Volume IV, No. 7
23 February 1997


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02/23/1997 12:44 EST
Bombing Informant Ruffles Case
Associated Press Writer

  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- At a distant edge of the Oklahoma City
 bombing investigation stands Carol Howe -- former debutante,
 former racial supremacist, former federal informant.
  What truth or clarity she may bring to accounts of the April 19,
 1995, blast that killed 168 people is uncertain. She claims to be a
 white-separatist insider turned government informant, a good citizen
 who warned agents of a conspiracy to blow up federal buildings at
 least five months before the Oklahoma City disaster.
  Federal officials won't go on the record about Ms. Howe. Privately
 they dismiss her as unstable, cut loose by the Bureau of Alcohol,
 Tobacco and Firearms for unreliability.
  Her account of undercover life and allegations about bomb plots
 and scouting trips to the federal building months before the
 explosion was related to a free-lance writer whose article appeared
 Feb. 11 in the McCurtain Daily Gazette of Idabel, Okla.
  In the article, she asserts she overheard Dennis Mahon, a white
 supremacist, and Andreas Strassmeir, a German national, plot
 bombings of federal buildings while meeting at Elohim City, an
 armed, white separatist enclave in far eastern Oklahoma.
  She told free-lancer J.D. Cash she relayed those conversations to
 her ATF handler well before the bombing.
  She further claims to have seen Timothy McVeigh, the prime
 suspect in the bombing, at Elohim City in December 1994.
  This much is known to be true:
  -- Ms. Howe lived at Elohim City for some months in 1994. She
 went there initially with Mahon, a prominent member of the White
 Aryan Resistance who romanced her after she wrote a letter to WAR
 in 1993. During this period, she appeared on German television with
 Mahon to advocate violence as a means to reach the goal of a
 racially pure, white society, at one point lifting a sleeve to show off
 a swastika tattoo on her upper arm.
  -- The ATF recruited her in 1994 after she had a falling out with
 Mahon. She fed information to agent Angela Finley for several
 months before parting ways with the agency in early 1995.
  -- She met with FBI agents on April 21, two days after the bombing,
 and recounted the purported conversation between Mahon and
  In the Gazette interview, Cash quotes Ms. Howe as telling him,
 ``Sometime in November there was a meeting, and Strassmeir and
 Mahon said it was time to quit talking and go to war. I reported all
 this to Angie,'' the ATF agent.
  But federal officials debunk the idea she gave them advance
 warning of a bombing conspiracy. Neither Mahon nor Strassmeir has
 been implicated in the Oklahoma City bombing.
  And Mahon denies ever having a conversation about bombs with
 Strassmeir. He dismisses Ms. Howe as an abuser of prescription
 painkillers and a compulsive liar.
  Ms. Howe did not respond to Associated Press requests for
 interviews, which were relayed through her lawyer and her parents.
 Telephone calls to Ms. Finley at her Tulsa office went unreturned.
  The Gazette, which has a daily circulation of 6,200, has published
 several stories by Cash that have aired assorted conspiracy theories
 about the Oklahoma City bombing. Although federal officials
 privately disparage the accounts, a gag order from U.S. District
 Judge Richard Matsch prevents them from commenting for the
  Ms. Howe routinely passed polygraph tests on the truthfulness of
 her reports during her time as an informant, the Gazette reported.
  Ms. Howe first caught the public eye in December after her
 boyfriend, James Viefhaus Jr., recorded an answering machine
 message at the Tulsa home they shared that threatened to bomb
 federal buildings in 15 cities. Viefhaus is jailed on a federal charge
 of making a false statement regarding a bomb threat. The house
 was also the headquarters of the National Socialist Alliance of
 Oklahoma, according to the FBI.
  Because her name was mentioned in accounts of the Viefhaus
 arrest, her April 21, 1995, statement to FBI agents surfaced in
 documents provided the defense by prosecutors in the bombing
  Then, last month, the Gazette reported Ms. Howe could place
 McVeigh and his friend, Michael Fortier, at Elohim City in late 1994.
  McVeigh and Terry Nichols are the only two people charged in the
 bombing. McVeigh's trial on federal murder and conspiracy charges
 is set to begin March 31. Fortier, a longtime friend of McVeigh's,
 pleaded guilty to a firearms charge and is expected to testify for the
  McVeigh's lawyer, Stephen Jones, said none of the material he'd
 seen offers any evidence McVeigh ever visited Elohim City or met
 Ms. Howe.
  ``Clearly, she doesn't know Tim McVeigh,'' Jones told the AP.
  Strassmeir, who has returned to Germany, and lawyers for McVeigh
 have said the two knew one another only from a brief encounter at a
 Tulsa gun show in 1993. Mahon says he had seen McVeigh at gun
 shows but never spoken to him.
  ``We have no reason to believe that anyone other than Nichols and
 McVeigh committed the bombing,'' Leesa Brown, a Justice
 Department spokeswoman, said recently.
  Howe's emergence rekindled interest in Elohim City, which has
 figured prominently in conspiracy theories about the Oklahoma City
 attack because McVeigh received a traffic ticket nearby in 1993 and
 telephoned someone at the compound 12 days before the bombing.
  Authorities, however, have not linked the bombing and the
  ``Elohim City is not a current subject of interest'' in the ongoing
 investigation, a law enforcement official in Washington said,
 speaking on condition of anonymity.
  EDITOR'S NOTE -- Associated Press Writer Michael J. Sniffen in
 Washington contributed to this report.


JDT Editorial Note: Readers will note that I did not interrupt Mr. Queary's narrative with comments from the peanut gallery. This is because Mr. Queary has simply plagiarized the TIME Magazine hit-piece dissected in a recent John Doe Times, and to repeat the same critique would be simply boring. Readers seeking refutation of portions of the above are referred to the previous edition.

Poor Mr. Queary, unable or unwilling to write his own story about a subject in his own back yard that risks offending the political elite, he first tried to duplicate John Cash's work, then chose to plagiarize TIME's work. The AP would be more on target were they to run John articles unaltered, as the McCurtain Gazette sends them out each time they are printed.

History will thus forget the Queary's & the Associated Presses of the world when the final story of the Oklahoma City bombing conspiracy and coverup is written. History, though, will long remember John Cash and the brave little newspaper that dared print his work. It is of such stuff that Pulitzers are made. -- Mike Vanderboegh, Editor, The John Doe Times


Frank Sesno hosted a Late Edition segment on CNN, Sunday, 23 February, with Stephen Jones and the Guv'ner of the great state of Oklahoma, Frank "Coverup" Keating. The John Doe Times will be sending the transcript of this tete-a-tete on to our readers as soon as we receive it, which ain't just yet due to technical difficulties currently being experienced by those of us in A-O-Hell.

We will forward it to you as soon as possible as an attachment file to this issue. -- The Management

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