Did Former FBI Inspector Preside Over FBI Cover-up of OKC Bombing?
Did Former FBI Inspector Preside Over FBI Cover-up of OKC Bombing?
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Source: OKCSubmariner Published: March 31, 2001
Author: Patrick B. Briley Posted on 03/31/2001 13:31:00
PST by OKCSubmariner
Danny Defenbaugh is a special agent for the FBI in Dallas. He was the
FBI inspector presiding over the OKC Bomb Task Force during the FBIs
investigation of the OKC bombing. As inspector, Defenbaugh directed
and knew about the efforts of hundreds if not thousands of FBI agents
involved in the OKC case in OKC and throughout the country.
On March 28, 2001, Defenbaugh gave a taped interview for CNN which was
broadcast and later posted in excerpt form on CNNs website under the
title: FBI: McVeigh discussed other bombing targets.
During the CNN interview Defenbaugh repeated the FBIs public position
that no John Does other than Terry Nichols helped McVeigh. He stated
that the FBI based its conclusion that McVeigh acted alone on the FBI
not seeing any John Does with McVeigh on a MacDonalds surveillance
video taken in Kansas shortly before McVeigh rented a Ryder truck.
Defenbaugh and now McVeigh seem to be in curious agreement that only
Nichols helped McVeigh. Defenbaugh is discounting hundreds of
interviews his own FBI agents in OKC and around the country did with
scores of witnesses who claimed McVeigh was helped by multiple John
Does. See my recent article Significant McVeigh Contacts posted on
the FreeRepublic on March 28, 2001 which describes many of the John
Doe contacts with McVeigh as well as government operatives and
provocateurs involved in a failed FBI sting operation.
FBI agents under Defenbaugh threatened credible witnesses in OKC not
to talk about seeing McVeigh with John Does including Army recruiters,
and witnesses Debbie Burdick and Leah Moore. Deputy Sheriff Dave
Kochendoerfer was threatened by an FBI agent working for Defenbaugh, a
Mr. James Carlisle, over Kochendoerfers assertion that Congressman
Istook had told him on April 19, 1995 the FBI knew beforehand of a
Middle Eastern threat against the Murrah building and blew it. In
other cases Defenbaughs FBI agents deliberately did not have photos
of John Doe suspects shown to witnesses and deliberately did not have
sketches made of John Does from the witnesses descriptions.
Defenbaughs FBI agents talked to witnesses who place McVeigh in OKC
with John Does at 2;30 pm on April 18, 1995 in direct contradiction of
the FBI and McVeigh assertions that the bomb was built in Kansas on
April 18, 1995 by only McVeigh and Nichols. Others witnesses in OKC
known to Defenbaughs FBI agents claim they saw McVeigh being helped
by Middle Eastern men to complete the bomb in OKC, and not in Kansas,
on April 18, 1995. Defenbaughs FBI agents and US prosecutor Sean
Connelly refused to receive, until almost four years after the
bombing, more evidence on this collected from the witnesses by
attorneys who went to the FBI and the prosecutor.
Senior FBI case agent John Hersley, also later under Defenbaugh,
testified at a preliminary hearing on April 27, 1995, that the FBI had
photos (taken from a surveillance camera on the Regency Towers
apartment building nearby) that showed McVeigh with a John Doe
speeding away in the Mercury Marquis moments before the Ryder truck
blew up. Hersely told the court that the photos corroborated what FBI
witness Gary Lewis had seen, McVeigh with a John Doe, at the same time
and place shown on the surveillance camera photos. This court evidence
and the photos are the subject of a Federal Hearing in OKC scheduled
for June 2001 with several attorneys and a Federal Judge.
In the CNN interview, Defenbaugh made a startling admission: the FBI
learned AFTER the bombing that McVeigh also intended to bomb Federal
targets in Omaha and Dallas. There is strong evidence to show that
Defenenbaugh and the FBI knew of the US governments knowledge of
plans to bomb these Federal targets months BEFORE the OKC bombing.
At least six months before the OKC bombing, Cary Gain was given
special immunity by US attorneys in Denver for providing the FBI
detailed information that Federal targets in OKC, Denver, Omaha and
Dallas were to be bombed around in April 1995. Dallas and Omaha were
the same cities named by Defenbaugh that were also McVeighs targets.
This is not a coincidence and suggests the FBI knew about and took
Gagins information seriously BEFORE the OKC bombing.
The US attorneys revoked Gains grant of immunity in retaliation for
Gain going public with his story. Gagin has sued the Federal
government for revocation of his grant of immunity.
Gagin had also told the FBI of the involvement of a native American
Indian in the bombing plots. A native American Indian was seen with
McVeigh in OKC around the time of the OKC bombing by many witnesses
who spoke to the FBI including Dr. Paul Heath of the VA office in the
Murrah Building. McVeigh and the Indian visited Heath in his office
around April 7, 1995 . The FBI threatened to ruin Heaths reputation
for Heath describing the meeting with McVeigh and the Indian on local
An American Indian also traveled with Gary D. Hunt who knew McVeigh
and who has praised McVeigh for bombing a Federal Building as an act
of war on Tom Valentines radio program in 1996. Hunt negotiated with
the BATF and David Koresh at Waco in 1993. The Indian Heath saw with
McVeigh may have been the Indian traveling with Hunt.
It is significant that Defenbaugh mentioned Dallas as one of McVeighs
targets because Dallas has had a major Middle Eastern terrorist cell
that has been linked to Bin Laden and the OKC bombing.
Bin Ladens secretary, El Hage, was arrested in Dallas and indicted
for helping the FBI operative Ali Mohamed for over six years set up
Bin Laden cells in Dallas and the US as well as for the bombings of
the World Trade Center and the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
In February 1999, the FBI in OKC acknowledged to an attorney
representing a reporter, that Middle Eastern suspects implicated in
the OKC bombing were known to be operating out of a terrorist cell in
Dallas. FBI director, Louis Freeh testified to Congress in May 1995
that the FBI had infiltrated a Middle Eastern terrorist cell in
Since being in Dallas, Defenbaugh has directed the FBI and Dallas
police officers in tracking Middle Eastern terrorists associated with
Bin Laden and the Dallas terrorist cell believed associated with the
OKC bombing. In 1999 Defenbaugh had a public confrontation with the
Dallas police chief, widely reported in Dallas media , over Defenbaugh
using the police officers and Dallas taxpayers dollars without the
chiefs permission and without telling the chief of the findings of
his own police officers.
Defenbaughs technique of heavily using police officers for FBI
investigations was employed by him in OKC with OKC police officers who
were deputized by Defenbaugh to be part of his OKC Bombing Task
Force. This is a clear example of the Federalization of local police
forces. I know for certain about this because the relationship between
the FBI and the OKC police criminal intelligence unit was described to
me in my home on January 8, 1996 by Defenbaughs FBI agent, James
Carlisle, and a member of the OKC police criminal intelligence unit.
These men came to my house to threaten me and my wife over what we had
learned of FBI foreknowledge and cover-up of the OKC bombing.
Defenbaugh also visited General Benton Partin in June 1996 with US
prosecutor Beth Wilkinson to discuss Partins analysis of the cause of
damage to the Murrah Building. During Defenbaughs interview, which
was taped by Partin, Defenbaugh pointed to the location of what had
been publicly shown as the truck bomb crater and said words to the
effect : Suppose I were to tell you that is not the location of the
crater from the source that did the most damage to the Murrah
Building? Defenbaugh and Wilkinson tried to belittle and disparage
Partins credentials during the interview, actions which were
extremely insulting and suggested a veiled attempt at intimidation to
Partin has and still maintains that demolition charges were used in
addition to the truck bomb and that even a 7000 pound bomb that
McVeigh now alleges, would not explain the pattern of damage done to
the Murrah Building.
MY PERSONAL OPINION:
As FBI inspector for the FBIs OKC Bomb Task force and based on his
interview with Partin, Defenbaugh may have participated in an FBI
cover-up of the methods used in bombing the Murrah Building. It is
believed that Defenbaughs FBI agents covered up alleged government
foreknowledge and sting operations leading up to the OKC bombing,
threatened and improperly discounted John Doe witnesses, and
deliberately lied about, falsified, withheld and suppressed evidence
material to the OKC bombing case.
Defenbaugh and his agents in my opinion are guilty of criminal
negligence and criminal obstruction of justice. Their continued
misrepresentations and denials have convinced me that Defenbaugh and
the FBI are still more interested in protecting themselves than US
citizens from terrorist attacks. Congress should investigate the FBI
and remove Defenbaugh and Louis Freeh from the FBI and have them
prosecuted for any crimes they may have committed in the OKC bombing
With McVeighs execution in May 2001 and with Nichols at least serving
a life sentence, the FBI and Defenbaugh can no longer deflect
allegations of FBI criminal behavior by asserting the allegations
might jeopardize the prosecutions case of McVeigh or Nichols.
If Defenbaugh and FBI should claim that questioning him and the FBI on
these matters under oath in Congress would undermine Federal law
enforcement, I hope the public and Congress will realize that not
addressing and resolving the questions adequately will in fact further
undermine the publics lack of trust in the FBI and Federal law
Of course, there sadly is always the prospect the Congress (because of
cowardice or being compromised) will do nothing or that a special
investigator like Danforth will be appointed to white wash the whole
mishandling of the OKC case by the FBI and the Federal government. It
is very difficult to get the Federal government to do a good job of
investigating the Federal government.