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OKC BOMBING: The Story the Feds Never Told
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Friday, August 3rd, 2007
“In Search of John Doe No. 2: The Story the Feds Never Told About the Oklahoma City Bombing”

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/08/03/1348240


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James Ridgeway. Washington bureau chief of Mother Jones. Author the new article "In Search of John Doe No. 2: the Story the Feds Never Told about the Oklahoma City Bombing."
http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2007/07/in_search_of_john_doe_no_2.html

A Salt Lake City lawyer searching for the truth behind his brother's death has uncovered a wealth of new information that could implicate the FBI in the Oklahoma City bombings. The documents he dug up suggest the FBI knew about the plot to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in advance but did little to prevent it. Jesse Trentadue's brother Kenney Trentadue was found dead in his prison cell in Oklahoma City in August 1995. The FBI calls it a suicide, but Jesse maintains Kenney was beaten to death during an interrogation. Jesse believes the FBI mistook his brother for the missing second suspect in the Oklahoma City bombings - the so-called "John Doe #2." His research also suggests that the bombing was not the work of one or two men, but involved a wider network connected to the far-right white supremacist movement. Jesse Trentadue joins us to talk about his struggle with the FBI in the twelve years since his brother’s death. We’re also joined by reporter James Ridgeway, author of a new Mother Jones article on this story. [includes rush transcript] To most people the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing is a closed case. Timothy McVeigh and his accomplice Terry Nichols were the two prime suspects accused. McVeigh was executed in 2001, and Nichols is serving a life sentence. But a Salt Lake City lawyer searching for the truth behind his brother's death has uncovered a wealth of new information that could implicate the FBI. The documents he dug up through countless Freedom of Information Act requests suggest the FBI knew about the plot to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in advance but did little to prevent it.

Jesse Trentadue's brother Kenney Trentadue was found dead in his prison cell in Oklahoma City in August 1995. The FBI calls it a suicide, but Jesse maintains Kenney was beaten to death during an interrogation. Jesse has spent the last twelve years battling the Department of Justice and FBI to find out why his brother was killed. He believes the FBI mistook his brother for the missing second suspect in the Oklahoma city bombings - the so-called "John Doe #2." His research also suggests that the bombing was not the work of one or two men, but involved a wider network connected to the far-right white supremacist movement.

Earlier this year Jesse Trentadue's theory of a wider plot was echoed by Danny Coulson, former Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI, who was in charge of collecting evidence from the Murrah building in 1995. Coulson told the BBC in March of this year that he is calling for a federal grand jury investigation into the bombings, because he questions whether everyone involved was caught. He also said that FBI headquarters prematurely shut down their investigation into the alleged links between a white supremacist community called Elohim City and the bombings.

This controversy is the subject of the latest investigation by James Ridgeway. It is the top story in the July-August issue of Mother Jones. It's called "In Search of John Doe No. 2: The Story the Feds Never Told About the Oklahoma City Bombing." And Jesse Trentadue joins us on the phone from Salt Lake City. He is an attorney whose brother Kenney Trentadue was killed in prison in August 1995. Jesse has since dug up FBI files that implicate the FBI in his brother's death and in the Oklahoma City bombings. Jesse now represents Terry Nichols and is seeking a deposition for him.

* James Ridgeway. Washington bureau chief of Mother Jones. Author the new article "In Search of John Doe No. 2: the Story the Feds Never Told about the Oklahoma City Bombing."

* Jesse Trentadue. Salt Lake City-based attorney whose brother Kenney Trentadue died in prison in August 1995.

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http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/08/03/1348240

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