Conspiracy for the Day -- December 16, 1993 (+quot;Quid coniuratio est?+quot;) [From *Secr
Conspiracy for the Day -- December 16, 1993
("Quid coniuratio est?")
[From *Secret and Suppressed* by Jim Keith, editor. Portland:
Feral House, 1993.]
Affidavit of Ken Fawcett
I am the individual who started the communication process to
the besieged individuals inside Mt. Carmel [the Branch Davidian
complex]. With help from Ron Engleman of radio station KGBS, we
employed a method involving the use of a satellite dish on top
of the Mt. Carmel Complex. i.e., moving it back and forth to
signify an affirmative answer to on-air questions. Integral to
the process is my personal satellite downlink equipment (three
TURO dishes, 2 C-band, and 1 combination C and Ku band (12.7 -
12.9 Ghz.) The Ku band system is still somewhat new to the
civilian and non-media public and are relatively rare (about
I became involved in the situation last Monday after observing
numerous contradictions between what was actually occurring on
the scene and what was being reported by the off-air media. In
addition, beginning Tuesday evening I began monitoring and
taping both domestic and foreign correspondent satellite Ku
band uplinks or transmissions from the "media checkpoint." On
Wednesday, March 3, after already removing the media twice for
"safety concerns," the FBI imposed restrictions upon the
television media as to the use of more than 200x telephoto
lenses on live shots, and upon the use of ambient light sensing
"night vision" equipment. Bear in mind this type of ambient
light equipment cannot in any way interfere with that being
used by ATF or FBI. The restriction was as follows: night
vision can only be used by the networks on a one-hour delay and
restricted to two hours per night. Foreign correspondents,
fearing for the safety of the citizens within the complex,
maintained all-night vigils, using night vision as well as 400x
lenses. Monitoring these foreign transmissions, I was able to
observe and videotape the following atrocities.
On March 2, 1993, at approximately 11 pm, while monitoring live
Ku band transmissions from the Waco media set-up, I was
surprised to view what was certainly an almost unedited video
"refeed" of the assault. Having monitored news feeds in the
past I knew from experience that the tape would be run twice. I
proceeded to tape the second feed... this tape has been
duplicated and distributed for my protection.
Over the ensuing weeks the tape was studied carefully by myself
as well as by several men with military and law enforcement
backgrounds. The conclusions reached are as follows:
1. BATF officers, either through mishandling, improper
preparation, and/or defective equipment, suffered a minimum of
two accidental weapon discharges. The first of which involved
the Heckler-Koch MP5 assault rifle, and resulted in the death
of Special Agent Stephen Willis and the injuring of another
officer, as yet unidentified.
The second discharge occurred on an aluminum ladder, involving
a Sig-Sauer P228 semi-automatic handgun, which, according to
John C. Killorin, Chief of Public Affairs, ATF, has no safety.
The weapon discharged in the holster of Agent Conway C. LeBleu,
resulting in a flesh wound to his right leg. Agent LeBleu was
able to ascend the ladder but met with death after entering a
2. The attack plan failed to take into account the unusual
architecture of the compound and thereby subjected officers
crossing the roof from South to North to crossfire from agents
seen firing from behind vehicles located on the west or front
side of the compound.
3. The plan overestimated and/or was misinformed as to the
construction of exterior and interior walls. This caused
helicopter-based gunfire to pass completely through the
building at angles endangering friendly forces on the ground.
4. The plan relied too heavily upon radio communication. When
those communications were compromised, there was confusion as
to the location of various forces, "enemy" as well as friendly.
This too was a factor in the accidental tossing of a
fragmentation device into the second story room, further
identified as a 10' x 10' room adjoining David Koresh's living
quarters, which led to the death of agents Robert J. Williams,
Todd McKeehan and Conway LeBleu.
5. Despite public statements to the contrary, agents are seen
firing blindly into walls and windows without properly
acquiring a target. This practice is known as "spray and pray"
in law enforcement circles, and is unacceptable while executing
an arrest warrant on one man, and one man only, where more than
100 other innocent women, children and men are residing.
6. If after-the-fact statements by ATF spokespersons are true,
and these affiants actually possessed and/or were suspected to
possess weapons in the type and amount necessary to warrant the
enforcement manpower at hand, then it is clear that management
personnel failed miserably in pre-arranging ambulance and
medical services for wounded or traumatized, as evidenced by
agents seen and heard well into the firefight telling TV
cameramen to "call for an ambulance."
7. ATF spokesmen Dan Conroy, Jack Killorin, Steven Higgins and
David Troy have repeatedly stated that the "element of
surprise" was paramount to the success of the "mission," yet
videotape reveals that two reporters are actually sitting
clearly visible in a tree in front of the compound, and channel
10 crews were actually invited to "follow the ATF horse
trailers in," per conversation with Mr. Virgil L. Teter, KWTX,
8. Despite insistence that National Guard helicopters were
requisitioned only to search for "hot spots" in the compound,
their approach is clearly too low and off to the right and left
to provide such a function.
9. Despite public statements that the three helicopters used in
the raid sustained fire, they are seen being examined in
subsequent videotape and no damage is visible.
10. An unidentified Davidian is seen and heard from a lower
story doorway repeatedly calling for "peace" each time he is
met with a hail of gunfire.
11. Agents are taped being assisted by Branch Davidians in the
stabilization and evacuation of wounded officers; this behavior
is inconsistent with persons having murderous intent.
12. The time of the Feb. 28th raid was deliberately misstated
by two hours to allow editing of the video news tape before
being released to the public.
13. There were no less than three TV station crews waiting at
the gate to follow the BATF into the complex.
14. The press was moved back three times in the first two days
of the so-called stand-off to obscure from view federal agents
"cleaning up" the bodies of two unarmed Branch Davidians killed
by ATF snipers several hours after the "raid" had ended.
15. Even though it's been widely reported that the final
conflagration fire scene was too hot for investigators and
medical examiners to enter for two days (because of "one
million" rounds of "live" ammo), I have videotaped footage of
FBI agent Bob Ricks, ATF agent Swenson and others walking
around in the ashes less than two hours after the fire was
brought under control, wearing no protective clothing or
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