"A government 'op' that went wrong"
Lawyer claims FBI informer linked to McVeigh bombing
A Salt Lake City lawyer says an FBI informant who was an explosives expert might have trained accomplices of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh at a white supremacist compound.
Attorney Jesse Trentadue says two teletypes sent by the FBI's director show that an informer had infiltrated a paramilitary training compound in Oklahoma known as Elohim City and was there in April 1995 when one of the bombing suspects allegedly called looking for co-conspirators.
The name of the informant and caller are blacked out, but Trentadue suspects they are Andreas Strassmeir, a German national who he says was the weapons and explosives instructor at the compound, and McVeigh, who allegedly was trying to recruit accomplices two weeks before the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building that killed 168 people. The attorney says he believes Strassmeir was working either for the FBI or for the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based civil rights group, which relayed the information to the agency.
If his suspicion about the informant's identity is correct, "then not only does it appear that FBI defendants knew about and fail[ed] to prevent the attack upon the Murrah Building, but FBI defendants may also have been responsible for training McVeigh and the others who planned and carried out the attack," Trentadue says in a document filed Monday at U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City.
Strassmeir arrived in the US in the late 1980s, and claims he expected to work on special assignment for the operations section of the DEA. For "some reason," that didn't pan out, and he soon hooked up with militias and the Klan, becoming chief of security for the compound "Elohim City."
Like Mohammed Atta, "Andy the German" led something of a charmed existence in the US, though there were numerous reasons for his deportation. It was as though he had guardian angels watching over him. And it wasn't that he was under the radar of authorities. According to Ron Ostrow of The Los Angeles Times, while on a trip to Germany in 1993 Louis Freeh, then FBI chief, was warned by the BND that Strassmeir was engagaged in neo-Nazi activities in the US. Freeh said that the Agency was aware, was "monitoring" his activities, but that "because of our First Amendment, there isn't anything we can do."
As Stephen Jones details in Others Unknown, according to the files of Immigration and Naturalization Service Strassmeir, "who was technically an illegal alien for having overstayed the last of three visas issued to him by the State Department, had been, in the period before the bombing, the subject of a 'sensitive' investigation by ATF." But it was only nine months after the Oklahoma City bombing, after he had left the country, that the INS issued an alert on Strassmeir, noting he was wanted for questioning.
Was Strassmeir an agent provocateur? If not, was he on the payroll of one or another federal agency? There were rumours galore, before and after the bombing, and he would certainly appear to have led a charmed and protected life, vis-a-vis American law enforcement. Strassmeir himself would deny vehemently that he'd been on anybody's payroll, at the same time making coy-sounding observations about how easy it was to "penetrate" the American right wing once you learned to speak the language.
Here's Strassmeir being coy, from an interview in 1996:
It's obvious that it was a government "op" that went wrong, isn't it? The ATF had something going with McVeigh. They were watching him, of course they were. What they should have done is make an arrest while the bomb was still being made instead of waiting till the last moment for a publicity stunt. They had everything they needed to make the bust, and they screwed it up.
Whoever thought this thing up is an idiot, in my opinion. I am told they thought it would be better to put a bigger bomb in there. The bigger the better. It would make them more guilty....McVeigh knew he was delivering a bomb, but he had no idea what was in that truck. He just wanted to shake things up a little; you know, make a gesture.
The bomb was never meant to explode. They were going to arrest McVeigh at the site with the bomb in hand, but he didn't come at the right time... Maybe he changed the time, you never know with people who are so unreliable. I have heard that the truck was expected in the middle of the night, between two and three in the morning. The truck had a transmitter, so they could track it with a radio receiving device. I don't know how they could have lost contact. I think there was misinformation that the operation had been canceled.
If it's not a government op going wrong, chances are it's a government op going right. How many significant "acts of terrorism" have been conducted without, at least, an informer on the inside?
The first bombing of the World Trade Center? Informer Emad Salem was in the inner circle of the bomb makers. He warned the FBI of the plot, and wanted to substitute harmless powder for the explosives, but was dissuaded by his agent. This was reported October 28, 1993 on the front page of The New York Times, which said the taped revelation "portrays the authorities as being in a far better position than previously known to foil the February 26th bombing of New York City's tallest towers."
The Madrid City bombing? Rafa Zouhier and Emilio Suárez Trashorras, the two who supplied the explosives, were police informers. What's more, Trashorras "was in possession of the private telephone number of the head of Spain’s Civil Guard bomb squad," as reported in The Times of London. "The revelation has raised fresh concerns in Madrid about links between those held responsible for the March bombings, which killed 190 people, and Spain’s security services." Gee - who'da thunk?
The 1999 spree of apartment building bombings in Russia; the Mindanao bombing campaign - it just goes on and on. As much as Operation Northwoods serves as a lodestone for 9/11 researchers, we have much more than a rejected proposal of the Joint Chiefs to demonstrate the lengths to which one's government will go.
False flag terror, and "letting things happen on purpose," are virtually standard operating procedures.