THREE MILITARY PROVOCATEURS USED BY FBI IN OKC BOMBING?
Federal inmate Paul Hammer wrote a book "Secrets Worth Dying For: Timothy James McVeigh And The Oklahoma City Bombing" that was published in 2004. While Timothy McVeigh was awaiting execution in a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, Hammer says McVeigh told Hammer about 3 men connected to the US military who helped McVeigh in the OKC bombing plot. But Hammer also says that McVeigh claimed McVeigh never knew the men’s real names and instead worked with them using their code names. According to what McVeigh is alleged to have told Hammer, one of these men known as the “major” approached McVeigh after McVeigh failed to be accepted into the US Special Forces program at Ft. Bragg. McVeigh asserted to Hammer that the “major” wanted McVeigh to collect intelligence for the government on white supremacist extremist organizations in the US including the Aryan Nations.
Attorney Jesse Trentadue filed a legal motion on September 26, 2006 with the Salt Lake City US Federal Court of Judge Dale Kimbal concerning Hammer’s alleged conversations with McVeigh in prison. In his new filing, Trentadue is now acting on behalf of Federal inmate Paul Hammer. Trentadue asserts in his filing that the FBI and Bureau of Prisons (BOP) recorded both Hammer and McVeigh discussing who else helped McVeigh do the OKC bombing. Those that McVeigh described as helping him, including the 3 military men described in Hammer’s book, may be FBI informants and provocateurs some of whom are revealed in the FBI documents already obtained by Trentadue that show FBI prior knowledge of the OKC bombing.
Trentadue is asking Judge Kimbal to force the FBI and BOP to comply with FOIA requests for the FBI and BOP recordings and or transcripts of the recordings. The new filing asserts that the FBI and BOP have been in violation of FOIA laws by stonewalling and ignoring Trentadue’s latest FOIA requests in this area.
The “major” that Hammer says McVeigh described to him might be none other than the mysterious and elusive “Robert Jacques” described in a Time magazine article in 1997 WHO IS ROBERT JACQUES?: THE FBI WANTS TO TALK TO A MISSING ASSOCIATE OF MCVEIGH'S.
A sketch of Robert Jacques is shown in the Time magazine article.
Jacques came with Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh to a Cassville, Missouri real estate office in November 1994 to inquire about some land. The real estate office agents William Maloney and Joe Davidson told the FBI in detail of the encounter. The FBI worked on the lead for over a year and strongly believed the real estate agents because they had identified some dental work on McVeigh’s front teeth that the FBI did not know about but later confirmed.
But what was NOT in the Time magazine account was the fact that the man they called Robert Jacques who accompanied McVeigh and Nichols may well have been the “major” described by McVeigh to Hammer. Robert Jacques had a military bearing, demeanor and style of dress, and could read topographical maps very well. The rest of the story is described in my September 22, 2000 article Three John Does in the OKC Bombing Were Protected FBI Informants.
The John Doe, Robert Jacques, was clearly in charge, could read topographic maps very well, had a military bearing and wore special military boots with small suctions cups on his soles according to Maloney. Maloney also said that the John Doe was driving McVeigh and Nichols in a green Marquee with Oklahoma plates. He said that the group was inquiring about property that had a cave on it and was immediately adjacent to a Davidian compound nearby.
It is believed that FBI agent Weldon Kennedy, at one time FBI Director Freeh’s Deputy, shutdown the FBI investigation of John Doe III [Jacques]. Kevin Flynn of the Rocky Mountain News publicly reported conversations Flynn had with Weldon Kennedy concerning the investigation of the John Doe (Jacques) reported to the FBI by Davidson and Maloney. Kennedy rebuffed Flynn’s information that the name of John Doe III, Robert Jacques, had been written down six times in a notebook by Terry Nichol’s wife
Davidson claimed that the FBI agent investigating the John Doe III first told him that the description of the John Doe’s appearance and demeanor fit precisely that of another FBI (or other law enforcement or military agent or operative) agent known to the FBI agent. The FBI agent said to Davidson about Jacques, “He is one of ours”.
If John Doe III was in fact an FBI agent or military operative (“one of ours”) as stated by the FBI agent, then Weldon Kennedy may have shut down the investigation to prevent the public from learning that the John Doe III was an FBI operative or agent (law enforcement or military agent).
Incidentally, Senator Charles Grassley, formally accused Kennedy of lying to Grassley and Congress and of covering up the FBI crime lab falsification of evidence as revealed by an FBI agent, Fredrick Whitehurst, who had worked at the lab. Kennedy resigned shortly thereafter and went to work at a security position in St. Louis.
Joe Davidson also said that the FBI told him and William Maloney that a FBI check of phone records revealed that a “JD Cash” had called their real estate office about the same land McVeigh, Jacques and Nichols also inquired about only a few days earlier. It is not known whether or not this JD Cash is the same JD Cash who has written about the OKC bombing for over 11 years for the McCurtain Gazette. The JD Cash writer for the McCurtain Gazette had ties to White supremacist groups, individuals and magazines such as Christian Identity, Paul Hall, and Jubilee magazine. The same writer has lived in southeast Oklahoma on land in a cabin near Battiest, Oklahoma since 1992 with some similarities to the land inquired about in Cassville, Missouri. According to William Jasper of the New American magazine and Craig Roberts, an Tulsa police officer, a check of national crime database computers showed that the writer, JD Cash, had his record expunged around the time of the OKC bombing.
Another one of the 3 military men described to Hammer by McVeigh likely is a man described by FBI sketch artist Jeanne Boylan in her book "Portraits of Guilt" that I wrote about also on September 20, 2000: “Others Known” to the FBI in the OKC Bombing Case.
In her book, Boylan states that the FBI Deputy Director Danny Coulson decided not to have a sketch made of a John Doe from the US military seen with McVeigh by a reliable witness at a post office near the Murrah Building because doing so “would help the defense case”.
Boylan says the witness, a postal worker gave descriptions of the John Doe that were very consistent with descriptions given Boylan by another postal worker, Debbie Nakanashi. Boylan says she made a sketch of Nakanashi’s John Doe after a six-hour interview. But the FBI and Boylan have not released the sketch to this very day and it is not included in her book with her other sketches.
Yet, Boylan states she saw a military photograph of McVeigh with a John Doe she says had the same height, weight, age, build, and facial characteristics as described to Boylan and shown in the sketch she made with Naganoshi. Boylan relates that she saw the military photo at an FBI command post in Kansas and was strongly discouraged from pursuing the matter by the FBI.
Naganoshi was threatened with loss of her job by the postal service and others in the Federal government if she testified too fully about her knowledge to the Oklahoma County Jury investigating the bombing in 1998. Naganoshi’s account of the threats was broadcast by KTOK radio news in Oklahoma City within a few days after the threats were made.
McVeigh started to try out for the elite Special Forces at Ft. Bragg after McVeigh returned from the first Gulf War. After 4-5 days, McVeigh, quit, resigned. But when McVeigh resigned so did another Army Specialist Mitchell Whitmire who knew McVeigh and started and quit exactly at the same times McVeigh did. Neil Hartley, an attorney investigator for McVeigh defense attorney Stephen Jones, located and attempted to interview Mitchell Whitmire. When contacted, Whitmore told Hartley that the FBI had told Whitmire not to talk with defense attorneys or the news media.
Recall that according to what McVeigh is alleged to have told Hammer, a man known as the “major” approached McVeigh after McVeigh failed to be accepted into the US Special Forces program at Ft. Bragg. The “major” wanted McVeigh to collect intelligence for the government on White supremacist extremist organizations in the US.
It is believed McVeigh and Whitmire remained in contact after being together at Ft Bragg. Whitmire’s testimony could be crucial because of Whitmire’s involvement and possible knowledge of “the major”, the alleged recruiter of McVeigh at Ft Bragg. In fact it is conceivable that Whitmire could have also been recruited by “the major” along with McVeigh.. It is also possible that Whitmire is one of the men or knew one of the men that McVeigh told inmate Paul Hammer about and perhaps the man Neganoshi and her postal coworker described to FBI sketch artist Jeanne Boylan.
The FBI instructions to Whitmire are similar to FBI and Army threats to Army recruiters in the Murrah building who saw McVeigh with other men in the Murrah building. The recruiters, Marilyn Travis and Arlene Blanchard, were warned (72-74 hours after the OKC bombing) of court martial if they talked about the men they saw with McVeigh in the Murrah building. Did the recruiters see military men with McVeigh in the Murrah building that may have been used by the FBI as informants or provocateurs?
Another FBI provocateur and US Army member, Sean Kenny, has already been identified in FBI memos and teletypes obtained under Federal court order by attorney Jesse Trentadue. Kenny helped McVeigh commit Midwest bank robberies and lived at the white supremacist compound, Elohim City in far Eastern OK that was connected directly to the OKC bombing.
While in prison Timothy McVeigh had accurately disclosed to inmate Paul Hammer McVeigh’s ties to Kenny and the Aryan Republican Army (ARA), a group of right-wing bank robbers operating out of Cincinnati. Kenny was an active FBI informant while Kenny also served as a member of the Army that Kenny joined on February 3, 1995.
Because Hammer was proven correct about Kenny, there is more confidence that Hammer is also correct about the other 2 military connected men Hammer says McVeigh told him about. These other two men could well be Robert Jacques and the man who is KNOWN to the FBI and whom Jeanne Boylan was told not to sketch by the FBI.
The recordings and transcripts of Hammer’s conversations with McVeigh requested by Trentadue in Salt Lake City Federal court may shed even more light on the identity and role of these two other military connected men used as FBI provocateurs in the OKC bombing case.
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Patrick Briley is a Navy Viet Nam era veteran who served on a Polaris ballistic missile nuclear submarine patrol in the Pacific. His Polaris submarine patrol in far East Asia near China was historically significant and exceptionally dangerous.
His Naval service was from 1968 to 1976 during the Viet Nam era. He was a battalion commander of his Naval ROTC unit and a Midshipman on board the ballistic missile submarine, SSBN 624, the Woodrow Wilson. He was chosen to serve under Admiral Rickover as a project engineer at Naval Reactors near Washington DC. Patrick Briley started research and investigation into terrorist attacks after the Oklahoma City bombing.
Patrick submitted his findings concerning the OKC bombing and the 9-11 attacks in briefings to high-level staff for the Senate Judiciary and Senate and House Intelligence committees, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, and the 9-11 Commission.
Incidentally, Senator James Graessley, formally accused Kennedy of lying to Graessley and Congress and of covering up the FBI crime lab falsification of evidence as revealed by an FBI agent, Fredrick Whitehurst, who had worked at the lab.