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Posted: 4/6/2001 1:22:07 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/6/2001 1:22:18 PM EST by DonS]
Bovard's Batterings The Latest Waco Fireball by James Bovard The Waco ghost may be rising from the grave once more to place its ice-cold hand again on the neck of the Washington establishment. A new film and a new book by top Waco experts achieve the miraculous -- further shredding government credibility on the FBI's April 19, 1993 attack on the Branch Davidians. Back in September 1999, Attorney General Janet Reno hand-picked establishment eminence and former U.S. Senator John Danforth (R-MO) to put the wooden stake in the heart of the Waco issue once and for all. Danforth, operating supposedly as an independent counsel, did his pious best -- and raced to release his report last summer just as rumor had it that he was a top prospect to be Bush's vice presidential candidate. Danforth basically exonerated the feds, saving his scorn for low-life Americans who dared criticize the government tank assault and gassing of the women, children, and men in the Davidians' home. [b]A key issue in Danforth's investigation was whether FBI agents fired on Davidians during the final attack. Rhythmic patterns on Forward Looking Infrared ("FLIR") tapes made from an FBI plane strongly suggested automatic weapons fire came from positions near the FBI tanks. Danforth persuaded federal Judge Walter Smith to conduct a re-enactment last year of the final day's action. Danforth then proclaimed that the film from the re-enactment proved beyond a doubt that federal agents did not shoot at Davidians -- in large part because the muzzle flashes on the re-enactment were much shorter than the shots from the April 19, 1993 tape. A new film, entitled "The F.L.I.R. Project," produced by Mike McNulty (one of the masterminds behind the 1998 Academy Award finalist documentary, "Waco: Rules of Engagement") reveals fatal flaws in Danforth's re-enactment. (The film is available at www.flirproject.com) On April 19, 1993, FBI agents relied on a commercial, off-the-shelf ammo -- the type that would be used by any hunter or shooter. For the March 19, 2000 Danforth-FBI re-enactment, however, the FBI used military-issue ammunition that had a special chemical coating on the gunpowder to reduce muzzle flash (helpful in preventing soldiers being detected in combat). The military ammo thus had a built-in flash suppressant. Since a key issue was the length of the muzzle flashes, using flash-suppressing ammunition ensured that the re-enactment would be a farce. The Danforth-FBI re-enactment further biased the test results by having the FBI agents use weapons with a 20-inch barrel -- instead of weapons with 14-inch barrels which agents carried on April 19, 1993. The longer a weapon's barrel, the less muzzle flash will be shown from each shot.[/b] Again, this is a tricky way to do an accurate re-enactment. But the re-enactment produced the result that Reno and Danforth sought -- and Danforth proceeded to denounce the American people for thinking bad things about their federal masters. No doubt Danforth, the FBI, and others will continue to insist that there was no gunfire by FBI agents on April 19, 1993. But if the feds are innocent, why have they gone to such absurd lengths to fix the jury? The $12 million in tax dollars that Danforth spent for his Waco investigation should have
Link Posted: 4/6/2001 2:07:01 PM EST
Outstanding! We may never really get to the truth about this but as long as McNulty keeps digging it might come out. One just hopes he doesnt have an "accident" somewhere down the road.
Link Posted: 4/9/2001 9:22:00 AM EST
Link Posted: 4/9/2001 10:15:03 AM EST
We do need to keep the Waco massacre and subsequent cover-up from "going away". I try to remind people of it every chance I get. It's good to see that McNulty hasn't given up yet either.
Link Posted: 4/9/2001 11:40:37 AM EST
Thank you Don.
Link Posted: 4/9/2001 8:17:43 PM EST
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