By Marc Kelley
Syndicated by: Montana News
24 years ago today, at 9:02 AM CST, a bomb was detonated just outside the Alfred P. Murrah, Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This horrific act, resulted in the deaths of 168 people including 19 children and injured another 680. The blast was so powerful, it completely destroyed one third of the 185,000 sq/ft building, which served as regional offices for the Social Security Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development, The US Secret Service, The DEA, The ATF, a US Military recruiting office and the America's Kids Day Care Center.
This act was front page on every major US newspaper and the lead story for all of the celebrity news anchors. In their ever-present rush to be the first to assign blame and vilify certain groups of people, the media plays a pivotal role in pitting one group of Americans against another. The 1995 bombing in Oklahoma, serves as a quintessential example of how the media has embraced a culture of hate, based upon identity politics. Within an hour of the blast and well before any evidence could be identified, media services began broadcasting accusations, this bombing was the work of "Middle Eastern Terrorists". This unfounded assumption provided a convenient explanation for the attack, while at the same time, bolstered the idea this act was simply part of the larger terrorist plan to attack our country, which began with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. With the passage of time, many in our nation have chosen to ignore the threats to our home and to our freedoms, choosing instead to attack anyone who dares not agree with their personal ideology. Once again, because our country's history is not being taught in our schools and universities, many people, young and old, have committed the mistake of not learning about our history. Today, it is very easy to find countless references to white nationalism, the label most favored by the left wing media, to describe the people residing in the states, which made Donald Trump, our 45th President. The largest problem with inaccurate reporting is that it does nothing to further the investigation into what really happened and the search for the truth, is obscured by the pursuit of ratings and advertising revenue.
So, who was Timothy McVeigh and why did he carry out what has been described as the worst home grown terrorist attack on US soil? McVeigh was twenty-seven years old in 1995 and had served in Desert Storm with the US Army Infantry, where he was awarded several service awards including a Bronze Star. Protected by the First Amendment, and the Right to Free Speech, McVeigh developed a reputation for using racial slurs and promoting his white supremacy beliefs. Even though he was reprimanded by the US Army for these acts, he was honorably discharged in 1991. After leaving the military, McVeigh was unable to fit into mainstream society, choosing instead to embrace his bigoted and racist belief system. McVeigh could often be found at gun shows, distributing pro-gun rights literature and bumper stickers proclaiming, the NRA was "too weak" in their fight against anti-gun attacks on the Second Amendment. It was also during this time period, McVeigh became radicalized and embraced his anti US Government ideology.
In February 1993, the ATF attempted to serve search and arrest warrants at the Branch Davidian Compound outside Waco, Texas. David Koresh, the leader at the compound was a self-proclaimed profit, following the teachings of the Shepherd's Rod Davidian's, an off shoot of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. As the ATF Agents attempted to raid the compound, an intense gunfight broke out resulting in the deaths of four government agents and six Branch Davidian members. The initial assault was repelled by the heavily armed members inside the compound and resulted in a 51 day siege on the compound, orchestrated by the FBI. On April 19, 1993, US Attorney General Reno, under then President Bill Clinton, green lighted an assault plan to storm the compound and be carried out by FBI agents, backed-up by US Military forces. The assault played out on live television as the FBI Hostage Rescue Team began firing 40mm tear gas rounds into the compound. So many 40mm tear gas rounds were fired into the compound by mid morning, the FBI ran out of their own tear gas rounds and requested re-supply of military pyrotechnic tear gas rounds, Flash Bang grenades and parachute illumination flares. By 12:00 pm the Branch Davidian Compound was ablaze and the nine remaining members trapped inside, were burned alive or suffocated by smoke and carbon monoxide from the fire.
Over the next several months, the Clinton Administration and Attorney General Reno, struggled to explain their rationale for approving the assault. Reno cited "frustration of the FBI Agents" as well as the "governments cost of 1 million dollars per week to fund the siege", as justification for the assault. Our governments justification for the Waco assault combined with the August, 1992 assault by FBI Agents against Randy Weaver and his family at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, cemented Timothy McVeigh's belief, our government had in fact become tyrannical.
Many believe, McVeigh took his anger with the government and combined it with the 1978, Turner Diaries novel. The novel depicts a violent revolution, which over throws our government followed by a race war and the extermination of non-whites, Jews, liberal actors and politicians. Leading, what our governments tells us, was a small group of like-minded followers, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols an Army buddy and husband and wife, Michael and Lori Fortier, began amassing explosive materials. By 1994, McVeigh had designed and diagramed a truck bomb, utilizing a Ryder Rental truck, filled with 13, fifty-five gallon drums. Each of the drums contained 500 lbs. of ammonium nitrate fertilizer and cylinders of acetylene gas, designed to maximize the detonation pressure of the blast. Finally, McVeigh arranged the barrels into a backwards J shape with the intention of shaping the charge and directing the most powerful shock wave, toward his target, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh parked his rented Ryder truck, filled with explosives, in a drop-off zone, located directly under the daycare center of the Murrah Federal Building, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. McVeigh then walked away from the scene and detonated his bomb at just after 9am. Ninety minutes later, McVeigh's get-a-way vehicle, which was missing its license plate, was stopped by Oklahoma State Trooper, Charlie Hanger. McVeigh was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, the Glock 21 he carried with him on that fateful day. McVeigh was also carrying an envelope containing several pages from the Turner Diaries, a business card from a Wisconsin military supply store, with a note written in his own handwriting, "TNT at $5.00 a stick. Need more." McVeigh was wearing a T-shirt printed with the words "Sic semper tyrannis"…Thus always to tyrants, words rumored to be spoken by Brutus, as he assassinated Julius Caesar and John Wilkes Booth after his assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Many conspiracy theories abound concerning the Oklahoma City Bombing concerning who was actually involved with the planning and execution of the event. The US Government's official position on the bombing of the Murrah building is a simple narrative: Timothy McVeigh committed the act, he was evil and he acted largely on his own. On June 2, 1997 Timothy McVeigh was found guilty on all eleven counts of his federal indictment. On June 13, 1997, the jury recommended McVeigh receive the death penalty. Timothy McVeigh was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001, becoming the first federal prisoner executed by the US Government since March 15, 1963.
Anti US ideology and mis-informed beliefs are at the heart of comments coming from several of the young Congressional Democrats. This rhetoric is not helpful to our country and only serves to fuel the actions of evil people, hell bent on hurting our own. Over the next few weeks we will look at several acts of homegrown terror with the intention of gaining a better understanding of how these events unfolded and the motivation behind the evil itself. Only when we gain a better understanding of what motivates hate, can we stop describing these events as days when, "some people, did something."