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Oklahoma City Bombing
Transcript of Oklahoma City Bombing
on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in
downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. What, when and where did it happen? Why is it significant? It was the most destructive act of terrorism in American until the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The Oklahoma bombing claimed 168 lives, 19 of which were children under the age of 6.
it also injured more than 680 people.
The blast destroyed or damaged 324 buildings within a sixteen-block radius, destroyed or burned 86 cars, and shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings.
The bomb caused at least $652 million dollars of damage Who? Timothy McVeigh, a U.S. Army veteran who planted the bomb, was convicted and sentenced to death.
Terry Nichols, his accomplice, was sentenced to life in prison http://www.upi.com/Daily-Briefing/2010/04/19/Oklahoma-City-bombing/UPI-56181271680472/
Oklahoma City bombing
Published: April 19, 2010 at 8:34 AM
By United Press International
OKLAHOMA CITY, April 19 (UPI) -- Survivors, family members and officials gathered in Oklahoma City for ceremonies to commemorate the 168 people killed in the bombing of a federal office building.
Sections of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building were sheared off in the explosion of a truck bomb left near the building April 19, 1995. In addition to the 168 deaths related to the attack, about 600 people were injured.
Ceremonies to mark the bombing were to begin about 9:02 a.m. CDT, the time the bomb went off 15 years ago.
Timothy McVeigh was convicted of carrying out the attack and put to death in a federal prison in 2001. Terry Nichols was also found guilty of helping McVeigh and sentenced to life in prison. McVeigh said he bombed the building in "retaliation" for government actions such as the 1993 raid of a compound near Waco, Texas.
Bill Clinton, who was president when the Murrah building was attacked, wrote in Sunday's New York Times that "we owe it to the victims of Oklahoma City" not to cross the line that leads to such violence. He suggested an inching toward that line through "so many threats against the president, members of Congress and other public servants" heard in current political dissent.
"Civic virtue can include harsh criticism, protest, even civil disobedience. But not violence or its advocacy. That is the bright line that protects our freedom," Clinton wrote.
Why did it happen? TiTimothy McVeigh believed he was taking revenge and making a political statement. he wanted to express his anger toward the Federal Government for previous incidents at Waco, Texas and Ruby Ridge. Questions...
1. based on Mcveigh's actions what do you think his motivation was?
2. Why did the oklahoma city bombing have such a profound impact on americans? Questions...
1. How do you think this event affected the way americans react to terrorism?
2. Timothy Mcveigh got sentenced to the death penalty, do you think that is a fair punishment?