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Oklahoma City bombing was one of the deadliest terror attacks on American soil before 9/11 happened -- seventeen years later now.
The bombing that claimed 168 lives and injured hundreds more still has many questions unanswered.
Today a new book is a complete account of what happened on that day and what was missed by the FBI during its investigation.
Andrew Gumbel was a co author of the new book Oklahoma City and he joins me now good morning to you -- -- great so what is the main thing that the FBI missed in their investigation.
Well essentially the FBI failed to go off to the radical far right as the broader movement off to the bombing.
And they also failed to talk about what it was they had -- -- -- -- -- in terms of tracking those people before the bombing.
And it's very deliberate decision was made to go off to the suspects they have in custody from the very beginning.
Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols and a number of very.
Tantalizing leads the points -- -- conspiracy that points to very specific people in the -- far right that associations with them today.
With suspected to foreknowledge of the bombing were completely like most of them went on in questions in the investigation told -- about an investigation that really.
Said they -- -- -- on time and and they didn't mr.
extraordinary amount of work it was extraordinary and numbers and men agencies.
On the huge -- force and yet some of these -- -- -- the most obvious places to go look we're left dangling why.
For two reasons I think for possible because it was very important to the governments make the case stick against them today and the case -- -- -- circumstantial.
They knew he'd done it that they have great deal of difficulty -- certain parts of the case for example.
Whether or not -- rented the Ryder truck in which almost livid they never managed to proves that defensively.
And there was no Trace this presence of the rental agency eccentric such exception.
City wants to make sure they were gonna get him and it was a tremendous amount of pressure both from the FBI and on the prosecutors from the Justice Department -- whose job it -- to make sure he was convicted.
Not dilute the case not to give McVeigh's defense team ammunition still say there are other people McVeigh was an have to play a missing the big picture -- I think it's a fascinating because the American public what they saw on the surface was an immediate arrest.
Of Tim -- I mean I remember covering the story he was driving away they got on the highway that's it was so quick should put this guided to.
Quickly by American standards but what you're saying now.
Is that there may be other people walking free seventeen years later I think is a very strong possibility of that I mean because certainly it's -- all followed -- all of these people who should have been questioned and -- question I think a lot of avenues of investigation of closed down.
So it becomes very hard even now even a truly is time to save these of the people who -- -- -- on why does that matter in 2012.
I think it matters because this country unfortunately with the last two huge events that happened those symptoms that you -- and 9/11.
Have a track record of not -- threats adequately you had agents in both cases who have very experienced he knew what they were talking about who was screaming from the rafters you have to watch Japanese people training and flight schools.
You have to watch out for the radical far right if it -- war on the government.
And those warnings were ignored so I think we need as a country to be very careful.
To make sure that the next threat that comes along is anticipates it.
And I think now we have a time specifically with -- because -- -- radical far right where we have a massive rise in radical hate groups.
We have a tremendous atmosphere in this country of anti establishment feeling which for the most part is legitimate the most -- finds expression on the last on the right.
In ways that are entirely legal but there is in Memphis we can be a fringe of people who have racist who -- radical anti government people who want to commit violence.
And have talked about doing so -- doesn't open questioned whether the people.
In law enforcement who knows the subject you know these people all the ones who've been assigned to keep an eye on them a lot of very experienced agent was switched off to nine elevenths international -- Well -- admit that in and speaking about its interest in that we just to historians take part in the war on terror is over I mean so it's it's it's this whole.
Discussion that maybe not so much Andrew Gumbel is the co author of Oklahoma City with the investigation -- and why it's still matters the book is out today thank you thank you looking for a job.
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