I did say that I have some issues with the OKC bombing that I cannot explain. I am honestly afraid to post this based on being considered a Conspiracy theory quack myself, but at that risk I will give you the information as I saw and heard it. I was in Tulsa on the day of the bombing and we listened to live coverage on the local-news talk station owned by Clear-Channel who was feeding live coverage from their sister news-talk station in OKC (KTOK). After the explosion occurred an on the spot reporter interviewed Oklahoma City's bomb squad leader. Everybody in our office heard this report. He said that he had disarmed a bomb inside the building (after the big one) and that two other teams of men who worked for him disarmed two more. This occurred when the building was cleared again after bomb squad supposedly found another smaller bomb in the building. Janet Reno made a speech later that morning on TV and she said that the rumors of other bombs found in the building were untrue and they were "practice bombs" kept in the offices of the ATF in the Murrah Building. So, it was just a big scare. The news stories of the morning were never repeated and nothing more was said about finding other bombs except what Janet Reno said. My daughter and I watched much of the rescue effort the next day. I took her to the city since I knew this would be history in the making and that it would most likely be an important thing to remember and see in person. Believe me, it was difficult to describe the damage or to show it on television. Remember how the damage appeared in the front of the building. A BIG mess. Then, I watched much of the state trial of Terry Nichols. Primarily because I live in the same town the trial occurred and it was history in the making. The same bomb squad leader testified and I sat less than twenty feet from him when he testified. He sat right there in the witness chair and never mentioned that he disarmed a bomb as he did on the radio. He testified that he didn't even know it was destroyed the entire front of the building until he went around the building after helping people out at the back of the building. He said that he saw something that looked suspicious in one of the exposed offices and had the fire-department put up a tall ladder (at least to the fifth floor)--he retrived a box that was marked as a "live" TOW missile container. He brought it down to the street and opened it and it had a practice missile in there. My brother was a Federal Special Agent for the Treasury department who knew the ATF agent very well who was killed in the Murrah bulding. I asked my brother if they would have had practice fake explosives in the ATF office. He started laughing and said, "No way." These were operational offices in a federal building, not training locations were simulated explosives would be kept. Here are my questions and problems: Why would the bomb-squad leader say that he disarmed one bomb and his men had disarmed two others in a live interview? Why would Janet Reno indicate there were fake explosives in the ATF office within hours of the explosion? Why would the agent testify on the witness stand that he did not find any live bombs after saying so on the radio? Why would there be a box containing a fake TOW missile, but the box was not marked as "inert"? What would ATF agents be doing with an anti-tank missile (fake or not) in a downtown office in Oklahoma City. Finally, there are some issues concerning John Doe number two and the fact that seven witnesses claim they saw a middle-eastern looking man who looked just like John Doe number 2 exit the truck with McVeigh and leave with him--wearing a jogging suit? How did the government get such a perfect drawing of Timothy McVeigh based on one person's description and the match between the pix and McVeigh were incredible--and coming up with this picture within hours of the bombing? Okay, I have presented what I have heard and seen and the questions that I have concerning the bombing. Is this a conspiracy theory---no, there are just some issues that don't tie together. I can just imagine the stories that can be made up from these descrepancies, but the bottom line is that it is possible the government agents had suspicions something was going to happen and they may have even known McVeigh might have been planning something (because they had his likeness down so well)--but, he was just too many steps ahead of them. Is this likely? I don't know and speculating does no good and much of this may have just been the result of confusion (especially the bomb squad leader's testimony) during the terrible morning of the disaster. Actually, in reality I think it is more likely that the government was hot on the trail of McVeigh, but he was just too far ahead of them. True or not the government would have done everything they could to prevent the bombing from occuring. Then again, all this testimony may have just been confused by the bomb squad crew who were as shook up as the rest of us by such a powerful disaster. We have to remember that every time something this enormous and disasterous occurs, confusion rules. People are confused, they say things they don't mean. They may actually believe they saw something when they didn't. How many of you actually believe that you would remember what a stranger looked like who got out of a truck and then an explosion wipes out a huge building and everything in two or three blocks. Were inside bombs found? In reality, I doubt it. They weren't needed and 7000 pounds of ANFO, parked where it was would have certainly cratered the side of the building and pancaked the floors just like it did. About the windows on the far side of the building? You would just have to see the site after it occurred to see how much debris there was blocking those windows from any shock wave. ANFO is a relatively slow shock wave compared to military explosives. A 1000 pound military bomb in that truck would have been more likely to have blown the building to the ground due to the much higher air-shock that would have formed. ANFO is good for cratering rocks in a quarry, but it wouldn't be the best choice to bring the building down. This is probably the only thing that prevented the building from collapsing. You have to realize that the truck was practically touching the building because there was a cut-out in the sidewalk for a delivery truck to come right to the building. This is the major reason McVeigh picked the OKC building over several others he considered--including the actual federal building in OKC or the federal building in Little-Rock. There you go, conspiracy hounds---if you want to take off on a tangent, this one has more evidence of some oddities than the WTC or Pentagon or even Elvis being alive.