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have evidence that the United States was not only partially to blame
for the slaughter of the Branch Dividians in Waco, Texas, yet actually
sought to destroy the Davidians for political reasons. Among those
reasons is the so-called "New World Order" or alternativly, the
"One World Government." Many lunatics have seized upon the recient
federal building bombing as further evidence of a government set out
to destroy its citizens.
Today, 24/May/95, Linda Thompson has been talking to anyone who will
listen about her group's conspiracy theories. At around 3:00 p.m. today,
rumor had it that Thompson talked with none other than Dan Rather --
this is a rumor as I have been unable to get confirmation as yet. News
offices phone lines have been very busy, to say the least.
At around 4:00 p.m. today, however, Thompson appeared on KFI 640 Talk
Radio in Los Angeles with Ken and Bob -- two talk show hosts which
features an often highly emotional John with the cooly logical Ken.
In the discussion with Thompson, John performed the grand
disembowelment with Ken trying to get John to calm down enough to allow
the devil to have her due.
After Linda Thompson talked a little bit about how Waco was the fault
of the United States government, listeners got to hear just a little bit
of her conspiracy theories concerning the Federal building bombing. In
that conspiracy she claimed:
o) Federal agents (specifically Justice Department officials
and, if I'm not mistaken, BATF and FBI officers) conspired
to plant a bomb in the Federal building in addition to the
car bomb planted outside of the building.
o) Federal agents placed some unspecified number of buckets
in stair ways and about the building containing mercury --
the reason for this belief becomes clear when contemplated
in light of her group's beliefs that the Davidian compound
was purposely poisoned by agents. (The poison used is either
mecury or arsenic depending upon the different archives I
have of their claims. Both are metalic compounds however
arsenic is used as an insecticide and for weed killing. In
light of this previous belief, the new one claiming Federal
agents planted buckets of mecury seems at least consistant.)
The reasoning for poisoning the Davidian soil was so another
branch of the government could declair the property a health
hazard, negating the possibility of private investigating
personnel to gain access to the lands. (This is speculation
on my part as it's pieced together from many sources, all
of them FidoNet participants.) In actual fact the lands
around the destroyed Davidian compound were tainted with a
small number of health hazards; among them human waste.
o) Agents of some unspecified government branch were standing
by in a helicopter observing the destruction of the Federal
building -- presumably taking videos.
o) The motive for the United States to take this action and to
murder over 200 of its citizens was that militant groups
around the United States would be examined in detail and that
the government, using the media lap dogs, would find excuses
to revoke aspects of the Constitution, starting with the right
to keep arms.
Though Thompson didn't say it, other lunatics applauding the murder of
over 200 children and adults claimed that personal liberties are also
being hi-jacked, according to these right wing extremists, by giving the
government a justifiable pretence to not require a probable cause to
search personal property.
Where the people being arrested for the bombing came from and why they
offered to sacrifice themselves was never discussed. I make the
presumption that Thompson and her group believe the people being arrested
are actually government agents who will face a mock trial and then
disappear, living their life out on some government island paradise.
Thompson claimed that she had evidence for all this and John repeatedly
asked her why she was selfishly keeping it all to herself. Since she
was lying, she lapsed into silence and John started to loose whatever
control he had at the start of the interview and, not to put too fine a
point on it, screamed the question two or three times again. Thompson
remained mysteriously silent and, as I recall, Ken tried to step in to
ask Thompson politely where her evidence was. After some sputtering,
Thompson said, "Why don't you call me back when you're willing to listen
to the answer" and then hung up.
Ken and Bob took a few seconds to contemplate the irony of the
statement and, if I'm not mistaken, John said something like "I don't
Not only was Linda Thompson given more air time than other lunatic
caller during the first two hours of the show, she was given a clear
carrier to respond as to where her evidence was _at_least_three_times_
and, I would say, an aggregate of 15 seconds inwhich to respond. When
she finally did, it was to accuse Ken and John of not wanting to hear
the answer and hanging up.
At the start of the show, when it was announced that Linda Thompson
would be on the line at 3:00 p.m., I managed to get into the queue of
callers with the hopes that I could expose the hoax Thompson and/or
friends manufactured called, "Waco: The Big Lie." I had hoped that I
could point to the Soldier of Fortune Magazine which compared the
satelite downlinked video against the video tape Thompson and/or her
friends are (still) selling. Soldier of Fortune Magazine found that
the Thompson tape was edited to show a flame thrower mounted on a
tank. In actual fact, the original satelite downlink video shows a
section of wall falling; that section of the tape was edited by unknown
people and turned into "Waco: The Big Lie" by adding a voice-over. In
fact, Soldier of Fortune was selling the original tape, according to many
sources, in direct response to the hoax tape. (I do not know if the
magazine is still selling copies. After this week, it seems logical to
expect them to resume selling it.)
When it was found out that Thompson would be on an hour later, I was
bounced from the queue and asked to call back. I had hoped I could
ask about the video tape on the air with Linda yet while I was trying
to get back into the call queue, Thompson came on, was soundly
debunked, and then hung up. I had also wanted to point out that Thompson
has stated that the height postings on bridge overpasses is their so
that United States artilary(sp) pieces could target and destroy them
easilly and to ask her to confirm that statement on the air.
Sadly, several callers later pointed toward the hoax tape as
justification for what was done -- according to these lunatics -- to
the government. Pointing out to them that innocent babies are not
"the government" seemed to not get through these nut's brains.
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