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The Oklahoma City Bombing and the Politics of Terror Paperback – April, 1998

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Hoffman's argument that Timothy McVeigh was a pawn of others in the April 1995 Oklahoma City bombing begins with a single but powerful premise: that a bomb made of fertilizer and fuel oil couldn't have caused the massive structural damage to the Murrah Federal Building, despite the federal government's insistence to the contrary. Hoffman's experts argue that it would have taken either a special explosive additive to the fuel oil-fertilizer bomb or military-type explosives to create sufficient destructive power. Both suppositions point to a conspiracy larger than simply McVeigh and his friend Terry Nichols. Hoffman believes the real architects of the tragedy are neo-Nazi groups McVeigh mixed with, possibly connected to Middle Eastern terrorists. With McVeigh and Nichols both found guilty, some people wish to end the matter. Hoffman's mountain of evidence will suggest to others that additional co-conspirators may very well exist. Brian McCombie
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 509 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0922915490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0922915491
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 28, 2001
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This book really floored me. Like many Americans I accepted the version of events surrounding the Oklahoma City bombing that was fed to me by the media and by the government. Then a friend made some comments about "other evidence" that had come out regarding this tragedy that made me sit up and take notice.
I wasn't satisfied with just his word so I started digging. What I found really bothered me. This book is 180 degrees from what you have heard on the news. Some of the other reviewers have noted specifics so I won't repeat them but let it suffice to say that there is evidence that supports the case that the government either knew about that bombing and didn't stop it or that the government itself is directly responsible.
I read this book thinking that this or that testimony is simply not provable and that this or that fact is probably being misinterpreted because I didn't want to get sucked into any cockamamie conspiracy theories but there's just too much that is odd about this case to accept the version that the government claims is true.
For instance, if Tim McVeigh had just set off a massive bomb that was bound to kill many people why would he meekly surrender to a traffic cop 45 minutes later when he was armed? Why balk at killing a cop when you just killed 168 people with truck bomb?
Likewise, Terry Nichols walks into a police station after seeing his face on the news and surrenders. The FBI then finds all this bomb making equipment and other evidence at his farm. Why didn't he try to destroy or hide this damning evidence before he just walks in and hands himself over for the crime of the century?
Was it because they were both just stupid or was it because they needed to be caught to advance a larger conspiracy?
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This is by far the most interesting and provocative book available on the bombing in Oklahoma City. The author marshals several devastating attacks on the Government's story, and leaves the reader convinced there is much more to know about the OKC bombing. In particular, I found him persuasive of the following:
- Tim McVeigh was not alone on the day of the bombing. His companions included at least one unindicted co-conspirator, the infamous John Doe 2, whom the FBI is making no attempt to find. JD2 and other unarrested, unsought persons accompanied and assisted McVeigh in the days and weeks before the bombing. The Government's accounts of McVeigh's movements, activities, and sources of funds are incomplete when they are not unbelievable.
- A crude fertilizer bomb would have been much too weak to cause the damage observed. Therefore, other explosives were employed - either in the truck or the building or both - to destroy the APMB. Since acquisition of such materials was beyond McVeigh's and Terry Nichols' means, they must have had help getting them.
- Not all of the persons killed in the blast have been accounted for. In particular, a severed leg found in the wreckage did not come from a named victim, and therefore may have belonged to an additional bomber.
- The ATF and US Marshal's office had specific prior knowledge of plans to attack the Federal Building, on or near the date of the attack, and acted upon that knowledge, but did little or nothing to prevent the attack.
- Evidence responsive to the question of the identity of McVeigh's companion(s) - specifically, security camera tapes from various locations - has been confiscated and suppressed by the Government.
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I bought this book whe it first came out more than ten Years ago. One significant fact was that shortly after its release the FBI succeded in getting an Injunction to stop Feral press from printing it. The book itself is almost a smoking gun with the fingerprints of the goverments shadowy subversive agencies all over it. I am somewhat cynically amused at the people who admit this book disturbs their faith in the American Political establishment. In deed when the pertinent facts of the bombing were known to me a year befor this book came out my faith was "disturbed" also. Of course now I no longer view the US government as anything but a collection of criminals so nothing published about them surprizes me any more.
In fact our political infrastructure surrendered to the monsters long ago, and consists of a legion of chislers making whatever shady deals and compromises needed to get the days business done. Sometimes the mask slips and the sordid natuire of the beast is revealed like the Ex govenor of Illinois and his blatent selling of a senatorial appointment to replace Obama. But mostly, the public facade is kept intact, and the public are fed bogus "intelligence" from talking heads at PBS, or for the low brows, CNN.
The truth disturbs because Americans do not like to think of themselves living in the same kind of political sewer that is only supposed to exist in Banana Republics. It disturbs because it demands of those with a sense of ethics, the requirement to take action, and the knowledge that it is virtually the entire government hierarchy that one is ethically required to oppose, not just an odd crooked politician or two.
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