— Lenna Leprena (@LennaLeprena) March 8, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING: JOHN DOE NO. 2?
In 1995, the worst act of terrorism on American soil, prior to the 9/11
disaster, was committed in Oklahoma City.
On April 19, terrorists blew up the Murrah Federal Building and killed 168 Americans and wounded scores more. Not long after the bombing, Timothy McVeigh was arrested about 60 miles east of Oklahoma City and a few days later Terry Nichols surrendered to police in Herrington, Kansas. With those arrests, the Justice Department shut down any further investigation into who had committed this awful crime.
But like the Kennedy assassination, many Americans remained deeply skeptical about the government’s assurances that McVeigh and Nichols acted alone in this horrible crime. And for good reason, as it seems that the FBI ignored important investigative leads, failed to interview potentially significant witnesses, and destroyed the Murrah building before experts could examine the crime scene.
The involvement of a John Doe No. 2 in the bombing has remained a simmering controversy. Skeptics ask why the FBI canceled an
all-points-bulletin for a Middle Eastern male subject or subjects fleeing
the scene issued in the immediate aftermath of the explosion. Numerous
eyewitness accounts have identified Middle Eastern males in the company of McVeigh in the days and weeks before the bombing.
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst’s allegations against the FBI crime lab sparked a
Justice Department investigation that found the lab had provided “inaccurate
pro-prosecution testimony in major cases including Oklahoma City.” Retired
Air Force General Benton K. Partin, an explosives expert, disputed the FBI’s
theory that the damage to the Murrah Building was caused by a single
truck-bomb. His analyses were later endorsed by numerous physicists,
physical chemists, and experts in structural mechanics as well as a series
of live tests conducted at Eglin Air Force Base. These are just some of the
lingering questions about the 1995 bombing.
Beyond covering McVeigh’s execution and the FBI foul-ups that delayed it,
the mainstream media have devoted little effort to digging into any of these
questions. Concerned citizens have had to go to Internet media outlets like
WorldNetDaily and NewsMax or be on the lookout for the occasional
investigative report in obscure outlets like the Los Angeles Weekly or the
London Evening Standard. In early September, the Wall Street Journal did one column on its editorial page about possible Iraqi involvement in Oklahoma City and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, but seemed to lose interest after that.
One columnist who has refused to let the story die is James Patterson, an
editorial writer at the Indianapolis Star. Patterson was one of the first to
report a potential crack in the wall of silence erected around the Oklahoma
City bombing by the government and the elite media.
Twice in recent months, Patterson has reported that Chairman Dan Burton’s House Government Reform Committee investigators have uncovered the possible whereabouts of videotapes and photographs of the Murrah Federal Building from the day of the bombing. The Final Report of the Oklahoma Bombing Investigation Committee noted the existence of such tapes, but the Justice Department has adamantly refused to release them, even in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.
Burton believes that the tapes and photographs may be held in the archives of Naval Intelligence at the Washington Navy Yard and he has issued a subpoena to the Secretary of the Navy to obtain them. The tapes are said to contain video of a John Doe No. 2 getting out on the passenger side of the Ryder truck just prior to the explosion.
Former FBI Deputy Director Weldon Kennedy told the Philadelphia Inquirer
that talk of withheld videotapes is “ludicrous and insulting.” Kennedy says
that agents nailed down “98 to 99 percent” of McVeigh and Nichols’ movements in the months before the bombing and he is absolutely convinced they acted alone. Cate McCauley, who worked on McVeigh’s appeal, goes beyond Kennedy and charges that talk of Middle Eastern men helping McVeigh is “perhaps the worst case of misinformation and pandering” she has come across. The allegations, she says, are easily refutable and those who promote them are “standing on the graves of thousands of people.”
A quick, easy way to resolve the controversy over John Doe No. 2 would be to simply release the videotapes and photographs and let the American public judge for itself. Release the tapes and bring this case to closure. The victims of the Oklahoma City bombing deserve nothing less.
~Notra Trulock, associate editor of Accuracy in Media‘s AIM Report. He is a former director of intelligence at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2002/11/15860/#3f3XYOciMUtcVs1m.99
— Dr Stuart Bramhall (@stuartbramhall) March 7, 2017
More Than My Savior
More than my Savior who has died for sins,
More than the sacrifice for all that’s wrong,
He is the Lord of life, who keeps me strong.
To turn my life to Him, I’m sure to win.
When I am weak and fall, He lifts me up,
When I have lost the way, He is the light;
With Jesus’ help I’ll drink a bitter cup
Or climb to any hill or mountain’s height.
Or climb to any hill or mountain’s height.
Through Him the world was made and He does know
Temptations that attack our fragile hearts:He
He knows because He took on flesh below
And on the cross he bid his spirit part.
I kneel before the majesty of Him
Who fills my life and spirit to the brim.
Who fills my life and spirit to the brim.
Science Fiction Writers
In one of the most brilliant papers in the English language [David] Hume made it clear that what we speak of as ‘causality’ is nothing more than the phenomenon of repetition. When we mix sulphur with saltpeter and charcoal we always get gunpowder. This is true of every event subsumed by a causal law − in other words, everything which can be called scientific knowledge. “It is custom which rules,” Hume said, and in that one sentence undermined both science and philosophy.
~Philip K. Dick, “The Day the Gods Stopped Laughing,” unpublished article written in the late 60’s quoted by Gregg Rickman in To The High Castle: Philip K. Dick: A Life 1928-1962 (1989)
My major preoccupation is the question, “What is reality?” Many of my stories and novels deal with psychotic states or drug-induced states by which I can present the concept of a multiverse rather than a universe. Music and sociology are themes in my novels, also radical political trends; in particular I’ve written about fascism and my fear of it.
~Philip K. Dick, Statement of 1975 quoted in the Dictionary of Literary Biography (1981) vol. 8, part 1.
It was a bundle of political and economic factors — from the restrictions caused by the British mercantilist system (and esp. the British competition with France) to the fact that American colonists who had long been allowed to handle local affairs themselves, including legislating for themselves (something Edmund Burke dubbed “salutary neglect”) were suddenly being told, after the French & Indian War, that Parliament was now in charge.
But one overarching issue or set of issues that must not be forgotten is the colonial BELIEFS about their RIGHTS and how they were being taken away. We’re familiar with the abstract expression of these rights from the Declaration of Independence (“life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”), but the specific, concrete rights they were thinking of (and referred to in MANY of their documents) were those they had enjoyed as Englishmen, under the compacts and royal charters. (see below for where they speak of these)
One thing that may help –a suggested list of the “Top 10 Civil Liberties Violations That Helped Cause the American Revolution”
1) Taxation Without Representation
2) No Free Trade
3) Unlimited Search and Seizure
4) Destruction of Colonial Government
5) Oppression of Political Protesters
6) Immunity for Corrupt and Abusive British Officers
7) Direct Control of the Criminal Justice System
8) Guilty by Parliament – no guarantee of trial by jury
9) Forced Quartering of Soldiers
10) Closure of the Boston Port
(the page includes an explanation of each point)
The BEST source is the things the founders themselves wrote on the topic
Specific enumerations of the liberties the colonists believed had been violated are found in the various written complaints by individual colonies and by the Second Continental Congress at the beginning of the Revolution. The best known of these is, of course, the list found in the Declaration of Independence (as THE reasons for which they were declaring independence), but there were many others. One of the most helpful might be the “Declarations and Resolves” by the FIRST Continental Congress (October 1774). You can read it here: