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Timothy McVeigh Oklahoma Bombing Verdict

Anti-Climactic Verdict;
Terrorists Benefit from Details

3 June 1997


t.gif (986 bytes)he guilty verdict in Timothy McVeigh's trial "is anti-climactic compared to the overwhelming destruction and affect on onlookers of a homemade bomb rigged by a couple of individuals," says a terrorism expert at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

"The most important aspect of this case is the suggestion of possibilities for future terrorists -- individuals and groups," says Wallace Thies, associate professor of politics. "The size of the Oklahoma bomb and the ease with which it was put together opened up a whole new class of targets: underground parking garages and shopping malls with parking structures."

Thies added "that one of the most important aspects of this case is the suggestion of possibilities for future terrorists" -- individuals and groups alike.

Thies says that in his worldwide travels "it amazes me how vulnerable most places are to attacks. I can't help but wonder how many foreign groups are looking at this case. It's all out in the open for the world to see. In an open society like ours, you can't save the details for the sensible people and hide them from the psychopaths."

Thies can be reached at 301-774-1264. Please contact Annamarie DeCarlo at 202-319-5600, or decarlo@cua.edu.

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