Ghosts of Oklahoma City
Eight years later, truth is the last casualty
By John Kaminski

The dead are buried, but the wounded can't be healed.

As in all the world's atrocities, both cry out for justice, yet no one hears their pleas.

This April 19th is the eighth anniversary of that awful day when 168 unsuspecting people suddenly lost their lives in a massive explosion that obliterated the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Literally minutes after the blast, an ATF agent was heard to say the crime was revenge for the massacre of members of a religious cult in Waco, Texas two years earlier. Thus, like the lone assassin theory used in so many public crimes, the official story line was planted, and now it is cast in stone.

The so-called perpetrator has been tried, convicted, and executed, but those long-suffering survivors who walk around the glittering new Oklahoma City Bombing Museum are haunted by the ghostly apparition of guilt for never finding out what really happened on that innocent Wednesday morning.

Mostly when you ask the question of those on the streets of Oklahoma's state capital, there comes an uncomfortable silence amid memories of suspicious suicides, changed stories and ignored evidence. Though polite respect is the rule, no fact of the case remains certain except the corpses, the blood, and the pain.

Sensational theories of foreign terrorists and government conspiracies have come and gone, and now mostly gather dust on forgotten pages in used bookstores. Witnesses ignored by the official trial still recount their stories to the few who remain to listen.

But the world moved on to new traumas, suspiciously couched in similarly suspect explanations.

In the public's mind, Oklahoma's great wound was overshadowed, six years later, by an even ghastlier scenario that involved even more catastrophic tragedy in New York and Washington in 2001. And what is transpiring now, as the official hearings into the 9/11 tragedy get underway amid charges of coverup and deception, seems to be an instant replay of what happened in Oklahoma, where all those important questions were asked but never answered.

Shortly after the Oklahoma City blast, Retired Air Force Gen. Benton K. Partin wrote that he had conclusive proof that the Murrah Federal Building was not destroyed by Timothy McVeigh's truck bomb, but by four demolition charges placed at critical structural points on the third floor.

A recognized expert in bomb damage analysis, Partin said the damage pattern on the reinforced concrete superstructure could not possibly have been caused by a single truck bomb.

In a letter to 72 members of Congress, Partin also urged lawmakers "to defer action ... on so-called anti-terrorism legislation that has serious civil liberties implications, and which would not be passed except for the Oklahoma City bombing ... "

The retired general also noted "the effort required to bomb the Murrah Federal Building pales in comparison to the effort to cover up evidence in Oklahoma ... "

But Partin's evidence was shoved aside and he was not allowed to testify before any judge.

Just as the demolished World Trade Center site was blocked from independent forensic investigators, so was Gen. Partin's recommendation ignored and the Murrah building demolished before explosives experts could properly examine the building.

Except for a few of the less popular books that have inadvertently slipped onto the new OKC memorial's library shelves, the museum's message is essentially the same as the government's: white Patriot maniac avenging government atrocity at Waco now executed; sad case closed.

But still lingering, important questions asked and never answered, the ghosts of Oklahoma City:

The official report of the bombing committee runs 548 pages of unanswered questions.

But the motive for the crime was established by fiat moments after the blast, convenient criminal suspects were ID'd shortly afterwards, and over the many months that followed, every other lead was pushed aside because the powers that be had what they wanted, and that was that.

Now the 9/11 probe is proceeding along the same lines of planted stories, premature conclusions and stonewalled evasions.

The lives of those Oklahomans, not to mention Vicki Weaver, the Waco faithful and 3,000 unsuspecting New Yorkers, remain unavenged and unexplained, all the while with a government clucking contentedly that wheels of justice are turning smoothly.

Despite an uninterested public, a small cadre of frustrated men and women who know all these facts like the back of their hands bravely continues to strive to keep these questions in the public mind. I asked one what he thought was the real deal about Oklahoma City that the government had worked so hard all these years to conceal.

"I think it was the Iraqi connection," he confided.

In a letter from the executive director of the new museum, this source reportedly wrote back: "Thank you for providing us with the additional information, but in fact, the veracity of these materials still would not impact the story told in the memorial museum."

And the ghosts of Oklahoma City continue to float on the dusty air.

Source: Final Report on the Bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building, April 19, 1995, by the Oklahoma Bombing Investigation Committee, available online at

John Kaminski,, who lives on the coast of Florida,
is the author of America's Autopsy Report, published by Dandelion Books.

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