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Running Head: Murrah Federal Building BombingMurrah Federal Building BombingCase Study DeVry University Terrorism Investigation October 17, 2018
Murrah Federal Building BombingWhat suspicious activities that preceded the event did the attackers display that could have tipped off the authorities to their intentions?On April 19, 1995, an explosion ripped through the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City. The bomber was identified at Timothy McVeigh who was a decorated United States Army veteran. McVeigh was a gunner for a small infantry unit during the Gulf war. As a United States veteran, I have pride in the country, as most of my team members. It is unfathomable to believe a veteran who served the country honorably is capable of such destruction. McVeigh displaced signs which today, would alarm people. He displaced signs of discounted and dislike to the United States government. He was reading books about a group called “Patriots”. Patriots was a group of well-armed men and women who wanted to overthrow the Federal government. In the book, thegroup used fertilizer bomb in a truck and detonated it in Washington D.C. outside of a Federal government building, killing hundreds of incident people. In 1993, McVeigh was working for a commercial security company as a security guard. He distributed white supremacist pamphlets to co-workers. He also commented that it would be easy to steal firearms from a military base. McVeigh believed that the Federal government was attacking individual freedoms. He opposed the Ruby Ridge 1992 and the Waco on 1993. He believed that the ATF entrapped Randy Weaver into committing a crime, so they can turn him into an informant. After Randy Weaver was acquitted of murder charges in the Ruby Ridge incident, which further convicted McVeigh of his beliefs. McVeigh’s hatred to the government was growing, in 1994, he told friends about the coming revolutions. He said it was time to “take action” and the action he wanted was something dramatic.
Murrah Federal Building BombingGiven that McVeigh selected the target he did, what message should this send for future law enforcement-force protection operations?In my opinion, the Oklahoma City bombing changed security around government building forever. Most government building have a separate delivery area, where if an incident takes place, it would result in minimal damaged and minimal death. Moreover, most government building have standoff distance. The standoff distance is a set distance where cars and trucks cannot be near the building. The distance is set by