Uncovering A Justice Department Cover-Up
The Trentadue Case: A Coverup That Won`t Stay Covered,
December 02, 2003 ]
In 1995, Kenneth Trentadue
was murdered by federal agents in a federal prison in
Oklahoma City. A cover-up immediately went into effect.
Federal authorities claimed Trentadue, who was being
held in a suicide-proof cell, had committed suicide by
hanging himself, but the state coroner would not buy the
Prison authorities tried
to get family consent to cremate the body. But Trentadue
had been picked up on a minor parole violation, and the
story of suicide by a happily married man delighted with
his two-month-old son raised red flags to the family.
When the Trentadue family
received Kenneth`s body and heavy makeup was scraped
away, the evidence (available in photos on the Internet)
clearly shows a person who had been tortured and beaten.
His throat was slashed, and he may have been garroted.
There are bruises, burns and cuts from the soles of
Trentadue`s feet to his head, wounds that obviously were
As the state coroner noted
at the time, every investigative rule was broken by the
federal prison. The coroner was not allowed into the
cell, and the cell was scrubbed down prior to
The federal cover-up was
completely transparent. A U.S. senator made inquiries,
but the U.S. Department of Justice (sic), knowing that
it would not be held accountable, stuck to its
That was a mistake.
Trentadue`s brother, Jesse, is an attorney. He believes
that federal officials, like everyone else, must be held
accountable for their crimes. He has been battling the
Justice (sic) Department and the FBI for a decade.
Jesse Trentadue has
amassed evidence that his brother was mistaken for Tim
McVeigh`s alleged accomplice in the bombing of the
federal building in Oklahoma City. Federal agents,
believing that they had Richard Lee Guthrie in their
hands, went too far in attempting to force him to talk.
Jesse Trentadue learned
that the FBI had informants planted with two groups on
which McVeigh may have relied: a white supremacist
paramilitary training compound at Elohim City in
Oklahoma and the Mid-West Bank Robbery Gang. The
implication is that the FBI had advance notice of
McVeigh`s plans and may have been conducting a sting
operation that went awry.
The FBI has documents that
name the informants. Teletypes from then-FBI Director
Louis Freeh dated Jan. 4, 1996, and Aug. 23, 1996,
confirm that the FBI had informants imbedded with the
Mid-West Bank Robbery Gang and in Elohim City. In these
documents, Freeh reports to various FBI field offices
that the Elohim City informant (possibly explosives
expert and German national Andreas Carl Strassmeir)
"allegedly has had a lengthy relationship with Timothy
McVeigh" and "that McVeigh had placed a telephone
call to Elohim City on 4/5/95, a day that he was
believed to have been attempting to recruit a second
conspirator to assist in the OKBOMB attack."
The FBI denied to federal
judge Dale Kimball that any such documents existed. But
someone had leaked them to Trentadue, and he put them
before the judge along with an affidavit of their
genuineness. Caught red-handed lying to a federal judge,
the FBI was
ordered to produce all documents Trentadue demanded.
Kimball gave the FBI until June 15, 2005, to deliver the
incriminating records. Needless to say, the FBI doesn`t
want to deliver and is attempting every possible dodge
to escape obeying the judge`s order.
In his effort to uncover
the DOJ`s cover-up of his brother`s murder, Jesse
Trentadue may have uncovered evidence of the FBI`s
failure to prevent the bombing of the Murrah Building.
It is bad enough that the murder of Kenneth Trentadue is
covered over with many layers of DOJ perjury and the
withholding and destruction of evidence.
Evidence that the FBI was
aware of McVeigh`s plan to bomb the Murrah Building and
failed to prevent the deed would be an additional heavy
blow to the prestige of federal law enforcement.
Craig Roberts, a former Reagan Administration official,
is the author of
The Supply-Side Revolution and, with Lawrence M.
The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
for Peter Brimelow`s
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the
recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.