Sunday, April 17, 2005

 

10th Anniversary Of OK City Bombing

The Oklahoma City bombing took place almost exactly ten years ago, and many doubts linger about what exactly happened.

Some merely revolve around the question of John Doe 3 (Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols being the only ones officially connected to the crime, with McVeigh's connection to white seperatists who were into bank robbery and gun-running); others go further and suggest that the others involved were connected with Al Qaeda (this would have been through Nichols, who had a Filipino wife and may have met with AQ big guys Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed during an extended trip to the Philippines).

On the other end of the conspiracy spectrum is the idea that the federal government either knew that the attack was coming and did nothing about it, or that the government itself participated as a way to force passage of new counter-terrorism legislation - a modern-day Reichstag Fire. Some of the strongest evidence along these lines is the sesmic signature of the event, along with audio recordings made during the explosion, and doubts about whether a single charge of ANFO could cause this type of damage.

Regardless of the facts surrounding the event itself, there's little doubt in my mind that the profiling that followed (focusing the FBI almost exclusively on militias and racist hate groups) resulted in the government missing clues hinting towards an even larger attack 6 1/2 years later. If Al Qaeda was involved, the FBI's narrow-mindedness made them miss links to a much larger crime. And even if McVeigh and Nichols worked alone, the resulting focus on a very small (albeit potentially dangerous) group of organizations gave Al Qaeda the cover it needed to formulate and carry-out their plan of attack.

With Timothy McVeigh put to death at the hands of the federal government in 2001, and much of the evidence destroyed, it's doubtful that the truth will ever be known about April 19th, 1995. What is known is that 168 innocent people died, and if the true nature of the crime is never revealed, then it is impossible to state that justice has been served.

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