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OKLAHOMA CITY FEDERAL BUILDING BOMBING9/24/2015CJ230Mr. RobinsThe Oklahoma City bombing was a domestic terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P.Murrah Federal Building.The Plan and executed by Timothy McVeigh with assistance fromTerry Nichols and Michael Fortier. On April 19, 1995, a rented Ryder truck, containing over4,800 pounds of explosives, detonated in front of the north side of the nine-story Alfred P.Murrah Federal Building. The explosion destroyed a large part of the building, killing 168 peopleand injuring 680. This was the largest terrorist attack on US soil before 9-11, and serves as one ofthe strongest case studies to date, since the planning for this attack was so extensive, and somuch information is known about it. Yes this attack was considered a terrorist attack. A numberof federal buildings were considered for this attack, including locations in: Missouri, Arizona,Texas, and Arkansas.McVeigh traveled to each of his potential targets to get a general idea aboutthem, and to compare each target to the others in order to determine which was the best/ andeasiest target.The Oklahoma City federal building fit all the requirements set by McVeigh because itwas easy to physically park a truck-bomb in front of the building it even had a part of the curbdedicated to delivery trucks; it was easy to collect information about the building. During theentire process of surveillance operational, advanced and last minute no one had ever noticedwhat McVeigh was doing, much less questioned him about it.The Alfred P. Murrah FederalBuilding was also seen as a good target due to the large open space in front of it was a parkinglot.But would allow for good media coverage of the attack by supplying many angles fromwhich the destruction could be photographed.McVeigh and his accomplices had started togather, buy, and steal large amounts of explosives storing them in a rented storage unit. By that
OKLAHOMA CITY FEDERAL BUILDING BOMBINGtime McVeigh had already decided that the attack should not take place when the building wasempty and should instead inflict many casualties in order to make a stronger political statement.McVeigh conducted training by putting together a prototype bomb using a plastic Gatorade jugcontaining ammonium nitrate, liquid nitromethane, a piece of Tovex sausage, and a blasting cap.McVeigh still conducted a considerable amount of advanced surveillance. This advanced stage ofsurveillance, and subsequent planning, could only come after the general details of theoperational planning had been decided. Having knowledge about the location of the truck-bomb

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