Others Unknown: The Oklahoma City Bombing Case and Conspiracy

Others Unknown: The Oklahoma City Bombing Case and Conspiracy

Others Unknown: The Oklahoma City Bombing Case and Conspiracy

Others Unknown: The Oklahoma City Bombing Case and Conspiracy

Synopsis

Co-authored by one of Timothy McVeigh's closest confidants, this book reveals the evidence and theories about the Oklahoma bombing that didn't make it to trial.

Excerpt

The bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was the greatest act of terrorist violence ever committed in the United States. Timothy James McVeigh and Terry Lynn Nichols were accused, tried, and convicted in the bombing conspiracy. Whatever one says about that verdict -- and, as McVeigh's counsel, I will have a great deal to say in these pages -- it strains belief to suppose that this appalling crime was the work of two men -- any two men. I believe it came about because of foreign involvement. I also believe our government might have prevented the whole thing -- if it had been paying attention.

This book is an attempt to explain what happened and why.

Many people ask me-an Oklahoman, someone who knew people who were killed in the bombing -- how in the world I could have represented a man like Timothy McVeigh. It wasn't an easy decision, as I'll explain in the chapters to come, but it wasn't as difficult as some might think. Even a man accused of the worst act of terrorism ever committed in this country -- especially such a man -- is entitled to the best possible defense. This concept is a cornerstone of our system of justice. My colleagues and I in United States v. McVeigh sought to provide such a defense.

As in any criminal proceeding, of course, it wasn't up to us to prove anything. Our task was simply to convince a jury that there was reasonable doubt as to our client's guilt. Our efforts to present such a case, however, were thwarted and finally defeated. The fact that this happened in an American court of law was the shared responsibility of the judge, the government, the press, and even, I

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