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Eye Opener: New Oklahoma City Bombing Footage

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

Happy Monday! The FBI has released soundless video recordings of the moments after the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The explosion killed 168 people in the largest single attack on civilian federal employees in American history.

The Oklahoman released the footage on Sunday after obtaining it from a Utah attorney who obtained it through a Freedom of Information Act request and said the tapes appear to have been edited.

"Many of the released recordings are identified as coming from Southwestern Bell, which had security cameras in buildings both north and south of the Murrah Building. Others are from the Regency Tower, an apartment building west of the Murrah Building; the downtown public library, then southeast of it; and the Journal Record Building, directly north.

"Some images from those recordings have become public before," the paper reported.

Attorney Jesse Trentadue of Salt Lake City said the tapes appear to have been edited.

"Four cameras in four different locations going blank at basically the same time on the morning of April 19, 1995. There ain't no such thing as a coincidence," Trentadue said.

Officials claim the tapes did not record the minutes before the bombing because, "they had run out of tape" or "the tape was being replaced."

"The interesting thing is they spring back on after 9:02," he said. "The absence of footage from these crucial time intervals is evidence that there is something there that the FBI doesn't want anybody to see."

An FBI spokesman referred questions to agency officials in Washington, who were not available to comment to The Oklahoman. The newspaper donated copies of the footage to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | September 28, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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Not TOO suspicious. Just like the Pentagon on 9/11--the most heavily secured building in the world, possibly, and not ONE image pre-explosion, not one clear shot of anything looking like a plane.
Someone needs to upgrade the cameras! Even the crappiest convenience store ones do a far better job!

Posted by: Beckola | September 28, 2009 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Uh...what is it we're supposed to be able to see on this tape?

Posted by: KSVA | September 28, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

In the hours after the bombing, news outlets reported that authorities were searching for an Iraqi businessman who left town just before the bombing. The point isn't that Iraq did it. The point is that the rush to invade existed even in 1995.

Posted by: blasmaic | September 28, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Yes what is it of interest we are supposed to be able to see? Looks like anybuilding USA at anytime EST. How does this merit Wash Post coverage?

Posted by: bdoon51 | September 28, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

This week, I published four copyrighted articles about the missing Oklahoma City Bombing surveillance tapes based on exclusive interviews with David P. Schippers, a Chicago attorney who served as chief investigative counsel for the Clinton Impeachment Hearings in the House and Senate, and Jayna Davis, the award-winning investigative reporter and author of The New York Times Best Selling book, "The Third Terrorist." They're available, beginning here: .

Posted by: bobmccartywrites | October 1, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

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