"SPLC Morris Dees linked to the Oklahoma City Bombing"
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The potentially explosive contents of the teletype, among
other things, exposes an informant operation being conducted
by nationally known civil rights lawyer Morris Dees through
his organization the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
Exposed for the first time, the FBI acknowledged the
SPLC was engaged in an undercover role where they
monitored subjects for the FBI believed to be linked to
executed bomber Timothy McVeigh, the white supremacist
compound at Elohim City and the mysterious German
national Andreas Carl Strassmeir. “If I told you what
we were doing there, I would have to kill you,” Dees
replied. - (J. Orlin Grabbe link)
Sunday, December 14, 2003
FBI Director's memo Full Of surprises
By J.D. Cash and Lt. Col. Roger Charles (U.S. Marine Corps Ret.) Copyright 2003
by McCurtain Daily Gazette
The McCurtain Daily Gazette has obtained an unclassified copy of a memorandum
marked From the Director of the FBI containing several new facts that could
impact the upcoming state murder trial of Terry Nichols, scheduled to begin
March 1 in McAlester.
The electronic message was sent to the OKBOMB investigation task force and a
select group of FBI offices around the nation some eight months after the 1995
federal building bombing in Oklahoma City left 168 dead.
The potentially explosive contents of the teletype, among other things, exposes
an informant operation being conducted by nationally known civil rights lawyer
Morris Dees through his organization the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
Exposed for the first time, the FBI acknowledged the SPLC was engaged in an
undercover role where they monitored subjects for the FBI believed to be linked
to executed bomber Timothy McVeigh, the white supremacist compound at Elohim
City and the mysterious German national Andreas Carl Strassmeir.
Dated Jan. 4, 1996, the four-page cable was drafted and issued under the
authority of FBI director Louis Freeh and is heavily redacted (portions blacked
Despite these redactions, the document clearly describes individuals the FBI
believed were associated with the OKBOMB and BOMBROB cases – two high profile
domestic terrorism cases the FBI was investigating as possibly connected.
Many of the details in this potentially explosive document have never been made
The OKBOMB case focused several hundred FBI agents on the truck bombing of the
Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995.
The FBI’s BOMBROB investigation was much smaller. It involved a wide-ranging
search for a group of neo-Nazi bank robbers in the mid-1990s whose stated goal
was the overthrow of the U.S. government through violence.
Only days after the Jan. 4, 1996, cable was sent, the first two arrests were
made in the BOMBROB case. Within 13 months of the electronic message, four more
persons were jailed in connection with 22 bank robberies the radical rightwing
group participated in across seven Midwestern states.
Each of the six individuals arrested in the BOMBROB case had ties to Elohim
City, a Christian Identity paramilitary training camp near Muldrow.
Only two persons have ever been charged in the Oklahoma City bombing – the 20th
Century’s most brutal act of domestic terrorism that left 149 adults and 19
In 1997, McVeigh was found guilty and executed in 2001 for his role in the
Nichols, McVeigh’s co-conspirator, is serving a life sentence handed down by a
federal judge in 1998.
It is widely believed that when Nichols goes on trial in McAlester – facing an
additional 161-counts of first-degree murder – his lawyers will point the finger
at other conspirators who they believe can be linked to McVeigh and the bombing
in Oklahoma City conspiracy.
Director warns of plan for Strassmeir’s escape
In the Jan. 4, 1996, document from the director, sketchy details of a plan are
provided regarding an escape by a key subject wanted for questioning in the
OKBOMB case. Facts would later emerge that this key individual also roomed with
several members of the bank robbery gang rounded-up during the BOMBROB
Although his name was redacted, the key subject in the electronic message was
Andreas Carl Strassmeir. He was a person the FBI officially listed as “possibly
armed and may be dangerous” and who the director expected to cross the Mexican
border “in the near future.”
Inexplicably, none of the offices that received this memo were in the state of
Texas where Strassmeir had just arrived and was expected to make his escape
across the Mexican border.
Other documents obtained by this newspaper indicate Strassmeir entered Mexico
within a very short time of the director’s statements predicting the move.
Strassmeir made his way to Germany and the safety of his politically connected
family in Berlin.
Equally difficult to understand, FBI agents apparently did not go to a residence
in North Carolina noted in the electronic message where Strassmeir had been
staying with a friend prior to his escape from the U.S.
This newspaper first reported that Strassmeir had been singled out for arrest by
the ATF in early 1995, but those plans were thwarted by the Oklahoma City FBI
The Tulsa ATF office sought an arrest warrant in early 1995 for Strassmeir after
an informant, Carol E. Howe, told them about a plot at Elohim City to bomb
federal installations, commit mass shootings and kill large numbers of
Ms. Howe identified Strassmeir as one of the ringleaders in the plot.
Tulsa ATF officials were able to determine that the heavily armed German
national was an illegal overstay on his travel visa, therefore subject to arrest
on a host of charges.
However, last minute efforts by then-FBI special agent in charge of the Oklahoma
City field office, Bob Ricks, scrubbed plans for Strassmeir’s arrest when the
FBI agent contacted U.S. Attorney Steve Lewis in Tulsa and complained about the
ATF plan to raid Elohim City.
When this newspaper discovered documents confirming the FBI interdiction, Ricks
sought to explain his actions by saying he successfully lobbied against
Strassmeir’s arrest in late February of 1995 because he wanted to avoid another
Waco-style disaster by the ATF.
Months after the Oklahoma bombing, Strassmeir fled Elohim City and began hiding
in Black Mountain, North Carolina. after this newspaper discovered and reported
on a phone call to Elohim City from McVeigh was linked to him.
Nichols not a conspirator?
Also contained in the four-page document is a remarkable statement that raises
doubts about the FBI’s belief that Nichols was a conspirator in the OKBOMB case.
Regarding this revelation, the memo again describes the telephone call widely
believed to have been made by McVeigh to Elohim City where Strassmeir and
several members of a bank robbery gang were living on April 5, 1995.
The FBI director makes the following observation:
“Prior OKBOMB investigation determined that (name redacted) had placed a
telephone call to (name redacted) on 4/5/95 a day that he was believed to have
been attempting to recruit a second conspirator to assist in the OKBOMB
Thus, a plain reading of the Jan. 4, 1996, memo suggests the FBI director did
not believe a second conspirator in the bombing existed on April 5, 1995 – an
embarrassing admission, indeed, considering that during two trials in 1997,
federal prosecutors argued that Nichols was deeply involved in the bomb plot
dating back to Sept. of 1994.
Morris Dees’ informant?
Also disclosed for the first time are references by the FBI director to an
informant working for the Birmingham, Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center
(SPLC), headed by civil right’s attorney Morris Dees and who was present at
Elohim City in the critical hours leading up to the bombing in Oklahoma City.
Referring to a telephone call on April 17, 1995 (alleged to have been from
McVeigh), the memo states: “(Name redacted) telephone call from (name redacted)
on or about 4/17/95, two days prior to the OKBOMB attack, when (name redacted)
of the SPLC, was in the white supremacist compound at (redacted), Oklahoma,
notes the director. (Emphasis added)
References to an informant working for the SPLC at Elohim City on the eve of the
Oklahoma City bombing raises serious questions as to what the SPLC might know
about McVeigh’s activities during the final hours before the fuse was lit in
Oklahoma City – but which the SPLC has failed to disclose publicly.
Questioned during a press conference at Southeastern Oklahoma State University
in Durant recently, Dees confirmed someone from his organization was inside the
white supremacist compound at Elohim City on April 17, 1995.
“If I told you what we were doing there, I would have to kill you,” Dees replied
when pressed to explain what this person was doing at a terrorist training camp.
Dees did acknowledge that his information network long ago established that
McVeigh had been to Elohim City before the bombing.
“But we didn’t have him on our radar screen until he was arrested,” Dees said.
Dees has written a number of books and articles about the militia movement in
Many have criticized Dees’ attacks on right-wing militias and gun owners in the
U.S. as inaccurate, exploitive and designed to get donations to his tax-exempt
foundation, which receives substantial contributions each year.
The director’s electronic message also alludes to a person at the Oklahoma white
supremacist compound described by the FBI head as a subject with an allegedly,
“…. lengthy relationship with one of the two indicted OKBOMB conspirators
John Millar, a church elder at Elohim City, told the McCurtain Daily Gazette, “I
don’t know who was out here back then. It doesn’t surprise me that a bunch of
Jews that work for Dees and that Southern Poverty (SPLC) bunch would be spying
on us. They don’t understand our message or anything about us. Why don’t you
ever write about the fact that no one has ever found a link to McVeigh here?”
Until this memo surfaced, spokespersons for the FBI and the U.S. Department of
Justice steadfastly denied they had any reliable information concerning any
relationship between either McVeigh or Nichols and subjects living at or who had
frequented the Elohim City compound before the bombing.
Attorney Stephen Jones, who represented McVeigh at trial in Denver, Colo., said
he was not provided this information from the government despite repeated
motions filed with the court.
“We filed motions with the judge specifically asking for details of surveillance
activities at Elohim City and other places. We were told by prosecutors that
they had no records. Now you have some of them,” Jones explained.
“Also, as you know the FBI kept saying they had no information linking McVeigh
to Elohim City beyond the one phone call on April 5. Well, as you can see,
there’s much more than that here.”
Attorneys representing Nichols are bound by a gag order and unable to comment on
the contents of this new information or whether they had copies of the material
this newspaper had received.
A spokesman for the FBI office in Oklahoma City, Gary Johnson, said, “The FBI
still stands by the results of the most expensive and thorough investigation in
“We arrested everyone in this crime and these conspiracy stories just waste our
Andy the German to flee
As noted earlier, one of the principal subjects referred to in the memo from the
director of the FBI is Andreas Strassmeir, a foreign national with extensive
military training the FBI identified as the person responsible for providing
terrorist training to a number of neo-Nazi skinheads at Elohim City in the early
Despite obvious links to bombing conspirator McVeigh at such a crucial time in
the plot – and the fact that several of the German’s neo-Nazi roommates and
trainees later went to prison for criminal activities including murder, bank
robbery, bombings, weapons violations and a conspiracy to overthrow the U.S.
government – the DOJ has said that Strassmeir was never officially questioned by
the FBI while living for over seven years in the U.S. – much of that time after
his visa had expired.
Days after the director’s memo was sent to the OKBOMB command post and five FBI
field offices, Strassmeir crossed the Mexican border with the assistance of a
former member of the U.S. Special Forces, David Holloway.
Strassmeir’s flamboyant attorney, Kirk Lyons of Black Mountain, N.C., issued a
bizarre statement after his client fled the U.S., admitting the C.A.U.S.E.
Foundation (a non-profit organization established to help the victims of the
Waco massacre) provided the money for Strassmeir’s escape.
Lyons, the managing director of the C.A.U.S.E. Foundation, quickly confirmed
that Strassmeir received help in the escape with one of the foundation’s
associates, Holloway, with additional assistance provided by an elite corps of
German counter-terrorism troops after the pair exited the U.S.
Although Strassmeir was wanted for questioning in the OKBOMB case at the time of
his escape and was illegally in the U.S. at the time - and those facts were
known to his attorney when he crossed the Mexican border with a member of the
C.A.U.S.E. Foundation - attorney Kirk Lyons has never been charged with
harboring a fugitive, obstructing justice or disciplined by the North Carolina
Bar Association for his admitted role in assisting a client elude federal
(Special thanks to John Solomon with the Washington, D.C., AP office for his
generous help and contributions that made this story possible.)
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