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FBI explanation of missing Oklahoma City bombing tapes not credible, judge says

Kaye Beach

March 22, 2012

From Deseret News published March 21, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge on Wednesday continued to question the FBI’s explanation for not producing videotapes associated with the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that a Salt Lake lawyer has sought for nearly six years.

“It’s quite astounding that documents as important as these went missing and the FBI says, ‘Well, they’re gone,'” U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said during a motion hearing.

At issue is whether the FBI adequately responded to Jesse Trentadue’s Freedom of Information Act request for footage of Timothy McVeigh parking a truckload of explosives at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. Specifically, the Salt Lake attorney is after a building surveillance tape and dashcam video from the Oklahoma state trooper who stopped McVeigh 90 minutes after the explosion that killed 168 people.

The FBI has submitted several declarations from its top records manager to show the agency has searched electronic databases and evidence warehouses without success. But Waddoups said the declarations lack credibility because they do not include firsthand knowledge or details about who, when, where or how the searches were conducted.

“That’s not good evidence,” he said.

Waddoups delayed ruling on the FBI’s motion to dismiss the case and allowed the agency until June 15 to provide a more complete explanation of the searches.

“This is a matter of significant public interest,” the judge said, adding it’s time for it to be resolved.

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Fusion Center documents label OKC Bombing investigators as terrorists

Kaye Beach

Nov. 28, 2011

Are our police forces and Homeland Security apparatus designed to protect us or are they there to protect the government.

I think it is fair to say that no longer are our forces being utilized to defend the life and liberty of Americans.  Now these forces serve to protect the government from the people.  There is a term for this type of policing.  It’s called “High Policing”and the results of this mentality is completely transforming our society into something very ugly and unrecognizable.

Read more about High Policing-

High Policing in the Security Control Society
by James Sheptycki

The following article by Andrew Griffin of the Red Dirt Report is about listing those who dare question the government or attempt to find out for themselves what the true story was about an event that left nearly every American feeling like they had the wind knocked out of them as extremists to be watched should disgust us all no matter what you believe about that event.

If you would like to reserve your right to question, to research for yourself the facts, draw your own conclusions and challenge your government, you should care about this story.

This is just one of many examples of law abiding people being intimidated by the post 911 surveillance state. The fact is that we all must always guard jealously our right and ability to question our government if we wish to keep it.

Fusion Center documents label OKC Bombing investigators as terrorists

By Andrew W. Griffin

Red Dirt Report, editor

Posted: November 28, 2011

reddirtreporter@gmail.com

OKLAHOMA CITY – Ten years after 9/11 and 16 years after the Oklahoma City bombing, it appears the federal government continues to view some Americans who embrace their First Amendment rights – press and speech, primarily – as a danger to the State, and as a result they are listing certain investigative websites as extremist and a terroristic threat to the “homeland.”

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Jim Redden Author of “Snitch Culture” Crime Reporter on A4L Friday Sept. 17th at 6pm CST


Listen live online at Rule of Law Radio

Jim Redden is a professional journalist living in Portland, Oregon and is currently the crime reporter for The Portland Tribune. He is the author of Snitch Culture: How Citizens are Turned into the Eyes and Ears of the State Feral House. October 30, 2000, 320 pages.) To order try http://www.wingtv.net/snitch.html Or Amazon.com to order)

“Jim has a way of breaking facts loose that is un-rivaled in this town. Its a shame that there seems to be no place for serious journalists in the mainstream media, but perhaps that will change. I have always counted on Redden to report the facts, with accuracy and objectivity.” . . .writes one fan about Jim Reddens work.

Chris Emery(on left) and Andrew Griffin


Joining me in studio will be Andrew Griffin, our own ‘Red Dirt Reporter’ from Oklahoma Watchdog and the Red Dirt Report and Chris Emery, Documentarian, Founder and Host of Radio Free Oklahoma.


We will be asking Mr. Redden for his thoughts on why the media seems more and more to be falling down on their job.

Snitch Culture, Redden’s first book released in December 2000 is a must read for privacy buffs or anyone who wonders how we arrived in the surveillance society we find ourselves in today. The book is packed with facts about our “Snitch Culture” and traces the history of surveillance back to the very beginning

A great Interview with Jim Redden about his book here

Redden covers how the government recruits informants, private intelligence networks, surveillance technology (including facial recognition cameras), and some of the worst spy scandals in our history. This book is an invaluable reference manual for me!

It covers history, all about informants, political spying (both left and right), private intelligence networks, surveillance tech including facial recognition, school snitching and workplace spying and a whole lot more.

In his work as a journalist over the years, Jim has covered some intriguing murder mysteries and has much insight into the criminal justice system. He also has an interest in political movements

Read an excerpt from Snitch Culture;

The Oklahoma City Bombing ‘What Did They Know and When Did They Know It

Here are some recent articles by Jim Redden;

We Could all Be Tracked

“It can reach back in time and track your movements across the city– and even produce photos of your previous locations.”

Feds closer to reviewing Portland police

Listen Live Friday Sept. 17 on www.RuleOfLawRadio.com from 6-8pm CST

AxXiom For Liberty

Coming up;

Beverly Eakman, Sept 24

Jordan Page, Oct 1

Next Friday, September 24th, Beverly Eakman will be my guest. Jordan Page joins us on Oct 1st and look for Ruell Chappell and Galen Chadwick, the founders of The Well Fed Neighbor on the 8th of October.

Oct. 8th

Declare Your Independence! (from Government Surveillance…)

I was a guest on Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock today. Topic; Government surveillance, Biometrics and the new documentary on the OKC bombing by Free Mind Films “A Noble Lie” (See links below for items discussed)

I’m on Hour 2 and into hour 3 (but the whole show is great!) http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Article/075291-2010-09-13-declare-your-independence-with-ernest-hancock-afternoon-september-13th-2010.htm

Envisioning the Future of the CODIS DNA Database

California Vision 2015

Jesse Trentadue, Salt Lake City Utah Attorney with a portrait of his slain brother, Kenneth Trentadue.

2009 Court Brief

“I didn’t start out to solve the bombing, I started out to find the men who killed my brother,” –Jesse Trentadue

This brief lays out what Jesse Trentadue has found to date as a result of his ongoing battle with the federal government to find out what happened to his brother Kenneth and why.

Fascination read!

More…

From OKC to Abu Ghraib: The Kenneth Trentadue Case

CIA Vaughan Index 2009

FBI surrenders documents that judge ordered
10-21-2005

J.D. Cash

More on Jesse Trentadue’s battle to find justice for his brother, Kenneth.


Terry Yeakey-Always a Hero

Clinton Seizes the opportunity and pours salt on the wound in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Watchdog on Bill Clinton’s latest fandango trying to chill free speech, manipulate emotions and connect dissent to domestic terrorism.

Without naming names, Clinton attacks Tea Party movement

April 20, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY — A particularly unfortunate editorial in The New York Times this past weekend, written by former President Bill Clinton, headlined “What We Learned in Oklahoma City” is a not-so-veiled attack on patriotic Americans, while cleverly linking them to the violence seen here in Oklahoma City 15 years ago.

Indeed, this is a disgusting display on the part of the former president.

The wily Arkansan points fingers-whilst-biting-lip and effectively attacks the current Tea Party movement, writing in the Times: “(W)e should never forget what drove the bombers (McVeigh and co.), and how they justified their actions to themselves. They took to the ultimate extreme an idea advocated in the months and years before the bombing by an increasingly vocal minority: the belief that the greatest threat to American freedom is our government, and that public servants do not protect our freedoms, but abuse them.”

Another quote we might remember by former Pres. Clinton;

When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving [sic] a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly… that they would work for the common good, as well as for the individual welfare… However, now there’s a lot of irresponsibility. And so a lot of people say there’s too much freedom. When personal freedom’s being abused, you have to move to limit it”

Bill Clinton, April 19, 1995, after the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City

By this logic we should limit the freedom to smoke a good cigar.  After all, some do misuse this freedom...

The Oklahoma Watchdog continues;

Later in the column, Clinton points to the Tea Party movement, without naming them, and, while remembering those uncertain days in the mid-1990s when he was president, writes: “We are again dealing with difficulties in a contentious, partisan time. We are more connected than ever before, more able to spread our ideas and beliefs, our anger and fears. As we exercise the right to advocate our views, and as we animate our supporters, we must all assume responsibility for our words and actions before they enter a vast echo chamber and reach those both serious and delirious, connected and unhinged.”

This is pure communitarian, collectivist blather. Who is this  “we”?  Give you one guess.

Bill Clinton is not urging us to exercise our powers of self-control, he is advocating for governmental restrictions on freedom of speech!

The Oklahoma Watchdog makes reference to an editorial from the  Washington Examiner in which some very good points are raised;

To Clinton, criticism is terrorism

Examiner Editorial
April 20, 2010

If Clinton and other liberal Democrats who agree with him truly believe that the words of Tea Partiers and other critics of the Obama presidency will inspire acts of terrorism, it only seems logical to conclude that they would also endorse official suppression of such speech. They need look no further for a precedent than the 1798 “Act to Punish Certain Crimes Against the United States” — one of the Alien & Sedition Acts.

That law made it illegal for any person to “write, print, utter or publish, or shall cause or procure to be written, printed, uttered or published, or shall knowingly and willingly assist or aid in writing, printing, uttering or publishing any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States, or either house of the Congress of the United States, or the President of the United States, with intent to defame the said government, or either house of the said Congress, or the said President, or to bring them, or either of them, into contempt or disrepute; or to excite against them.”

I seem to remember that conservative pundit, Micheal Savage, during the Bush administration was calling for a return of the Alien and Sedition Acts in order to suppress criticism directed at that administration.  I’ll bet that Mr. Savage is now worried that such a policy might now be reinstated.

Can we, as Americans, be a little more farsighted?  Freedom of speech and expression is a RIGHT not a PRIVILEGE!  We ought to get real clear on the difference between the two in a hurry.

This dissertation breaks it down with near mathematical precision-go to page 4;

Rights, Responsibilities and Communitarianism

Read more from Oklahoma Watchdog:

Without naming names, Clinton attacks Tea Party movement

Terry Yeakey, Always a Hero

Sept, 5, 2010 There was a great interview that Tonia (Terry’s wife) did years ago but it was in a format that I couldn’t figure out how to use.  I found the interview on You Tube.  I Highly recommended that anyone who wants to know more about what happened to Terry Yeakey, listen to this lady.
There is a reason we use the phrase “the ring of truth”.  It is because when you hear it,  it rings throughout you like a bell.  You will hear the truth ring in this lady’s voice.

Kaye

This is a reply from Ramona, sister-in-law to Terrance Yeakey, to an article I posted about his death which reeks of foul play. The original article written by Wendy Painting, is below.

I am the sister of Tonia Yeakey. SGT Terrence E. Yeakey was a brother to me and will always remain a hero in my heart and mind. The sad missing part to the story is how my sister and her two daughters have lived through this horrid true story. I have spent a few hours today looking on the internet to see if it was true that my sisters’ life story could be read at the click of a mouse. I could not believe what I began to read. The stories are almost a word for word account of my sister’s terror and nightmare online for the world to view and no one really cares that it is the truth. Blog after blog I see the truth tellers whoever they are God bless their souls for not letting go being shot down as psychos and nut jobs. My poor sister along with her in-laws have been called crazy since day one!

Anyone who knew Terry would know he loved life too much to just give it up. This man was one of the greatest people I have known in my life. Terrence E. Yeakey, the peace officer, the solider, the veteran, the son, the father, the friend, the hero, the lover of his country deserved more from his country!

I will pray that these warriors continue their crusade….they have given us something to believe again themselves!

Dear Ramona,

Thank you so much for giving me your thoughts. I want you to know that we did ask Tonia to join us and  would have loved to have had her share her account regarding Terry’s heroism in the aftermath of the OKC bombing and the trials she and her family have suffered ever since that terrible day.   She declined the invitation and I don’t fault her at all for that, she has been through hell and has been heroic herself in continuing to tell her story in spite of disturbing repercussions.  That said, if Tonia should ever be inclined to speak out once again, the door is always, very respectfully open to her.

Terry’s story has grabbed my heart and won’t let go.  Even at a glance it is painfully apparent that at the very least, this case was not handled with even a modicum of proper investigation. Upon looking more closely at the actions that followed his death and the events preceding it, I wonder how anyone could avoid developing a strong suspicion that something here is terribly, terribly wrong.

The only way for his loved ones to ever have any peace about the loss of this admirable officer would be to have an unbiased review of the circumstances that culminated in the death of Terry Yeakey by the proper authorities.  I admit that I despair of such a thing ever happening as every submission of his case results in a predictable scramble of avoidance by the professionals that prior to receiving the details seemed perfectly willing to investigate. There must be someone out there with the credentials and courage to give this case the attention that it deserves. We pray that such a person be found.

I snapped the above picture of the Medal of Valor that was belatedly bestowed to Terry Yeakey on the day of his burial.  Although the medal is breathtaking, the treatment of this man by the authorities we entrust to protect and defend us, have made a mockery of what that medal is supposed to symbolize and that is moral fortitude and courage.

There are many people, some that I am honored to count as friends, that have been trying to help this family get justice for Terry for years.  They are an inspiration to me as well.  You can be assured that although we have little power and limited resources, we will do what we can to make sure that this story does not go unvoiced or be forgotten.

It is terrible to realize that there is no guarantee of justice on this earth but I do believe with all my heart, that eventually justice will be done.

God Bless you and all who loved Terry Yeakey.

Kaye

Here is the article that she responded to;

Unanswered Questions Haunt Family of Oklahoma City Bombing First Responder.

By: Wendy S. Painting – October 28, 2009

On May 11, 1996, the New York Times ran a story with the headline – ‘A Policeman Who Rescued 4 in Bombing Kills Himself.’ Sergeant Terrance Yeakey, Oklahoma City Police Department, [OCPD] was 30 years old and was about to receive the police department’s Medal of Valor for his heroic rescue efforts the day of the Oklahoma City bombing, which occurred on April 19, 1995. Instead, his mother – Loudella – was given the Medal of Valor at Sgt. Yeakey’s graveside burial ceremony just hours before the official awards ceremony would take place in Northeast Oklahoma City at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Complex.

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Yeakey was the first to arrive on the scene that terrible day and saved the lives of (8) – eight people from the rubble of the building and the horrific effects of the explosion. The article says Yeakey committed suicide because he was living emotional pain because he could not do more to help the people injured in the bombing, and that he was suffering from intense survivor guilt which he was unable to manage.

But others in Oklahoma City, including the family of Terrance Yeakey, claim that his death was not a suicide at all, but a brutal murder, and indicate that local law enforcement were complicit in covering up this murder.

On September 26, 2009 the Yeakey family spoke out for the first time on video for an interview with journalists from the talk radio show – Radio Free Oklahoma [www.radiofreeoklahoma.net] and an American Studies PhD student from the University of Buffalo who is writing her dissertation on the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

What these researchers found was that
the facts surrounding Yeakey’s death are quite disturbing, and that the treatment of the Yeakey family in the aftermath of the death was beyond appalling.


[Terry Yeakey and family – awards ceremony / reception – 1995]

It is important to note how, exactly, how Yeakey is supposed to have killed himself. He was said to have slit his wrists and neck, causing him to nearly bleed to death in his car, and then miraculously climbed over a barbed wire fence. He then was purported to have walked over 1-1/4 miles distance, through a nearby field, eventually shooting himself in the side of the head at an unusual angle.

Startlingly, no weapon was found at the scene of the body, no investigation was conducted, no fingerprints taken, and no interviews with family members or friends were conducted to try and determine why Yeakey would have been suicidal, or if he had, in fact, been suicidal at all. Instead, the conclusion that Yeakey’s death was a suicide was reached immediately, without an autopsy.

Yeakey had witnessed things during his response to the bombing which did not agree with the ‘official version’ of events touted by the national media and law enforcement at that time. Yeakey was in the process of collecting evidence which supported and documented the inconsistencies he witnessed the morning of the bombing at the scene itself.

Far from being suicidal, Yeakey was in the process of achieving some major life goals. He was scheduled to be interviewed a final time with the FBI in Irving, TX. He and was planning on working for the FBI in Dallas and moving there with his sister and brother in law. Yeakey, a Gulf War – I veteran who had served as an M.P. for two years in Saudi Arabia, was also a seven year veteran of the OCPD and had just been promoted to Sergeant [November of 1995]

Several weeks before his death he had been awarded the Key to the City of El Reno, OK for his heroism during the aftermath of the OKC bombing. [See photo above taken after that awards ceremony.] Additionally, Yeakey and had reconciled with ex-wife and plans were set to remarry her shortly after his move to Dallas, TX.

Despite all of this, Yeakey was living under constant scrutiny for his refusal to go along with official versions of events during and after the OKC bombing; and because of his refusal to change his story about what he saw that fateful day, he was the target of horrific persecution from his brothers in law enforcement – up to and including OCPD Chief Sam Gonzales, his C.O. – Lt. Joann Randall and alleged ‘good friend’ David Ramsey and several others on the force at that time.

Although he was looking forward to his new job with the FBI, Yeakey was described by his family as a man who was also living in great fear at this time, and who was preoccupied with the harassment he was being subjected to on a daily basis. When Yeakey showed up to his oldest sister’s home the evening before his alleged suicide; he was physically ill. When she attempted to take him to the emergency room, Yeakey would not allow this because, he told her, “they can find me there.” Yeakey never told her who “they” were in an attempt to protect her. Yeakey left his sister’s house that evening, and was found dead the next day in a remote field in El Reno, Oklahoma less than two miles from the front gate of the El Reno Federal Penitentiary; thirty-two miles due west of the OKC bombing site in downtown Oklahoma City.

Immediately after his family was notified of Terrance Yeakey’s death they insisted that they did not believe Yeakey had killed himself. Their conclusion was based on the manner of death, Yeakey’s personality, his recent statements about the future, and the lack of investigation and autopsy. At first they tried to get answers. Why wasn’t there a proper investigation? Where was the weapon he shot himself with? Why wasn’t an autopsy conducted? As they asked questions in the following days, they would sometimes be approached by others in the police department, who told them in no uncertain terms, but off the record, that Yeakey had been murdered. As a result of their inquiries they were harassed and followed by Oklahoma City police and others. Unmarked cars sat in front of their homes for hours and this stalking was caught on video by the family. Shortly after his death, Yeakey’s ex-wife had her home broken into and a balloon was left in her house. Written on the balloon in black marker were the words, “we know where you are.” This harassment and surveillance had a chilling effect on the surviving Yeakey family and on their inquiries into Terrance’s death, which were in effect shut down… until now, fourteen years after the fact.


[The Yeakey Family, September 2009]

Yeakey’s 91 year old grandmother, Mary Kuykendahl – [at far right] says that it is important that she knows who killed her grandson and implores anyone who can help her: “From my heart I want something to happen to show he had no right to be killed. His life was taken away for nothing.”

His oldest sister, Vikki Yeakey – [at far left],
speaking out again after all of these years, states that she knew as soon as she was told by the OCPD that Yeakey had committed suicide that it untrue, “I screamed out ‘He didn’t take his life. Someone murdered him.”

Yet detectives told her that she was crazy and that she watched too much television. “I had just seen him the night before. He was mentally fine…I wanted answers that night.” But, she says, they rushed her through the paperwork all the while telling her she was “crazy.” She asks, “Who was he running from? Who was he trying to protect?…I am doing this interview to reach out to the world, to anyone that can help.”

Another sister, Lashawn Hargrove [second from left] says, “He was an awesome older brother. He was always all about his work. He was serious about being a cop.” When she received news of his death she says she dropped the phone and “began to sob.” She felt nauseous. She needed to get to her family. Later OKCPD would approach her and say “sorry for your loss,” but soon after, she says, the family was told that they needed to “keep our mouths shut,” and were continuously told that the death was a suicide. She feels that her brother’s death deserves answers and an investigation that were never provided, “I want justice for his life. He needs to have his story told. I wish I had him back.”

When Yeakey’s mother, received a call notifying her of the death she was told by the OKCPD not to drive anywhere and that a car would come to pick her up. This was around 10 PM, but by 1 AM the promised transportation had not arrived. In fact, they never showed up for Yeakey’s grieving mother, “No one ever came.” Yeakey’s mother says that for the last fourteen years she has been “going over and over something I don’t believe to be true. I believe it to be murder. I don’t know who did it. [That’s] why we need answers…you need to put your child to rest and without knowing what happened [we can’t]…I vowed I will never give up. I need answers. If there’s ANYONE who could help I would appreciate it.”

The family says that the death of Yeakey is a taboo subject in Oklahoma City. There is a saying: “if you don’t want the Terry Yeakey done to you…keep your mouth shut.”

Yeakey is not the only suspicious death which has occurred do to the attempt to find answers about the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and it is not the only one to be called a suicide; the strange and grisly torture/murder of Kenneth Trentadue being another. The suspicious death of Kenneth Trentadue at the Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center in August 1995 would be ruled a suicide despite the opinion of the Dr. Frederick Jordan – the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner. [see: http://kennethtrentadue.com/ ]. After examining the body of this brother, it became clear to attorney Jesse Trentadue that his brother had been tortured and murdered. Jesse had received chilling information from Timothy McVeigh (convicted and executed for his role in the 1995 bombing) that his brother’s murder was related to the bombing and its subsequent (mis)investigation. Subsequently, Jesse began a quest to determine why exactly his brother had died, leading him to file many Freedom of Information Act Requests about the bombing and related matters. After filing a wrongful death lawsuit the Trentadue family was rewarded $1.1 million dollars for emotional distress caused by the authorities mishandling of the death. On September 28, 2009, attorney Jesse Trentadue made national news when portions of surveillance tapes of the bombing were begrudgingly released by the FBI under the orders a federal judge.

Like Jesse Trentadue and those who lost family members in the Oklahoma City bombing, the surviving family of Terrance Yeakey also seek answers which they feel will help them achieve closure, justice and peace of mind.

Help this Family of a true Oklahoma hero. Please consider donating to the Terrance Yeakey Truth Legal Fund. Go to http://www.tytruth.com

Remember April 19, 1994

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