GLADIO: ‘Blue Death’, Was Timothy McVeigh A Patsy In A Sinister Black-Flag Operation? (Part 1) – By Jeremy Kuzmarov (Flashback)

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Oklahoma City Bombing: Was Timothy McVeigh a Patsy in a Sinister Black Flag Operation?

By Jeremy Kuzmarov

Ruins of the Alfred A. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City after April 1995 bombing. [Source:]

Could the detonation of a superbomb within the Murrah Federal Building have provided a blueprint for the destruction of the World Trade Center Buildings on 9/11?

At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995—27 years ago today—a bomb reduced to rubble the Alfred A. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, resulting in the deaths of 168 people, including 19 children at a second-floor day-care center, and injuring of hundreds more.

The bomb was allegedly detonated in a Ryder truck rented by Timothy McVeigh, a former Army veteran from New York State, who was subsequently arrested 80 miles north of Oklahoma City after driving a Mercury Marquis with no license plate.

Most of the 168 victims of the attack. [Source:]

McVeigh allegedly rented the truck under the alias Robert Kling, though McVeigh’s lawyers at his trial tried to prove that Kling was not in fact McVeigh.

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A surveillance camera captures the image of a Ryder truck allegedly driven by Timothy McVeigh just minutes before the truck blew up in front of the Murrah Federal Building. [Source:]

The motive for the bombing allegedly was anger over an assault by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) on the compound of the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas, two years earlier which had resulted in the deaths of 85 people, many of them innocent children.[1]

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Burning of Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, after U.S. government siege. [Source:]

The Murrah Building housed ATF offices, though the plan for the siege at Waco had been planned at the ATF office in New Orleans, and all the ATF agents were conveniently out of the office at the time of the blast—they had been tipped off not to come into work that day.[2]

McVeigh was responsible for bombing the Oklahoma City building on April 19, 1995.
Timothy McVeigh at Waco. [Source:]

Oddly, numerous ATF employees were very close to the building and appeared on scene mere minutes after the explosion looking for bomb fragments.

This contradicts the claims of ATF Agent Luke Franey that the agents were not in the office that morning because they had been working late on an unspecified criminal case the night before (another agent claimed they were all playing in a golf tournament in Shawnee).[3]

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Image of Luke Franey trapped on the 9th floor. Curiously, Franey was one of the few ATF agents in the building at the time of the bombing—even though they were the alleged targets of the attack. The reason so many agents were absent has never been properly explained. [Source:]

The ATF claimed in a news release that Alex McCauley, Resident Agent in Charge, was in an elevator during the bombing and survived a five-story plunge.

However, when Eugene Duane James searched for survivors in the elevators, he found the elevators frozen between floors, but empty, after blasting through them with a blowtorch. The safety cables were intact and there had been no free fall—which modern elevators do not do.[4]

An Inside Job?

Timothy McVeigh and his collaborator, Terry Nichols, an old army buddy from Lapeer, Michigan, supposedly used nothing more than a crudely constructed ANFO bomb (ammonium nitrate and fuel oil), which was detonated from the Ryder Truck they had rented parked across the street.

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This photo shows the rear axle of the bomb-carrying Ryder truck that was used in the Oklahoma City bombing, and the car the axle struck over 500 feet from the scene of the April 19, 1995, explosion. It was entered into evidence in the trial of bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh in Denver on April 29, 1997. [Source:]

However, Brigadier General Benton K. Partin (USAF, Retired), after carrying out a detailed study, told members of Congress that “the damage pattern on the reinforced concrete superstructure could not possibly have been attained from the single truck bomb without supplementing demolition charges.”

At most, the truck bomb would have taken out the flooring on the first and third floors. Partin believed that bombs were placed inside the building at key points to destroy its supports.[5]

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Benton K. Partin [Source:]

A subsequent series of Air Force test blasts on concrete structures corroborated General Partin’s main contention that air blast from a truck bomb outside of the building could not possibly account for the pattern and magnitude of the damage to the Murrah Building’s superstructure.

ANFO damage in reality, the aftermath of the Sterlin Hall Weathermen attack shows broken, windows, minor fire damage and no structural damage at all.
ANFO damage in reality, the aftermath of the Sterling Hall (University of Wisconsin at Madison) attack of August 1970 by the “New Year’s Gang” shows broken windows and minor fire damage but no significant structural damage. [Source:]
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Dr. Charles Mankin [Source:]

This assessment was further corroborated by a) a study carried out in collaboration with one of the most respected bomb experts in the world, John A. Kennedy of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, who also investigated the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; b) a seismic study carried out by Dr. Charles Mankin of the Oklahoma Geological Survey in Norman; c) the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which determined that a truck bomb of 4,800 pounds of ANFO would have been insufficient to cause the destruction experienced at the Murrah Building; and d) Army demolition manuals, which clearly state that ANFO is not good for destroying concrete or steel.[6]

Craig Roberts, a Tulsa police officer who investigated the bombing at the request of the FBI, found that much of the Murrah building was blown outward, not inward, and that the building had been built to be bomb proof from outside explosives.

Craig Roberts [Source:]

The biggest damage was not the small crater where the Ryder truck was parked, but a much larger hole and collapse in the rear of the building, which indicated explosive charges inside the building.[7] Survivors of the bombing tellingly said they had trouble breathing after the blast(s) because of dust, but there was no gas or fire inside the building which would have been absolutely unavoidable after an ANFO bomb explosion.[8]

Samuel Cohen, inventor of the Neutron bomb, wrote to Oklahoma State Representative Charles Key that

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Samuel Cohen, father of the neutron bomb. [Source:]

“it would have been absolutely impossible and against the laws of nature for a truck full of fertilizer and fuel oil…no matter how much was used…to bring the building down.” Rather, what did in that building was “an inside job.”[9]

Blue Death

CIA explosives expert Michael Riconosciuto—who was framed by the government on drug charges—said in a jailhouse interview that the blast power of the bomb that destroyed the Murrah Building—which also blew out the windows in many surrounding buildings and destroyed a restaurant 150 feet away—was extraordinary. It could not have come out of a conventional weapon but rather had to have been a device developed out of the nuclear weapons program.[10]

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Michael Riconosciuto [Source:]

As a young scientific prodigy in the 1980s working for Hercules Manufacturing in Silicon Valley, Riconosciuto had developed the A-Neutronic bomb, or “Electro-Hydrodynamic Gaseous Fuel Device” (aka barometric bomb), which he and other experts believed was the one used to take down the Murrah Building.

Classified under the “Nuclear Weapon category” by President Reagan—its first test had occurred at the Pentagon’s secret Area 51 in Nevada, where it resulted in the death of a technician and injury of several others because of the underestimation of its power.[11]

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Nevada Area 51. [Source:]

FBI agent Ted Gunderson, who independently investigated the bombing, reported that the government contract number for the bomb that destroyed the Murrah Building showed its manufacture by Dyno Nobel, Inc., in Salt Lake City—a company previously connected with Hercules Manufacturing where Riconosciuto worked.[12]

A key feature of the A-Neutronic bomb was its generation of an electrostatically charged cloud. Consistent with this, a victim in the Department of Housing and Urban Development office in the Murrah Building told National Public Radio (NPR) that she felt a heat wave and a static electricity charge immediately before the windows of the building blew in.

Daina Bradley, who lost her mother and two children and one of her legs in the bombing, said she felt electricity running through her body right before the bomb went off. Ramona McDonald, who was driving about a block away, described feeling static electricity and seeing gold and blue flashes of light when the bomb went off. Riconosciuto had called his device “blue death.”[13]

Unexploded Bombs, Multiple Explosions, and the Smell of Sulfur

Immediately after the attack, an unexploded bomb was found in the Murrah Building, delaying rescue efforts. Footage also showed unexploded bombs—of potency levels obtainable only by military sources—being carried out of the building by the bomb squad, suggesting that there were others that had destroyed the building.[14]

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Pentagon memo which plainly states that two extra bombs were found in the Murrah Building. [Source:]

Journalist J.D. Cash interviewed witnesses who helped the ATF remove undetonated explosives and weapons, including TOW missiles, from the pit area where most of the victims were found, and who said they had heard multiple explosions.[15]

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J.D. Cash [Source:]

Bill Martin, head of public relations for the Oklahoma City police, said he believed workers found two or three five-gallon containers of mercury fulminate, a substance used in explosives, in the Murrah Building after the blast.[16]

Jim Ferguson, heating and air conditioning foreman in charge of the Murrah Building who was at Ground Zero less than a minute after the bombing, said that he and “everyone in town heard two explosions.”[17] Ferguson told ABC News in an unaired segment that bullets were zinging by his ear as he worked to rescue victims. Ammunition that was being stored in the building had been set off by the explosion.

Joe Harp, a retired CIA operative who survived the attacks, said that he smelled sulfur before the bombing. This could not have emanated from the ANFO bomb, but rather must have come from gas-enhanced “Daisy Cutter” bombs like the ones that Harp had deployed when he served in the Vietnam War.[18]

r/OKCbombingconspiracy - Affidavit of Joe Harp, former CIA operative, who asserted that fulminated mercury bombs were being removed from the Murrah Building as rescue efforts were going on.

Other witnesses smelled the sulfur too and said they felt rumbling and shaking and that the windows began to shatter as if there had been an earthquake before the ultimate blast went off—indicating that demolition charges had been placed inside the building.[19]

Strange Occurrences

Tiffany Smith, a young emergency technician who was on the scene within five minutes of the explosion, said that the first person she saw on the scene was an FBI agent in raid gear, which seemed curious to her because the FBI office was fifteen minutes across town and no FBI agent would be able to change into raid gear and get to the scene within five minutes of the bombing.[20]

The local Sheriff’s bomb squad oddly was seen by a witness, Norma Joslin, a 30-year employee of the Oklahoma County Board of Elections, congregating in front of the Murrah Building at 7:30 a.m., an hour and a half before the bomb went off.[21]

Courthouse clerk Renee Cooper said he saw men in dark jackets with bomb squad markings outside the federal courthouse, right next to the Murrah Building, at 8 a.m, while a private investigator, Claude Criss, said he saw the same men rooting through the bushes.[22]

Between 2 and 3 a.m. on April 19, witnesses working in the courthouse across the street saw two people in the Murrah building with flashlights when there was no security personnel scheduled for duty that night (perhaps the were there planting bombs).

After the bombing, the axle from the Ryder truck was found by Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating of all people in a location that defied the laws of physics unblemished with the VIN number visible; raising suspicion that someone had placed it there.

Don Browning, a dog handler with the Oklahoma City police, met a woman during early rescue efforts wearing a red jacket from either the ATF or FBI who told him the building had been secured so the feds could recover some “crucial files.” When he entered the building, he recognized boxes of small arms and ammunition and blocks of plastic C-4 explosives, which could have been used to bring down the building.[23]

Reckless Negligence Amounting to Manslaughter

April 19 was coincidentally a training day for the Oklahoma County Sherriff’s bomb squad. This brought bomb squad agents from as far as Ardmore Texas to Oklahoma City, providing a perfect diversion and cover if in fact there was a conspiracy. One of the agents, John Haynie, the head of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s tactical team, had carried out surveillance operations in Elohim city, a white supremacist enclave which McVeigh had visited (discussed below).[24]

A Customs agent assigned to the Murrah Building on April 19 told Kathy Wilburn (Sanders), whose two grandsons had died in the blast, that the ATF office on the ninth floor had received a threat that morning, which meant that the Murrah Building should have been evacuated.[25]

The Fire Department also received a warning, and judge who worked across the street, Wayne Alley, had heard rumors of an attack on that day.[26] According to Randy Yount, a state park ranger who helped with the rescue effort, explosives experts spent all night looking for a bomb in response to a warning that one had been planted inside the federal courthouse.[27]

April 19 was significant in the white supremacist/right-wing anti-government movement: It was the anniversary of the a) burning of the Branch Davidian compound at Waco (1993); b) the aborted raid by U.S. Federal Marshalls on Randy Weaver’s cabin at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, resulting in the death of Weaver’s wife (1992); c) a 1985 FBI raid of the Covenant, Sword and Arm of the Lord (CSA—a white hate group) compound in the Ozarks; d) the anniversary of the Nazis burning the Warsaw ghetto; and e) the date of the Battle of Lexington which started the American Revolution.

On the day of the bombing, Richard Snell—a convicted murderer[28] who had tried to blow up the Murrah Building in 1983—stated in his last words before being executed by the state of Arkansas: “Governor, look over your shoulder, justice is coming!”

TIL convicted murderer Richard Wayne Snell repeatedly predicted there would  be a bombing or explosion on the day of his execution or after, April 19,  1995. On that day, he smiled and

How Snell would have known this is uncertain.

Stephen Jones, Timothy McVeigh’s lawyer, uncovered an FBI report of an interview with three Justice Department employees working in Washington, D.C., who said that they received a call from someone who said the Murrah Building had just blown up—twenty-five minutes before the bomb actually went off. Jones believed that, if the government received a phone call and did nothing, it was the height of reckless negligence amounting to manslaughter.[29]

Strange Military Men and More Evidence of an Inside Job

After the explosion, a fireman on the third floor of the building noticed two military ambulances pull up to the building and saw several men in dark fatigues carrying stretchers from the building to the waiting ambulances. What were on the stretchers were not bodies, but boxes, which appeared to contain documents. One of the stretchers also had a missile launch tube.[30]

An FBI agent, David Hall, said that it was known that explosives had been delivered to the building beforehand, and that the ATF had a magazine inside the building which was found with a foot of concrete blown out of it, indicating it may have caused some of the damage.[31]

General Partin said that the structure’s building support had failed primarily at the third-floor level. The Department of Defense was on this level adjoining column B-3 of the building, which Partin believed contained the main detonation charge.[32]

William Northrop, a former Israeli intelligence agent, told author David Hoffman that a friend in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations informed him that there was plastic explosive residue on the Murrah Building’s columns, giving further evidence of an inside job.[33]

Jane Graham, who worked in the Murrah Building, said she had seen three men in the garage days before the bombing who had plans of the building and were holding what looked like C-4 explosives. The men did not resemble Nichols or McVeigh: one was in military gear, another resembled Andreas Strassmeir, a government informant who is discussed below.

They looked uncomfortable when they saw Graham and put the C-4 explosives away. They had been putting grey putty on the building’s columns and stringing wire there, suggesting they were stringing the C-4 with debt cords that could ignite them.[34]

Unmatched Leg

There has been speculation that an unmatched leg found at the bombing site may have belonged to an unidentified bomber

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LaKesha Levy [Source:]

The authorities attempted to attribute the leg to a Black female Air Force officer named LaKesha Levy. However, the State Medical Examiner’s Office originally claimed that the leg belonged to a white or light-skinned male, and later reported that all efforts to identify the owner of the leg had failed, despite the use of DNA testing.[35]

Advanced Preparation?

Five survivors of the blast attest that they saw three men in the parking garage of the Murrah Building with wires, tools, and what appeared to be building plans several days before the bombing. Another witness saw men with plastic explosives and something resembling a TV remote control; and another, men in the garage sawing at the Murrah Building’s support pillars.[36]

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Michael Loudenslager [Source:]

In the weeks preceding the bombing, Michael Loudenslager, who worked in the Murrah building, had become aware that large amounts of ordnance and explosives were being stored in the building and, as a result, he (along with the operator of the day-care center) strongly urged a number of parents to take their children out of the Murrah Building.

On the day of the bombing, Loudenslager was spotted doing rescue work and then getting into a heated argument with someone about the ATF, though shockingly he was reported to have been killed in the bombing sitting at his desk, and is listed as one of the 168 bombing fatalities.[37]

The Myth of the Mad Lone Bomber

In McVeigh’s military training (Primary Leadership Development, Fort Riley Infantry, Fort Benning, and Bradley Fighting Vehicles Transition, Fort Riley), he would not have been taught how to produce no-residue, high-end ammonium nitrate explosions—thus, he could not have been the lone bomber.[38]

To build a succesful ANFO bomb, a person would require some chemistry background, bomb-making experience and skills and access to uncommon components and an industrial size blender, which neither McVeigh nor Nichols possessed.

Nichols’ brother James reported that since early 1994, the ATF and Army Corps of engineers had been experimenting with ANFO/car/truck bombs and C-4 explosives at the White Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico under a secret project named DIPOLE MIGHT funded by Clinton’s National Security Council (NSC), which could have been linked somehow to the OKlahoma City bombing.[39]

An ATF agent assigned to DIPOLE MIGHT, Harry Everhart, just happened to be working across the street from the Murrah building at the federal courthouse on the morning of April 19 and immediately reported that the building had been hit by an ANFO bomb before any samples were taken for laboratory diagnosis.[40]

Multiple eyewitnesses spotted McVeigh in the company of other people on the morning of the bombing. A witness, who saw McVeigh’s yellow Mercury enter the Murrah Building parking garage with McVeigh and a woman in it, was threatened with court martial if he spoke about what he saw.[41]

Another witness (Gary Lewis), whom the FBI also tried to silence, claimed to have seen McVeigh get out of the Ryder truck, walk across the street, and jump into the driver’s seat of a Mercury Marquis, which leaped over a concrete barrier. The license plate from the car was dangling on one bolt and McVeigh was accompanied by another man on the passenger side.[42]

Daina Bradley was accused of being mentally unstable after she said that she and her sister had seen a man jump out of the passenger side of the Ryder truck and take off running.[43] A U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) employee encountered McVeigh and an accomplice in an alley near the Murrah Building after the bombing standing and watching. McVeigh asked if any children had died and appeared sad when the employee said yes.[44]

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Witness Daina Bradley weeps at funeral service for her daughter who died in the Oklahoma City bombing. [Source:]

These stories were all confirmed nine years after the bombing when an Associated Press investigation uncovered a Secret Service log entry referring to previously unseen “video security” footage of the detonation, which pointed to suspects (plural) exiting from the [Ryder] truck.[45]

Timothy McVeigh—All-American Terrorist

Born on April 23, 1968, McVeigh grew up as a typical American kid in western New York just outside of Buffalo. A fan of science fiction and comic books, he was named as his school’s most “promising computer programmer as a senior in high school.”[46]

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Timothy McVeigh c. 1974. [Source:]

After dropping out of community college, McVeigh enlisted in the military, where he appeared to have found his calling. His combat arms-proficiency scores were in the top five percent, and he received an army commendation medal and Bronze Star for his work as a gunner in the first Persian Gulf War, where he took out an enemy tank and killed two Iraqis.[47]

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Timothy McVeigh in the sands of Iraq. [Source:]

Three former soldiers said that McVeigh also killed four surrendering soldiers who had already been taken prisoner. Richard Cerney called McVeigh a “cold blooded bastard.”[48] McVeigh nevertheless claimed to have felt sorrow for the Iraqis because of all the death and destruction. According to his biographers, he felt as if he had become “one of the bullies, one of a type he had reviled since childhood.”[49]

Upon returning to the United States, McVeigh’s anti-government sentiments allegedly radicalized following the siege of the Branch Davidian complex in Waco, Texas, in April 1993.

Struggling to find meaningful well-paying work, he was drawn to the gun-show culture and became inspired by The Turner Diaries, a novel by William Pierce (pen name Andrew MacDonald) and classic among white supremacists and anti-government groups, which described the bombing of the FBI headquarters with a homemade truck bomb.[50]

Manchurian Candidate?

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In a 1993 letter to his sister Jennifer published by The New York Times in 1998, McVeigh claimed that, during his time at Fort Bragg, he and nine others were recruited into a secret black ops team that smuggled drugs to fund covert activities and “were to work hand-in-hand with civilian police agencies to quiet anyone whom was deemed a security risk. (We would be gov’t-paid assassins!)”[51]

Terry Nichols alleged in a 2001 deposition that McVeigh reported in December 1992 how he “had been recruited to carry out undercover missions,” and later told him that FBI official Larry Potts, who had supervised the Ruby Ridge and Waco operations, directed him to blow up a government building.

An inmate in the SuperMax facility in Colorado responsible for sweeping Nichols’ cell when he was in the yard exercising, saw a letter with reference to a $2.5 million payoff to be split between Nichols and McVeigh and said: “Sarge is going to take care of us.”[52]

McVeigh told other of his friends that a microchip was implanted in his body while he was in the Army—a scenario not implausible given that the Pentagon had developed this capability through identification technology whose purpose was to track soldiers in the battlefield.[53]

His personality was judged to be perfect for an undercover intelligence assignment since he was technically competent but not an independent thinker or leader. An FBI agent with the psychological profile unit told the New York Times after the bombing: “this is an easily controlled and manipulated personality.”[54]

Ron Rice and Carol Moore of the American Board of Forensic Examiners characterized McVeigh in a personality profile as an “Apollonian” personality“a steady, unemotional, organized individual…more apt to value reason over passion”—and at his core “a military man… his heart and soul belongs to the military of the U.S. government.”.

Back in Buffalo, McVeigh worked for the Calspan Advanced Technology Center—a defense contractor that conducted classified research in aerospace rocketry, electronic warfare, bioengineering and artificial intelligence.[55]

Founded as Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, Calspan had in the past provided a cover for the “Fund for the Study of Human Ecology,” a CIA conduit for mind control experiments by émigré Nazi scientists and others working under MKULTRA director Sidney Gottlieb.[56]


After his arrest, police found eerie McVeigh’s calm and polite demeanor and lack of emotion—as if he had been programmed or trained to carry out a preconceived order upon command.[57]

Terry Nichols’ brother James, in his book, Freedom’s End, stated that McVeigh was met in prison by the notorious MK-ULTRA mind-bender Dr. Jolyon West who had handled Sirhan Sirhan following the Robert Kennedy assassination, and was probably there to reinforce McVeigh’s programmed brain.[58]

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Authorities suspected links between McVeigh and the Arizona Patriots—described as “cavemen with bombs”—whose leader Jack Oliphant claimed he was a former CIA mercenary who trained guerrillas from around the world in the use of explosives.[59] Another accomplice in the bombing, whom McVeigh knew from the gun show circuit in Arkansas, Roger Moore, was rumored to be linked to Barry Seal and illegal arms sales to the Nicaraguan Contras out of Mena, Arkansas in the 1980s.[60]

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While on death row, McVeigh told fellow inmate David Paul Hammer that he had been recruited by a “Major” who led a secret unit attached to the Defense Department for a special mission in which he was to infiltrate the right-wing, anti-government movement and ultimately help plan an act of domestic terrorism.

To maintain his deep cover, he was instructed to cultivate a persona as a veteran with extreme anti-government views that would be believed even by his family.[61] When McVeigh was arrested by state trooper Charles Hanger, he turned in a security badge which McVeigh said was an official badge given to him by “The Major.”[62]

Despite officially leaving the Army on April 7, 1991, medical records indicate that McVeigh was given a medical examination in Ft. Riley, Kansas—which was known to have housed secret army psychological warfare experiments—on August 22, 1991 at the request of two physicians who said that he was “qualified for Special Forces.”[63]

Filmmaker Bill Bean believes he filmed and briefly spoke to McVeigh—who was wearing military fatigues, on August 3, 1993—while doing location scouting at Camp Grafton in North Dakota, and that this interview confirmed that McVeigh was still in the Army after he officially resigned.[64]

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At 9:30 p.m. the night before the bombing, McVeigh met with ATF Agent Alex McCauley and two other men of Middle-Eastern descent at a McDonald’s near the Murrah Building. Money changed hands. In the days preceding the Oklahoma City bombing, McVeigh had attended meetings with ATF and DEA agents.[65]

This gives the further impression that he was a government agent, as does the fact that he stored equipment before the bombing in a military storage facility and was taken to Tinker Air Force Base after his arrest.[66]

McVeigh Doubles and More Than One Ryder Truck

The use of doubles in espionage work is standard practice.

Several people testified before the grand jury of seeing different Ryder trucks in different places and saw characters resembling McVeigh in different times and places that overlapped. Some of the McVeigh’s acted out of character to the real Tim or wore things such as a backwards baseball cap that Tim never did. [67]

McVeigh also went out of his way to be noticed, which suggests the whole thing was staged.

On the morning of the bombing, witnesses spotted a Ryder truck with a man resembling McVeigh at 8 a.m when McVeigh testified at his trial that he did not drive into Oklahoma City until 8:50 a.m. McVeigh allegedly purchased cigarettes before the bombing though did not smoke, and also asked for directions to the Murrah building elsewhere, when he had previously been known to have cased the building and the building was visible to anyone in the downtown vicinity.[68]

McVeigh told David Paul Hammer that in the days before the bombing he rented a Ryder truck in Minneapolis using the alias Timothy Tuttle—a claim supported in FBI files.[69] McVeigh also allegedly rented one in Junction City, Kansas, at Elliott’s Body Shop, where employees described McVeigh—who was accompanied by an accomplice[70]—as being 5’10” to 5’11” and weighing 185 pounds with a rough complexion.

The real McVeigh was 6’2”, 160 pounds, and had a clear complexion. A shop employee said that the McVeigh who rented the truck there had a deformed chin, which the real McVeigh did not.[71]

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The McVeigh who rented the truck listed his name as Bob Kling and gave an address in South Dakota, though at the motel where he stayed, The Dreamland, he listed his name as “Tim McVeigh” and gave Terry Nichols’ address in Michigan.

The manager of the motel and the desk clerk told the FBI that they had seen a Ryder truck in the motel parking lot the day before Robert Kling rented his Ryder—which McVeigh was seen with at the motel the next day—at Elliott’s Body Shop.[72]

Jeff Davis, a deliveryman for the Hunan Palace Restaurant who brought an order of moo goo gai pan and egg rolls to McVeigh’s room, reported being paid by a man who was not McVeigh—though the FBI tried to talk him into saying that the man was McVeigh.[73]

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Dreamland Motel where McVeigh stayed when he rented the Ryder truck. However, the motel manager and her son saw a Ryder truck there a day before McVeigh rented it. Another curious thing is that McVeigh registered in the motel in his own name but rented the Ryder truck as Robert Kling. [Source:]

McVeigh allegedly used a prepaid phone card under the name Daryl Bridges to call Elliott’s to make the reservation, yet an early version of the FBI reconstructions shows two calls within two minutes from phones 25 miles apart, which implied involvement of someone other than McVeigh or Nichols since neither was then in the second location.[74]

Kling was wearing military fatigues when he rented the Ryder truck but when McVeigh was caught on surveillance footage an hour before at a McDonald’s, slightly over a mile from the Elliott’s Body Shop, he was not wearing military attire. The prosecution contends that McVeigh left McDonald’s, walked 1.3 miles to Elliott’s during a light drizzle extremely quickly, then showed up dry, wearing completely different clothes (where he would have got the new clothes or changed is uncertain).[75]

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Surveillance footage of McVeigh in McDonald’s wearing different clothing from the man who rented the Ryder truck. [Source:]

Another curiosity is that witnesses reported seeing a Ryder truck on April 10 at Geary State Fishing Lake in Kansas—where McVeigh and Nichols allegedly built the ANFO bomb—when McVeigh allegedly rented the Ryder truck at Elliott’s on April 17. On April 10 also, McVeigh was in Kingman, Arizona, according to the FBI (though he was not seen where he was supposed to be staying), and Nichols was returning from a gun show in Michigan.[76]

Setting Himself Up to Be Caught

On April 8th, McVeigh, in the company of Michael Brescia and Andreas Strassmeir (discussed below), told a stripper at the Lady Godiva strip club in Tulsa, “you’re going to remember me.”[77] Perhaps this was not actually McVeigh, but an impersonator who wanted to set the real McVeigh up—by telegraphing his crime. According to the FBI, the real McVeigh was in Arizona at the time.[78]

Another thing that is suspicious is how McVeigh set himself up to be caught—by driving a car without a license plate as his getaway vehicle; by leaving alleged plans to bomb other buildings in the glove compartment of his car; and by leaving a business card from Paulsen’s Military Supplies with a notation to pick up more TNT in the police cruiser after his arrest.[79]

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McVeigh’s getaway vehicle parked in front of troopers’ cars along an Oklahoma highway in April 1995. The car was nearly 20 years old and had many mechanical issues, which raises further questions as to why it was chosen. [Source:]

A parallel is with Lee Harvey Oswald who, after purportedly killing JFK, walked into a movie theater house without paying, purposely attracting the attention of the police.

Curiously, a brown pickup truck traveling with McVeigh, was pulled over along the highway at the time of his arrest. It was registered to Steven Colbern, a chemist wanted on federal firearms charges who allegedly carried out bomb-making experiments with McVeigh in the Arizona desert.

The truck contained traces of ammonium nitrate believed to be the main explosive ingredient used in the bombing. Later, when the government released the arrest videotape to the Oklahoma City National Memorial, there was no image of the brown pickup truck on the tape.[80]

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Terry Nichols [Source:]

An all points bulletin broadcast by the Oklahoma police department to search for the brown truck was curiously withdrawn once McVeigh was apprehended slightly over an hour after the bombing–even though McVeigh’s initial arrest was on a gun charge.[81]

When the FBI arrived at Nichols’ home after he turned himself into authorities, they found detonator cords and receipts for bags of ammonium nitrate with McVeigh thumbprints—raising the question as to why he would leave such incriminating evidence while feigning incredulity that he was a suspect.[82]

Continued in Part 2….

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