Cellmate Reveals Bomber’s Secrets
By Pat Shannan
Why had staff of Morris Dees’ Southern Poverty Law Center infiltrated the inside of the Elohim City Christian compound months prior to the Oklahoma City Bombing? When this was asked by a reporter in a 2003 public forum, Dees replied, “If I toldja, I’d have to kill ya!”
“The implications of the FBI and the SPLC working hand-in-glove were stunning,” writes David Paul Hammer in his new book Deadly Secrets. Hammer met Tim McVeigh on death row in federal prison in 1997 and became his close friend and confidant. In 2004, he wrote of this association in Secrets Worth Dying For but without the investigative detail found in his new book.
For instance, Hammer sheds more light on the dubious “capture” of McVeigh, something that investigators have suspected since the beginning as being just a little bit too easy.
Why would someone who just single-handedly pulled off the biggest terrorist attack on American soil be stupid enough to zoom up the interstate with no license plates on his car? McVeigh told him that these were his orders and that long before that day, he had intentionally left a paper trail whenever necessary. “It had to be known that I hated the government,” McVeigh said according to Hammer. “Even my own family had to believe my cover. Otherwise, I could have ended up dead before the mission was accomplished.” McVeigh apparently realized that he, too, could be “collateral damage” at any time.
Hammer exposes, according to McVeigh, Richard Guthrie as the elusive “John Doe 2.” Guthrie was the Midwest bank robber who was one of three tied to the bombing to later mysteriously die in his prison cell.
Hammer is on death row for murder. He killed a fellow prisoner during a fight and came within hours of execution before a last-minute appeal saved him. He writes in the final pages that two FBI agents came to visit him in September 2009 to tell him that if he would halt the publication of this book, the Justice Department would halt its efforts to seek the death penalty in his case.
“Otherwise,” he quotes the FBI, “We will use the full might of the federal government against you.” In other words, they offered him his life to shut up, but Hammer chose truth.
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(Issue # 22, May 31, 2010)