McVeigh’s Friend Ready to Go Public On
By Richard V. London
testimony in the Oklahoma state trial of accused and federally convicted
Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols could blow the lid off the
long-simmering FBI and Justice Department cover-up of the actual facts about
the tragic federal building bombing.
Although the Justice Department hopes to discredit
Nichols defense witness David Paul Hammer, a convicted murderer who faces
execution on June 8, Hammer has been saying for a long time that Timothy
McVeigh told him—while the two were serving on death row together in federal
prison prior to McVeigh’s execution—that there were others above and beyond
McVeigh and Nichols involved in the Oklahoma bombing conspiracy.
In particular, Hammer’s testimony (if it reflects
his past private statements) could point to the role of a covert federal
undercover informant, former German army intelligence officer, Andreas
Strassmeir, in matters surrounding the tragedy.
Strassmeir’s close friend and attorney, Kirk Lyons,
is undoubtedly watching the unfolding events, having proclaimed that Strassmeir
is a victim of “conspiracy theories”—a theme echoed by the major media and by
Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center, who is now known to have had an
informant, probably Strassmeir, with foreknowledge of the OK bomb conspiracy.
Several years ago, Hammer contacted Michael
Collins Piper, a correspondent for the now-defunct Spotlight newspaper,
and provided Piper, in a handwritten letter, with inside information about the
Oklahoma bombing affair relayed to Hammer by McVeigh.
At the time, Spotlight editors concluded
that Hammer was acting as a conduit for McVeigh, who evidently filled Hammer in
on many details, confirming much of what The Spotlight had
reported on the affair.
McVeigh also sent a cryptic letter to Piper from
death row, indirectly hinting that The Spotlight’s reportage was on the
mark. Although McVeigh later publicly took sole claim for the crime, his story
was full of holes and few with serious knowledge of the Oklahoma affair
believed what he had to say.
Hammer told Piper that reputed federal undercover
informant Strassmeir was closely involved with McVeigh in events related to the
bombing conspiracy, evidently manipulating McVeigh—a point that McVeigh himself
only came to recognize after the bombing.
Hammer’s testimony is expected to focus
exclusively on the question of whether Nichols actively assisted in the
preparation of a bomb that the federal authorities claim was the exclusive
cause of the damage and loss of life at the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City.
However, Hammer’s entire story—as related to The
Spotlight’s correspondent—casts a stark new light on what really happened,
lending strong credence to the growing body of opinion that there was much more
at work in Oklahoma City than the federal government would have Americans
In fact—although this is not reported in the
national media—it is an open secret in Oklahoma City that there was, at the
very least, foreknowledge by government and law enforcement officials that
there was an active conspiracy to place a bomb outside the Murrah building by
an organized group of individuals, but whether this bomb was supposed to
explode is an unsolved mystery.
For example, many Oklahoma City residents are painfully
aware that two law enforcement officials have alleged that U.S. Rep. Ernest
Istook (R-Okla.) admitted to them, in a hurried, emotionally charged private
conversation that it was known there was a bomb conspiracy under way and that
the responsible authorities had failed to prevent it.
In addition, there are those who believe that
outside forces with their own agenda may have manipulated this conspiracy and
made certain that the bombing took place, perhaps with the intent of placing
the blame on Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein for the purpose of stoking up American
opposition to the Arab strongman.
In truth, there is evidence that McVeigh was
associated with at least one Iraqi national in Oklahoma City, but many have
concluded that this was part of a deliberate “false flag” operation designed to
“link” Saddam to the bombing as an early scheme to inflame American opinion
against the Iraqi leader, similar to later false claims by the “Dubya” Bush
administration that Saddam was behind the 9-11 attacks.
The historical record shows that immediately after
the Oklahoma bombing, a known Israeli intelligence operative, William Northrup,
moved about Oklahoma City encouraging the belief that “the Arabs”—in
particular, Saddam—were the grand wizards behind McVeigh.
Some believe the maneuvers by federal law
enforcement officials to cover up the purported “Iraqi link” to the bombing
were actually sensible efforts to prevent covert instigators from succeeding in
their campaign to incite an American military retaliation against Iraq, which
had no involvement in the Oklahoma bombing.
However, as a consequence of those attempts to
erase the deliberately orchestrated false evidence linking Iraq to the crime,
more doubts were raised about what really happened that tragic day. Still, on a
broad range of matters, it is clear the FBI and the Justice Department have
suppressed evidence relating to the bombing, above and beyond the Iraqi
While some Oklahoma bombing survivors were
convinced of an Iraqi involvement and lent their names to various efforts to
bring the supposed Iraqi connection to light, they received virtually no
publicity until days be fore the U.S. invasion of Iraq in the spring of 2003,
when a variety of longtime pro-Israel propagandists in the American media
suddenly began hyping “the Iraqi link to the Oklahoma bombing.”
Despite all of this, the most apparent concern by
the federal authorities has been to refute the idea that Strassmeir had any
connection to McVeigh’s activities vis-à-vis the subsequent bombing.
A former German military intelligence officer who
is fluent in Hebrew, the state language of Israel, Strassmeir postured as a
“neo-nazi” while—at the same time—easily moving in quite respectable U.S.
military and intelligence circles, all the while closely guided by his friend
and attorney Kirk Lyons, who helped make Strassmeir’s journey to the U.S.
Wide-ranging evidence over the past several years
has convinced many that Strassmeir was—as The Spotlight first
suggested—an undercover informant for some intelligence agency and that he was
actively involved in manipulating McVeigh. The original communication from
David Paul Hammer to Michael Collins Piper—apparently acting indirectly on
behalf of Timothy McVeigh—intimated as much.
What Hammer ultimately says under oath remains to
be seen—and what the prosecutors will do to muzzle the death-row inmate also
has yet to be told. However, it’s now clear that the “official” version of what
really happened in Oklahoma City is anything but the truth.