The Murrah Building in Oklahoma City

On April 19, 1995, the front half of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building was ripped apart when a Ryder truck loaded with approximately 5,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer was detonated in front of the building. 168 people, including 19 children, died in the explosion with another 680 injured.

Ninety minutes afterwards, Timothy McVeigh, the man who had parked the Ryder truck in front of the building, was arrested on minor charges of having no vehicle registration, no license plates, and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. Like Lee Harvey Oswald, he was quickly arrested following the crime.

He was later charged and convicted of murder and put to death. His co-conspirator, Terry Nichols, was convicted of murder, conspiracy, and arson and was given a life sentence. A third suspect, Michael Fortier, was tried as an accomplice and was given a reduced sentence in return for testifying against McVeigh and Nichols.

Housed in the Murrah building were the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting, U.S. U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion, Defense Security Service, and America’s Kids Child Development Center along with other federal agencies. It was considered a Level 4 building in terms of security. A Level 5 building is maximum security.

McVeigh gave as his primary reason for the bombing the actions of the U.S. government at Ruby Ridge and at Waco. In particular he singled out agents with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms as being responsible for the deaths that occurred.

Interestingly enough the Murrah building housed employees of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms however no one in that office died in the blast.

As with 9/11 there are many problems with the official version of what really happened. According to the government, the damage done to the building was done solely by the truck bomb driven by Timothy McVeigh. But eyewitness and news reports reveal that multiple bombs were heard and later additional bombs were discovered in the building. Yet the government never explained how those bombs were planted inside a secure facility.

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Later, Brigadier General Benton K. Partin, an expert in ordnance development, did his own analysis of the Oklahoma City bombing. He concluded that the fertilizer truck bomb could not account for the damage to the building and that other bombs – planted inside the building – had to have been involved.

However his report and letters to members of Congress were ignored and he was never invited to testify during McVeigh’s trial or during the grand jury proceedings. Click to read Partin’s report.In 1997 Terry Nichols alleged in an affidavit that a “high ranking federal official” was involved in plotting the Oklahoma City Bombing along with convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh. FBI involved with Oklahoma City bombing. He further stated that McVeigh – like Mohammed Atta – had a German handler and that McVeigh told Nichols that he was engaged in an “undercover mission” for the government.

So was McVeigh just another patsy like Mohammed Atta? The families who lost relatives and friends in Oklahoma City are still waiting for answers just as the families and friends of those who died on 9/11 are waiting for answers.

Cui bono ?

The question also arises as to who benefited from the bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City.

Certainly it wasn’t the militia movement even though they were blamed for the carnage. Timothy McVeigh became the poster boy in a campaign to demonize those who opposed growing government power and to provide cover for what government agents did in Waco and at Ruby Ridge during the Clinton administration.

It also made possible the passage of legislation that had a tremendous impact on the law of habeas corpus in the United States. Other provisions of the AEDPA created entirely new statutory law.

So who benefited from the Oklahoma City bombing ?

How about the government.