THE JOHN DOE TIMES
Volume IV, No. 14
8 March 1997
IN THIS ISSUE:
- ** BILL JASPER OF THE NEW AMERICAN ON ATF SNITCH CAROL HOWE
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Editor's note: The New American, published by the John Birch Society,
has been consistently on-target with much of the Oklahoma City bombing
While there have been stories with which I have disagreed (Gen. Partin's
theories among them), for the most part The New American has been ahead
of the big boys on this story.
I hasten to add that I am not a member of the John Birch Society, although
there are JBS members in my militia unit. Indeed, there has been considerable
debate (and more than a little name-calling) of late (some of it in the
pages of The New American) between members of the JBS and the militia movement
over this aspect or that of the current crisis. Without rehashing the points
of the debate, I would like to observe that JBSers and Militia folks alike
who are immersed in the current acrimony should remember how much we have
The John Doe Times received many offers of support during our "Unwanted"
poster campaign in Philadelphia from local and regional members of the
Had Brescia not finally been arrested after the first postering and
subsequent publicity, JBS members would have been in the "second wave"
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bill Jasper and all those
JBS members who have assisted the John Doe Times in our struggle to get
the truth out about Oklahoma City. Many thanks, gentlemen, and gentle ladies.
Your country owes you a debt of gratitude.
-- Mike Vanderboegh, 1 ACR
Editor, The John Doe Times
(Many thanks to Ada Coddington, who forwarded this article to the JDT):
The New American * March 17, 1997
ATF INFORMANT SAYS COVER-UP
by William F. Jasper
After nearly two years of adamant denials that any federal agencies
had even the slightest inkling of any plot to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah
Building in Oklahoma City, federal prosecutors have been dealt a stunning
blow. Just weeks before the scheduled March 31st start of the trial of
bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh, a series of revelations have forced the
Justice Department to concede that they did indeed have an undercover informant
inside a white supremacist group which this magazine and other news organizations
had previously linked to McVeigh. Even more important, newly available
evidence from this informant and other federal sources strongly supports
the suspicions that Andreas Karl Strassmeir, a mysterious German national
reported on previously in these pages (see The New American for June 24,
1996 and July 8, 1996), not only was a confederate of McVeigh, but was
also a federal undercover operative.
During the first two weeks of February, Justice Department officials
went into panic mode in an attempt to suppress what threatened to become
an avalanche of exposes by major media organizations concerning the freshest
and most damning proof that federal authorities had detailed information
about the bombing conspiracy long before the fateful explosion of April
19, 1995. The primary object of their alarm was Carol M. Howe, a 26-year-old
former Miss Teenage America semi-finalist and honors student from Tulsa,
Oklahoma who had become involved with the militantly racist White Aryan
Resistance (WAR), the Aryan Republican Army (ARA), and a related white
separatist community in Oklahoma known as Elohim City.
According to Howe, in mid-1994 she was approached by ATF Agent Angela
Finley and became a confidential informant for the agency. Agent Finley
regularly debriefed Howe concerning her activities with WAR chief Dennis
Mahon of Tulsa and her many visits to Elohim City.
According to J.D. Cash, investigative reporter for the McCurtain Daily
Gazette in Idabel, Oklahoma, specific warnings of plans to blow up the
Murrah Building were contained in the more than 70 reports Howe made to
Finley during 1994-95. Cash, who has broken many of the major stories on
the Elohim City connection to the bombing, had apprised The New American
of his discovery of the ATF informant months ago. However, it was not until
early December 1996 that he learned Howe's identity and began a series
of interviews with her that culminated in an extensive and explosive article
published in the Gazette on February 11th.
Utilizing contacts and information developed by Cash, the ABC 20/20
team, which had already produced an important report on the government's
prior knowledge in its January 17th broadcast, obtained a telephone interview
with Howe, who had gone into hiding. This interview was deemed so "hot"
that ABC decided not to wait for the regular 20/20 airing but to break
it on the evening news with Peter Jennings. Part of the impetus for this
quick-release decision came from the fact that the NBC Dateline team was
also closing in on the same story.
Aware that ABC was preparing to broadcast what was potentially a devastating
blow to the Clinton Administration's repeated claims that it had no forewarning,
the Justice Department began a preemptive strike. Calling journalists and
news groups, particularly those gathered in Denver to cover the McVeigh
trial, Justice officials warned that ABC would be breaking a story that
was sensational and irresponsible, and that grossly misrepresented the
ATF's and FBI's prior knowledge of the OKC bomb attack. At the same time,
Justice officials were bearing down on Jennings and ABC executives. To
the dismay of the 20/20 and ABC News crews, who recognized a major scoop,
ABC management buckled and the show was scratched.
Two nights later, however, Tom Brokaw and NBC News did give some significant
coverage to this important story. In a special investigation story, NBC's
Mike Boettcher reported on the Carol Howe revelations and ran heretofore
unseen video footage of Howe (with a large swastika tatoo on her arm) and
others at Elohim City firing weapons during their paramilitary training.
The broadcast also featured a 1994 German television interview in which
Mahon and Howe appeared. In that interview, Howe, ironically, was asked
if she thought that their neo-Nazi group had been infiltrated by federal
agents. Of course, she cooly replied, giving no indication of her own role
in that effort. With file videotape rolling of Andreas Strassmeir in Berlin,
NBC's Boettcher stated:
Howe gave the government information before the bombing on alleged threats
by others in Elohim City, including this man, Andreas Strassmeir. According
to federal documents, Strassmeir was the military training officer for
Mahon's organization called the White Aryan Resistance. The FBI summary
of informant Carol Howe's report states, "Strassmeir has talked frequently
about direct action against the U.S. government. He is trained in weaponry
and has discussed assassination, bombings, and mass shootings. Strassmeir
and Mahon have taken three trips to Oklahoma City."
The NBC report on Howe ended by noting that "the government acknowledges
in federal documents that she was their informant. While Carol Howe reported
on white supremacists, their talk about bombings and anti-government threats,
there is no evidence that she reported a specific threat to the Murrah
Federal Building before the bombing."
But according to others, there is indeed evidence of a "specific
threat" to the Murrah Building in Howe's ATF reports. Sources familiar
with the reports informed The New American that as far back as November
1994, Howe warned that two Elohim City residents were casing three federal
buildings in Tulsa and Oklahoma City and that Howe also secretly filmed
Strassmeir, Dennis Mahon, and ARA bank robbers Peter Langan and Kevin McCarthy
arming and painting hand grenades.
Howe also reportedly has identified Timothy McVeigh and Michael Fortier
as visitors to Elohim City in December 1994. However, she says she knew
them as "Tim Tuttle" and "Mike Fontaine." Tim Tuttle
is a name that other witnesses have also reported McVeigh using.
Back in November 1996, federal prosecutors complained vigorously that
discovery requests by defense attorneys suggested "that there may
have been 'prior knowledge (of the bombing) by the government' and, in
particular, suggests that the bombing actually may have been a misguided
'sting operation' conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms
(BATF)." This was completely "unfounded," they insisted,
"because the prosecution is not withholding anything that even remotely
would support such an outrageous charge." But the Carol Howe testimony
provided to the ATF goes far beyond "remotely" supporting this
charge. And if anything is "outrageous" it is the prosecution's
previous suppression of this "nonexistent" evidence, which it
has now been forced to provide to the defense teams for McVeigh and Nichols.
It is altogether possible, however, that the defense attorneys may also
elect to suppress the evidence, since Howe's reports link McVeigh to Strassmeir,
Mahon, and Elohim City - connections which McVeigh's lawyers deny.
The Justice Department has repeatedly denied - to the press, the bombing
victims' families, and the federal court - that it has any information
linking Strassmeir to the Oklahoma bombing. That position has now become
so patently ludicrous that even many of the willfully blind Establishment
mediameisters may eventually catch on and inadvertently give away some
of the deceptive game plan. Carol Howe's testimony is not the only evidence
linking the government's prime suspect, Timothy McVeigh, to Andreas "Andi"
Strassmeir. As reported in The New American in earlier stories, the two
are connected by:
* A call to Elohim City for "Andi" placed on McVeigh's calling
card from Kingman, Arizona on April 5, 1995.
* A traffic ticket issued to McVeigh in 1993 on a remote rural road
just a few miles from Elohim City.
* Witnesses in Herrington, Kansas (where Terry Nichols resided) who
reported seeing McVeigh with Strassmeir.
* A belated admission by Strassmeir that he had met McVeigh at a gun
show and purchased some military clothing from him.
* Witnesses who identify Strassmeir's Elohim City roommate, Michael
Brescia, as the elusive John Doe No. 2.
Ignoring the Obvious
Incredibly, the soi-disant investigative reporters of the prestige press
have failed thus far to connect the obvious dots. Even if one ignores the
mountainous evidence now accumulated pointing to prior knowledge and swallows
the Justice Department line, one is faced with a glaring problem: Why didn't
the ATF or FBI arrest Strassmeir, Mahon, and company after the bombing,
or, at the very least, bring them in for questioning? On the basis of Carol
Howe's reports alone, these should have been the FBI's prime suspects.
In the months following the deadly blast, hundreds of federal agents interviewed
thousands of witnesses and suspects, and many militia groups with no known
criminal intentions were targeted in high- profile raids while Strassmeir,
a foreign national at high risk of fleeing, was ignored. Months after the
bombing, after Strassmeir had fled to Germany, the FBI decided it might
be worthwhile to interview him. By then, of course, it was too late; the
best they could do was conduct the interview by telephone.
Is the FBI really that incredibly inept, or were they under orders to
let Strassmeir walk because he was an important undercover asset for the
bureau or some other federal agency? In the period since the bombing, the
FBI and ATF have shown that they have had deep moles placed in a great
many militant "right-wing" organizations from coast to coast.
It is incomprehensible that they would have neglected the notorious Aryan
socialists who flowed through Elohim City on a regular basis, especially
since people affiliated with the group had been involved in an earlier
bombing conspiracy targeting the same Alfred Murrah Building in 1985.
In a series of interviews conducted in Berlin last year with Ambrose
Evans-Pritchard of the Daily Telegraph of London, Strassmeir stated that
he came to the U.S. in 1989 because he was planning to work on a special
assignment for the U.S. Justice Department. "I discussed the job when
I was in Washington," he told Evans-Pritchard. "I was hoping
to work for the operations section of the DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration]."
But, Strassmeir said, "It didn't work out." Or did it? Last July
The New American interviewed Vincent Petruskie, a former Air Force officer
whom Strassmeir identified as a CIA agent and friend of his father. Petruskie,
who now runs Petruskie Associates, a business consulting firm in Manassas,
Virginia, confirmed that "Andi wanted to work for the U.S. government
- DEA, Justice - undercover," and he had put the German soldier in
touch with "some people in Washington."
One of Strassmeir's closest friends in the U.S., Dennis Mahon, asserts
that Strassmeir had been a member of Germany's elite GSG-9 counter-terrorism
unit. According to Strassmeir himself, he had done undercover work in Germany
for the German government before coming to America.
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