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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2017 3:46 p.m. PST

… White Nationalist Influence on OKC Bombing.

" was eight years old when the Oklahoma City bombing occurred. I lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, just over 100 miles away, but the event shook our state—and our nation—to its core. The destruction of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building resulted in the loss of 168 souls, and marked the most deadly terrorist attack in United States history. When all was said and done, it was one of our own that was the culprit: a white war veteran named Timothy McVeigh. But while McVeigh carried out the act and is absolutely to blame, the fires of his anti-government leanings were being stoked for some time. As filmmaker Barak Goodman's expertly crafted documentary presents, the Oklahoma City bombing was the climax of a series of events that invigorated white nationalist sentiment across the country, leading McVeigh to take deadly action.

Oklahoma City begins with the bombing itself, featuring testimony interviews from eyewitnesses, survivors, and parents of fallen children. But the film is not a play-by-play of how the bombing was planned and executed, and the eventual arrest of McVeigh and two others. The movie does cover these points in great detail, but its focus in on contextualizing these events, which are seeded back in 1992 with the Ruby Ridge incident. As the documentary progresses, we see how white nationalist sentiment grew fiery and passionate after a pair of federal screw-ups on the national stage, spurring McVeigh to strike back.

The Ruby Ridge standoff occurred in 1992 Idaho, where the federal government was keeping tabs on an Aryan Nations compound. Through a series of dumb mistakes and questionable actions, a standoff occurred at the nearby home of Aryan Nation sympathizer Randy Weaver that resulted in the death of his wife Vicki Weaver, his son Sam Weaver, and U.S Marshal Bill Degan…"
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doug redshirt08 Feb 2017 8:17 p.m. PST

And guess which group the FBI has as their top domestic terrorist threat, and no they are not from the Middle East.

Kevin C Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2017 9:51 p.m. PST

It would be much more appropriate to post this on the Blue Fez. I am not for sure what this has to do with miniatures.

zoneofcontrol09 Feb 2017 1:37 p.m. PST

This was just broadcast last evening on PBS and I caught all but the very beginning. The parallels between the extreme racist movement of that era and the alt-left movement of modern times are eerie.

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