Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sixteen Years After The Oklahoma City Bombing - How The Attacks Led To The FBI's Counterterrorism Focus

On the sixteenth anniversary of the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, FoxNews.com offers an excerpt from an interesting book that I happen to be reading, Garrett M.Graff's The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror. 

April 19th is a date few in the FBI will soon forget: The bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City by Timothy McVeigh, an attack that killed 168 people, forever changed the trajectory of the U.S. counterterrorism mission. Even though it was at the time the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil—eclipsed internationally only by the bombing of Pan Am 103 in 1998—the incident is often now seen as an outlier in a decade of the rising threat of Islamic extremists, sandwiched between the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center and the 1998 attack on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. However, Oklahoma City is actually much more central to American counterterrorism efforts than many realize.

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