Among the things Merrick Garland is known for is his leading the Justice Departments prosecution of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols for the Oklahoma City Bombing. I worked for a company that was hired by the McVeigh defense team. My role was small… I analyzed census data to be used in a change of venue argument. I never met Garland and I never met our client, McVeigh. I was, however, privy to more knowledge about this case than most lay people at the time.
First, let me just say McVeigh was guilty for being a party to the bombing. That is not up for debate. However, what I heard from several people who met McVeigh was that… how shall I say this… he was not the brightest bulb in the pack. There was NO doubt among his defense team that he was actually a small player in a much broader group that planned the bombing. He did not possess the intellect or charisma to orchestrate this act of terrorism on his own. The government wanted to get the case over and done with as quickly as possible in order to make the American public feel safer. The Justice Department did not want to tell the public that there was a broad far reaching group of people behind this heinous act; and that they could not identify who these people were. While I understand the government not wanting people to live in fear, the fact remains that McVeigh was railroaded in this case.
Secondly, the Justice Department and the FBI under their direction engaged in totally illegal activities during the prosecution of McVeigh. Our offices were bugged. Our office and home phone lines were tapped. All of this violates the confidentiality that is supposed to exist between a defendant and his/her attorneys. The lengths that the federal government was willing to go both to find out information and to intimidate members of the defense team is disgusting. These people who are charged with upholding and enforcing the law, broke it without conscience.
If Garland was willing to run an investigation and prosecution in this manner, how can we have any trust that he will uphold the law of the land as a Supreme Court Justice? We need someone who truly understands the Constitution, the intentions of the founding fathers, and the backbone to stand up to political and public pressure. Garland is not that guy.