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New judge orders FBI to release Oklahoma City Bombing evidence.


The FBI is defying multiple court orders to release evidence in the Oklahoma City bombing. The evidence may show that the FBI failed to pursue other suspects, or that the FBI knew the attack was coming and failed to prevent it.

From Las Vegas Sun…

A federal judge has issued a ruling related to an attorney’s claim that more people were involved in the Oklahoma City bombing, ordering the FBI to produce more information about its record-keeping.

Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue has argued that unreleased video and other records will show that others were involved in the 1995 terror attack that killed 168 people.

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said Wednesday that Trentadue has raised valid questions over whether the agency has done enough to find a pair of videotapes sought as part of a Freedom of Information Act request.

Waddoups also wants to know whether bureau officials believe they can conceal information from the public and the courts and ordered a Department of Justice attorney to detail how difficult it would be for the FBI to manually search for the records in evidence control centers in Oklahoma City, Washington, D.C., and at an FBI crime lab.

Waddoups, who set a June 30 deadline for government attorneys, wants the information before deciding whether the FBI has complied with federal freedom of information laws in Trentadue’s case.

Trentadue sued the FBI and the CIA in 2008 seeking release of tapes and records from the fatal bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building.

The lawsuit came two years after Trentadue first sought the information.

In papers filed in U.S. District Court, Trentadue contends the FBI’s efforts to locate the information he wants have been inadequate, and he argues the bureau has failed to meet the requirements of the law that directs the release of government records.

Specifically, Trentadue is seeking surveillance tapes taken the morning of the bombing from exterior cameras on the Murrah building and dashboard camera video from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s arrest of Timothy McVeigh, who was later convicted of and executed for the bombing.