Skip to comments.Attorney Offers Document On Oklahoma City Bombing
Posted on 11/13/2005 4:24:39 PM PST by cope85
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Attorney Jesse Trentadue, pursuing the 1995 death of his brother in an Oklahoma prison, has disclosed a document concerning an informant at a white supremacist camp telling federal authorities of a threat to blow up federal buildings before the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
Trentadue said he also discovered an FBI report on a 1997 interview with a Houston man who portrayed himself as a white supremacist and said he had spoken with bomber Timothy McVeigh a few days before the deadly attack on the Murrah Building. In that interview, the man discussed how the truck carrying the explosives was parked too far away to inflict the maximum damage possible.
The documents were filed in U.S. District Court by Trentadue as part of his effort to obtain records on the bombing, which he believes hold clues to the death of his brother in a federal prison. The lawyer, who did not disclose where he got the material he introduced, contends that the FBI is violating the Freedom of Information Act by refusing to provide the requested documents.
Kenneth Trentadue, 44, was found dead on Aug. 21, 1995, in his cell in a federal prison in Oklahoma, where he was being held on an alleged parole violation. The death was ruled a suicide, but family members believe he was killed during an interrogation by authorities who mistakenly believed he had been involved in the bombing a few months before.
Jesse Trentadue and Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlie Christensen argued before U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball on Thursday over whether the FBI should be required to release requested documents.
Trentadue contends the government is wrongly claiming that the documents either can't be found or contain confidential information that exempt them from disclosure.
He said the FBI wants to conceal its mishandling of the investigation into activities at the white supremacist camp and its failure to stop the Oklahoma City bombing.
Christensen argued that the FBI did its best to reasonably respond to Trentadue's documents request, but releasing the names of FBI agents, informants and people of interest connected to the bombing could put the lives of many people in danger.
Christensen said that danger far outweighs any public interest in the release of their names.
Trentadue said what the FBI is really afraid of is putting their informants and agents at risk of criminal and civil liability from the government and the families of victims in failing to act to prevent the bombing.
Kimball took the matter under consideration and will issue a decision later.
Ping to the ongoing OKC saga.
Jesse Trentadue has been doing the radio talk show circuit lately and he tells a compelling story. According to him, his brother's body was pretty well beat up and suffered multiple stun-gun burns at autopsy. The authorities claim he committed suicide in custody. Trentadue also noted that his primary concern was the truth about his brother. Any other information regarding the Oklahoma bombing in general was only ancillary to that aim.
The AP employee might get a clue if he read "Former officials dispute claims FBI investigated Strassmeir or Elohim City connections," McCurtain Daily Gazette. By J.D. Cash and Lt. Col. Roger Charles, (U.S.M.C. retired)
Someday we'll find out. After the guilty parties are retired and on the lecture and book signing circuit.
There's no who, just the.
Can this statement about writing a tell-all book be documented, other than a post on Free Republic?
"who in the gub'mint doesn't want the truth on OKC to come out?"
How the hell could that be? McVeigh acted alone and they only caught him because he was too stupid to put a license plate on his land yacht.
But the Clintons are semi-retired now. Do they have such power that no one in the current admin is willing to look at OKC again?
Before reading your remark, I was just going to say that I'm sure the Clintons "cleaned up" all the bloody hands that were involved in the OkC Bombing. The entire event has always stunk to high heaven, but everything the Clintons touched did also.
Unless some CIA "friendlies" to the Bush administration with knowledge and EVIDENCE of this tragedy cover-up comes forward, I'm afraid the truth will be forever destined to the blogosphere.
bcspecht at westol dot com
From: B.C. Specht () *
01/16/98 15:53:39 PST
Thank you for spending the time to figure it out. I live in Oklahoma City and had followed the story from day one and had not heard that before. I had tried to find out before I asked you and couldn't dig it out like you did. Good job!
Does the name "Sandy Berger" ring a bell?
You honestly believe that? I failed to see your sarcasm if it indeed was that.
No, I don't buy it
For anyone who's interested, I've posted all 50+ pages of the actual FBI documents referenced in this story here:
I have a suggestion when you write articles - please put the date on the article.
Sorry about that. It's fixed. I'm in the middle of a massive site redesign, so a couple of special interest pages are missing dates, but I believe most of them do have them.
Did you see this and is it gaining much attention in your area?