DOMESTIC TERRORIST ATTACKS2Domestic Terrorist AttacksOn April 19, 1995, a truck exploded, outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The blast killed 168 people including 19 children and injured hundreds more. The worst attack in the United States prior to September 11, 2001 was planned and executed by anti-government militant Timothy McVeigh and his co-conspirator Terry Nichols. At the time of the bombing Timothy James McVeigh was five days short of his 27thbirthday. He was born and raised in upstate New York and as a bullied teenager he developed an interest in guns and leaned towards separatist ideology. McVeigh served in the Persian Gulf War,but after his discharge he grew increasingly disillusioned with the U.S. government. “McVeigh initially returned to New York but soon took up a peripatetic lifestyle as he followed the gun show circuit, selling weapons and preaching the evils of the government (Biography, n.d., para. 6)”. McVeigh often spent time with Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier, two army buddies who shared the same passion for guns and hateful views of the federal government. There were two events involving separatists that motivated Timothy McVeigh and enhanced his anger toward the government. First, “white separatist Randy Weaver was engaged in a standoff with government agents at his cabin in Ruby Ridge, Idaho. He was suspected of selling illegal sawed-off shotguns. The siege resulted in the death of Weaver’s son and wife. Second, Federal agents surrounded the Texas compound of a religious organization called the Branch Davidians to arrest their leader, Davis Koresh, on illegal weapons charges. The FBI stormed the compound, resulting in a firestorm that killed dozens of Branch Davidians, includingnumerous children (Biography, n.d., para. 7-8)”. Both of these occurrences happened within a year of each other and McVeigh and Terry Nichols began putting his plan in motion.