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July 21, 2005

Ex-Green Beret suspected of OKC bombing ties

From the McCurtain Daily Gazette:

An FBI report of investigation (FD 302) obtained by this newspaper contains never-before-published information and allegations regarding links between a former member of the Army's elite special forces, Timothy McVeigh, and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

The man at the center of these revelations is David Michael Alexander Hollaway, an individual whose life experiences appear to be as unusual as they are conflicted.

Referred to as "Dave" by his friends and business associates, the 48-year-old man who is the focus of the report served an 8-year stint in the U.S. Army where Hollaway earned the right to wear the elite Green Beret.

Also included in that same report of investigation are references to Hollaway's lengthy service to Kirk Lyons, a Black Mountain, NC., lawyer with a long history of representing members of the Ku Klux Klan, the Branch Davidians and other fringe elements.

That's the part that let me know that the writer is trying to make news, rather than report it. I know Kirk Lyons. I've spoken to him over the phone in regards to a story I was doing several years back. Kirk is one of the attorneys for the Southern Legal Resource Center, a non-profit legal foundation that focuses on preserving the rights of Southerners to celebrate their heritage. It emerged as a defense against the loony antics of Morris Dees and his Southern Poverty Law Center. Dees has made millions going after anyone and everyone who dares do anything to display pride in the historical heritage of the South. He's the type that loves frightening  money out of Black people, as well as gullible White Liberals claiming there are KKK behind every bush.

Lyons made headlines back in 2001 when he defended Ryan Oleichi, who was publicly humiliated by his school principle for have a 1-inch wide, confederate-flag patch on his jacket. Ryan has been studying the history and culture of the South and wanted to acknowledge his connection with it, not any hatred toward anyone else.

Overruling the fact that the rulebook only calls for a one-day penalty for infractions of the school dress code, Ryan was to be made an example. You see, Ms. Morrison told Mrs. Hill, "We must make an example of Ryan. He is a racist."

... Ryan had worn this shirt several times before without incident. He is proud to wear the Confederate flag because of his love for his Southern Confederate heritage. He is a good student with good grades. He is not a troublemaker nor is he a racist. In fact, he is half Lebanese. Ms. Morrison would only say that an "extreme example" must be made. Ryan would be given three days detention and then forced to apologize publicly to all the Black students for being a "racist."

Once he returned to school, Ryan endured continual harassment from student, believing they were doing what the principal had condoned. Finally he was beaten severely and hospitalized. Kirk Lyons and the SLRC took Ryan's case and filed suit against the school.

The SLRC defends the rights of people to form groups that celebrate their Southern heritage as well as display the Confederate flag.  They are not a White Separatist nor Supremist group, nor do they condone such behavior. Lots of ACLU lawyers, who are also Jewish have defended the KKK, but that hardly makes those lawyers anti-Semitic.

The list of “suspicious” behavior on the part of Holloway looks more like things an agent would note, to see if it suggested something important, but not things that in themselves were proof.

Hollaway had a three year affiliation with a foundation known as “CAUSE”. That would be Kirk Lyons initial attempt at providing legal support for those defending themselves from Morris Dees Politically Correct bullying. It ended in August of 1998 and Lyons joined the SLRC. Hollaway also joined him there.

Hollaway served as an intermediary between the government and “far right” individuals and groups. Maybe if our government didn't take such an extremist stance in so many instances, there wouldn't be a need for intermediaries, but in cases like Ruby Ridge (where Paul Harvey, himself, attempted to offer help to resolve the stand-off, via his program) and Waco, the government was shown to take a stand that accepted no compromise, and forced a violent confrontation, leaving innocent lives lost.

The 1997 report by an unnamed FBI agent, claimed that “based on the nature and totality of Holloway's comments, it became apparent that he was portraying himself to be a white supremist with strong ties to radical groups.” But, then that's a very subjective claim, one with plenty of room for doubt given the same agents use of innocuous actions are evidence of “racism”.

The report goes on to say...

At one point during their discussion, HOLLOWAY [sic]  admitted to have spoken [sic] to TIMOTHY MC VEIGH on the telephone two days before the detonation of a truck bomb outside the Oklahoma City Federal Building. In reference to that particular event HOLLAWAY stated ‘the f[sectioned obscured] truck was too far away’ and indicated that it was not parked in the position which would inflict most damage on the building. While describing the Oklahoma City bombing HOLLAWAY was able to provide technical details concerning the truck bomb and ANFO (ammonium nitrate/fuel oil) to include its blast over-pressure, fragmentation distances and deflagration with an alarming degree of specificity.

I get the impression that the agent is a bit of a moron. Why wouldn't a Green Beret be familiar with explosive, how they operate and how to use them. It's like being surprised that a soldier actually knows how to kill someone. Duh.

Additionally, changes in HOLLAWAY'S body language while describing the Oklahoma City bombing, to include the rolling of his eyes when describing the truck not being parked in a place to wreak maximum destruction, provided the indication HOLLAWAY was attempting to communicate an involvement on his part in that bombing without verbally acknowledging participation.

Like I said, a moron. Has this guy never been caught by some Kennedy Assassination aficionado in full rant? I've got some in-laws who I've learned to never mention Wal-Mart around, because they have too much of a tendency to get strongly emotional and demonstrative in their hatred of everything Wal-Mart has done, is doing or might ever do. You get a guy talking about his area of expertise and he'll open up, get excited and regale you with his knowledge. I now of few people who don't do this. Where are they getting FBI agents these days?

The McCurtain Daily Gazette ties Lyon and Hollaway's involvement with a Texas Civil War Reenactment group, Texas Light Infantry (TLI) into the mess, by mentioning the FBI's investigation of the group. But in spite of the FBI's warning that the group was dangerous because they had set off some homemade explosive in the remote, rural are they met...

Let me break in hear to comment that there are few men who live in remote, rural areas that haven't set some kind of explosion off. In the city you watch it on TV, but when you live in the boonies, you can do it yourself. It's what guys do. Let me also point out that this is the same FBI that determined that Vicki Weaver, armed with a crying infant, was a danger, and shot her between the eyes. This is also the same FBI that determined dozens of women and children in Waco were so dangerous that needed to be burned to death. What, am I ranting again? Y'see.

...anyway...where was I...TLI...dangerous...oh yeah...

...but in spite of the FBI's dire predictions, no arrests were made, and some of the members of TLI fled the state due to harassment by the FBI. It gets really confused exactly who the bad guys are supposed to be, doesn't it.

Another accusation is that Lyons and Hollaway helped Andreas Carl Strassmeir escape to Germany after the Oklahoma City bombing, yet it was later exposed that the FBI itself orchestrated Strassmeir's “escape” and that many suspected Strassmeir of being an FBI plant to ostensibly report what the groups he was involved with were doing. But Strassmeir's involvement also seemed to be that of encouraging the group he eventually fell in with, in Elohim City, to further violate the law.

It's been suggested that after the sequential embarrassments of Ruby Ridge and Waco that the FBI and the ATF engineered the next incident in order to assure that at the least, they would look good. Strassmeir's involvement in the very group that Timothy McVeigh emerged from lends a bit of credibility to that suggestion. But as you can see, conjecture is hardly proof.

But that's something the McCurtain Daily Gazette doesn't seem to understand. Guilt by association, body language as “proof”, suspicion and paranoia all make nice fiction, but are not how real crimes are proven.

But the clincher...the FBI report a source told them that McVeigh spoke to someone in Elohim City two days before the bombing. The source...someone working for Morris Dees' SPLC -- Kirk Lyons' ever vigilant nemesis. The animosity between the SPLC and the SLRC is obvious from both sides. Dees thinks the SLRC are all a bunch of bigots (because anyone who disagrees with him is) especially Lyons, and the SLRC has hurt Dees by offering opposition to his continued harassment of Southerners and being on the frontlines of exposing Dees' corruption

The SPLC is already the wealthiest civil rights group in America…Back in 1978, when the Center had less than $10 million, Dees promised that his organization would quit fund-raising and live off interest as soon as its endowment hit $55 million. But as it approached that figure, the SPLC upped the bar to $100 million, a sum that, one 1989 newsletter promised, would allow the Center 'to cease the costly and often unreliable task of fund raising.' Today, the SPLC’s treasury bulges with $120 million, and it spends twice as much on fund-raising-$5.76 million last year-as it does on legal services for victims of civil rights abuses. The American Institute of Philanthropy gives the Center one of the worst ratings of any group it monitors, estimating that the SPLC could operate for 4.6 years without making another tax-exempt nickel from its investments or raising another tax-deductible cent from well-meaning 'people like you.

I've read James Clavelle novels with less complicated plots.

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 21, 2005 06:30 AM

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