Remembering the Oklahoma City Bombing

A media wrap up.

By  USDR

This weekend marked the anniversary of the tragic bombing in Oklahoma City. We remember that event and the victims in a few useful  links:

This fact sheet from the  FBI:

On the morning of April 19, 1995, an ex-Army soldier and security guard named Timothy McVeigh parked a rented Ryder truck in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. He was about to commit mass  murder.

Inside the vehicle was a powerful bomb made out of a deadly cocktail of agricultural fertilizer, diesel fuel, and other chemicals. McVeigh got out, locked the door, and headed towards his getaway car. He ignited one timed fuse, then  another.

At precisely 9:02 a.m., the bomb  exploded.

Within moments, the surrounding area looked like a war zone. A third of the building had been reduced to rubble, with many floors flattened like pancakes. Dozens of cars were incinerated and more than 300 nearby buildings were damaged or  destroyed.

The human toll was still more devastating: 168 souls lost, including 19 children, with several hundred more  injured.

It was the worst act of homegrown terrorism in the nation’s  history.

Coming on the heels of the World Trade Center bombing in New York two years earlier, the media and many Americans immediately assumed that the attack was the handiwork of Middle Eastern terrorists. The FBI, meanwhile, quickly arrived at the scene and began supporting rescue efforts and investigating the facts. Beneath the pile of concrete and twisted steel were clues. And the FBI was determined to find them…(read  more)

Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial Video:

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