Twenty years after the Oklahoma City bombing, federal authorities have lost sight of domestic extremists and failed to prevent acts of terrorism. The lack of focus, funding and information-sharing across disparate agencies has led to fatal consequences for unsuspecting victims around the country. Meanwhile, the violence is metastasizing and the threat is growing.
A row of old motels and businesses line West 16th Street in Merced, calling little attention to the area during the daytime. But when the sun sets, the street comes alive with activity. Women wearing short skirts and ripped tights stand in the doorways of motel rooms. An open curtain in another room reveals a half-naked woman waiting inside.
Many college students have illicitly used Adderall, an amphetamine-based stimulant prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, while studying. Now, experts say, stimulant abuse is graduating into the workforce.