Plots and Schemes

By Christopher Zoukis On November 16, 1994, Terry Nichols drove to Las Vegas.  He rented storage space into which he placed wigs, masks, panty hose, freeze-dried food and $60,000 worth of gold bullion, silver bars, and jade.  Peter Langan, Leader of the ARA / Image courtesy Meanwhile, McVeigh had gone to Pendleton, New York, […]

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The Life and Times of Timothy McVeigh

By Christopher Zoukis

The amount of information available on Timothy McVeigh is mind-boggling.  At least a dozen books have been written on the subject.  Some of these books present a carefully sanitized account of McVeigh’s life and the events surrounding the Oklahoma City bombing.  In other words, there was no conspiracy.  The bombing of the federal building was simply the work of baneful, disaffected die-hards, who lost touch with reality.  Image courtesy

On the other hand, hundreds – if not thousands – of online Websites preach and publish the wildest nonsense imaginable.  Everything from McVeigh’s supposed connection to Middle East terrorist groups to a government conspiracy to blow up one of its own buildings, and then cover it up by laying the blame on a small group of nutcases.  The latter theory was concocted by zealots of the paramilitary and white nationalist groups, in order to keep “those already within the movement circles from jumping ship in disgust at the carnage.”[1]

The truth lies somewhere in between simple and surreal.  There was a conspiracy, but not one by the government.  Rather it was a religious/philosophical conspiracy.  It happened like this:

Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were misfits.  They didn’t fit in anywhere in normal society.  They felt left behind, disenfranchised by the government and the culture in which they resided.  Because of this, black anger bubbled inside them.  They were angry because they didn’t receive the recognition they believed they deserved.  In effect, they felt unloved and unwanted.  This led to feelings of shame.  And it was the government’s fault.  According to McVeigh and Nichols, the government was conspiring to take away the rights and freedoms of all Americans.  Which meant fear was now added to their shame.  They became paranoid.

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