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THIS DAY April 19

Posted by Shiva on April 19, 2009

April 19, 1775, British Major Pitcairn told about a hundred American colonists: “Disperse, you villains! Lay down your arms!” When the colonists refused, the first battle of the American War for Independence began.

April 19: is also the anniversary of Paul Revere’s ride to warn townsfolk that the British were coming.

It is also the date of at least two other major incidents in our country’s collective history: the siege at Waco

April 26, 1993: Waco Massacre one of the most brutal acts of domestic state repression and mass murder in US history.
FBI agents, backed by “observers” from the US Army’s secret Delta Force commando unit, attacked the house occupied by the followers of the religious sect after a 51-day siege. The combat-equipped agents used tanks to punch holes into the structure and then pump in tear gas. A fire that quickly swept through the compound killed most of victims, but a number were shot to death.
While the Clinton administration’s Justice Department claimed that the deaths were the result of a “mass suicide” and that the Branch Davidians had set the fire themselves, survivors of the massacre denied this, blaming the federal assault force for the killings. The tanks, they said, had crushed propane and fuel containers, which were then ignited by tear gas grenades fired by federal agents into the compound.
Federal authorities, led by Attorney General Janet Reno, repeatedly denied that any pyrotechnic devices were used in the siege that could have caused the fatal conflagration. More than six years after the massacre, however, the FBI was forced to admit that it had indeed used explosive munitions capable of starting the fire

David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidians and one of those who died in the siege, combined predictions of imminent apocalypse with hostility to the government. In its theological tenets, the sect was not far removed from other Christian fundamentalist currents that were cultivated by the right wing of the Republican Party under the administrations of Reagan and the senior George Bush, and remain a key element in the limited social base of the administration George W. Bush today.
The followers of the Koresh group, drawn from several countries, were themselves largely apolitical, if socially disoriented, individuals. Whatever their beliefs, however, there was not a shred of evidence to justify the murderous actions undertaken by the Clinton administration.
The massacre was carried out ostensibly to serve a search warrant related to firearms violations. No one in the compound was accused of committing any violent crime before an abortive paramilitary raid by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) in February 1993 that left four BATF agents and six Branch Davidians dead.
This raid led to the 51-day siege that ended with the incineration of the compound and most of its inhabitants. Claims floated by the Clinton administration that the group was abusing children or involved in drug trafficking proved to be fabrications. The principal purpose of the assault was to uphold the authority of the state. The decision was taken to make an object lesson of the Branch Davidians, whose essential crime, as far as the Clinton administration was concerned, was defying the government.
Waco became a rallying cry for the extreme right and militia groups. Timothy McVeigh chose the second anniversary of the massacre to carry out the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.
April 19, 1995: In a terrorist attack American politicians don’t want linked to Islam, but is, a truck exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. A total of 168 people, 19 of whom were children, were killed in the blast. Falling debris and burns injured 600 additional Americans.
The inspiration, strategy, financing, staffing and technical support for the terrorist attack came from Muslims in the Philippines with links to Pakistan, Iraq, and Egypt. The principle instigators were the Abu Sayyaf Group in the Philippines and Egypt’s Islamic Group led by the bind Islamic cleric Sheikh Abdul Rahman and his Pakistani disciple, Ramzi Yousef.
That is not to say that neo-Nazis weren’t involved. They were. The reason for this marriage of fascists and jihadists is that Nazism and Islam apart from time and place are indistinguishable doctrines. Karl Jung was asked if he had any views on what was likely to be the next step in religious development. He answered: “We do not know whether Hitler is going to found a new Islam. He is already on the way, however, and he is just like Mohammad. The emotion in Germany is Islamic; it is warlike and jihadists. They are all drunk with their wild god. That might be the future of religion.”

Has justice yet to be served in the Oklahoma City bombing

With the fiery deaths of Branch Davidian cult members burning inside McVeigh and the Nichols’ brothers, their outrage and anger at the government became all encompassing. The anti-government and anti-Semitic teachings of the radical right were eagerly embraced by the three men. As McVeigh traveled around the country meeting other like-minded people, Nichols made several trips to the Philippines, the first of which was reported to be financed by Timothy McVeigh.
Speculation about Nichols frequent travels to the Philippines has run rampant since the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building. And it was some time after the bombing before the pieces to the puzzle started to emerge with a connection. The Philippines have long been a hot-bed for terrorists and fundamentalists activities – especially the island of Mindanao. It has been noted that Terry Nichols made several trips to the Philippines in the early 90’s. It has also been noted that Terry Nichols spent some time in Mindanao. Kelly Patricia O’Meara, among others, of Insight Magazine, reported that Terry Nichols was witnessed attending a meeting on that island and that also present in that meeting were Ramzi Yosef, Abdul Hakim Murad and Wali Khan Amin Shah.
Ramzi Yosef was the mastermind behind the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, , while Murad and Shah, also involved in the 1993 bombing, were convicted in 1996, for conspiring to blow up 12 airline jets. It was reported that the subject of the meeting centered around bombing activities and building bombs.

Around the same time that the plot to bomb the Murrah Federal Building was being formulated, a group of Al Qaeda operatives had been sent to the Philippines for the purpose of planning and carrying out an operation known as “Bojinka.” The plot called for terrorists to plant bombs on 11 U.S. bound planes, all of which would detonate simultaneously over the Pacific. During phase II of the plot, one or more planes would be hijacked and flown into prominent USA landmarks such as the CIA building, the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. This plot was to be carried out on January 21, 1995 – the exact date that Nichols’ visa to the Philippines was to expire. The Bojinka plot was broken up on January 6th when some flammable bomb ingredients caught fire in the safe-house of Yosef. Ramiz Yosef escaped and fled the country along with Khalid Shaikh, the reported “mastermind” behind the attacks of September 11th.

Not only was Nichols seen in the company of those plotting the Bojinka move, but while he was spending time in Cebu City where his wife Marife Torres was attending classes – Ramzi Yosef was also in Cebu City visiting friends who were attending the same university. Timothy McVeigh’s defense attorney attempted to bring these facts before the jury during the McVeigh trial – but the court ruled against admitting the evidence.
While it may seem incomprehensible to the lay reader that those from the racist right would engage in activities with those from the Middle East, it is really not all that outrageous. There are two unifying factors which come into play when evaluating such an association.
First would be their omnipotent hatred of the Jews. We witnessed this “coming together” recently during the “War on Terrorism.” Early on, the National Alliance, EURO, Aryan Nations and assorted neo-Nazi skinheads joined in the anti-war movement. Piggy-backing onto the left-wing movement, they developed websites, passed out literature and attempted to march in anti-war parades carrying their banner of “No War For Israel.” Their web presence was replete with pictures of Iraqi women and children and a plea for the “innocents.” All of this had nothing to do with their compassion for the Iraqi people – a people who they would shun at best and murder at worst. But, it had everything to do with their hatred of Israel and the Jewish people.
The other unifying factor is their deep and abiding hatred of the United States government. Any act which results in sending a message or incapacitating the government of the United States is frequently met with applause and kudos from the right-wing extremists. This was evidenced best by the salutations offered by the racist leaders after the attacks of September 11th. Additionally, Dennis Mahon, the neo-Nazi leader of the Oklahoma cell of White Aryan Resistance, was, at one time, on the Iraqi payroll for his staging of anti-war rallies during the Persian Gulf War. In an appellate brief filed by McVeigh’s defense attorney, Stephen Jones, we can find the following statement:

“The defense believes that there is credible evidence that a conspiracy to bomb federal property, very possibly the Murrah Building, is centered in Elohim City and the persons described which are associated with Elohim City, but that the technical expertise and possibly financial support came from a foreign country, most likely Iraq, but possibly Iran or another state in the Middle East. Dennis Mahon has admitted publicly to received money from Iraq, approximately once a month. According to Mahon, the money started arriving in 1991 after he began holding rallies protesting the Persian Gulf War. .

Although the defense has no direct evidence linking Suspect A with Iraq, there is evidence indicating an indirect connection between Suspect A and Iraq through the militant Posse Comitatus group in Kansas.

As the materials for bomb making were gathered, Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh were seen in contact with men of Middle-Eastern origin. They were witnessed together not only in the Philippines – but in the United States, as well. In November of 1994, it is alleged that Terry Nichols robbed a gun-dealer acquaintance of Timothy McVeigh – Roger Moore. The robbery netted cash and guns. According to reports, Nichols left for Las Vegas directly after the robbery. His ex-wife, Lana Padilla was residing in Vegas with their son, Josh. While there, Nichols hid the cash in Lana’s house and left a note to be opened only if he did not return from the Philippines by January 28th – two days after the Bojinka operation was to be carried out. The note contained instructions for his death. The note also specified that in the event of his death all cash and valuables were to be sent to Marife who was at that time already in Cebu City. There was also a cryptic message for McVeigh, saying “Go for it. As far as heat, none that I am aware of.” The note also contained instructions for retrieving the fertilizer which Nichols had placed in storage.
Nichols returned a week before his 60 day visa expire and began house-hunting in Kansas, settling in Herington. He indicated to McVeigh that he did not want to be directly involved on the day of the bombing, but reportedly traveled with Tim to Oklahoma City on April 16th, Easter Sunday, to scout out the building and get-away plans. By all accounts, Terry Nichols remained at home on April 19, 1995.

Hearing his name on TV as a suspect in the bombing, Terry Nichols turned himself in to police on April 21st.
Terry Nichols was found guilty of “manslaughter” largely because the evidence presented did not place him at the scene of the crime and was inconclusive when it came to how much assistance he gave in the actual mixing of the bomb. He is now facing first degree murder charges brought by the State of Oklahoma and the trial will be held later this year. Recent findings and developments, however, concerning the inept investigation of the FBI into the white supremacy and Middle-Eastern connections of McVeigh and Nichols, as well as what appears to be a grand-scale cover-up on the nature of the bomb(s) found at the site might very well color the outcome of that trial.

In the wake of the inept handling of surveillance and information surrounding the horrendous attacks of September 11th, much of America has grave concerns over our federal agencies and their abilities to investigate and protect the citizenry from terrorist attacks. The mishandling of evidence, the unmistakable cover-ups, and the inefficient investigation into the perpetrators and conspirators of the bombing of the Alrfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, was the precursor to the events of September 11th.

Justice has yet to be served in the Oklahoma City bombing

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