Eye Opener: New Oklahoma City Bombing Footage
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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| September 28, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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