Let me describe what happened in my interview with Gore Vidal for Vanity Fair’s Spanish edition and why I felt compelled to report what was, in my experience, the single most shockingly racist line of the 2008 presidential election campaign.
One hundred sixty-eight died—but we still don’t know for certain the identities of their killers. A look at the striking parallels between the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, and how the FBI resisted, and is still resisting, giving full accounts of each.
Andrew Gumbel is a U.S. correspondent for the British newspaper The Independent and the author of “Steal This Vote: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America” (Nation Books, 2005). His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Mother Jones and other publications, and he wrote the award-winning “American Babylon” column for Los Angeles CityBeat, an alternative city weekly. A 2001 article demolishing the official narrative of the Oklahoma City bombing and exploring links between Timothy McVeigh and the Aryan Republican Army received the highest number of hits recorded on The Independent’s Website.