Cover-Up In Oklahoma -plus- Testimonial of Murrah Bombing Survivor: Jane Graham VHS
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(Aug 01, 1998)
Cover-Up In Oklahoma uses eyewitness accounts, expert testimony and extensive 'live' local newscast footage to prove the 'truck bomb' scenario promoted by the government and the mainstream media does not fit the facts. The video shows:
* The damage sustained by the Murrah Federal building could not have been produced by a bomb on the street without additional charges placed on or near internal structural columns.
* The initial news coverage, supported by statements from state, federal and local government officials, described the removal of multiple unexploded bombs from inside in the Murrah Federal building.
* Blast debris was blown out and away from the Murrah Federal building not into it, as would occur with a truck bomb on the street.
* The truck-bomb 'crater', described in the national media, appears to have been an outright hoax.
* Murrah bombing survivors experienced multiple blasts and describe events consistent with the placement of explosives both on the street and inside the Murrah Federal Building.
The presence of bombs within the Murrah Federal building raises disturbing questions about who might have had the access needed to place bombs inside a protected Federal building. In Testimonial of Murrah Bombing Survivor: Jane Graham a federal government employee and the head of her local union describes unfamiliar workmen inside the building, days before the blast. These workmen had architectural plans, wiring and other materials, that fit the description of explosives. Some of these unfamiliar workmen were in GSA attire. Ms. Graham has been unable to get the government to either identify these workmen or to act upon her testimony, which undercuts the government's 'truck bomb' story.
Jerry Longspaugh, the producer of this video, notes, "Cover-Up In Oklahoma is significantly comprised of broadcast video footage that was recorded in the homes of citizens all across the country...due to the origin of the video footage within Cover-Up In Oklahoma, some of it is of marginal technical quality...viewers are urged to concentrate on extracting the abounding content of suppressed information rather than to be sidetracked by any shortcomings of superficial technical quality."
Viewers who do look beyond the technical problems will find a documentary that will force you to confront the probability that elements within our government and within the media are prepared to sacrifice both the truth and the lives of children to achieve their social and political objectives.
This video raises disturbing questions about the power of U.S. secret police agencies, shielded by corrupt politicians and the tightly controlled, mainstream press. Highly recommended for high school, college, law, journalism and public libraries, for civil liberties and public interest groups, and for working journalists, lawyers and public safety officers. -- Charles Willett, Editor, Counterpoise
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On a creative note: the video is sometimes hard to watch because it is roughly edited, and repeats itself many times over. Again, if you need to be convinced about the multiple bombs, get this video.
At the end of the tape there is also an interview with a woman who survived the incident. The purpose of her testimony is so that she can point out two men who were shown in a news clip who she thinks might have something to do with the bombing. This interview is not professionally done and is not dramatically interesting. But if eyewitness knowledge about two suspicious characters is useful for your investigation, then it is certainly worth watching. She gives specific details of these men, and what they did prior to the bombing in the Murrah building that might be helpful for somebody tracking down bits and pieces of information to prove or disprove a theory.
All in all, I am thankful to the producer for doing this work and informing the public -- I only wish he might have had the funding and/or support to have produced a more thorough and polished testimony.
It asks many questions that should be investigated by Congress and then answered but unfortunately, what are the chances of that.
The first section, lasting 25 minutes, of this documentary is of little value, in my opinion. We are shown numerous local news reports from that morning talking about undetonated bombs found in the building and reporters talking about the blast having "blown out" walls and windows inside. It is a commonly known fact that initial reports of a major breaking news event such as this are notoriously unreliable. The narrator condemns the media for changing its story - ostensibly due to government misinformation - in the hours following the bombing, having made the cardinal mistake of believing any and all initial reports to be substantiated facts. Additionally, one can hardly expect a harried news reporter trying to describe this type of devastation for saying walls and windows were "blown out" - even if they had been blown in, only an expert would be able to make that distinction on the fly.
The second section features excerpts from an interview with Retired Brigadier General Benton K. Partin, who explains why - in his expert opinion - a truck bomb could not have caused the damage to the Murrah Federal Building, in terms of both the order of magnitude and the pattern of destruction. His analysis leads him to conclude that the truck bomb was designed to divert attention from four demolition charges that went off inside the building. Several engineers were also cited for their belief that only explosions from within the building could have blown out the building's support columns. We also hear from survivors who described the building shaking up to six seconds before the loud explosion (of the truck bomb) took place.
The final section of the documentary consists of two different video affidavits from Jane Graham, a HUD employee who survived the bombing. She describes a number of suspicious men she saw inside the Murrah Federal Building in the days preceding the bombing, including Timothy McVeigh (one of her co-workers saw McVeigh with John Doe #2). She saw McVeigh on the 9th floor, which is particularly odd given that this floor pretty much belonged to the ATF. The most intriguing of her sightings, though, was of three strangers in the basement; these men had wiring and some other material, along with plans of the building - and they were arguing. Once they saw her looking at them, they hastily stashed the materials away.
I don't believe this documentary proves the existence of a cover-up in the bombing, but it does raise some intriguing questions. General Partin's analysis of the bombing is rather compelling, but I do have a problem with the rough editing of that video - and one cannot overlook the fact that he is conducting his analysis based on secondhand videos and images of the destruction. Jane Graham, for her part, certainly sounds sincere and one has to wonder why - if true - investigators seemingly ignored all of the information she gave them concerning the presence of suspicious workmen in the Murrah Federal Building immediately prior to the bombing. Don't look for much information on McVeigh and any possible accomplices here, as McVeigh himself is hardly mentioned. This documentary's focus is mainly on the explosion mechanics, much more so than on the men responsible for it.