WAC-OK Activists Hold Street Action During 16th Anniversary of OKC Bombing



By Andrew W. Griffin
Red Dirt Report, editor
Originally Published on April 19, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY – Activists with WeAreChange Oklahoma spent Tuesday morning handing out literature to members of the public before, during and after a memorial was held on the 16th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing. The memorial event, held on a particularly windy day, was held at what is now the  Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum.

Obtaining permits beforehand, the WAC-OK activists also held banners that were critical of the official investigation and subsequent cover-up, despite countless witnesses who saw Timothy McVeigh with other people before the bombing, among other important issues.

“We’re out here because we want to counter the official lie with some truth,” said WAC-OK lead organizer James Lane. “If we’re not out here exposing this to people, by telling that what really happened, then they may never know.”

Added Lane: :”We owe that to the 168 people who died that day.”

Lane said there is such a push to “institutionalize” the official narrative of the bombing – a bombing crafted by disillusioned Desert Storm Army vet Timothy McVeigh, with help from Terry Nichols, on April 19, 1995 – that the state is making sure it is taught in schools.

Interestingly, amidst all the media hoopla over the 16th anniversary of the bombing, the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT), was taking advantage of event by coinciding a counterterrorism “one-day seminar” nearby, just the day before.

According to MIPT.org, the seminar, featuring counterterrorism experts – everyone from Homeland Security advisors to clandestine CIA operatives to “emergency management” gurus – was called “Understanding Terrorism: A Thinking Man’s Game.” Many of the participants were on hand at the memorial observance on Tuesday.

In fact, the WAC-OK activists told Red Dirt Report that they were approached by a representative from the Alexandria, Va.-based HMS Company and basically told that from what they learned during the MIPT seminar that their holding signs and handing out literature could conceivably be considered a “threat.”

This comment was echoed earlier by James Lane who said he believed that the emphasis on terrorism concerns – real or not – only helps MIPT and director David Cid to get more grant funding “while training law enforcement to treat citizens as domestic terrorists.”

Lane continued: “We’re here to try and give voice to that. We live here. This is our home. We know there are perpetrators out there who haven’t been brought to justice,” Lane said.

Buffalo, N.Y-area resident Wendy Painting, who is researching the Oklahoma City bombing for a scholarly paper she is working on, was also on hand at the protest and said that, “The questions have grown over the past 16 years.”

During their street action, which included different groups standing at different street corners, like NW 5thand Robinson Avenue. It was a little further down where federal officials told the activists they had to move off the corner or be arrested – despite having the permits

Activist Tim Dowell said it wasn’t a fight worth fighting at that moment. And despite some negative responses from some people passing by the group, most were polite and accepted the informative brochures which addressed issues relating to everything from John Doe. #2 to other bombs in the building that day to all the missing surveillance tapes.

V.Z. Lawton, who was in the building that morning, told media on hand that he there was a first explosion prior to the main explosion. He was knocked out by the first bomb. Lawton has been on record saying he does not believe the official story.

A quote from Lawton, “Without the truth there can be no justice,” was featured on the banner some of the activists held.

Activist Tim Dowell struck up a conversation with Norman resident Laurie Cox, who was in second grade when the Murrah building was bombed. She had come to the memorial event a little late and said she was pleased with the “simplicity and beauty” of the event and the day.

“What these guys are doing is cool,” Cox said of the WeAreChange Oklahoma activists. “They’re trying to figure out what happened.”

And when Cox was informed that there were other bombs in the building and that one went off before the main truck bomb was detonated, she looked shocked.

And as the official events at the memorial concluded, folks headed out, including U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma City) and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. Both political figures ignored the activists holding the bright yellow banner at the corner of 5th and Robinson.

“Fallin was lieutenant governor during the bombing,” noted activist Holland Van den Nieuwenhof.

Also ignoring the activists were members of the media. Channel 5 had a van parked right next to where the activists were standing and the anchorman simply walked past them, practically ignoring their presence, not sensing a story or interview opportunity.

And Janie Coverdale, who lost her two grandsons, Aaron and Elijah, in the bombing, said she wished Gov. Fallin had not shown up.

For more information, go to www.okcbombingtruth.com.

Copyright 2011 West Marie Media

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