|Terror, Lies & Memos
by William F. Jasper
The New American
November 28, 2005
Recently uncovered FBI documents expose official lies and complicity in one of our nation's most deadly terror attacks.
Several months after his brother's death, Jesse Trentadue received an anonymous telephone call. The caller claimed to work in the federal prison facility in Oklahoma City where Trentadue's brother, Kenny Trentadue, had died under very troubling circumstances. "The FBI killed your brother," said the voice on the other end of the line. "It was a case of mistaken identity. They thought he was one of the Midwest Bank Robbers."
Jesse Trentadue says he initially dismissed the call as a crank call. "I'd never heard of any Midwest Bank Robbers and couldn't see how that would have anything to do with Kenny's death anyway," he told The New American. "It just didn't make any sense."
Several months later, however, he read something that gave him a jolt and caused him to wonder if maybe that "crank" call had been legitimate. The jolt came in the form of an article in the Los Angeles Times about a federal inmate who was found hanging in his cell, much like his brother Kenny. What got his attention was the fact that the man was identified as a member of a group calling themselves the Aryan Republican Army (ARA). Following a spree of bank robberies, the ARA bandits had been dubbed by the media as the Midwest Bank Robbers. The ARA bank robber who had "committed suicide" was Richard Lee Guthrie.
Suddenly, the anonymous telephone call began to trouble Trentadue. While not necessarily buying the "mistaken identity" story, he had to admit that Guthrie was a very close match for his brother: age, size, weight, height, body build, facial characteristics, mustache, tattoo, former convict. Both men even drove similar-looking pickup trucks. But what did all of this add up to? He didn't know, but of this much he was certain, Kenny had not committed suicide, as prison officials claimed. He had been murdered, savagely beaten and strangled to death. And federal officials were going to great lengths to cover up or destroy all evidence that might finger who was responsible for his death.
Hidden Bombshell Documents
It was not until this year, when Trentadue obtained copies of FBI memos concerning the April 19, 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, that he had the clues he needed to begin putting the pieces of the puzzle together. An August 1996 memo from FBI Director Louis Freeh tied Richard Lee Guthrie and other ARA bank robbers to Timothy McVeigh, who was convicted of carrying out the bombing and was executed in 2001. The memo noted that Guthrie and his fellow robbers frequented a rural Aryan redoubt in eastern Oklahoma known as Elohim City, which this magazine has covered extensively over the past decade. Freeh's memo specifically mentions "Timothy McVeigh" by name and mentions one of McVeigh's telephone calls to Elohim City. It also notes that at the time of the memo, Guthrie was in FBI custody and states that "much of the information provided by Guthrie has been corroborated" by "a source" inside Elohim City. (We will come back to that very interesting source later on.)
The FBI memo mentioned above continues with a sentence in which two words are blacked out, or "redacted," as the government puts it. The sentence reads:
GUTHRIE BOTH ADMITTED TO PAYING [word redacted] MONEY DERIVED FROM BANK ROBBERIES AND IDENTIFIED [word redacted] AS AN ACCOMPLICE IN CERTAIN BANK ROBBERIES.
Jesse Trentadue believes the redaction in each case conceals the word "MCVEIGH." This writer agrees with that assessment, based on my own knowledge of the case. McVeigh's name fits the size of the redacted space in the memo, but more importantly, it also fits as the most logical word for the context of the memo and the evidence in the case. FBI records show that Timothy McVeigh's sister, Jennifer McVeigh, told federal investigators that her brother was involved in bank robberies and that she had helped launder proceeds from one of those robberies. This and a superabundance of additional evidence redundantly tie McVeigh, the ARA, and Elohim City together.
The government could easily solve this mystery by simply releasing an unredacted copy of the August 1996 memo, along with any other related memos and documents. FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials, of course, have refused to do this. Which is why Jesse Trentadue is suing to have these documents released, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Elohim City Contact
An earlier memo from the FBI's Louis Freeh, in January 1996, states:
PRIOR OKBOMB INVESTIGATION DETERMINED THAT MCVEIGH HAD PLACED A TELEPHONE CALL TO ELOHIM CITY ON 4/5/95, A DAY THAT HE WAS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN ATTEMPTING TO RECRUIT A SECOND CONSPIRATOR TO ASSIST IN THE OKBOMB ATTACK. THE OKBOMB COMMAND POST IS ATTEMPTING TO VERIFY THE VERSION OF EVENTS AS SET FORTH BY THE SOURCE AND TO DEVELOP FURTHER INFORMA