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Posted on 10/30/2002 3:01:42 AM PST by kattracks
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You don't want to get me going on Fahmy Malik and the Saline County mess!
I'm working (from time-to-time) on a lengthy story of how I changed from non-political to deeply involved in the OKC Bombing investigation. Suffice it to say that all it began when I visited Benton, Arkansas, and my host said, "Right over yonder are some train tracks...".
God bless Linda Ives and Jean Duffey!!!
The Man Who Didn't Exist - Oklahoma City Bombing and The Politics ...
... David Hall of KPOC-TV uncovered information that McVeigh had met with local ATF agent Alex McCauley in a McDonalds the night before the bombing. ...
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Topic: OKC Bombing
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08/14/98 Cate McCauley OKBIC Executive Director
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The above appears in the Free Republic archive at:
"Help us give this coverup an appearance of broad support."
Is anyone more familiar with this Cate McCauley's involvement in the case? Unfortunately I don't have a lot of time to track some of this stuff down, but my cursory search makes me wonder about her credibility. Who is more credible here, McCauley or Davis?
I promised to share my personal experience with Cate McCauley while she was OKBIC's Executive Director. Here's my take (as viewed fom a couple of thousand miles away in Massachusetts):
Cate McCauley is still a mystery to me (and to Charles Key, as well). When Cate was OKBIC Executive director, she and I hit it off quite well. In fact.I'd say we developed a cordial and enjoyable working relationship (via e-mail and phone). Cate has [had?] a devastating, sarcastic sense of humor, and we shared many an e-mail laugh. (Especially about the antics of the "Fumbling Bums of Infamy".) I felt we had developed a warm friendship to complement our excellent working relationship. (After she had dinner with my wife and me on one of her trips home to Providence, she gave us both big hugs...)
But, then she developed a mail correspondence with Timothy McVeigh, and began "using her womanly wiles" (her term) on him. (She laughingly referred to him as "just another horny 20-year-old kid".) Then, shortly after she began corresponding with Mc Veigh, she began refering to him as, "Timmy". Soon it was, "Timmy this..." and "Timmy says..." -- and, then she suddenly stopped answering my e-mails.
That was along about the time of the OKC tornado, so, after I got no response to several e-mails showing increasing levels of concern for her welfare, I finally called her on the phone. She was anything but her usual, bubbly self, and she let me know she was OK -- and that she didn't need anyone to be concerned for her well-being, thank you. (I thought that, perhaps, she had misinterpreted my grandfatherly concern -- so I backed off on communication, as well...)
A few weeks later, Charles flew me to OKC to measure the track width on the Caterpillar the workers parked in the crater, (for use as a photogrammetry scale), to meet the Committee members, and to see the MFB site. Cate was hardly civil -- and she barely condescended to shake my hand. Then I noticed she was treating everyone else -- even Charles -- the same way.
One experience of that trip still astounds me: Charles and I were in the temporary Bombing Museum, going over the full set of drawings of the Murrah Building, when Cate walked in the door. She stopped and glared at us, as if to say, "What are you two men doing here in my private data repository?" And I swear i thought she was going to turn right around and leave -- which she soon did. Most odd behavior from one who was supposedly a committed member of our team...
Shortly thereafter, she resigned.
Cate completely "flipped"! Her personality changed, her allegiances reversed, and she bailed out.
She abandoned OKBIC just as pressure was building for us to get the Final Report published -- leaving OKBIC demoralized and with nothing but a mass of (somewhat organized) information from which to construct a report. IMHO, it was only Charles Key's personal integrity and hunger for the truth that kept the whole project from collapsing... (I was fortunate: I had held all my information and the drafts of my analytical chapter "close to my chest" -- and distributed over several electronic storage media locations.)
OKBIC still has much of McCauley's work product (writing) from when she was the primary author of the Report. Believe me, her words then are diametrically opposed to her words now (in the above article). [See Phil Dragoo's #56 for an excellent "before" example...]
Next thing I heard of Cate, she was working for McVeigh's defense team, and denouncing us as a bunch of conspiracy wackos. I understand that she was even one of the (six?) people McVeigh asked to be personal witnesses of his execution -- but I don't know whether she attended or not... (NOTE: based on FR inputs, I now understand that she did attend as McVeigh's invited witness.)
Very, very strange -- not only a complete reversal of beliefs and allegiance, but an obvious radical shift in personality. Quite a shame, really, because she was a bright, witty, charming, conservative professional -- before McVeigh. To be truthful, I liked Cate back then. IMHO, she would have made a delightful FReeper...
Charles assures me that I had nothing to do with her crackup -- that she just turned against everyone and everything she had previously embraced with great warmth and enthusiasm. Sad, indeed...
I'm still mystified -- and can't help but wonder if Cate developed a romantic attachment to "Timmy" McVeigh.
(It wasn't until folks here on FR started questioning her overall intentions and integrity that I began to seriously consider that there might possibly be another explanation for her behavior...)
Who is more credible here, McCauley or Davis?
One word: "Davis".
TXnMA (No Longer!!!)
In the few meetings McVeigh had with one of his first attorneys, Susan Otto, McVeigh passed information to her sufficient for her to tell Jones that once he knew what she knew, he would "never think of the United States of America in the same way."
It is possible that McVeigh shared some of the same information with McCauley. McCauley described McVeigh as a brave man, was that romantic infatuation, plain stupidity,admiration for the manner in which he met his death, or did McVeigh and the government permit McCauley a glance similiar to one provided Susan Otto?
As I said, my assumption has always been that it was the first: romantic infatuation.
After all my years of investigation, I assumed that Susan Otto was referring to Clinton/Reno's de facto conversion of the FBI from the FB of Investigation into the FB of Prosecution and/or the FB of Prevarication. Or worse, as in the cases of Waco and Ruby Ridge, into the FB of Execution.
There were members of the defense team with whom Tim had grown inappropriately close, close enough that Judge Matsch raised questions with me about whether some of them should be released from the team. I told him that they should stay, although privately I felt they should go, but their friendship and the relationships were important to Tim.Please pardon or ignore this post if it is not directly applicable to the McCauley discussion. I figured if it was pertinent, it might be insightful. Also, I could not find this article on the web and that's why I don't have a link for you. Thanks again to the FReepers that keep the OKC ping list up 'n running and very informative!
So we labored on, through months of tension, crises of morale, government stonewalling, demonizing media coverage, and professional frustration. In hindsight, I was too trusting of some members of the team, two of whom would personally betray me. (One released confidential defense documents reflecting Tim's purported conversations with investigators and his lawyers to the Dallas Morning News, which published them to great fanfare a month before trial, after jury notices had been mailed.)
Are you sure it was money? I can think of at least 4 post-bombing murders in this case. Fear can be a very strong motivator.
More like two dozen, either certain murders or very convenient *accidents.*
OKCSubmariner had a pretty good compilation going at one time, including the OKC Assistant US Attorney who supposedly shotgunned himself to death. And, of course, OKC PD officer Terrance Yeakey, El Reno prison Guard Joe Gladden, and Dr. Don Chumley, who was killed in a private plane crash before giving a deposition regarding his claim that he was ordered by two uninjured BATF agents to bandage them at the scene of the explosion.