Since September 2009, I’ve written more than a dozen posts about Jesse Trentadue’s quest for answers about the death of his brother, Kenneth Trentadue, who died in 1995 under suspicious circumstances while in custody at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City months after the Oklahoma City Bombing. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the Salt Lake City attorney along the way, it’s that he is relentless.
Today, less than seven weeks after sharing a chilling one-hour video of Jesse Trentadue speaking to an audience about his pursuit of truth, I share new details about a 24-page complaint he filed Thursday.
Via email Saturday afternoon, Trentadue told me his latest legal move was made in an effort to convince a federal court judge in Utah to compel the FBI to provide all documentation outlining what he describes as the agency’s “practice/program to recruit and place informants in the national media; on staffs of Senators, Congressmen and perhaps even federal judges; on defense teams in high profile federal criminal prosecutions; in the clergy; in other federal agencies, including the White House; and in local law enforcement.” To date, the FBI has provided only a portion of the manuals.
Trentadue uncovered the existence of this secret surveillance program, according to the complaint, as the result of his related Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI defendants to obtain a copy of the videotape taken on the morning of April 19, 1995, by external surveillance cameras mounted on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, which federal government records state recorded both the delivery of the bomb which destroyed the Murrah Building that morning and the perpetrators of that attack.
It will be interesting to see what, if any, tactics the FBI employs to keep the remaining documents out of Jesse Trentadue’s hands.
UPDATE 11/02/2012 at 7:55 p.m. Central: I haven’t had time to write an update myself, so take a look at this one – The Good, The Fast, and The Furious.
Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.