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Sat Feb 20, 2021, 11:22 AM

How the Oklahoma City bombing case prepared Merrick Garland to take on domestic terrorism

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/merrick-garland-oklahoma-city-bombing/2021/02/19/a9e6adde-67f2-11eb-8468-21bc48f07fe5_story.html

The truck bomb leveled a section of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, killing 168 and injuring hundreds more in one of the deadliest domestic terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. But as Merrick Garland huddled with the lead prosecutor on the case, he urged caution in presenting the massive amount of evidence from the wreckage.

“Do not bury the crime in the clutter,” he said.

Garland, then a top Justice Department official, was encouraging prosecutors to speed the trial along and jettison superfluous findings in their case against Timothy McVeigh, who was convicted of carrying out the 1995 attack and executed in 2001, said Joe Hartzler, the team’s lead attorney. Hartzler said he found the advice so compelling that he wrote the words on a sheet of paper and hung it on an office wall as a rallying cry for his team.

More than two decades later, Garland, 68, is preparing to lead the Justice Department as attorney general and facing a domestic terrorism threat that has metastasized, with white supremacists and conspiracy-minded anti-government types emboldened by their acknowledgment from former president Donald Trump.

Those who worked with Garland on the Oklahoma City case — and the prosecution of another notorious domestic terrorist known as the Unabomber — say the experiences shaped him, and make him well-positioned to confront the current threat.

“This almost feels like a precursor. How much more experience could you possibly have in domestic terrorism?” said Donna Bucella, a former Justice Department official who, like Garland, was sent to Oklahoma City in the attack’s aftermath to help manage law enforcement’s response. “He’ll be very methodical. I think he’ll demand it’s being done the right way.”





His hearings are next week and then the Senate will vote a week after that. We need a good attorney general to make the Justice Dept seek justice again.

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IronLionZion Feb 20 OP
The Roux Comes First Feb 20 #1
Hermit-The-Prog Feb 20 #2
IronLionZion Feb 20 #3
Justice matters. Feb 22 #4

Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 12:54 PM

1. Seems to Call for a Superhuman Skill at Compartmentalizing

Dealing with depraved monsters is no job for the emotionally fraught. Clarice may have been a fictional character, but she probably taught many of us a good deal about the perils of getting near the psychopathic personality. I guess a review of Cleckley's The Mask of Sanity may be in order as a bracer after four years if you still have a yen for re-establishing a regular sleeping pattern.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 12:57 PM

2. Have RepubliQans finally run out of delaying tactics?

Have they had enough time to bury, shred, or hide evidence?

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 20, 2021, 02:20 PM

3. Plenty of them have been sharing it on social media

so there's plenty of evidence online

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Mon Feb 22, 2021, 03:27 PM

4. K&R

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