Cautioning that the "vast echo chamber" of the Internet can amplify antigovernment rhetoric, former president Bill Clinton has warned of parallels between the years leading up to the April 19, 1995, bombing in Oklahoma City and the harsh tone in politics today.
In an interview with The New York Times, Clinton says of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh that he and his accomplices "were profoundly alienated, disconnected people" who "bought into" a militant, antigovernment view.
Today, Clinton noted, harsh language is common at many anti-government rallies. And, the former president warned, "there can be real consequences when what you say animates people who do things you would never do."
According to the Times:
"Clinton pointed to remarks like those made Thursday by Representative Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Republican, who when speaking at a Tea Party rally in Washington characterized the Obama administration and Democratic Congress as 'the gangster government'."
Monday's anniversary of the Oklahoma City attack on a federal building, which killed 168 people and injured more than 500, is going to be marked on MSNBC-TV with the airing of "The McVeigh Tapes: Confessions of an American Terrorist."
While awaiting his 2001 execution, McVeigh spoke with two Buffalo News reporters for about 45 hours. Here's a clip from the MSNBC report, which draws from those conversations. The program is scheduled to air at 9 p.m ET on Monday:
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