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From: Matt.Giwer@f326.n3603.z1.FIDONET.ORG (Matt Giwer) Subject: Update late in coming 1/2 Date: Sat, 26 Jun 93 20:03:00 PDT * Carbon Copy: * Original message to ALL in the f-CONTROV conference. From: JOHN GINNANE Refer: Subject: NEW WACO INFO - 1 325: f-Politics ------------------------------------------------------------- .1924 Justice Department Announces Independent Waco Reviewer To: National Desk Contact: Carl Stern of the U.S. Department of Justice, 202-514-2007 WASHINGTON, June 24 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Deputy Attorney General Philip B. Heymann today named Edward S.G. Dennis Jr., former assistant attorney for the Criminal Division, to review the performance of the Department of Justice in the Branch Davidian tragedy in Waco, Texas. Dennis, a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, held his Justice Department post from 1988 to 1990, and served previously as U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia. In appointing Dennis to review the Justice Department's activities in Waco, Heymann asked for "a searching review." "The basic fact-finding is now well underway," Heymann said. "Mr. Dennis will help us conduct the next stage of the inquiry. I want to know of anything that he believes went wrong at Waco. "Mr. Dennis will review the strategies and analyze whether the decisions were reasonable in light of the information available at the time, and whether department personnel had sufficient information and resources," said Heymann. "He will also evaluate how information was shared and transmitted." Dennis will have access to all Justice Department data and may conduct additional, independent inquiries, as he deems useful. The Justice Department review by Dennis is expected to be completed by September. -0- /U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/ From: JOHN GINNANE Refer: Subject: NEW WACO INFO - 2 325: f-Politics ------------------------------------------------------------ .2124 Justice and Treasury Departments Announce Experts in Waco Review To: National Desk Contact: Carl Stern of the U.S. Department of Justice, 202-514-2007, or Peter O'Brien, of the Department of the Treasury, 202-622-2960 WASHINGTON, June 24 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Deputy Attorney General Philip B. Heymann and Ronald K. Noble, assistant secretary for Enforcement of the Department of the Treasury today named 10 jointly selected experts to provide both departments with recommendations on how best to address Waco-type situations in the future. Said Heymann, "We must ensure that we have the capability to deal successfully with barricaded suspects who hold hostages, and that includes strategies to negotiate with suspects who believe that they are not accountable to civil authorities." Secretary Noble said, "We are seeking broad-based advice from representatives of various disciplines: law enforcement, religion, psychiatry, psychology and management." The experts are: -- Dr. Nancy Ammerman, associate professor of sociology and religion, Candler School of Theology, and adjunct professor of sociology, Emory University. -- Colin Birt, head of Contingency Planning Section, F4 Division, Home Office, Great Britain (expert on responding to hostage-taking and terrorist incidents). -- Dr. Robert Cancro, professor and chairman, Department of Psychiatry, New York University Medical Center. -- Richard J. Davis, attorney, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, former assistant secretary (Enforcement), Department of the Treasury. -- Robert J. Louden, associate director of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. -- Ronald M. McCarthy, former manager of the Center for Police Studies, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and former assistant commander and senior supervisor, Los Angeles Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics Unit. -- Dr. Ariel Merari, Department of Psychology, Tel Aviv University (expert on terrorism and low-intensity warfare). -- Dr. Alan A. Stone, professor of law and psychiatry, Harvard University. -- Dr. Lawrence Sullivan, director, Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University. -- William H. Webster, attorney, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley McCloy, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The experts will examine three categories of concern: -- Louden, McCarthy and Dr. Merari will consider what methods should be used to deal with suspects who have barricaded themselves inside a structure with innocent persons, including potential hostages, under their control. Do law enforcement agencies have adequate technology and training to handle such situations with a minimum use of lethal force? -- Drs. Ammerman, Cancro, Stone and Sullivan will explore how law enforcement agencies should deal with persons or groups whose thought processes or motivations are unconventional. What assistance can be provided by experts in such fields as psychiatry, psychology, sociology and theology? -- Birt, Davis, and Webster will provide advice on coordinating law enforcement efforts in barricade situations. What decision making should be left to the field? How wide should the circle of decision-making be? A Treasury Department briefing on events through Feb. 28 will be presented to the experts on July 1. The experts will also receive the result of FBI fact-finding and interviews, which began shortly after the conclusion of the Waco operation. FBI data includes a chronological account of every significant event involving Justice Department personnel beginning on Feb. 28 and terminating with the destruction of the Branch Davidian compound on April 19. Each expert will develop individual conclusions for both Heymann and Noble. Each department will issue a final report. -0- /U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/ * SPEED 1.30 >01< * Andrew "bigfoot" Cummins' average foot is 15" long. -- Internet: Matt.Giwer@f326.n3603.z1.FIDONET.ORG UUCP: ...!myrddin!mechanic!326!Matt.Giwer Note: Mechanic is a free gateway between FIdonet<>USENET for the TAMPA BAY,FL. metropolitan area.


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