On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh detonated a bomb just outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The bomb killed 168 people, 19 of them infants and children in day care. Another 700 people were injured. The Oklahoma City bombing is the worst incident of domestic terrorism in American history.McVeigh was a Gulf War veteran, but did not support the U.S. government. He specifically targeted a federal building with a high occupancy rate. He thought more victims would draw attention to his anti-government cause. The day of the bombing, McVeigh carried a packet sealed with a bumper sticker bearing a quote from Thomas Jefferson: “When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” Scribbled beneath it, McVeigh wrote, “maybe now, there will be liberty.”McVeigh was arrested within hours of the bombing. He was tried and executed. Terry Nichols, who helped plan the bombing, is serving life in prison. Another terrorist, Michael Fortier, testified against McVeigh and Nichols and was sentenced to 12 years for his participation.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry consider Verb
to think about.
to cause something to explode.
domestic terrorism Noun
violent acts committed by citizens or residents of the targeted nation. Also called homegrown terrorism.
to put to death by order of the law or in a well-planned manner.
having to do with a nation's government (as opposed to local or regional government).
system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.
event or happening.
condition of being in (occupying) a specific place.
specific place where something is located.
exact or precise.
to establish something as a goal or aim.
to offer evidence in court.
abuse of power.
person who has served their country in a military capacity.