By James Smith
19 Nov 2014
In 1990, government records show that the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) sponsored tests detailing the effects of controlled vehicular explosions, and quantify the results for software programming. Carried out by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), with the aid of the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The program was called “Dipole Might” and was funded by the National Security Counsel.
The tests for this project were conceived using the most common road types in the US and explosive charges that varied in size from 50 pounds to 1,000 pounds, and explosive types from C4 (representing plastic explosives, to ANFO (for its easy availability and use in terrorist ordinances). From 1997 to 1999 the Dipole Might program did a multiyear study on vehicle bombs utilizing 50 to 1,000 pounds of explosives. In FY 2000 and FY2001 tests were from 1,000 to 2,000 pounds.
Testing began in 1994, and ATF personnel with extensive post-blast experience were used to collect all data. In 1995, the Oklahoma City bombing took place. An eyewitness to the explosion, Harry Everhart, was involved in the Dipole Might tests, raising the specter that the government was responsible for the attack, as he called the BATF office in Dallas to excitedly announce, “Someone has just blown up the federal building in Oklahoma City with a truckload of ANFO!”
Last month, a solicitation at the Federal Business Online website show an outstanding amount of explosives that were solicited, and purchased by the ATF. The explosives include:
- 106 blocks of C-4 explosives
- 214,059 pounds of Ammonium Nitrate (15,000 gallons at 1710 kg/m³)
- 80,920 pound of C-2 sheet explosives
- 5,050 pounds of Ammonium Nitrate / Fuel Oil
- 200 chubs of Blastex, approximately 444 to 1233 pounds depending on size.
The above list does not include ancillary items, such as detonating cord or boosters. Together, the amounts equal to over 300,000 pounds of high explosives
According to the National Counter Terrorism Center website, this much explosive can be used in 5 semi-trailers or 75 small delivery trucks for a Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED).
The original ANFO testing was conducted in 1968 in search of a TNT analog for nuclear testing. TNT was in high demand during this time for the Viet Nam war. Dipole Might was carried out in the mid 1990’s, and early 2000’s. The government has all the data they need to calculate harm radii for prosecution purposes.
With the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing next year, this administration distrust of veterans (as was McVeigh), it is plausible that the administration will sacrifice innocent lives in order to push through unthinkable executive orders – just to stay in office for just a while longer. We may have evidence of a smoking gun within these government records. Copy them, save them for posterity. They make be sucked into a memory hole soon.