Posted April 21, 2008 – Saturday’s macabre anniversary was a reminder that some of the biggest threats to national security aren’t necessarily Muslim extremists hating on America.
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Thirteen years ago Saturday, a lone lunatic named Timothy McVeigh was arrested for blowing up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring 800 others. It was the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in the nation’s history.
Victims’ family members, friends and others gathered at the Oklahoma City Memorial Saturday to place wreaths and mementos, weep and otherwise remember those who were killed.
"The evil act perpetrated here illustrated the depths of human depravity," Gov. Brad Henry said. "But Oklahomans met tragedy with triumph. From such a horrible crime came tales of astounding goodness."
McVeigh was convicted of loading a rented truck with nearly 5,000 pounds of fertilizer and fuel oil and igniting it near the entrance of the building. Caught just two hours after he set off the homemade bomb, he was nabbed by Oklahoma state troopers. He was executed four years later. His Army buddy, Terry Nichols, was convicted of being an accomplice and is serving multiple life sentences in ADX Florence, a super-max prison in Florence, Colo.
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