Editor’s note: WND is serializing this week the Oklahoma City bombing reports of one of the world’s foremost investigative journalists, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard of the London Telegraph. Excerpted from his book, “The Secret Life of Bill Clinton,” seven chapters analyze the Oklahoma tragedy and devastate the official government version of what occurred on April 19, 1995.
Monday, Part 1revealed that “the Justice Department’s inspector general lists the Oklahoma bombing case as one of the worst examples of de facto evidence tampering by the crime labs.”
In Part 2, Tuesday, the author helped readers relive the Oklahoma City tragedy through the eyes of a family that lost two children in the Murrah Building’s daycare center, and their subsequent horror to discover rampant official lying in the tragedy’s aftermath.
Wednesday’s Part 3 established clearly that a bomb squad truck was in Oklahoma City shortly before the blast.
Yesterday’s Part 4 presented overwhelming evidence that Timothy McVeigh “was accompanied by other men at every stage” of the crime, and that the FBI intentionally sought to avoid prosecuting other parties complicit in the worst terrorist act in American history.
In today’s final excerpt, which starts a few moments before the 9:02 a.m. blast, Evans-Pritchard explores Timothy McVeigh’s links with neo-Nazis, as well as the record of the press – both establishment and alternative – in reporting on the tragedy.
“It was an olive-complexion(ed) man with short hair, curly, clean-cut. He had on a blue starter jacket, blue jeans, and tennis shoes and a white hat with purple flames,” said bombing victim Daina Bradley. He had a tanned look, a slim build.
She stepped back from the window and made a comment to her mother about the truck. It struck her as unusual. The next thing she remembered was a feeling of electricity running through her body, then a flash of light, and the sensation of crashing down into the rubble. Her children were killed. So was her mother. She herself was trapped for five hours. A doctor had to crawl into the rubble and amputate her leg with a saw before rescue workers could pull her out. It was too hazardous to use anesthetics so she had to endure unspeakable pain.
In her interviews with the FBI on May 3 and May 21, 1995, she said the man resembled the sketch of John Doe Two. “That was the same guy I seen get out of the truck,” she said. She did not see any other man get out of the truck, nor did she recognize the artist’s sketch of McVeigh. This was a position she maintained for two years.
The defense team decided to take a calculated risk by calling her as a witness. They underestimated the persuasive power of the U.S. Justice Department.
On May 16, a week before her testimony, she was visited by a member of the prosecution team. Five days later she met with U.S. Attorney Pat Ryan. All of a sudden, she could remember a second man getting out of the driver’s side and walking quickly across the street. He had a baby face. She did not see him clearly. It might have been McVeigh. Or, it might not have. She didn’t know.
The reaction to Daina Bradley’s testimony is a nice exhibit of the deformed media culture in the United States. In a country with an adversarial press — certainly Britain, France, or Spain — the newspapers would have honed in with irreverent zest on the one salient fact of the matter. Ms. Bradley had made a mockery of the government’s “lone bomber theory.” She was the only crime scene witness called to the stand, and she had testified, categorically, that she saw John Doe Two get out of the Ryder truck.
But no, the U. S. press did not notice this, or feigned not to notice it. Instead, Americans were informed the next day that the subpoena of Daina Bradley was a disastrous own-goal for the defense. It was the usual, exasperating, winner-loser, who’s-up-who’s-down vacuousness. It was a dubious point anyway. In the end, her testimony had little or no bearing on the outcome of the trial.
With the abdication of the grand press, Americans have had to turn elsewhere for a more illuminating perspective, notably The John Doe Times. It is an Internet cyber-journal published by a warehouse manager in Birmingham, Alabama — Mike Vanderboegh — dedicated to exposing evidence of a broader conspiracy. It is Vanderboegh’s belief that the bombing was carried out by the terrorist wing of the U.S. fascist movement.
He was drawn into the Oklahoma bombing case in late 1995 when he sat down for a coffee with a federal agent in Birmingham, Alabama. It was a cordial meeting. Vanderboegh’s militia group had done a favor for the feds, helping them crack a case involving theft from a military base.
“He pulled out a piece of paper with the name, social security number, and profile of Andreas Strassmeir,” recalled Vanderboegh. “He said, ‘We’ve gone as far as we can with this; we’ve been told to back off. Maybe you guys can do something with it.’ Then he told me Strassmeir had been the government-sponsored snitch inside the Oklahoma bombing. He walked me through the whole thing.”
Andreas Strassmeir was a former German infantry officer who had gained entry into the U.S. neo-Nazi movement and established himself as the chief of security at Elohim city, the movement’s paramilitary headquarters in eastern Oklahoma. At the time, it was not known there might be a neo-Nazi link to the bombing, but it made sense to Vanderboegh. He had been tracking the activities of the white supremacist far-right, which he regarded as an extremely dangerous terrorist movement and a threat to the political stability of the United States.
Vanderboegh did not know what to do with the information about Strassmeir and the terrorist conspiracy at Elohim City. Months later he read an article about Glenn and Kathy Wilburn. (It happened to be a piece I had written for The Telegraph, which had been posted on the Internet.) He called them in Oklahoma City and signed on to help them find the truth. “I became their Sancho Panza. It’s been the greatest honor of my life to be their friend.”
It was a healing process for the portly, 43-year-old warehouse manager to be of service to the victims of April 19. “Imagine what it felt like to be a militia guy when everybody started saying the militia blew up that building in Oklahoma.”
Vanderboegh styles himself Brevet Colonel of the 1st Alabama Cavalry Regiment, one of the more colorful militia squadrons. “We’re light cavalry,” he explained, laughing. “We’ve got a platoon of dirt bikes, and a team of ultra-lights for scouting.”
Like a number of militia leaders, he was an activist in the antiwar movement in the 1960s. “I was a Leftist back in my callow youth, a Maoist actually,” he said. “I remember cheering when we pulled out of Saigon. Then I learned about the reeducation camps and the killing fields, and that’s when I started to change.”
It did not take him long to find a crucial role in the Cash-Wilburn campaign. “We were getting all this exciting stuff. J.D. was writing these incredible pieces, and nobody was picking it up,” he said. “So I did the only thing I knew how to do. I turned to the poor man’s broadcast network.”
In June of 1996 he posted the first edition of The John Doe Times on the Internet. It was not the only “OKC Bombing” site on the Net, but it was more tightly focused than the other websites. It was designed to propagate the findings of The McCurtain Daily Gazette and to expose Elohim City as the nerve center of the bombing conspiracy. Over time it would acquire great influence.
The John Doe Times has continued to appear, week after week, for almost a year and a half. For Vanderboegh it has been a thankless task. He has made enemies on all fronts. The FBI and the ATF regard him as a menace. The far-right have declared him a mortal enemy of the Aryan cause. The mainstream media call him a crank. “I’m not winning any popularity contests here,” he said. “It’s tough for your family when you put yourself in a position where nobody loves you.”
When Vanderboegh spoke to Glenn Wilburn and J.D. Cash he discovered that they knew all about Elohim City, and that they too were hearing things about the unlikely German infantry officer in charge of terrorist training.
J.D. Cash had been burrowing into Elohim for months, ever since he learned that Tim McVeigh had telephoned the enclave of Odinistic mystics two weeks before the bombing. In itself, the call did not mean much. McVeigh had contacted a larger number of people, using the pre-paid telephone card in the name of Daryl Bridges. But this one occurred three seconds after he had telephoned a Ryder rental office in Lake Havasu, Arizona. And the call was for “Andy the German” — according to Joan Millar, who answered the telephone. “Tell Andy I’ll be coming through,” McVeigh had said.
There was something else that J.D. Cash had found out, a secret that he held very close to the vest. As we shall see, he had extracted a confession from a leader of the White Aryan Resistance, a wild emotional man named Dennis Mahon. During a five-hour whisky binge in January 1996, Mahon had implicated himself and several members of Elohim City in the Oklahoma bombing. It was not information that could be used in a newspaper. Nobody would have believed it. So Cash had to skirt around the edges, using the leads to find corroboration elsewhere.
Over the next year, his articles in The McCurtain Daily Gazette sketched the outlines of a conspiracy at Elohim City. But it was one of those cases where the details were too arcane for the layman. Only the initiated could make any sense of it. In all likelihood the Cash-Wilburn theory would have remained a minority attraction – much discussed on talk radio, but essentially ignored by the rest of America – had it not been for J.D.’s discovery of an undercover informant for the ATF.
Her name was Carol Howe. In December 1996 she broke silence, telling J.D. Cash that she had infiltrated Elohim City and stumbled on a conspiracy to bomb federal buildings in the state of Oklahoma. The plot was led by Dennis Mahon and Andreas Strassmeir (Andy the German). Furthermore, she said, the main gist of this had been passed on to the U.S. government before the Oklahoma bombing.
He could not ask for more spectacular corroboration than that.
Over the past week, WND has serialized the first three chapters of investigative reporter Ambrose Evans-Pritchard’s blockbuster expose, “The Secret Life of Bill Clinton.” Chapters four through seven – titled “Elohim City and Dennis the Menace,” “Carol Howe,” Lt. Andreas Strassemir” and “The Aryan Republican Army” all go into greater depth on the Oklahoma City bombing and its aftermath. “The Secret Life of Bill Clinton” is available at WorldNetDaily’s online store.
Read Part 1: ‘The resurrection of President Clinton’
Read Part 2: ‘Glenn and Kathy Wilburn’
Read Part 3: “Bomb squad seen before blast.”
Read Part 4: “John Doe Two.”
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard has built a stellar career as a journalist, covering Central America for The Economist and The Daily Telegraph, and reporting from the United States for both The Spectator and The Sunday Telegraph, for which he was Washington bureau chief. Cambridge-educated and internationally renowned, Evans-Pritchard has recently returned to England, where he serves as The Daily Telegraph’s roving European correspondent.