The Show Trial Begins
By L. Neil Smith
Exclusive to The Libertarian Enterprise
And so another "Trial of the Century" begins.
This makes what, the sixth? Seventh? Eighth?
This one purports to be about who blew the front off the Murrah
Federal Building in Oklahoma City, on April 19th, 1995, and why.
Yet, as it starts, it's pitiably obvious that it isn't Timothy
McVeigh who's on trial, here in the Queen City of the High Plains to
which the trial was moved so the government can control its outcome
better, but every group or individual who ever opposed the nasty,
infantile, temperamental whims of Bill and Hillary Clinton. They made
that abundantly clear in the first few hours after the explosion,
when they attempted to blame it on the hosts of conservative talk
radio. Whoever was responsible, it was to become the Clintons'
Reichstag Fire, from which they would create a fashionable new
Most likely we will never learn the full truth about what
happened at the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April
19th, 1995, any more than we ever did about exactly what happened at
the foot of the Texas Book Depository (not to mention the grassy
knoll) in Dallas on November 23, 1963. Ever learning the truth about
pivotal historical events just isn't the style in the Big
Government welfare-warfare century we're about to leave behind.
In this case, most of the evidence was bulldozed out of existence
with what another era would have justifiably termed "unseemly haste".
What little of it remains -- seismographic records of more than one
explosion, anomalous blast patterns that objective experts maintain
couldn't have been produced by a single truckload of ammonium
nitrate, dozens of witnesses who saw a bomb disposal vehicle and more
than one suspect in the right place on the fatal day -- has been
savagely suppressed, just as it was two years earlier near Waco,
Any outcome of this trial is likely to be just as rational as the
sentence imposed by that paragon of high justice, Judge Walker Smith,
on the surviving Branch Davidians, who were acquitted, and then sent
to prison for multiple decades, anyway, with the recent blessings of
the United States Supreme Slotmachine.
Don't misunderstand me for an instant: I have no idea whether
McVeigh is innocent or guilty of this revolting crime, and neither do
you. The only thing we'll ever know for sure is that -- thanks to a
corrupt administration, one incontinently eager to use his trial as a
broader political opportunity than it might otherwise represent --
we'll never know anything for sure. If McVeigh's convicted, we'll
always wonder if he was set up. If he's acquitted, we'll always
wonder if the feds bungled because they were focused elsewhere.
Something we are entitled to observe is that, whoever was
ultimately responsible for them, the deaths of 168 people whose lives
were extinguished horribly in 1995 are being cynically used to
distract public attention from the no less horrible deaths of more
than 80 people -- more than 20 of them innocent little children --
who were murdered outright by the Clintons' uniformed goons in 1993.
This is where the concept of "political correctness" inevitably
leads, in any historical era: to the fiery death and destruction of
those deemed politically incorrect -- followed, if need be, by a
transparently flimsy cover-up that the perpetrators don't really care
if anyone believes, because they don't have to care.
What was that about, "Kill them all -- God will know his own"?
The difference here is that, when the prosecution hauls out its
battered truck axle, other bits of junk, and its well-intimidated
witnesses (Monty Python was right: no one ever expects the Spanish
Inquisition), millions of individuals will know exactly where to look
for the gaps in the government's evidence, thanks to the internet.
Win, lose, or draw, the McVeigh farce is certain to be among the
the last of the Stalinist show trials the world is ever forced to
witness, just as our America, ironically and tragically, has turned
out to be the last refuge and bastion not of individual liberty as
we all anticipated it would probably be someday, as we grew up in the
Libertarian movement, but of an astonishingly brutal and oppressive
collectivism in its final, extremely dangerous death throes.
The bad news is that we can look for less and less help from
Republicans, who, since they literally let the Clintons get away with
murder, have managed to entangle themselves in the sticky threads of
one stupid, trivial issue after another -- "partial birth" abortion
(an invention as phony as the liberals' "Saturday Night Special"),
Gingrich's loan from Dole, some crazy old judge who illegally posts
the Ten Commandments in his courtroom, encouraging all within to
trust him, and his respect for the highest law of the land, as much
as we now trust Walker Smith -- as their party continues its
well-deserved collapse inward upon itself.
The good news, believe it or not (and remember you heard it here
first) is that we can look for more and more aid from media liberals
discovering -- with the able assistance of the Clintons -- that
there's a limit to what even they can stomach in order to advance the
socialist agenda. In this, they'll also be assisted by wider and
wider circulation of the documentary Waco: the Rules of Engagement,
which begins to reveal the full depth of the Clintons' moral
The Clintons and their apologists will continue, as they have
since 1992, to depict their ideological opponents (which now include
every decent human being on the planet) as racists, neofascists, and
sociopaths, carrying forward a long leftist tradition of projecting
their innermost failings of character onto others.
It is absolutely imperative, therefore, that those opponents be
prepared to shout the "Big Truth" louder and longer than the Clintons
can shout their Big Lie.
L. Neil Smith is the award-winning author of The Probability
Broach, Pallas, Henry Martyn, and other novels, as well as
publisher of The Libertarian Enterprise, available free by e-mail
subscription or at http://www.webleyweb.com/tle/index.html.
His own site, the "Webley Page" is at