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Full Text of McVeigh Letter

Friday, 27 April 2001 12:00 AM

The text of the letter follows:

Q: Reactions to comments by A.G.; Keating

A: Most of the insults are meritless and quite often absurd, so I don't pay them much attention. Hitler? Absured. (Gerald Rivera uses the same analogy, so Keating and Ashcroft are in good company!) Coward? This label would make Orwell proud – it is doublethink at its finest. Collateral damage? As an American news junkie; a military man; and a Gulf War veteran, where do they think I learned that? (It sure as hell wasn't Osama Bin Laden!)

For all else, I would refer you to my enclosed paper "Hypocrisy," and to Bani Yousef's statement to the court just prior to his sentencing. I filter all labels and insults thusly.

Q: Lessons?

A: Many foreign nations and people hate Americans for the very reasons most Americans loathe me. Think about that.

There are most likely many lessons in my story Americans have the choice to try to learn from me (which is why I cooperated with the authors of American Terrorist), or they can choose to remain ignorant and suffer the consequences.

Q: What's the deal with you expressing interest in having your execution televised?

A: First, it has nothing to do with seeking to be on camera – just look at how few on-camera interviews I have done. Rather, it is to make a point: In the U.S., we show, on television, reenactments of real executions; mock-fictional executions (in movies); and real executions from foreign countries – yet we are ashamed to show our own justice system in action. It is ironic that we show foreign executions, but are afraid to show identical domestic laws being carried out.

Q: What were some other options considered besides bombing? Who would you have targeted?

A. I waited two years from "Waco" for non-violent "checks and balances" built into our system to correct the abuse of power we were seeing in federal actions against citizens. The Executive; Legislative; and Judicial branches not only concluded that the government did nothing wrong (leaving the door open for "Waco" to happen again), they actually gave awards and bonus pay to the agents involved; and conversely, jailed the survivors of the Waco inferno after the jury wanted them set free.

Other "checks and balances" likewise proved futile: Media awareness and outcry (The major media failed in its role as overseer of government and instead adopted the role of government ally); protest marches; letter campaigns; even small-budget video production; etc. – all failed to correct the abuse.

When violent action thus became an option, I considered, among other things, a campaign of individual assassination, with "eligible" targets to include: Federal Judge Water Smith (Waco trial); Lon Hariuchi (FBI sniper at Ruby Ridge); and Janet Reno (making her accept "full responsibility" in deed, not just word.)

Q: Further describe the motivations for bombing over other options.

A. See enclosed documents.

Q. Summate feelings and lessons learned re: experience with legal system, and particularly, S.J.

A: Stephen Jones was appointed (in his own mind), not as a defense attorney, but as an "independent prosecutor" representing Oklahoma state (just prior to "representing" me, he worked as an adviser to the chief law enforcement officer for the state of OK – Governor Frank Keating) and its interests; and secondary, looking out for his own interests (namely fame and fortune).

Having this experience under my belt, I would recommend that a defendant never trust his/her lawyer, for you can never count on the attorney-client privilege, nor the ethical integrity of a given attorney.

(I have also learned what "cronyism" means, in actually effect.)

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