Thursday, March 26, 2009

FBI tipster said Salt Lake City targeted in wake of Oklahoma City bombing


FBI tipster said Salt Lake City targeted in wake of Oklahoma City bombing
By Pamela Manson
The Salt Lake Tribune

Days after the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995, the FBI received a letter identifying five other purported targets of terrorist attacks, according to a recently released memo.

On the list: the U.S. Attorney's Office in downtown Salt Lake City, allegedly slated to be hit by a "lethal type device" during daylight hours on June 19, 1995.

The FBI faxed a memo to its offices in the listed areas on April 28, 1995, the day after it received the letter, and requested investigations of possible sources of the threat. The threatened attacks never occurred, and the agency was unable to trace the letter's author.

The memo was among documents released in March to Utah attorney Jesse Trentadue, who has filed several lawsuits under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking documents about the Oklahoma City bombing. The lawyer believes the attack is connected to the August 1995 death of his brother, a convicted bank robber who was being held on an alleged parole violation.

Authorities say the death of Kenneth Trentadue in a cell at an Oklahoma City federal prison was a suicide. However, the inmate's family believes that guards strangled him with a set of plastic handcuffs in an interrogation that got out of hand.

The letter to the FBI, which was dated April 24, 1995, and postmarked Long Beach, Calif., claimed the supposed plot was controlled from Libya, supported by a terrorist training site in Iran and receiving financial and technical backing from a worldwide cartel based in Bulgaria.

Oklahoma City, which already had been the site of a bombing, was listed as the first target. The other alleged targets and the purported upcoming attack dates in 1995 were Pittsburgh, May 19; Raleigh, N.C., Aug. 28; Las Vegas, Sept. 29; and Chicago, Oct. 19.


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