Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 10 Num. 62

("Quid coniuratio est?")


John DeCamp, Pat Briley, and Tom Valentine Give a Non-Corporate Analysis -- Surprise, Surprise: Corporate

         "News" Media Has Manipulated Its Coverage of Trial

Guests on Tom Valentine's Radio Free America (shortwave 5.745 MHz, Sundays, approx. 9-12 pm EST) program on June 1, 1997 were attorney John DeCamp and Pat Briley, specialist on what really happened in Oklahoma City on 4/19/95 and its aftermath. Here are excerpts; due to press of time I may include more info in a subsequent issue of Conspiracy Nation.

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It seems to me, John, that you're making the most important point (that a lawyer would make)...

The point is very simple, Tom... Here's the most important thing, in my opinion. If there is a conspiracy, it doesn't end with the government. (I know that's pretty serious talk.) Think about it: every single step of the way, the one thing prevented from examination is anything that would establish conclusively what the nature of that bomb was.

Remember, I was ready to file, on behalf of the victims, the motion that would keep the [Murrah] Building standing [after the April 19th blast(s).] I had the world's best bomb expert, the Kennedy Company (that had investigated the World Trade Center bombing, etc.) ready to go in. And McVeigh's attorneys, Mr. Jones and Company, were the ones that came to me and begged me not to do anything -- they wanted to do it. I turned my bomb expert (Kennedy and Company) over to them. I backed out; I let them go ahead and, supposedly, file. What did they do? They let the building come down almost immediately.

It was the single most important piece of evidence. The single most important piece of evidence was, is, should be, WHAT ACTUALLY CAUSED THE DESTRUCTION. The one thing that everybody, from the defense on, seemed to prevent was an examination of the [bombing(s)] site and what caused the damage.

So something is fishy, but it doesn't end with the government.

The OKC jury didn't get a lot of info in the first place; an awful lot of info was held back. And it was relevant.

The jury does not have a complete set of facts, in order to make their decision. A lot of facts were omitted by both the defense and the prosecution.

The Truth does not cease to exist just because people choose to ignore it.

Judge Matsch took the following steps to prevent evidence being presented in this trial:

** Prevented Carol Howe (an ATF informant) from testifying. Considered her testimony to be irrelevant. Even amongst the anti-McVeigh stalwarts in OKC, this caused a storm of protest; they consider Howe to be extremely relevant to possible other "John Doe's" or conspirators. Poll taken via radio in OKC: 80 percent considered the judge's decision extremely wrong. Court TV and also Alan Dershowitz and Gerry Spence have commented on this performance by Judge Matsch and considered it very poor; characterized the judge's behavior as capricious.

** No evidence related to any Middle Eastern connection could be presented at the trial.

** Justice Department report on FBI crime lab not admissable as evidence. One or two pages were allowed, but not the entire report. Bad precedent, because a number of cases have already been re-opened where the report was an essential element in re-opening cases and was delivered as evidence.

** Writ of Mandamus filed by Jones. Jones outlines evidence he has found. Writ filed 3/25/97; cost of investigations behind the document estimated at $1 million or more. Included Jones' investigatory work; people sent overseas as well as throughout U.S. to come up with leads -- e.g. government foreknowledge of bombing(s), other conspirators, etc. Writ requests 10th Circuit to order federal government to make available for evidence in the trial certain government documents bearing on the case. Writ not a "fishing expedition"; Jones shows that government did have foreknowledge and did have knowledge of other conspirators in this case that they had not adequately pursued. 10th Circuit chose to reject the appeal summarily and gave no reason for its decision.

The national news media and other news media have copies of the Writ -- I made sure that they all got copies. They have chosen not to report this, not to discuss the contents. And yet it is a public document; it's a legitimate document for the defense team. And I daresay Mr. Jones would get in a lot of trouble for putting knowingly false statements in there. And yet the press chose not to put before the American people a long document filed in public court. It's at best a matter of extreme laziness or incompetence on their part, and at the worst, a conspiracy of silence.

And the press's coverage of the details of the trial has been abominable. Worse than abominable. In this case, they don't report most of the details; and when they do, they mis-characterize it.

I have a number of friends, by the way, in journalism, who I've talked to about this. And they are shaking their heads as well.

There's something terribly wrong here. If we're relying on our "wonderful" FBI and our "wonderful" press to protect us from terrorism by presenting the truth, we're in trouble.

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