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JOHN DOE #2 IDENTIFIED: BUT CAN WE GET THE FBI TO ARREST HIM?

THE STORY OF THE EVENTS THAT WILL EXPOSE THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING TRUTH

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MIKE VANDERBOEGH

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THE FIRST ALABAMA CAVALRY REGIMENT CONSTITUTIONAL MILITIA

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?

PART SIX

5 July 1996

THE RAT HUNT CONTINUES...........

LONDON SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, Sunday, 30 June 1996

Foreign News

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 interviews.

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 leads.

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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