Oklahoma City Bombing.docx - Oklahoma City Bombing After the bombing everything changed The FBI shifted its priorities reassigning large numbers of

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Oklahoma City Bombing: After the bombing, everything changed. The FBI shifted its priorities, reassigning large numbers of agents to work domestic terrorism cases and hiring many new agents. It significantly expanded the number of Joint Terrorism Task Forces across the country and went to Congress with a lengthy “want” list. The Justice Department funded an anti-terrorist training program for senior state and local law enforcement executives. The Clinton Administration unveiled legislation on February 10 to bolster U.S. deterrence of terrorism and punish those who aid and abet terrorist activity. The Omnibus Counterterrorism Act of 1995 would outlaw fundraising in the United States in support of terrorist activities overseas, expedite the deportation of alien terrorists, and make international terrorism committed in the U.S. a federal crime. This is a long-overdue step in the right direction, but Congress has an opportunity to strengthen U.S. counterterrorism policy above and beyond these legislative proposals. To do so, it should: Improve the gathering and sharing of intelligence on terrorist groups. President Clinton has proposed the establishment of a domestic counterterrorism center under the aegis of the FBI to coordinate the U.S. government's counter terrorism efforts. Such a center is needed to collect, analyze, and disseminate timely information concerning domestic terrorist groups and the activities and immigration status of foreigners who have engaged in or supported terrorism. This would help improve coordination among intelligence agencies, law enforcement authorities, and immigration officials. Congress should work with the Administration to establish such a center and should maintain close oversight over counterterrorism programs to safeguard the individual liberties of all Americans. However, the U.S. government should have the right to protect intelligence sources in deportation hearings against resident and illegal aliens who are suspected of terrorist activities. As a result of the bombing, the U.S. Congress passed the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, which tightened the standards for habeas corpus in the United States, as well as legislation designed to increase the protection around federal buildings to deter future terrorist attacks.

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