"It had to have been mined," said the gruff, gnarly voice on the other
end of the line. "It's real simple. You cannot bring down a building like that
without cutting charges set on the support pillars."
Bud, an ex-Green Beret who saw heavy combat in Vietnam, should know what
he's talking about. Bud had military demolitions training — the kind
taught to men who need to know how to blow up hardened targets.
"It couldn't have been done externally like that," added Bud. "Without
cutting charges, there's just no way to do it."
Bud didn't want me to use his full name. He was worried about his VA
One man who wasn't worried about government reprisals was General Benton
K. Partin. A retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General, Partin had
responsibility for the design and testing of almost every non-nuclear weapon
device used in the Air Force, including precision-guided weapons designed to
destroy hardened targets like the Alfred P. Murrah Building. Partin has
exhaustively researched the bombing and the resulting pattern of damage.
In a letter dated May 17, 1995, hand-delivered to each member of the
Congress and Senate, Partin stated:
When I first saw the pictures of the truck-bomb's asymmetrical damage
to the Federal Building, my immediate reaction was that the pattern of damage
would have been technically impossible without supplementing demolition charges
at some of the reinforcing concrete column bases…. For a simplistic blast
truck-bomb, of the size and composition reported, to be able to reach out on
the order of 60 feet and collapse a reinforced column base the size of column
A-7 is beyond credulity.
The full text of Partin's report, reproduced in the appendix, is too
complex to elaborate on here, says a truck filled with ammonium nitrate could
not have caused the degree of damage done to the Alfred P. Murrah building. Not
when it was parked at least 20 feet away from that building. Without direct
contact, the fall-off from the blast would be too great to do any serious
Another man who knows a thing or two about bombs is Samuel Cohen,
inventor of the Neutron Bomb. Cohen began his career on the Manhattan Project
at Los Alamos, where he was charged with studying the effects of the atomic
bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. During his 40 year career, Cohen
worked with every application of nuclear weapons design and testing.
Cohen stated his position in a letter to Oklahoma State Representative
It would have been absolutely impossible and against the laws of
nature for a truck full of fertilizer and fuel oil… no matter how much was
used… to bring the building down.
Interestingly, the Ryder truck-bomb has earned the nickname the
"Mannlicher-Carcanno 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 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 appears 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 is not being widely touted by the government or the mainstream
press. The government expects the public to believe that two disgruntled
amateurs blew up the Oklahoma City Federal Building with a homemade fertilizer
Dr. Roger Raubach doesn't believe the government. Raubach, who did his
Ph.D. in physical chemistry and served on the research faculty at Stanford
University, says, "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."
Raubach, who is the technical director of a chemical company, explained
in an interview with The New American magazine:
"The detonation velocity of the shock wave from an ANFO (ammonium
nitrate/fuel-oil) explosion is on the order of 3,500 meters per second. In
comparison, military explosives generally have detonation velocities that hit
7,000 to 8,000-plus meters per second. The most energetic single-component
explosive of this type, C-4 — which is also known as Cyclonite or RDX
— is about 8,000 meters per second and above. You don't start doing
big-time damage to heavy structures until you get into those ranges, which is
why the military uses those explosives."
The government is not happy about people like Dr. Roger Raubach. They
don't want you to know what Dr. Raubach knows. Sam Gronning, a licensed,
professional blaster in Casper, Wyoming with 30 years experience in explosives,
told The New American:
"The Partin letter states in very precise technical terms what
everyone in this business knows: No truck-bomb of ANFO out in the open is going
to cause the kind of damage we had there in Oklahoma City. In 30 years of
blasting, using everything from 100 percent nitrogel to ANFO, I've not seen
anything to support that story."
In an interview with the author, Gronning said, "I set off a 5,000 lb
ANFO charge. I was standing 1,000 feet from it, and all it did was muss my
hair, take out the mud in the creek that we were trying to get rid of, and it
shattered a few leaves off the trees around it. It didn't cause any collateral
damage to any of the deeply set trees that were within 20 feet of it."
The FBI has a different story to tell.
The FBI claims that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols bought several
thousand pounds of ammonium nitrate at a farm supply store in Manhattan,
Kansas, then drove to Geary State Park where they mixed a bomb. The FBI claims
that the suspects then hauled their magic bomb a distance of over 500 miles,
where, nearly 24 hours later, they blew up the Federal Building in Oklahoma
Yet what the FBI — those bastions of truth and justice — don't
want you to know, is that fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate isn't a very good
blasting agent. As a publication from the Atlas Powder company states:
…agricultural fertilizer prills when made into ANFO had very poor
explosive characteristics. They would not detonate efficiently because of their
high density, lack of porosity and heavy inert coatings of anti-setting
agents.… The ability of an oiled prill to be detonated depends greatly
upon the density of the prill. Dense prills, such as agricultural grade, often
are not detonable at all; or if initiated, perform at a very low rate of
detonation and may die out in the bore hole performing no useful work.
U.S. Army Technical Manual TM 9-1910 states it thusly:
The grade of ammonium nitrate used in the manufacture of binary
explosives is required to be at least 99 percent pure, contain not more than
1.15 percent of moisture, and have maximum ether-soluble, water-insoluble
acidity, sulfate, and chloride contents of 0.10, 0.18, 0.02, 0.05, and 0.50
Moreover, a bomb like that is not easy to mix. According to Gronning,
"You'd have to stir and stir and stir to get just the right mixture for proper
combustibility. And then, if it isn't used immediately, the oil settles to the
bottom and the bomb doesn't go off."
"ANFO is easy to make if you know how to do it," adds Jeffrey Dean,
Executive Director of the International Society of Explosives Engineers, "but
it takes years of experience to work with safely." According to Dean, "It is
almost impossible for amateurs to properly mix the ammonium nitrate with the
fuel oil. Clumps of ANFO would inevitably fail to detonate."
The scenario of two men mixing huge barrels of fertilizer and fuel-oil
in a public park also stretches the limits of credulity. Such a spectacle would
surely have been seen by anyone passing by: hikers, picnickers, fishermen.
"That would have drawn so much attention," said Rick Sherrow, a former
ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) agent with 25 years experience in
explosives. "It would have required an area twice the size of a truck just to
walk around… that would have not have gone okay."
Naturally, the expert who testified for the government disagrees. Linda
Jones, an explosives specialist who has studied IRA bombings in Great Britain,
"concluded that there was one device… in the rear cargo compartment of a
Ryder truck…." Jones added that it wouldn't be difficult to build such a
large bomb "provided they had a basic knowledge of explosives and access to the
materials — it would be fairly simple. One person could do it on their
own, but more people could do it quicker."
While the government built its case on witness accounts of the single
Ryder truck, numerous witnesses, uncalled to testify by the prosecution for the
McVeigh trial, recall seeing two trucks. Could two trucks — one
rented by McVeigh, and one rented by the suspect known as John Doe 2 —
have been used to transport the huge quantities of material necessary to build
such a bomb?
"I would buy two trucks simply for logistics," said Sherrow. "One truck
full of barrels of ammonium nitrate, and you still got to put the fuel into it.
Because you don't want to put the fuel in and let it settle for days at a time.
They would have to have something to bring everything together and mix it, and
that's going to take more then one truck."
Two days prior to the Murrah Building bombing — on April 17th
— David King, staying at the Dreamland Motel in Junction City, Kansas,
where McVeigh and John Doe 2 spent time, remembered seeing the Ryder truck with
a trailer attached to it. Inside the trailer was a large object wrapped in
white canvas. "It was a squarish shape, and it came to a point on top," said
King. "It was about three or four feet high." King said that later in the day,
the trailer was gone, but the truck was still in the lot.
Was this witness describing some sophisticated explosive device? Or was
he describing a Lely farm mixer? A Lely farm mixer is about four feet high with
a pointed top. What happened to this trailer? Why did we never hear anymore
Then around 2:00 a.m. on April 19, a Ryder truck pulled into the
Save-A-Trip convenience store in Kingman, Kansas, followed by a light colored
car and a brown pick-up. Assistant manager Richard Sinnett clearly recalls
three men, including McVeigh and a man resembling John Doe 2 enter the store.
Yet Sinnett was particularly struck by the odd contraption they were towing
— a large plastic, semi-transparent tank full of clear liquid.
Was this diesel fuel that the bombers intended to add to their ammonium nitrate
mixture at the last minute?
Despite a mountain of evidence against the [government's] ANFO theory,
the government has gone to great lengths to convince the jury and the public
that the Murrah Building was destroyed by a single ANFO bomb delivered by a
pair of disgruntled Right-wing extremists. In fact, the ATF televised a
demonstration of an ANFO truck-bomb detonating in an effort to prove their
contention. "They fired the thing off," said Gronning. "We saw it — it was
on CNN — so what? All it did was set off an explosion and wiggle the trees
behind it. It didn't even knock them over.
"My knowledge comes from practical handling of explosives," added
Gronning. "And my belief is that 4800 lbs of ANFO wouldn't have scuffed the
paint on the building!"
The FBI also changed the size of the bomb numerous times. They
originally claimed that it weighed 1,200 pounds, upgraded that figure to 2,000
pounds, then to 4,000 pounds, and finally, they issued a press release stating
that the bomb weighed 4800 pounds.
"It appears the government keeps up-grading the size of the vehicle and
the 'fertilizer' bomb to coincide with the damage," said retired FBI SAC
(Senior Agent-in-Charge) Ted Gunderson.
The government also originally claimed the bomb cost less than $1,000 to
build. Then just before the start of McVeigh's trial, that figure was upgraded
to $5,000. Their rationale was based on the "discovery," almost two years after
the fact, that the suspects had constructed their magic bomb with racing fuel,
not diesel fuel, which is far less expensive.
To maintain some semblance of credibility in light of increasingly
publicized reports of General Partin and others, the government also conceded
— right before the start of McVeigh's trial — that the suspects
probably hadn't built their bomb at Geary State Park after all.
If Timothy McVeigh or anyone else with military training wanted to
destroy the Alfred P. Murrah Building, it is highly unlikely they would use
ANFO. As Army demolition manuals clearly state, ANFO is not good for destroying
concrete or steel. McVeigh, the consummate soldier who studied every
conceivable Army manual in his spare time — including Army Manual TM
31-210: Improvised Munitions Handbook — certainly would have known
Yet the FBI insists that amateur bomb-makers Timothy McVeigh and Terry
Nichols built this amazing ANFO bomb that killed 169 people and destroyed a
modern nine-story steel-reinforced concrete building. Of course, that was
before the government's damage-control apparatus went into effect. Before it
did, even the usual government talking-heads were insisting that no amateurs
could have done this.
Vince Cannistraro, ABC News corespondent and former CIA intelligence
advisor to the National Security Council stated, "This is something
professional and it really implies that the person who constructed the
explosive device has experience, was trained in the use of explosives, and knew
what they were doing."
Before he began attacking critics of the government's case, Oklahoma
Governor and former FBI agent Frank Keating stated, "…obviously whatever
did the damage to the Murrah Building was a tremendous, very sophisticated
The very next day, the government was insisting that a homemade ANFO
bomb, made with agricultural grade ammonium nitrate, did the job. FBI Special
Agent John Hersley contends that traces of a military-type detonation cord
known as PDTN (pentadirythri-tetranitrate), commonly known as Primadet, were
found on McVeigh's clothing at the time of his arrest (In another report it was
PETN, or pentaerythritol-tetranitrate). PDTN was allegedly used to wire the
barrels of ANFO.
Senior FBI chemist Frederick Whitehurst conducted a test on McVeigh's
clothing but found no residue there, or in McVeigh's car either.
Whitehurst came forward with allegations that the FBI has been slanting
results of its forensic tests for years. Collected in a 30-page memorandum,
Whitehurst criticized FBI laboratory personnel for incompetence. As a Justice
Department memorandum states: "Dr. Whitehurst contends that the Explosives Unit
and the Chemistry and Toxicology Unit inappropriately structure their
conclusions to favor the prosecution."
According to the Wall Street Journal, "[Whitehurst's] accusations
of bias and even manufacturing evidence have called into question several
high-profile government cases, including the Oklahoma City and World Trade
Whitehurst's allegations were further elaborated on in a highly
revealing report issued by the DoJ Inspector General's Office, which concluded
that "[SSA David] Williams repeatedly reached conclusions that incriminated the
defendants without a scientific basis and that were not explained in the body
of the report."
Indeed. It appears Williams reached his conclusions based, not on
empirical evidence, but on the fact that Terry Nichols allegedly purchased
large quantities of ANFO. As the OIG (Office of Inspector General) report
Without the evidence of these purchases, Williams admitted he would
have been unable to conclude that ANFO was used. Indeed, Williams stated that
based on the post-blast scene alone it could have been
Williams claimed "that the initiator for the booster(s) was either a
detonator from a Primadet Delay system or sensitized detonating cord." Yet as
the OIG report states, "No evidence of a Primadet system or sensitized
detonating cord was found at the crime scene."
Controversial scientist and bomb expert Michael Riconoscuito told former
FBI agent Ted Gundersen that the theory of drums of ANFO being detonated by
PDTN-soaked loops of rope or "det" cord is highly improbable, if not
impossible. "The only way to obtain blast control is with volumetric
initiation," explained Riconoscuito. "This takes electronic circuits of similar
sophistication as would be required in nuclear weapons. This sophistication is
not available to the average person," he added, stating that the resultant
blast would have been "confused and uncontrolled," and the energy would have
ultimately "canceled itself out."
Finally, the OIG report states: "Whitehurst questions Williams'
conclusion that none of the structural damage evident within the Murrah
building was caused by secondary explosive devices or explosions."
So why is the government going to such great lengths, in spite of
overwhelming evidence to the contrary, to make us believe that the Alfred P.
Murrah Building was destroyed by an ANFO bomb? Because the government's case is
built upon the premise that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols built their
alleged bomb with ammonium nitrate. The calls allegedly made by McVeigh were to
stores that sell racing fuel and ammonium nitrate. McVeigh's fingerprint is
allegedly on a receipt for ammonium nitrate. And a small trace of ammonium
nitrate was allegedly found at the scene. The government's case must
proceed along those lines. Any evidence that proves the bomb was made of
anything other than ANFO would not only destroy the government's case,
it would open up inquiries about who really bombed the Murrah
Building… and why.
The government [also had to stick] with the ANFO theory is because
Michael and Lori Fortier agreed to testify in a plea-bargain that their friend
McVeigh arranged soup cans in their kitchen to demonstrate how to make a
"shaped charge." Yet as bomb experts explained, there is no way to make a
shaped charge out of a collection of ANFO barrels.
But the [government doesn't want any serious inquiries as to who really
blew up the Murrah Building. The] government expects us to believe that two
lone amateurs with a crude fertilizer bomb, out in the open, twenty to thirty
feet away from a hardened target, destroyed eight reinforced columns and killed
169 people. As General Partin said, such a scenario is "beyond
Former ATF [agent] Rick Sherrow, who wrote an article for Soldier of
Fortune magazine entitled "Bombast, Bomb Blasts & Baloney," contends
that General Partin's assessment of the bombing is somehow inaccurate. Sherrow
claims that the pressure wave that would have struck the building from the
[rapidly deteriorating] blast of the ANFO bomb (375 p.s.i. according to
Partin's figures) would be more than enough to destroy reinforced concrete
columns, which Sherrow claimed in his article disintegrate at 30 p.s.i. (pounds
per square inch).
To Sam Gronning, such a statement is preposterous: "That's bullshit!"
exclaimed Gronning. "Thirty p.s.i. wouldn't take out a rubber tire!" Both
Partin and Rabauch contend that at least 3,500 p.s.i. is required to destroy
reinforced concrete. In a letter to Partin, Rabauch states:
I took the liberty of checking with the leading concrete supplier in
my area in order to confirm the compressive yield figure that you used, that
being 3,500 p.s.i. What I was told about concrete was very interesting. A 3,500
p.s.i. figure is extremely low for structural concrete. A properly mixed and
cured structure of the type dealt with in your report would probably have a
yield strength of 5,600 p.s.i.
Those who rush to refute the evidence presented by Partin, Raubach and
others, cite as evidence the 1982 destruction of the Marine bunker in Beirut by
a truck-bomb driven by an Islamic terrorist. In that instance, however, the
truck was driven directly into the building — a structure much
smaller and lighter than the Alfred P. Murrah Building.
In August of 1970, 1,700 pounds of ANFO parked in a van exploded outside
the Army Math Research Lab at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Although
parked closer than the Ryder truck was to the Murrah Building, the bomb merely
blew a hole in the outer wall and took out the windows. One person was killed.
In 1989, Colombian narco-terrorists detonated a truck-bomb outside the
National Security Department in Bogota, Columbia. The vehicle was parked
approximately ten feet from the modern high-rise building. The bomb decimated
the face of the building, but left the support columns intact. Fifteen people
In the summer of 1996, an IRA truck-bomb detonated in the heart of
Manchester's financial district. The device, constructed of ANFO and 3,500
pounds of Semtex, a high-velocity, military-grade plastic explosive, caused
considerable damage to the surrounding buildings, but left them relatively
intact. Although the device managed to break a lot of windows and injure 206
people, no one was killed.
On June 25, 1996, a tanker-trailer packed with RDX plastic explosives
blew up outside the Khobar Towers apartment complex at King Abdul Aziz Air Base
in Saudi Arabia, killing 19 American servicemen and injuring hundreds more.
While the blast produced a crater 35 feet deep and 85 feet across (the crater
in Oklahoma was approximately 6 feet deep and 16 feet across, although the
government claimed it was 30 feet), it didn't do the same amount of damage done
to the Murrah Building — a building constructed to much more rigorous
codes and specifications. Yet authorities claim that the bomb was at least the
size as that which blew up the Federal Building. [See photo]
In an analogy offered by Partin, "It would be as irrational or as
impossible as a situation in which a 150 pound man sits in a flimsy chair
causing the chair to collapse, while a man weighing 1,500 pounds sits in an
identical flimsy chair and it does not collapse — impossible."
"But," contends Sherrow in Soldier of Fortune, "the [Murrah]
Building was not designed to withstand explosions or earthquakes, and it's
basically a weak building."
Jim Loftis, one of the building's architects, told me they were asked to
make the building bomb-resistant, due to left-wing radicals who were blowing up
federal facilities in the early 1970s. Loftis also said the building was
designed to meet earthquake standards. "We designed it to meet the building
codes and earthquakes are part of that code," said Loftis.
Loftis also said that the north side of the lower level (the area
impacted by the truck-bomb) was steel-rebar reinforced concrete without
windows. He also concurred with Raubach and Partin that the pressure necessary
to destroy reinforced concrete is in the 2,500 to 4,000 p.s.i. range — a
far cry from the 30 p.s.i. cited by Sherrow.
Yet Sherrow concludes that since there was so much collateral damage
(damage to the surrounding buildings) the truck-bomb must have been
responsible. "The collateral damage just discounts [Partin's] material," says
Two experts who seem to agree with Sherrow are Dorom Bergerbest-Eilom
and Yakov Yerushalmi. The Israeli bomb experts were brought to Oklahoma at the
request of ATF agent Guy Hamal. According to their report, the bomb was an ANFO
bomb boosted with something more powerful… and it had a Middle Eastern
The Athenian restaurant, which sits approximately 150 feet northwest of
the Murrah Building, was almost completely destroyed. Pieces of the Murrah
Building were actually blown into the Athenian. As video producer Jerry
Longspaugh points out, only a bomb inside the Federal Building would be
capable of projecting parts of the building into another building 150 feet
As Gronning notes in a letter to Representative Key: "Not in your
wildest dreams would that much ANFO affect peripheral damage at that distance.
Which leads me to suspect that another more powerful explosive was used."
According to a source quoted in the Rocky Mountain News, an
ammonium nitrate bomb made with a racing fuel component known as hydrazine
"would create one of the largest non-nuclear blasts possible." McVeigh had
allegedly attempted to procure the substance from a dealer in Topeka, Kansas,
who refused. In fact, hydrazine is extremely hazardous and difficult to
While not knowledgeable about hydrazine, Gronning noted that "C-4, for
example, would be capable of creating those kinds of pressure waves and
destroying the local foundation of the Federal Building.
"If you had 4,000 lbs of C-4 in there," Gronning said, "now you're
talking a real high-order explosive at some serious speed. And when that goes
off, you're liable to take out the thing. But I still have a problem believing
even at that distance away from the building, it would create that kind of
damage. All you have to do to see what I'm talking about is to see what kind of
bomb damage you get from a bomb in the [WWII] attacks on London."
It is precisely this analogy that Sherrow attempts to use in Soldier
of Fortune. "For perspective, notes SOF 'demo' expert Donovan,
"consider that the German V-1 and V-2 missiles that devastated London carried
only 1,650 pounds of an explosive not dissimilar in brisance and yield. In
other words, would three V-2s simultaneously striking the first floor of the
Murrah Building do such damage? Of course they would."
Yet the Ryder truck did not impact the Murrah Building at the speed of a
rocket, nor did it impact it at all. Even to the layperson, one can see that
such an analogy is ridiculous. In his article, Sherrow never speculates that
C-4 or any other high-velocity military type explosive might have been used.
Still, the former ATF man contends that an ANFO bomb parked out in the
open could have caused the pattern and degree of damage done to the Murrah
Building. "Absolutely and without a shadow of a doubt, and I base that on 30
years in the business, and shooting ANFO — from a couple pounds to 630
tons in one shot." Sherrow goes on to state that Partin's conclusions were
based upon mere "theoretical analysis," not hands-on experience.
Yet Partin spent 25 years in the defense research establishment,
including hands-on work at the Ballistic Research Laboratories;
Commander of the Air Force Armament Technology Laboratory; Air Force System
Command, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) management. Such
credentials speak of a man who knows his explosives.
It is unclear why the former ATF man was trying to discredit Partin, and
by association, others who disagreed with the government's theory. What is
clear however is that Soldier of Fortune, the magazine in which
Sherrow's article appeared, is owned by Paladin Press, regarded a CIA
proprietary. Robert K. Brown, the magazine's publisher, is an associate of
General John Singlaub, a key Iran-Contra player who ran the genocidal Phoenix
Program in Vietnam, and helped train death squads in Central America. Both men
reportedly played an ancillary role in the 1984 La Penca bombing, which
resulted in the deaths of eight journalists. [See Chapter 14] Sherrow admitted
to working for the CIA in Africa. What he did there wasn't exactly
If the CIA (or one of its tentacles) were involved, as they invariably
tend to be in such cases, they would have a strong motive to cover up their
involvement and re-direct the investigation. The most common way of doing this
is through the use of propaganda and disinformation. While Sherrow himself has
criticized the ATF, and wrote several articles debunking the government's
theory regarding militia groups, this particular article appeared to be a
"hit-piece" designed to discredit any legitimate analysis of the bombing.
Yet some critics of the government's story have gone beyond the
relatively ordinary explanations of Partin, Gronning and others to suggest that
the Federal Building was destroyed by a device called an "A-Neutronic Bomb."
These advocates cite as evidence the nature of the spalling (the disintegration
of the concrete into tiny pieces) on the top of the building, and the extent of
the damage to surrounding buildings that even men like General Partin claim
would be impossible for an ANFO bomb.
Larens Imanyuel, a Berkeley assistant physics professor who has studied
the bombing, is one such advocate. Imanyuel's analysis, which appeared in
Veritas newsletter, indicates that the wide extent of the collateral
damage was not consistent with a conventional explosion. As Imanyuel
There was some very sophisticated bomb that was capable of causing a
tremendous blast atmospheric pressure wave that blew out windows in so many of
the surrounding buildings. This had to be some sort of very high-tech dust
explosive-like bomb — one that creates a widely dispersed explosive
mixture in the very air and then detonates it with a secondary charge. This
last spectacular high-tech bomb served the purpose of convincing the general
public that the alleged solitary truck-bomb was powerful and "devastating"
enough that it could wipe out and collapse a nearby building.
Consider the comments of a local structural engineer, Bob Cornforth,
"The range of this blast has really impressed me — the extent of the
damage and the distance out." A mile away, window frames had been pushed back
two feet. On the other hand, he inspected two buildings just a little over 200
ft. from the so-called crater, the YMCA center and the Journal Record building,
which lost part of its pitched concrete roof. To his surprise, "The structural
frames performed extremely well. We design for 80-mph winds," which he says
seems adequate. The lack of damage to the frames, despite the massive
light-structural damage showed that the shock waves were of short duration.
This was consistent with a many-point explosion, but not with a single-point
explosion large enough to knock out the four heavy columns that had collapsed
in the Murrah Building.
The A-Neutronic bomb, or "Electro-Hydrodynamic Gaseous Fuel Device," was
reportedly developed by the young scientist-prodigy in the early 1980s while he
was working for Hercules Manufacturing in Silicon Valley, CA. The first bomb
test at the Pentagon's super-secret Area 51 in Nevada apparently resulted in
the death of a technician and injured several others due to their
underestimation of its power. The project was reportedly compartmentalized and
classified under a "Nuclear Weapons" category by President Reagan. [For a
description of the device, see Appendix]
[What does Samuel Cohen have to say about the A-Neutronic bomb? "Well,
I'm not expert enough to really vouch for his statements, but I've got a hunch
that it's technically well-based. I've spoken to Michael Riconosciuto (the
inventor of the A-Neutronic Bomb) and he's an extraordinarily bright guy. I
also have a hunch, which I can't prove, that they both (Riconosciuto and Lavos,
his partner) indirectly work for the CIA."]
According to Imanyuel, a member of a public watch-dog group that
monitors military and nuclear procurement activities, "The design would be
particularly suitable for use as a cruise missile warhead, where a non-nuclear
charge is required that can reliably destroy a hardened target despite a
several-meters targeting error. Such weapons are designed as part of the
Advanced Technology Warhead Program of Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos
Ted Gundersen, who has independently investigated the bombing, included
numerous letters and memos in his report which pointed to the existence of such
a device. He reported that the government contract number for the bomb was
DAAA-21-90-C-0045, and was manufactured by Dyno-Nobel, Inc., in Salt Lake City.
Dyno-Nobel was previously connected with Hercules Manufacturing, where
Riconosciuto worked. The Department of the Army denies that contract
DAAA-21-90-C-0045 exists. Dyno-Nobel refused to respond to inquiries from
Gundersen or the author.
Curiously, the bomb specialist the government called as its expert
witness during the Federal Grand Jury testimony was Robert Hopler. Hopler
recently retired from Dyno-Nobel.
Sherrow raised the issue of the Electro-Hydrodynamic Gaseous Fuel Device
in his Soldier of Fortune article. According to Imanyuel, "Gundersen's
bomb model was clearly unworkable as presented in Soldier of Fortune,
but contained the essential information that the bomb generated an
electrostatically charged cloud."
One victim in the HUD office in the Murrah Building described in a
National Public Radio interview on May 23, 1995 how she felt a heat wave and a
static electricity charge immediately before the windows blew in.
Daina Bradley, who lost her mother and two children in the bombing, said
she felt electricity running through her body right before the bomb went
Another victim, Ramona McDonald, who was driving about block away,
remembers seeing a brilliant flash and described the feeling of static
electricity. "It made a real loud static electricity sound. It sounded like big
swarm of bees — you could actually hear it. The next thing was a real
sharp clap, like thunder.…" McDonald also described both gold and blue
flashes of light. Interestingly, Riconiscuto has called his device "Blue
Another survivor of the blast was quoted on CNN as saying, "It was just
like an atomic bomb went off. "The ceiling went in and all the windows came in
and there was a deafening roar…"
Proponents of the A-Neutronic Bomb conclude that these are all
signatures of such a device.
While both Gundersen and Riconosciuto have received ridicule for
suggesting that a super-secret pineapple-sized device may have destroyed the
Murrah Building, Cohen cautions: "Look, when I first came up with that concept
(the Neutron Bomb, developed in the 1970s), the ridicule I took from the
scientific community was something awful. And this included scientists at the
Nobel Prize level." "Regarding Riconosciuto," adds Cohen, "the guy's a
madman… but technically, there's no doubt in my mind that he's
Gene Wheaton, a former Pentagon CID investigator, claims that the
fuel-air bomb was deployed in the Gulf War, along with other experimental
weapons responsible for much of the massive devastation inflicted on
Iraq. The fuel-air explosive, or
FAE, can cover an area 1,000 feet wide with blast pressures of 200 p.s.i.
According to a CIA report on FAEs:
[T]he pressure effects of FAEs approach those produced by low-yield
nuclear weapons at short ranges. The effect of an FAE explosion within confined
spaces is immense. Those near the ignition point are obliterated. Those at the
fringes are likely to suffer many internal… injuries, including burst
eardrums and crushed inner-ear organs, severe concussions, ruptured lungs and
internal organs, and possible blindness.
Moreover, it seems that Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm supplied Iraq with
plans for a fuel-air explosive. The blueprints were allegedly passed on to the
Iraqis by the Egyptians, and Iraq commenced commercial production of the weapon
— the force of which is the equivalent of a small atomic explosion.
A few minutes before 9:00 a.m. on April 19, a young Arabic man carrying
a backpack was seen in the Murrah Building hurriedly pushing the elevator
button as if trying to get off. A few minutes after he exited the building, the
bomb(s) went off. The elevator doors, which were on the opposite side of the
building from the truck-bomb, had their doors blown outward.
Another former military source agreed that a device similar to the
fuel-air explosive exists. "It's called a Special Atomic Demolition Munitions
or SADM," said Craig Roberts, a Lt. Colonel in Army Reserve [Intelligence].
According to Roberts and Charles T. Harrison, a researcher for the Department
of Energy and the Pentagon, this munition has been deployed with artillery
units in Europe. The SADM can also be carried in a backpack.
Another source who has monitored top-secret weapons projects confirmed
I do not know a lot about SADM's, but I have friends — ex British
SAS and RAF — who were trained in their use a few years ago for
behind-the-lines sabotage in the event of a Russian breakthrough in Europe.
They believe from their still-serving military contacts that the earlier
football sized back pack weapons that they were trained on have been
significantly microed such that a device would now easily fit in a grapefruit
and deliver five to ten tons TNT equivalent — or less [i.e: down to one
ton TNT]. These things easily fit into a 105mm howitzer shell or a briefcase.
Exactly what components are utilized in these weapons is difficult to
get as the still serving British officers are reluctant to talk about them in
detail. One can assume that a mixture of Plutonium 239 (highly refined hence
relatively low radioactivity emission on detonation), Lithium 6 Deuteride
Tritide, Tritium, and possibly Beryllium and Uranium 238 (NOT 235) would be
involved as a series of lenses in a Bi-Conical shape. I am endeavoring to get
more data but this a very touchy area…
An article in the The Nashville Tennessean insists Iraq's Saddam
Hussein has been developing 220 pounds of lithium 6 per year. lithium 6 can be
converted to tritium, an essential ingredient in thermonuclear
Other sources say that 6,000 to 7,000 SADM's were produced, some of
which made their way to Israel and other countries. Sam Cohen confirms this information in
the Fall issue of Journal of Civil Defense. Cohen, echoing Harrison,
charges that the U.S. has purposefully underestimated the number of nuclear
warheads that Iran, Iraq and North Korea could produce, and deliberately
discounted their capacity to produce substantially smaller warheads.
"A couple of years ago," states Cohen, "disturbing statements on
advanced small, very low-yield nuclear warheads, began emanating from
Russia. Cohen adds that these
articles "revealed a massive smuggling ring had emerged where the material was
being sold around the world to a number of countries, some of which were
[Writing in Nexus Magazine, Australian journalist and military
authority Joe Vialls points out that the bombing which destroyed a financial
center in London in July of 1993, and which almost destroyed the World Trade
Center in New York four months later, could not have been caused by
conventional explosives. In a bizarre coincidence predating Cohen's analysis,
theoretical physicist and former Pentagon nuclear expert Theodore B. Taylor
stated in his book, The Curve of Binding Energy, that someday someone
was going to blow up the World Trade Center with a nuclear device the size of a
stick of gum. Taylor's prediction first appeared in the New Yorker
magazine in 1973.
Vialls adds that the British government was quick to blame the London
attack on an IRA (Irish Republican Army) truck-bomb, in the same manner that
U.S. authorities were quick to blame the Oklahoma bombing on a truck-bomb
constructed by a pair of so-called disgruntled anti-government loners. Yet at
the same time the British government was issuing these statements, their bomb
technicians were exploring the bomb site in full nuclear protective suits.]
Had the Murrah Building been destroyed by a SADM or a backpack nuke,
using the truck-bomb as a cover? British bomb experts, with extensive
experience dealing with terrorist truck-bombs, told McVeigh's attorney, Stephen
Jones, that the ANFO bomb could not have done all of the damage to the Murrah
British bomb expert Linda Jones, testifying for the prosecution in
McVeigh's trial, came to the opposite conclusion however. Nevertheless, the
site was quickly demolished and covered over with concrete; the remains taken
to a secure dump and buried. What was the government trying to hide? Nuclear
Physicist Galen Winsor, General Ben Partin, and KPOC manager David Hall went to
the building and disposal sites with radiation measuring equipment, but were
kept away. They managed to gather some fragments anyway, and when they measured
them with Winsor's NaI Scintillator detector, they registered radiation levels
50 percent higher than normal.
[The specter of radioactive terrorism is not exactly brand new. In
Paris, the French secret police foiled terrorists planning to set off a
conventional bomb designed to spread particles of deadly radioactive plutonium
in the air.
Cohen suggests that if it had been a radioactive attack, and it were
made public, it would have panicked a public already frightened about terrorist
attacks: "If the perpetrators had been able to get their hands on just a
traceable amount of radioactivity, and mixed it up with the explosive, so that
it would virtually assure that it would be picked up by some detecting meter,
and this had gotten out, that there was a fairly copious amount of
radioactivity in the explosive, all hell would have broken loose…. It
would scare the pants off a very large fraction of the U.S. citizenry, by
saying this was used by terrorists, and contaminated an area…"
Given the government's long history of covering up radiation tests on
U.S. citizens, from radiating entire towns downwind of nuclear test sites, to
slipping radioactive isotopes to crippled children in their oatmeal, it goes
without saying that they would also cover this up.]
"A new class of nuclear weapons could exist which could have an
extremely disturbing terrorist potential," said Cohen. "And to admit to the
possibility that the warheads might be sufficiently compact to pose a real
terrorist threat was equally unacceptable [to the government]."
So was the Federal Building blown up by demolition charges, a truck
filled with C-4, a fuel-air explosive, a miniature nuke, or some combination of
["It really doesn't make any difference," says Cohen. "From the
standpoint of practicality… I would lean towards Ben Partin. Because all
the stuff Partin's put out, it just holds up — it makes eminent sense
— he doesn't have to get into this exotica. Partin says using ordinary
Primacord wrapped around these pillars could have done the job."
In fact, it does make quite a bit of difference from an investigative
point of view, since the more sophisticated the bomb, the more sophisticated
the bombers. And Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols weren't that
KFOR-Channel 4 reported that the mysterious severed leg clothed in
military garb found in the rubble allegedly had PVC embedded [in] it. PVC pipe
is sometimes used to pack plastic explosives. It increases the shear power. Had
this leg, unmatched to any of the known victims, belonged to the real
[In fact, it does make quite a bit of difference from an investigative
point of view, since the more sophisticated the bomb, the more sophisticated
the bombers. And Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols weren't that
Then on March 20, 1996,Strategic Investment Newsletter reported
that a Pentagon study had been leaked which backed up General Partin's
A classified report prepared by two independent Pentagon experts has
concluded that the destruction of the federal building in Oklahoma City last
April was caused by five separate bombs. The two experts reached the same
conclusion for the same technical reasons. Sources close to the Pentagon study
say Timothy McVeigh did play a role in the bombing but peripherally, as a
"useful idiot." The multiple bombings have a Middle Eastern "signature,"
pointing to either Iraqi or Syrian involvement.
Finally, in the Spring of 1997, explosives experts at Eglin Air Force
Base's Wright Laboratory Armament Directorate released a study on the effects
of explosives against a reinforced concrete building similar to the Federal
Building. The Air Force's test closely matched the conditions under which the
government contends the Murrah Building was destroyed.
The Eglin Blast Effects Study, or EBES, involved a three-story
reinforced concrete structure 80 long, 40 feet wide, and 30 feet high. The
building constructed for the test, the Eglin Test Structure (ETS), while
smaller than the Murrah Building, was similar in design, with three rows of
columns, and six-inch-thick concrete panels similar to those in the Murrah
Building. Overall, the ETS was considerably weaker than the Murrah, which had
five times the amount of steel reinforcing than the ETS, and 10 times the
amount of steel in its columns and beams. As New American editor William
Jasper noted in regards to the EBES:
If air blast could not effect catastrophic failure to the decidedly
inferior Eglin structure, it becomes all the more difficult to believe that it
was responsible for the destruction of the much stronger Murrah
The experts at Eglin conducted three tests. They first detonated 704
pounds of Tritonal (equivalent to 830 pounds of TNT or approximately 2,200
pounds of ANFO), at a distance of 40 feet from the structure, equivalent to the
distance the Ryder truck was parked from the Murrah Building. The second test
utilized an Mk-82 warhead (equivalent to 180 pounds of TNT) placed within the
first floor corner room approximately four feet from the exterior wall. The
third test involved a 250-pound penetrating warhead (equivalent to 35 pounds
TNT), placed in the corner of a second floor room approximately two and a half
feet from the adjoining walls.
The first detonation demolished the six-inch-thick concrete wall panels
on the first floor, but left the reinforcing steel bars intact. The 14-inch
columns were unaffected by the blast — a far cry from what occurred at the
Murrah Building. The damages to the second and third floors fell off
proportionally, unlike that in Oklahoma City. The 56-page report concluded:
Due to these conditions, it is impossible to ascribe the damage that
occurred on April 19, 1995 to a single truck-bomb containing 4,800 lbs. of
ANFO. In fact, the maximum predicted damage to the floor panels of the Murrah
Federal Building is equal to approximately 1% of the total floor area of the
building. Furthermore, due to the lack of symmetrical damage pattern at the
Murrah Building, it would be inconsistent with the results of the ETS test
[number] one to state that all of the damage to the Murrah Building is the
result of the truck-bomb. The damage to the Murrah Federal Building is
consistent with damage resulting from mechanically coupled devices placed
locally within the structure ....
It must be concluded that the damage at the Murrah Federal Building is
not the result of the truck-bomb itself, but rather due to other factors such
as locally placed charges within the building itself .... The procedures used
to cause the damage to the Murrah Building are therefore more involved and
complex than simply parking a truck and leaving ....
Even the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was forced to
conclude that 4,800 pounds of ANFO could have not caused the so-called crater
in Oklahoma City. FEMA's report, published on August 30, 1996, inadvertently
concluded that the bombers would have had to use approximately three times the
amount reportedly used in Oklahoma City.
Another interesting confirmation came from FBI agent Danny Defenbaugh,
who, along with U.S. Attorney Beth Wilkerson, visited General Partin in June of
1995. Part of the team that prosecuted McVeigh and Nichols, Wilkerson
interviewed Partin on the presumption that he would be called as a witness.
"…and [Agent Defenbaugh] was going through the report that I did," said
Partin, "and he put his finger on that picture I had in the report… the
designated crater, and he said, 'Suppose I told you that is not the
Partin believes Wilkerson and Defenbaugh (who Partin described as
belligerent) interviewed him as part of a ruse to find out what he knew about
the blast(s), so the government could carefully avoid those issues at trial.
While they pretended to be interested in Partin's analysis, they never kept
their word to follow up the interview.
"I think what they did," said Partin, "was they looked at my credentials
and technical justification of all this stuff, and they felt found that what I
had was based on some pretty sound footing.… I think that's why they
framed the case the way they did."
Whatever blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Building, one thing's for sure,
there was enough ANFO present at the site to leave visible traces. Randy
Ledger, a maintenance man who was in the building at the time of the blast,
claims fellow workers who rushed into the building immediately after the
explosion "complained of burning eyes, heavy dust and choking lungs. That is
right out of the textbook of a diesel-fertilizer bomb, because it creates
nitric acid," said Ledger. "The guys I work with, they're not going to make it
up that their eyes are burning."
Dr. Paul Heath, a VA psychologist who was on the fifth floor of the
building at the time of the blast, said, "I picked fertilizer out of my
skin… I could see the fertilizer actually exploding in the air; you could
see it popping all around you."
Ramona McDonald, who also survived the blast, concurs with Heath. "There
was a bright flash, and then boom! And you could see the fertilizer popping in
Given this scenario, it's reasonable to conclude that the Ryder truck
was filled with something more powerful, with just enough ANFO to leave a
Cohen agrees. "The damage that resulted could not have occurred from a
van parked outside… I don't care how fancy an explosive was used. What did
in that building… was an inside job."
It would appear that experts' analysis' are not the only evidence of an
inside job. In an interview with a local TV station, a man who escaped the
building said, "I was sitting at my desk, and I felt a rumbling, a shaking in
the building… so I decided to get under my desk.… the glass windows
blew in and knocked down the ceiling and some of the stuff above the ceiling
and it all landed on top of my desk."
Another man said, "I thought it was an earthquake because I resided in
California for many years, and it was almost like it was in slow motion. I felt
a shake, and then it began shaking more, and I dove under my desk, and then the
glass all came flying in."
A friend of Dr. Ray Brown's, who's secretary was in the building said,
"She was standing by a window. The window cracked, then she got away from it
and then she was blown across the room and landed in another woman's lap.
Another woman I know, Judy Morse, got under her desk after feeling the building
shake, and before the glass flew."
"Dr. Brian Espe, who was the sole survivor in the Department of
Agriculture's fifth floor office, told the author he first "heard a rumbling
According to these individuals' accounts, if the truck-bomb — the
alleged sole bomb — had detonated first, how would they have felt a
rumbing, had time to think about the situation, then dive under their desks?
The resulting blast wave from the truck-bomb would have been immediate and
total. Such an account could only be indicative of demolition charges placed
inside the building.*
"The inside charges — demolition charges," said Cohen, "may have
gone off first, and so the columns now started to collapse. Boy, that would
produce one hell of a rumble, to put it mildly…."
A caller to the Oklahoma Radio Network related the experiences of his
friend, a Federal Government worker, who had witnessed the blast first-hand.
"He was approximately five blocks from the building whenever the building went
up. He claims that the top of the building went up like a missile going through
it. The debris was coming back down when the side of the building blew out. He
said third and last, the truck blew up on the street."
Notice this witness said the building "blew out." This is contrary to
the effect of an explosive blast from the street blowing the building in
from the street. Candy Avey, who was on her way to the Social Security office
when the explosions occurred, was blown away from the building, struck a
parking meter, and then hit her car. Said Suzanne Steely, reporting live for
KFOR, "We could see all the way through the building. That was just the force
of the explosion — it just blew out all the walls and everything
inside." Ramona McDonald saw a
flash and smoke rising up from inside the building, "like a rocket had
shot out the top of the building."
It should be obvious to the reader that it's implausible an ANFO bomb
parked out in the street would have the force to blow all the way through a
huge superstructure like the Alfred P. Murrah Building.
No matter how hard the government tried to lie, obsfucate, and distort
the truth, the evidence would come back to haunt them.
On April 19, a tape recording made during a conference at the Water
Resources Board directly across from the Murrah Building appears to indicate a
succession of blast events, spaced very close together.
The tape recorder at the Water Resources Board was not the only
instrument recording explosions that morning. The seismograph at the Oklahoma
Geological Survey at the University of Oklahoma at Norman, 16 miles from the
Murrah Building, recorded two waves, or "two events," on the morning of April
19th. Another seismograph at the Omniplex Museum, four miles away from the
Federal Building, also recorded two events. These seismic waves, or "spikes,"
spaced approximately ten seconds apart, seem to indicate two blasts. [See
Professor Raymond Brown, senior geophysicist at the University of
Oklahoma who studied the seismograms, knew and talked to people inside the
building at the time of the blast. "My first impression was, this was a
demolition job," said Brown. "Somebody who went in there with equipment tried
to take that building down."
Not so, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's analysis. The USGS put
out a press release on June 1st, entitled "Seismic Records Support One-Blast
Theory in Oklahoma City Bombing."
The bomb that destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City
produced a train of conventional seismic waves, according to interpretations by
scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey
Scientists from those agencies said the seismic recordings of the May
23 demolition of the building reproduced the character of the original, April
19th seismic recording by producing two trains of seismic waves that were
recorded on seismometers near Norman, Okla.
"Seismic recordings from the building's implosion indicate that there
was only one bomb explosion on April 19," said Dr. Thomas Holzer, a USGS
geologist in Menlo Park, Calif. Holzer is one of several USGS and OGS
scientists who analyzed the shock waves created by the April 19 explosion and
the May 23 implosion.
Holzer added that the two distinct waves from the April 19 explosion(s)
were the result of the same wave traveling at two different speeds through two
separate layers of the earth's crust. The "illusion" of a double explosion was
simply the result of the building's collapse, he claimed. "So the bottom line
then," said Holzer, "is I think these observations are totally consistent with
a single explosion. It doesn't require multiple explosions to do it."
Dr. Brown has an honest difference of opinion with folks at the U.S.
Geological Survey. "I will candidly say that we are having trouble finding that
velocity difference," said Brown. "We have not identified a pair of layers that
could account for the ten-second difference.
"Whatever the USGS saw in that data convinced them that the original
blast was one bomb," he added. "I find that hard to believe…. What was
uncomfortable and might be construed as pressure is that they were going to
come out with a press release that says we have concluded that data indicates
one bomb. It puts us in the uncomfortable stance of saying that we, too, have
concluded that, and we haven't."
Yet the USGS press release said that Dr. Charles Mankin of the OGS,
Brown's boss, was "pleased with the work performed by Dr. Holzer and his USGS
colleagues in the analysis of the seismic records." Yet Mankin had actually
urged Holzer to delay the press release. "Everybody that has looked at the
signal has said a refraction (an echo) would really be strange because there's
absolutely no loss of energy in the recorded seismic signal. The second event
has the same amplitude as the first… The arrival time is wrong for a
refracted wave… We've ruled out reflections, refractions, and the air
blast… We determined that these two records of these two events
corroborate our interpretation that there were two explosions."
The mainstream media, of course, jumped on the USGS's findings, with
headlines like "Single Bomb Destroyed Building" and "Seismic Records Shake
Murrah Multiple Bomb Theory." "The news media even reported two bomb blasts
initially," said Mankin, "but later changed their story."
"The USGS's conclusions are not supported by either data or analysis,"
added Brown, who asked that his name be taken off the report. Although Brown
cautions that his own conclusions are far from conclusive and require "more
thorough investigation," the most logical explanation for the second event says
Brown, is "a bomb on the inside of the building."
"Even the smallest of those detonations (from the May 23rd demolition)
had a larger effect on the recording than the collapse of the building," he
added, "which demonstrates that the explosives are much more efficient at
exciting the ground motion than is the collapse of three-fourths of the
building. So it is very unlikely that one-fourth of the building falling on
April 19th could have created an energy wave similar to that caused by the
large [truck-bomb] explosion."
One of the problems with the two event theory is that the spikes on the
seismic readings were ten seconds apart. With that much difference, most
everybody in the vicinity should have heard two separate blasts. But given the
traumatic nature of being in the immediate vicinity of a bombing, would
witnesses necessarily have heard two explosions? Although the sound of a
truck-bomb would certainly have made a loud, roaring noise, complete with lots
of smoke and flying debris, experts say that the "crack" of a C-4 cutting
charge is "downright disappointing" to hear.
One man who works as a parking garage attendant one block north of the
Murrah Building told The New American that he was test driving a new
pickup truck near the building when the bomb went off. "It seemed like one,
big, long explosion," he said, "but I can't say for sure. My ears were ringing
and glass and rocks and concrete were falling all over and around me."
Dr. Paul Heath, who was on the fifth floor, says he heard only one
blast. But fellow VA worker Jim Guthrie stated in an interview with the
"I felt a boom and was picked up off my feet and thrown under a water
fountain." He heard a second explosion and covered his ears. Diane Dooley, who
was at a third floor stairwell, also believes she heard a second
P. G. Wilson, who worked in the Murrah Building, told researcher Michele
Moore, "A second explosion came after the first one and shards of glass began
flying in the office."
Hassan Muhammad, who was driving for a delivery service that day, had
his ears ruptured by the explosions. Muhammad told the author he clearly
recalled hearing two distinct blasts. "…when I was crossing the street [at
10th and Robinson]… the first explosion went off, and it was a loud
explosion. And my friend who was coming out of the warehouse asked me what was
it, because we thought it was a drive-by shooting… and we got on the
ground, and by the time we got on the ground, another one went off, and that's
when all the windows came out." Muhammad recalls that it was about three to
four seconds between blasts.
Jane C. Graham, a HUD worker injured in the bombing, also clearly felt
two distinct blasts. As Graham stated in a videotaped deposition: "I want to
specify that the first bomb — the first impact — the first effect,
was a waving effect, that you got when the building was moving, you might have
maybe felt a little waving, perhaps an earthquake movement, and that lasted for
"About 6 or 7 seconds later, a bomb exploded. It was an entirely
different sound and thrust. It was like it came up right from the center up.
You could feel the building move a little.… But there were two distinct
events that occurred. The second blast not only was very, very loud, it was
also very powerful. And as I said, I just felt like it was coming straight on
up from the center of the building — straight up."
Michael Hinton, who was on a bus near NW 5th and Robinson — one
block away — also heard two explosions. "I had just sat down when I heard
this violent type rumble under the bus," said Hinton. "It was a pushing type
motion — it actually raised that bus up on its side. About six or seven
seconds later another one which was more violent than the first picked the bus
up again, and I thought that second time the bus was going to turn over."
What Hinton is describing is consistent with a two-bomb scenario. The
first, smaller explosion being the more subdued blast of the demolition
charges. The second, larger explosion being the blast of the truck-bomb —
the blast pressure wave of which almost tipped the bus over.
In an interview with Media Bypass magazine, attorney Charles
Watts, who was in the Federal Courthouse across the street, described hearing,
and feeling, two separate blasts:
Watts: I was up on the ninth floor, the top floor of the
Bankruptcy Court, with nothing in between the two buildings. We were on the
south side, out in the foyer, outside the courtroom. It was nine o'clock, or
just very, very shortly thereafter. Several lawyers were standing there talking
and there was a large explosion. It threw several of the people close to me to
the floor. I don't think it threw me to the floor, but it did move me
significantly, and I threw myself to the floor, and got down, and about that
time, a huge blast, unlike anything I've ever experienced, hit.
Media Bypass: The blast wave hit?
Watts: A second blast. There were two explosions. The second
blast made me think that the whole building was coming in.
Watts, a Vietnam veteran, has experienced the effects of bombings,
including being within 100 feet of B-52 air strikes. Watts told Media
Bypass he never experienced anything like this before.
Another veteran who heard the blast is George Wallace, a retired Air
Force fighter pilot with 26 years in the service. Wallace, who lives nine miles
northwest of the Federal Building described the blast as a "sustained, loud,
long rumble, like several explosions." Wallace likened the noise to that of a
succession of bombs being dropped by B-52s.
Taken together, the evidence and witness accounts appears to indicate
that there were at least two blasts on the morning of April 19.
General Partin, along with Senator Inhoffe, Representative Key and
others, asked Congress that the building not be demolished until an independent
forensic team could be brought in to investigate the damage.
"It is easy to determine whether a column was failed by contact
demolition charges or by blast loading (such as a truck-bomb)," Partin wrote in
his letter to Congress. "It is also easy to cover up crucial evidence as was
apparently done in Waco. I understand that the building is to be demolished by
May 23rd or 24th. Why the rush to destroy the evidence?"
Cohen echoed Partin's sentiments: "I believe that demolition charges in
the building placed at certain key concrete columns did the primary damage to
the Murrah Federal Building. I concur with the opinion that an investigation by
the Oklahoma State Legislature is absolutely necessary to get at the truth of
what actually caused the tragedy in Oklahoma City."
Yet the feds in fact did demolish the Murrah Building on May 23,
destroying the evidence while citing the same reason as they did for quickly
demolishing the Waco compound: "health hazards." In the Waco case, what was
destroyed was evidence that the feds had fired from helicopters into the roof
of the building during the early part of the raid, killing several people,
including a nursing mother. In the Oklahoma case, what was destroyed was
evidence that the columns had been destroyed by demolition charges.
The rubble from the Murrah Building was hauled by Midwest Wrecking to a
landfill surrounded by a guarded, barbed-wire fence, sifted for evidence with
the help of the National Guard, then subsequently hauled off BFI Waste
Management and buried. Along with it was buried the evidence of what really
happened on the morning of April 19.
"It's a classic cover-up," said General Partin, "a classic
"Everything Short of a T-72
If the bombing of the Murrah Building was the result of an inside job,
who is responsible? Was it wired for demolition, and if so, who could have
Dr. Heath, who has worked in the Murrah Building for 22 years, was
present on the day of the bombing. Although Heath personally discounts the
second bomb theory, he explained that poor security in the building would have
permitted access to almost anyone, anytime.
"The security was so lax in this building, that one individual or group
of individuals could have had access to any of those columns," said Heath,
"almost in every part of the building, before or after hours, or even during
the hours of the workday, and could have planted bombs."
Guy Rubsamen, the Federal Protective Services guard on duty the night of
the 18th, said that nobody had entered the building. Yet Rubsamen took off at
2:00 a.m., and said that nobody was guarding the building from 2:00 a.m. to
"It was a building you could have planted a bomb in anytime you wanted
to," said Heath. "It was a building that was not secure at all. I've gone in
and out of this building with a pen knife, just by slipping a knife in the
south doors, slide the bolt back, and go in without a key. I've done that ever
since the building was new. If you wanted into it, you could have gotten into
it any time you wanted to."
Heath also explained that visitors could drive right into the garage,
anytime. "There was no guard. You could drive inside the garage — four
stories — anytime you wanted to, and carry anything you wanted to inside
It appears that alleged bomber Timothy McVeigh (or someone driving his
car) did just that. On the morning of April 19, attorney James Linehan was
stopped for a light at the corner of NW 4th and Robinson at approximately 8:38
a.m. when he observed a battered yellow Mercury run the light and drive
directly into the underground parking garage. Linehan said the driver had sharp
facial features similar to McVeigh's, although he thought the driver may have
been a woman.
Referring to the well-publized scene of McVeigh being led out of the
Noble County Courthouse, Linehan said, "…that's it! That's the same
profile." Curiously, one month later Linehan said, "My gut feeling is that it
was a female driving."
Why did "McVeigh" drive into the garage? Could he have done so to plant
additional bombs? Or perhaps someone in McVeigh's car made it appear
that he was doing so? A fall-guy for the real bombers?
"If McVeigh was totally outside the law, he certainly wouldn't have
snuggled up against them like driving into that basement that morning," said
David Hall, general manager of KPOC-TV in Ponca City, Oklahoma, who has
investigated the ATF's role in the bombing."
Yet Hall doesn't believe "the ATF or the FBI or anybody went around and
wired columns or anything like that. What he (Partin) said was that there may
have been some explosives stored by some columns that went off. I don't feel
that those people set out to kill 168 people in Oklahoma City intentionally.
But I think that because of incompetence on their part that very well may have
happened in two or three different ways…"
Shortly after the bombing, an unidentified witness called Representative
Key and told him that she saw two men in the garage who appeared to be "sawing"
on the pillars. The men were working in almost total darkness. When she asked
them what they were doing, they said, "We're just putting things right
Were they "putting things right," or were they weakening the support
columns just enough to make sure that they'd fail at the appropriate
Then, on the Friday before the bombing, HUD worker Jane Graham noticed
three men in the garage whom she thought were telephone repairmen. As Graham
stated in her deposition, the men were holding what appeared to be C-4 plastic
"It was a block, probably 2 by 3 inches of 3 by 4, in that area, but
it was a putty color — solid piece of block — I don't know what it
was. But they had that and they had this wiring. When they saw me watching
them, they were down there and they had plans of the building. They were
discussing — they were arguing in fact — apparently there was a
disagreement, because one of the men was pointing to various areas of the
garage. They were talking about, I assume, plans of the building. I thought
maybe they were telephone men at first.
"When they saw me watching them, they took the wiring — it looked
like cord, telephone cord — it was putty colored — they took whatever
else was in their hand, they put all of that back into a paper sack, they put
it in the driver's side, behind the passenger seat [of a] pale green, slightly
faded station wagon."
Graham later told me that one of the men was holding a one by two by
three inch device that looked like "some sort of clicker, like a small TV
remote-control," she said.
The men stopped working abruptly when they saw Graham. "They looked
uncomfortable," she said. "They were as intent looking at me as I was at
She also stated that the men were not wearing uniforms and were not
driving a telephone or electric company truck. They were, however, very well
built. They "obviously lifted weights" said Graham.
(Graham's account is backed up by IRS worker Kathy Wilburn, who also saw
the trio of men in the garage, as did a HUD employee named Joan.)[]
Although the FBI interviewed Graham, they never showed her any pictures
or brought her before a sketch artist. "They only wanted to know if I could
identify McVeigh or Nichols," she said. "I said it was neither of these two
A call to the local electric, telephone, and natural gas companies
revealed that the men were not authorized repairmen. Nor were they construction
workers inspecting the premises for a proposed renovation project by the
General Services Administration (GSA). The 20 or so contractors involved in
that bid stated emphatically that the men were not their employees.
David Hall (who stopped working on the case in late 1995 due to an IRS
audit) wasn't aware of the Graham deposition, he did drop a bombshell.
"We do know that explosives were delivered there without a doubt. We
know there were six boxes of 25 to 35 pounds marked 'high explosives' delivered
to the building two weeks prior to the explosion. We had contact with the truck
driver who was involved in that delivery. The name of the trucking company is
Tri-State, located in Joplin, Missouri."
Tri-state… is an explosives carrier.
"We've talked to the driver," said Hall. "We've talked to two drivers.
Nobody knows what was in them because they were boxed and marked 'high
Then Hall dropped another bombshell.
"We also know that the ATF had a magazine inside the building, which was
illegal. But the floor was blown out of that magazine. And there's some
question about what was in there too that created that damage, because that was
a foot of concrete that was blown out of that magazine."
While several other unexploded bombs were pulled out of the wreckage,
none were widely mentioned.
One such bomb was a 2 X 2 foot box marked "High Explosives" which had
a timer on it. This was confirmed by Oklahoma City Fire Marshal Dick
Miller. The timing mechanism apparently had been set to detonate at ten minutes
after nine. Apparently it had malfunctioned due to the initial blast.
According to Toni Garrett, a nurse who was on the scene tagging dead
bodies. "Four people — rescue workers — told us there was a bomb in
the building with a timing mechanism set to go off ten minutes after nine."
According to Garrett, witnesses told her it was an active bomb. "We saw the
bomb squad take it away."
This fact was confirmed by an Oklahoma City Police officer who
inadvertently began to walk into the building when a fireman yelled, "Hey
idiot, that's a bomb!" The stunned officer looked over and saw the 2 X 2 box
surrounded by police crime tape. He then heard the fireman yell, "There's one
over there and another over there! We're waiting for the bomb squads to come
back from hauling off the others."
Investigator Phil O'Halloran has Bill Martin of the Oklahoma City Police
Department on tape stating that one of the bombs found in the building was two
to three five-gallon containers of Mercury Fulminate — a powerful
explosive — one not easily obtainable except to military sources.
Citizens monitoring police radios heard the following conversation on
the morning of the 19th:
First voice: "Boy, you're not gonna' believe this!"
Second voice: "Believe what?"
First voice: "I can't believe it… this is a military
Apparently, the containers, with "Milspec" (military specification)
markings clearly visible, were found in the basement. Could this explain what
McVeigh's car was doing in the underground parking garage? Mercury Fulminate is
a highly volatile booster material. Volatile enough to create a very powerful
Shortly thereafter, a fireman up on the third floor of the building
noticed two military ambulances pull up to the building, and saw several men in
dark fatigues carrying stretchers from the building to the waiting ambulances.
What were on the stretchers were not bodies, but boxes, which appeared to
contain documents. One of the stretchers had on it what appeared to be a
missile launch tube. The missile, apparently part of the Army recruiting
office's display, was confirmed the 61st EOD to be inert.
What is also interesting is that General Partin stated the building's
support structures failed primarily at the third floor level. In speculating
who would have access at that juncture, it may be relevant to note that the
Department of Defense (DoD) was on the third floor, adjoining column B-3, which
Partin believes contained the main detonation charge.
Partin was also informed by an acquaintance in the CIA that several of
their personnel who examined the site discovered Mercury Fulminate residue on
several rooftops near the building. 
Around the same time as the Eglin Air Force Base report was being made
public, William Northrop, a former Israeli intelligence agent, told me that a
friend in the CIA's Directorate of Operations informed him that there was
plastic explosive residue on the building's columns.
Adding more fuel to the theory of an inside job was the dismembered
military leg found in the wreckage — a leg not belonging to any of the
known victims. (Although authorities would later attempt to attribute the leg
to Airman Lakesha Levy.)
Nor was the local media attributing the bombing to the work of amateurs.
"Right now, they are saying that this is the work of a sophisticated group,"
stated a KFOR-TV newscaster. "This is the work of a sophisticated device, and
it had to have been done by an explosives expert, obviously, with this type of
Even Governor Frank Keating told local news stations: "The reports I
have is that one device was deactivated, and there's another device, and
obviously whatever did the damage to the Murrah Building was a tremendous, very
sophisticated explosive device."
Newscasters live on the scene could be heard throughout the day
announcing, "We have reports of two other bombs pulled out of the building,"
and "The second two devices were larger than the first," and so on:
KFOR Channel 4: The FBI has confirmed there is another bomb in
the Federal Building. It's in the East side of the building. They've moved
everybody back several blocks, obviously to, uh, unplug it so it wont go off.
They're moving everybody back. It's a… it's a weird scene because at first
everybody was running when they gave the word to get everybody away from the
scene, but now people are just standing around kind of staring. It's a very
surreal, very strange scene.
Now, we want to get some information out to people, to people who are
in the downtown area. You don't want to stand on the sidewalk, and the reason
for that is there are gas mains underneath and if there's a second explosion,
that those gas mains could blow. But, again, we do have confirmation. There is
a second bomb in the Federal Building. We know it's on the east side. We're not
sure what floor, what level, but there is definitely danger of a major second
explosion. They're warning everybody to get as far back as they can. They're
trying to get the bomb defused right now. They are in the process of doing it,
but this could take some time. They're telling people that this is something to
take very seriously, and not to slip forward to get a look at this, because
this thing could definitely go off.
KWTV Channel 9: All right, we just saw, if you were watching,
there, there was a white pickup truck backing a trailer into the scene here.
They are trying to get people out of the way so that they can get it in.
Appears to be the Oklahoma Bomb Squad. It's their Bomb Disposal Unit, is what
it is, and it is what they would use if, if, the report that we gave you just a
few minutes ago is correct, that a second explosive device of some kind is
inside the building. They'll back that trailer in there, and the Bomb Squad
folks will go in and they'll use that trailer. You see the bucket on the back?
This is how they would transport the Explosive Device away from this populated
area. They would try to do something.
Finally, KFOR announced:
The second explosive was found and defused. The third explosive was
found — and they are working on it right now as we speak. I understand
that both the second and the third explosives were larger than the
[Paramedic Tiffany Smith, who was working with other rescue personnel in
the Murrah Building that morning, claims she was told by a black-suited ATF
agent that another bomb had been found attached to a gas line.]
When Channel 4 interviewed terrorism expert Dr. Randall Heather at
approximately 1:00 P.M. he stated: "We should find out an awful lot, when these
bombs are taken apart.… We got lucky today, if you can consider anything
about this tragedy lucky. It's actually a great stroke of luck, that we've got
defused bombs. It's through the bomb material that we'll be able to track down
who committed this atrocity."
In fact, it is uncertain if the bombs were taken apart and
examined. As stated in a report prepared by the National Fire Protection
Association: "The device was removed in the sheriff's bomb trailer and exploded
in a remote location."
Incredibly, all these reports were quickly hushed up and denied later
on. Suddenly, the additional bombs inside the building became a car-bomb
outside the building, then a van containing 2,000 pounds of ANFO, then a
truck containing 4,800 pounds.
Governor Keating, who himself had reported a second device, would later
reverse his position, leading a statewide cover-up proclaiming that
Representative Key and others investigating additional bombs and suspects were
"howling at the moon," and "off the reservation."
When J.D. Cash, a journalist writing for the McCurtain County
Gazette, tried to interview members of the Bomb Squad, Fire Department and
Police, he was generally told by potential interviewees, "I saw a lot that day,
I wish I hadn't. I have a wife, a job, a family… I've been threatened,
we've been told not to talk about the devices."
When I attempted to interview two members of the Sheriff's Bomb Squad
who were first on the scene, they told me there were no additional bombs
taken away or detonated. When questioned further they became visibly uptight
and referred me to their superior.
One law-enforcement official who had a little more practice at lying was
Oklahoma City FBI SAC Bob Ricks, the master propagandist of Waco fame, who
coolly stated to the press, "We never did find another device.… we
confirmed that no other device existed."
The ATF, who initially denied even having any explosives in the
building, eventually recanted their statements and told reporters that the 2 X
2 foot box was a "training bomb." I asked General Partin if there could be such
a thing as an ATF "training bomb."
"I would certainly not think so," said Partin. "Look, when you have an
EOD team — EOD teams are very well trained people. And any training device
would have to be so labeled — so labeled. And the EOD people who were
there were claiming it was explosives."
Former ATF man Rick Sherrow had his own thoughts on the issue of
training bombs. "All the field offices have that material (training bombs).
It's 100 percent on the outside — weighs the same, looks the same, but it
has no fill — no inert markings or anything else. I can't say absolutely
that's what was found in the building, but it's more than likely. They had stun
grenades too, which are live. They can't contribute or anything [to the
damage], but they lied about it, and that jams up their credibility."
Cash interviewed GSA workers who helped the ATF unload their arsenal
room two weeks after the blast. Cash described in a series of Gazette
articles beginning on May 4, 1995, how the ATF had stored weapons, explosives
and ammunition in the Murrah Building in contravention of the very laws they
were supposed to enforce:
Both the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau (ATF) and the Drug
Enforcement Bureau (DEA) had explosives and weapons — including an
anti-tank missile — illegally stored in the building when it blew up April
19, the McCurtain Gazette has learned. An eyewitness observer told the
Gazette recently of assisting federal agents to remove weapons and
explosive devices from a partially-damaged arsenal inside the Federal Building
after the explosion.
Lester Martz, ATF Special Agent in Charge for the region, denied this.
"That locker was intact," said Martz in an interview with the Dallas Morning
News, and with the author. Martz went on to say that the blasted out area
between columns B-2 and B-4 was the result of DEA ordinance. Yet the DEA
offices were on the west side of the building on the seventh floor,
nowhere near that area. The ATF offices, however, were in close proximity to
it, being located in the top rear corner of the building, on the east side.
ATF officials were adamant in denying that no explosives were stored in
the building. But it seems they did have C-4. OCPD Officer Don Browning, who
viewed video footage taken by Sheriff Melvin Sumter, says C-4 was "definitely"
carried out of the building. Browning, a Vietnam veteran, described the
explosives he saw: "It was in wide blocks, about 3/4" thick, around 10" long,
and about 2" wide, wrapped in cellophane."
Cash interviewed at least one unnamed witness who described helping ATF
agents remove ordinance from their storage locker:
"One night, up on the ninth floor, where the ATF offices [were], I
helped some of their agents load onto an elevator small arms, machine guns,
several cases of ammunition and even some boxes marked 'Explosives'" he
The Gazette interviewed two more witnesses who assisted in the
post bombing clean-up. One, a civilian contractor hired by the GSA, told the
Gazette July 30th:
"They had everything! …home-made zip guns, AK-47s, sawed-off
shotguns, AR-15s, M-16s — literally hundreds of guns. You name it, they
had it all… any kind of weapon you could ever want." He also said he
recalls seeing an ATF agent with a five-gallon bucket of
"They carried out every conceivable type of firearm known to man," Cash
told video producer Chuck Allen, "including hundreds of thousands of rounds of
ammunition, boxes marked explosives, hand grenades, everything short of a
Russian T-72 tank." Finally, a witness told the Gazette:
"What was left of that [ATF magazine] room is in the far south-east
end of the ninth floor, but much of it was blown away and [apparently]
disappeared into the rubble right on top of the America's Kids Day Care
The area just below the ATF's arsenal room — the coned-in area on
the far left (south-east) side of the building seen in aerial photographs
— is where most of the casualties occurred. This area extends one to two
stories below the street level. (See Appendix)
Apparently, this is not the first time such a "mishap" has occurred.
Approximately 10 years ago, some captured Soviet ordinance, including rockets
with high-explosive warheads, wound up stored at FBI headquarters in
Washington, D.C. There was a subsequent fire, and the exploding ordinance
caused more than a little consternation among firefighters, especially when one
rocket took off and blasted a two-foot diameter hole in a cinder block wall.
When the story leaked out, the ATF reacted by removing more than 30 pounds of
explosives from their offices down the street.
In Allen's video, Cash makes the assertion that the massive internal
damage to the building was the result of secondary explosions caused by these
illegally stored explosives. The ordinance, which included percussion caps for
C-4 (and C-4 itself), had fallen from their ninth floor storage area after the
initial truck blast, Cash suggests, to one of the lower floors, where it
detonated, causing massive internal damage. According to Cash's experts,
although C-4 is relatively safe to handle, it can be set off with 3500 p.s.i.
General Partin disagrees with Cash's analysis, explaining: "For anything
to have tumbled down from up there and done the increased damage is technically
impossible… If something had fallen after that section had collapsed and
caused an explosion that brought down [column] B-3, the thing would not have
cropped the way it did. If you look up there at the top left hand side, you
don't see anything up there that would indicate that you had a big blow-out at
the top. If it had, it wouldn't of had anything to do with the column
collapsing down below — they're too far away."
I asked Partin if C-4 could explode due to the increased air pressure
resulting from the truck blast, from the weight of falling debris, or simply by
falling eight or nine stories.
"Look," said Partin, "C-4 is kinda' tough to get to go; ammonium nitrate
is even tougher. It takes a real intense shock wave to get that kind of
explosive to go." Partin then added, "I thought I explained it to Cash, but I
guess he's persisting with his story."
Why Cash would persist with his story while largely side-stepping
Partin's analysis is curious. Yet if the ATF were responsible for the
secondary explosion, it would seem they would have reason to lie. [Not only were they storing explosives
illegally in a public building containing a day-care center, but almost the
entire contingent of approximately 13 agents was absent on the day of the
bombing (more on this later).]
Was the ATF in fact responsible, knowingly or unknowingly, for the
explosion that destroyed the Murrah building? Consider the following article
which appeared in the June 5, 1995 issue of Newsweek:
For the past year, the ATF and the Army Corps of Engineers have been
blowing up car bombs at the White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico. The
project, code-named Dipole Might, is designed to create a computer model to
unravel terrorist car-and truck-bomb attacks. By coincidence, a ATF agent
assigned to Dipole Might, happened to be in Oklahoma City on April 19th,
working at the Federal Courthouse, which stands across the street from the
Murrah Building. He saw the devastation and called the ATF office in Dallas.
The Murrah Building had just been hit by 'ANFO' (ammonium material) bomb of at
least several thousand pounds, he reported. Within minutes, explosives agents
trained under Dipole Might were dispatched to the scene. They identified the
type and size of the bomb almost immediately.
Just how this agent (Harry Eberhardt) was able to immediately ascertain
the building had been blown up by an ANFO bomb, when no forensic analysis had
yet been conducted, is unclear. When Phil O'Halloran, a freelance journalist,
attempted to ask the ATF Public Relations Bureau why a Dipole Might expert just
happened to be in the courthouse at that moment, and how he could immediately
have known the exact nature of the bomb, O'Halloran, rather than given a
rational explanation, was accused of attacking the agency and was promised a
fax of agency views on Right-wing conspiracists (which never arrived).
It is also unclear why was the Sheriff's Bomb Squad was in the parking
lot between the Murrah Building and the Federal Courthouse at 7:45 that
morning. The Bomb Squad denies being there. But Norma Smith and other Federal
Courthouse employees recall seeing the Bomb Squad's distinctive white truck.
"We did wonder what it was doing in our parking lot," recalled Smith.
"Jokingly, I said, 'Well, I guess we'll find out soon enough.'"
Oklahoma City attorney Daniel J. Adomitis told the Forth Worth
Star-Telegram he also saw the Bomb Squad there that morning. "As I was
passing the back side of the County Courthouse, I noticed a truck with a
trailer and the truck said 'Bomb Disposal.' I remember thinking as I passed
that , 'Gee, I wonder if they had a bomb threat at the county
Was the bomb squad alerted that something was in the works? Not
according to the ever-controvertful Lester Martz. "I have not come across any
information that any kind of bomb unit was at the building prior to the
bombing," announced Martz with a straight face at the same time he lauded the
heroism of Luke Franey, the ATF agent who supposedly "karate-kicked" his way
through three walls.
What is certain is that the Murrah Building had a bomb threat one week
prior to the 19th. Michael Hinton remembers looking out the window of his YMCA
room a week before and seeing about 200-300 people gathered outside. The
incident didn't jog his memory until the local TV networks announced on the
morning of the blast that the Federal Building had received a threat just a
Nurse Toni Garret recalled talking to several people who said there had
been bomb threats two weeks prior to the bombing. "The FBI and the ATF knew
that these bomb threats were real, and they did nothing about it."
Terrorism expert Dr. Randall Heather confirmed these reports, adding, "I
know that there had been a threat phoned in to the FBI last week, but I don't
know what the nature of that was."
According to the Oklahoma City Fire Department, the FBI phoned in a
warning on April 14, almost a week before the bombing. Assistant Fire Chief
Charles Gaines told Glenn Wilburn, who lost two grandsons in the blast, that
there was never any warning. The grieving grandfather then walked down the hall
to Assistant Chief Dispatcher Harvey Weathers office. Weathers told Wilburn in
no uncertain terms that the Fire Department had indeed received a warning on
April 14. Relating Gaines' apparent loss of memory to Weathers, he replied,
"Well, you asked me and I told you. I'm not going to lie for
[Of course, one person perfectly willing to lie for everybody was
FBI SAC Bob Ricks.] When asked during a press conference if the FBI had
received a warning, Ricks said, "The FBI in Oklahoma City has not received any
threats to indicate that a bombing was about to take place."
Interesting play on words. Was Ricks surreptitiously suggesting that one
of the other FBI offices had received a warning? Or was there simply no
reason for the FBI to receive a warning because they were in charge of the
bombing from the beginning?
The transparent stories of the ATF and FBI are strikingly familiar to
those propounded in the wake of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. In that
case, the FBI had one of its own informants — former Egyptian Army Colonel
Emad Eli Salem — inside the group responsible for the bombing. According
to Salem, who made secret tapes of his conversations with his FBI handler,
Nancy Floyd, her supervisor refused to let Salem substitute a harmless powder
for the real explosive. The agent then pulled Salem off the case. Soon
afterwards, the bomb blew up, killing six people and injuring almost a 1,000
It also seems that the "coincidence" of the ATF's Dipole Might tests
were uncannily similar to the May 24, 1990 bombing of Earth First! activist
Judi Bari. The FBI claimed that Bari and her companion Daryl Cherney, who were
on their way to a peaceful protest rally, had inadvertently blown themselves up
with their own pipe-bomb. After Bari sued the FBI for false arrest and civil
rights violations, she found out though discovery that the FBI ran a "bomb
school" at Eureka College of the Redwoods in April of 1990 for both FBI and
local police. The classes included blowing up cars with pipe bombs, ostensibly
to demonstrate the tactics used by terrorists (the same reason cited in the
ATF's case). The instructor for this "school of terrorism" was none other than
Frank Doyle Jr., the FBI bomb squad expert who showed up at the scene of Bari's
car bombing one month later.
According to Freedom of Information Act records, Project Dipole Might
was initiated under the authorization of Clinton's National Security Council.
One of the stated purposes of the project was to produce computer models of
bombings to "be displayed in a courtroom to aid in the prosecution of
defendants." The Justice Department used the video tapes shot at White Sands
during McVeigh's trial to "prove" that an ANFO bomb blew up the building. As
Lawrence Myers, writing in Media Bypass magazine, asked:
Why the National Security Council would fund such an ATF project,
despite the absolute rarity of the crime, has not been explained.… Nor has
it been explained as to what specific threat assessment information the
government had when it decided to engage in such a project, just a few months
before a Ryder Truck laden with ammonium nitrate fertilizer exploded in front
of the Murrah Building.
As Myers points out, the last-known case of a truck-bomb exploding in
the U.S. was in 1970, when an ANFO bomb exploded in front of the Army Math lab
at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Why then, would the National
Security Council suddenly feel the need for detailed information regarding ANFO
Was the ATF expecting such a bombing? Were they in fact responsible for
blast or the secondary damage to the building? Or was the building wired for
demolition as part of a larger plot?
["I'm firmly convinced that the ATF is guilty of an awful lot of
things," said Bud, our ex-Green Beret. "I mean, if you look at what the ATF and
the FBI did to Randy Weaver (and at Waco), it's just awful. They've gone hog
wild and have [become] a power unto themselves."
Asked if he thought a rogue group or special unit within the
military/intelligence community could or would commit such an act, Bud replied
"It wouldn't really stun me."]
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