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Quotes Wednesday in the Oklahoma Bombing

April 26, 1995

``For anyone who dares to sow terror on American land, justice must be swift, certain and severe. We must move so that we can prevent this kind of thing from happening again.″ _ President Clinton, who proposed adding 1,000 federal workers to the fight against terrorism and endorsed stiffer penalties for attacks on government employees.

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``Thank you for trying to find the cowards who did this! Keep it up!″ _ A card for ``The FBI and CIA″ written by Nathan Licht, 9, a third grader at Grover Cleveland Elementary in Oklahoma City.

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``Are you interested in receiving information detailing the components and materials needed to construct a bomb identical to the one used in Oklahoma?″ a message from an anonymous writer offered on an Internet engineering newsgroup.

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``We have no proverbial tea to dump; should we instead sink a ship full of Japanese imports? Is a civil war imminent? Do we have to shed blood to reform the current system? I hope it doesn’t come to that! But it might.″ _ Timothy McVeigh, from a letter he wrote published in the Union-Sun & Journal of Lockport, N.Y., on Feb. 11, 1992.

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``I don’t feel like a hero. I just did my job.″ _ Oklahoma Trooper Charlie Hanger, who stopped bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh for driving without a license plate about 1 1/2 hours after the April 19 blast.

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``We are running into more toys and coloring books and debris that has indications that we’re on the fringe area, but we’re just not there yet.″ _ Assistant Fire Chief Jon Hansen on the efforts to get to the federal building’s gutted day care center.

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