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'No Way' Truck Bomb Destroyed Murrah
Retired Air Force Gen. Benton K. Partin has told the Oklahoma County grand jury there is no way a crude bomb consisting of a mixture of ammonium nitrate fertilizer and fuel oil (ANFO) was responsible for the 1995 destruction of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City.
Partin has decades of experience as a military explosives expert.
The local grand jury was called through petition of the people of Oklahoma County to look into a broad conspiracy being responsible for the bombing. It spent six hours listening to testimony from the retired demolitions expert.
Partin said he believes four separate charges, placed within the building, were responsible for the devastation. The Justice Department contends a single ANFO bomb built within a Ryder rental truck and parked in front of the building destroyed it.
"I had an opportunity to explain my analysis of what happened in Oklahoma and my conclusions," Partin said after appearing before the panel. 'And my conclusions still are there had to have been demolition charges in the building.
"And the so-called ammonium nitrate and fuel oil could not possibly have done that damage," he added.
Partin, after viewing numerous photographs of the destruction from various angles was convinced demolition charges were planted on structural columns within the Murrah building before the building was devastated.
Partin issued a report in 1995 indicating "the damage pattern on the reinforced concrete superstructure could not possibly have been attained from a single truck bomb."
Partin says some of the building's columns that should have collapsed were left standing after the blast. Other columns collapsed that should have stood if a bomb in a truck outside the structure had been the cause of the explosion.
The general contends, as do many others who are appearing before the grand jury, that the government id not telling the whole story about the bombing.
For example, Oscar "Dude" Goodun is a General Services Administration (GSA) employee, who entered the building shortly after the explosion on April 19, 1995. Goodun said he and two employees of Mid-Western Elevator Co. Were en route to the building at the time to complete an inspection of the elevators which had started the previous day.
Goodun said they rushed into the wrecked building and found none of the elevators had fallen, as claimed by two federal agents.
The SPOTLIGHT has extensively covered Partin's opinions in past issues and he has been interviewed on Radio Free America.
Testimony has been herd by the grand jury that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents were not to report to work at the Murrah Building the day of the blast.
The grand jury has also heard testimony pointing to the presence of a so- called John Doe No. 2 being with now convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh before the bombing (SPOTLIGHT, September 29).