Sunday, July 29, 2012

The United States of Amnesia pt. 2

CNN, April 19, 1995
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the attack on the Murrah Building


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I can recall watching television coverage of the rescue effort and seeing medical workers running away from the building when other bombs were discovered.  It was terrible to imagine that a survivor in the wreckage could die because help was delayed.  It was even more terrible to think that other bombs had been set to target rescue workers.

But as it turned out, there were no other bombs.  The only bomb involved was the one that had been sitting in a truck parked in front of the building.  I guess in Oklahoma back then, the Department of Justice; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; and the Oklahoma City bomb squad didn’t know much about bombs.

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