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April 28, 2014

Hello to anyone who is reading these posts!  I have been having trouble trying to find the official federal government report about the Oklahoma City bombing.  If anyone has a link for it, I would appreciate having that.  I really only want to see what it has to say about federal agents’ confirmations of multiple explosives in the targeted building, as local news outlets reported on the day of the attack, since the official story says there weren’t any after the fact.  I’m curious.

Given the scope of the attack, one would think it should be an easy public record to locate with the right search terms.  The anniversary was less than two weeks ago… with no mention of it in the media, I noticed, though the Boston Marathon bombing was mentioned…  Maybe it’s just because so many bad things happen around this time: Oklahoma City, Waco, Columbine among them.  Coincidental, that.

I did a Google search and, wouldn’t you know it, the only official governmental reports on the first page of sites found had the report from the state of Oklahoma (which was short, for such a thing- probably owing to the fact it is not as extensive a catalog of physical evidence the federal government tends to give) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) response on how buildings and reactions changed (much longer than the Oklahoma’s document).  The FBI had a fact sheet, effectively, but that was all and it had no link to the report I am looking for.  FEMA itself has no obvious link to this document.  The first three Google search pages were all missing the report itself and diverged from the topic fairly quickly.

There is  a federal report, right?  Whatever parts may still be sealed for national security reasons, it should be readily available on some .gov site sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, or some similar department of the government if not in the Library of Congress as released from a Capitol Hill committee of some sort.

Yet, nothing.  Even the website billed as the official one of the investigating committee of the Oklahoma City bombing is a lackluster .net thing playing off the visceral, human side of the tragedy without correct and precise information found in official documents I did find elsewhere.  That means it is playing to the memory and not the facts, by the way, which is dangerous in a historical sense.  (The only link to an investigation document sends me to a lawyer’s advertisement, then a different search engine page…?)  This is ridiculous.  It seems like this site, if any, should have a link or the federal government’s assessment of the bombing, but all it has in that regard is transcripts of McVeigh’s trial; and I am compelled to point out that was a series of blunders and poor maneuverings by the federal prosecution, however it may be displayed here.  This is not the best information I would present if I wanted to have an archive to this incident.

Google failed to locate the document and I can’t afford to drive to Washington, D. C. to peruse the Library of Congress personally.  Hotsheet, Yahoo and Dogpile were equally useless, and evidently Bing is owned by Google… so there’s no point to try that one.  Hotsheet was sponsoring Google companies, so it could be owned by the same, as well.  This leads to an unsettling reality if Google effectively owns all the means of common internet research.

So, what is going on here?  Something with so much impact on the American people, even if only for a few years (9-11 was less than a decade later) should have a better result than a disappointing .net site and a minimalist state-level report.  All I want is the answer to one little question.  Is that so much to ask?

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