Part of the FBI's side of the story. To: Libernet +lt;libernet@Dartmouth.EDU+gt; Date: Sat

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Part of the FBI's side of the story. 컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴 From: cmoore@cap.gwu.edu (Carol Moore) To: Libernet Date: Sat, 9 Oct 1993 10:02:15 -0400 (EDT) Cc: LPUS I got the Justice Dept. report on Waco Friday and enclosed two important sections below. More on the flaws in the Treasury and Justice Department reports will come soon. --------------------------------- Below is the FBI's report on who started the fire at the Branch Davidian Mt. Carmel center. My comments, summaries in {}. Any other parenthesis or brackets are theirs. For 60+ pages of most relevant parts of report send $7.00 to Carol Moore, Box 65518, Washington, DC 20035 -------------------------------------- Report to the Deputy Attorney General on the Events at Waco, Texas, February 28 to April 19, 1993. October 8, 1993. Redacted version* * i.e. [Material redacted as required by statute.] -------------------------------------- XII. The Events of April 19, 1993 5. Statements of Surviving Davidians {pages 300-302} As the nine surviving Davidians were arrested and removed form the scene...three of the survivors made statements about the cause of the fire. Renos Avraam told the agents that he had heard someone inside the compound say, "The fire has been lit, the fire has been lit." Clive Doyle told the Texas Rangers that the fire was started inside the compound with Coleman fuel. Doyle said the fuel had been distributed throughout the compound in specific, designated locations. ...In his FBI interview, (Graeme) Craddock described the events inside the compound during the tear gas operation as follows: (he talks of moving fuel, complaints about spilled fuel)...Craddock indicated that he had heard shouts about starting the fire..."start the fires"..."make sure"...Craddock said that if there was a suicide pact, he knew nothing about it. He said that he knew nothing about a plan to burn the building until he heard someone pass the word to start the fire... It should be noted that, contrary to press reports, Craddock did not attribute either of those two statements ("Light the fire" or "Don't light the fire") to Koresh or anyone else. He merely said that both statements were made by male voices...Craddock said that although he was not aware of any prior plan by Koresh to set the building on fire, Koresh had discussed the possibility that "everyone" would be killed as one possible outcome of the standoff. 7. False Accusations that the FBI Started the Fire {pages 304-307} After the events of April 19 a small number of people alleged that the FBI intentionally set the fire at the compound. Those accusations are utterly false, as demonstrated by the evidence discussed above conclusively establishing that the Davidians set the fire....{summarizes evidence}. Notwithstanding the convincing proof that the Davidians set the fire, a very small number of people continue to insist hat the fire was a "mass murder" committed by the FBI. Probably the most notable example of that thinking appears in a videotape entitled "Waco: The Big Lie," produced by Ms. Linda Thompson of an organization identifying itself as the "American Justice Federation." {Footnote in document}: This is the same Linda Thompson who twice attempted to encourage people to come to Waco to join forced with Koresh against the government. {end footnote} In the video (which Ms. Thompson has supplied to television stations and politicians throughout the country), Ms. Thompson alleges that one of the CEVs started the fire. To support her claim, Ms. Thompson shows video footage of the April 19 operation, including one scene in which a CEV backs out of the building. As the boom leaves the building, it appears that a burst of flame can be seen at the end of the boom. According to Ms. Thompson, that scene establishes that the FBI used the CEV to start the fire inside the compound deliberately. We have investigated Ms. Thompson's claims and find that baseless. The specific CEV that Ms. Thompson claims emitted a flame has been identified as CEV-1. The CEV shown in the video was outfitted with a boom parallel to the ground, meaning a boom aimed at the first floor of the compound. The only CEV in use that day with a boom aimed at the first floor level was CEV-1. Both CEV-2 and the substitute CEV-2 {Footnote:} The original CEV-2 lost a track and had to be replaced with a second vehicle. {end footnote} were outfitted with booms pointed on an upward angle toward the second floor of the compound. The time that the portion of the video showing CEV-1 was filmed is unclear. However, based on an examination of the tape, it has been determined that the excerpt Ms. THomspon selected shows CEV-1 in action near the front door of the building. However, CEV-1 was not in that location when the fire started; instead, it was near the front-right corner, and had backed away from the building at least two minutes before the first reports of smoke. The split-screen video mentioned above shows CEV-1 backing away from the building at that moment. The infrared tape shows a heat source--the exhaust--at the rear of CEV-1, but no heat source at the front of CEV-1. The army has examined all the CEVs used on April 19, including CEV-1, to determine whether there was any possibility that any of the vehicles could have been outfitted with a flame-emitting device. All bills of lading, maintenance records, and other relevant documentation were checked. The evidence shows that none of the CEVs was outfitted with any device capable of emitted fire or flames. We also had each CEV examined for evidence of charring or fire. No such evidence was found.\ U.S. Army maintenance personnel who were present in Waco, and who were responsible for CEV-1, were also interviewed and shown a copy of Ms. Thompson's video tape. They could offer no explanation for the appearance of any fire at the end of the boom. Neither CEV-1, nor any other vehicle, was outfitted with any flamethrowing apparatus. Moreover, there were no flammable parts at the front of the CEV, and there were no electrical components which could cause flame. In summary, no evidence has been found to support the claim that CEV-1, or any other government vehicle, started the fire at the compound. In fact, as this report has shown, there is conclusive evidence that the Branch Davidians started the fire. Nevertheless, our findings may not convince those who will believe only what they want to believe. We are confident, however, that our findings represent the truth. {END QUOTES} ============================================== Another file from The Soapbox BBS "Your Infotainment Specialist" An all text BBS dedicated to e-zines and other unique text files. (919) 387-1152 - Up to 16.8 kbs - 8N1 Fidonet 1:151/142 - FREQ FILES for file list ===============================================

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