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From: (stephen) Subject: "Element of Surprise," a Red Herring (re: Treasury/Waco) Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1993 00:48:00 GMT Following is a transcript of an AP article printed in the Dallas Morning News on Saturday, February 27th, 1993, p. 34A, section H -- the day *before* the raid on Mt Carmel. "Surprise" could hardly be "the key" to an operation tied to public "disclosures" about the targeted group the day before. Thus, the main position of Treasury, that the element of surprise was mishandled, is misdirected. The question should be -- why was the raid intended to be a public spectacle?? Likewise, why now try to obscure that fact? The *keypoints* of Government's "gameplan" for both BATF and FBI, under both Treasury and Justice Departments -- for public propaganda manipulations -- are most all pointed out the day before in the DMN article enclosed below: child abuse, implied molestation, brain washing, dangerous weapons, polygamy, cult suicide, religious separatism, fanaticism, militancy, and a terrorist faction all set to imperil the world from a well guarded "fortress." Pretty juicy hot-buttons there. And easy charghes to peg on a dead scape-goat, with few living witnesses around, and only bull-dozed evidence left to show otherwise. Especially, in a society that gets cheap vicarious thrills from an enhanced and edited media-arena, (cp. collosseum). Hmmm... It's curious that the wicked in this life always want a "go between," except in the one key area of their own personal salvation. And it's instructive that King Jesus will continue to give them "go betweens" -- as judges -- in the hereafter. "Huh, I wonder what that could mean?" | "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all -- J -- judgment unto the Son" (John 5:22) | "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment | stephen was given unto them" (Revelation 20:4) ---< the article from the day before >--- Associated Press WACO -- A heavily armed religious cult, followers of a charismatic leader who claims to be Christ, is awaiting the end of the world in a compound east of Waco, a newspaper report says. The group of about 75 Branch Davidians, an offshoot of the Seventh- day Adventist Church, has got "some very, very dangerous overtones," says Geoffrey Hossack, an Australian private detective who has inves- tigated the followers of Vernon Howell for 2 1/2 years. The cult has been in Waco since 1935, but former members told the Waco Tribune-Herald that Mr. Howell -- its latest leader -- abuses both adult and child members of the cult and claims at least 15 wives. Mr. Howell denies these accusations, saying he has had only two children. He married his wife, Rachel, in 1984 when he was 24 and she was 14. There is no telephone listing in the Waco area for either Vernon Howell or David Koresh, the name he legally adopted two years ago in California. The cult also is known to have a large arsenal of high-powered weapons, the Tribune-Herald reported in a copyright story in its Saturday editions. The newspaper said it spent eight months investigation the cult, talking to more than 20 former members, plus reviewing court records and talking to law enforcement authorities. The Seventh-day Adventist Church strongly denies any connection with Mr. Howell's group. Mr. Hossack, hired by a group of former cult members who fled to Austra- lia, presented his findings to McLennan County authorities in 1990, but no action has been taken. Mr. Hossack said he believes authorities will act only if someone is killed. "The consensus was there was not enough information at that time to pursue a full-scale investigation," said Paul Gartner, then McLennan County district attorney. "Oh, it got my attention," said Ralph Strother, Mr. Gartner's top aide. "I could see this sort of thing happening. To tell you the truth, the thing that went through my mind is you've got a cult like Jonestown." Jonestown was a settlement of Americans in South America's Guyana led by the Rev. Jim Jones. On Nov. 18, 1978, more that 900 people there killed themselves by drinking cyanide or were murdered. Welfare workers from Children's Protective Services visited the cult's compound at least twice last year to talk to the children there, according to a former cult member and authorities. Director Bob Boyd of Children's Protective Services said he could not discuss any specifics. Mr. Howell and his followers believe he is the lamb referred to in the Bible's book of Revelation, according to testimony in a Michigan child custody case. Followers believe he alone can open the so-called Seven Seals, setting loose catastrophic events that the Branch Davidians believe will end mankind and propel Mr. Howell and his followers into heaven. Theologians consider the lamb to be a symbol for Christ. "If the Bible is true, then I'm Christ," Mr. Howell, 33, told the news- paper. "But so what? Look at 2,000 years ago. What's so great about being Christ? A man nailed to the cross. A man of sorrows acquainted with grief. You know, being Christ ain't nothing. Know what I mean? ... If the Bible is true. But all I want out of this is for people to be honest this time." Cult members live about 10 miles east of Waco in a 77-acre compound called Mount Carmel. Guards reportedly patrol the grounds at night, the newspaper said. Perched above the compound is a tower with lookout windows facing all directions. One law enforcement officer calls the compound a fort. The Branch Davidians trace their roots to 1934, when Victor Houteff, a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, formed his own group in Los Angeles and later moved to Waco. Mr. Houteff's theological views -- especially his interpretation of the book of Revelation -- did not fit Seventh-day Adventists' views, and he split to form his own sect. It has had several leaders and divisions since Mr. Houteff's death in 1955. From: (Brian F. Redman) Subject: The Tragedy After Waco Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1993 00:28:37 GMT Summary: Spin Doctors Tell Public What to Think The Tragedy After Waco -- Public Response ========================================= by Erwin Knoll (Editor of the *Progressive* and a regular panelist on the PBS MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.) [Excerpted from an article in the *Christian Science Monitor*, April 27, 1993 edition] ----------------------------------------------------------------- [Excerpts] *Immediate* public reaction to the television images of the "Davidian inferno... ran 10 to 1 *against* Attorney General Janet Reno and the FBI. But by Tuesday, when the government's spin doctors had gone on the offensive, 8 out of 10 messages to the Justice Department were conveying approval, and by Wednesday the polls showed that a clear majority of Americans gave their blessings to the operation and its outcome." "Such enthusiasm for an exercise that was botched from the beginning, that ended in a horrible blood bath, and that continues to pose agonizing questions, ought to dismay all of us..." "Why the initial assault by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), an arm of the Treasury Department? We were told that cult members led by David Koresh had acquired a substantial arsenal of illegal automatic weapons. But such arsenals are to be found in many communities all over our country... [These other communities] are rarely subjected to raids by armed federal agents. Mr. Koresh had bought his weapons openly and had threatened no one with them. So what was ATF doing there in the first place?" "We were told there were 'reports' of possible child abuse within the compound. None of those claims have been substantiated -- but if they had been, since when does ATF deal with child abuse? This much we know: The children who died because of last week's federal assault will be abused no more." "...even before the ATF mounted its [February] assault, leaders knew their attack was expected. Why did they go ahead anyway?" "We were told the FBI agents were exhausted and needed to act and go home. Since when is fatigue a sufficient motive for assault?" "What caused the inferno that followed the federal agents' tear- gas barrage remains, at this writing, a matter of conjecture." The author speculates that "...the Branch Davidians real crime... was their stubborn refusal to bow to conventional orthodoxy and official authority..." "These are deeply vexing questions... but most vexing of all is the willingness of Americans to rush to the government's support before the answers are in, and in the face of overwhelming evidence that wretched blunders have been committed." From: nyt@nyxfer.UUCP Date: 23 Apr 93 14:43 PDT Subject: Waco Coverup Via NY Transfer News Collective * All the News that Doesn't Fit WACO MASSACRE COVER-UP By Deirdre Griswold At his April 20 news conference President Bill Clinton tried to justify the actions of his Justice Department and the FBI in Waco, Texas, even as he distanced himself from responsibility. And then he said he was surprised criticism was being aimed at federal officials "because some religious fanatics murdered themselves." What shocking language for a president to use after 86 people, 24 of them children, had just perished in a terrible fire. Has any top U.S. official ever used the term "religious fanatics" before? Certainly not to describe anti-abortion forces, even after they firebombed clinics and murdered a doctor in Florida. Clinton rushed to judgment in claiming the dead "murdered themselves." The fire that consumed the Branch Davidian sect's compound may well have been ignited by the federal authorities in their assault on the group's compound. While the FBI says it was a "mass suicide," the survivors who have spoken directly to the media give a completely different account. They say that an armored vehicle used in the attack knocked over a lantern, starting the blaze and that there was no "suicide plan." In fact, reporters who watched the scene with binoculars said the fire broke out moments after an armored vehicle rammed one of the buildings. All accounts agree that no fire engines were brought to the area until after the buildings had burned to the ground. ROLE OF THE STATE Why has the president rushed to endorse the FBI attack and its version of events? Even his own attorney general admitted the day it happened that, in retrospect, the whole attack was "obviously wrong." The FBI prepared the public for this assault when it started feeding the media tales of abuse against women and children in the compound. Both Attorney General Janet Reno and the president cited child abuse as a pressing reason why the siege had to be ended right then. But now those women and children are dead, not liberated. And now FBI Director William Sessions himself says the bureau had no recent evidence that children were being beaten. The U.S. government seems once again to have massacred the very people it claimed to be rescuing. Progressive and class-conscious forces must ask themselves: Should any confidence be placed in the capitalist state? Can the terror exercised by the repressive apparatus of the bourgeoisie--and it is certainly the most aggressive, most heavily armed state in the world--ever advance the interests of the workers and oppressed people? The progressive movement has nothing in common with the ideology of this religious sect. But it should be clear that this massive act of terrorism by the capitalist state does nothing to enlighten the masses or dilute the appeal of religious fundamentalism. On the contrary, it will enhance the moral authority of such groups among people outraged at the state's brutality. COVERUP BEGINS The coverup has already begun. The afternoon of the massacre, Attorney General Reno told reporters: "Today was not meant to be D-Day. ... This was just a step forward in trying to bring about a peaceful resolution." But a half-hour before the blaze began, FBI spokesperson Bob Ricks had told reporters: "At this point we're not negotiating. We're saying come out. Come out with your hands up. This matter is over." If the FBI wanted a peaceful resolution, why did they ignore a banner sect members had hung reading, "We want our phone fixed," indicating they wanted to negotiate? The media didn't show the growing tension outside Waco in the days before the assault. But an April 20 Wall Street Journal account reveals the cops' mentality: "Along public streets and highways, protesters had appeared with placards denouncing federal agents as 'black-booted, black-jacketed' murderers trampling both religious freedom and the right to bear arms. "Agents, angry at critical news media accounts, at one point used an armored fighting vehicle to flatten a reporter's car that was abandoned at the compound." Reno said the federal agents were tired and couldn't be relieved, so action had to be taken to end the siege. Yes, they ended the siege, alright--just as they have so many times before against oppressed peoples all over the globe. This time, though, the capitalist state's terror came home in an exercise aimed at showing that its authority is supreme and it will "take out" anyone--white or Black, Christian or atheist--who challenges it. ------------------ SAM MARCY ON EVENTS IN WACO, TEXAS Following is an interview with Workers World Party Chairperson Sam Marcy on the events in Waco, Texas. WW: Why did the government move in with such massive force against the Branch Davidians? Sam Marcy: Because they represented a challenge to the authority of the capitalist state. WW: How so? SM: Koresh's idea was to establish a self-governing, autonomous grouping, but with arms in hand. They differ from a myriad of other religious orders in that these others subject themselves to civil and state authorities--and for the most part are cooperative with the capitalist state. WW: Even so, there are hundreds like this around the country. SM: That's true, but this one is hostile to the state and its religion is regarded by the government as a hostile political movement in religious guise. WW: But there are many fundamentalist groups. SM: Fundamentalist religious ideas are not the issue at all. It is oriented toward competing not just within the general milieu of capitalist society, but toward competing with the capitalist state for allegiance. Let's remember the Pentagon document first released in the New York Times March 8, 1992, which stated, "The U.S. must show the leadership necessary to establish and protect a new order that holds the promise of convincing potential competitors that they need not aspire to a greater role or pursue a more aggressive posture to protect their legitimate interests." WW: Still, are there not others? SM: This one is regarded as most formidable and hostile. A century ago there were utopian communist grass-roots organizations in the U.S. that tried to compete against the capitalist system, but in a peaceful way. They ignored the class struggle, as James R. Green pointed out in the book "Grass-Roots Socialism." The politics of Koresh's group are reactionary, right-wing, but are still in embryonic form and should be regarded as in a process of development rather than as a finished phenomenon. The Pentagon, FBI and the rest of the coercive apparatus brook no rivalry and no competition. Koresh's group might have disintegrated if left to its own devices under stable economic conditions. If the economic crisis deepens, however, and large contributions back such a grouping, that's another matter. These groups in developed form have the potential of becoming auxiliaries of the state in repressing oppressed people and the working class. But there are other variants of development depending on the course of the class struggle in general and the anti-racist struggle in particular. WW: What should be the attitude of the working class toward the government's actions? SM: The working class should oppose any government repression. WW: Why? Isn't this a reactionary group, perhaps fascist in embryo? SM: Any suppression by the government strengthens the capitalist state. The state is the capitalist class in organized form. Approving or aiding its acts of suppression boomerangs against the working class. Only an independent ideological struggle to expose the nature of the group is helpful to the workers and undermines the capitalist state in a revolutionary way. -30- (Copyright Workers World Service: Permission to reprint granted if source is cited. For more info contact Workers World, 46 W. 21 St., New York, NY 10010; via e-mail: + Join Us! Support The NY Transfer News Collective + + We deliver uncensored information to your mailbox! + + Modem: 718-448-2358 FAX: 718-448-3423 e-mail: + From: (Tim Crowley) Subject: Child Abuse? Just the facts, Please! Date: 24 Apr 1993 14:04:31 -0700 The Federal Pigs have claimed that one of the reasons they attacked civilians with tanks is that they had "evidence" that Koresh and/ or his followers were abusing children. Is this true, or yet another Pig Lie? This article appeared today in The Seattle Times, and is attributed to the Dallas Morning News. I quote from it without permission. "WACO, Texas - State childcare officials said yesterday they have never been able to substantiate allegations that David Koresh abused children in the Branch Davidian compound. Case workers have interviewed all 21 children released during the 51-day standoff, and Janice Caldwell, executive director of the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. "The children have not confirmed any of the allegations or described any other incidents which would verify our concerns" about possible abuse, she said. Moreover, a 1992 investigation of complaints about the treatment of the children in the cult headquarters yielded nothing, she said. That inquiry included interviews with Koresh and some of his adult followers. " So more proof the the feds are nothing more than lliars and murderous PIGS. Every statement they have made about this group is PROVING to be lies. And still some people are foolish enough to believe the FBI and BATF, still. How many times must some people be lied to, before they can see the truth. Seeeeee Ya FUCK THE POLICE!!!!! From: (Brian F. Redman) Subject: Koresh interview released Date: Sun, 30 May 1993 00:59:02 GMT March 28, 1993 -- The Associated Press is reporting that David Koresh (leader of the Branch Davidian sect which held federal forces at bay for 51 days near Waco, Texas) had claimed that his group's gun battle with agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms was "self-defense." The report quotes Koresh as having said in a taped interview with his lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, that his armed response to the BATF raid was "the American way." Referring to the BATF raid, Koresh is quoted as saying, "I don't care who they are. Nobody is going to come to my home, with my babies around, shaking guns around, without a gun back in their face." Koresh further denied in the interview that there were any plans for a mass suicide. "That's not even sane," he is reported as saying. Koresh stated in the interview that he planned on surrendering to federal agents. "Once I do go out of here, I want to go out walking," he is reported to have said. [Note: The report says that the DeGuerin tape was given to the newspaper the "Houston Chronicle." If anyone finds out anything more on this I would appreciate it if you could let me know. Send e-mail to] From: (Brian F. Redman) Subject: Waco -- Additional Info Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1993 20:42:28 GMT The "Houston Chronicle" of Tuesday, May 25, 1993 carries a front-page article based primarily on tape recordings made hours after the February 28th shoot-out at the Mount Carmel compound near Waco, Texas. The tapes contain, among other things, conversations between David Koresh and BATF negotiator Jim Cavanaugh. The recordings offer "further evidence that Koresh knew the identity of the undercover agent placed by the [BATF] in the Mount Carmel compound," and show that Koresh was aware of the real purpose of this "Judas" at the very time the agent was within the compound. "The ATF repeatedly has said that Koresh was aware of the raid well before agents arrived." Attorney Dick DeGuerin, who represented Koresh and who was allowed inside the Mount Carmel compound on several occasions to meet with his client, "said the recordings contradict statements by ATF officials that agents attempted to serve Koresh with arrest and search warrants before gunfire erupted." "DeGuerin also said the tapes support the version of events related to him by Koresh -- that Koresh was willing to surrender and would have allowed the agents in the compound to execute their search warrants but was never given the opportunity." According to DeGuerin, Koresh "repeatedly claimed that he witnessed the arrival of cattle trailers full of agents and went to the front door, only to be fired upon by the ATF agents." "They did not make any attempt to talk to him," DeGuerin said. "When he went to the door, he was met with a bullet immediately." From Day 1 of the federal siege at the Mount Carmel compound Koresh was willing to talk to President Clinton by phone. He is quoted as saying, "If the president wants to give me a call, man, this is a worldwide event. You know, I tried just saving people." The article mentions an ongoing investigation into the tragedy being conducted by the U.S. Treasury Department. Among other things, the Treasury Department is seeking to determine whether "such a raid should ever have been staged." The article also alludes to a "congressional committee investigating the events stemming from the Feb. 28 shootout." No further details are given about this congressional committee. Who is chairing it? Are the hearings open to the public, or are they being held in private due to "national security" reasons? ----------------------------------------------------------------- Synopsis by Brian Francis Redman ( ( "Culture is an instrument wielded by professors to manufacture professors, who in turn manufacture more professors." -- Simone Weil From: Matt.Giwer@f326.n3603.z1.FIDONET.ORG (Matt Giwer) Subject: Waco news Date: Sat, 12 Jun 93 01:28:00 PDT St. Petersburg Times, 10 June 1993 (Reuters) -- A tape recording of the call is played as government hearings on the Waco standoff begin. Moments after federal agents began their raid against the Branch Bavidian compound in Waco, Texas, cult leader David Koresh called an emergency number asking for help, according to a tape made publick Wednsday. "David Koresh, Mount Carmel Center. We're being shot all up out here," Koresh said in the call to the 911 number of the McLennan County sheriff's office in Waco. The dramatic tape recording was played at a House appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Feb. 28 raid by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. "You see, you brought a bunch of guys out here adn you killed some of my children. We told you we wanted to talk," Koresh told Lt. Larry Lynch of the sheriff's office. "There is a bunch of us dead adn a bunch of you guys dead now. That's your fault," Koresh said. Heavy gunfire could be heard several times in the background of the recording. Four ATF agents adn several members of the heavily armed cult were killed and 16 others wounded in the shootout. After a 51 day siege, Koresh and some 80 others died in a fire April 19 at the cult's compound after FBI agents tried to force them out with tear gas. Lynch tried to arrange a cease-fire with Koresh, but Koresh began talking about the Bible and prophecies. "We knew you were coming and everything. You see, we knew before you even knew," Koresh told Lynch before the call ended. Lynch also talked with cult member Wayne Martin, who said, "I have a right to defend myself. They started firing first." A cease-fire was eventually reached so that dead and wounded agents could be removed. ----------------------------------------------------------------- MASS MURDER IN WACO =================== [Excerpted from the June 1993 issue of "Liberty" magazine, from an article entitled "Mass Murder, American-Style" by R.W. Bradford.] After the FBI had blasted the Branch Davidians "with ear- shattering noise and aimed powerful electric spotlights into their windows at night to prevent them from sleeping, and turned off the community's water supply and cut off its sewers," after the FBI "had cut off water to the area but not brought in fire- fighting equipment," the government decided to move in and "rescue the children". As Attorney General Janet Reno rationalized government actions, "The sanitation situation within the compound we were told was beginning to deteriorate." President Clinton echoed this rationale when he complained about "The children... being forced to live in unsanitary and unsafe conditions." This would be heartwarming except that it was the government itself that first cut off the water and sewers, thus causing these "unsanitary conditions" to begin with. The government painted itself as a noble guardian of "the children." We find that "a week before the assault, the FBI said that it would not use tear gas on the compound, because it feared for the safety of the children. It had evidence that the adults had gas masks, but the children did not." However, a week later, the FBI's "operational plan was to pump in gas until the masks failed -- which would require *eight hours of continuous gassing*. What did they think would be happening to the people *without* masks (i.e., the children)?" So, to "protect" the children, the government sends in Bradley M-728 tanks "to punch holes in the walls of the buildings in which the Davidians lived, and to pump poisonous tear gas into their homes at 15 second intervals" while FBI loudspeakers proclaim, "This is not an assault." No fire trucks on the scene. Live ammunition. Large quantities of fuel. "Wooden buildings in the compound, filled with baled hay, inflammable liquids, and explosive and incendiary ammunition, were a terrible fire hazard, especially once the FBI punched holes in their walls through which wind could blow and spread any fire quickly." "There were two charges brought to the judge who had issued [the search warrant]: that the group had abused children and that the group possessed weapons without the required license." "The charges of child abuse had been thoroughly investigated a year earlier by state authorities, *under whose jurisdiction child abuse lies* [my emphasis], and the Branch Davidians were exonerated." "It is also manifest that the second charge [illegal weapons] lacked any factual basis. The ATF accused the Davidians of possessing fully automatic weapons... Yet in two pitched battles, one with the ATF on February 28 the other with the FBI on April 19, there has not been a single report of the use of automatic weapons by the Davidians." "Although it is impossible to know for sure [B.R. especially because the 'crime' scene has been destroyed], the hypothesis that the Branch Davidians violated no laws at all is entirely consistent with what is known." "This isn't just business as usual. The government is not just lying. The government is murdering its citizens." ----------------------------------------------------------------- "Liberty" is a libertarian and classical liberal review of thought, culture and politics, published bi-monthly. Subscriptions are $19.50 for 1 year (6 issues). Foreign subscriptions are $24.50 for 1 year (6 issues). Address all correspondence to: Liberty, PO Box 1181, Port Townsend, WA 98368. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Synopsis by Brian Francis Redman ( ( "Culture is an instrument wielded by professors to manufacture professors, who in turn manufacture more professors." -- Simone Weil From: (Brian F. Redman) Subject: Conspiracy for the Day -- July 26, 1993 Date: 26 Jul 1993 05:43:48 GMT ----------------------------------------------------------------- -+- Gunning for Koresh -+- The August, 1993 issue of "The American Spectator" carries an excellent article on the recent Waco tragedy ("Gunning for Koresh"). The article, by Daniel Wattenberg, probes beneath the media's whitewash of the event. It examines, in particular, details of the search warrant used to justify the raid. It also seeks the true motivation for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) assault. -+- The Affidavit in Support of the Warrant -+- The affidavit filed in support of the warrant mentions, among other things, a sinister prophecy made by religious leader David Koresh. On December 4, 1992, Joyce Sparks, a state of Texas child abuse investigator was interviewed by BATF agent Carlos Torres. Sparks told Torres that during her final visit to the Mount Carmel compound on April 6, 1992, Koresh had told her "...that he was the 'Messenger' from God, that the world was coming to an end, and that when he 'reveals' himself the riots in Los Angeles would pale in comparison to what was going to happen in Waco, Texas." "Unless the man really was a prophet, he could not have told her this. The Los Angeles riots broke out on April 29, 1992, more than three weeks after Sparks had last visited Koresh." The affidavit in support of the warrant states that one Marc Breault had "participated in firearm shooting exercises conducted by Howell [a.k.a. Koresh]." What is not mentioned is that Breault is blind. From a legal standpoint, it is important to remember that Koresh had *never been convicted* of a violent crime, or indeed of any crime. He had had a history of always cooperating peacefully with law enforcement authorities. According to McLennan County Sheriff Jack Harwell, Koresh was "...real nice to him, real congenial... They had their property line, and they were basically good people. All of 'em were good people." After the holocaust at the Branch Davidian compound, Texas Rangers recovered about 200 guns from the ashes. This amounts to about two guns per resident. The average number of guns owned by Texas residents is about four guns per person. This puts the supposed "arms cache" at the compound into a different perspective from that portrayed by an hysterical media concurrent with the tragedy. As for allegations that the Branch Davidians possessed "machine guns," the article notes that today, in Texas, 16,500 residents own machine guns. Owning a machine gun in Texas is legal, provided only that the gun was *manufactured* before May 19, 1986. The public was told that the Branch Davidians had equipment for converting semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic weapons. Yet such conversions are not clearly illegal. According to Robert Sanders, former enforcement chief of the BATF, "This is a very, very convoluted, technical, angels-dancing-on-the-head-of-a-pin kind of argument. And there are no published rulings telling you what is and what isn't [a violation]." None of the deponents to the affidavit offered "...evidence that Koresh was assembling or converting those parts listed by the BATF into machine guns or other illegal destructive devices." The affidavit filed in support of the warrant was submitted on February 25, 1993. Regarding "suspicious parts deliveries" to the Branch Davidians, none of the information contained in the affidavit is less than eight months old. The "American Spectator" article claims also that the 15-page affidavit is "larded with filler [i.e. with irrelevancies]." -+- "Child Abuse" -+- While true that the Branch Davidians had been investigated for alleged child abuse, this investigation had been closed on April 30, 1992, with no proof of the allegations. The only "evidence" obtained was the following tale from the previously mentioned Joyce, "L.A. riots", Sparks. "She talked to a boy about seven or eight years old. The child said that he could not wait to grow up and be a man. When Ms. Sparks asked him why he was in such a hurry to grow up, he replied that when he grew up he would get a 'long gun' just like all the other men there." "Even interviews with children released from the compound during the 51-day siege 'have not confirmed any of the allegations or described any other incidents which could verify our concerns that they have been victims of physical or sexual abuse.'" Of course, all this is in addition to the fact that child abuse does not fall under the jurisdiction of the BATF. -+- BATF Motivation for the Raid -+- "Why would ATF have decided on a high-risk military-style raid when they might have picked Koresh up on one of his regular jogs?" An accompanying article points to the BATF's declining reputation as a possible motivator for the February 28th "Charge of the BATF Brigade." Two of the BATF's exploits prior to the Waco disaster point to a Bureau drunk with its own power: * April 1991 -- The home of Del Knudson was raided by a 23-man team outside Colville, Washington. His wife was held in a room while her frantic 6-year-old daughter cried for her mother in another room and a 1-year-old daughter was left in a bathtub. An elderly neighbor who offered to watch the children was handcuffed. Some misidentified gun parts were confiscated -- all legal. No charges were filed. * December 1991 -- Agents raided John Lawmaster's home in Tulsa, with two television crews in tow. Agents knocked down the front and back doors, broke furniture, pulled down a ceiling, dumped out drawers and closets, broke into locked filing cabinets and left guns and ammunition strewn about the unsecured house. Nothing illegal was found. The ATF refuses to pay damages. The "American Spectator" article further states that BATF image and morale had been "...devasted by a January 12 [1993] expose' on '60 Minutes.'" The CBS newsmagazine had broadcast interviews with female BATF agents who charged sexual harassment occurred routinely at the agency. Those interviewed by "60 Minutes" further charged that "...the agency intimidated and punished victims and witnesses who had pressed sexual harassment claims." Immediately prior to the assault on the Mount Carmel compound, the BATF did not bother to make connections with local law enforcement officials -- officials who knew and were known by the Branch Davidians and who had dealt with them amicably in the past. The BATF *did* however make certain to make connections with television news crews and to bring them along on their raid. "This looks like a 'rice bowl raid,' undertaken to boost the agency's standing among the Washington bureaucrats and legislators who fund it. It was appropriations season in Washington." [B.R. Shortly after the final holocaust at the Mount Carmel compound, the CBS show "60 Minutes" aired a segment focussing on problems within the BATF. Showing great courage, and risking damage to their careers, about a dozen BATF agents came forward and blew the whistle on the mayhem within the agency. At the end of the taped segment, Dan Rather added that these whistleblowers believed that the motivation for the raid at Waco had been PR to boost the agencies tarnished image. Because Rather added this observation *after* the taped portion of the segment, this final addendum to the broadcast *may* not appear in CBS transcripts.] -+- The Unofficial Version of Feb. 28th Raid -+- Koresh's attorney, Dick DeGuerin, relates how his client described the raid itself as follows: He knew they were coming, and he was watching for them and saw these two cattle trailers roar up, and people start screaming out of the back of them, screaming at the tops of their lungs, not anything like, "This is a search" or "We're agents" or "Put up your hands" or anything like that. It was just screaming, yelling, like Marines storming the beach. He stepped out the door, held up his right hand and said, "Wait, go back, there are women and children in here. Let's talk about this." And he was met with, first, one shot that barely missed his head, hit the door right by his head, and then a barrage of shots, and he ducked back inside... They didn't get him. They did kill Perry Jones with that first barrage... After that, those on the inside ran to their rooms, got their guns and started firing back. During the subsequent shoot-out, persons at the compound placed emergency calls to the McLennan County Sheriff's 911 switchboard. "In the first call, Wayne Martin, a top Koresh lieutenant and also a Waco attorney well known and liked in the local legal community, pleads with Sheriff's Lieutenant Larry Lynch:" LYNCH: Mount Carmel? MARTIN: Yeah. Tell them there are children and women in here and to call it off. LYNCH: All right. All right. Hello? I hear gunfire. Oh, [expletive deleted]. MARTIN: Call it off. Koresh placed the second 911 call. "After making a grimly ironic note of the lieutenant's name ('Hey, Lynch?... That's a kind of funny name there.')... [Koresh] in the fog of battle, laments the government's failure to talk before the shooting:" KORESH: You see, you brought your bunch of guys out here and you killed some of my children. We told you we wanted to talk. No. How come you guys try to be ATF agents? How come you try to be so big all the time? LYNCH: Okay, David. KORESH: Now, there's a bunch of us dead, and a bunch of you guys dead. Now -- now, that's your fault. LYNCH: Okay, let's -- let's try to resolve this now. Tell me this. Now, you have casualties. How many casualties? Do you want to try to work something out? ATF is pulling back, we're trying to -- KORESH: Why didn't you do that first? "But a half-hour elapsed between the first call and the first radio contact between the Sheriff's office and the ATF at the site. An hour passed before Lynch could reach the ATF on a secure line. Sheriff Jack Harwell, the chief law enforcement officer in the jurisdiction, had been largely left out of the loop by the ATF throughout the investigation and the raid. Might the outcome have been different if his and his department's accumulated insight into the ATF's prey been adequately tapped? If their record of successful, direct interaction with Koresh and his flock had been studied as a model? Maybe, maybe not. With federal agents and Davidians alike dropping dead in the furious crossfire a few miles out of town, the local sheriff's department couldn't get a federal agent on the phone. But the cameras were there to capture footage of a hundred black flak jackets and blue ATF windbreakers swarming into Caliban's kingdom." ----------------------------------------------------------------- The preceding has been excerpted from the August 1993 issue of "The American Spectator." What you have just read is an incomplete summarization of the entire article. The article itself goes into much greater detail than this brief synopsis. For a full account, read "Gunning for Koresh" in "The American Spectator." "The American Spectator" is a monthly review. It is published monthly at 2020 N. 14th Street, Suite 750, Arlington, Virginia 22216. One-year subscription is $35. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Today's conspiracy brought to you by....... Brian Francis Redman ................................................... : Aperi os tuum muto, : : et causis omnium filiorum qui pertranseunt. : : Aperi os tuum, decerne quod justum est, : : et judica inopem et pauperem. : : -- Liber Proverbiorum XXXI: 8-9 : :.................................................: ( ( From: ( AARC SFA State Univ.) Subject: Waco and the Intimidated Press Date: 11 Jul 93 15:48:28 CST Several nights ago on Tom Valentine's Radio Free America broadcast I heard independent journalist Louis Beam relate a most fascinating and disturbing story about treatment of the press at Waco. I was glad to see that The SPOTLIGHT printed an edited transcript of this interview. If you can't get Valentine's broadcasts over AM/FM, he can be heard on 7435 MHz shortwave. From The SPOTLIGHT July 12, 1993 FEDS TRIED TO SILENCE LONE VOICE FOR FREEDOM AT WACO Government efforts to clamp down on press coverage of the holocaust at the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas were exposed on the May 26 broadcast of The SPOTLIGHT's nightly call-in talk forum, Radio Free America, with host Tom Valentine. The guest was journalist Louis Beam, who was attempting to cover the events in Waco from an independent point of view. Beam described the way in which the authorities sought to silence him during official press conferences being conducted by the BATF and the FBI. An edited transcript of the interview follows. ----------------------------------------- V: You just returned from Waco where you were covering the events at the Branch Davidian compound for the 'Jubilee' newspaper, and something very interesting happened to you. Beam: That's right. I was attending the so-called news conferences-- actually they were media shows--that the FBI and BATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms] put on each morning at the Waco Convention Center. One of those mornings when I was in attendance, Dan Conroy, an assistant director from the national BATF office, called on me to ask a question. Conroy pointed me out, and I asked my question, which was simply this: "Sir, many of the people who saw the video of the original February 28 BATF assault on the Branch Davidian church compound consider the tactics used as reminiscent of those used in Nazi Germany and by the KGB in Soviet Russia. Are we witnessing the emergence of a police state here in the United States?" Conroy turned ash white, and there was a pause for about three seconds, and he said, "I refuse to answer that question." My question was obviously answered, however, by his response and by what happened afterward. V: What about the other reporters in the room? Beam: They were trained puppies. The whole reason I decided I had to be at those news conferences was because the reporters who were there were accomplices with the government, working with the government. I think from now on we have to consider the Establishment news media as an arm of the federal government. They were -- and are -- working hand in hand with the federal government. The government was handing out press releases each day, outlining what they claimed was happening, and the media would use these press releases as the basis upon which to write the stories. There was no independent research, no inquiring questions -- just drivel and propaganda handed to them by the federal government. V: You say the validity of your question was proved to you by what happened next. Beam: Well, as I got up to leave, I noticed police officers and federal plainclothes officers approaching me from every conceivable direction. By the time I was approaching the door, I was surrounded. A woman (who ultimately turned out to be a police sergeant) put her hand on my arm and said, "Mr. Beam, you will have to come with me." I responded by asking, "Who are you?" She was dressed in blue jeans and a blouse of some sort. There was nothing to identify her as a police officer. After I asked her identity, she said, again, "You will have to come with me." I said: "I am not going with anybody. Identify yourself." Then she gave me her name, and said she was an officer with the Waco Police Department. I said, "If I am not under arrest, I am not going with you." She said, "Let me have your drivers license and your press card." I complied with her request, and she reached out again as if to direct me toward the back of the room where all of these federal agents were located. My response to that was to sit down in the nearest chair. By that time others in the news media saw what was happening, and the cameras had been turned on, and I was filmed by no less than 30 cameras-- maybe as many as 50. I saw the attention was intimidating this police officer so I launched into my own mini-press conference. I stated to the media: "This is what happens in America when you ask a forbidden question." One newsman shouted out, "What was the forbidden question?" And I repeated what I had said. I guess that newsman had been asleep during the press conference waiting for his handout to write his story. The police sergeant then took my license and my press card, and she and the FBI and BATF agents huddled. I found out they had run a computer check on me to see if there were any warrants on me. I just sat there with the media around me and explained they needed to start asking important, penetrating questions. They had, instead, been asking questions such as "What type of vehicle was driven up to the compound to deliver milk to the children?" I was sick to my stomach at the sight of people being held hostage by the hostage rescue team of the FBI, and these media people were acting as accomplices. A few moments passed, and the sergeant came back and said, "Mr. Beam, I'm going to ask you one more time to come with me." I stood up -- with all the cameras running -- and said, "If I am not under arrest, I'm leaving here," and started for the door. I knew I was not under arrest, and I hadn't violated any laws, and the sergeant knew that too. So she just followed me. As I walked outside the door, the sergeant ran up to me, handed me my driver's license and my press card and left, not saying a word. I said, "Thank you, ma'am," and then once again implored the reporters to at least act as though they had graduated from high school and to ask a few meaningful questions. V: You went back to another press conference, didn't you? Beam: Yes I did. Now this first incident happened on March 14. On March 17 I returned, although there had been articles in the Waco papers about the previous incident. They reported that I had asked "the forbidden question." V: Did the Waco papers print the forbidden question? Beam: Yes they did. In fact, it went out on the wire service and was carried at least once on Cable News Network (CNN). Now I guess CNN can tell their subscribers they carry "all" the news. At any rate, when I returned to the convention center, I found they had moved the location of the press conference. However, they had set up sawhorses as a barricade, and you now had to present your press card to the police and the BATF who were standing guard. V: So they had a new process as a way of screening the reporters? Beam: That's right. Previously they had checked my press credentials when I had gone to the press conference, and then everything was fine. However, as I approached, I saw all of these police giving me the evil eye. I thought, "This is not good." I continued up to the barricade. I showed them my identification, but the same sergeant I had dealt with earlier held up her hand and said, "I'm sorry, but you cannot come in here." I said: "Pardon me, I believe you're mistaken. I'm here to cover the press conference for the newspaper I write for." She responded, "Mr. Beam, I said you cannot come in here, and you must leave now." I had to think fast, but I was determined to do my duty, so I said: "Ma'am, I am either going to attend this news conference as a reporter or I am going to jail. Either step aside and let me in or arrest me." The sergeant said, "You are under arrest." V: Were you taken to jail? Beam: They handcuffed me and took me to the back where they held me away from the other members of the press who had spotted me being arrested at the front door. As they were taking me to the rear, one of the puppies (that is, one of those alleged "news" reporters) called out, "What are they arresting you for?" I answered, "For asking the forbidden question," and that again made the wire services. I was held there for a while, and they took me to county jail, locking me up and taking the film from my camera. They told me I was charged with "criminal trespass." When I asked who the complainant was, they said, "We don't have that information." So, actually I was being arrested, and there was no complainant. Then when it was time for my bond hearing, a magistrate came to my cell, rather than taking me to a courtroom. The magistrate told me my bond was $1,000. I told the magistrate that I didn't have $1,000 and that I am a disabled veteran. Miss Evans (the magistrate) said, "All you have to do is come up with 15 percent of the total." I told her: "I will not pay the state of Texas one penny to violate my civil rights. I will either get out of hre on a personal recognizance bond or I will rot in this jail cell." The magistrate looked at me for a moment and said, "Who are you?" I said, "I am the person who asked the forbidden question at the news conference the other day." She looked at me again and said: "That question needed to be asked. I'll get you a personal recognizance bond form, and you can get out of here." V: Do you think the magistrate will lose her job now? Beam: I don't know if she will or not, but if we've reached the point where people will get fired for asking what's going on in this country, then we should just throw up our hands and admit we're living under a communist regime and live under those rules. We need to end these charades. This is a free country, and we had better act like it's free. V: You've had your own rough experiences with the federal government. You were once put on trial, along with several others, in Fort Smith, Arkansas on trumped-up charges of "sedition" -- planning to overthrow the federal government. However, you were all acquitted, weren't you? Beam: That's right. The government had this preposterous tale that 14 men (myself among them) were going to overthrow the government of the United States. The jury laughed them right out of the courtroom. After the trial was over, some of the newspapers interviewed the jury and asked them why they found us not guilty (since the media had already convicted us even before the trial started). One of the jurors replied it ws obvious the government had concocted this entire scenario using the help of men who were in jail and who were promised freedom if they agreed to testify against us. The second reason, they said, was that out of over 100 government witnesses, every one of the witnesses who tried to put me or the others into the allege conspiracy had been paid by the government. One of these witnesses got $125,000, and another $88,000 -- and he was the least paid. So the witnesses had been bought and paid for. V: How much did the government spen on this frame up? Beam: The 'Houston Chronicle' quoted a federal attorney to the effect that the government had spent $4.5 o $5 million on this effort to put us in jail. Actually, several of the people who were on trial were already in jail. One of them was already doing 240 years in jail. One was already on death row. This was an effort to play "guilt by association" to railroad the others. -------- END OF ARTICLE --------- This article was from the July 12th edition of The SPOTLIGHT. U.S. subscription rates are $36 for one year, $66 for two years, obtainable from: THE SPOTLIGHT 300 Independence Ave. SE Washington, D.C. 20003 ---------------- In the authoritarian state, it is regarded as a self-evident truth that the control of history is an inalienable right of government. All words are created free and equal. --Jim Garrison, New Orleans, La. --Joe From: (Richard Hatch) Subject: Re: Waco and the Intimidated Press Date: 12 Jul 1993 03:42:28 GMT Joe Gaut has posted an article from the Spotlight newspaper which describes the alleged treatment received by Louis Beam at Waco press conferences. The "forbidden question" which Gaut fails to ask is: Who is Louis Beam? The follow-on question is What is Jubilee, the "newspaper" for which Beam was writing? Beam is a "former" Grand Dragon of the KKK. Jubilee is a virulently anti-Jewish newspaper. For example, the May/June 1992 edition goes so far as to revive a classic anti-Jewish theme--that Jews engage in ritual murder of Gentile children. The source promoted by Jubilee for this garbage is Arnold S. Leese's book _Jewish Ritual Murder_. Leese was a hardcore Nazi who founded the British Imperial League of Fascists. I hope Gaut is proud of the sources he uses. Perhaps he still has enough decency left to denounce Beam and his new friends. ============================================================================== * Forwarded by Linda Thompson * Forwarded Using QuickBBS 2.76 Ovr * Forwarded at 05:28 on 15-Oct-93 ****** WASHINGTON TIMES NEWSPAPER, October 9, 1993 ************* Final Edition, Section: A Page: A9 By: Jerry Seper FBI still probing video of tank at Waco A Justice Department official who helped write a report on the role of the department and the FBI in the Branch Davidian raid says a video purporting to show a tank shooting flames into the compound is under review. Richard Scruggs, an assistant to Attorney General Janet Reno, said the video - by Indianapolis lawyer Linda Thompson - "raised our eyebrows and caused the same concern" others have expressed. Distributed to news organizations around the country, the video purports to show one of the FBI tanks at the Waco compound firing flames into the building before the start of the fire. Miss Thompson has claimed it proves the FBI started the blaze that killed 85 persons, including 24 children. Mr. Scruggs said that Justice officials submitted the video to the University of Maryland for expert analysis and that preliminary results have not been conclusive. He said that the armored vehicle used by federal authorities, on loan from the military, was not equipped with any type of flame-throwing capability and that the only way a flame could have come from it would have been through some type of "busted hydraulic line or something like that." He said Justice officials had examined the vehicle and found no evidence of broken parts. Another analysis of the tape has been ordered, he said. Mr. Scruggs noted that a preliminary assessment of the video is that what appears to be a flame shooting out of the vehicle was a flash from the dispersant - carbon monoxixde - used to propel the chemical agent CS into the compound. A second posibility, he said, was a defect in the way the video was shot. "I don't know what it is," he said. "I'll have to be honest with you." He noted that the fire at the compound did not erupt for at least 35 to 40 minutes after the light flash is observed in the video. An inquiry into the video was continuing, Mr. Scruggs said. 10/14/1993 Justice Department takes heat over Waco report WASHINGTON (UPI) -- The Justice Department and the FBI have taken a beating in the press since the release of a report on the Waco, Texas, siege last spring. The report, released Oct. 8, largely praised the FBI, which took over the siege after four agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms died in the intitial raid. But the report gives no concise rationale for the FBI's use of tear-gas spraying armored vehicles to end the siege on April 19. Up to 85 people, 25 of them children, died at the end of the siege from a fire started by cult members or from gunshots by cult members, the Justice Department said. The New York Times called the results a "whitewash" in an editorial Tuesday. The Baltimore Sun called the report "a flawed examination" in an editorial the same day. Some support for the department came from The Washington Post, which said in a Tuesday editorial that "it is difficult to cast blame after reviewing the evidence." ********************* PROGRESS!! The mainstream papers are finally sitting up and taking notice of the coverup! At the DOJ press conference last Friday, several questions were asked about the Waco Tape and DOJ had no good answer (but were VERY aware of the tape and its contents). DOJ was visibly nervous in response. Reporters are now onto the story. This is the BEGINNING, not the END of the investigation. Stay tuned! The truth is being exposed, slowly but surely! Linda Thompson Subject: Linda Thompson update From: (Searchnet Zec) Date: Sun, 12 Sep 93 12:36:00 -0500 This editorial was in the Arizona of 8/22. It was written by William P. Cheshire, Senior Editorial Columnist. LOOKING BEYOND THE WACO SMOKE An anonymous tipster sent me a videotape the other day describing in startling detail the government's shootout, siege and ultimate destruction - possibly deliberate - of the Branch Davidian compound outside Waco, Texas. The tape is the production of Linda D. Thompson, an Indianapolis lawyer who traveled to Waco to protest the government's initial assault on the compound, which left four agents dead, and now devotes most of her time to investigating how 80 or so people died 50 days later when the place was torched. According to agents of the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the followers of guru David Koresh set fire to their own building when it was stormed by tanks and a small army of heavily armed governments agents. But the videotape, assembled from the government's own film, clearly shows one of the tanks crashing into the building, then backing out again, fire belching from its turret. EYEWITNESSES LACKING This received virtually no publicity because the media were kept under wraps. On a story of this magnitude, reporters and cameramen normally would have been on the scene providing first- hand coverage. But in this instance the press acquiesced in extraordinary restraints. Search and arrest warrants were sealed, and when government agents settled down for what was to be a seven-week siege, the press was allowed to get no closer than two miles from the Branch Davidian compound. As the tanks rolled and the feds broke out their grenades and submachine guns for the final assault on April 19, reporters and cameramen gathered behind distant roadblocks, waiting for government handouts. Miles away the compound was being burned to the ground. A school board can't meet in secret without the media going ballistic, Thompson says, but here the government conducted a massive armored assault on civilians, unencumbered by witnesses. "I'm very discouraged that reporters weren't being more aggressive in Waco," Phil Record, ombudsman for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, told Mark Holmberg of the Rutherford Institute in Charlottesville, VA. "If there had been a few neutral eyes up there, I would feel much better about it". Thompson is more blunt. "Reporters sucked up everything the ATF and FBI told them," she says. "They're a bunch of weenies and sheep. None of them had the guts to ask challenging questions or the intelligence to ask constitutional questions." FLAME THROWER IDENTIFIED I reached Thompson by phone at the American Justice Federation, a civil liberties group she operates. She now has identified the tank seen backing out of the Branch Davidian building, she told me. "It was an M67A1 tank manufactured by Chrysler," she said. This tank, equipped with a flamethrower, is no longer in service and, according to Thompson, had to be taken from "the graveyard" for the Waco assignment. The clear implication is that the government deliberately set fire to the Branch Davidian compound, killing some 17 children and 69 adults. I asked how she found out about the M67A1, a little-know weapon to which even Jane's Armour and Artillery gives only brief mention. "The driver who drove it from Fort Hood called me," she said. At the end of the Waco madness, President Clinton said the Branch Davidians had "burned themselves up" - and allegation that, in the light of Linda Thompson's allegations, Congress needs to investigate. Already, The Washington Post reports, the Waco embarrassment has prompted a major reshuffle at the ATF. Some officials may be forced to retire, the Post says, and the chief of the intelligence division could be denied "future promotions." Such punishments seem hardly proportionate. As a consequence of the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles, two police officers were tried for the assault and acquitted, then tried again for civil rights violations and sentenced to two and a half years in the federal penitentiary. How is it that federal agents responsible for the death of more than 80 men, women and children may be permitted to retire or even to keep their present jobs? From _THE JUBILEE_, September/October 1993 (Vol. 6, No. 2): WACO: THE BIG LIE JUBILEE EXCLUSIVE By Linda D. Thompson Chairman, American Justice Federation Americans were lied to by the FBI and media throughout the Waco siege, beginning February 28, 1993 through the tragic end -- April 19, 1993. The lying, in itself, is a travesty, a blade through the heart of everything for which this great country stands. The ATF and FBI have no excuse. They lied, they knew they lied when they did it and they are still lying. Members of the media may claim they were deceived by the lies of the FBI or that they printed only what they were told. But therein lies the blame -- no one from the media questioned what they were told, investigated, dug a little deeper, or tried to ferret out any semblance of truth. And now, the federal agencies are covering up the massacre. The media, realizing the horror of what they have done, seem to have taken the position that they, too, must cover it up, hide the shame and the blame. Why was the ATF in Waco? Why did the ATF go to Mount Carmel? In the search warrant, the ATF claimed to have been looking for guns that were being converted to machine guns, but provided absolutely no proof or reliable information that there was any reason whatsoever to believe that illegal automatic weapons were being made at Mt. Carmel. On the day of the raid, ATF spokesman Jack Killoran, interviewed by telephone in Washington, D.C., by Linda Thompson in Indianapolis, Indiana, said that the search warrant the ATF agents were trying to serve was for "illegal machine guns and explosive devices." He also said that "since 1986, it is illegal for anyone to own a machine gun." It is NOT illegal to own a machine gun in the United States. A person who wants to own a machine gun need only pay a $200.00 tax and complete a registration form to legally own a machine gun. The ATF keeps the paperwork. So if the Branch Davidians owned an "illegal" machine gun, it meant that they had failed to pay a $200.00 tax. Surely no one in his right mind would believe that the failure to pay a $200.00 tax justifies a military assault on a house full of men, women and children. But the ATF had a pretty good idea of whether or not there were illegal weapons at Mt. Carmel. In July, 1992, the ATF had visited Hewitt Arms, a gun store in Waco, where the Branch Davidians had legally purchased most of their guns. They examined the records at the store. Since records existed, it is a pretty safe bet that not only were those weapons legally purchased, the ATF had copies of those records, too. Nonetheless, while the ATF was at Hewitt Arms, the owner, Henry McMahon, called David Koresh and told him that the ATF had a problem with him buying so many guns. Koresh told McMahon to "tell them to come on out." The ATF declines this offer. This inspection was not mentioned in the search warrant. In fact, the allegations supporting the ATF's "probable cause" to ask for a search warrant were so weak, the ATF had to pad the search warrant application by throwing in a lot of innuendo, information the source of which was more than eight months old and second hand, and references to child abuse and multiple wives. The ATF has no jurisdiction whatsoever over child abuse or polygamy, and certainly neither of these things, even if they had been true, would have given them any reason to go to Mt. Carmel to search for weapons violations. Even these allegations had already been proven false, twice. The source of these allegations of "child abuse" and sexual molestation of children was Marc Breault, a self-proclaimed "prophet" who had joined the Branch Davidians in 1987 and was kicked out in 1989 for attempting to take over the leadership with his grandiose claims. Marc Breault vowed revenge. For the next two and a half years, Breault made allegations, which grew more and more outrageous with the passing of time. He contacted agencies in Australia, Britain, and the United States, demanding that "something be done about the Branch Davidians" and alleging child abuse. Cult Awareness Network picked up Breault's allegations and began a campaign of their own. Cult Awareness Network (CAN) is a group, started by the daughter of the late Senator Leo Ryan (killed at Jonestown) that targets religious groups around the world for hate campaigns in the media. They always make the same allegations against each group they attack: "Perverted sex," "child abuse," and "brainwashing." It reads like a worn out script, -- repeated many times against various groups. Its headquarters was formerly in the B'Nai B'Rith building and it receives funding from the Anti-Defamation League. Not coincidentally, two socalled "cult experts," Margaret Singer and Louis Jocelyn West, always pop up in support of allegations by CAN, to be interviewed by the media lap dogs who never bother to check their credentials. Both Singer and West were involved in CIA experiments with LSD and mind control in the 60's and 70's. Another CAN expert, Galen Kelly, was recently convicted of kidnapping charges. Rick Ross, who claims to be a "cult deprogrammer," also works for CAN. He was advising the ATF on "cults" for at least a month before the raid. Yet, Rick Ross has no expertise in much of anything, except theft, for which he has a felony conviction. He was recently indicted for kidnapping. Another tired old tactic of CAN is to parade a "former cult member" before the TV cameras, to parrot the allegations of "child abuse" or "perverted sex." not coincidentally, these "former cult members" in every case, no matter which "cult" is under scrutiny, have a history of medical illness and have been "deprogrammed." "Deprogramming" is, in fact, brainwashing. It involves kidnapping a person, isolating them in a room with the "deprogrammer" who deprives them of food and sleep until their will is broken. It was CAN who had complained to Texas authorities that the Branch Davidians were "abusing children." Of course, the welfare department intruded into the Branch Davidian home, twice, to investigate these charges but found them to be baseless. Yet, the ATF relied upon these so-called "experts" and regurgitated these same, baseless allegations in the search warrant, and the media repeated the allegations over and over and over demonizing and dehumanizing the Branch Davidians. Not coincidentally, "demonizing" a target is a well-known propaganda technique. Much like what has happened here in the United States with the socalled "war on drugs" and the "evil drug lords." We have given up our rights -- for a Police State -- in the name of the "war on drugs." And it got us Waco! So why wouldn't the ATF and FBI expect this tactic of "demonizing" the target to work? We didn't disappoint them. Most of America sat glued to the TV set, believing every lie that was fed to them letting the Branch Davidians be tortured, day after day, because, of course, they were "perverted," they were a "cult," they were "not like us." But, long before the ATF brought out the search warrant, they already knew that the bulk of the allegations in the application were lies. For an agency that was supposedly looking for "machine guns and explosives," the ATF launched its assault with no ambulances or even so much as an explosive ordnance (bomb squad) expert on hand. Who Shot First? Examining the film footage of the initial assault, it is plain to see that the ATF arrived in full battle gear. All of the agents are dressed in full black SS uniforms or military camouflage fatigues (guess they thought there would be a forest inside the house...). Many were carrying sniper rifles and MP5 sub machine guns. Most of them carried baseball, canister, and pineapple grenades on their belts, and many of them carried knives in sheaths on their backs. Three helicopters, only one of them national guard, were also on hand. In one of the first _Associated Press_ (AP) wire stories to appear, John McLemore, a Channel 10, KWTXTV reporter from Waco said, "They came right in, parked right by the front door and made a frontal assault on the building." But by the next day, McLemore was quoted only as saying, "It sounded like a war zone, people were being hit, you could hear people screaming with the agony, the pain of it." The spin doctors had arrived to make certain that we heard only what we were supposed to hear and read only the "official truth." [Photograph captioned, "Federal Agents made turret holes and piles sandbags inside a barn behind the house at Mt. Carmel, where snipers positioned themselves to shoot Branch Davidians who ventured out of the house. The FBI has confirmed that all 52 members of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team were in Idaho during the Weaver massacre and at Waco during the 51 day siege on the Branch Davidians."] The film that was released to the public shows two teams of four ATF agents scaling a ladder onto the roof. ATF Agent Ted Royster was quoted as saying that these teams were supposed to secure the roof within 22 seconds of arrival. We can presume that this footage, that shows these teams going up on the roof, was the footage of the first 22 seconds of the raid. As one team arrives at the window, three of the agents go into a room of the house through a window. No one is shooting at these agents at any time. A lot of shooting can be heard from the ground where the rest of the ATF agents are. There is a small cut in the film as the agents climb into the window. One must wonder why this cut was made. The fourth agent on the roof waits outside on the roof until these three agents are through the window and inside the house. There is a "glitch" -- a missing piece of film -- at this point. Having examined the film, it is a poorly edited segment and there is a noticeable "jump" as the ATF agent on the roof moves from a prone position on the roof, to position himself at the window. The reason for the glitch isn't readily obvious, but investigation tells the story. All of the Branch Davidians interviewed by this writer have said that a helicopter fired down into the roof of the house. Dick Deguerrin, the attorney who was allowed inside Mt. Carmel during the siege, is reported in _Soldier of Fortune_ magazine, October, 1993 issue, to have said that he saw the upstairs rooms and they looked like swiss cheese from the overhead gunfire. In the "911 Tapes" released to the public, David Koresh and Wayne Martin can be heard talking about the helicopter shooting down at them, saying, "Here it comes again, the helicopter's coming again." Listening to the background noise on the film footage just before and after the "glitch" appears, a helicopter can quite clearly be heard as it gets closer and closer, then overhead. Then the cut in the film. The cut was made to cut out the sound of the helicopter firing down into the roof, very likely firing down not only on the Branch Davidians inside the house (where the helicopter gunfire killed a nursing mother and two other people), but also down on the three ATF agents now inside the house. After this cut in the film, the fourth ATF agent is seen at the window, his hand extended inside the window as if he has just tossed a grenade and there is a corresponding "boom" sound shortly afterwards, consistent with a concussion grenade. He then pulls back the curtain at the window and appears to fire into the room, twice, with his MP5 sub machine gun. At this point, someone inside the room begins to fire through the walls and holes appear in the walls. One bullet strikes the agent on the roof in the helmet causing him to fall, grabbing his head. He then quickly recovers and bolts down the ladder to the ground below. His only injury comes when he misses the ladder rung and injures his knee. Four agents were killed that day. The ATF released a diagram, depicting how the three agents who went in the window were killed. This appeared in the March 3, _Dallas Morning News_. In the April 5 edition of _Newsweek_, an anonymous agent was quoted as saying that agents had been killed by other agents' fire. Shortly afterwards, an ATF Agent named Keith Constantino appeared on CNN and _Current Affair_ to tell a tale that he was one of the three agents who went up on the roof (he never mentions there were actually four agents). He then claims that he was one of the three agents who went in that room. He claims that on entering the room, he and the other two agents took fire from two sides, that he ran out of bullets, jumped out the window, and down the ladder and that the other two agents were killed. This story is easily shown to be a lie by watching the video, _Waco, the Big Lie_, because there are never any bullets fired inside that room until the fourth agent on the roof throws a grenade into the room and it is the fourth agent who gets down the ladder and he never goes into the room at all. Since the tape, _Waco, the Big Lie_, was released, however, the ATF is now claiming that none of the agents who went in the room died (they are saying that none of the four dead agents went into the window, so presumably, the ATF is now claiming these same four men were killed elsewhere). The ATF claims that during the "glitch" in the film, all the agents who went into the room were fired upon and got out the window and down the ladder and the man we see on the roof is merely providing cover as the other three get down the ladder. Again, this is easily proven to be a lie because up until the point that the fourth agent is shown on the roof, no shots are fired inside that room, so he isn't providing "cover" for anything. Additionally, listening to the helicopter sounds in the background, it is clear that the "glitch" is no more than a very short duration, perhaps a minute. BODY GUARDS Three of the four ATF agents who were killed that day were Clinton's bodyguards during his presidential campaign. The press failed to give this much attention, but it was Clinton himself who called attention to the fact. In Clinton's address to the Treasury on March 18, in the Cash Room, he said: "My prayers, and I'm sure yours, are still with the families of all four of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents who were killed in Waco: Todd McKeehan and Conway Le Bleu of New Orleans; Steve Willis of Houston, and Robert Williams from my hometown of Little Rock. Three of those four were assigned to my security during the course of the primary or general election." The United States "Pravda" Machine Proving that the media was part and parcel of the fullblown lying and cover-up at this stage of the siege, the only segment of the initial raid film footage that was broadcast nationally showed just the shots of the agents entering the window, immediately followed by a very shortened version showing only the shots being fired from inside the house and the fourth agent falling down on the roof (not showing that he went down the ladder) giving the impression he had been killed, along with a voice over that said the ATF met a "hail of gunfire" from the Branch Davidians. The story grew and grew, overnight. By the next day, March 1, the ATF was claiming to have been "out-gunned," and that the Branch Davidians "were waiting for us." Also by the next day, the newspapers and television were spreading more of the "official truth." AP reported that "the cult's fortress, called Mount Carmel, is dominated by a tower with lookout windows facing in all directions. Guards reportedly patrol the 77acre grounds at night." A cult fortress. What a picture that paints of what was, in fact, a wooden frame house, handmade, that didn't even have insulation, only a masonite outer wall. Later that day, the propaganda was in full bloom: "To tell you the truth, the thing that went through my mind is you've got a cult like Jonestown," Ralph Strother, an aide in the district attorney's office was quoted as saying in an Associated Press article. As the siege continued, we heard various claims from the FBI that the ATF had "really" raided the Branch Davidians because they had heard the "Branch Davidians were planning a mass suicide like Jonestown." Even if these outlandish claims were true, the ATF has no jurisdiction over religion or planned suicides. On March 7th, six days into the siege, 'Face the Nation' interviewed an ATF spokesman who replied, "no comment," when asked if any of the Branch Davidians had a gundealer license (FFL license) or a machine gun license. This was followed up quickly by a network ad for a "news" show coming up "next week" having to do with "the dangerous number of people getting FFL's and how alarmingly easy it is to get one." The FBI later claimed that the Branch Davidians had been "planning to invade Waco." There was never so much as an iota of proof or substantiation for this claim presented, nor would the FBI have any jurisdiction over what would simply be a state crime if the Branch Davidians had, in fact, been planning to "invade Waco." Later, to justify the abuses heaped upon the Branch Davidians, the FBI claimed that a (seriously wounded) David Koresh was holding 89 adults and 17 children as "hostages" and that cutting off all utilities, shining bright stadium and spotlights on the house 24 hours a day, and blaring sounds such as a dentist drill, rabbits being slaughtered, and Tibetan monk chants at the house were merely "negotiation techniques." Even though it was the dead of winter and the FBI had cut off all the utilities to the house, Bob Ricks was quoted repeatedly saying, "Mr. Koresh has always kept his apartment fully air conditioned and heated. It's our understanding that he probably is the only one in the compound that is allowed that privilege," Ricks said. One of the most overlooked stories that occurred on the first day of the siege surrounds Mike Schroeder, a Branch Davidian who had gone to work the morning of the raid, only to learn of the raid at work. On foot and unarmed, he left work, walking back to Mt. Carmel. He passed a roadblock of State troopers and spoke to them. He got as far as the Perry farm, some three hundred yards from the property line at Mt. Carmel, where he was shot seven times and his body left for days. Another man who had been with him was arrested and had told the ATF that Mike Schroeder was left in the field, shot. This information appears in the indictment paperwork for Norman Allison, proving the ATF knew Mike Schroeder was shot on February 28 but left his body there. No one bothered to collect Mike's body or inform his family for several days. In the meantime, the FBI released a story to the press claiming that three men had tried to "shoot their way out" of Mt. Carmel and that one of them had been shot. More lies. But the truth was, a young man was shot down in cold blood and he wasn't even near the Mt. Carmel property, merely in the same neighborhood. And yes, this was the United States of America, in Texas, not Somalia or Afghanistan. FBI Confirms Weaver Snipers were also in Waco. The FBI has confirmed that both the sniper team and the assault team that were in Idaho during the siege on the Weaver family were sent to Mt. Carmel in Waco, Texas. Bill Cotter, FBI public affairs officer in Washington, D.C., confirmed that an advance team of agents from the Hostage Rescue Team of the FBI, headed by Dick Rogers, was sent to Waco, Texas on March 1, the day after the initial raid. This team was later joined by the entire 52 man contingent of FBI Hostage Rescue Team members and another 90 FBI SWAT team members from offices all over the United States. There are 52 members of the Hostage Rescue Team, based out of Washington, D.C. The HRT is divided into two teams, either of which can perform the same functions. The Hostage Rescue Teams, based out of Washington, D.C., has 26 members per team. Each of these teams has an assault squad and a sniper squad. The HRT has a wealth of military equipment, including C5A cargo planes, tanks, and helicopters. Two of the black, unmarked helicopters, and two dark, nearly black, flat green helicopters, that were flown almost continuously over the Mt. Carmel center, belong to the Hostage Rescue Team. All 52 members of the Hostage Rescue Team were in Idaho during the Ruby Creek Massacre and during the Waco Massacre. During the Weaver trial Gerry Spence, Randy Weaver's attorney, skillfully cross examined members of the HRT, including Dick Rogers, Commander of the HRT, and Lon Horiuchi, unmasking the cowboy cop mentality, incompetence and brutality of the FBI HRT. Readers may remember from the Weaver trial that Lon Horiuchi, an HRT sniper squad member, shot and killed Vicki Weaver as she stood, holding her 10-month-old baby in her arms in the doorway of her home. In Waco, the HRT was joined by another 90 members of FBI SWAT teams, highly trained tactical assault units, from all over the country, according to Bill Cotter. One of these units was the FBI SWAT team from Alabama. Ann Richards, Traitor of Texas Ann Richards authorized the use of the U.S. Army tanks, helicopters, jeeps, humvees, and other equipment that was used against the Branch Davidians. Federal Law, Title 18, United States Code, Section 1385, absolutely forbids the use of military against United States citizens and provides for a term of imprisonment and a fine: "Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisonment not more than two years, or both." 18 U.S.C. Section 1385. To get around this law, the ATF and Ann Richards both claimed initially that the tanks were authorized under another law, the Drug Interdiction Act, Title 32, United States Code, Section 112, which allows the use of National Guard equipment for drug interdiction activities. Relevant portions of that law are shown below. It is plain that even when national guard are authorized to be used as "law enforcement," it can only be when they are not called up by federal authorities, and only under the very strict limitations of a plan, written in advance, and they must be requested by the governor of the state. This plan must be drafted once each year and submitted to the Secretary of Defense. "(b) Plan requirements. A plan referred to in subsection (a) shall (1) specify how personnel of the National Guard of that State are to be used in drug interdiction and counterdrug activities; (2) certify that those operations are to be conducted at a time when the personnel involved are not in Federal service; and (3) certify that participation by National Guard personnel in those operations is service in addition to annual training required under section 502 of this title. "(c) Examination of plan. (1) Before funds are provided to the Governor of a State under this section, the Secretary of Defense shall examine the adequacy of the plan submitted by the Governor under subsection (b). (2) Except as provided in paragraph (3), the Secretary shall carry out paragraph (1) in consultation with the Director of National Drug Control Policy. "(d) Statutory construction. Nothing in this section shall be construed as a limitation of the authority of any unit of the National Guard of a State, when such unit is not in Federal service, to perform law enforcement functions authorized to be performed by the National Guard by the laws of the State concerned. . . . "(f) Definitions. For purposes of this section: (1) The term "counterdrug activities" includes the use of National Guard personnel, while not in Federal service, in any law enforcement activities authorized by State and local law and requested by the Governor." 32 U.S.C. Section 112 (1992), Drug interdiction and counterdrug activities. So, no matter who explains it or how it is explained, the tanks that were brought into Mt. Carmel were brought there illegally, remained there illegally for 51 days, and were finally used to murder what remained of the Branch Davidians on April 19, 1993. In a letter to one of the thousands of people who have written to Ann Richards to protest the invasion of Texas by federal agents, Ann Richards replied that she had "no control over federal government agents." Someone needs to educate Ann Richards (and the governor of Idaho, too) about State sovereignty and the right of a governor to throw federal agents out of the state. Too little, too late, perhaps, but it isn't too late to wake up the governors of the other 48 states, and the state police, too. From: "John R Kennedy" Subject: Agent Allegedly Refused Koresh's Offer Date: Sat, 11 Sep 93 13:17:07 -0600 Agent Allegedly Refused Koresh's Offer MARK SMITH Houston Chronicle AUSTIN - A federal agent rejected Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh's offer to show the government his weapons cache seven months prior to the agency's commando-style raid, a Houston attorney said Friday. Dick DeGuerin, who represented the deceased cult leader, said a former Waco weapons dealer who often sold to Koresh phoned the cult leader from another room while an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco and Firearms searched the dealer's sales records in July, 1992. DeGuerin said that when Harry McMahon told Koresh about the ATF inves- tigation, Koresh responded by inviting the federal agent to inspect the weapons at the Mount Carmel compound. But the ATF agent got upset and rejected Koresh's offer, DeGuerin said. Speaking at a Texas Freedon of Information Foundation conference, DeGuerin said such a conversation at least indicated the Feb. 28 ATF raid on the compound might have been avoided. The raid erupted into a gunbattle with four agents killed and 16 wounded. Six Branch Davidians died in the raid and first day of the shoot-out, and about 85 other cult members died, including Koresh, when the com- pound exploded into flames to end the 51-day seige. DeGuerin said McMahon phoned Koresh, saying: "There's a guy here from the ATF looking at my books and he's asking a lot of questions about you and your guns." According to DeGuerin, Koresh responded: "Well, tell them they can come on out and they can see the guns." When told about the offer, DeGuerin said: "The ATF agent goes nuts and gets angry and says `we don't want to do it that way.' " Neither McMahon or his attorney, Robert Montserrat, could be reached to verify DeGuerin's statements. Jack Killorin, an ATF spokesman in Washington, D.C, said it would not be surprising for federal agents to reject an offer by Koresh to in- spect the cult's weapons. "The preferred method by the law is going with the standard of getting a warrant before entering a home," Killo- rin said. "We execute such warrants." Despite McMahon's warning, Killorin said Koresh likely knew he and the cult were under investigated. "Mr. Koresh was no fool," Killorin said. At the conference, member of the press told how the ATF and FBI attemp- ted to control the flow of information about the raid and siege. Several journalists suggested that the siege might not have ended so tragically if they had been able to talk to the cult members inside the compound. The FOI conference also included a "Legislative and Public Access" seminar chaired by Tony Pederson, managing editor of the Houston Chro- nicle. The panel discuessed the public's right to know versus its right to privacy. Pederson and other panel members expressed concern that some public agencies--particularly school districts and other local agencies--were attempting to circumvent the Texas Open Records Act by overcharging the public and news media for open records. Friday evening, Pederson also became the first active journalist to receive the foundation's prestigious James Madison Award for his role in ensuring that state lawmakers understand the importance of main- taining public access to government documents and meetings. Pederson, 42, was given the annual award for serving for more than a year as chairman of Texas Media, an organization that fought to keep the Texas Open Records Act and Texas Open Meetings Law from being watered down during the 1993 legislative session. From: (Donald R. McGregor) Subject: Re: ST JANET IS INNOCENT AGAIN Date: 9 Oct 1993 12:47:29 -0700 > >Umm, even though I am something of a hermit, I have seen/read enough >public news media material to conclude that items 4, 5, 7, 8, and >10 are derived (at least in part) from statements which Ms. Reno >made at public functions, including press conferences. From the SF Chronicle 10/9: "NEW REPORT ON WACO CULT RAID CONTRADICTS STATEMENTS BY RENO" '..Moreover, the chronology says, investigators found no evidence of a factor cited by Reno to justify the assault: child abuse within the compound during the standoff. ...Reno defended the report at a news conference yesterday but refused to answer questions about discrepancies between it and her original account of the assault. ...In the chronology, the Justice department said there was no evidence of child abuse at the compound during the siege or even enough evidence to arrest Koresh on such charges before the February 28 raid, although former cult membes had told law enforcement officials that Koresh was having sex with minors. In its description of the factors leading to the decision to stage the assault, the chronology does not include any mention of exhausted FBI agents needing to be relieved....' -- Don McGregor | "What if there were no hypothetical questions?" | From: (Workers World Service) Subject: Waco: Cover-Up of Murderous FBI Raid Date: Mon, 18 Oct 93 23:55:03 EDT Via NY Transfer News Collective * All the News that Doesn't Fit MORE COVERUP OF MURDEROUS FBI RAID IN WACO, TEXAS By Gary Wilson The official report is in on the massacre of the Branch Davidian sect in Waco, Texas. But the question remains: Why did the government do it? The official explanation given at the time by Attorney General Janet Reno was that the attack was ordered "because of the children." The Justice Department investigation released Oct. 8 contradicted this, saying "there was no evidence of child abuse at the compound during the siege or even enough evidence to arrest Mr. Koresh on such charges before the Feb. 28 raid." (New York Times, Oct. 9) So killing all the children in order to "save" them from some unnamed abuse was not the reason. The department's report is more a coverup than a revelation. The only point that comes through is that the investigators--all from the Justice Department which includes the FBI--concluded that the FBI did no wrong. Deputy Attorney General Philip B. Heymann, the supervisor of the investigation, will probably get a bonus this year for a coverup well done. The report does not even attempt to answer a new and damning piece of evidence. According to a CBS Radio news report on Oct. 9, a videotape of the FBI attack shows a tank crashing through the house where 75 people were burned to death. On the front of the tank is a clearly recognizable flame thrower. This video, CBS said, has been shown on two TV stations. The CBS report attempted to dismiss it by emphasizing that it is being distributed by a person sympathetic to the Branch Davidians. -30- (Copyright Workers World Service: Permission to reprint granted if source is cited. For more information contact Workers World, 55 West 17 St., New York, NY 10011; via e-mail: + NEW NUMBERS! NY Transfer News Collective SAME ADDRESS + + Guests: Members Only: Internet: + + 212-675-9690 212-675-9663 + From: Subject: More on the Waco Massacre Date: 29 Oct 93 10:30:57 CST Ken Fawcett, a private citizen who resides in the Waco area, was disturbed by the events at Waco and launched his own investigative review of the matter. He made the following contribution to The SPOTLIGHT. jwg ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- From The SPOTLIGHT, Oct. 25, 1993 Official Evidence of Texas Raid Doesn't Jibe With Evidence The conclusions of an independent investigation into the events surrounding the bloody raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco reveal numerous discrepancies between the official version and that of witnesses, tape recordings and photographs. By Ken Fawcett The raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco was initially planned as a very safe operation to bolster a sliding public image and at the same time accentuate the need for more gun control. Scripted responses of being "outgunned," made by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) spokesperson Sharon Wheeler, indicate a third possible motive, an impending request in appropriations for additional funding for heavier and costlier tactical ordnance. The search and arrest warrants, as has been previously pointed out, are fraught with errors and assumptions. Most of the warrants contained extremely stale, slanted and vindictive information obtained from the embittered, banished "prophet" Marc Breault. Breault's affidavit, obtained from a 1992 child custody hearing, forms most of the government's probable cause. Breault had not been in the group since 1989. Breault is legally blind, and his statements of having seen stockpiles of weapons and instances of child abuse are in reference to "dreams or visions" he had. SERIOUS QUESTIONS The fact a warrant was granted at all raises serious questions about whether collusion exists between McLennan County officials, the district court, the U.S. Attorney's Office, and/or the BATF. In any case, a "no-knock" warrant was not issued, meaning BATF had no authority to be smashing windows or clambering on the roof. The raid was not designed or planned to allow for casualties on either side. However, the circumstances surrounding two of the four BATF fatalities warrant deeper study with possible criminal action against persons within the BATF, Texas Department of Public Safety and McLennan County Sheriff's Office for charges ranging from obstruction of justice to murder. The deaths of the other two asgents and most of the five injuries resulted accidentally because a three-pront armed assault was mounted upon what amounted to little more than a cardboard box. It is unclear at this stage why the BATF injuries were overstated in comparison to those acknowledged by raid commanders Ted Royster, Phil Chojnacki, and Chuck Sarabyn as recorded on the 911 tapes. DISTURBING It's very disturbing that two of the dead agents had publicly criticized the BATF top-level managers on national television about two years earlier. The agents had their identities electronically concealed, but CBS was able to release this information now that the agents had died. In the weeks following the raid, BATF claimed the raid failed because the element of surprise was lost, when, in actuality, the raid depended upon the occupants of the complex being forewarned so as to allow for the evacuation of children and women to bunkers or lower floors from their normal residences on the second and third floors. This is confirmed in conversation between Sheriff Lt. Larry Lynch and Waco Police dispatcher Jayni Sykora. On tape 1, side A, Miss Sykora says, "Sure hope those kids are out of the way." Lynch responds, "No, he says, 'There's kids in here...' "We know that. They've got some underground stuff." When the undercover agent known as Robert Gonzales realized David Koresh was not overly paranoid about the impending raid, that is, he was not ordering the children into the bunkers, he tried to stop the assault. Attempts included honking the horn and flashing headlights. Indeed, the agents who stopped sect member David Jones were able to view his car subsequently travel to the complex, to alert his friends, at least 45 minutes before the raid ever commenced. Numerous experts have testified that surprise was impossible on such an isolated structure, and to insist the BATF was "ambushed" is an affront to intelligence of the American people. Statements from sect survivors indicate underground tunnels were collapsed by heavy rains or otherwise unusable. Close-ups of the front of the building reveal almost all BATF fire from the front went into the second and third floor, principally to the right or south of the front door. A BATF blueprint of the building with names of sect members written in, reflects where people were stationed during the raid. These positions were affirmed by tape recorded phone conversations with sect members remanded into the jail. Not surprisingly all but four of the 21 persons shown stationed on the second and third floor, south end, are among the eventual fatalities. UNARMED WOMEN AND CHILDREN Examination of the vehicles that agents fired from behind reveals few projectiles came from the building and those that did entered from ground level trajectories. This confirms earlier reports that only unarmed women and children were on the upper floors. Why then are those agents directing their fire upstairs in all videotape segments of the front parking lot? Why would they not return fire toward the emanating points of what controlled fire they were receiving? BATF spokesperson Ed Hartnett says publicly on March 1 that gunfire from the front was controlled. Statements by David to CNN and KRLD and even to the dispatcher at the 911 center about some of his children being killed are supportive of the mathematical calculations on collateral damage, given the construction of the building and the type of ammo used by the BATF. BATF spokesmen are now being reprimanded for repeatedly lying to the public. Covering up the botched raid is not sufficient to warrant the expenses the BATF and FBI delved out in the so-called stand-off. The only thing worthy of such a massive cover-up is what came out in the end anyway, that a disproportionate number of children and women were killed as a result of the activities of the very first day. The specification of aluminum powder in the BATF search warrant is foreboding of what was pumped into the fire on April 19. REFRIGERATOR MELTED The medical examiner in Fort Worth, Dr. Rodney Crowe, stated in a taped interview July 30 that the walk-in refrigerator contained within the above-ground concrete blockhouse (bunker) was melted. FBI agent Bob Ricks said he believes many of the women and children tried to "bunker down" inside this refrigerator. A fire, without some kind of metal powder accelerant, would be incapable of melting a stainless steel refrigerator contained in a concrete enclosure. Widely distributed video footage depicting three agents smashing into a rooftop window and then appearing to engage in a gunfight in the room was a staged event "for the camera." This is acknowledged by Sheriff Jack Harwell in a taped telephone call to David Koresh. During this call Harwell asks Koresh his "position." The response is "What? They killed a baby girl. There's crippled. There's dying." BATF as of this writing freely admits that none of the agents shown on the tape died in the raid, and all are back at work. What was the justification for lying in the press briefings about the circumstances of the deaths of the agents. CONSTERNATION David Koresh listened intently to those conferences, and the consternation he suffered over being publicly accused of killing agents, one of whom was injured and helped by the Davidians, is evident in his statement to Sheriff Harwell, "We let 'em come in and get one of the guys. They said they didn't. That's a lie. That, there was--a couple of, uh, two or three guys upstairs, out--" Harwell interrupts that they (BATF) have changed that story, it was for the camera, whereupon Koresh states, "Well, it's all over the world." The latest version (now changed three times) of how and where the BATF agents died is that two died on the ground, one on the roof and one in the chapel. We have a videotape clip of an agent turning to his left and firing into the chapel from under an aluminum ladder. He then calls to the cameraman to summon an ambulance. Right after this segment on the tape another agent starts shouting instructions and asks who is on the roof. Three to four shots are fired, and a second agent shouts "No, Dino, no." An agent in the distance is heard to query, "Hey...Hey, is he aiming back over this way?" ACCOLADES TO POLICE With specific reference to the 911 tapes, accolades are due to the Waco, Texas Police Department for preserving those tapes in the face of incredible odds. Without the 911 tapes most of this investigation would have been limited to the chopped-up video of the raid, the statements from survivors and the recorded phone call between Harwell and Koresh. From these tapes it is evident that the government retained at least one operative inside the complex throughout the botched raid. The person is identified only as "Fred" on the tape. Fred says they are "faking gunfire with these people" after getting Miss Sykora's attention by addressing her as Ron. He wants media representatives to call him at Martin's phone number. Then he whispers into the phone heavily, "hang up the phone...Wheeler, hang up the phone." We learn on tape 6 that BATF agents believe all calls out of the complex had been diverted to the undercover house across the street. An agent named Dino is somewhat disturbed when Lynch tells him he's not across the street, but rather "downtown Waco, Texas" and that the call is being taped. BATF had forgotten to have Davidian Wayne Martin's business line diverted. RIGOR MORTIS Obviously the video tape and photos of agents being dragged out of the complex and carried on the news truck raise still more questions. Two of the agents exhibit advanced symptoms of rigor mortis. And from the time Martin first calls 911 to ask for the firing to stop until the time BATF claims to have removed its last injured agent from the scene, three full hours have elapsed. It is extremely clear from the tapes that either the BATF's communications are non-existent and/or the BATF forces view this as a military assault and will settle for nothing less than total victory. When Martin tells Lynch he has to pass the word on the cease fire, he's actually referring to passing the word out to the BATF forces. Corroborating evidence is seen on the videotape of the raid. Agents are shown here shielding the TV camera from viewing a corpse with a plastic bag over the head and torso. Though this location is behind an outhouse and is isolated from the main forces, none of the three agents is wearing a radio. Also, the balding agent who ultimately ends up on the news vehicle is photographed being carried from the back of the AMT ambulance in the complex driveway, in a sleeping bag, toward the news truck. Why? VERY UPSET Though the TV newsman who helped evacuate the agents on the day of the raid seemed very upset when he gave his initial reports of the incident on February 28, he has since developed a friendly rapport with the Davidian survivors, and even attended one of their wedding ceremonies as a guest. If the incident occured as he, "the only reporter on the scene," originally reported, that is, the "agents were immediately pinned down by gunfire coming through the walls," and subsequently helped carry out some of the reported 20 fallen agents, I doubt he would be able to befriend the perpetrators of such heinous carnage so soon after the crime. Though little attention has been directed at the methods employed by federal agents conducting the raid, the public must ask if we as a democratic society are prepared for armed assaults such as this, where agents are seen throwing hand grenades and concussive devices blindly into windows and firing MP5 submachine guns into and through the walls of what is legally described on the McLennan County tax rolls as a church. Further, if survivors' accounts that helicopters fired indiscriminately through the roof are true, then truly little is left of our precious right to feel secure in our own persons and properties against unreasonable searches and seizures. The testimony of the attorneys who saw first hand the bullet- riddled ceilings will affirm that, yes, the helicopters took their toll. BATF SPOKESPERSONS LIED BATF spokespersons originally maintained no fully automatic weaponry was used in the raid, but in checking the inventory list filed by the government, several MP5 Heckler-Koch full-auto submachine guns were used by the BATF and turned in for test firing at the forensic lab. It has now been learned the Davidians did not return the fire of the BATF for several minutes, if at all. Most of the rifles in the church were boxed for the coming gun show in Austin or had been removed from the scene prior to the raid by Paul Fetta earlier that day. If this is true, how did the Davidians fight back? The answer, judging from examination of the outbuildings, trees, poles and vehicles, is they didn't. I could find no evidence of a shoot-out. GENT, SCHROEDER DEATHS The events surrounding the deaths of Peter Gent and Michael Schroeder deserve to be scrutinized separately from the raid, because evidence suggests both men were killed well after the initial hostilities had subsided, and that neither man posed a threat to law enforcement. Schroeder, 28, was killed walking home from work on a neighboring ranch. He was shot seven times, four in the back. Gent, 23, was climbing out of the water tower he'd been working in that morning. BATF claims he was shot by a sniper on the ground. The Davidians believe he was shot from a helicopter. In any event, the families surely will file civil suits which hopefully will allow greater discussion in those cases. POORLY PLANNED The conclusion here is, the raid was poorly planned, would never have worked under even ideal conditions. Conditions were less than ideal (rainy, cold, muddy, slippery, poor visibility) for this type of action. There was a complete breakdown in communications of prisoners and casualties. In short the people inside the complex were systematically murdered. Why? There are other issues that need to be resolved. Why were these people assassinated? Did undercover agents who remained in or penetrated the complex on February 28 systematically terminate selected adults inside the complex? Was such a costly endeavor in terms of both human life and dollars really carried out merely to search for suspected illegal weapons? In a building this size and given the number of occupants therein, is it prudent or even sane to try an individual in court on an illegal weapons charge? All of these people were individuals. They were free to come and go as they pleased, many were in California or other parts of the country at the time of the raid. Some had been in the sect only a short while. A few were only visiting. Is it fair that our courts seem bent upon heaping whatever unlawful actions residents of Mount Carmel may or may not have committed onto the back of David Koresh? What about the lawfulness of prosecuting a group as though they are part of some individual organism like insects or ants? Is this not guilt by association? MOST IMPORTANT But the most important question of all is, "Why did representatives of the federal government admittedly lie to the press and the American people throughout the tragedy? What lies will be told by the government as the impending trials commence? Will they send us a signal or message to let the press and the public know that the lies and propaganda have stopped and hence forth issue only the truth?" Because of these unanswered questions, as well as others, we the people must demand an independent investigation team be appointed, with subpoena powers and power to grant limited immunity as prescribed under the law. The full extent of the Waco debacle and coverup must be exposed, or there can be no guarantee against these atrocities occuring again in the future. End of Article ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- To comment or receive copies of exhibits in support of these conclusions call (214) 771-9612; or write: Project Director/Treasurer Waco Independent Review 124 Linda Ln Royse City, Texas 75189 For a startling videotape revealing much of what is outlined in this article, see Waco, The Big Lie, by Linda Thompson. 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