Thank you for such a fine photo essay of what could have been any number of major blood baths, my…
Dusty Craig

Regarding the Oklahoma bombing: I distinctly remember a TV program previous to that event, that went into deep and graphic detail on the ideal size, type and placement of a bomb to cause total demolition of a multi-story building.

The show featured a rather prescient graphic video of what they were describing, with several different “what if” versions shown; from inside the building’s underground parking lot, from right next to the front wall, and what they determined to be the most practical site; a certain distance away from the front of the building.

That turned out to be just about where the curbs are in any typical city street. The video showed how from that position the blast would have enough space to blossom out widely enough to strike the entire face of the building all at once, scooping it out from the bottom and forcing the debris backwards and out the top. In the video the graphic building was left looking like someone had taken an ice cream scoop and run it through the front of the building.

Does this look familiar?

I can’t help thinking that Timothy McVeigh had seen this show; it just seems too perfectly represented in what his weapon actually did.

The authorities have not been ignorant of the effect either. Anyone frequenting the federal building in Los Angeles over the last decade has watched how deftly they have “armored up” the facade, entryways and even the spaces around the building.

Notice the two layers of protective concrete “bollards” now in place, how the ends of the building have been layered over in concrete, and how the windows have had vertical rows of metal added to the outside facade.

I imagine that federal buildings all over the country have by now completed similar transformations, in as quiet and unobtrusive methods as this one was accomplished. No use being “wrong” twice, for sure…

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