the oklahoma city bombing

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Newspapers and their articles about some of the biggest tragedies and events on history that happened in the same month: April. 

Many mass shootings and massacres had took place in this month, between other several events like Hitler’s birthday/death, bombings, genocides and Lincon and Martin Luther King’s murder. “April has historically been a whole month of assassination, mass murder and mayhem.” and why this specific month?, this could be the explanation: “Some experts say that April is a time of change that can trigger a disturbed mind to act out. The sudden increase in light this time of year can drive people with certain mental illnesses to manic behavior, some said", “Spring, like medication, can bring them out of the winter’s depression". If is true that the change of season or month can depress more the people and provoke or get worse a mental illness, specially if these incidents are in some way related or influenced by each other (most of the school shootings of this month, are influenced by  the Columbine high school massacre and the Columbine shooters mentioned in their diaries such events like the Oklahoma City bombing that took place in April too. Something thatcan  be another fact of why all these events happend in this month). There is still not enough proofs that can substantiate this. But whatever happen in April and whatever this month can cause in people’s brain, in April,  almost every year, happen something…

Timothy McVeigh was responsible for one of the worst terrorist acts ever committed by an American citizen, the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995. McVeigh was raised in a rural community in upstate New York after his parents separated in 1978. A loner in high school McVeigh enlisted in the army in 1988 and rose through the ranks to platoon leader. In 1991, after winning a Bronze Star in the Persian Gulf War, he failed to complete Green Beret school, and this failure increased his dissatisfaction with the government.

Although McVeigh was never linked to militant antigovernment groups, he soon began planning revenge for the deaths that occurred during the Waco Siege. He had been present at Waco when the siege was occurring and felt that the government was responsible for the deaths. He enlisted the help of his friend from the army, Terry Nichols, and together they took steps to build and place a bomb at the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, as McVeigh mistakenly believed the government order for the waco assault had originated from there.

On April 19th, 1995, McVeigh parked a rented Ryder truck at the north side of the Federal Building, and minutes after, a fertiliser and fuel oil bomb exploded, immediately collapsing about a third of the building and killing 168 people. McVeigh was convicted of the crime and was executed by lethal injection in 2001.

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I’ve seen these recreations of last meals before in the tcc but I never knew they were by New Zealander Henry Hargreaves. I’m from NZ, so I thought that was super cool! My mum showed me this magazine spread because she thought I’d be interested, so I’m showing you all because I though you would find it interesting too! :-)

On This Day in History

April 19th, 1995

Timothy McVeigh executed what is now known as the Oklahoma City Bombings. He bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Building. There were 168 confirmed deaths.


April 19th, 1999

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went to Outback Steakhouse for dinner. The following day they would shoot up their high school, killing 13 others and injuring 24. They would later kill themselves.

The devastation left of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Bulding after the Oklahoma City Bombings, orchestrated by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. The motivation behind the attacks was retribution for the Waco siege, where 78 members of the Branch Davidians died. In the bombing over 680 people were injured, 168 were killed. Of those, 19 were infants and children.

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“He goes ‘I’m a very smart man.’ I said ‘You are?’ And he goes ‘Yes. And you’re going to remember me. On April 19, 95 you’re going to remember me for the rest of your life.’”

On April 8, 1995 Timothy McVeigh and two other men were allegedly at a strip club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Above is security camera footage from the dressing room at Lady Godiva’s that night. Eleven days later Tim would go on to commit the Oklahoma City bombing.

You can watch the footage as part of the documentary Terror From Within here.

Seemingly, particular actions in themselves do not constitute terrorism, since far more violent and destructive actions conducted by states are not characterized as such. But even keeping to non-state actors, many violent actions, including pre-meditated murder of humans undertaken by anti-abortionists, neo-Nazis, sovereign citizens and white supremacists, are regularly not classified as terrorism, even though they clearly match common definitions. The Department of Homeland Security’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START 2012) lists 145 cases of politically motivated killings (some involving large numbers of victims, such as the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by white supremacists) by US rightwing groups from 1990 to 2010 but does not categorize these as terrorism.
  
In striking contrast, the FBI repeatedly termed the ALF and ELF terrorists, although they have killed no one and follow guidelines against causing harm. While rightwing groups constitute greater danger, using murderous attacks to create terror, intimidate and send political messages, animal and environmental groups are considered more serious threats to the state and to corporations it serves. They threaten capitalism’s basic values, insisting that the natural world is not simply a resource to be exploited.
Notable inmates at USP Florence ADMAX

USP Florence ADMAX Pt. II

Zacarias Moussaoui - Serving 6 life sentences without parole for his role in the September 11th attacks.

Ramzi Yousef - One of the main perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1994 bombing of Philippine Airlines flight 434, and a co-conspirator in a plot to blow up 11 airplanes

Richard Reid - known as the “Shoe Bomber”, Reid attempted to detonate explosives in his shoes on a flight from Paris to Miami in 2001.

Dzhokar Tsarnaev - Sentenced to death for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Tsarnaev will be held at USP Florence until a date is set for his execution at USP Terre Haute.

Ted Kaczynski - Known as “The Unabomber”, Kaczynski is serving 8 life sentences without parole.

Terry Nichols - Serving 161 life sentences without the possibility of parole for his part in the Oklahoma City Bombing.

Eric Rudolph - Known as The Olympic Park Bomber, Rudolph is serving four life sentences for a series of bombings carried out between 1996-1998. A member of the Christian extremist group “Army of God”, Rudolph’s motivation behind the bombings was anti-abortion and anti-gay rights.

Joseph Konopka - Known by his self-given nickname “Dr. Ch@os”, Konopka pled guilty to causing blackouts in Wisconsin through acts of sabotage, and storing potassium cyanide and sodium cyanide in unused portions of the Chicago subway system. Konopka recruited an army of teenage hackers and runaways that lived with him underground, which he named “The army of Ch@os.” Konopka is scheduled for release in 2019.

Robert Hanssen - The former FBI agent assigned to counterintelligence pled guilty to espionage in 2002 for giving classified information to the Soviet Union and later Russia over a period of 20 years. At the time, Hanssen’s crimes were considered the worst intelligence disaster in U.S. history, and several intelligence officers were executed because of his actions.

Juan Garcia Abrego - Former head of the Gulf Cartel, one of the oldest organized crime syndicates in Mexico. The Gulf Cartel smuggled thousands of tons of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin into the U.S. throughout the 80’s. Abrego was convicted of 22 counts of money laundering, drug possession and drug trafficking, for which he was given 11 life sentences.

James Marcello - Known as Little Jimmy, Jimmy Light and Jimmy “The Man” Marcello, the former boss of the Chicago Outfit is serving life for racketeering, extortion, loansharking, bribery, illegal gambling and ordering at least 18 murders.


Thomas Silverstein - Considered one of the most dangerous inmates in the federal prison system, Silverstein is serving life for murdering a correctional officer. The former leader of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang has been housed in solitary confinement since 1983, the longest of any prisoner in American history.

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Today it’s 20 years since Oklahoma City bombing

Timothy James McVeigh (April 23, 1968 - June 11, 2001)
Perpetrator of this terrible crime was then 26 years old McVeigh. He was American war veteran who participated in The Gulf War. He later told that his motive for the bombing was revenge to federal authorities for tragic end of the Waco Siege (it was exactly two years before bombing and back then 76 people died there). McVeigh hoped to inspire a revolt against what he considered to be a tyrannical federal government.

On April 19, 1995 McVeigh parked truck next to the The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Inside of the truck were about 2300 kg mixture created of NH4NO3, nitromethane and diesel fuel. He then went away and detonated the bomb from the distance. Result? 168 dead people and many others injured. (19 victims were little kids)

McVeigh confessed to this crime. He was sentenced to death. McVeigh was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001, at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Well I was a little girl when this happened but it always hits me over again to hear or read somewhere about it. It makes me even more sad when I realize that Eric and Dylan wanted to carry out their plan on this date too… in the end they did it a day later. Cannot believe one of this tragedies happened a 20 years ago and the other one (tomorrow it will be) 16 years ago. I always felt very close to Eric and Dylan because I was bullied in the school too… and I guess it is because I am way different then my classmates… but they did something unforgivable… I just wish neither of these tragedies would never happened and all these people would be alive and living their lives…

THE UNABOMBER’S NOT SO-LONELY PRISON LIFE

They were workout buddies who had little in common — except for infamous reputations and a skill with explosives.

But housed in neighboring cells on the same secluded wing at the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) in Florence, Colo., Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, struck up an odd friendship with two other notorious terrorists of the 1990s: Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and Ramzi Yousef, who planted a bomb in the World Trade Center in 1993 that killed six people, a precursor to the 9/11 attacks.

Locked in their tiny cells 23 hours a day, the three at one point shared the same recreation time. Outdoors, the environment was bleak: an all-concrete yard so deeply recessed that some former prisoners have likened it to standing in an empty swimming pool. But inmates were escorted to individual wire-mesh cages — about 12 by 18 feet, Kaczynski estimated — where they could speak to each other under the watch of guards.

In his early months in prison, Kaczynski became close enough to McVeigh and Yousef that they shared books and talked religion and politics. He even came to know their birthdays, according to letters he wrote about them to others.

“You may be interested to know that your birthday, April 27, is the same as that of Ramzi Yousef, the alleged ‘mastermind’ of the World Trade Center bombing,” Kaczynski wrote to a pen pal in 1999, according to a letter on file at his archive of personal papers at the University of Michigan Library. “I mentioned this to Ramzi, and he wants me to tell you that since your birthday is the same as his, you and he must have similar personalities. … He may have some degree of belief in astrology.”

Known as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies,” ADX is considered to be America’s toughest prison, where the nation’s most dangerous criminals are locked away and meant to be forgotten. But for Kaczynski, who had lived as a hermit for more than 20 years in his remote cabin in the backwoods of Montana, prison was, in many ways, a social awakening. For the first time he had regular, daily contact with other people, even though it was largely with prisoners who had committed equally horrible crimes.

Kaczynski’s letters offer an unprecedented glimpse into what life is like inside ADX, a so-called supermax prison that has been widely criticized for its use of solitary confinement. Kaczynski arrived there in May 1998, shortly after he was given eight life sentences without parole for his 17-year bombing spree, which killed three and left dozens injured. According to his personal papers, Kaczynski so detested the idea of spending the rest of his life in prison that he actually wanted the death penalty.

Though he longed for freedom and mourned the loss of his beloved Montana, Kaczynski admitted to pen pals that ADX wasn’t so terrible as far as prisons went — though he might have been better equipped than most for the lonely existence of a small, enclosed space. (His 12-by-7-foot jail cell is not much smaller than his 12-by-10-foot cabin, which didn’t have running water or electricity.)

“I consider myself to be in a (relatively) fortunate situation here,” Kaczynski wrote in a February 2000 letter. “As correctional institutions go, this place is well-administered. It’s clean, the food is good, and it’s quiet, so that I can sleep, think and write (usually) without being distracted by a lot of banging and shouting.”

The prisoners on his cell block, he added, “are easy to get along with.” He had particular praise for Yousef and McVeigh, whom he described in another letter as “very intelligent … friendly and considerate of others.” “Actually,” Kaczynski told another pen pal, “the people I am acquainted with in this range of cells … are nicer than the majority of people I’ve known on the outside.”

In July 1999, McVeigh was moved to federal death row in Terre Haute, Ind., and though prison rules blocked him from exchanging letters with Kaczynski, they kept up their friendship. Through a journalist at the Buffalo News, McVeigh sent Kaczynski a copy of “Into the Wild,” writer Jon Krakauer’s account of a young man’s hike into the Alaskan wilderness. (Kaczynski, who is particular about his books, liked it.) Meanwhile, the Unabomber asked his pen pals to send McVeigh magazines and articles, including a subscription to Green Anarchy magazine.

anonymous asked:

Hi Emily! I just watched the documentary "A Noble Lie" about the Oklahoma City bombing and I'm really mind blown... I was wondering if you've seen it? And if yes, what do you think? Do you believe the whole tragedy was an "inside job"? I really love your blog btw! And always love to read your answers!

Thank you! I haven’t actually seen that documentary and know next to nothing about the case. I’ll watch it this weekend and let you know :)

Get Over It
Timothy McVeigh
Get Over It

A message from Timothy McVeigh to his victims. This recording is from the interviews Lou Michel conducted with him in prison to write American Terrorist.

I had no hesitation to look right at them and listen to their story, but I‘d like to say to them, I‘ve heard your story many times before. The specific details may be unique, but the truth is, you‘re not the first mother to lose a kid. You‘re not the first grandparent to lose a granddaughter or a grandson. I‘ll use the phrase, and it sounds cold, but I‘m sorry, I‘m going to use it, because it‘s the truth—get over it.