Official Byron Sage On The Waco Advisory Verdict [Transcript]
Wh y does
the left ignore Waco?There's a better case for making a martyr of David Koresh
than Mumia Abu-Jamal. So why do liberals continue to overlook him? By Robert Bryce
Truth About Waco By David Thibodeau, one of nine survivors of the blaze.
Waco: The Inside Story
From the PBS Frontline web site. Has frequently asked questions, a chronology
of the siege, and a biography of David Koresh.
Waco Holocaust Electronic
Museum Argues that the Branch Davidians were killed unnecessarily by federal
Waco: New Revelations
(CBN) The Branch Davidian fire: New revelations about a possible cover up seem
to be pouring out almost daily. The Texas Rangers now report they recovered dozens
of spent rifle casings from an FBI sniper outpost at the Waco site. And it turns
out the same sniper who killed Randy Weaver's wife at Ruby Ridge was one of the
agents manning that outpost. Pyrotechnic devices that could have started a fire
were used at Waco, though the FBI denied that for six years.
The Grand Inquest of a Nation (Intellectual Capital) Most of us knew all
along that there was very little truth in the official story about the Waco Massacre.
Even now as the official story is changed to cover new physical evidence -- tapes
of conversations and canisters of pyrotechnically activated tear gasses -- the
cover-up stories continue.
turns tragic (Newsweek) The new special counsel will examine whether federal
agents did some of the shooting at Waco, and whether they could have started the
That Won't Die (Newsweek) As the surprises keep coming, Reno names a special
counsel to sift the ashes of the Waco fiasco and answer the big question: did
federal agents disobey orders against using deadly force, then lie about it?
Waco's Lessons (Christian Science Monitor) The fiery end to the Branch Davidian
compound in Waco, Texas, in April, 1993, is seared in the nation's memory. The
tragic loss of life there was repeated two years later when Timothy McVeigh blew
up the Oklahoma City federal building in what he indicated was an act of revenge.
(Dallas Morning News) The need for a serious investigation into the actions of
federal law enforcement agencies in the siege of the Branch Davidians is obvious.
But Attorney General Janet Reno's appointment of former Sen. John Danforth, R-Mo.,
to head an independent probe should not override the need for congressional oversight
Janet Reno and the Feds (The Economist) In America╠s presidential system,
calls for the resignation of top politicians are rare. Even during that most shameful
of episodes, the Lewinsky affair, comparatively few politicians echoed The Economist╠s
cry that Bill Clinton should go. So when members of Congress demand the resignation
of the attorney-general, Janet Reno, three times on three different charges in
two years?most recently the new revelations about the siege at Waco, Texas, in
1993?it is clear that something is rotten in the Justice Department.
about Waco (Salon) A survivor says the government still isn't admitting its
role in the deaths of 74 Branch Davidians.
Alexander Cockburn: Waco: a sickening failure of American journalism (Seattle
Times) The ashes of the murdered Branch Davidians and their children - about 80
of them, though we can't be sure - were still glowing as almost all the nation's
major news institutions rousingly endorsed the decision of Attorney General Janet
Reno and her boss, President Clinton, to give the FBI (and, as it turned out,
the Delta Force) the go-ahead for an operation that ensured massacre.
balls of fire (Salon) The press got a little burned at Waco as well.
Fanning the Flames of Waco
(Cato Institute) On April 19, 1993, 26 children were killed at the Branch Davidian
compound near Waco, Texas. Six years and one day later, 12 children were killed
at Columbine High School. The Columbine murderers are dead, and the man who illegally
supplied them a gun is facing a lengthy prison sentence. But those responsible
for the deaths of the children at Waco remain at large.
The time for truth on Waco(Chicago Tribune) There is nothing on the record
to contradict the government's contention that it was David Koresh and his followers
who started the fire that brought the siege of their compound near Waco, Texas,
six years ago to a gruesome, fatal end. Nothing yet, anyway.
Janet Reno's truth: She
keeps changing it (Jewish World Review) Is anybody surprised? Contrary to
Janet Reno's earliertestimony, the FBI did use incendiary tear gas, when it attacked
the Branch Davidian compound outside Waco, and set off a disaster. The flammable
canisters didn't cause the fire that took some 80 lives, the attorney general
now assures us, just as she assured us earlier that such weapons weren't used
at all. And so it goes.
(Dallas Morning News) With all the investigations in recent years of individuals
accused of lying to the government, what happens when the government lies to the
people? That is the main question beginning to crystallize as Americans try to
interpret the fallout from the Branch Davidian affair.
Sifting Waco's Ashes
(Boston Review) A new film raises disturbing questions about the government's
conduct both during the stand-off and after its fiery end.
Waco and the Feds (The Economist) Long after the flames had died down, people
kept floating theories about government criminality and cover-up in the siege,
six years ago, of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. America╠s militia
groups, and some of the more conspiratorial circles in Washington, kept up a steady
stream of gossip on the Internet. A perfunctory investigation soon after the FBI
raid on the compound, which left 80 people dead by gunshot or fire, was ignored.
Now, after days of new revelations and admissions by the Justice Department, the
conspiracy theories have suddenly acquired a ring of truth.
of Waco Siege Questioned (Policy.com) The Federal Bureau of Investigation
last week admitted that it had used potentially incendiary tear-gas canisters
during its 1993 siege against the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas. The
statement reversed six years of denials by the FBI that they could have used flammable
materials during the 41-day impasse, which ended in chaos later in the day on