Attorney Relentless in Pursuit of Truth About Brother’s Death

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.

Stay tuned!

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.

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A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob McCarty graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism in 1984. During the next two decades, he served stints as an Air Force public affairs officer, a political campaign manager, a technology sales consultant and a public relations professional. Today, Bob spends most of his time researching topics, writing about them and publishing those writings. When he’s not writing online, he’s working as an author. Bob’s first published book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. In his second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013), Bob connects the dots between a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr. — the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — and the deaths of dozens of Americans in Afghanistan at the hands of our so-called Afghan “allies” wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security forces. Bob is married, has three sons and lives in the St. Louis area. Bob is available for media and blogger interviews. Simply drop a comment here, leaving your name, organization, phone number, e-mail address and area of interest. He’ll try to respond as soon as possible.

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