A Decade After Oklahoma City, FBI Wrestles With Demons
In April 1995, I was in the early stages of preparing to retire from the Army. The news of this bombing at the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, became on of the most talked subjects everywhere we went for days on end. We knew people who had friends/family in Oklahoma City. What a change in the lives of many of us.
April 18, 2005
By Chris Strohm
Ten years ago this month, a Ryder truck rigged with explosives detonated in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people—most of them government employees. It was the deadliest terrorist act in the United States, until the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.--Full story here
Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, who served in the Army together during the first Gulf War, were convicted for the Oklahoma City bombing. McVeigh was executed in 2001 and Nichols is serving a life sentence in prison. But to this day questions linger about whether they acted alone. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., has started a new examination into long-standing allegations that others were involved in the plot and that federal officials participated in a cover-up. A spokeswoman said Rohrabacher is looking at the evidence to see whether it warrants a hearing.
Identifying, infiltrating and disrupting terrorist plots has become the FBI's primary focus. And effectively collecting, analyzing and sharing counterterrorism information has become the Holy Grail for the intelligence community.
Signing Off. Until next time, I'll see ya on the Blog! drh.