In a post published Oct. 21, I shared details about a 24-page complaint filed by Jesse Trentadue in a Utah federal court days earlier. Now, here’s an update: On Jan. 10 at 3:30 p.m., Judge Clark Waddoups will rule on the Motion to Compel the FBI to produce the videotape taken by surveillance cameras at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City the morning of April 19, 1995.
The tape being sought by Trentadue, according to federal government records, “shows the Ryder truck pulling up to the Federal Building and then pausing (7-10 seconds) before resuming into a slot in front of the building. . . .[and] the truck detonation 3 minutes and 6 seconds after the suspects [plural] exited the truck.”
For some heretofore unexplained reason, the FBI doesn’t want to give up the tape, and Trentadue thinks their reluctance is connected to the death of his brotherr, 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 Judge Waddoups rules in favor of Trentadue, Trentadue will find himself one step closer to getting to the bottom of the circumstances surrounding his brother’s death. The Salt Lake City attorney, however, isn’t one to “count his chickens before they hatch” — and for good reason.
Despite being ordered by Judge Waddoups to search for and produce that tape, the FBI has essentially refused to do so. Details about their stonewalling can be found in my July 1, 2012, post, FBI Official Says OKC Bombing Videotapes “Might Have Been Misfiled, Impossible to Know Where.”
RELATED NEWS: Trentadue also gave me an update about his latest legal move made in an effort to convince the same federal judge 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.”
Trentadue informed me that, today, the agency filed an answer to the federal court complaint he filed under the Freedom of Information Act, to obtain copies of the manual that the FBI uses to recruit and place informants known as “sensitive informants” serving on the staffs of federal judges, members of Congress and in national media outlets; among the clergy; in other federal agencies, including the White House; and even on defense teams in high-profile federal criminal prosecutions. In their answer, the FBI states that it “can neither confirm nor deny the allegations [of the Complaint] regarding its confidential informant program” while citing national security as a basis for its refusal.
It’s a very interesting case the mainstream media isn’t following. Rest assured, I’ll keep up with it. Meanwhile, if you have a lot of time, be sure to read the 28 posts I’ve published in my series, Untold Stories of the Oklahoma City Bombing. Including in the series are 14 posts about the Kenneth Trentadue Murder Case.
If you don’t have a lot of time, read my Sept. 11, 2012, post, One-Hour Video Will Chill You, or simply watch the video below.
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 coming soon.