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(The following statement with attachments was issued by Texas freshman
Congresman Steve Stockman regarding a mysterious fax message his
office received just as a bomb exploded at an Oklahoma City federal
building. Also attached is a memorandum Stockman sent to Attorney
General Janet Reno a month before the bombing inquiring about
possible planned raids on "citizen's militias." In the memo, Stockman
questioned the advisability and legality of the possible planned
raids, suggesting that "a bloody fiasco like Waco" could result. A
final attachment consists of a statement by an FBI spokesman that the
Congressman's office acted properly in their handling of the fax.)
I am extremely concerned about the media reports of the last 24
hours. The facts are not being reported accurately. Here are the
On the day of the Oklahoma City bombing someone sent our office an
anonymous fax which appeared to relate to that tragedy. Our office -
not aware of the bombing or the meaning of the fax - set it aside.
Our office - like the offices of most public officials, receives
every imaginable kind of mail from the public. This fax was no
After my staff heard news reports of the tragedy - the fax was
retrieved and I was made aware of it. I immediately instructed my
staff to turn the fax over to the FBI. My office did so within
There has been some confusion in the media over when my office
received this fax and when we turned it over to the FBI. There has
been no confusion in my office - we turned it over right away.
The FBI (Justice Department) has issued a statement confirming what I
have said all along and confirming the chronology I have given.
This should end this discussion once and for all.
Once again, I want to express my wife's and my deepest sympathy to
the people of Oklahoma City. They have endured a tragedy of
monumental proportions. This is a national disaster and our focus
should be on those people and on their families. Our attention now
must be on bringing those responsible to swift and certain
punishment. The people of Oklahoma are in our prayers.
ATTACHED STATEMENT OF FBI INSPECTOR JOHN E. COLLINGWOOD
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
April 24, 1995
Honorable Steve Stockman
U.S. House of Representatives
Dear Congressman Stockman:
I want to thank you and your staff for the information you provided
to the FBI, via facsimile, immediately after the Oklahoma City
bombing. My office received your facsimile document, which reflects
that you sent the communication at 11:57 a.m. on April 19, 1995, to
the FBI Office of Public and Congressional Affairs.
Again, thank you for your action and assistance.
John E. Collingwood
Inspector in Charge
Office of Public and Congressional Affairs
TEXT OF FAX RECEIVED BY OFFICE OF CONG. STOCKMAN AT OR BEFORE TIME OF
THE OKLAHOMA CITY EXPLOSION:
[Note: This is the text of a handwritten message received by Cong.
Stockman's office the morning of April 19th. The first line is the
standard time stamp generated by most fax machines indicating the
origin and time of the fax.]
04/19/1995 08:59 16169660742 WOLVERINE PAGE 1
Bldg 7 to 10 floors only military people on scene -
Bomb threat received Last week
perpetrator unknown at this time
ATTACHED STATEMENT OF JEFF FISHER:
Statement by Jeff Fisher, Chief of Staff to Congressman Steve
Stockman of Texas.
I am still overwhelmed by the bombing last week in Oklahoma City.
This kind of terroristic activity is disgusting and I hope and pray
that the people responsible will be brought to justice. My prayers
are for the victims of this tragedy, and the families who have been
touched by this awful act of terrorism.
Let me first say, that Congressman Stockman has done everything
possible to ensure that justice is served and the truth about the
people who are responsible for this is brought to light. We want to
clarify misinformation, there have bee some erroneous reports by the
media. We are here to set the record straight.
At about 10:30 a.m., our office first saw televised reports of the
bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City. This was our first
knowledge of the event. Our office received no information prior to
After we saw the news reports about the bombing, on of my employees
came and told be that we had received a fax at about the same time as
the bombing. As the fax was so cryptic and wasn't directed to anyone
in particular, the employee had thrown it away. However, because of
the magnitude of the disaster and the possibility that the fax might
be connected to the bombing, I asked Kimberly Pyle, the staffer who
had thrown the fax away, to send it the Federal Bureau of
Investigations at once. Pyle immediately called the Congressional
Affairs branch of the FBI, spoke with Special Agent Les Wiser, and
faxed the "mystery" fax over to the investigations department of the
FBI. This all took place shortly after the bombing occurred.
At approximately 12:15 p.m., I called special agent Les Wiser myself,
to make sure that our office had done all we needed to do concerning
the fax. He confirmed that he had spoken with Kim Pyle, and had
received the "mystery" fax with the name and phone number of the
person who sent the fax. It is my understanding that Wiser did not
think that the fax was of any importance, for he did not contact my
It is my understanding that the National Rifle Association received a
copy of the fax from a third member of my staff on Thursday, a full
24 hours after the FBI was initially contacted by our office.
I believe the staffer acted in good faith, nonetheless, this was done
without my knowledge. Again, it is my desire that the people
responsible for this massacre are brought to justice. The FBI has
not contacted our office since then and we hope it has been some help
in their investigation. Again, Congressman Stockman absolutely
condemns the deplorable behavior of these terrorists and want the
truth brought to light.
Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515-4309
ATTACHED MEMORANDUM TO ATTORNEY GENERAL JANET RENO - 3/22/95:
March 22, 1995
United States Attorney General
The Honorable Janet Reno
10th Street and Constitution Ave, N.W.
Washington, DC 20530
Dear Attorney General Reno:
It has come to my attention through a number of reliable sources that
an impending raid, by several Federal agencies, against the
"citizen's militias" groups, is scheduled for March 25 or 26 at 4:00
A.M. A paramilitary style attack against Americans who pose no risk
to others, even if violations of criminal law might be imputed to
them, would run the risk of an irreparable breach between the Federal
government and the public, especially if it turned out to be an ill
considered, poorly planned, but bloody fiasco like Waco.
While information is scarce, it is known that Joint Task Force Six,
with headquarters at Fort Bliss, Texas, is co-ordinating the military
training, including the use of tanks and other armored vehicles, for
certain Federal Law Enforcement agencies in possible violation of the
Posse Comitatus Law, 18 U.S.C. 1385. Any possible impending military
action against American citizens might be forestalled by, among other
things, simply asking for a complete explanation of all training
activities of JTF-6 for the last three years, including the
individuals, agencies, who authorized the training, what military
equipment was used, what apparent purpose was served by the training,
and copies of all legal opinions as the legality of such training.
I will be eagerly awaiting your response to these questions.
Member of Congress
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