Sixteen people in his office died, and if he no longer thought about it every day, he was worried that the ideology behind the attack had found new followers.
“The terrible stomach of American life that has been there for a long time is still there and is still dangerous,” he said. He noted that right-wing members, white supremacists and neo-Nazis like those who marched in Charlottesville, Va., In August 2017 continued to spout the same anti-government, anti-Semitic rhetoric. “Ideology sometimes isn’t just ideology. They produce terrible actions and we must be vigilant about that. “
When F.B.I. Tracing Ryder’s rent which was used as a bomb, they found Mr. McVeigh imprisoned in a small town in Oklahoma. He had been detained by the alert state police because his escaped car had no license plate and no documents and he was wearing an unlicensed Glock pistol.
Terry L. Nichols, now 65, a friend of the army Mr. McVeigh, was sentenced to life in prison as an accomplice and Michael J. Fortier, who knew about the plan but did not report it, was released from prison in 2006 after serving more than 10 years from a 12-year sentence. He and his wife, Lori, worked closely with witnesses in both trials.
There is continued debate whether F.B.I. keep track of everyone connected to the plot. McVeigh stated that he acted largely alone, a model of the “leaderless resistance” strategy adopted by white supremacy in the 1980s.
To some extent, law enforcement agencies perpetuate falsehood when describing attackers like Mr. McVeigh as “a lone wolf,” said Kathleen Belew, a historian at the University of Chicago and author of “Bringing Home the War: The White Power Movement and the American Paramilitary.”
It ignores the right-wing ecosystems both online and on the ground which feed such killers. “We can see that they are quoting the same text, that they have all these social ties to each other, that they are working for the same goal,” Dr. Belew. “As long as people buy fiction from this lone wolf, there is no movement to deal with it.”
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