Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Jose Padilla and OKC

Seeing a story involving alleged dirty-bomb terrorist Jose Padilla and the Supreme Court on today's New York Times front page reminded me of the facial similarity to John Doe #2 of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Non-mainstream-wise, read all about it here and here.


Blogger Rinda Elliott said...

Who knows what really happened? Do we ever get the truth?

I lived so close at the time, the explosion lifted my garage door up and slammed it back down. To this day, I can't go to the memorial site and nearly every editor or agent who comes to our annual OWFI conference wants to go.

As for the story, don't you especially love the comments like this one.. "I dont suppose anyone knows where i can find some of McVeighs antiwar ravings. They're handy when liberals rant about war and evil right wingers."

Real nice.

3:18 PM  
Blogger X. Dell said...

I understand what you mean, Rinda. I didn't go to the WTC cite until last year, and that's because I had to.

Have you written about your experience of that day? If so, where?

As far as the pictures go, I remember John Doe #2 wearing a baseball cap in the police composite. I'll chalk that up to my fuzzy memory.

But what really concerns me about these linked sites is that Padilla was incarcerated for years with no charges filed against him. When the Court finally forced the government to obey its own law, Padilla was finally charged with the vague offense of "conspiring to commit terrorist activity."

In short, Padilla could very well be guilty of nothing. My eyesight's not very good, but Padilla does look a little like the person in the composite sketch. Then again, everybody looks like somebody else, and composites (assuming that's the actual one) aren't always accurate. You really would have to rely on other (or additional) evidence to place Padilla in Oklahoma City that day. That evidence would certainly have been forthcoming, judging from the PR problems that the administration has had over this issue (and just about every other issue).

My thoughts are that someone might be circulating this on the net to create another half-baked "conspiracy theory" that obfuscates the real issues of the Murrah Building attack and the 'War on Terror.' Furthermore, this advances a theory that justifies the administration's illegal handling of Padilla.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Rinda Elliott said...

I never wrote about my experiences. It was just the worst day. The worst time.

To this day, I can vividly remember the weeks of shock and crying, the images of that fireman carrying that little girl. The horrible smell in the air even miles away. The story of the woman who went to help and died from falling debris. I remember seeing an image of another woman standing at the graveside of her two little grandchildren. I stayed in bed for over twenty four hours after seeing her.

The day of the explosion, I was sitting at the table coloring with my daughter when it sounded like someone ripped off our garage. She started crying and didn't really sleep well for a week. And that was from the garage noise!

My cousin spent the day frantically trying to get to her daughter who was in that daycare across the street. No one would let her through. Her daughter carries scars from this.

There's more, but I can overwrite these comment sections. :)

Experiencing violence changes a person on such a basic level. I live in a town where there was a huge post office massacre. I'm a writer who spends a lot of time in post offices and years later, I still get a little freaked going in there.

Don't you live in NY? This kind of experience with violence is something we share. Unfortunate, isn't it?

And I'm with you, this feels like someone is trying to keep us from real issues. That comment I posted alone upset me-- imagine wanting to use that man's words to justify anything. I can't decide if it's ignorance or apathy.

10:56 AM  

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