible, a paramedic for the Emergency Medical Services Authority, indicates she overheard an ATF agent and members of law enforcement discussing the removal of a fifty pound bomb from a gas line inside the building.
A Department of Defense Atlantic Command Memo issued 36 hours after the event reported that a “second bomb was disarmed and a third bomb was evacuated.” This was confirmed by a U.S. Forces Command Daily Log that stated at least two additional bombs “were located in the vicinity of the explosion site. Evidently intended for the rescuers.” Oklahoma Highway Patrol radio logs also reported secondary bombs at the site.
Maddow explains how McVeigh was tracked down by a VIN number found on the axle of the Ryder truck he rented. “No rear axle on any vehicle manufactured in America is imprinted with a VIN, even after recent legislation forcing manufacturers to place multiple VINS on the engine, firewall, and frame to discourage chop shops,” notes Team Infinity. “When queried, a spokesman for Ryder told reporters than it does not imprint additional VINS on its trucks. The only conceivable number available on a rear axle is a part number, but a part number couldn’t lead to the identification of a specific vehicle.”
The FBI was unable to provide any forensic evidence linking McVeigh to the Ryder truck or the explosives. “An FBI fingerprint expert conceded today that no fingerprints of Oklahoma bombing defendant Timothy J. McVeigh were found on a rental receipt for the Ryder truck used in the blast, inside the Ryder dealership, inside lockers the government believes were used to store explosives used in the bomb, or on the Ryder truck key found in an Oklahoma City alley after the bombing,” the Washington Post reported on May 16, 1997.
In 2005, the AFP reported that a raid on the one-time home of Terry Nichols turned up evidence implicating federal agents in the bombing. “A source has told AFP that bomb components discovered at the former home of the OKC bombing accomplice have been linked to a federal informant who investigators believe lied during the trial of Timothy McVeigh,” Pat Shannan wrote for the American Free Press on April 10, 2005. Nichols pointed to a an FBI informant named Roger Moore.
“Those familiar with the details of the case say Nichols has evidently come to conclude — as have many independent investigators — that he (Nichols) and McVeigh were being manipulated prior to the bombing by federal authorities in what was intended to be a ‘sting’ the feds would use as ‘proof’ of their skill in tackling domestic ‘terrorist threats’ from ‘radical right wing extremists,’” Shannan writes.
In 2007, Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue put the final nail in the coffin that is the OK City Bombing conspiracy. “The attorney who was able to obtain a declaration from Terry Nichols fingering an FBI agent as directing Timothy McVeigh says that the documents attached to the affidavit indicate that the Oklahoma City bombing was an inside job,” write Paul Joseph Watson and Alex Jones.
In January 1996, Trentadue received an anonymous phone call telling him that his brother Kenneth had been murdered by the FBI in a case of mistaken identity because his brother had fit the profile of a member of a group called the Midwest Bank Robbery Gang that had been robbing banks to fund an attack on the federal government. This led Trentadue to file a lawsuit in Utah ordering the FBI to release all documents relating to a failed sting operation they were running at a white supremacist paramilitary training camp in Elohim City, eastern Oklahoma, and its connection to the bombing on April 19 1995.
“During the process of his lawsuit, Trentadue was able to receive documents with names blacked out that show the FBI’s OKC bombing informants were conducting armed robberies with Timothy McVeigh in order to fund the construction of the fertilizer bomb used in the attack on the federal building,” Watson and Jones explain. “”One of the foreign informants was actually the explosives instructor who taught him how to make the bomb,” said Trentadue, confirming that Nichols told him the criminal activities were part of a process of creating a ledger or a storyboard to which the government’s version of events could later be pinned to.”
“I think they put together this harebrained idea at Elohim City to lure in all these militia groups under the pretense of teaching them how to rob banks in armored cars and attack the federal government and I think they planned to catch them in the act,” said Trentadue.
As it turns out, the Southern Poverty Law Center (the SPLC’s propaganda minister Mark Potok figures prominently in the MSNBC propaganda piece) was “engaged in an undercover role where they monitored subjects for the FBI believed to be linked to executed bomber Timothy McVeigh, the white supremacist compound at Elohim City and the mysterious German national Andreas Carl Strassmeir,” the McCurtain Daily Gazette reported on December 14, 2003.
Strassmeir, a German intelligence operative, was implicated in the bombing by the former Pentagon intelligence officer Bill McCoy (who died mysteriously after making this information public). In 1996, Strassmeir was named as a “US federal informant with material knowledge of the bombing,” according to a report published in The Telegraph.
All of this evidence is ignored by MSNBC and Rachel Maddow. MSNBC’s “The McVeigh Tapes” is nothing but cynical propaganda designed to demonize the patriot and militia movements and feed into the current round of hysteria over the “right-wing” Tea Party movement and link it to violence and racist paranoia invented by the government and telegraphed the Mockingbird corporate media.
Finally, it should be noted that McVeigh and Nichols were not connected to the militia movement of the 1990s, although this is a common assertion made by the government and the corporate media. “There is not a single piece of concrete evidence to connect either Timothy McVeigh or Terry Nichols to any militia or right-wing group,” notes the Team Infinity researchers. “Why has the news media refused to acknowledge this fact and continued to spread the patently false assertion that McVeigh was a member of a militia group?”
“By definition, a terrorist must take credit for his violence, or else there is no compelling reason to commit a crime. The specific purpose of terrorism is to gain a political end through the credible threat to commit future acts of violence. No one has claimed credit for the Oklahoma City bombing. Militia and right-wing groups, the alleged masterminds and presumed beneficiaries, have been particularly vehement in denouncing the explosion and in many cases have cooperated directly with Federal agencies to absolve themselves of any involvement. The only statement of alleged political motive comes from the very government which was attacked.”
The OK City bombing was a false flag attack perpetuated by the government “to gain a political end” and that end was to demonize political opposition. It is an effort that continues today and will expand as the political opposition gains popular support.