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Conspiracy sites track OKC bombing events

June 13, 1997
Web posted at: 3:40 p.m. EDT (1540 GMT)

From CNN Interactive Writer Wayne Drash

(CNN) -- Timothy McVeigh's lawyers have said sentencing their client to death could elevate him to martyr status among militia groups and incite other violent attacks. Though the defense argument is part of their attempt to spare the defendant's life, conspiracy-related Web sites are closely monitoring McVeigh's fate.

And the sites are abundant. Some pop up instantly using search engines. Others mask themselves amid the tangled skein of the Web, constantly changing their names and URLs as if hiding from a possible government crack down.

But few of these sites doubt McVeigh's role in the deadly Oklahoma City bombing, nor do they hail McVeigh as a hero of anti-government sentiment. Instead, the sites argue that the defendant and alleged co-conspirator, Terry Nichols, could not have acted alone.

Here's a sampling of what some of the sites claim:
  • Why did McVeigh try to contact a neo-Nazi, and son of an aide to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, in the anti-government enclave of Elohim City, Oklahoma, just before the bombing?
    McVeigh-Kohl connection
    Probing the McVeigh/Neo-Nazi connection
  • Pictures taken near an Oklahoma Army base in early April 1995 show what appears to be a Ryder truck in a military-style compound. Was it involved in the bombing?
    Large photo
    Truck photo page
  • What about the Air Force report that concludes a single truck loaded with 4,800 pounds of ammonium nitrate could not pull off a blast the size of the April 19, 1995, explosion?

    The sites, if nothing else, provide provocative discussion not otherwise reported in the mainstream media. And some of the questions raised may soon be answered.

  • An Oklahoma judge Wednesday ordered a grand jury investigation into an alleged cover-up by federal agents. Republican state Rep. Charles Key led the campaign for the probe, collecting more than 10,000 signatures on a petition to investigate the bombing -- twice the number needed.

  • New American -- An affiliate of the John Birch Society, New America has one of the most extensive sites dedicated to the Oklahoma City bombing and various cover-up theories. It features several blast sections, numerous in-depth articles and archives for its print edition.

  • The Oklahoma City Bombing: Were there additional explosive charges? -- An independent site that contains the photographs of what appears to be a Ryder truck in a military compound in Oklahoma.

  • Michigan Militia -- A constantly updated site with news reports on alleged government cover-ups.

  • Parascope: Something strange is happening -- Get the scoop on paranoid news at one of the Web's most interactive conspiracy sites.

  • Militia links -- The militia movement is all over the Web. Take a peak for yourself.

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    The Patriots Web Page
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