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"Aberration in the Heartland of the Real: The Secret Lives of Timothy McVeigh" by Wendy S. Painting, PHD

Trine Day Publishing, LLC, 2016

Here we go.
Mute as needed, people, this is gonna be a long one.
Before we begin, a note about Ms. Painting: she is the only researcher who has investigated all of the public files available about the case, including Defense team's internal memos/research housed at UT-Austin and additional American terrorist docs housed at St. Bonaventure.
The book has its genesis in a 10 page paper the author wrote as an undergrad and blossomed into a decade-plus odyssey of research and original reporting that led to this publication - a massive, 700+ page text.
It's extensively sourced and very well-written and I'll just say up front that it's an incredible book. I'm really in awe of Wendy Painting for her work here. Can't pretend to be impartial, the book is awesome.
For those unfamiliar, here's an overview of the timeline of relevant events leading up to, and through, the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK on April 19, 1995.
We begin in 1988, with then-20 year old Timothy McVeigh's enlistment in the United States Army, where he met Michael Fortier and Terry Nichols, both of whom would go on to be involved in the bomb plot.
McVeigh, who always tested well on intelligence/aptitude exams, wrote to a friend about being "aware" that he was being brainwashed in basic training. He also excelled and was a "consummate soldier," earning almost universal rave reviews for his performance.
However, this is when McVeigh first begins his physical decay, to be followed later by a mental decay. Prior to enlisting, he had no documented dental issues. By the end of 1990, 3/4ths of his teeth were rapidly rotting, in addition to a host of other medical issues.
Early 1991 - Desert Storm. McVeigh, a gunner in a Bradley fighting vehicle, is on the frontlines. He is a nervous wreck, by some accounts, worried about friendly fire, and haunted by what he sees and does.
McVeigh participated in the operation that saw American bulldozers burying surrendering Iraqi soldiers alive in their trenches, some as they attempted to surrender.
McVeigh was also party to the "Highway of Death," on Basra Road.
The first Gulf War was relatively short but was still an environmental catastrophe, for US soldiers and especially (and most unjustly) for the Iraqi people they terrorized. Burning oil wells, chemical weapons, depleted uranium - you name it.
The Armed Forces denied chemical weapons were deployed, either by Saddaam or as the result of US bombing of munitions depots. That didn't stop the military from administering a shocking number of untested and potentially unsafe vaccines on the soldiers.
"They told us the tablets could make us sterile, they didn't know, but they made us take them anyway."

"(If you didn't take the vaccine) you'd be tried for disobeying an order in a time of war."
McVeigh had a hell of a time getting a copy of his complete and unredacted/unaltered medical records. After the bombing, the FBI showed up to his father's home and took the ones he had; they never logged them in the search warrant inventory.
The FBI also took the medical files of other soldiers in his unit. They were pretty clearly instructed to keep those documents as far away from the defense team as possible, but the issue still (obviously) came up.
Back to McVeigh himself- after Desert Storm, he returned to the States and set about trying to achieve his personal goal, the whole reason he enlisted in the first place: becoming a Special Forces operative.
This is where the story gets strange and particularly noteworthy to anyone who believes in an American-run, domestic Gladio program. (Note: that's what I believe, and what comes next will help explain why.)
According to the official story, one that McVeigh told some others including his "official" biographers: He tried to complete the 21 day training but was physically exhausted post-deployment, and washed out after a day or two.
However, McVeigh was an unreliable narrator. He told contradictory or conflicting stories to EVERYBODY, especially his own defense attorneys. More on this phenomenon later.
For now, take a peek at what he told his sister about what had really happened at SFAS: he had been selected, recruited, tasked with becoming "military consultants" performing black ops, including drug running and assassinations.
"Even if McVeigh made up the story, his mother and sister seemed to believe it, as evidenced by transcripts of their conversations obtained through bugs hidden in a motel room furnished by the FBI "for (the family's protection)" shortly after Tim's arrest."
He told a slight variation of that black ops story to his first attorneys, public defenders John Coyle and Susan Otto, saying he was to go undercover into the world of neo-Nazis and far right "Patriots," hence the genesis of the bomb plot.
The story spooked his attorneys so thoroughly that they asked to be taken off the case. Coyle was so freaked out that he went into hiding.
McVeigh told a similar version of this story to David Paul Hammer, a fellow death row inmate, who published McVeigh's claims in 2004
While Hammer's tale needs to be read with skepticism, he did have some information that wasn't public knowledge and thus could have come only from McVeigh. McVeigh's handler, "The Major," was the one calling the shots.
Terry Nichols signed a sworn affidavit in 2007 alleging much the same - that McVeigh had relayed that his instructor was a "high-ranking FBI agent" who directed the plot, including the date and target.
Anyway, after McVeigh returned from overseas, and ended his attempt at joing the Special Forces, he became increasingly paranoid, hostile, began stockpiling weapons and his health issues continued.
It was around this time, mid-to-late 1991, that McVeigh begins telling people that he believed the army used him as a guinea pig, including his belief they installed a tracking chip in his butt or in his teeth.
At the end of December, 1991, McVeigh left the army, was granted a transfer to the New York National Guard, and moved home to Pendleton, NY to live with his father.
He worked a few different jobs upon returning home, but one of them is particularly noteworthy - while working for a security company, he was assigned to guard the Calspan Research campus in Buffalo.
Calspan had long ties to the military-industrial complex:
As FOIA documents later revealed, Calspan's greater Buffalo-area facilities were used in the late 80s and early 90s as staging/coordination grounds for two NatSec ops: NORTHSTAR and PATCON.
NORTHSTAR focused on an alliance with the Canadian military to police the border and share military technology. PATCON was a domestic spying/entrapment operation conducted by the FBI into White Power/anti-government/survivalist groups.
It's PATCON that is the real kicker, here, because if you lay McVeigh's moments between late 1992 and 1995 over known PATCON ops/stings/investigations, some funny coincidences begin to emerge.
1993 is a bit hazy, as McVeigh departed New York state to hit the road on the gun show circuit, or so was his general story. He made comments to friends hinting that he "had to go" and "had no choice." Was he following orders?
By late 1993/early 1994, the now-itinerant McVeigh had established something of a base of operations in the Kingman, AZ area. He had made... um... friends
In case that's too much to read: he befriended/shared a mailbox with a chemist/bombmaker named Steven Colbern, possibly dated a man and a 16 year old girl, and began using several aliases in various gun show-related activities.
Fall of 1994 - McVeigh gave his old Army buddy,, Terry Nichols, a very strange task - he is to rob a man McVeigh knows from the gun show rounds, Roger Moore, who also went by the alias Bob Miller.
Moore was a protected ATF and FBI informant who'd made millions in the 70s and the 80s building speedboats for the Central Intelligence Agency. By the early 90s he was involved in sting operations under the guise of selling guns and bomb accessories.
McVeigh told Nichols that Moore would give him "no trouble at all." When Nichols showed up to rob him, Moore had already laid out his cash (up to $24,000) on a table instead of his safe, and pointed him to the guns he ought to take.
The neighbors, the sherrifs, the insurance agent - none of them bought Moore's story about what had happened:
Was this "robbery" a way for Moore to get supplies to McVeigh? And to doubly serve as the future prosecution's story for how McVeigh and Nichols financed the bombing?
Also, during this 1993-95 period, it is likely that McVeigh was running with an Aryan Republican Army gang of bank robbers. Bomb parts he'd stolen from Roger Moore wound up at an ARA safe house in Ohio
He'd also mailed his sister cash and letters explaining that he'd found other like-minded individuals who believed it was time to take action against the US government and the banks. She was given the cash as "proceeds from a robbery."
Anyway... April, 1995. The prosecution never actually proved McVeigh rented the Ryder truck. Witnesses at the hotel he was staying at saw multiple visitors, as well as a second truck.
McVeigh parked the van outside the Murrah building. According to eyewitnesses, as well as a Secret Service memo written upon viewing a surveillance video, the suspects (plural) exited the van shortly before the explosion.
The bomb exploded at 9:02am on April 19, 1995. 168 people, including 19 children, lost their lives.
About that second suspect...
24 eyewitnesses saw McVeigh downtown that morning with accomplices. At least 6 eyewitnesses at the motel McVeigh was staying at prior to the bombing saw McVeigh with accomplices. Multiple eyewitnesses saw "John Doe #2" when "McVeigh" rented the truck.
McVeigh wavered and waffled a about JD2 at first, allegedly offering to give him up at one point if he were spared execution, but in time came to confirm his story to the prosecution's story: he was a lone wolf bomber.
The FBI did a massive manhunt for John Doe #2, even issuing alerts for John Does 3 & 4, before deciding none of them ever existed after all, and that dozens of eyewitnesses were all mistaken.
Why did McVeigh ultimately align himself with the prosecution's narrative? Everyone remembers the perp walk after his arrest - cold, distant, emotionless. But the state of his mental health between then and his death was utter turmoil.
McVeigh was diagnosed as: narcissistic, fragmented, paranoid, delusional, suggestible, suffering from PTSD and Disassociative Identity Disorder. An internal defense memo summarizes McVeigh's mental state thusly:
A person with DID, suffering from PTSD, would be wet clay in the care of an experienced psychiatrist well-versed in MKULTRA tactics... it's a good thing none of those people were aroundohshittheywere
Dr. Jolly West himself, the CIA's favorite psychiatrist, went on Larry King Live the NIGHT OF THE 19TH to discuss the "lone nut" who'd done the attack. McVeigh wasn't even known/in custody yet.
Jolly West was at Tinker AFB, where McVeigh was being held, the day he was arraigned. There is no *official* record of any visits between the two. But the defense was in contact with him:
And McVeigh's therapist, Dr. John Smith (the only shrink he ever liked), had been a Jolly West acolyte at Oklahoma State University.

Is it possible the shrinks were there to manage McVeigh, to keep his story straight for the prosecution? Is that such a far-fetched possibility?
As if everything I've outlined isn't enough to raise serious questions/doubts about the offical narrative of the bombing, I'm now gonna go into a quick rundown of even more issues.
(I know this thread is ridiculous but I'm nearly done, if you've read this far, I sincerely thank you, you're cool in my book.)
On the morning of April 19, before the explosion, OKCPD Horse Patrol was prepped for crowd control deployment.
At McVeigh's trial, not a single witness was called to testify about the suspect's whereabouts between April 17 and 19. Limited physical evidence was presented, because the FBI crime lab with embroiled in a massive scandal.
The prosecution's three star witnesses were character witnesses, essentially. None of the three tied McVeigh to the bomb plot in a concrete, material way.
In March 1995, US Marshals informant Cary Gagan, relayed that he'd met with bombing conspirators where they reviewed blueprints of the Murrah building. Two weeks later he gave them the date range: April 6-20.
A Utah skinhead named Johnny Bangerter, who had been at Ruby Ridge and was a media figure for the white power movement, came to be targeted by federal informants for entrapment purposes.
(Bangerter had also once been approached and photographed with "Tim Tuttle," a known alias of Timothy McVeigh, at a gun show.)
Fast forward to after the bombing. McVeigh's defense team obtained phone records showing Bangerter had made incriminating calls to McVeigh in the leadup to the bombing. Richard Reyna, an investigator for the defense, showed up to confront him about them.
Someone then leaked the records to the media, who began to report on Bangerter as a potential accomplice. Bangerter, perplexed, insisted to Reyna that he hadn't made those calls.
So Reyna gets a subpoena to obtain the phone records directly from the phone company. Guess what? Someone had slipped the Jones team fake documents, likely in an effort to expand the scope of the investigation to the WP movement through Bangerter.
The day after Reyna discovered the phony documents, Janet Reno and Louie Freeh held a press conference announcing that no other suspects would be sought, and any outstanding indictments would be dropped. Coincidence?
Bangerter got off easy compared to Kenneth Michael Trentadue, who was tortured and killed in an Oklahoma prison, likely because he resembled a Richard Guthrie, ARA bank robber and possible McVeigh accomplice.
Kenneth's brother, Jesse, is an attorney and has been waging a legal campaign against the FBI to compel them to turn over evidence that belongs in the public domain. His fight continues to this day.
He isn't the only one - Jon Solomon of the Associated Press and Newsweek had a PATCON exposè in the works in 2011 that was ultimately neutered due to pressure by Eric Holder and the Obama administration.
While we might hope that, for instance, surveillance tapes from around the Murrah building make it out of FBI zero-files and into the light of public domain, or that documents ultimately prove NATSEC culpability for OKC...
... this is a case that is never, ever going to be solved. I guess my main takeaway, after reading two books and consuming a few other resources on the bombing, is that the official narrative is completely bunk.
Furthermore, there is compelling evidence that McVeigh was at least a federal informant, going along with a plot allowed to happen, and possibly even a federal agent, who was part of manufacturing the plot.
Domestic Gladio, is my analysis.

Buy the book and read it. Thanks for following along. ✌
If you'd like to buy can I recommend you order directly from the publisher, rather than Amazon?…

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