JOHN DOE #2 IDENTIFIED: BUT CAN WE GET THE FBI TO ARREST HIM?
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JOHN DOE #2 IDENTIFIED; BUT CAN WE GET THE FBI TO ARREST HIM?
NOTE: 1ACR has been assisting Glenn & Kathy Wilburn with their private
investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing and the search for ALL of the
killers of their two grandchildren and 166 other Americans. The analysis
below is my own, and it should be made clear that I do not presume to speak
for the Wilburns. The Wilburns are two very courageous Americans who have
suffered much in their search for the truth. Other Oklahoma City victims
have criticized the Wilburns for seeking to get McVeigh off the hook. Nothing
could be further from the truth. None of the information that they or their
many volunteer helpers have discovered (of which I am but one) exculpates
Timothy McVeigh. McVeigh was the truck driver, and a key player in the
plot. What we are after is the rest of the bombers and the murdering bastards
that sent them and sheltered them after the fact.
JOHN DOE #2 IDENTIFIED; BUT CAN WE GET THE FBI TO ARREST HIM?
5 July 1996
THE RAT HUNT CONTINUES...........
LONDON SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, Sunday, 30 June 1996
by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
COVER-UP CLAIM IN HUNT FOR OKLAHOMA 'WITNESS'
"A Couple grieving for grandchildren killed in the bombing last
year think they have identified a name missed by the huge resources of
the FBI, says Ambrose Evans Pritchard"
While President Clinton is in Europe demanding a tougher response to
terrorism, his own government is having trouble getting to the bottom of
the Oklahoma bombing, the most deadly act of terrorism ever committed on
U.S. soil. The Oklahoma investigation is losing credibility fast, with
talk of a cover-up now reaching fever pitch. Glenn and Kathy Wilburn, who
lost two grandchildren in the blast, have accused the Justice Department
of playing politics with their grief.
Conducting their own investigation they have already raised doubts about
the official story implicating Tim McVeigh, the chief suspect, in the April
1995 Oklahoma City blast in which 168 died. Now the Wilburns believe they
have tracked down the elusive witness known as "John Doe II",
the tanned, tattooed, muscular man said to have been with McVeigh when
he allegedly rented the Ryder truck used in the bombing.
The man they name has been identified from a photo by one of the witnesses
who helped draw up the artist's impression of John Doe II.
Several other witnesses have said they think the photo is of the same
person. If the witnesses are right, the man is a former university student
from Philadelphia named Michael Brescia. Over the last month, some of the
major US newspapers and TV networks have been searching nationwide for
him, with no success.
It is remarkable that the FBI has shown so little interest in Brescia,
if the Wilburn's are correct. The search for John Doe II involved half
the FBI's entire staff of special agents. The vast investigative machinery
of the US government had not been mobilized in such a way since the assassination
of President Kennedy. Apparently, it found nothing. After two months the
Justice Department announced that the sighting of John Doe II was a simple
matter of confusion. The witness was an innocent soldier who happened to
visit the Ryder rental office in Junction City the day after McVeigh, said
the official statement. This account is disputed vehemently by the three
witnesses at the Ryder agency who said they saw McVeigh with John Doe II.
The Wilburns have now learned that two witnesses came forward immediately
after the bombing and told the FBI that they knew who the John Doe II in
the artist's impression was. One, a college student named Catina Lawson,
was a close friend of tim McVeigh. The other was her mother, Connie Smith.
In a confidential statement to the FBI dated April 23, Smith said her daughter
"dated McVeigh for two years." Lawson says that she was just
a friend, but admits to having attended parties in Kansas where McVeigh
was present. Moreover, also knew Michael Fortier, the man who allegedly
"cased" the Oklahoma federal building with McVeigh and who has
started a 23-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to lesser charges
related to the bombing.
On April 20, 1995, the day after the bombing, Lawson told the FBI that
the sketch of John Doe II resembled a muscular man with an olive complexion
who had moved in McVeigh's circle. "I told them he had a tattoo on
his arm and his name was Mike, but I didn't know the rest of his name,"
she said. Her FBI statement is slightly different from this. the document
says that she identified John Doe II but did not know his name.
Lawson, now 22, told THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH that "Mike" had
a brief affair with a housemate, who has since disappeared. She believed
it occurred in the summer of 1992. "I never found out what he was
doing in Kansas," she said. "But I remember her saying that he
came from Pennsylvania and I saw the Pennsylvania tags on his car."
Smith remembers being introduced to "Mike" by her daughter.
She later saw him in the local town of Herington with McVeigh. In her FBI
statement she said that the man was a friend of McVeigh and that "she
believed he was John Doe II." She said in an interview "I kept
telling them that the man in the sketch was that Mike guy, a nice looking
guy, dark-skinned. But the FBI made me feel guilty, then ignorant, as if
i didn't know what I was saying. Then, later, I tried to call in with more
information and they said they wouldn't even talk to me."
Their testimony is sketchy. It may be incorrect. What is astonishing
is that the FBI apparently failed to pursue the leads given by Lawson.
It was not until February of this year that two local FBI agents came back
to ask Lawson a series of questions on behalf of the bombing investigation.
They asked if she knew "Michael Brescia." She said no because
she did not know the second name of the man she remembered only as Mike.
Sources close to the Justice Department say that the FBI has still not
interviewed Brescia, even though it has conducted more than 21,000 witness
It was not until the Wilburns showed them a picture of Michael Brescia
this month that Lawson and her mother learned his full identity. Both identified
him at once from the picture. Brescia, 24, comes from a solid catholic
family in Philadelphia, the son of a battalion chief in the fire brigade.
He was an Eagle scout at a private high school, and then went on to LaSalle
University in Philadelphia.
"He was very outgoing, likeable guy, but he tried to set up a white
supremacist group on campus," said George Ralko, a "brother"
in the Delta Sigma Pi fraternity. "We threatened to revoke his membership.
We told him the fraternity wouldn't tolerate that kind of behavior. In
1993, in his third year at LaSalle, he mysteriously dropped out, telling
friends that he was taking up a job offer in Oklahoma.
In fact he went to join an armed religious cult in the Ozarks, called
Elohim City, where he fell in love with the granddaughter of the community
patriarch, Pastor Robert Millar. The sect is a branch of the Christian
Identity Church, which believes that the Aryan peoples are the 12 lost
tribes of Israel.
Brescia shared a house at Elohim City with Andreas Strassmeir, a former
officer in the west german army and a man the Wilburns have announced that
they plan to name in a lawsuit as a "US federal informant with material
knowledge of the bombing." Strassmeir said that he has not worked
on intelligence matters since his discharge from the german army and denies
working for the US government. Strassmeir said that Brescia was in Little
Rock, Arkansas, on the day of the bombing, attending a clemency rally for
the right-wing leader Richard Wayne Snell (who was executed for murder
convictions the same day and who was then brought back for burial at Elohim).
"I don't think Mike was involved in any way," he said. He was
just a typical kid of his age searching for something in life."
Joan Millar, one of the leaders of Elohim City, says that Brescia could
not possibly be John Doe II. "He was right here with us on April 17
(the day the Ryder truck was rented), helping to prepare the grave for
Wayne Snell," she said. Brescia was expelled from Elohim in the summer
of 1995, apparently for a curfew violation. He went to live with george
Eaton, a neighbor who publishes the PATRIOT REPORT (a tiny, right-wing
militia publication to which McVeigh, among others, subscribed). Eaton
told THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH that Strassmeir and Brescia had been stirring
things up at Elohim City.
"They were pushing for all these military maneuvers, and it got
to be a problem," he said. Eaton does not believe that Brescia played
any role in the bombing. "All these rumors are just nonsense,"
he said. He said that Brescia has a tattoo on his left arm (John Doe II
was described as having one). He described it as a circle with four spokes.
Experts on the far right say this is the symbol of the Order, the violent
military wing of the Aryan Nations. The Order was supposedly disbanded
in the mid-1980s, but it may have been reconstituted. As they try to find
all the pieces to this jigsaw puzzle, the Wilburns believe that the bombing
was a broad conspiracy by members of the Aryan Nations. Now they want to
know why the Justice department has been so slow in following up obvious
ATTACHED TO ARTICLE IS HUGE COLLEGE-ERA PICTURE OF MICHAEL BRESCIA,
JOHN DOE #2
Coming up in "John Doe #2 Identified" Part Seven:
ANDY STRASSMEIR'S TENNESSEE AND NORTH CAROLINA CONNECTIONS,
OR"KIRK LYONS, CALL YOUR OFFICE."
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