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Oklahoma City Bombing Prepared for: Professor Robert Sullivan In partial fulfillment of the requirements For FA 06 POLS 4309.IS Terrorism Intelligence Dallas Baptist University Cody C Caudill Wednesday, November 15, 2006
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Contents Introduction ........................................................................................................................................... 1 Timothy McVeigh ................................................................................................................................ 2 Childhood & Adolescence ............................................................................................................... 2 Pendleton, NY & Military Life ........................................................................................................ 3 Alienation .......................................................................................................................................... 5 McVeigh‘s New Birth & Revolution .............................................................................................. 6 Effect on America ................................................................................................................................. 8 Conclusion ........................................................................................................................................ 8 Works Cited ........................................................................................................................................ 10
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Caudill 1 Introduction Prior to September 11, 2001, the Oklahoma City Bombing was the largest domestic terrorist attack on America. The bombing claimed 168 lives namely many young children inside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. This attack on the ―heartland‖ of America destroyed the America‘s Kids Day Care Center, which was thought to be an untouchable ―safety zone.‖ The U.S. News and World Report states the attack ―violate s the order and meaning of life (Linenthal 2). The rescue and recovery lasted from April 19 until May 4, 1995. The worldwide audience saw firefighter, Chris Fields, carrying a one-year-old Baylee Almon in his arms; they also saw the search for survivors, recovery of the injured, desperate family members, and even some public funerals. This was the first incidence people were able to view a real epic tragedy on television. One author states, ―there were also no boundarie s to membership in the imagined bereaved community…no boundaries separating appropriate expressions of human concern from shockingly inappropriate intrusions into the intimate world of people dealing with the mysteries of violent death‖ (Linenthal 2-3). 9:02 am, the time of the 7,000 miles per hour gas explosion, went down in history for the survivors and community of Oklahoma City (Irving 76). The city typically receives less than 80 calls a day, but thirty minutes after the bombing, the incident command center had received 338 calls for help (65). The bomb destroyed parts of all nine stories of the Federal Building; however, there are stories from survivors up to the seventh floor (85). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sent ten response teams to help with the recovery work of the bombings (88). First responders were numbered up to 350 rotating twenty-four hours a day
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Caudill 2 (90). Jon Hansen, a twenty-two year career firefighter of Oklahoma City, wrote an account of his time during the time of recovery. He stated, ―I learned there are some things you can never be completely ready to face. You can be prepared and that helps but you can never totally be ready for a disaster of this magnitude.‖ A total number of 168 died on April 19, 1995 in the Oklahoma City Bombing. Nineteen of them were children. There were over 500 people who were injured severe also fall in this category (missing a limb, etc). There were ten children who lost both parents that day in the Murrah Building ten orphans. More than 150 people under the age of 23 lost a parent in the bombing. It was an estimated 40 percent of the community knew someone who was killed or injured (Serrano 154).
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