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By Andrew W. Griffin

Red Dirt Report, editor

OKLAHOMA CITY – While The Oklahoman  won’t touch anything smelling of “conspiracy” in relation to the still-unsolved Oklahoma City Bombing and mysteries related to that tragedy, the brave editor of the Oklahoma Gazette, Phil Bacharach, took a stab at it in a new piece – out today at a hipster hangout near you! – in the Gazette headlined “Case closed?

The focus of the piece involves an overview of a book – Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed – and Why It Still Matters by Andrew Gumbel and Roger Charles and the knock-ya-out documentary from Free Mind Films A Noble Lie: Oklahoma City 1995, which we reviewed here.

It’s not a hit piece. Bacharach does an admirable job. But he also places the emphasis on the Gumbel/Charles book and includes only a smattering of comments from A Noble Lie director James Lane. The idea from the book’s authors is that the government merely overlooked some bombing figures like Andreas Strassmeir and failed to follow some critical rabbit trails leading out to the Elohim City compound out in Adair County and elsewhere. A more conventional take on the “unanswered questions” issues to say the least.

The Free Mind Films team, however, addresses all the overlooked issues, the murder of OKC Police Office Terrance Yeakey, the ATF officers who were told not to go to work at the Murah building and more. They have done their work. Clearly Oklahoma City author Andrew Gumbel, an apologist for the feds and says that the information in A Noble Lie is essentially “ludicrous on its face.”

But the film is getting a lot of attention on the festival circuit. While Oklahoma City’s deadCENTER film festival, which starts next week, opted not to screen A Noble Lie, many others have, including a featured screening at the upcoming San Antonio Film Festival in Texas on Saturday, June 23rd.

But Lane gets the final word and hopefully readers take it to heart. Check it out.

In other news, did y’all here in central Oklahoma survive yesterday’s storm? It was a doozy. Your Red Dirt Reporter lost a bit of a tree in the tempest. No matter, all is well and we will be closely watching the weather again this evening.

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