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The Aryan Republican Army, Elohim City, and the OKC Bombing

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    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com http://robalini.blogspot.com
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 22, 2013
      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Robert Sterling
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      The Aryan Republican Army, Elohim City, and the OKC Bombing
      by Charles Richardson (nom de plume)
      "When they (the FBI) find out what I've really been doing
      the past two years, they'll really be surprised."
      --Pete 'Commander Pedro' Langan, '96

      In 1984, Robert Jay Matthews died in a shootout with police
      on Whidby Island, which is located just off the coast of
      Washington state. Matthews was the leader of a far-Right
      wing group calling itself The Order. This group was
      responsible for a number of bank and armored car robberies
      in the Pacific Northwest, netting them almost $4 million.
      In other exploits, Order members bombed synagogues and
      assassinated Alan Berg, a Jewish radio talk show host in
      Denver. The group ended with the death of Matthews and the
      imprisonment of other members. [2]

      A new and disturbing terrorist sect, similiar in nature to
      The Order, has emerged in the United States. It is modeled
      after the 'The Order' and The Irish Republican Army and is
      adopting the IRA structure of impenetrable underground
      cells. Calling itself the Aryan Republican Army, the group
      represents the most paramilitary and radical of the
      American neo-Nazi movement. It is committed to the
      overthrow of the US government, the extermination of
      America's Jews, and the establishment of an "Aryan
      Republic" on the North American continent. "We call
      ourselves the Aryan Republican Army because in some of our
      tactics, and some of our goals, we have modeled the
      organization after the successful and yet undefeated Irish
      Republican Army," said Commander Pedro [1], in a self-made
      video titled ``The Aryan Republican Army Presents: The
      Armed Struggle Underground.'' [4] In the video, Langan also
      advocates that "Federal buildings may have to be bombed and
      civilian loss of life is regrettable but expected."

      The FBI discovered this terrorist cell by accident earlier
      this year while investigating a string of 18 bank robberies
      in the Mid West. [1] The bank bandits made off with upwards
      of $500,000 before the FBI caught on to them.

      With a tip from a confidential informant, the FBI was able
      to pinpoint one of the bank robbers, Richard Lee Guthrie
      Jr., member of the Aryan Republican Army. Guthrie was
      arrested on Jan 15, 1996. Two days after his arrest,
      Guthrie told FBI agents they could find co-conspirator Pete
      "Commander Pedro" Langan in a duplex at 585 Reinhard Ave.
      on the South Side. On Jan 18, 1996, agents surrounded the
      house and arrested Langan after a brief shootout. [2]

      Guthrie struck a plea bargain with the authorities and
      fingered Scott Stedeford, Kevin McCarthy, and Aryan Nations
      leader Mark Thomas, as accomplices in the bank robberies,
      all of whom have since been arrested by the authorities.

      McCarthy plead guilty to three robberies and agreed to
      testify against the others, while Stedeford was convicted
      of bank robbery in Iowa in November 1996 (and faces thirty
      years in prison). Langan was convicted in Columbus, Ohio,
      on February 10, 1997. Richard Lee Guthrie was found hanged
      in his jail cell shortly after he struck a plea bargain
      and fingered the other Aryan accomplices.

      Mark Thomas was brought up on charges by a Grand Jury. The
      Grand Jury indictment says Thomas "recruited young people
      at his residence....to rob banks and commit other crimes on
      behalf of the Aryan Republican Army," [3]

      Thomas has since said he believed McCarthy, a skinhead he
      once described as a son, was an accomplice in the Oklahoma
      City bombing. He said Richard Guthrie told him as much in
      July 1995.

      "His exact words were: 'Your young Mr. Wizard took out the
      Murrah Building,'" Thomas said. [3]

      On February 18, 1997, Thomas plead guilty to conspiracy
      charges of plotting seven (of twenty-two) bank robberies
      and using the funds to further the cause of the Aryan
      Republican Army.

      Also arrested on Jan 30, 1997 in connection with the case
      was Michael Brescia of Philadelphia. Typical of the gang's
      robbiers, authorities say, was a bank heist in Madison,
      Wis., on Aug. 30, 1995. Brescia carried a black-powder pipe
      bomb into a Bank One branch and threatened customers and
      employees with a 9mm pistol, and proceeded to rob the bank
      of $9,845. [4] Internet postings and a civil suit by some
      survivors of the bombing have accused Brescia of being an
      accomplice in the Oklahoma City Bombing.

      Aside from robbing banks, the terrorist cell stockpiled
      weapons and ammunition, and had every opportunity to
      orchestrate a terrorist bombing. The FBI captured a
      shoulder-fired rocket launcher, Semtex explosives,
      hand-grenade canisters, 11 pipe-bombs, and an arsenal of
      guns. "These people had a support system. They had
      safe-houses and very good false documents," said Mike
      Reynolds, senior intelligence analyst at the Southern
      Poverty Law Centre, which monitors Right-wing violence
      across the country. "They were clearly preparing for
      something beyond bank robberies." [1] Among other items
      seized from a storage locker belonging to the group was the
      Irish Republican Army handbook, a terrorist manual known in
      Ireland as the Green Book, along with an assortment of
      books on the Irish struggle including A Little History of
      Ireland by Seamus MacCall and cassette tapes of a Gaelic
      language course. [1]


      Elohim City is a 400-acre compound located near Muldrow,
      Oklahoma, about thirty-five miles northwest of Fort Smith,
      Arkansas. It was founded in 1973 by Robert Millar, a
      Canadian who preaches that white Anglo-Saxons are God's
      chosen people, non-whites are descendants of pre-Adamic
      species lower than whites, and Jews are Satan's children.
      Two dozen of Millar's 34 grandchildren reside at Elohim
      City, making up about a quarter of the resident population.
      Elohim City is considered a hotbed of terrorist activity.
      Members of the Aryan Republican Army used the seperatist
      compound as a base of operations in the years before the

      In 1994, Michael Brescia moved to Elohim City where he
      shared a one-story house behind the compound's chapel with
      Andreas Strassmeir, a former German army lietenant and head
      of security at Elohim City. By the time Brescia left Elohim
      City in 1995, investigators say, he, Stedeford, Guthrie,
      and McCarthy were active in the Aryan Republican Army. [4]


      As of yet, Strassmier has not been identified as a member
      of the Aryan Republican Army, however, he was friends with
      Brescia and various members of the Aryan Underground.
      According to Robert Millar, "Strassmier and Brescia were
      buddies." In a phone interview with John Cash, Strassmeir
      said he liked Brescia because ``he had a lot of
      self-confidence'' and was ``a smart guy''. [20] Strassmier
      also trained members of the Aryan Nations at Elohim City,
      and provided instruction in security measures. According to
      ATF Informant Carol Howe, "Strassmeir talked frequently
      about direct action against the U.S. government, he trained
      in weaponry, and he discussed assassinations, bombings and
      mass shootings." [20]

      Just Who is Andy the German?

      Andreas Carl Strassmier is the son of Guenter Strassmeir,
      "the architect of German reunification" who was once a top
      aide to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Andreas Strassmeir
      spent seven years in the German army, serving with the
      Panzer Grenadiers and an elite German intelligence unit
      whose purpose was to feed disinformation to East-German
      Communist-bloc agents.

      Strassmeir told the London Telegraph that "I've never
      worked for any U.S government agency, and I've not been
      involved in any intelligence operation since my discharge
      from the German army in 1988." But he acknowledged he first
      lived in the U.S. in 1989 because "I was hoping to work for
      the operations section of the DEA. It never worked out."
      More revealingly, he noted that "the right-wing in the U.S.
      is incredibly easy to penetrate if you know how to talk to
      them. Of course it's easier for a foreigner with an accent.
      Nobody would ever suspect a German of working for the
      federal government."

      Strassmeir was assisted in his unsucessful attempts to get
      jobs with the DEA or INS by Vinvent Petruskie, a retired
      Air Force Colonel and (Strassmeir says) CIA agent for whom
      Strassmeir arranged to buy used Boeing 747s from Lufthansa.
      Strassmeir received a social security number in 1989 in
      Virginia, and obtained a Tennessee driver's license in
      1992, using a Knoxville address provided by his attorney
      Kirk Lyons. In 1991 some members of the Texas Light
      Infantry Brigade, a citizen's militia, followed Strassmeir
      to a federal building and observed him entering it at night
      using the key-pad. [20, 22]

      After obtaining false documentation and a drivers license,
      Strassmier was still unable to find a job (other than
      government informant). Because Andy could not legally
      obtain a job, and because of his apparant intrests in
      'alternative lifestyles', Andy moved to Elohim City in
      1993. At that time, he had lived in the United States
      illegally for five years.

      Zara Patterson III, a long time resident of Elohim City,
      summed up Strassmeir's intentions as equally ominous. "From
      the moment Andy got here (mid-August 1991) all he wanted us
      to do was illegal stuff. I had to keep telling Andy that we
      were defensive here... not offensive. I had to keep telling
      him that we didn't want any trouble with the Feds."

      "I never saw anyone so eaten up with military stuff as Andy
      was," recalled Zara Patterson III. "I was in the Marines,
      but Andy was like nothing I ever saw before. He said he
      wanted to take over security and training here at EC, and I
      said fine. It was one less headache for me."

      According to an FBI intelligence report, Strassmeir's spent
      his time at Elohim City fortifying and operating a
      terrorist training facility.

      A May 10, 1995 FBI investigative report says:

      "Strassmeir is alleged to be a German citizen whose father
      was a former member of the German parliament. Strassmeir
      was a member of the German military and according to
      sources the principal militia trainer at Elohim City."

      "Strassmeir has an outstanding federal warrant issued by
      the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) since
      failing to leave this country in 1991.

      "Strassmeir is alleged to train platoon-sized groups
      consisting of approximately 30 to 40 individuals
      approximately every three months at the Elohim City
      facility. These individuals are comprised of members of
      various militia groups throughout the United States."

      "Additional documents reveal that at one time Strassmeir
      was attempting to purchase a 747 aircraft from Lufthansa;
      however the reason for the purchase is not reflected in the

      "Sources have advised that in 1992 Elohim City had
      approximately 122 truck loads of concrete transported from
      a local concrete company. Sources have indicated the
      existence of 'bunkers' and weapons storage facilities at
      Elohim City."

      In a Jan. 2, 1996 interview, Strassmeir admits to
      upgrading the Elohim City arsenal.

      "They're pretty fully equipped over there (Elohim City)
      and I can take credit for that," he said. "They never even
      had any real weapons there until after Waco (1993). The
      whole response was to Waco... they thought they were going
      to be targeted."

      Strassmier remained at Elohim City until the Oklahoma City
      Bombing, at which time he left the compound with fellow
      Elomites Pete and Tony Ward. In a letter to the McCurtain
      Gazette from Strassmeir's attorney, Kurt Lyons, Lyons says
      his client's sudden departure from the U.S. was aided by
      members of Germany's elite counterterrorism unit, GSG-9.

      Dennis Mahon, Tulsa representative of the White Aryan
      Resisitence, has named the Ward brothers as being possible
      OKC Bombing accomplices. When shown an artist's sketch done
      by ABC News of the person that a witness in Kansas said
      used the name of Bob Kling, Mahon didn't hesitate, "That's
      Pete Ward." [11]

      "Ward," Mahon explained, "was known at Elohim City as
      'Andy's shadow'...Ward went everywhere Strassmeir did and
      is dumb as dirt."


      "It has the potential, down the road, of being the most dangerous
      group (Elohim City) in the country."

      --Terry Nobles (former member of Covenant, Sword, Arm of the Lord)
      Residents of Elohim City being connected with plots that
      were intended to blow up the Murrah building did not begin
      with the Aryan Republican Army. On April 19th, 1985,
      exactly ten years before the bombing of the Murrah building
      the FBI and ATF raided members of James Ellison's Covenant,
      Sword, and Arm of the Lord group. Ellison is now married to
      Reverend Robert Millar's granddaughter and lives at Elohim

      The 1985 raid on Elohim City became a siege that lasted
      four days before members of the group surrendered to
      authorities. After the raid, while preparing a sedition
      case against Ellison, U.S. Assistant attourney Steven N.
      Snyder, in Fort Smith, Arkansas learned that a plot to blow
      up the building had existed as early as 1983. [13] Ellison
      admitted in court that he had been involved in a plot to
      bomb the Murrah Building. Another member of conspirator in
      the 1983 bombing plan was Terry Nobles, now an anti-neo
      nazi activist. Nobles said "In 1983 we cased the [Murrah]
      building, and made plans to blow up that building." [23]

      Richard Wayne Snell, another member of the Covenant, was a
      co-conspirator with Ellison and Nobles. Snell has since
      been convicted and put to death for the murder of a black
      police officer and a businessman he believed to be jewish.
      [14] Richard Wayne Snell was executed on April 19th, 1995.
      The Denver Post reported Arkansas prison official Alan
      Ables as saying that before Snell's execution on the day of
      the bombing he had "repeatedly predicted that there would
      be a bombing or explosion on the day of his death." Snell
      also reportedly "chuckled and laughed as he watched
      television coverage of the Oklahoma City disaster." [13]


      On July 17, 1997, a $20 million bond was set by an Ohio
      Judge for Chevie Kehoe, former resident of Elohim City. [27]

      Kehoe was detained for questioning in the slayings of
      Tilly, Ark., gun dealer David Mueller his wife Nancy, and
      her daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Powell, 8. The three
      disappeared in January 1996. Their decomposed bodies were
      dredged from the Illinois Bayou near Russellville, Ark. [15]

      Kehoe is believed to have used a .223-caliber rifle, stolen
      from Meuller, when he fired 26 shots during the second
      shootout with two Wilmington police officers at the Clinton
      Electrical and Plumbing Supply. The reader may recognized
      this shootout as it has been featured on primetime tv's
      'Cops', 'World's Scariest Police Shootouts', and 'PrimeTime

      Chevie Kehoe was assisted in the shootout by his brother,
      Cheyne Kehoe. Both brothers had spent time at Elohim City.
      Robert Millar, the bearded patriarch of this so-called
      "Christian Identity" compound, confirms that the brothers
      had lived at Elohim City, along with four of the
      Pennsylvania men indicted earlier this year in the ARA bank
      robberies. [16]

      In recent news, The FBI is investigating claims by a former
      motel manager who says that Chevie Kehoe, member of the
      ARA, may have known months in advance of Timothy McVeigh's
      plans to bomb the Oklahoma City federal building.

      The FBI has interviewed the motel manager, who said Chevie
      Kehoe showed up at the Spokane motel on April 19, 1995,
      about 45 minutes before the bombing, and said he wanted to
      watch CNN. He reportedly was ecstatic when a news bulletin
      reported the blast. [15]

      The Spokesman Review newspaper in Spokane reported Friday
      that the hotel manager said Kehoe said "it was about time''
      after the explosion was reported. "Days before that, he had
      mentioned to me that there's going to be something
      happening on the 19th and it's going to wake people up,''
      the manager told the newspaper on condition of anonymity.


      What makes this Aryan Army cell so menacing is the growing
      body of evidence that its members were in contact with Tim
      McVeigh, the prime suspect in the bombing of the Oklahoma
      federal building in April 1995.

      McVeigh telephoned Andreas Strassmier at Elohim City on
      April 5, 1995, just minutes after reserving the truck
      allegedly used in the bombing. [8,9] On October 12, 1993
      McVeigh was stopped for speeding on the secluded road to
      Elohim City. [10] Why did McVeigh call Elohim City to speak
      to Strassmier? What was McVeigh doing so close to the
      'patriot' community at Elohim City?

      Even the spiritual leader of Elohim City, Robert Mollar,
      has verified that Michael Fortier had visited Elohim City.
      From an interview on KOKH-TV OKC, Robert Mollar was asked
      if Michael Fortier had ever been to Elohim City. His
      response, "He might have been here for two or three days. I
      can't answer you. I would think it would be before the
      bombing or shortly after. Right in that time frame." [6]

      Confirming Robert Mollar's testimony is Department of
      Alchohol Tobacco and Firearms Confidential Informant, Carol
      Howe. Among her more than 70 reports to the ATF were
      warnings that two Elohim City subjects were casing three
      Oklahoma federal buildings-- and preparing for a subsequent
      bombing. Howe said it was during this December, 1994,
      period that Timothy McVeigh and Mike Fortier visited. [12]

      "Sometime before Christmas a lot of guys showed up at EC
      (Elohim City). One that I recall was Tim (McVeigh), who I
      only knew as Tim Tuttle. He was there with a guy who used
      the name Fontaine, a person I now recognize as Mike
      Fortier." [12]

      Placing even MORE credence to this theory is the court
      testimony of Michael Fortier. When Nichols Defense Lawyer
      Michael Tigar asked Fortier "..you said that you were
      fearful of reprisals from the Aryan movement if you
      testified against Timothy McVeigh; correct?", Fortier
      answered in the affirmitive, "that is correct." [7]

      In yet another strange turn of events, Timothy McVeigh's
      sister said in a sworn statement dated May 2, 1995, that
      Tim gave her (3) $100.00 bills and asked that they be
      exchanged for 'clean money' because, her brother said, the
      bills were "from a recent bank robbery in which he and
      others had participated." [17]

      Another confirmation of this comes from Terry Nichols.
      While being questioned on April 21st, after he turned
      himself in at the Kansas police station, Nichols seemed to
      think that McVeigh was going to rob a bank. The transcripts
      of the FBI questionining indicate something very peculiar
      about Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh's April 16th, 1995
      trip from Oklahoma City to Herington, Kansas. Nichols said
      that on April 16th, Timothy McVeigh told him "You will see
      something big in the future." Nichols asked, "What are you
      going to do, rob a bank?" [18] What this does indicate, is
      that Terry Nichols did wasn't aware of a bombing in the
      making, but he was familiar with McVeigh's links to
      robbery. Why else would Nichols think of bank robbery right
      away, unless he was already familiar with McVeigh's links
      to such robbery?

      Other circumstances include that when McVeigh was arrested
      by State Trooper Charles Hanger, he had 2,000 cash on him.
      [19] He hadn't had a job in six months. Later information
      revealed the the unemployed McVeigh had over $10,000 hidden
      away in a number of bank accounts, and several thousand
      dollars stashed in storage units. [5]

      In 1992, Catina Lawson, who lived in Herington, Kansas,
      remembers seeing Strassmeir along with Timothy McVeigh,
      whom she dated. Lawson recalled that Strassmeir "liked to
      dress in black, and he was real cold and arrogant--a real
      jerk." Two other witnesses, Larry and Cathy Wild, say they
      saw and talked with Strassmeir at a lake north of Herington
      the week before the OKC bombing [21]


      When he wasn't robbing banks and training with members of
      the Aryan Republican Army, Michael Brescia apparently
      celebrated at a strip club or two. Five women at a Lady
      Godiva's of Tulsa have identified Michael Brescia as the
      man they saw sitting with Tim McVeigh - and paying for the
      drinks - on April 8, 1995, 11 days before the bombing. [1]

      On a program called "The Fifth Estate," the Canadian
      counterpart to this country's "Sixty Minutes," reporters
      obtained portions of a security video taken at Lady
      Godivas, the Tulsa Strip club. John Cash, of the McCurtain
      Gazette has also followed up on this story and acquired a
      copy of the video tape.

      The videotape was taken in the dressing room of Lady
      Godiva's on the night of April 8, 1995. A dancer is clearly
      heard saying, "And he said, 'I'm a very smart man.'....
      'You are?'.... 'Yes, I am.'.... 'And on April 19, 1995,
      you'll remember me for the rest of your life!'" Laughing,
      she says, "Oh, really?" "Yes you will," she says he
      responded. [25] Smiling wide, the dancer starts to walk out
      of the dressing room where the security camera was located,
      then turns back to the other girls and says, "Weirdo,"
      before returning out front. Today it can be revealed that
      from photographs, witnesses at the club identified the man
      doing the bragging as Timothy McVeigh, and those seated
      with him as Michael Brescia, and his former Elohim City
      roommate, Andreas Strassmeir. [26] The witnesses from the
      topless club agreed to appear on that Canadian TV segment,
      identifying the photos. [25] The FBI has reviewed a copy of
      the video from the club and has also interviewed the same
      witnesses featured in the CBC program, but the Justice
      Department has made no official comment on what they intend
      to do with the evidence. Since then, one of the witnesses,
      Shawn Tea Farrens, 23, was found dead in her apartment
      (September 1996)

      [1] Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The London Telegraph, Issue 564
      [2] Robert Ruth, "Friend's Tip To FBI led to Arrests In Bank Bandits
      Case", The Columbus Dispatch, 12-04-96
      [3] John P. Martin, "Thomas Indicted in Bank Robberies", The Morning
      Call, 01-31-97
      [4] Mark Fazlollah, "Eagle Scout was soldier for far right", The
      Philadelphia Inquirer, 02-28-97
      [5] Lawrence Myers, Media Bypass, 06-95
      [6] KOKC, Oklahoma City TV, Robert Mollar Interview, 04-02-97
      [7] Terry Nichols Trial Transcripts
      [8] Peter Annin and Tom Morganthau, "Blowing Smoke," Newsweek, 02-19-96
      [9] Timothy McVeigh Trial, "Darryl Bridges" calling card exhibit
      [10] Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, "Did Agents Bungle US Terror Bomb?",
      London Sunday Telegraph, 05-19-96
      [11] John Cash, "Confessions of a Revolutionary", McCurtain Gazette,
      [12] John Cash, "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold", McCurtain Gazette,
      [13] Kelly Kurt, Monterey County (California) Herald, Associated Press,
      [14] Reuters, 02-08-96
      [15] Mark Jewell, "FBI investigating new lead in Oklahoma City Bombing",
      Associated Press, 01-17-98
      [16] William Jasper, The New American Magazine, 03/31/97
      [17] Pierre Thomas, "McVeigh's Sisters Says he Robbed, Carried
      Explosives", Washington Post reported in San Fransisco Chronicle,
      [18] Patrick E. Cole, "What Nichols Revealed", Time Magazine, 10-06-97
      [19] David Johnston, "Just Before He Was To Be Freed, Prime Bombing
      Suspect Is Identified in Jail", New York Times, 04-22-95
      [20] John Cash, "Strassmeir Helped Fortify, Arm Elohim City Bunkers",
      McCurtain Gazette, 04-13-97
      [21] Laura Frank, "Oklahoma Probe May Touch Tennessee," The
      Tennessean, 06-30-96
      [22] Orlin Grabbe, "Oklahoma City, Government-Paid Neo-Nazis, and the
      FCC", http://www.taci.net/kalliste
      [23] Chris Hansen, "City of Secrets", NBC Dateline, 05-30-97
      [24] David Hoffman, "Family on Quest for Answers Meets Harassment,
      Intimidation", The Washington Weekly, 04/21/97
      [25] "The Fifth Estate", The Canadian Broadcasting Company, 10-22-96
      [26] John Cash, "Is A Videotape From A Tulsa Topless Bar The "Smoking
      Gun" In Oklahoma Bombing?", McCurtain Daily Gazette, 09-25-96
      [27] The Militia Watchdog, http://www.militia-watchdog.com, 12-12-97
      [28] Judy Thomas, Kansas City Star, Sunday, 03-17-96.

      "I think there are other people out there and suspicions
      were probably made very early on that Tim McVeigh and Terry
      Nichols were who they were looking for, and the same sort
      of resources were not used to try to find out who else
      might be involved."

      --Nicki Deutchmann, Terry Nichols Jury Foreman

      "Witnesses who saw Timothy McVeigh with John Doe 2 or
      other suspects were not allowed to testify before the
      Federal Grand Jury."

      --Hoppy Heidelberg, OKC Bombing Federal Grand Jury member
      (c) 1997 Charles Richardson - (*) free to distribute nonprofit under the
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      sources are attributed.
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