"Nobody gets up one day and decides to be a terrorist for no reason. They don't hate us for our freedoms. They hate us and commit acts of terror because one day, as they are going about their normal lives, there is a horrendous blast and people they have known all their lives are lying in bloody shreds at their feet, mixed in with shrapnel stamped 'Made in the USA.'" -- Michael Rivero

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On this day in 1993, just a few months into the Clinton administration, the compound of a religious community caught fire during an extended siege, killing seventy-six people including over two dozen children.

The first thing Bill Clinton did after he won the 1992 election – even before he took office – was to order the Little Rock ATF to make a case against the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.

It’s refreshing to see Siskel & Ebert, popular movie reviewers, take a clear stand on behalf of the victims of government criminality.

The wounded BATF man has been tentatively identified as BATF gent who shot himself in the leg while climbing a ladder. Note that he is being assisted from the area in full view of the upper floor windows of the church, apparently unconcerned with the possibility of gunfire from the occupants of the church.

There are many problems with the official story of the bombing. Let's start with McVeigh's whereabouts on April 17.

McVeigh had been filmed by a security camera at a nearby McDonald's 24 minutes before the time stamped on the truck rental agreement, wearing clothes that did not match either of the men seen at Elliott's.

There is no plausible explanation of how he traveled the mile and a quarter from McDonald's to the rental agency, carless and alone as he claims, without getting soaked in the rain.

FBI Repatriates Revolutionary War-Era Firearms At Philadelphias Museum Of The American Revolution Ladylove

The FBI announced the return of several Revolutionary War-era firearms during a repatriation ceremony at Philadelphia's Museum of the American Revolution last week, according to CBS.

ictured above: you don’t have to be an engineering genius to see where the two bombs went off inside the Murrah Building, on the left and in the center front. The two bombs that did not detonate and which were removed that morning (caught on local TV, see below), were in the back and on the right. Just ask yourself: if a truck-loaded ANFO bomb parked at the midpoint of the building right out front blew up, and it would of course go in all directions equally, which is simple laws of physics, then why did it only go to the left, towards 10 o’clock?

Two hundred years ago, on April 17, 1824, the Russo-American Treaty was signed in St. Petersburg. The treaty, also known as the Convention of 1824, legitimized Russian presence on huge expanses of the North American continent and its surroundings.

In a series of moves bemoaned by many, Russia gradually ceded the rights to these lands in 1841-1867 to the United States (Fort Ross was sold in 1841, followed by Alaska in 1867).

This incredible facial hair not only won people's hearts but also secured his place in history as he held the record for the longest beard ever grown in France.

Legend has it that Lewis had been shaving since he was 12, but his razor blades could not keep up with his rapidly growing beard.

By the time he was 14, his beard had reached 50 centimeters (19.6 in) in length. From then on, it was just a matter of letting it grow to monstrous proportions.

Welcome to the fascinating world of the Amish community, where traditions and beliefs that have been passed down for centuries often surprise, confuse, and sometimes even shock outsiders. In this slideshow gallery, we'll explore the rituals and beliefs that define the Amish lifestyle. From the interesting practice of "bundling" to the strange fashion choices of growing a beard while shaving off the moustache, we will shed light on the reasons behind these customs.


 


This unique photo collection includes a stunning array of vintage cameras, some of which were ingeniously hidden in everyday objects.
 

From a camera hidden in a matchbox to a camera disguised as a pocket watch for covert operations, these devices showcase simple old-fashioned designs, some dating back to the 1880s.
 

Some of these special cameras were made to look like books, cigarette packets, binoculars, radio players, and even a handgun.