Anti-Government Literature

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Why is it important that we understand the motive behind the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing?

The link between hate propaganda literature and the actions of the perpetrators was on display in the federal and state trials. This FBI Evidence Board demonstrates how closely the bombing mirrored the content of The Turner Diaries – a hate novel called the “bible of the racist right” by the FBI – introduced in trial to help explain the perpetrators’ motive for the attack on the Murrah Federal Building. Timothy McVeigh had pages from the novel in his possession at the time of his arrest and was known to sell copies at gun shows and send it to family and friends. Written by a Neo-Nazi, the novel describes in detail a truck bomb that cripples the Federal Government, beginning years of violence leading to a global genocide against Jewish and non-white people. Much of the literature that reportedly influenced the perpetrators in 1995 continues to be required reading in hate groups that are active today and influential in far-right conspiracy theories.

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