Mythbusters, a popular television show filmed in the Bay Area, is being challenged to bust a myth about one of its own cast, bomb maker Frank Doyle, who along with other law enforcement officers, lost a $4.4 million federal lawsuit court in the 1990 Oakland bombing of Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney.
A press conference will be held on Thursday, May 23 at Mythbusters’ M5 Industries, 1268 Missouri, San Francisco to challenge Mythbusters to confirm or bust a chilling statement that Doyle presumably made at the scene of the bombing that has a mythology of its own: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBzYAZ2AV7Y&feature=youtube
Cherney produced a feature documentary with director Mary Liz Thomson, Who Bombed Judi Bari? that will screen five times in the Bay Area May 20-25 around the 23rd anniversary of the bombing and the official Judi Bari Day in Oakland. The film asserts that Frank Doyle can be heard on the FBI’s own bomb scene footage saying, "This is it, go to it. This is the final exam. right here." Doyle denied under oath making the statement.
Cherney penned a letter that was received on May 8 by both Mythbusters’ attorney Joel Behr of Beverly Hills and its star Jamie Hyneman in San Francisco that states, "Mythbusters may have accidentally shot a cannonball through the home and car of a Bay area resident, but Frank Doyle deliberately blew a hole through the civil rights of two American citizens."
Cherney wrote, "We challenge Mythbusters to confirm or bust a long-held assertion that Frank Doyle can be heard on FBI video footage taken at the scene of the car bombing, chuckling and making the chilling statement, ‘This is the final exam.’ We know that Doyle, de facto, at minimum covered up the tracks of someone who tried to assassinate one of the most prominent, rising environmental stars in our nation’s history."
Why try to bust this myth and why now? "It’s the 23rd anniversary of the bombing and it’s time to solve this case," Cherney said. The production company of Who Bombed Judi Bari? is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest, conviction and incarceration of the bomber.
Recently, Cherney won a court order requiring the FBI to preserve bombing evidence for testing, after the FBI announced it planned to destroy it. The evidence is now with a Bay Area forensic laboratory in an attempt to identify the bomber through fingerprint or DNA analysis. "Nothing screams FBI cover-up louder than the fact that it tried to destroy the critical evidence it never even properly examined," said case attorney Ben Rosenfeld.
The letter to Mythbusters continues: "So two of the principle adversaries of Earth First! LP and the FBI coordinated an event where the insides of cars were blown up with pipe bombs, 30 days before the bombing of the inside of Judi Bari’s car. To thicken the plot, an additional bomb went off two weeks after bomb school at an L-P sawmill in Cloverdale, CA. This bomb was manufactured by the same individual(s) who bombed Judi Bari’s car, as revealed in a letter taking credit for both bombs.
"Mythbusters is uniquely situated to utilize available technologies and expertise to compare the voice on the recording, which we have provided, to exemplars of Mr. Doyle’s voice, including from at least a dozen appearances he has made on the show.... Evidence shows that the FBI was aware on the scene that the car bomb was triggered by a motion detection device and was filled with nails for shrapnel effect, making it ludicrously impossible to think we were carrying the device, especially under the driver’s seat. Is Doyle protecting the identity of the bomber(s), and if so, why?... In these days of increased awareness of domestic terrorism, we should vigilantly leave no stone unturned."