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Murrah Federal Building Bombing Murrah Federal Building Bombing Week 7 Assignment CRMJ 450 DeVry University Nicholas J Riviera
Murrah Federal Building Bombing On April 19, 1995, a great tragedy struck in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in which 168 men, women, and children were killed in the initial blast and an additional 853 others were injured. The tragedy that took place was a home-grown terrorist cell initiated a bomb which took place at the Murrah Federal Building. This building was chosen as it was the headquarters for several Federal Agencies and was chosen for the role the various agencies played in the Branch- Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas the previous year. While this attack was a major tragedy and cause great harm though out the law enforcement community it was an eye-opening experience that showed official just how vulnerable they were to future attacks. In both September and October McVeigh and Nichols legally purchased the 50 bags of ammonium nitrate each month. This should have been a major red flag since neither of them owned or worked on a farm or any other agricultural facility. Another tip that should have tipped off law enforcement would be when they called around looking to purchase explosives, blasting caps, and race car fuel. Then when these efforts proved unsuccessful they stole the items. However, law enforcement did not make the connection about the two men making the inquires then the exact same materials they were calling about going missing until after the explosion took place at the Murrah Federal Building. This attack showed the world that no law enforcement agency is off limits to those seeking to do them harm. Every agency in the world took this as a learning experience and started to build buffer zones around the federal buildings. However, many of the buffer zones looked like ugly

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