Spy satellite used after Oklahoma City bombing
IDABEL -- A military satellite was used to gather intelligence from a white separatist enclave after the Oklahoma City bombing, according to a published report.
The McCurtain Daily Gazette reported Wednesday that it had obtained U.S. Secret Service documents mentioning use of the satellite to gather intelligence at Elohim City. The compound was under investigation as authorities looked for suspects in the days after the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
Such satellites typically gather information overseas. It would be rare for them to be used domestically.
The newspaper reported that it had obtained a Secret Service log indicating that on May 2, 1995, the FBI was attemption to locate suspects for questioning in the Oklahoma City bombing investigation. They were thought to be in Elohim City, a separatist compound near Muldrow in far eastern Oklahoma.
''Satellite assets have been tasked to provide intelligence concerning the compound,'' the document states.
Provided a copy of the log, Secret Service spokesman Jonathan Cherry told The Associated Press he could not confirm this was a Secret Service document and declined further comment.
There was no indication in the document what information the satellite was able to gather, or the capabilities of the exact satellite that was used. U.S. officials typically rely on photo-reconnaissance satellites to gather visual information from space about adversarial governments and foreign terrorists.
Timothy McVeigh was put to death in 2001 for the bombing, which killed 168 people. His co-defendant, Terry Nichols, is serving state and federal life sentences.
Theories have persisted that other suspects not officially identified, including a group of white supremacist bank robbers with ties to Elohim City, may have played a role in the bombing.
A judge in Nichols' state murder trial last year ruled there was no substance to defense allegations that McVeigh had links to these bank robbers or to residents of Elohim City. The ruling forced defense attorneys to rely more heavily on evidence first unveiled at Nichols' federal trial.
Information from McCurtain Daily Gazette: http://www.mccurtain.com
if anyone thinks their not being watched, their livin in a dream world.
Considering the large number of foreign nationals living in Oklahoma and that some of the 9/11 terrorists learn to fly in Oklahoma, why would anyone be surprised that this state and its citizens bear closer inspection than other surrounding states?