Date: Fri, 03 Sep 93 13:18:48 EST BATF GOES FOR COVER-UP OF WACO FIASCO, WRITE TO TREASURY
Date: Fri, 03 Sep 93 13:18:48 EST
BATF GOES FOR COVER-UP OF WACO FIASCO,
WRITE TO TREASURY NOW TO PROTEST!!!
The people who launched the disastrous raid on the Branch Dividian
compound in Waco, Texas, have now mounted an attack on the American
people's right to know facts behind the tragedy. The Tresury Department
is seeking to deny public access to invesitgative reports probing the
government's actions leading to the Waco conflagration
You have until September 15 to protest against this cover-up.
Comments (preferably in triplicate) should be sent to the Dept. of the
Tresaury, Office of Enforcemnet, Room 4312, 1500 Pennslyvania Ave.,
N.W., Washington, D.C. 20220.
It has been reported that the Treasury wants to lockup many of the
findings of the Waco investigation to "protect investigative techniques
and procedures." What they are really doing is hiding the truth from
the American people and preventing the people from making an accurate
judgment on the BATF actions in Waco. This action is being taken at teh
same time critizism of the raid is mounting.
The affidavit used to justify the search warrant used in Waco has
come under intense criticism, with stories in a number of major papers,
the Washington Times the latest (Sept. 2). Experts who have researched
the warrant have stated that it never should have been granted because
the affidavit did not meet legal requirements.
Specifically cited were: a quote attributed to Koresh regarding
the LA riots, said to have been spoken three weeks before the riots
happened; no probable cause based on information included in the
warrant; inaccurate description of the firearms in possession of Koresh;
and only technical, if any, violations of firearms laws. As a result of
this intense pressure, there has been speculation in the press that
Stephen Higgins, BATF Director and other top BATF officials may be
forced out. However, to counter the growing outcry, the Treasury is now
taking steps to seal away information from the investigation of the
tragedy. That is, they are trying to cover it all up.
Below is the text of a proposed rule change that would lock up the
files of the "Waco Administrative Review Group Investigation", the panel
assigned to investigate the assault on the Branch Davidian Compound.
This means that Freedom of Information Act requests for information will
be denied, and the public will not have access to this information.
This is a blatant effort to cover-up the blunders in Waco. It can only
be stopped if people cry-out in protest.
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
Departmental Offices (DEPO) 31 CFR Part 1
Proposed rule: Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Exemption of System of
Records From Certain Provisions
Contact: Nichole L. Jenkins, 202-622-0450
Comment Date: 09/15/93
(FEDREGISTER 58 FR 43312 08/16/93; 538 lines.)
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
31 CFR Part 1
Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended; Exemption of System of Records From
AGENCY: Departmental Offices, Department of the Treasury.
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974,
as amended, Departmental Offices, Office of Enforcement is proposing to
exempt a system of records, the Waco Administrative Review Group
Investigation (DO/.207) from certain provisions of the Privacy Act. The
exemptions are intended to increase the value of the system of records
for law enforcement and investigative purposes, to comply with legal
prohibitions against the disclosure of certain kinds of information, and
to protect the privacy of individuals identified in the system of
records. The exemptions are intended to increase the value of the system
of records for the factfinding investigation and administrative review
performed by the Waco Administrative Review Group so as not to reveal
local, state or Federal law enforcement techniques, sources and methods
or affect the ability of law enforcement agencies to prosecute people
for criminal wrongdoing.
DATES: Comments must be received no later than September 15, 1993.
ADDRESSES: Comments (preferably in triplicate) must be submitted to the
Department of the Treasury, Office of Enforcement, room 4312, 1500
Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20220.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nichole L. Jenkins, Attorney, Office of
the Assistant General Counsel (Administrative & General Law), (202) 622-
0450, room 1410, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20220.
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