By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
Kenya's parliament passed a measure calling for castration of rapists. The country's health minister cited the Bible as saying that "if any part of the body causes you to sin, it should be removed."
Conor Oberst's song "When the President Talks to God," includes this passage:
"When the president talks to God
Are the conversations brief or long?
Does he ask to rape our women's rights
And send poor farm kids off to die?
. . . When the president talks to God
Does he ever think that maybe he's not?
That that voice is just inside his head
When he kneels next to the presidential bed
Does he ever smell his own bullshit
When the president talks to God?"
Beyond McVeigh and Nichols
Nobody outside the feds thinks Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols acted alone in Oklahoma City. McVeigh went to his death with his mouth shut. But Nichols has become friends with Kathy Wilburn Sanders, grandmother of two little boys killed in the bombing, and has written her a letter naming a third person. From the beginning, Sanders and her husband, Glenn (now deceased), thought there was a wider conspiracy, and they methodically traveled about the country investigating. She became friendly with the McVeigh family and more recently with Nichols. She asked a state court not to kill him. Nichols is in jail for life.
In Nichols's letter to her, he put the finger on an Arkansas gun dealer named Roger Moore. Nichols claims to have told the FBI where to find bomb materials in the crawl space of Nichols's old house; he said the fingerprints on the case of nitromethane are Moore's. "The Fed Gov't knows of Roger Moore's corrupt activities and they are protecting him and covering up his involvement with McVeigh at the OKC bombing!" Nichols wrote. Moore has always insisted he's innocent.
Various investigators, journalists, and McVeigh's trial attorney all speculated on who might have been in on the wider conspiracy. Some argue they are religious racists living at the Branch Davidian-like Elohim City compound in the hills of eastern Oklahoma. Others say it's a gang of bank robbers calling themselves the Aryan Republican Army, the already legendary ARA, whose leader dressed in drag. One reporter thinks the crime can be traced through Nichols to the Philippines and back to Al Qaeda or Saddam Hussein. There's not much enthusiasm for this last theory, and many skeptics think it's some combination of Elohim City and the ARA. If true, the real plotters got away, and the FBI once more looks like a bunch of fools.