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Others Unknown: Timothy Mcveigh And The Oklahoma City Bombing Conspiracy: The Oklahoma City Bombing Case and Conspiracy Paperback – 18 May 2001
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Review from Newsweek
"In 'Others Unknown: The Oklahoma City Bombing Case and Conspiracy' Jones and coauthor Peter Israel recount his defense theory of the bombing, suggesting that McVeigh may be a 'patsy' of an international conspiracy. The judge didn't buy it, and refused to allow Jones to make most of his far-flung points. So Jones is taking his case--as problematic and improbable as it may be--to the court of history...'It strains belief,' he writes, 'to suppose that this appalling crime was the work of two men--any two men.'... Today the bomber is on death row, and the lawyer has written the closing argument he never got to deliver."
--Peter Annin, Newsweek --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Stephen Jones, of Enid Oklahoma, was appointed to represent Timothy McVeigh by the Federal Court System. He will donate all of his net proceeds from this paperback edition to a non-profit or charitable organization of his choice with a public accounting.
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Stephen Jones states that the prosecution didn't call certain witnesses to the stand thereby disallowing him to cross examine which would have resulted in the destruction of the prosecution's theory of the case including their charges against Timothy McVeigh. One can only wonder why the defense didn't call those same witnesses. Jones' reasons for not calling those witnesses are specious, at best.
Jones mentions that a seed salesman (Dave from Indiana) accused James Nichols of showing him a drawing of the Murrah Building in 1988 while telling him how it could be blown up. He fails to mention that the FBI claimed to use Dave's statements as cause to raid James Nichols' farm even though records show that they did not talk to Dave until five days after the raid! Neither does the book mention that the $2 million reward may have had something to do with Dave's accusations nor that Dave's statements kept growing and changing reflecting the news reports. The fact that James Nichols had an air-tight alibi confirmed by local police was not mentioned either.
While blaming Terry Nichols for planning the tragedy in Oklahoma and for using Tim as a patsy, Jones fails to mention that during all of the days and weeks in waiting it never occurred to Terry (who Jones says meticulously planned every detail of the crime and setup, with the advice of and being recruited by Arab terrorists from the Philippines) to clean out his house and garage of anything that may have a tendency to be incriminating. Such a brilliant, carefully laid plan but he just forgot and left all of the evidence at his house. Good hiding place! Apparently there is such a shortage of Arab terrorists in the Middle East that the Abu Sayef, a known terrorist group, had to recruit a former American soldier, farmer, husband and father with an absolutely spotless record to blow up a federal building. He'd certainly never squeal on their top secret mission!
Jones' critique of the prosecution and the justice system, in general, is right on target, and on that point I applaud him. His client did not get a fair and impartial trial. And even though he professes to believe in Tim's being not guilty, he leads the reader to believe that he is guilty. He covers all the bases, especially his butt as an attorney. A brilliantly written con-job but full of information heretofore unknown to the general public. "Others Unknown" is a must read.
The author doesn't mention that after being in the US Army, McVeigh got a job as a security guard with Burns International Security. McVeigh was assigned to the night shift, guarding the grounds of Calspan Research, a defense contractor that conducts classified research in advanced aerospace rocketry and electronic warfare. Calspan was founded in 1946 as Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, which included the "Fund for the Study of Human Ecology," a CIA financing conduit for mind control experiments by emigre Nazi scientists and others under the direction of CIA doctors Sidney Gottlieb, Ewen Cameron, and Louis Jolyn West.
The word "mind control" cannot even be found once in this book. Instead Jones bores us with the pathetic tug of war between the hugely overstaffed defense team (35 persons??!) and the Justice Department over witness statements. I think he personally did not do more than a handful interviews with McVeigh, in who he doesn't seem interested at all. He doesn't go into the peculiarities of the case, like the fact that McVeigh claimed sole responsibility for the bombing from the get-go. A strange thing to do unless you're eager to die.
The fact that he did not notice that McVeigh was under mind control and was singing from a song sheet says a lot about him as a lawyer and a writer.
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