Incident Summary:

11/3/1984: Kenneth Shields, Thomas Spinks, and Michael Donald Bray bombed the American Civil Liberties Union office in Washington, D.C., United States. There were no casualties but the building sustained minor damage.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

District of Columbia


Location Details:
3rd floor of building

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity American Civil Liberties Union
Specific Description American Civil Liberties Union office, Washington DC
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Explosive device
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The bomb detonated at 9:55 AM. Four months earlier, the National Abortion Federation offices, which were housed in a building on the same street, were bombed by the same perpetrators (198407040013). Kenneth Shields, Thomas Spinks, and Michael Donald Bray claimed to be part of the Army of God.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Army of God No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Bomb Causes Minor Damage To Southeast Office Building," Washington Post, November 4, 1984.
"3 Men Charged in Bombings of Seven Abortion Facilities," New York Times, January 20, 1985.
"Bombing Arrest Evidence Cited; ATF Agents File Affidavits," Washington Post, January 21, 1985.