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August 19, 2005

FBI ordered to turn over OKC bombing documents

From the McCurtain Daily Gazette...

A U.S. District Court judge in Salt Lake City, Utah, has ordered the Oklahoma City FBI office to turn over unredacted copies of all documents currently at issue in a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit involving additional evidence and the names of additional conspirators in the Oklahoma City bombing case....

A civil suit filed by a Utah attorney may have flushed out new evidence of a wider conspiracy in the bombing, forcing the agency to move forward with a new investigation.

The deceased brother of a murdered inmate, Jesse Trentadue, sued the Oklahoma City FBI office after attempting to obtain documents concerning the death of his younger brother Kenny.

At the time of his death, Trentadue was being held in solitary confinement in the Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center, pending a hearing on his parole status. The government has since claimed Trentadue killed himself.

Jesse Trentadue, an attorney in Salt Lake City, Utah, claims he has found evidence that his brother was tortured and killed because federal agents suspected him of involvement in the bombing conspiracy in Oklahoma City. Trentadue received the information from a person close to McVeigh, who was waiting execution at the time....

For a decade since the bombing, senior FBI agents and lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice have argued that they never had any evidence that persons at Elohim City could be involved with McVeigh or the Oklahoma bombing.

But several weeks ago, a court order from Kimball forced the release of approximately 100 pages of documents by the Oklahoma City FBI office and some do indeed appear to implicate others in the bombing.

However, the FBI has blacked out almost every name in those documents, along with whole sentences of other information regarding an undercover operation the FBI and others were involved with.

In the third paragraph I quoted above (the 11th paragraph in the actual article) there appears to be a typo which indicates Jesse Trentadue is deceased. Apparently he isn't, as the verb tenses referring to him in the rest of the article also suggest.

A more in-depth description of what happened with Kenneth Trentadue can be read here.

During, and for quite a while after, the OKC bombings, irregularities in the FBI's investigation were glossed over. Then Governor Frank Keating, a former FBI agent himself, couldn't imagine the FBI doing anything wrong. I've met Keating several times, and like him. He's a nice guy, was a great governor, but his one weakness seemed to be naiveté in regards to the FBI and the BATF. Once the incident was considered, more or less, passed, the overall interest waned, and those wanting a more thorough investigation were summarily relegated to “conspiracy theorist”. But the Trentadue family has another motive. From reading the court case it is obvious that someone screwed up big time when they tried to claim his death was a suicide. How does someone go from sleeping peacefully one minute to hung by their bed sheets, covered in “multiple contusions on the head, arms, back, and legs; a bruised anal verge; lacerations on the head and neck; a small fracture to a neck bone; and several skin abrasions” twenty minutes later?

The more the FBI squirm in trying to cover this up, the more guilty they look. This should be interesting.

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 19, 2005 09:35 AM

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