OKLAHOMA CITY: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?
Watching the video, "Oklahoma City: What Really Happened?,"
brought back the shock, horror and sorrow felt by this writer on
April 19, 1995, the date of the Oklahoma City bombing. The
documentary is interspersed throughout with dramatic footage from
that sad day, punctuating the many witness accounts with a
As one who is more accustomed to reading as my primary
information source, this video adds to my familiarity with the
tragedy, putting before me real faces and voices to supplement my
understanding. The faces I see are of average Americans, persons
with whom I might ordinarily interact at work or at play, all
describing how something is terribly wrong with the official
story on what happened that morning in Oklahoma City.
Among the many witnesses interviewed are Oklahoma State
Representative Charles Key; Glen Wilburn, whose two grandsons,
Chase and Colton, perished in the explosion; J.D. Cash, an
investigative reporter who has interviewed over 100 witnesses to
the April 19th events; Mike Moroz, a tire shop employee who
innocently directed a lost Tim McVeigh and "John Doe #2" toward
the doomed Murrah Building; Brigadier General Ben Partin
(retired), an explosives expert; and Dr. Raymond Brown, a
seismologist. All cast doubt on a supposed "single truck bomb"
being the sole cause of the April 19th bombing.
According to Wilburn, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
(BATF) may have had explosives stored in the Murrah Building. He
cites witnesses who have confirmed this. J.D. Cash, who has
personally interviewed over 100 witnesses to the April 19th
tragedy, says that explosives *were* removed in the hours after
the initial blast. One type of explosive he believes was stored
is the deadly C4 -- "Charlie Cuatro" -- which, though normally
not volatile, could easily have been ignited by, for example, a
"fertilizer bomb" in a Ryder truck.
Were explosive devices secretly removed after the blast? Alert
viewers of the early broadcast coverage coming from Oklahoma City
on April 19 will recall that there was more than one bomb scare
that morning. Rescue workers and reporters, more than once, were
ordered to leave the area due to supposed additional explosives
having been found. Were BATF arsenals, dangerously stored in a
building which housed a child care center, quietly hustled
off-site during these interludes? Some witnesses insist that TOW
missiles, hand grenades, and high explosives were stored in the
Murrah Building. Although BATF and FBI pooh-pooh that these were
just "training devices," Cash responds that that is ridiculous.
Oklahoma State Representative Charles Key was in an office five
miles away from ground zero when he both heard and felt the
blast. Gradually, he began to develop doubts as to the "Lone Nut
McVeigh" angle that was being disseminated by the major media
outlets. For example, he wondered why the reported size of the
bomb kept being upgraded. You may recall how the Ryder truck
which is said to have held the "fertilizer bomb" kept growing in
size: from about 16 feet long, to 24 feet long, until it finally
reached the maximum-sized truck available. What finally clinched
Key's doubts was the expert analysis by Brigadier General (ret.)
The video shows a press conference held by Partin, in June 1995,
at which he proved that the idea of an unaided "fertilizer bomb,"
parked outside the building, having done the amount of damage it
is supposed to have done, is not possible. The reinforced
columns supporting the structure couldn't have been destroyed by
a blast, travelling through air. Stresses Partin: "You can't
destroy hard targets with blast. *It* *just* *doesn't* *work*.
Reinforced columns in a building are hard targets."
Representative Key finally decided that "serious
inconsistencies," between the official line on what happened and
the evidence and witness testimony he was hearing, required that
he step forward. He tried to get a special oversight committee
-- independent of federal investigators and merely taking a
second look at conclusions reached by them -- but his request was
denied. Finally, Key was forced to find whatever alternative
means he could to get the word out. One way has been this video.
There is a lot more in the video, "Oklahoma City: What Really
Happened?", that I cannot cover in this review: for example, a
Dr. Raymond Brown, a seismologist whose analysis shows that more
than one bomb was involved in the April 19th destruction; Mike
Moroz, a tire shop employee who innocently provided instructions
to a lost Tim McVeigh, searching for the Murrah Building early
that morning. (Moroz is adamant that McVeigh was *not* alone in
the Ryder truck); and evidence that BATF had prior knowledge of
the bomb danger.
It is disturbing to hear our supposed "representatives" in the
U.S. Congress, and other supposed guardians of our safety and
liberties, routinely refering to the April 19, 1995 Oklahoma City
bombing as if the crime has been solved. One hears stupid
statements like, "In light of what happened in Oklahoma City, we
must have increased terrorist legislation." Yet please bear this
in mind: a woman or man is entitled to the presumption of
innocence. This is (or is supposed to be) a hallmark of our
society; that one is "innocent until proven guilty." One
wouldn't know that from the subtext found in remarks by
politicians and pundits who advertise their ignorance in
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The video, "Oklahoma City: What Really Happened?" is available
at a cost of $19.95 + $4.00 S/H by phoning 1-800-711-1976, or
write to Verity Inc., 4004 Flora Drive, Norman, Oklahoma 73071.
For an additional cost of $5, an optional package of supporting
documentation is available.