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Running head: DOMESTIC TERRORISM AND THE AGENCIES WHO FIGHT IT1Domestic Terrorism and the Agencies Who Fight ItJoshua D. CraigTrident University International
DOMESTIC TERRORISM AND THE AGENCIES WHO FIGHT IT 2“The DHS defines domestic terrorism as any act of violence that endangers human life, or could potentially destroy critical infrastructure or key resources, committed by a group or individual based in the US without direction or inspiration from a foreign terrorist group” (eLearners.com, 2017). On April 19, 1995, one such attack occurred at the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, this attack was carried out by a former decorated US Military member by the name of Timothy McVeigh. The result from this attack would lead it to be, until September 11, 2001, the worst act of terrorism ever conducted within the United States (Linder, 2006). After this attack, the United States set out to combat further acts of domestic terrorism byusing multiple government agencies working hand in hand to seek out and prevent others from perpetrating attacks such as the one conducted by McVeigh.A popular method among domestic terrorists is to use explosives to carry out whatever mission they have planned. Timothy McVeigh was no different in his endeavor. To carry out his attack, McVeigh rented a Ryder truck and drove it to Oklahoma City packed with homemade explosives. On the morning of April 19th“McVeigh lit two fuses, he parked the truck in the handicapped zone in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, locked the vehicle, and strode quickly away” (Linder, 2006). Linder also states that the damage was so extensive that many alleged there was actually two blasts, the second coming from illegally stored explosives in an ATF secure area within the building (2006). Due to the size of the explosion, the entire front half of the Federal Building had collapsed. The attack claimed the lives of 167 people, injuring another 509 and changing the lives of many more Oklahomans (Linder, 2006). This would be the worst attack on American soil since the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.