The bombing of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was a watershed event of the mid 1990s. It put an end to a national feeling of optimism and relief and served to remind the public at large that there were some people who were so vehemently opposed to the federal government, that they would become domestic terrorists. Timothy McVeigh went from a decorated veteran to the man who nearly single handedly resurrected a national state of fear.
In this episode, Paul explains what is (or isn't) a domestic terrorist, and why the flippant use of such terminology is problematic as it makes it much harder to identify true ideologically driven acts of political violence from acts done by people who hold moral views which are disfavored.
Paul also explains how a terrorism trial is prosecuted, and the complexities of defending it, and how sometimes a defense attorney is actually barred from introducing the defense he or she wants to argue to the jury.
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