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Judge Threatens FBI With Contempt as 2014 Oklahoma City Bombing Trial Continues in Salt Lake City Federal Court

Federal Judge Clark Waddoups used almost 550 words to spank FBI officials for failing to comply with his order and provide a required report. Now, it will be interesting to see how they respond when he puts them on the spot in his Salt Lake City courtroom Thursday.

The judge wrote an ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO VACATE EVIDENTIARY HEARING that included the following admonishments of FBI officials after they busted a Nov. 3 deadline for submitting a report about their search for copies of surveillance-camera videotapes recorded in downtown Oklahoma City moments before the Oklahoma City Bombing:

The evidentiary hearing will be postponed; however, the hearing itself will go forward on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., at which time Defendant will have occasion to argue to the court why it should not be found in contempt for failure to comply with the court’s Order to conduct this investigation and provide the required report. The court also requests the parties to be prepared to discuss why the court should not appoint a special master to oversee the Defendant’s compliance with court orders, particularly relating to the allegations of witness tampering, and with Plaintiff’s FOIA request.

If the plaintiff in the case, Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue, gets his wish, FBI officials will simply turn over copies of the videotape evidence during the Nov. 13 hearing. Of course, he doesn’t really expect them to change course so dramatically after stonewalling and obstructing his efforts for so many years already.

For a better understanding of what this means and why it should be making headlines nationwide, review my my last report about this Oklahoma City Bombing trial, watch the chilling one-hour video (above). After that, stay tuned for more details as they become available.

UPDATE 11/09/2014 at 6 p.m. Central:  Two days after I broke the news, The Salt Lake Tribune is covering the trial with this article.

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Documents Raise Serious Questions As New Oklahoma City Bombing Trial Takes Place in Federal Court in Utah

Two weeks after sharing news about allegations of witness tampering by the FBI, the defendant in an Oklahoma City Bombing trial that began July 28 in Salt Lake City, I offer an update in advance of a hearing scheduled to take place in federal court Monday.

NOTE: Before moving forward, it’s advisable to watch the video above in which Trentadue outlines his legal effort up to September 2012.

My update comes in the form of five exhibits entered into the record by attorney Jesse Trentadue, a man whose quest to find out why his brother, Kenneth Trentadue, was killed in federal custody has led him on a quest to obtain copies of surveillance camera video shot in downtown Oklahoma City during the moments before hell broke loose at 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995.

The FBI has repeatedly said they do not have copies of videotapes recorded prior to the explosion that killed 168 and injured countless others. Trentadue, however, produced documents revealing FBI officials did, indeed, possess the tapes. Interestingly, the trial that began in federal court July 28 is, essentially, a challenge to the FBI’s failure to respond to Trentadue’s Freedom of Information Act request via which he has sought the pre-explosion videotapes he believes show another suspect–a man once referred to as “John Doe 2.”

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Rather than interpret everything in the latest trial documents I obtained, I’ll let you do some of the heavy lifting and read the documents as they are described in a reply to the FBI’s attempt to cancel an Aug. 25, 2014, hearing [FYI: While footnotes do not appear in the brief descriptions below, they do appear in the actual documents when you download them]:

Exhibit 1: FBI 302 in OKBOMB Case, dated August 13, 1996, reporting that David Michael Alexander Hollaway had flown German National Andreas Carl Strassmeir “back to Berlin, Germany after the Oklahoma City bombing.”

EXHIBIT 2: FBI 302 in OKBOMB Case, dated February 7, 1997, documenting CIA having provided the FBI with results of its review of CIA records with respect to Andreas Carl Strassmeir having “worked for or been affiliated with” the CIA.

EXHIBIT 3: FBI 302 in OKBOMB Case, dated February 25, 1997, documenting David Hollaway’s history as a former CIA pilot, and Hollaway “having spoken to TIMOTHY MC VEIGH on the telephone two days before the detonation of a truck bomb outside the Oklahoma city Federal Building.”

EXHIBIT 4: Plaintiff’s December 19, 2006, FOIA request to the CIA for records on Andreas Carl Strassmeir’s possible involvement in the bombing of the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building as well as records on Strassmeir’s role and/or activities as an informant, agent or operative, including working for the German government, FBI or others.

EXHIBIT 5: August 21, 2009, Declaration of Martha M. Lutz, CIA Information Review Officer, essentially denying in paragraph 21 of that Declaration Plaintiff’s FOIA request for Strassmeir’s records on the basis of National Security, and “because the existence or on-existence of a CIA clandestine intelligence interest in a specific foreign national is itself a fact that is currently and properly classified at the SECRET level.”

Stay tuned for future updates about the Oklahoma City Bombing trial in Salt Lake City as they occur.

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