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Running head: THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING1Humberto GutierrezProfessor SmithCRJ 44011/24/18
THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING2The 1995 Oklahoma City BombingDomestic terrorist attacks may be defined as incidents of terrorist acts carried out by individuals who are either citizens of the domicile state in which the attacks occurred or are permanent residents (Combs, 2017). In the United States, the USA Patriot Act designates domestic terrorism as incidents or activities that are dangerous to human life and appear to be intentional with an objective of coercing or intimidating the civilian population. These acts may also have the object of strong-arming or daunting the government to take certain actions by mass destruction of property and life, kidnappings, or assassinations (Wralstad Ulmschneider & Lutz, 2013). This paper will research the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing. The paper will highlight the individuals responsible and assess the validity of their motivations or beliefs. Further, the work will delineate on the planning efforts that made the attack successful. Lastly, the work will evaluate the degree to which the attack achieved its intended goals and examine the lessons learned from attack.The 1995 Oklahoma City BombingThe 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing took place in downtown Oklahoma City on the AlfredP. Murrah Federal Building. The truck bombing occurred on the 19thof April, 1995 and was designated as a domestic terrorist attack (Kellner, 2015). The bomb destroyed about three-quarters of the building. The perpetrators of this heinous act were Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh (Kellner, 2015; Michel & Herbeck, 2015). On that fateful morning, McVeigh and Nichols caused one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in US history. It is worth noting that the attack was estimated to have resulted in damage in the hundreds of millions. Moreover, the blast killed 168 people and injured over 600 other people. Almost all the buildings within a sixteen-block radius were affected by the blast (Sloan, 2016). In the wake of the bombing, extensive
THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING3rescue operations were undertaken with federal, state and local agencies taking part in the rescue efforts. There were also a number of international agencies involved in the rescue operations.