Almost four months ago, I used the headline of a post on this blog to declare, “It’s Time for Government to Reopen Investigations Into TWA Flight 800, Oklahoma City Bombing.” Today, news of more evidence related to the latter incident appeared on the web site of Oklahoma’s largest daily newspaper. NewsOK.com article.
The evidence in question takes shape in the form of footage missing from several security cameras near the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in downtown Oklahoma City. The lead paragraph of a NewsOK.com article published today summarizes things well:
Long-secret security tapes showing the chaos immediately after the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building are blank in the minutes before the blast and appear to have been edited, an attorney who obtained the recordings said Sunday.
Jesse Trentadue, the Salt Lake City attorney who obtained the footage through the Freedom of Information Act, spells out more problems with the footage a few paragraphs later:
“Four cameras in four different locations going blank at basically the same time on the morning of April 19, 1995. There ain’t no such thing as a coincidence,” Trentadue said.
[Editor's Note: After reading the article and watching the video, I contacted Jayna Davis. An award-winning investigative reporter for NBC affiliate KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City at the time of the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995, Davis went on to write the book, The Third Terrorist, containing details from her personal investigation of the attack. That book, by the way, made it to The New York Times Best Sellers list. Her investigation of what happened differs greatly from the official government version of events.]
[UPDATE 9/28/09 11:14 a.m. Central: This morning, I became the first journalist of any ilk to whom Jayna Davis has spoken about the case in four years. During the next 24 hours, I will share details about never-before-published information about surveillance camera footage related to the Oklahoma City bombing. These details arrived in the form of a three-page document Davis e-mailed to me this morning. Stay tuned.]
[UPDATE 9/28/09 5:32 a.m. Central: Late this afternoon, I published a three-part series based upon materials provided by and conversations with Jayna Davis, author of The Third Terrorist. To read part one, click here.]