The Decision to Intervene. Is it in our National Interest?

mypictureThe investigation into the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing led to the convictions of Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh. The Federal Bureau of Investigation chose to pursue a course that castigated Nichols and McVeigh as domestic terrorists who operated as lone wolves in their act of terror. Their cases put McVeigh in collusion with White Supremacists in Elohim City and offered this backing for this group was through a series of bank robberies through out the Midwest. In the end McVeigh was given the death penalty and Nichols life imprisonment for the lives of innocent that were killed. Early in the government’s investigation witnesses to the crime stated they saw McVeigh with others unknown at the hotel he stayed at, running from the crime scene, at the strip club, and when he rented the Ryder truck that blew up. Other anomalies in the investigation prohibited independent experts from examining the crime scene and exploring a two-bomb theory and the fact that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fireams and Explosives had an informant who had actionable intelligence of knowledge regarding the bombing and failed to inform other occupants inside the building on that fateful morning. The governments line obfuscated connections with the Middle-East and markers indicated this was a state-sponsored act of terrorism to include collusion with terrorists from Saudi-Arabia and the bombers of the first World Trade Center.

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Howard L. Salter lives in Ocean Springs, Mississippi with his wife and four children. He enjoys recording music and writing and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology Management, a Master of Arts in Intelligence Studies with a Focus on Antiterrorism and is working towards a PhD in Health Care Administration with a focus on economics and regulatory compliance.

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