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FBI follows up
on citizen tips
WASHINGTON — Armed with
nearly 7,000 citizen tips, federal
agents expanded their search Mon
day from coast to coast for “John Doe
No. 2” and others who might know
about the Oklahoma City bombing or
Other agents pored over truck loads
of material seized in searches in
Michigan, Kansas, Arizona and
Florida. Bomb experts continued to
sift the blast site rumble. And a small
army of computers helped investiga
tors keep track of the tide of data.
Probably all 56 FBI field offices in
the country had been assigned leads
they were responsible for tracking
down, said (me federal law enforce
ment official as citizen calls to a toll
free hotline reached 9,000.
Though the pace of tipshad slowed
since the line opened last Thursday,
calls still were coming so fast to die
number, 1-800-905-1514, that only
6,700 had been logged in for assign
ment to field agents.
“There are investigative activities
occurring literally throughout the
United States,” said Weldon
Kennedy, the FBI agent in command
in Oklahoma City.
The top priority was finding the
square-jawed man the FBI says helped
rent the bomb van in Junction City,
Kan., last Monday. “John Doe No. 2
has not been identified and remains
at large,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy appealed to Oklahoma
City businesses “with security video
cameras, particularly those located
in convenience stores and restaurants
... in the area near the time of die
blast” to call the FBI. He said the FBI
lab thinks one tape already in hand
“may show the Ryder truck” used to
carry the bomb. •
The FBI lab in Washington uses
computer-driven digital image en
hancement to retrieve identifiable
details invisible to the unaided eye
from bank robbery surveillance pho
tographs and low-resolution video
Two men that investigators once
thought might be the suspect—Terry
Nichols of Herington, Kmi.,and Army
Spc. David Inigucz — turned out not
Said to lode like the FBI sketch of
Doe No. 2, Iniguez was seized in San
Bernardino, Calif., Sunday. But he
did not have the upper arm tattoo
►CASUALTES: As of 1 am. EDI dealh .toil
of 79*, inducing at least 12 children.
►INJURIES: More than 400
►MISSING: Approximately 100
►ARRESTS: Timothy McVeigh, 27, was
arrested Wednesday, April 21, in Perry,
Oklahoma, about 60 mtes north of
Oklahoma City. He faces court hearings
Thursday on a federal bombing charge,
otfrer charges are expected. Brothers Terry
Lyrm Nichols and James Douglas Nichols
were held as material witnesses but not
►INVESTIGATION: FBI agents are
expected to executB a search warrant on
the house of Mark Koemte, 37, of Dexter,
Michigan. Koemke is being sought for
questorung regardmg a fax hat was sent
from Michigan to Rep. Steve Stockman
from Texas The fax seems to be a report
from ttre scene of the blast, about one
hour before the bomb exploded.
‘The death tot now includes one rescue
worker who (fed of head wounds suffered
while trying to help alter the blast.
spotted on the suspect, a federal offi
cial said Monday. Absent without
leave, Iniguez was turned over to
Terry Nichols remained in cus
tody as a material witness, like his
brother James Nichols in Michigan.
Agents wrapped upa 72-hour-long
search of James Nichols’ farmhouse
in Decker, Mich., where the only
man charged in the case, Timothy
McVeigh, is said to have previously
In Herington, Kan., investigators
filled a 2 1/2-ton truck with boxes of
material taken from Terry Nichols’
home and a rented storage locker.
“They carried boxes out all night,”
said Georgia Robison, who lives next
Rwandan refugees won’t leave
KIBEHO, Rwanda — About
600 refugees holed up at a school
strewn with mangled bodies re
fused on Monday to leave a camp
where thousands died in Rwanda’s
latest ethnic violence.
The camp that a week ago held
120,000 people, is now a ghost
town of acres upon acres of de
serted huts, broken shards of cook
ing pots, clothing, shoes and ma
At least 2,000 people were killed
there by Rwandan soldiers or
trampled to death in stampedes on
Saturday. No bodies could be seen
outside the school grounds; sol
diers buried most of the dead in
mass graves Sunday.
An estimated 100,000 men,
women and children fled the camp,
trudging Monday through ankle
deep mud and open countryside
toward the provincial capital of
Butare, 20 miles east of Kibeho.
Rwandan soldiers trained re
coilless rifles on the school Mon
day but stayed back while U.N.
troops using bullhorns tried to per
suade the holdouts to leave.
Many of the holdouts appar
ently were hard-line Hutus who
have the most to fear from the
Tutsi-led army for the slaughter
last year of some 500,000
Rwandans, most of diem Tutsis.
Tens of thousands of Hutus fled to
Kibeho in July as Tutsi rebels over
threw the Hutu government.
One of the leaders of the refu
gees, 73-year-old Silas
Ndangamira, said the people were
too frightened to leave.
“We have decided to stay here,
but we are looking for somewhere
else to go,” he said. “We can’t go
home. They will kill us.” he said.
Only 300 or400 refugees could
be seen in the rest of the aban
doned camp, sitting beside a road
and waiting for transport.
After initially saying up to 5,000
had been killed, the U.N. Assis
tance Mission reduced its estimate
Sunday to “amore scientific count”
of about 2,000 dead and 600 hurt.
About 20 U.N. medical corps
men, guarded by 20 U.N. soldiers
with automatic rifles, some with
bayonets fixed, moved into the
school grounds Monday to evacu
ate the wounded.
At least 60 people in blood
soaked clothes were put on the
road outside where Red Cross doc
tors examined their wounds and
determined who would be moved
first. None appeared to have bullet
Stretcher bearers stumbled
through the trash that carpeted the
courtyard and buried some bodies,
including (me baby.
About 600 refugees, mostly
ethnic Hutus fearing Tutsi
army violence, have taken
arms and are holed up in a
school compound near the
abandoned refugee camp at
McNamara book explains his errors
WASHINGTON — Barry
Goldwater, the Vietnam War hawk,
called him “one of the best secretar
ies ever, an IBM machine with legs.”
Yet within six years, visitors to his
huge Pentagon office would find
Robert S. McNamara full of self
doubt about the winless war to which
he had committed himself.
By 1968, a few months before he
quit, the secretary of defense would
stand in front of the window, his
“He does it all the time now,” a
secretary told a friend. “He cries into
Now McNamara, at age 78, has
broken his silence about die war. He
is about to go to die country to ex
plain his errors as the architect of
America’s most disastrous foreign
venture and to tell why he remained
silent for 27 years after recognizing
his “terrible” misjudgment.
As accusations from those who
believed in die war and those who did
not ring in his ears, McNamara has
set out on a 25-day tour to promote
his memoirs, “In Retrospect: Tiie
Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam.”
Brian VanDeMark, a U.S. Naval
Academy history teacher who helped
McNamara write the book, sees the
undertaking as courageous.
“Who in God’s name would sub
ject himself to what he’s endured in
the last two weeks?” asks
VanDeMark, noting the hostile re
ception the book has gotten from
commentators and Vietnam veter
ans, some of whom have called re
porters to demand that McNamara
give up his royalties — “blood
money,” they call them.
McNamara’s confessional mission
contrasts with the crisp self-confidence
he (Mice &owed the country. Recruited
by John F. Kennedy from the Food
Motor Co. just 34 days after becoming
its “whiz kid” president, McNamara
tried to run the Pentagon and the war
through systems analysis.
With rimless glasses and slicked
back hair, with his charts and pointer,
with the precision of “body counts”
intended to prove mathematically that
America was prevailing over com
munism in Southeast Asia,
McNamara assured his countrymen
that the war was being won at the
same time, he now says, he came to
regard it as beyond U.S. control.
It took a toll. His son, Craig, hung
the American flag upside down in his
bedroom and later, as a Stanford
University student, protested his
father's war. McNamara once had to
flee a student mob at Harvard Uni
versity through utility tunnels.
After leaving the Pentagon,
McNamara became president of the
World Bank and devoted the next 13
years to helping the world’s poorest
nations. Even then he would rarely
share his thoughts about the war.
Editor Jeff Zeieny
Managing Editor Jeff Robb
Assoc. News Editors DeOra Janssen
Opinion Page Editor Matt Woody
Wire Editor JennHar Mirataky
Copy Desk Editor Kristin Armstrong
Sports Editor Tim Pearson
Arts & Entertainment
Editor Rainbow Rowed
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Night News Editors Ronda Vlasin
Art Director KaiWIlkan
General Manager DanStiattil
Production Manager Katherine PoHcky
Advertising Manager Amy Struthars
Asst. Advertising Mgr. Shari Krajewaki
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Army helicopter explodes
FLORENCE, Texas — An Army transport helicopter exploded in
the air Monday, killing all five crew members.
“When we got to the scene, there was still debris falling from the
air,” said Steve Pruett, a homebuilder who was working nearby. The
helicopter crashed in a rural area, splitting into three main pieces, he
He and Jeffrey Condon, another construction worker building the
only home in die vicinity, said four men and one woman were killed.
Condon said he checked unsuccessfully for vital signs.
The crash happened about 11:15 a.m. near Florence, a central Texas
town of about 800 people, 40 miles north of Austin. The cause was
The twin-rota* CH-47 Delta Chinook was based at Fort Hood near
Killeen, about 15 miles north of the crash site, said Army spokesman
Maj. Terry O’Rourke. He confirmed all five crew members died.
“The helicopter was on a routine test flight” following “routine
maintenance,” O’Rourke said. He could not immediately provide
details of the aircraft’s history, the nature of the maintenance a names
of the victims.
The Army uses the CH-47 Chinook to transport soldiers, weapons,
ammunition and other cargo in support of combat units.
Spying, illegal wiretaps
in Israel circulation war
TEL AVIV, Israel — The editors
of Israel’s two leading dailies are
being held on suspicion of ordering
illegal wiretaps against each other,
and possibly senior government and
military officials, as part of a no
holds-barred circulation war.
Dozens of police on Monday swept
through the headquarters of Yediot
Ahronot, Israel’s leading daily, cart
ing away crates of documents and
detaining publisher Amon Mozes,
editor-in-chief Moshe Vardi and his
deputy ftuti Ben-Ari for questioning.
Ofer Nimrodi, editor-in-chief of
Yediot’s main competitor, Maariv,
has been under arrest since Saturday
on suspicion of illegal wiretapping.
“It’s a black day for journalism,”
Communications Minister Shulamit
Aloni said Monday.
She said she hoped die crackdown
would lead to be wider understand
ing that “not everything is permitted
ment on die private
Amos Schocken, publisher of the
highbrow Haaretz daily, called on
police to do everything in their power
to get to the truth.”
The freewheeling tabloids account
for a combined three-fourths of die
Hebrew daily newspaper market —
with estimated circulations of300,000
for Yediot and 150,000 for Maariv.
In recent years, they have waged
an increasingly aggressive circula
tion war, giving away cars to readers,
reporting on each other’s managerial
embarrassments and competing for
Maariv also adopted Yediot’s tab
loid format and red-ink banner head
lines, and in recent months front pages
were often virtually identical—pro
moting speculation of spying.
The wiretapping scandal broke a
year ago when police began investi
gating private detectives Yaacov Tsur
and Rafi Friedan, who have since
been indicted for tapping the lines of
leading journalists and officials.
Using ultramodern technology,
they are believed to have tapped hun
dreds of telephone, fox and cellular
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