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Where were you 11 years ago today?
BBC ^ | 4/19/95 | Unknown

Posted on 04/19/2006 5:57:10 AM PDT by Coop

BBC archive:

1995: Many feared dead in Oklahoma bombing

A huge car bomb has exploded at a government building in Oklahoma City killing at least 80 people including 17 children at a nursery.

At least 100 people have been injured and the number of dead is expected to rise.

In an emotional speech, President Bill Clinton vowed "swift, certain and severe" punishment for those behind the atrocity.

"The United States will not tolerate and I will not allow the people of this country to be intimidated by evil cowards," he told a White House news conference this evening.

Trapped in the rubble

The blast happened just after 0900 local time when most workers were in their offices. It destroyed the facade of the ten-storey Alfred Murrah Building.

One survivor said he thought there was an earthquake: "I never heard anything that loud. It was a horrible noise...the roar of the whole building crumbling,"

There were scenes of chaos as paramedics treated the wounded on the pavement and rescue workers battled to dig out those still trapped in the rubble.

The building housed a children's nursery on the second floor as well as social security, customs, agriculture and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).

Some federal agents noted that the ATF mounted the operation two years ago today which ended the siege of David Koresh's Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas. However members of the cult commemorating the siege have angrily denied any connection.

The State Department would not discuss the possibility of this being a terrorist attack but the FBI and Oklahoma police put out an alert for three men believed to be of Middle Eastern origin driving a brown Chevrolet pick-up truck.

Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and ten of his supporters are currently on trial for the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

Government buildings in Washington and all over the US have been put on high alert. Federal offices in Wilmington, Boston and Rochester were evacuated after bomb scares.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Oklahoma; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: anniversary; bombing; fbi; mcveigh; murrah; okcbombing; oklahomacity
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I was turning into a local apartment complex in Va. Beach, when the devastating news came over the car radio.
1 posted on 04/19/2006 5:57:11 AM PDT by Coop
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To: Coop

I was at work, listening to people immediately assume it was Muslims. Nothing much has changed.


2 posted on 04/19/2006 5:58:20 AM PDT by linda_22003
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To: Coop

We were in a post office and people were talking about it
in shocked hushed tones, the P.O. workers looked concerned.
We rushed home and watched the horror of it all on TV, shocked.


3 posted on 04/19/2006 5:59:10 AM PDT by stopem (We'll call you if we need a guest worker.... if the phone doesn't ring it's me!)
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To: linda_22003

I was on Maternity Leave. Can't believe it is 11 years.


4 posted on 04/19/2006 5:59:12 AM PDT by angcat (I don't wish to be argumentive, but I disagree with the Islamic belief that I should be killed.)
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To: Coop

I was out working when I heard the news. Another mark of the Clinton legacy.


5 posted on 04/19/2006 6:00:23 AM PDT by wolfcreek
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To: Coop

I remember Clinton blaming this on "right wing radio"

I also remember looking for a second bomber - for at least a little while


6 posted on 04/19/2006 6:01:04 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: linda_22003
I was at work, listening to people immediately assume it was Muslims.

The exception that proves the rule.

7 posted on 04/19/2006 6:01:36 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Coop

i was a freshman in college. seems like forever ago.


8 posted on 04/19/2006 6:01:45 AM PDT by thefactor
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To: Coop

I had just finished getting new tires put on my car and was heading home when I heard the first news report on the radio.


9 posted on 04/19/2006 6:02:18 AM PDT by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: Coop

I was at the Orlando Airport waiting for a flight to Boston and feeling very uncomfortable about being there as my gut felt it was international terrorism.


10 posted on 04/19/2006 6:02:36 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: Coop

I had just returned to my dorm room from my 8 o'clock class. I only had one other class that day - Wednesday afternoon fluff class.

I spent most of the morning, and afternoon, on the phone with relatives and scanning the TV coverage for my uncle, since we hadn't heard from him. Finally heard from him about 6.

Long day.


11 posted on 04/19/2006 6:03:48 AM PDT by Hoodlum91 (Tour guide goddess)
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To: Coop

I was on a Bombing Range in Arizona, wondering which Islamic faction was responsible.


12 posted on 04/19/2006 6:03:58 AM PDT by eyedigress
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To: thefactor

That's adorable. I was a freshman in college in 1972. Now THERE's your definition of "forever ago"!


13 posted on 04/19/2006 6:04:11 AM PDT by linda_22003
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To: wolfcreek; cardinal4

I was returning to the US Diplomatic Mission in Havana after a physical therapy session at the Cuban Army Hospital (CIMEQ). I was driving down 5th Avenue, listening to a Miami AM station and the announcer said, dismissively, that there was "a big bang somewhere out in the midwest."


14 posted on 04/19/2006 6:04:39 AM PDT by Ax (I learned all I needed to know about Islam during my two years in Saudi Arabia.)
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To: Coop

I was in London.


15 posted on 04/19/2006 6:05:29 AM PDT by Jim Noble (And you know what I'm talkin' 'bout!)
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To: linda_22003

I was in Norman, OK. Having recently graduated college, I was attending a job fair. As I was leaving, I overheard someone say it was "all over the news." I knew that I would soon find out what "it" was. I went home, my roommate was glued to the TV. He told me my mom just called, that my father was fine (he worked several blocks away), but that his car may have been destroyed (turns out, the car was fine). I still had no idea what was going on, but through the course of days and weeks a glimpse of the truth started to emerge.

I did not pay attention to the calendar today--I forgot it was April 19th. I now work about five blocks from the memorial. I think I will visit it today.


16 posted on 04/19/2006 6:08:03 AM PDT by samiam230
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To: Coop

I was at work in the Crecent Center building in Memphis. My secretary came in and said her husband, who was on a business trip in OK City, had called. He had heard a loud explosion from his hotel room and said there were emergency vehicles running everywhere.


17 posted on 04/19/2006 6:09:53 AM PDT by CobraJet
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To: Coop

In Cancun in a pool for spring break in my senior year in HS.


18 posted on 04/19/2006 6:10:10 AM PDT by Conservomax (There are no solutions, only trade-offs.)
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To: Coop

Serving jury duty in downtown Indianapolis. I couldn't believe what I was seeing on TV. IIRC Senator Richard Lugar was doing a speech downtown that same day.


19 posted on 04/19/2006 6:11:05 AM PDT by opus86
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To: Coop

I was at work in Houston. A friend called and told me and then we all turned on the radio and listened, horrified.


20 posted on 04/19/2006 6:11:21 AM PDT by Allegra (13 days...)
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To: stopem

Who knew it would give TV producers and movie execs an excuse to make every fictional attack the work of neo-nazi domestic terrorists?


21 posted on 04/19/2006 6:12:26 AM PDT by Conservomax (There are no solutions, only trade-offs.)
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To: samiam230

I was here in Switzerland. I remember most; all the talk and discussion about the other bombs found. Interviews with people talking about the bombs. Etc.

Then from one moment to the next it was a war crazed John Rambo type, his side kick Pancho, and of course the third suspect.


22 posted on 04/19/2006 6:12:29 AM PDT by Paulus
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To: linda_22003
That's adorable. I was a freshman in college in 1972. Now THERE's your definition of "forever ago"!

try 1966.....now that predates penicillin doesn't it? well maybe not.

23 posted on 04/19/2006 6:12:47 AM PDT by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Coop

I was sitting in my apartment on 144th and Penn in Oklahoma City. I was trying to finish a long lab report which was due for Industrial Microbiology class.

I distinctly remember the blast as it rattled my apartment. I origininally thought it was a sonic boom from Tinker AFB. However, something told me to turn on my scanner. I just sat there in shock as I heard what was happening. I even heard the BOLO go out for the middle eastern males.

Wow. Time passes, but the memories still remain.


24 posted on 04/19/2006 6:13:11 AM PDT by jbstrick ( I've never been to heaven, but I've been to Oklahoma)
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To: Coop

lets throw in that middle eastern connection while where at it. I do believe in that coverup.


25 posted on 04/19/2006 6:14:22 AM PDT by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
I was in bed, suffering from an allergy attack and riveted to the television -- my daily radio show had just days before when the radio station I had been working for had been sold and the entire staff fired.

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

26 posted on 04/19/2006 6:15:57 AM PDT by mhking ("I make my livin' on the evening news...")
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To: Coop

I'd not gone into work that morning, as I had something like an 8:30 or 9 am (west coast) appointment for my annual physical...therefore, I had the TV on and was able to catch much of the "breaking news" business.


27 posted on 04/19/2006 6:17:26 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: Coop

I was at work talking on the phone with my wife, when she told me it felt like something just crashed into our house. After flipping on a radio and hearing of an explosion downtown, I decided to call my mom to see if she knew what was happening. When she didn't answer, I turned on the TV and saw that it was her building and knew immediately in my spirit that she was gone.

It's hard to believe she has been gone for 11 years now. The hardest part has always been my kids growing up without their "Grammy" and the change it caused in my dad. Unfortunately, he looked to "stuff" (riches, houses, travel, etc...) to fill the hole left in his heart, instead of God and his family.


28 posted on 04/19/2006 6:18:53 AM PDT by okkev68
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To: Coop

My brother had just died the month before and I was in my car, coming home from my sister-in-law's after having visited her and the kids in Rochester, N.Y. for a few days. I was listening to the radio when I first heard the reports.


29 posted on 04/19/2006 6:18:55 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: linda_22003

Diito that exactly.


30 posted on 04/19/2006 6:19:50 AM PDT by day10 (Whenever you come near the human race, there's layers and layers of nonsense.)
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To: Coop

We had just moved into an apartment in Oklahoma City, and were unpacking our stuff, with no radio or television hooked up. We found out there had been a bombing when our relatives started calling to found out whether we'd been blown up. We were about 6 miles from the bomb site.


31 posted on 04/19/2006 6:19:52 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Although You're invisible, I trust the Unseen.")
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To: Coop

I was at work in a small company in the Philly suburbs. There was a TV upstairs. Both I and one of the owners had lived in OKC. When we heard the news, we both sat numbly watching the TV for two hours, saying very little.


32 posted on 04/19/2006 6:20:22 AM PDT by dirtboy (Illegal is to immigration is as methyl is to alcohol - both make a good thing toxic.)
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To: 2banana

I've NEVER... seen a convicted murderer executed so quickly either.


33 posted on 04/19/2006 6:20:53 AM PDT by johnny7 (ďNah, I ainít Jewish, I just donít dig on swine, thatís all.Ē)
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To: okkev68

PRayers for you and your family.

God bless you!


34 posted on 04/19/2006 6:20:58 AM PDT by day10 (Whenever you come near the human race, there's layers and layers of nonsense.)
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To: johnny7

Yes. It CAN be done. ;)


35 posted on 04/19/2006 6:21:23 AM PDT by linda_22003
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To: Coop

I was busy getting pulled over by a special weapons team at Oak Ridge National Lab. When you're driving your mail truck towards the Robotics Research Facility, and suddenly find armored vehicles in front of you and behind you, along with heavily armed and nervous men - you realize something bad has happened.


36 posted on 04/19/2006 6:21:50 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob ("Those who "abjure" violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.")
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To: Coop

Pearl Harbor, HI on excercises (RIMPAC, I think)


37 posted on 04/19/2006 6:22:07 AM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: Coop

I was working on a roof in the city of Buffalo..


38 posted on 04/19/2006 6:23:01 AM PDT by The Mayor ( We are moving in on Albany! http://www.newyorkcoalition.org)
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To: Coop

Bill Clinton......."we will not tolerate"............yeah right bottom feeder.


39 posted on 04/19/2006 6:24:47 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Coop
I was driving to the local Humane Society to adopt a Great Dane. I had just commented to my wife that it was the 2 year anniversary of Janet Reno burning down the Branch Davidian's.
Then the radio news desk broke in with the OKC bombing.
40 posted on 04/19/2006 6:25:22 AM PDT by smug (Tanstaafl)
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To: Coop

I was at work, at what was then called a CALS Shared Resource Center. This was supposed to be a group that helped the Federal Government, and Government contrators make the jump from using paper-based to computerized procurement systems. (Ebay and Amazon now being two examples of today's computerized procurement and purchasing, but back then they were just abornin'.)

We had been to a big conference in Little Rock selling our sservices. Our region included Oklahoma, so we spent a lot of time with a group of federal employees from Oklahoma City.

Fortunately for them, their offices were on the far side of the building from the blast.


41 posted on 04/19/2006 6:25:43 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: linda_22003

I graduated from college in 1973. Got cha!


42 posted on 04/19/2006 6:26:11 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Coop

We were getting lunch at a Subway on the way back to Alton, IL after having made a trip up to the top of the Arch in St. Louis. It was Easter break and we were visiting my husband's family.


43 posted on 04/19/2006 6:26:37 AM PDT by stayathomemom
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To: linda_22003

My wife and I were in Buffalo, NY, visiting her sister-in-law.


44 posted on 04/19/2006 6:26:53 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: Coop

Does anyone remember that Waco happened on the same day in 1993?


45 posted on 04/19/2006 6:28:01 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Coop

For the life of me, I can't remember where I was. But I'll never forget that clown in the White House calling "right wing militias" the most dangerous people in the country.

He should have looked in the mirror.


46 posted on 04/19/2006 6:28:51 AM PDT by yobid (Live Free or Die!)
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To: okkev68

Sorry to hear about your loss okkev. Your mother is in Heaven keeping an eye on you and your kids. I will say a prayer for you all.


47 posted on 04/19/2006 6:29:03 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: Coop

In my car listening to Rush.


48 posted on 04/19/2006 6:29:47 AM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: okkev68

God bless you and keep you.


49 posted on 04/19/2006 6:31:18 AM PDT by wideawake
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I was stationed at Altus AFB, OK. We went on Threat-con Charlie and locked down the base. A couple of weeks later a few guys from our shop went to OKC to see the building. I regret not going with them.
50 posted on 04/19/2006 6:32:21 AM PDT by T.Smith
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