nationally. The bombing killed 168 innocent people and injured 600 more, and damages costed an estimated 581-million dollars. Antiterrorism training was one of many changes following this attack, but too the perspective America had of terrorism changed. Americans and officials broadened their idea of a terrorist, it did not have to an international religious extremist, it could be your radicalized next door neighbor. Timothy McVeigh The sole attacker at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was a young 26-year-old discharged militant. Timothy was born in 1968, he was the middle child, and lived in rural New York with his father after his parents split. Timothy always had an interest in guns. His interest in guns brought about paranoia of the government repressing American citizen’s second amendment after reading The Turner Diaries by William Pierce. The book entails a bombing at a FBI building by neo-Nazi’s, which is all hypothetical but ignited McVeigh. In 1988 he enlisted in the Army, fought in the Persian Gulf War, and earned a Bronze Star for bravery. He was an exemplified soldier. McVeigh dropped out of the Special Forces after only two days and was
DOMESTIC TERRORIST ATTACKS 4 honorably discharged by 1991. He could not find steady work, so he began selling guns at fairs. During this time the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas was seized and resulted eighty- four deaths, after a fifty-one-day standoff. The incident occurred because of the cult leader Koresh who was stockpiling weapons and engaging in sexual activity with girls as young as twelve. McVeigh was now motivated and began plotting to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah building (Linder, 2006; The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d.). Motivation McVeigh was motivated by many incidents that occurred since his reading of The Turner Diaries , but after his discharge from the military his radical views were met by similar beliefs at gun shows and in Elohim City. In 1992 Randy Weaver and his son were killed by excessive use of force by FBI agents. This angered McVeigh, but the 1993 Waco standoff amped McVeigh and his radical views of a government takeover. He became active with Elohim City residents and their criminal acts; bank robberies, drug sells and usage, and practicing military maneuvers.
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