May 5, 2013
The Oklahoma City Bombing had taken place at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. On the morning of April 19, 1995 an ex-Army soldier and security guard named Timothy McVeigh parked a rented Ryder truck in front of the building. He was about to commit mass murder. Inside the vehicle was a powerful bomb made out of a deadly cocktail of agricultural fertilizer, diesel fuel, and other chemicals. ("Terror Hits Home: The Oklahoma City Bombing"). This started a big government investigation. The bombing was quickly solved, but the investigation turned out to be one of the most exhaustive in FBI history. By the time it was over, the Bureau had conducted more than 28,000 interviews, followed some 43,000 investigative leads, amassed three-and-a-half tons of evidence, and reviewed nearly a billion pieces of information. In the end, the government that McVeigh hated and hoped to topple swiftly captured him and convincingly convicted both him and his co-conspirators. This was a great day for the government and the American people. At 9:45 am, minutes after the Oklahoma City bombing Governor Frank Keating declared a state of emergency and ordered all non-essential workers in the Oklahoma City area to be released from their duties for their safety. President Bill Clinton was the president at this time and was in a meeting when he learned about the bombing; he then addressed the nation of the tragedy that had occurred. President Clinton wanted to ground all planes in the Oklahoma City area to prevent the bombers from escaping by air, but decided against it; President Clinton declared a federal emergency in Oklahoma City to help the victims. The bombing in Oklahoma City was an attack on innocent children and defenseless citizens. It was an act of cowardice and it was evil. The United States will not tolerate it, and he will not allow the people of this country to be intimidated by evil cowards. He ordered that flags for all federal buildings be flown at half-staff for 30 days in remembrance of the victims. Four days later, on April 23, 1995, Clinton spoke from Oklahoma City. No major federal financial assistance was given to the survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing, but the Murrah Fund set up in the wake of the bombing attracted over $300,000 in federal grants. Over $40 million was donated to the city to aid disaster relief and to compensate the victims. Funds were initially distributed to families who needed it to get back on their feet, and the rest was held in trust for longer-term medical and psychological needs. By 2005, $18 million of the donations remained, some of which was earmarked to provide a college education for each of the 219 children who lost one or both parents in the bombing ("Terror Hits Home: The Oklahoma City Bombing"). Although all of these things where made available to the survivors, nothing and change the pain the victims felt and the everlasting pain of the families that lost love ones. The U.S. government mounted a massive manhunt for Islamic terrorists. Three Arabs were supposedly seen fleeing the scene. Cable news shows, fed by tips from a former CIA official, reported that the bombing may have been the work of Saddam Hussein. The FBI had no doubt have been looking for suspicious Arab ("Oklahoma City Bombing’s Unanswered Questions in New Book"). Prosecutor Joseph Hartzler asked Timothy McVeigh if he knew that the bomb would cause a lot of deaths. Timothy stated that he considered all those people to be as if they were the storm troopers in the movie "Star Wars." They may be individually innocent; but because they are part of the evil empire, they were they were guilty by association ("Famous Trials Oklahoma City Bombing Trial ") I find this very alarming he had no heart for the children that he killed, totaling in 168 people...