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Film Touts 'Untold Story' of Murrah Bombing
Associated Press ^ | 2002-10-03 | Jennifer L. Brown

Posted on 10/03/2002 9:21:08 PM PDT by glorygirl

A documentary on the 1995 bombing begins with eerie music, a frantic grandmother outside the gutted federal building and a warning about a "vast subculture" bent on terrorizing America. "Terror from Within: The untold story behind the Oklahoma City bombing" tries to link executed bomber Timothy McVeigh with an ultra-right, anti-government cult that first plotted to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Building in 1983.

MGA Films in Fort Collins, Colo., is offering the 90-minute documentary to independent theaters and film festivals across the country, and the company plans to sell retail videotapes by early next year.

Much of the motivation for the film came from Kathy Wilburn, who traced the footsteps of the man who killed her 2- and 3-year-old grandsons with a truck bomb. Wilburn researched McVeigh for more than two years, visiting white supremacist camps and terrorist-training compounds where the bomber allegedly developed his anti-government views. She even slept in the same motel bed McVeigh did two nights before the explosion.

"I've been willing to dance with the devil to get to the truth," said Wilburn, one of a handful of victims' relatives who do not believe McVeigh and bombing conspirator Terry Nichols acted alone.

The documentary combines stories that have circulated about the bombing for years.

The star of the film is Kerry Noble, a former member of a paramilitary group called the Covenant, the Sword and the Arm of the Lord. He claims CSA and one of its heroes, Richard Wayne Snell, hatched a plot to blow up the Oklahoma City federal building 12 years before McVeigh did it.

Noble, who had left the movement by 1995, said that when he heard about the bombing he knew it was more than a coincidence.

April 19, 1995, was not only the two-year anniversary of the fiery end to the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, it was the 10-year anniversary of federal and state authorities' siege of the CSA compound in Arkansas. Also, Snell -- convicted of killing a black Arkansas state trooper and a pawnshop owner he mistakenly thought was Jewish -- was executed in Arkansas the evening of April 19, 1995.

"What better way could this man die than to give him a going-away present of the very building he targeted in Oklahoma City?" Noble says in the film.

The documentary includes brief comments from federal agents, but makes no attempt to present their belief that all those associated with the bombing have been prosecuted. Federal authorities have repeatedly said they investigated all leads and that McVeigh planned and carried out the plot.

The film also offers opinions from a British journalist who, among other things, has claimed former President Clinton was involved in a murder. And, a voice-over in the video names the wrong interstate where McVeigh was arrested.

Kari Watkins, executive director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial, said she was not interested in the documentary.

"We feel like justice has been served through the system and our mission is running the memorial," she said. Producer Jason Van Vleet, whose first documentary was "Waco: A New Revelation," said people are shocked when they watch his latest film.

"You hear a lot of gasps in the movie theaters," he said. "There is still a very real threat that exists from people that were born and raised in the United States, not necessarily foreign terrorists."

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: fredthompson; okcbombing
Please notice "untold story" is in quotes.
1 posted on 10/03/2002 9:21:08 PM PDT by glorygirl
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movie review ping
2 posted on 10/03/2002 9:22:22 PM PDT by glorygirl
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3 posted on 10/03/2002 9:24:10 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: glorygirl
Thanks for the flag. Especially in these "sensitive times."
4 posted on 10/03/2002 10:25:18 PM PDT by nunya bidness
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To: glorygirl
This sad part of American History absolutely will not be laid to rest until the TRUTH is finally in the open.
5 posted on 10/03/2002 10:48:22 PM PDT by CIBvet
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To: nunya bidness

That's "laugh out quietly."

6 posted on 10/03/2002 11:20:00 PM PDT by glorygirl
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To: glorygirl
This film looks like a frothy attempt to cash in on OKC. If any new information about domestic terrorists had been discovered, it would have been all over the news. What we seem to have is MGA Films, and others "unnamed," taking advantage of Mrs. Wilburn. More Hollywood disinformation propaganda.

7 posted on 10/04/2002 12:36:05 AM PDT by Misterioso
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To: Misterioso
Very good summary.
8 posted on 10/04/2002 1:31:33 AM PDT by glorygirl
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To: glorygirl
Sounds more like an expanded retelling of the same old marxist media story that made Clinton a reborn hero after the bombing. BS is what it sounds like.
9 posted on 10/04/2002 8:37:23 AM PDT by Twodees
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To: glorygirl
10 posted on 10/04/2002 7:22:13 PM PDT by lawdog
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To: Misterioso; glorygirl
I agree with glorygirl: nice summary analysis!

This one sounds like the "Christian Identity" movement (including CSL) is taking advantage of a wonderful lady, (Kathy) who not only lost her grandsons, Colton & Chase, but -- very soon after the bombing -- lost her husband, Glen.

You don't have to look very deep into the CI movement before you find some really nasty and scary stuff...

Thanks -- as always -- for the ping(s), GG!

TXnMA (No Longer!!!)

11 posted on 10/04/2002 7:33:05 PM PDT by TXnMA
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