Had the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms in February of 1995 acted upon an its expressed determination to arrest a German national who had overstayed his visa, the Oklahoma City bombing might not have taken place.
While the show trial of Oklahoma City bomber Tim McVeigh was being conducted at Denver, Colorado, in April 1997, another federal proceeding was taking place in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But no one seemed particularly interested in this case–the federal prosecution of former beauty queen and Oklahoma debutante Carol Howe for making bomb threats against the government of the United States.
No one, that is, but the Department of Justice itself. And attorneys representing the department were interested enough to exhibit virtual desperation when privately begging Judge Michael Burrage to seal the case and all appertaining information lest it be acquired by McVeigh attorneys in Denver.
For some eight months prior to the April 19, 1995, destruction of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building, Carol Howe had been acting as an informant for the ATF. Her mission was to gather information from and about friends and acquaintances located in Elohim City, Oklahoma, a known hangout for neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups in the state.
And although Judge Burrage did indeed seal the records of her trial, a leaked “Transcript of Proceedings” conducted in a sealed hearing make it clear that Howe had reported to her ATF contact that Andreas Strassmeir, a German national living in Elohim City who had overstayed his American visa, was both an explosives expert and had made threats about blowing up a federal building in Oklahoma City.
“And Ms. Howe told you about Mr. Strassmeir’s threats to blow up federal buildings, didn’t she?” asked Howe’s attorney, Clark Brewster of Carol Howe’s “handler,” ATF Agent Angela Finley-Graham, during Howe’s trial.
“In general, yes” responded Agent Graham.
“And that was before the Oklahoma City bombing?” continued Brewster.
“Yes” said Graham.
In fact, Carol Howe had accompanied Andreas Strassmeir to Oklahoma City at Graham’s urging some months earlier and not only relayed this information to Graham, but accompanied the ATF agent to Oklahoma City shortly thereafter, detailing….
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