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Oklahoma City Federal Building Bombing

At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, became the site of the largest single act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history. The bombing was planned and executed by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, both veterans of the Gulf War, who, like many reactionary domestic terrorists, believed themselves to be at war with the U.S. government. Federal workers were, in their minds, casualties in an ongoing war, not innocent victims of an act of mass murder. McVeigh followed the “cosmotheist” beliefs advocated by William Pierce, author of McVeigh's favorite book, The Turner Diaries (written under the pseudonym of Andrew MacDonald), which portrayed a grand war in which a secret group of true Christians, “The Order,” would lead a revolution toward the restoration ...

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