The John Doe Times
Vol. III, No. 12
7 February 1997


The John Doe Times is an on-line, electronic newsletter published by the 1st Alabama Cavalry Regiment (Constitutional Militia) and friends. We are a proud and active member of the "Right-Wing Media Cabal", Internet Division, and we are working our way up the Clinton White House Enemies List as fast as we can. Letters to the Editor may be addressed to:

Requests for back issues or directions to the ever-expanding number of websites that reprint our material should be directed to the Circulation Manager at: Snail mail, requests for free souvenir "Unwanted By the FBI" posters (enclose SASE),"love notes" from ATF agents, hymn requests for FBI OKC SAC Thomas Kuker to sing in the choir at Elohim City and neoNazi letter bombs may be sent to: P.O. Box 926, Pinson, AL 35126.

Our Motto: "Sic Semper Rodentia"





Febuary 17, 1997

Nation Section


By William F. Jasper

On January 17th, millions of television viewers of ABC's popular 20/20

program discovered what readers of The New American had learned over a year

before: that a substantial body of compelling evidence and a considerable

number of credible witnesses point to the strong likelihood that federal law

enforcement agencies knew in advance about a plot to bomb a federal building

in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. Entitled "The Families Want to Know," the

20/20 segment was an actual blockbuster that should help greatly to convince

many Americans that there has indeed been an ongoing, massive cover-up in the

federal investigation of the "deadliest terrorist attack on American soil."




 Produced by Donald Thrasher and anchored by veteran ABC reporter Tom

Jerriel, the 20/20 investigation covered much of the same ground that was

plowed by The New American in our major cover story of December 11, 1995,

"Did Federal Agents Have Prior Knowledge?" and in subsequent stories in these

pages over the past year. Investigators for 20/20 interviewed witnesses who

reported seeing bomb squad vehicles at the Alfred P. Murrah Building an hour

and a half before the blast, and a private investigator who testified seeing

several bomb squad personnel with dogs searching the shrubbery and base of

the federal courthouse across the street from the Murrah Building just a half

hour before the explosion.


 Tom Jerriel also conducted a shadow interview with the witness The New

American interviewed earlier who had rushed to the Murrah Building to find

his wife and was told by an ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms)

agent at the blast site that the ATF officers had been warned on their pagers

not to come in to work that morning. The ATF, of course, still denies that it

had any forewarning and would not, says 20/20, grant any interviews. To its

credit, the ABC team took the ATF to task for continuing to perpetuate one of

the more patently fraudulent and ludicrous of the agency's cover-ups in the

case: the falling-elevator-and ATF superman myth. In an attempt to defuse

public concern stemming from reports that the ATF had prior knowledge of the

bomb plot, the Bureau concocted an apocryphal tale that had ATF Agent Alex

McCauley and DEA Agent David Chickendance caught in one of the Murrah

Building's elevators that free-fell five stories as a result of the bombing.

According to this yarn, the dynamic duo forced open the steel doors and then

led ten or 15 people to safety. But 20/20 disposed of that fable by

interviewing Oscar Johnson and Duane James of the Midwestern Elevator

Company, who had inspected the elevators shortly after the explosion and

found that none of them had fallen. Mr. James described the ATF account as

"humorous" - Humorous from the standpoint of having caught someone in a

pathetically inept lie, perhaps, but infuriatingly contemptible from the

standpoint of those who lost loved ones in the murderous explosion and are

still desperately seeking answers.


 (PHOTO INSET: Johnson and James: Experts debunked federal fable of falling

elevator. ABC News.)


 Perhaps the most interesting and significant new evidence brought forward on

the ABC program was a piece of videotape from a surveillance camera at the

Regency Tower apartments one block from the Murrah Building. The tape, shot

from inside the Regency lobby, shows a Ryder truck parked across the street.

According to ABC's Jarriel, the rest of the tape 'may' show the individual

(or individuals) associated with the truck. The location of the truck shown

on the 20/20 video appears to fit with the eye-witness account of the nearby

cafe operator who says he sold Timothy McVeigh and a companion two softdrinks

and a pack of cigarettes shortly before the bomb went off.


 Jarriel ended the segment with a group interview of bombing survivors and

family members in the home of Glenn and Kathy Wilburn, whose grandsons were

killed in the explosion. Jarriel asked: "What if these were honest men who

made an honest mistake that literally blew up in their face?" To which Glenn

Wilburn responded, "Then [they should] stand up and admit it." "We can deal

with the truth," replied Kathy Wilburn. "Just give us the truth."


 (PHOTO INSET: 20/20 interviewed OKC bombing survivors and families: "Just

give us the truth." ABC News.)




 Back at the 20/20 studio set for the program's wrap-up, Barbara Walters

asked Jarriel, "Now we saw 'some' people here, but, in general - there were

many more involved, you know - how widespread is this feeling?" "We don't

really know," said Jarriel. "There's an Oklahoma legislator who has received

permission to gather petitions for a grand jury investigation of this by the

county for the first time. He says he has broad support for this effort, so

we'll see."


 The legislator Jarriel was referring to, of course, is Oklahoma State

Representative Charles Key, who is familiar to readers of The New American.

Over the past year and a half, Key has courageously carried on a lonely fight

to address some of the most troubling aspects of the bombing case. Together

with the Wilburn family and a close circle of supporters, he has battled the

federal and state political power brokers and the media in an effort to

impanel a county grand jury to look into the bombing. The need for a county

grand jury became obvious for a number of reasons, he says. "The federal

government has filed charges against only two people they claim are

responsible for the murders of eight U.S. federal agents who died in the

bombing," notes Key. "No charges have been filed on behalf of the remaining

160 who lost their lives in the bombing, and the federal government has

blocked witnesses and important evidence from being brought before the

federal grand jury."


 In October 1995, Hoppy Heidelberg, a member of that grand jury, was

dismissed from duty after he complained that federal prosecutors were

hampering the investigation and restricting the jury's rights of full access

to evidence and witnesses. He had grown especially concerned when it became

apparent that the prosecution was trying to limit indictments to Timothy

McVeigh and Terry Nichols, and attempting to discredit the existence of the

suspect known as "John Doe No. 2." "They went to a hell of alot of trouble to

try and make John Doe No. 2 go away," Heidelberg said.


 Representative Key, the Wilburns, and other advocates of a county grand jury

want the many witnesses who allegedly saw John Doe No. 2 and other John Does

who may have been involved in the bombing to be called forward to testify.

"Such a jury, operating outside the scope of the federal investigation," says

the legislator, "would not only have the power to investigate the facts

ignored by the federal government, but would have the power to level criminal

obstruction of justice charges against anybody whom they believe has impeded

the investigation." "The legal questions are very clear," observes Key. "The

Oklahoma Constitution gives the people the right to have a county grand jury

impaneled if they believe the need exists. The Oklahoma Supreme Court fully

agreed with this in 1975 in the only precedent-setting case law." The case,

State ex rel. Harris v. Harris, concerned a district courts judge's power to

deny a county grand jury to be impaneled because of "insufficiencies" in the

people's petition. The Supreme Court ruled that the grand jury must be

impaneled because "the Constitution and statutes do not require specific

allegations of crime or offense in content of a grand jury petition" and "the

sufficiency of a grand jury petition should be liberally construed."


 Two days after Heidelberg was thrown off the federal grand jury, Key and the

Wilburns began the formal petition process for a county grand jury. When

state District Judge Danial Owens ruled that their petition was

"insufficient," Key's attorney attempted to "correct" it to meet the judge's

objection. However, Judge Owens, ignoring the Supreme Court's 1975 admonition

to "liberally construe" petitions, quashed the effort. Key appealed that

action to the state Supreme Court. Early in 1996, the Oklahoma Supreme Court

remanded the case to the State Court of Appeals. On December 4, 1996, Charles

Key and attorney Mark Sanford presented their case before the Appeals Court

panel of three judges. They were heartened by the aggressive grilling two of

the judges gave the attorney representing Oklahoma County District Attorney

Bob Macy, who was opposing the call for a county grand jury. "It was obvious

they were very upset with the tactics being used to deny the jury petition,"

Key told The New American. On Christmas Eve the court handed the persevering

petitioners a wonderful Christmas present: a unanimously favorable decision.




 That, however, was still not the last legal word on the matter. The court

gave District Attorney Bob Macy until Monday, January 13th, to appeal the

decision. On January 2nd Charles Key, Glenn Wilburn, and Mark Sanford met in

Bob Macy's office with Macy and three of his staff members. "Macy told us he

wouldn't appeal the decision or stand in our way if it were up to him," Key

recalled to The New American. Yet when Key called Macy's office on the

afternoon of January 13th, shortly before the filing deadline, he received a

rude awakening: Macy informed him that he would be filing an appeal. "I was

upset and angry," recalled Key, "and I asked him, 'Why are you going to do

that, Bob, after you told us you weren't?' and he replied, 'They won't let me

not appeal it.' I asked 'Who is this they that won't let you?' but he was

just silent and wouldn't answer."


 Representive Key says they agreed to meet the next morning in Macy's office,

but that get-together did not prove any more productive than the telephone

call. When Key pressed the DA about his flip-flop on the matter and urged him

to drop his opposition, Macy again stated, "They won't let me."


 "There you go again," said the angy legislator. "Who are 'they'?" But

according to Key, Macy evaded the issue by bringing up other tangential



 Charles Key believes he has a fairly good idea who some of the leading

"they" suspects might be. He has learned that on January 2nd, after the

meeting at which Macy had pledged not to appeal, Macy received a conference

call from Governor Frank Keating and Oklahoma City Fire Chief Gary Marrs. He

also received a call from federal prosecutors Patrick Ryan and Joseph

Hartzler. Of course, there was also Judge Owens.


 Then there is the city's main newspaper, the Daily Oklahoman. "The Oklahoman

has opposed Key's mission from the beginning," the paper admitted in a

January 17th editorial entitled, "Drop It, Mr. Key." "State Rep. Charles

Key's quest to prove that a government conspiracy played some role in the

Murrah Building bombing is a weird and misguided exercise," opined the

Oklahoman. "Oklahoma County District Attorney Bob Macy is correct in

appealing a court ruling that allows Key a free hand to seek a county grand

jury probe of his conspiracy theories."


 But if you want to consider sonething "weird and misguided," how about this

from the same Daily Oklahoman editorial:


"As we argued when Key first set out on this course, the Legislature and its

staff had no business investigating the bombing. It was, and is, poorly

equipped to do so. The same can be said of a panel of local citizens who

would be asked to investigate one of the most complicated cases ever to come

before the courts."


 State legislatures regularly carry out investigative responsibilities. And

why disparage the county grand jury by suggesting the case is too

complicated? After all, the federal grand jury, in which the Oklahoman seems

to have supreme confidence, is also a mere "panel of local citizens."


 On the same day as its Key-bashing editorial, the Oklahoman also devoted

considerable newsprint and ink to a sensational "news" story concerning

Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson's vituperative attack on Charles Key

because of a bill the resolute lawmaker had authored to fund the county grand

jury. Edmondson accused Key of proposing a "wasteful witch hunt" and of

engaging in "the worst kind of paranoid conspiracy pandering." The article

also reported that Edmondson had convinced the state District Attorney's

Council to oppose Key's funding bill. Nevertheless, the intrepid legislator

remains undaunted. "This is unprecedented, as far as I know, for the Attorney

General to go to such lengths with the District Attorneys Council and to use

such intemperate language," the soft-spoken Key told The New American. Then,

showing a sense of humor which has helped him survive the grueling gauntlet

over the past 18 months, he joked, "You just gotta know something's fishy

here; how often do you ever see a room full of attorneys turn down a bunch of



 In his tirade against Key Attorney General Edmondson declared, "The very

idea that a county grand jury could uncover something that the FBI and

Stephen Jones [McVeigh's defense attorney] do not already know is

ridiculous." Likewise, the Oklahoman expressed unbounded faith in the justice

and competence of the federal overlords. "The first trial is nearing," it

chided. "A federal jury - and a rapt world attuned to news accounts - will be

given all the evidence against the defendents."




 But only a few days earlier, on January 8th, federal prosecutors revealed

that they plan to call only one eyewitness who claimes to have seen suspect

Timothy McVeigh park a Ryder truck outside the Murrah Building that tragic

April morning. Of the tens of thousands of witnesses interviewed by the FBI

and the numerous eyewitnesses who clain to have seen McVeigh, John Doe No.2,

and other John Does on that morning, only one is to be called? Yes, and his

name is William Dunlap. Dunlap's name was revealed in court papers unsealed

on January 8th by U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch. Why was Dunlap chosen

as the lucky witness? Most likely because he attests to seeing only McVeigh

with the Ryder truck. On the morning of April 19, 1995, Dunlap, an airline

employee, had stopped at the post office across from the Murrah Building just

seconds before the blast. He says he saw McVeigh get out of the Ryder truck

and go to the rear of the vehicle. since he did not see any other individuals

associated with the truck, he is a "safe" witness for the prosecution.


 But if Oklahoma's power brokers and political elites are willing to

rubber-stamp the federal prosecutor's pathetic charade, it seems that a good

many Oklahomans are not. When Oklahoma City radio station KTOK conducted a

call-in poll recently they found that 90 percent of their callers were in

favor of Charles Key's effort to impanel a county grand jury. This is

particulary significant since KTOK has been, if anything, antipathetic to the

petition effort. Indeed, the station admitted to being very "surprised" at

the amount of support for the measure. Representative Key, a Republican, also

expressed surprise at the 90 percent rating, but said he has regularly seen

what he would estimate to be 60 to 70 percent support registered at public

forums he has attended, even those with high Democratic and liberal

representation. Says Key, "We're going to have our grand jury."


Or should I say only the beginning.......

Back to John Doe Times Index