Oklahoma City Bombing Case Study

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Facility/Building Background: The building where the Oklahoma City bombing took place was the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The complex was formerly located at 200 N. W. 5th Street in Downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This building was owned by the United States Federal Government and contained regional offices for the Social Security Administration, the United States Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Additionally, the Army and Navy had recruiting offices within the building. At the time of the incident, the building housed approximately 550 employees. The Murrah Federal Building was classified under the Government Facilities Sector.
There will always be threats of lonewolf and terrorist attacks
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To this day, the OKC bombing is the deadliest domestic terrorist attack in United States history. Before the bombing occurred, there were not security standards set for such federal buildings. The building’s most evident failure was its lack of security infrastructure.
Physical barriers can be very useful in keeping unauthorized vehicles out of restricted zones. In this incident, McVeigh drove the truck containing the explosives into a drop-off zone intended for Murrah drivers only. Government facilities can more effectively regulate who is entering and parking in drop-offs, if they have active barriers that can grant or deny access.
In the future, to prevent events similar to the OKC bombing from happening, government facilities can mandate that drivers in drop-off zones cannot leave facility premises without their vehicle. In this case, McVeigh lit the fuses to the detonation system and left the area. Had McVeigh been unable to leave Murrah, he would have perished from his own bomb. Although this may not deter all terrorists, it could for
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