How One Act Of Violence Forever Changed The U.S. | AJ+

How One Act Of Violence Forever Changed The U.S. | AJ+

Holy cow! About a third of the
building has been blown away. (sirens) This is a scene from one
of the United States’ deadliest domestic attacks. KOCO news report: As we walked up, I could not believe what was happening. You really couldn’t believe your eyes
and you especially couldn’t believe that it was actually happening
here in Oklahoma City. President Bill Clinton: The bombing in Oklahoma City was an attack
on innocent children and defenseless citizens. Connie Chung: The attack came without warning and
according to a U.S. government source told CBS News that it has Middle East
terrorism written all over it. But it wasn’t some foreign agent
that killed 168 adults and children. This was the result of
homegrown right-wing extremism. Timothy McVeigh: Well, am I, am I pure evil? Am I the face of terror
sitting here in front of you? The Oklahoma City bombing happened years
before this Charlottesville, Virginia attack. Both assaults are examples
of the United States’ long running struggle with
right-wing extremism and brutality. Hey fam, I’m Imaeyen. In part one of our series, we took a look at the rise of right-wing
fanaticism in the United States and the government’s response to it. Today, I’m standing at a memorial dedicated to
the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing to find out what this disaster
can teach us about our future. This is Oklahoma. Cowboy country. The birthplace of the legendary Mickey Mantle. And the location of the
country’s deadliest domestic
attack committed by one of its own. Water resources council hearing: Basically, there are four elements that I have to receive information regarding … (explosion) It’s been 24 years since a moving truck
filled with explosives parked near a federal building in Oklahoma City, destroying it and devastating a nation. The explosion killed 168 people, including small children
and injured 500 more. CBS News report: The blast was catastrophic. Half of the nine-story federal
building collapsed into the street, an estimated 900 people inside. This attack is one type
of far-right extremism, which generally falls into two categories: Hate-based, like the neo-Nazis
or white nationalists, as we discussed in part one of our series and anti-government, like the men responsible for
the Oklahoma City bombing. These are the names of the survivors of
the attack that happened at 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995 Dennis Purifoy is one of those survivors
and we’re on our way to meet him. So this is where I was sitting. The building, as you can see here, at one time I figured I was
115 feet from the bombing. That’s so close to you. Yeah. That is so close. Here’s how Purifoy’s office
looked before the explosion. Look at the date on this photo. It was taken only a few
weeks before the disaster. This is what Purifoy’s office building
looked like after a massive truck bomb blasted off the façade of a
building with a daycare center, instantly killing a hundred people and
trapping dozens more beneath rubble. I saw a flash and I don’t know if it was
a reflection on the computer screen of the actual explosion or if
it was an electrical spark. Everything went totally dark and
I was knocked out of my chair. That seemed to all happen at once. A ceiling tile fell on
Purifoy, trapping him. A coworker helped him escape. He suffered no major injuries. And along with a few colleagues, got to a place where they could get help. In the immediate aftermath of the bombing, there were two searches. One for the missing. This is Elijah and he’s two, and this, this is Aaron. And one for the assailants. Purifoy: It was several days before I started even
paying attention to who supposedly the suspects were and that kind of thing. I was going to hospitals
where coworkers were. And then after a few days, I started going to funerals. I have the obits I think for
all of my coworkers in here. Ibanga: How hard was it to go to all of those funerals? Purifoy: I was, something I really wanted to do. I wanted to be at every one. One reason that it was hard is that
there were sometimes multiple ones on the same day. The earliest news coverage
quickly speculated so called “Middle Eastern terrorism,”
but the bombers weren’t a group of Brown people from far off places. They were homegrown far-right militants
motivated by their hatred of the federal government. This is what the bombers
actually looked like. Purifoy: I think I was kind of in
shock like most people were. What, what would possess Timothy McVeigh, who was an army veteran, why would he do such a thing? And this was during a period where the
U.S. had seen several violent far-right acts. The bombing attack shares the
same date as the Waco siege. And Olympic bomber, Eric Rudolph, planted an explosive
at the Atlanta Games in 1996. The news media failed to link these
stories in the same way they so eagerly do with so-called “Islamic extremist” acts. Ibanga: How much did you know about far-right
extremism before Oklahoma City? Purifoy: Really nothing. I hadn’t
paid attention to it. It hadn’t been in the news. Before the bombing, I really didn’t know the extent of
far-right extremism in the country. Once I became aware of it, I tried to let other people know. I talked about it, I talked about it at church. I didn’t, I don’t know that I was on a crusade, but I, I was definitely interested in more
people learning about it and being aware about it. The plot, Timothy McVeigh and Terry
Nichols concocted is eerily
similar to one that a trio of white men had hoped to execute the
day after the 2016 presidential election in Garden City, Kansas. The militia men who dubbed themselves
‘the crusaders,’ schemed to kill as many Somali refugees as possible by detonating
four car bombs outside an apartment complex that also doubled as a mosque. David Neiwert: They were planning to blow up
this community in Garden City, with Timothy McVeigh-style truck bombs, situate themselves at the exits to the
community with machine guns, and shoot anybody who tried to flee. So it was going to be a horrible massacre. This is David Neiwert. And the reason he knows so much
about what happened in Kansas is because he’s been studying far-right
extremism in the U.S. since the 1970s. A judge sentenced those three Kansas men to
25 to 30 years in jail. And their plot shows something Neiwert
says the nation has forgotten. Neiwert: People understood prior to 9/11 that
terrorism could take a variety of shapes. After 9/11, the only kind of terrorism that people
thought of were essentially Arabs, Muslims. President George W. Bush:
Today we’ve had a national tragedy. Two airplanes have crashed into the World
Trade Center in an apparent terrorist attack on our country. Bush’s focus was on threats
coming from overseas. His so-called “war on terror” didn’t
address far-right figures like McVeigh, Nichols or Rudolph. President Bush: But we’re going to smoke them out. Our mission is to battle terrorism
and to join was freedom-loving people. This is a long-term battle, war. And while President Bush literally said, “Islam is peace” to make a distinction
between religion and acts of terror, the country’s focus on Iraq
and Afghanistan meant that
the far-right threat that so recently had its attention faded from
its collective memory. While the United States was focused on Al Qaeda and
Muslims, far-right hate was organizing and energizing. Daryl Johnson: Unfortunately, America a lot of times our legislators and
even law enforcement to some degree, are reactive. Something significant has to happen in
order for people to actually do something about the problem. Former Department of
Homeland Security analyst, Daryl Johnson, watched as far-right extremism became
a bigger threat to the country, particularly after
Donald Trump was elected. Johnson: So typically during
Democratic administrations, like Obama Administration, Clinton administration, we see a rise of the far right. And then typically during a
Republican administration, we see just the opposite. But this time in 2016, we had a Republican administration
coming to power and the far right has continued to operate
at a heightened level, which goes against all the trending that
I’ve seen over the past 30 to 40 years. Johnson and Neiwert both believed
the president’s heated rhetoric has mainstreamed extremist messages. And Neiwert says President Trump has soft-peddled a version of white nationalism and made it more palatable
for a wider audience. Neiwert: The people who were
committing these crimes, were either referencing
Trump’s name directly, like shouting “Trump, Trump, Trump,” as they beat people up or
threatened people, or using his name to say, you know, well, “Trump’s going to get you outta here.”
This problem didn’t start with Donald Trump, he took advantage of it, but he definitely fueled it and it’s
massively expanded because of his presidency. President Trump: And yes, we will build the wall. We’ve already started planning. It will be built. (Cheers) Neiwert says there’s a thread he’s seen
connect the philosophy of far-right extremism to its believers. Neiwert: The personality type is drawn to these
movements consistently is what we call right-wing authoritarians. Authoritarian personalities are basically
people who want to be told what to do, people who want an authoritarian rule
because they feel more safe and secure. This is the role that Trump plays. This isn’t the first time
that this has happened. The country’s history is littered with
examples of far-right extremism being overlooked, ignored, and sometimes even being
turned into government policy. Think of all the violence
associated with Jim Crow. How worried are you that people
will forget Oklahoma City? That it’ll fade from the memories? Purifoy: I think as time goes on, it will start fading
from memory a little bit, but it is. It still, even to this day, it’s the largest domestic terrorism as
far as number of casualties in the United States. I hope that we remain for many years
to come – the still – the largest domestic terrorism incident in our history. We can’t any more just say
“It’s not my business like I, I can’t pay attention to all of that.”
It is our business and we have to pay attention to it. Right now the nation is at a place where
it’s been before in confronting right-wing fanaticism, and it’s making
some of the same decisions it’s may before in governmental
policies and in news coverage. See the governmental response isn’t the
only thing contributing to this problem. The news media, they have culpability too. Both Purifoy
and Neiwert say part of the reason people don’t see far-right extremism as a threat
is because of how the news media has and continues to portray it. Purifoy: I think, I think they should report more in-depth. So unless you get, unless the media provides some background, people really do remain
pretty much ignorant about it. The book that inspired Timothy McVeigh, it’s been inciting far-right
violence for decades. Purifoy: Timothy McVeigh, he would try to convince people
for months and months and months, his circle of friends, he tried to convince them, he tried to get them to read
the “Turner Diaries” and stuff like that. The “Turner Diaries” is a racist dystopian
novel written by a neo-Nazi leader. The book reached the pinnacle of its
popularity in 1995, once a connection to Timothy McVeigh was made, but there’s something 1995 didn’t have, which may have limited its reach: widespread high-speed internet. The internet and social
media revolutionized how
right-wing extremism met grew and conspired, and that’s really
important because not all right-wing extremism is created equal. (Clashes) It can be found in even
the most liberal of places. Jason Downard: There’s people you won’t know you’re trained
to blend in with your community. Hey fam, thanks so much for watching. Don’t forget to like share and subscribe. One of the things that was the most
intriguing to me at the Oklahoma City memorial were the two
gates that they have. There’s one at 9:01, symbolizing the
city’s innocence before the bombing, and then there’s a gate symbolizing 9:03,
one minute after the bombing and what happens to Oklahoma City afterward. Be sure to stay tuned for the third and
final part of our series and we’ll see you next time. Thanks for watching.

67 thoughts on “How One Act Of Violence Forever Changed The U.S. | AJ+

  1. The US hasn't changed nor did it learned a thing, case in point the Las Vegas shooting, Stoneman Douglas HS shooting (hope that I spelled it correctly), and the Pulse club shooting among other tragedies.

  2. Please do what we did in Oslo and forget his name. He's the Oklahoma bomber is all. He doesn't deserve any name.


  3. He was a born LOOOSER…he was an animal that got PUT all other out of control animals are put down..ALL KILLERS should be executed arrest convict EXECUTE ASAP!!!

  4. White people always complaining about minorities in America and illegal immigrants, but it's actually their own race that commits the most horrific crimes and mass murders in the US. I'm so glad McVeigh is no longer breathing. RIP to all the victims and God bless all the people who were affected by this tragic event.

  5. This whole video is BS. Jim Crow was perpetrated by the Southern Democrats called the Dixiecrats. Look it up do your due diligence, the speaker in this video is twisting the narrative to make it look like Donald Trump is purposely energizing WHITE SUPREMACISTS (Do not lump them in with Republicans, or Independents, or Constitutionalism). The far left that control the media, try to make it look like MAGA wearing people are BAD. No, we love our country and denounce true racism, we believe all peoples no matter their persuasion should have the freedom to succeed in whatever way that innovation and hard work will lift them as far as they wish, AND as long as they do not impede upon my home, happiness, safety, health, and good will. If I wish to LIFT someone out of their despair by virtue of giving directly to them or through a church or charity THAT IS MY CHOICE not a government that forces me to donate. Progressive and Socialists WILL NOT PREVAIL. I will go to me grave campaigning for President Trump because guess what HE WANTS TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

  6. I hate seeing auction of livestock driving those innocents do slaughtering. Human beings are cruel. There will be a day that will happen the same with humans. I quite to see this video.

  7. Most of these right-wing people people from down south these are people who are angry because other people of color are free they can't handle the difference or the truth….

  8. As for me I'm at the government to myself because the system does not work so I by definition I'm a separatist but I'm not far right or any nutcase like that my way to to screw the system is don't get involved with it don't pay taxes live simple and that's the way you beat the system if enough people don't comply to the system it will fall.

  9. Lol you can only say long running problem of right wing terrorism because Islamic terrorists are technically right wing XD

    FBI directing the bombings. Timothy McVeigh was an innocent patsy, subsequently executed. Accuse the innocent, shelter the guilty.

  11. Watch "The secret Life of Timothy McVeigh" on YT, he was a govt operative and was not executed, he was filmed months after his "death" back in the army.

  12. will someone please tell me what this guy is saying behind the mic at 1:50 ?
    i have relatives there in Oklahoma .but i had never heard such thing in my life.

    they say Oklahoma Bombing picture is on U.S Dollar Bills.

  13. pffff this was an inside Job ,the date numbers equal 11 and the time of the explosion also equals 11 both Satan's Number.
    look at 7:39 ,behind the guy you see 2 triangles which are in fact Pyramids with 2 dots on them each making them KKK masks .
    funny and outraging at the same time. the guy might be a KKK himself. if i was an investigator of a bad thing i would not have their Emblems in my room. or who knows ? maybe he things this represents what he does against them .

  14. now when i tell people , that United States creates it's own enemies and makes the public go with them , and their last enemy is ISLAM , they try to escape this truth.
    the American people are Hypnotized by the Media.

  15. Most of the modern domestic terrorism isn't "right wing" , it's mostly anti government. Folks tend to leave out the weather underground, or pattie Hearst and her crew, they were "left wing " extremist. I'm just saying be more. Nuanced about these things. People in general either hate government or establishment. Racist things are rare lately.

  16. 8:49 invade another country ignoring Saudi Arabia. Those incidents were in the 90s. How long are we gonna live in fear? Hate is not going away. We're leaving out left today. Antifa, Black block, Marxism.

  17. 10:42 I've seen the opposite. Violence on the otheside. Left is more authoritarian today. Y'all look for racism too much.

  18. "Hypocrisy when it comes to the death of children? In Oklahoma City, it was family convenience that explained the presence of a day-care center placed between street level and the law enforcement agencies which occupied the upper floors of the building. Yet, when discussion shifts to Iraq, any day-care center in a government building instantly becomes "a shield." Think about it.
    " – Timothy McVeigh

  19. 'So called Islamic Extremist attacks'!!!!! LMAO………………..yeah, anti-abortionist Eric Rudolph and anti-government Tim McVeigh had far more in common than the dozens of Jihadists attacking in the name of Allah! What a joke!

  20. can we talk about the amount of crimes done by black folks and there racism againt white people and all fake hate crimes


  22. It's interesting how The Turner Diaries, Hunter, The Camp of the Saints are always woven into the fabric of these white terrorist stories. Many white supremacists have tried to reenact The Turner Diaries. The government knows this. Their plan is available to the public. But you can't mass incarcerate white men in this country. You can't harass, target or profile white men. I guess people are going to continue to bleed. Until the government starts treating them like they terrorists they are.

  23. Here's why what you're doing isnt as post-prejudice as u think. Because, guess what, 9/11 was carried out by 'far right extremists'.. (only that those far right extremists were 'brown-people'.. Whereas the OKC bombing was perpetrated by 'white people'.).

    You seem to conflate 'far right extremist" and "neo Nazi" with 'right wing Nationalism' and 'white people' and then imagine an exclusivity to the concepts..

  24. I think part of the problem with most news coverage of terrorist attacks is that attacks coming from the right wing are portrayed as awful and tragic, yet were just caused by "some crazy wing-nut" while attacks carried out by muslims are the result of "those people". I think that's an important distinction there.

  25. It’s so eerie to see the faces of the children from the Oklahoma City Bombing. I am 25 years old, so I am the same age as those children. The parents holding the pictures of the two boys… I have no words…

  26. Oklahoma needed to happen because the fbi and the dea were running ruffshod over Waco Texas and ruby ridge people were fed up with the government doing those things

  27. One of his closest friends in prison was a Muslim and commonly asked him to convert.

    Not dissing Muslims for i am one myself, but the demonization of the white race is why Nazism is on the rise. Also it's leftists who's upsetting those on the right, many "Far righters" are slowly agreeing with Islam and lessening their hate on them

  28. Seems like a well thought out plan that was slowly implemented so that the public wouldn't see what was happening because the news only covers terrorism by people of color, this seems like CIA sort of strategy. Not that I think that the CIA would do it but that it has that level of sophistication.

  29. She said focusing of radical islamist as if they dont commit terror attacjs at a higher rate

  30. Come on! We are a violent Nation and were founded that way. trump is our "emetic" president and uses our hatreds and fears as his tools. As a Nation we are actually rather stupid and pathetic and the world considers us a powerful buffoon and it well should. I'm a Vietnam vet who was a helicopter pilot there and got to see the very worst of shameful behavior our troops did. There were many times I was ashamed to be an American. Stuff like Calley did. Best of luck to all of us but remember we are only # 1 in the percent of people who believe in angels and NOT in science, or math or technology or chemistry or anything of substance. Uhmm?

  31. The right is fighting for the basic human right to exist. Not just for White's rights, but all people's rights

  32. USA it’s not a safe place to live, so many crazy things happen all the time there, I rather be poor than leave my country for the American Dream. I do know we can’t judge everyone there, I’m sure you can find good people.

  33. The sad bit is I’ve never heard of the bombing. Most likely due to all the other tragedies that happen every day in the us.

  34. I'm seeing BS pointed at one group and giving the other group a break. It goes two ways thats why you can't buy any of this.

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