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Does A Dead Man Have A Right To Privacy? or When Is It “Safe” To “Do History” ?

Does A Dead Man Have A Right To Privacy? or When Is It “Safe” To “Do History” ?
By Wendy S. Painting, October 12, 2009

Recently I received troublesome news about my research into the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. As part of my PhD dissertation about the tragedy, I have corresponded with federal death row inmate, David Paul Hammer. Hammer awaits his fate in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he was formerly housed with another death row inmate, Timothy McVeigh, executed in 2001 for his role in the bombing. During their shared time on death row Hammer claims that McVeigh confided some very important details about the bombing which he wanted Hammer to bring to light after McVeigh’s execution. Hammer did this in his 2004 book “Secrets Worth Dying For.” Many of the claims that Hammer makes may sound bizarre to some, such as McVeigh’s insistence that he had been tasked by authorities to infiltrate ‘right wing extremists,’ yet after souring the defense documents of McVeigh’s legal defense team, I found many which corroborate and support some of Hammer’s various claims, including medical and military records, as well as other types of documentary evidence.

The Strange Death of Terry Yeakey by Wendy S. Painting

Unanswered Questions Haunt Family of Oklahoma City Bombing First Responder.
By: Wendy S. Painting, October 2, 2009

On May 11, 1996, the New York Times ran a story with the headline “A Policeman Who Rescued 4 in Bombing Kills Himself.” Sergeant Terrance Yeakey, Oklahoma City Police Department, was 30 years old and was about to receive the police department’s Medal of Valor for his heroic rescue efforts the day of the Oklahoma City bombing, which occurred on April 19, 1995.

Yeakey was the first to arrive on the scene that terrible day and saved the lives of countless people from the rubble of the building and the horrific effects of the explosion. The article says Yeakey committed suicide, claiming that he was living in emotional pain because he could not do more to help the people injured in the bombing, and that he was suffering from intense survivor guilt which he was unable to manage. But others in Oklahoma City, including the family of Terrance Yeakey, claim that his death was not a suicide at all, but a brutal murder, and indicate that local law enforcement were complicit in covering up this murder.

Conspiracy in Perry, Oklahoma

Conspiracy in Perry, Oklahoma
By Wendy S. Painting
January 7, 2009
(Perry, Oklahoma. Picture by Wendy S. Painting December 2008)

On December 27th while at the airport, returning from a research trip from Texas and Oklahoma, I received a call from a friend who said he had just turned on the television and saw something he thought would be of interest to me. He excitedly told me that the FBI had just released a surveillance tape, long held in secrecy, to the Oklahoma City National Memorial commemorating the 1995 bombing of the Murrah federal building which killed at least 168 people. For unknown reasons this video was never released to the public, was not allowed in the three bombing trials of Terry Nichols or Timothy McVeigh and remained in the sole custody of the FBI until now. A spokesperson for the memorial said that the video will help to tell the story of the bombing more completely. I had just returned from Perry, Oklahoma where the footage was taken, a few days before learning of the release of the tape. My reasons for going to Perry were also to tell the story of the Oklahoma City bombing more fully, and an exploration of Perry seemed to be one of the ways to do this.

my interview with KRS-ONE on 9-11-08

my interview with KRS-ONE on 9-11-08

here is the link:

thanks so much to Minnesotachange

Jesse Trentadue's Tireless Fight for Us All

October 19, 2008

New developments in the quest to determine the actual truth behind the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing can be attributed to the tireless work of attorney, Jesse Trentadue. Trentadue, a former United States Marine, began his personal mission in an attempt to uncover the cause of his brother’s death. Jesse’s brother Kenny Trentadue was murdered, or rather, “suicided” in a federal penitentiary under alarmingly mysterious circumstances, after he was mistaken for Richard Guthrie, a member of the Aryan Republican Army and Midwest Bank Robbers. It was believed by authorities that Guthrie was involved in the bombing. Jesse Trentadue, since then, has become the legal and informational vanguard for other victims of the bombings, such as Jannie Coverdale, who lost her two young grandsons in the blast, and has herself fought the FBI, DOJ and almost every other federal agency imaginable, in order to find the truth.

reflections on PNAC

Wendy S. Painting
October 6, 2008

9-11-08 Interview with Dylan Avery (Loose Change)

Wendy S. Painting, M.A.

Every year activists gather at Ground Zero in New York City on September 11th to pay respects to the dead and to show the world that the victims of the attacks and the citizens of this country deserve a real accounting concerning the events of 9/11/01, something that is yet to be had. This year hundreds gathered from all over the country and the world to show solidarity and support for this growing movement.


Rochester’s very own Kevin Atoms will be hosting a venue to display progressive political and social art, in conjunction with the “elections” at the end of October and into the “election” week of November. The venue is Method Lab on South Ave, near the equally progressive LUX LOUNGE located on South Ave. Mr. Atoms will be collecting your radical art until the end of September. Rochester is filled with talented and intellectual homegrown revolutionary artists and this is a call out for their participation. Remember, the term Revolution simply means the turning of the wheel and artists are on the vanguard of any good Revolution. To contribute your own Rochester rooted art please contact the esteemed Mr. Atoms at:


A Quest for Answers, interview with Janie Coverdale

In the spring of 1995, Janie Coverdale and her two grandsons, Aaron, age five, and Elijah, who was two years old, lived in the Regency Tower Apartments, a stones throw away from the Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City ,which would be bombed on April19, 1995. The two boys went to the daycare center which was housed in the Murrah building. Janie worked at the County Assessors office, just two blocks away.

After Janie dropped Aaron and Elijah off at the daycare center that morning, she never saw them again. They would perish in the attack. “We didn’t know what happened to them until late that Saturday morning. We didn’t know from Wednesday to Saturday. Finally someone identified their bodies.”

Coverdale was at work when she heard the explosions. Coverdale is one of many people on site that day that witnessed, heard or felt, more than one explosion, in contrast to the official story, which states that one Ryder truck detonated in front of the Murrah building.

Interview with OKC Survivor Ruth Schwab

June 17, 2008

Amidst all the dirty details of the 1995 bombing of the Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, one can get lost. Recently I set out to uncover aspects of this story which have not been publicized or accounted for. The story of the cover-up can not be separated from the effects which the bombing caused, the very real trauma of the survivors, to the families and to the country.

Like so many others, Ruth Schwab was not only a victim but an eye witness. She was gracious enough to talk with me recently. Her story, like so many others that day, is not detached from the maze of other details.

(Murrah Building before bombing)

About a week before the bombing, Ruth was pulling up to work at the Murrah building. As she was going into the garage she saw three men standing around talking. The men were dressed in work clothes, but she did not recognize any of them. Ruth knew many of the people that worked there. The men were holding what seemed to be a large sheet of paper. At the time, Ruth thought that they were holding floor plans.

Hoppy Heidelberg, OKC Juror still demands the truth

Hoppy Heidelberg was picked to be on an Oklahoma Grand Jury in 1995. He soon found out that he would be one of many preparing indictments against the conspirators alleged to be involved in the Oklahoma City Bombing. Although Heidelberg was picked to be on the jury through a random selection process, it seemed fate was not random. Heidelberg was just the man the public needed to challenge the spoon fed evidence given in this case. Hoppy was in fact removed from the Grand Jury after his outspoken protests of obfuscation, including the refusal to allow the Grand Jury to call certain witnesses and question others. Two of these witnesses were separate and independent Geo scientists who has recorded separate seismographs of the blast which revealed that in fact, more than one explosion occurred that day. The occurrence of more than one explosion is also supported by emergency responder transcripts I was recently able to read. Given Mr. Heidelberg’s honest and upfront manner, it is easy to see how his integrity wreaked havoc on the carefully prepared cover up.

Rochester Ny 9/11 Activist Arrested

My name is Wendy. I am an organizer for Rochester 9/11 Truth. I was
arrested (along with another 9/11 activist)at a demonstration yesterday
and my camera was confiscated.

I was told that if i identified the other people taking pictures i
would be allowed to keep my camera.

I am going to go to court. This just happened yesterday and I feel like
it would be very good to get this out ASAP..