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Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 8 Num. 94

("Quid coniuratio est?")


Watching the video, "Oklahoma City: What Really Happened?," brought back the shock, horror and sorrow felt by this writer on April 19, 1995, the date of the Oklahoma City bombing. The documentary is interspersed throughout with dramatic footage from that sad day, punctuating the many witness accounts with a funereal undertone.

As one who is more accustomed to reading as my primary information source, this video adds to my familiarity with the tragedy, putting before me real faces and voices to supplement my understanding. The faces I see are of average Americans, persons with whom I might ordinarily interact at work or at play, all describing how something is terribly wrong with the official story on what happened that morning in Oklahoma City.

Among the many witnesses interviewed are Oklahoma State Representative Charles Key; Glen Wilburn, whose two grandsons, Chase and Colton, perished in the explosion; J.D. Cash, an investigative reporter who has interviewed over 100 witnesses to the April 19th events; Mike Moroz, a tire shop employee who innocently directed a lost Tim McVeigh and "John Doe #2" toward the doomed Murrah Building; Brigadier General Ben Partin (retired), an explosives expert; and Dr. Raymond Brown, a seismologist. All cast doubt on a supposed "single truck bomb" being the sole cause of the April 19th bombing.

According to Wilburn, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) may have had explosives stored in the Murrah Building. He cites witnesses who have confirmed this. J.D. Cash, who has personally interviewed over 100 witnesses to the April 19th tragedy, says that explosives were removed in the hours after the initial blast. One type of explosive he believes was stored is the deadly C4 -- "Charlie Cuatro" -- which, though normally not volatile, could easily have been ignited by, for example, a "fertilizer bomb" in a Ryder truck.

Were explosive devices secretly removed after the blast? Alert viewers of the early broadcast coverage coming from Oklahoma City on April 19 will recall that there was more than one bomb scare that morning. Rescue workers and reporters, more than once, were ordered to leave the area due to supposed additional explosives having been found. Were BATF arsenals, dangerously stored in a building which housed a child care center, quietly hustled off-site during these interludes? Some witnesses insist that TOW missiles, hand grenades, and high explosives were stored in the Murrah Building. Although BATF and FBI pooh-pooh that these were just "training devices," Cash responds that that is ridiculous.

Oklahoma State Representative Charles Key was in an office five miles away from ground zero when he both heard and felt the blast. Gradually, he began to develop doubts as to the "Lone Nut McVeigh" angle that was being disseminated by the major media outlets. For example, he wondered why the reported size of the bomb kept being upgraded. You may recall how the Ryder truck which is said to have held the "fertilizer bomb" kept growing in size: from about 16 feet long, to 24 feet long, until it finally reached the maximum-sized truck available. What finally clinched Key's doubts was the expert analysis by Brigadier General (ret.) Partin.

The video shows a press conference held by Partin, in June 1995, at which he proved that the idea of an unaided "fertilizer bomb," parked outside the building, having done the amount of damage it is supposed to have done, is not possible. The reinforced columns supporting the structure couldn't have been destroyed by a blast, travelling through air. Stresses Partin: "You can't destroy hard targets with blast. It just doesn't work. Reinforced columns in a building are hard targets."

Representative Key finally decided that "serious inconsistencies," between the official line on what happened and the evidence and witness testimony he was hearing, required that he step forward. He tried to get a special oversight committee -- independent of federal investigators and merely taking a second look at conclusions reached by them -- but his request was denied. Finally, Key was forced to find whatever alternative means he could to get the word out. One way has been this video.

There is a lot more in the video, "Oklahoma City: What Really Happened?", that I cannot cover in this review: for example, a Dr. Raymond Brown, a seismologist whose analysis shows that more than one bomb was involved in the April 19th destruction; Mike Moroz, a tire shop employee who innocently provided instructions to a lost Tim McVeigh, searching for the Murrah Building early that morning. (Moroz is adamant that McVeigh was not alone in the Ryder truck); and evidence that BATF had prior knowledge of the bomb danger.

It is disturbing to hear our supposed "representatives" in the U.S. Congress, and other supposed guardians of our safety and liberties, routinely refering to the April 19, 1995 Oklahoma City bombing as if the crime has been solved. One hears stupid statements like, "In light of what happened in Oklahoma City, we must have increased terrorist legislation." Yet please bear this in mind: a woman or man is entitled to the presumption of innocence. This is (or is supposed to be) a hallmark of our society; that one is "innocent until proven guilty." One wouldn't know that from the subtext found in remarks by politicians and pundits who advertise their ignorance in television-land.

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