My recall of that day is very different from others. I lived alone then and I had worked from the previous morning, all night and into that morning, getting to bed about 8 am EST. I woke up about 12:45 pm, turned on the TV
on to CNN to check the latest news...then I saw a building that had been blown apart! They didn't id on the screeen at first where this occured. I called my mother, to find out what happened. I then understood what had apparently happened, a huge explosion had taken place and killed many people. We saw the pictures at the site taken that day, on tape and live in the attemped rescue and recovery of the dead. We saw the massive damage to buildings in the area.
On that day and into the next, it was believed that middle eastern terrorists had done this horrible deed, much like those assholes in the 1993 WTC attack. I recall that airports were on the alert to watch out for middle-eastern/arab men, and some faced intense scruteny. All day, and into the next, many of us were transfixed and in shock of what had happened. Another day later, we began to realize from info on the truck as to where it was rented from and by who. We then realized that it was not done by middle eastern terrorists, but rather perverse, domestic, anti-government terrorists, in part due to the date - the same as the horrible situation in Waco, TX
at the Branch Dividians. Peoples desire for avenging and revenge for this act went into high gear, worsingin as we understood through pictures and video and stories of the people involved, killed or injured.
Forturntaly a few hours after the attack, a car without license plates nor any temp tag was stopped by a Oklahoma state police office. A Mr McVeigh was arrested and put into jail for not having any license plates or temp tag, registration and insurance. Soon his name would be put into a computer and in a search for the person whom rented the truck used, the police station he was jailed at was notified and he was further detained only a short time when he could have been released on his original charges.
Over the next few days, we would see repeatly the horrible pictures of the destoyed building and destroyed people, like the famous picture of the dead baby in the firefighter's arms, the visits of politicans and the arrest and perp walk of McVeigh and his alleged helper.
Over the years since then, the Murrar Federal Building was torn down, the site becoming a memorial, a new building built with far better protection from another such attack - with the same principals now employed in any significant Government Building since then - McVeigh and his accomplias tried and McVeigh executed. Far right domestic extermists groups disbanded and were chased after by the FBI. Later some would fine tune their message and go to the Internet to promote their stupidity.
Ten years later, we cannot forget, although it has become somewhat overshadoed by the events of 9/11. Pray for the vicitms, their families and for misguided people to never do such an act again.