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September 4, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A judge sentenced a man who confessed to taking part in a terrorist plot to 14 years in prison but granted him seven years credit for time served. Saad Khalid is the first of the "Toronto 18," arrested in 2006, to plead guilty. Prosecutors accuse the group of planning to bomb Toronto's Stock Exchange and a building housing Canada's spy agency. Khalid, a Canadian, was arrested while unloading what he and his fellow alleged conspirators believed were three tons of ammonium nitrate -- three times what was used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
June 13, 2009 | Tim Rutten
In 1865, with the Confederacy in extremis, Jefferson Davis bludgeoned appalled rebel lawmakers into accepting Robert E. Lee's request to recruit black troops into Northern Virginia's depleted army ranks. One outraged Southern diarist accused Lee and Davis of surrendering "the crown jewel of our independence." A die-hard legislator argued that if blacks were allowed to fight alongside white soldiers, "then everything for which we have fought has been a lie."
September 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Honeywell International Inc. said it had developed a new nitrogen-based fertilizer that was difficult to ignite -- a discovery that could reduce criminals' ability to make explosives used in major terrorist attacks like the Oklahoma City bombing. Honeywell said its patented fertilizer combined ammonium sulfate with ammonium nitrate, providing the nitrogen and sulfur needed for plant nutrition but making it largely useless as a fuel for explosives. When mixed with substances such as fuel oil -- a volatile combination often used to make bombs -- the new fertilizer wouldn't detonate, the company said.
January 19, 2006 | From Associated Press
The government's star witness in the Oklahoma City bombing case is looking forward to spending time with family after serving his sentence, his lawyer said Wednesday. The Federal Bureau of Prisons this week wrote to victims of the 1995 bombing and relatives of those killed, informing them that Michael Fortier would be released from custody Friday. Fortier, taken into custody in August 1995, was sentenced in a plea deal to 12 years in prison.
May 6, 2005 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
In new letters from prison, convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry L. Nichols says Timothy J. McVeigh crisscrossed the country seeking explosives and chose an Arkansas gun collector as his supplier for equipment such as detonators and distress flares that were converted into exploding devices. Nichols also alleges that the gun dealer, Roger Moore, helped McVeigh "scout out federal buildings in other cities" before Oklahoma City was selected as McVeigh's target.
May 5, 2005 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
The man who Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry L. Nichols said provided explosives used in the blast denied Wednesday that he had any role, and said the attempt to link him to the plot fit Nichols' demeanor as someone who "hated everybody." Roger Moore, a longtime gun collector who was considered a possible suspect in the early days of the FBI's investigation, said he had never seen or heard of the explosives Nichols claimed Moore provided for the bombing.
May 4, 2005 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
After a decade of silence, Terry L. Nichols, who was convicted in the Oklahoma City bombings, has accused a third man of being an accomplice who provided some of the explosives used to kill 168 people at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building 10 years ago. Nichols, in a letter written from his cell at the U.S. government's Supermax prison in Colorado, said Arkansas gun collector Roger Moore donated so-called binary explosives, made up of two components, to bomber Timothy J.
April 13, 2005 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
When a pipe bomb exploded at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, authorities immediately started looking for a right-wing extremist, a rural paramilitary group or a gang of skinheads. It was a year after the Oklahoma City bombing, three years after the federal raid near Waco, Texas, and four years after the standoff at the Weaver home in Ruby Ridge, Idaho. The threat posed by antigovernment militants had never seemed more urgent.
April 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
Tipped they may have missed evidence a decade ago, FBI agents searched the former home of convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols and found blasting caps and other explosive materials apparently related to the 1995 attack, officials said Friday. FBI officials said the material was found buried in a crawl space of the house in Herington, Kan.
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