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Timothy McVeigh Explains Oklahoma City in New Audio: Tonight on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show

Posted by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 9:16 PM
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Timothy McVeigh Explains Oklahoma City in New Audio

Posted by Jeanne Sager
on April 19, 2010 at 3:24 PM


    Photo from AmazonTimothy McVeigh was executed nearly nine years ago via lethal injection, but the voice of the mastermind of the Oklahoma City bombings will echo around the world this week.

    Tonight, on the 15th anniversary of the nation's worst terrorist attack prior to 9/11, audiotapes featuring McVeigh's own explanation of the bombs detonated at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building will be played on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show

    Excerpts are almost certain to follow on other news shows.

    It'll be just a taste of the 40 hours of tapes of McVeigh espousing his beliefs and his reasoning behind a crime that killed 168 people -- tapes made while journalists Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck interviewed McVeigh for what would become their book, American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Tragedy at Oklahoma City.

    In a voice-over on a "web-exclusive" of the McVeigh tapes, Maddow says, "No one has heard Timothy McVeigh talk about the who, what, and why of his heinous act ... until now."

    Cut to a tape player and McVeigh's voice back from the grave, stating, "This was something that I saw as a larger good."

    Killing for a greater good, he later says, has at times been accepted in American history. And when the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, was taken forcibly by the FBI in April two years prior to the Oklahoma City tragedy -- two years to the day -- McVeigh says he was incited to lash out at the government.

    "One of the chief intentions of it was the same as dropping the bomb on Hiroshima," McVeigh says in his creepy, almost forbidding tone.

    The web piece is a tease of what's to come on the show tonight -- something the folks at MSNBC claim is meant to shine a light on extremists.

    Which isn't to say it isn't a ratings ploy. Or a move that's pleasing the survivors of the attack -- many of whom say giving a voice to McVeigh's beliefs is allowing him to continue to hold sway over the American psyche.

    Will you be watching tonight?

    by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 9:16 PM
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    Daytripn
    by Member on Apr. 19, 2010 at 9:22 PM

     I say leave the bastard dead. His mug is the last thing I want to see on TV. Tomorrow they will drag up old e-mails from those boys from Columbine.  Telivision has no dignity, shame or morals anymore, let alone respect for those who died. How about some stories on the heroes who saved lives those days instead? Not enough sensationalism in it for them!!!

    LauraKW
    by "Dude!" on Apr. 19, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    Yeah, decided I won't be watching this.  There is a reason he is dead.

    LoveMyBoyK
    by Ruby Member on Apr. 19, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Agreed.  Dredging this up for ratings is purely disgusting.

    Quoting Daytripn:

     I say leave the bastard dead. His mug is the last thing I want to see on TV. Tomorrow they will drag up old e-mails from those boys from Columbine.  Telivision has no dignity, shame or morals anymore, let alone respect for those who died. How about some stories on the heroes who saved lives those days instead? Not enough sensationalism in it for them!!!


    Mandipants
    by on Apr. 19, 2010 at 10:53 PM


    Quoting Daytripn:

     I say leave the bastard dead. His mug is the last thing I want to see on TV. Tomorrow they will drag up old e-mails from those boys from Columbine.  Telivision has no dignity, shame or morals anymore, let alone respect for those who died. How about some stories on the heroes who saved lives those days instead? Not enough sensationalism in it for them!!!

    So you would just ignore history and the implications of the thought process that McVeigh had and you would further ask that it be repressed from others hearing it?

    You don't think there were stories of the heroes and personal stories of loss? Perhaps you just weren't paying attention enough then. Perhaps they weren't important enough for you.

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