According to popular versions of events, the attack was planned and carried out by a pair of former U.S. Army members who had been "radicalized" into anti-government operatives: 27-year-old Timothy McVeigh, who purportedly parked a Ryder rental truck stuffed with a 7,000-pound fertilizer bomb outside of the building "with minimal help from Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier," according to a recently-published report by the Libertarian Institute.
At the time, it was the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history -- a grim milestone that would be surpassed roughly six years later when foreign terrorists attacked and destroyed the World Trade Center's twin towers and a portion of the Pentagon.
Two years later, McVeigh was convicted of "using a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death," among other federal charges. And for a short time, he was held in the same federal cell block as the Unabomber and Ramzi Yousef, the latter of whom planted a bomb in the underground parking garage of one of The World Trade Center towers in 1993. McVeigh was put to death via lethal injection in 2001, a relatively short period of time from the attack to the carrying out of his death sentence.
"There is much we still don’t know about the case, however. Thanks to years of heroic work by people like Salt Lake City-based attorney Jesse Trentadue, writer and researcher J.M. Berger, and independent investigative reporter Wendy S. Painting, the American public is slowly learning more and more key (and disturbing) facts about the case. Facts involving the FBI’s possible incitement of McVeigh and the subsequent cover-up of these facts by Newsweek magazine," the Libertarian Institute report said, adding:
FBI incitement is more topical than ever, of course. Reports of the FBI being involved in Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer’s kidnapping plot and of FBI agents and assets being involved in the January 6th events has collapsed whatever level of trust the public had with federal law enforcement, not to mention the mainstream media whose related coverage rarely digs deeper than the government’s official line.
What other crimes have been committed or conspiracies planned, the public wonders, where the initial momentum was actually created by the FBI? How much have FBI infiltrators pushed constitutionally protected “heated talk” into the unlawful planning and execution of deadly crimes? To what extent has the FBI been, as the saying goes, arsonists posing as firefighters? These are especially important questions when it comes to the OKC bombing.
As many Americans know, the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies have infiltrated and conducted [authorized and unauthorized] surveillance ops against right-wing organizations for decades, principal among them the "Patriotic Conspiracy" or PATCON operation. Though it supposedly ended officially in 1993, the operation only became public thanks to a 2007 freedom of information request.
In part citing FBI internal documents, Painting -- in her 2016 book about McVeigh and PATCON -- discussed how the latter used secret operatives and paid informants who "were given license to engage in provocateur activities and instructed to make known their willingness to commit violence and advocate for the violent overthrow of the U.S. government.”
Painting quoted John Matthews, one of the informants who went public, as saying that though he was initially told "the objective was to infiltrate and monitor" groups, later he would come to understand that the real objective was "to infiltrate and incite" groups into acting out. That included, Matthews said, providing “the ideas, detailed instructions, and even live C4 explosives and automatic weapons to targeted individuals as a way of entrapping them into terrorist plots, so the FBI could capitalize on foiled and actualized plots.”
Trentadue added that through PATCON the FBI was actually trying to foment a full-on rebellion so the government could use it to dramatically clamp down on constitutional guarantee in the name of 'putting down an insurrection.'
All of the details were put into a 7,000-word article for Newsweek magazine back in 2011, but then-liberal editor Tina Brown cut the story down to 4,000 words and removed carefully researched segments implicating figures in the FBI and Justice Department who were grooming sources during the OKC bombing era.
As the since-defunct Examiner detailed at the time, all of the aforementioned suspicions Matthews aired about the FBI’s hand in the OKC bombing were cut.