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Nichols trial stirs conspiracy theories

The rest of the country may have satisfied itself years ago that Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, two homegrown anti-government extremists, were the sole perpetrators of the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building. But here where the pain of the attack has scarcely dulled even after nine years, many still harbor lingering suspicions that others were involved. Now the state trial of Nichols on 161 counts of murder, set to begin with jury selection Monday, is fueling a fresh round of conspiracy theories pointing to Midwestern neo-Nazis, Iraqi government agents and Islamic extremists from the Philippines as possible participants in the crime. The evidence is all circumstantial, weaving together loose ends from the FBI investigation of the bombing, witness sightings of presumed accomplices and associations that McVeigh and Nichols may have had with domestic and foreign terrorist groups. Much of it has been countered by FBI officials and federal prosecutors, who insist that McVeigh and Nichols had no outside help. Full Story

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