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April; 19, 1995: Oklahoma City

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There are at least four dominant views of the bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. First is the official government view, as represented by prosecutorial strategy in the McVeigh and Nichols trials and by all subsequent Justice Department statements, that the two men acted alone. Second is the foreign terrorist sponsorship view, articulated most clearly by reporter Jayna Davis, holding that a cell of former Iraqi soldiers in the Oklahoma City area assisted McVeigh in carrying out the attack. Third is the domestic terrorism theory that McVeigh was aided by members of a white supremacist robbery gang known as the Aryan Republican Army (ARA). Fourth is the idea that somehow the government knew in advance about the attack or indeed prompted the bombing intentionally to discredit the militias or by accident through the misguided use of agent provocateurs inside the militia movement.

Keywords: Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building; Aryan Republican Army (ARA); Iraqi soldiers; Jayna Davis; McVeigh trial; Nichols trial; Oklahoma City; terrorism theory



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