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From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: OKC Bomb(s)

Good clean version of the original -- worth saving.

/s/ Paul Mitchell

>     Sunday Telegraph
>     20/July/1997
>     International
>     By Ivo Dawnay in Washington
>     GAPING cracks are opening in the US Justice Department's
>claim that  the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing was the exclusive work
>of the convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh and his alleged
>co-conspirator, Terry Nichols, who is still awaiting trial.
>     A month after McVeigh, a 29-year-old former soldier, was
>unanimously sentenced to die by a Denver jury</a>, most Americans
>would prefer to forget the horrendous deaths of 168 men, women
>and children in what was the worst act of domestic terrorism in
>the country's history.
>     However, in Oklahoma itself, especially among many of the
>victims' families, the clamour is growing for further inquiries
>into a wider conspiracy. Many believe that the authorities are
>suppressing the truth.
>     In a case due to open next week in Tulsa, jurors will hear
>fresh evidence that US security agencies had ample forewarning of
>an attack on a federal target, possibly Oklahoma City's Murrah
>building. The testimony will come from Carol Howe, 28, daughter
>of a wealthy Tulsan, who acted for two-and-a-half years as an
>undercover informant for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
>Firearms (ATF). In the McVeigh trial it was disallowed as
>irrelevant by Judge Richard Matsch.
>     Now Howe, an avowed white separatist, is facing charges,
>including conspiracy to make threats and possession of a bomb,
>that her defenders claim were brought to intimidate her.
>     Those who believe her claims had expected that the charges
>might subsequently be dropped in return for her silence. However,
>Howe's version of events - while still all but unreported in the
>mainstream media - is now on the public record in appeal
>documents submitted by McVeigh's lawyer, Stephen Jones.
>     Her story, backed up by plentiful documentary evidence, is
>simple. A victim of an assault by three black youths, she drifted
>towards the white racist movement where she met Denis Mahon, a
>leader of the so-called White Aryan Resistance group, linked to
>an Oklahoma commune of extremists called Elohim City.
>     After allegedly being sexually assaulted by Mahon, she filed
>an Emergency Protective Order against him, thereby alerting the
>interest of the ATF. Approached by ATF agent Angela Finley, she
>agreed to act as an informant. Her numerous reports included
>warnings that some at the commune planned to bomb a federal
>     According to Mr Jones's appeal submission, Agent Finley's
>handwritten notes confirm a report from Howe that Mahon had
>bomb-making expertise. He had told her he had exploded a 500lb
>ammonium nitrate bomb in Michigan five years earlier.
>     Howe also reported that Mahon, together with another Elohim
>resident, the German-born "head of security" Andreas Strassmeir,
>had taken three trips to "case" Oklahoma City.
>     Prosecution attorneys have cast doubt on Howe's credibility.
>They point to her undisputed white separatist sympathies and that
>she once sought psychiatric help.
>     Nevertheless, there is plenty of evidence that Howe's
>reports were taken extremely seriously by the ATF. Mr Jones's
>defence appeal also points out that she was immediately rehired
>by the ATF in the wake of the Oklahoma bomb and sent back to
>Elohim City to gather more information. She continued to be on
>the payroll until December last year.
>     Charges were brought against her last March after she and
>her fiance, Jim Viefhaus, were said to have recorded an alleged
>bomb threat on a telephone "newsline" and to have been in
>possession of a bomb. Her defence is expected to claim that the
>taped threat was the work of Viefhaus, which she had opposed, and
>that the bomb equipment was part of her "cover".
>     What is most worrying for prosecuting attorneys is that Howe
>claims little knowledge of Tim McVeigh. Instead she identified
>from descriptions several other Elohim figures, including Mahon,
>Strassmeir and a bank robber, Michael Brescia, as likely bombers.
>But to date, although the FBI is said to have spoken to more than
>20,000 individuals in America's most extensive criminal inquiry,
>Mahon has yet to be interviewed. Strassmeir, another suspect
>named by Howe, has been only cursorily interviewed in Germany by
>     That has prompted further speculation that the murky world
>of Elohim City was a nest of undercover agents and agents
>provocateurs, many of whom were working for the authorities -
>possibly on different inquiries.
>     A theory shared by believers in a wider conspiracy is that
>the government is covering up a bungled "sting" operation that
>may have involved a squabble over jurisdiction between the FBI
>and the ATF.
>     At least one civil suit brought by victims' families centres
>on claims that it was a failure by federal agencies to act
>swiftly that led to the bombing. Evidence to support that case
>emerged at pre-trial hearings into the Howe case on June 30.
>Local reporters claimed "near pandemonium" in the Tulsa courtroom
>when an FBI agent revealed that a leading figure in Elohim City
>was an FBI informant.
>     The revelation, made under cross-examination, was that "the
>Reverend" Robert Millar, the community's rabble-rousing spiritual
>leader, had collaborated closely with federal agents.
>     Meanwhile last week new hearings by a grand jury in Oklahoma
>City convened to look into the possibility of a wider conspiracy,
>heard damaging testimony from two eyewitnesses.
>     They claimed to have seen McVeigh on the morning of the
>bombing accompanied by as many as three other possible suspects.
>Their evidence was not heard in the McVeigh trial as they were
>not called by either the prosecution or the defence.
>     That Stephen Jones failed to call them is understandable as
>they would have implicated his client in the crime. That the
>prosecution failed to do so only reinforces the view that there
>was an as yet unexplained desire on the part of the US attorneys'
>office to keep the number of suspects to a minimum.
>     Copyright Telegraph Group Limited 1997

Paul Andrew Mitchell                 : Counselor at Law, federal witness
B.A., Political Science, UCLA;  M.S., Public Administration, U.C. Irvine

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