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Published:September 29th, 2009 12:42 EST
Oklahoma City Bombing & the Number Four

Oklahoma City Bombing & the Number Four

By Rob Roy

April 19, 1995  9:02 a.m. The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed, killing 168 people [including 19 children].  Hundreds were injured -- some reports exceed four hundred.  It was the worst terror attack on U.S. soil at the time.  President Clinton was on the scene within days trying to ease their grief.  It was widely reported that militia movement sympathizer, Timothy McVeigh, with the assistance of Terry Nichols, had blown the building up in retaliation for the Waco Massacre.  The President blamed "hate radio" for whipping McVeigh up.  There was talk of regulating free speech while conservatives distanced themselves from McVeigh as much as possible.

Army vet Timothy McVeigh was executed on June 11, 2001.  Nichols was condemned to a life sentence.  Case closed, right?  Not exactly.  I`m like most Americans, trying to focus on other matters.  But I was confronted with something last night:

According to reports, Utah attorney Jesse Trentadue is claiming the FBI edited some security camera videotapes on the morning of the Oklahoma City bombing. "

Quoting the AP, the report went on that four cameras in four different locations blanked out simultaneously on the morning of April 9, 1995 ".

Trentadue: The interesting thing is they spring back on after 9:02.  The absence of footage from these crucial time intervals is evidence that there is something there that the FBI doesn`t want anybody to see.  The real story is what`s missing. "

The FBI has been dragging this investigation out for a suspiciously long time, reluctant to release these recordings.  Their contrariness made Jesse Trentadue [and others] suspicious.  Like pulling teeth, the Courts finally forced the FBI to relent, and now there is this coincidence ".

Trentadue takes this matter personally.  His brother, Kenneth Trentadue, was reported dead in August of 1995 [Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center].  Official cause of death was suicide.  But it is Jesse Trentadue`s opinion that guards beat his brother to death.  The suicide ", by the way, included forty one wounds and bruises. [FoxNews reported that Kenneth Trentadue`s family was awarded a $1.1 million lawsuit.]

Trentadue also sought documents from the CIA but was barred by national security interests. [Maybe he should ask Sandy Berger to get the documents.  Doesn`t he have clearance again?]

Now FoxNews is now reporting this:

Attorney: Oklahoma City Bombing Tapes Appear Edited,2933,556186,00.html

Long-secret security tapes showing the chaos immediately after the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building are blank in the minutes before the blast and appear to have been edited ... " [snip]

Trentadue: "It`s taken a lawsuit and years to get the tapes ... The more important thing they show is what they don`t show.  These cameras would have shown the various roads and approaches to the Murrah Building."

[end of snips]


I find the number, "four", interesting.  There was one name that kept haunting me about the bombing, Brigadier General Benton K. Partin, USAF (Ret.).  The general`s knowledge of bomb damage and explosives is rare.  He laid out a compelling case that there were actually four small charges detonated during the OKC bombing.  His impressive bio is an open book and can be found here:

I did not want to believe him.  If what Gen. Partin said is true, then we are confronted with one of the biggest scandals of the 20th Century, and possibly the biggest known.  But four tampered cameras tie in too well with four small charges in the building.  Coincidence?  Maybe.  But are they related?

In a letter to Senator Lott, Gen. Partin wrote this: "Evidence shows that the massive destruction was primarily the result of four demolition charges placed at critical structural points at the third floor level."

Gen. Partin was suspicious of the hasty way that the crime scene was contaminated in the name of "closure" for Oklahoma City.  He wrote:  "It is truly unfortunate that a separate and independent bomb damage assessment was not made during the cleanup, before the building was demolished on May 23 and hundreds of truck loads of debris were hauled away, smashed down, and covered with dirt behind a security fence."

Bomb Damage Analysis Of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building
July 30, 1995
Brigadier General Benton K. Partin, USAF (Ret.)

At the bottom of the page, Gen. Partin also received a letter of support from from Rodger A. Raubach Ph.D. Here are a few snippets:

"I took the liberty of checking with the leading concrete supplier in my area in order to confirm the compressive yield figure that you used, that being 3500 psi. What I was told about concrete was very interesting ... In conclusion, General, I find myself in awe of the technical achievement that your report represents." [snip]

A similar summary by Gen. Partin can be found here:

[Taking a couple sentences from there ...]

"First, blast through air is a very inefficient energy coupling mechanism against heavily reinforced concrete beams and columns. Second, blast damage potential initially falls off more rapidly than an inverse function of the distance cubed. That is why in conventional weapons development, one seeks accuracy over yield for hard targets." [snip]

That is just a sample of how he gets into the nitty-gritty of demolitions physics.  The bottom line is that you can look at a bomb site and see what kind of detonations took place.  I`ll try to simplify.  If there is a rapid shift in the damage, that means it was a small contact explosive.  If the damage is more even, that would be the distant impact of a huge bomb.


Letter from Gen. Partin to U.S. Sen. Trent Lott
Benton K. Partin Brigadier Gen. USAF (Ret.)

Sen. Trent Lott United States Senate 487 Senate Russell Office Building Washington, DC 205102403

Dear Sen. Lott:

The attached report contains conclusive proof that the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was not caused solely by the truck bomb. Evidence shows that the massive destruction was primarily the result of four demolition charges placed at critical structural points at the third floor level.

Weapons Experience: I do not offer such an analytical conclusion lightly. I have spent 25 years in research, design, development, test and management of weapons development. This included: handson work at the Ballistic Research Laboratories; Commander of the Air Force Armament Technology Laboratory, and ultimately management responsibility for almost every nonnuclear weapon device in the Air Force (at the Air Force System command, Air Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) levels). I was also the first chairman of the OSD joint service Air Munitions Requirements and Development Committee. (A more detailed resume appears at Tab 1.)

Observations in Oklahoma City: To verify earlier analysis, I visited Oklahoma City during the last week of June. There I had the opportunity to view hundreds of photographs taken throughout the cleanup operation as the layers of debris were cleared away. The photos present irrefutable evidence that at least four demolition charges were set off at four critical columns of the reinforced concrete structure at the floor level of the third floor.

Conclusion: Based on my experience in weapons development and bomb damage analysis, and on my review of all evidence available, I can say, with a high level of confidence, that the damage pattern on the reinforced concrete superstructure could not possibly have been attained from the single truck bomb. The total incompatibility of this pattern of destruction with a single truck bomb lies in the simple, incontrovertible fact that some of the columns collapsed that should not have collapsed if the damage were caused solely by a truck bomb, and, conversely, some of the columns were left standing that should have collapsed if the damage had been caused solely by the truck bomb.

It is my hope and request that, as a Member of Congress, you will support a Congressional investigation to determine the true initiators of this bombing, which could not have occurred the way in which it has been portrayed as having happened. Further, it is requested that you defer action and reserve judgment on socalled antiterrorism legislation that has serious civil liberties implications, and which would not be passed except for the Oklahoma City bombing until the causes of the Oklahoma City disaster are determined by independent investigators.

Both the Federal Building in Oklahoma and the Trade Center in New York (See New York Times, October 28, 1993, p. A1) show evidence of a counterterrorism sting gone wrong.

No government law enforcement agency should be permitted to demolish, smash and bury evidence of a counterterrorism sting operation, sabotage or terrorist attack without a thorough examination by an independent, technically competent agency.

If an aircraft crashed because of a bomb, or a counterterrorism sting or an FAA Controller error, the FAA would not be permitted to gather and bury the evidence. The National Transportation Safety Board would have been called in to conduct an investigation and where possible every piece of debris would have been collected and arrayed to determine cause of failure.

To remove all ambiguity with respect to the use of supplementary demolition charges, the FBI should be required to release the high quality surveillance color TV camera tape of the Murrah building bombing on April 19, 1995.

It is my observation that the effort required to bomb the A. P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City pales in comparison with the effort to cover up evidence in Oklahoma and the media`s withholding of vital information from the American people.

Sincerely yours,

Benton K. Partin Brigadier Gen. USAF (Ret.)


Now when I think of the Oklahoma City Bombing, I will ponder the number, four ".