Twenty years ago at this time we were in the midst of the federal government’s 51 day siege on a compound of Bible worshippers who with their 12 children were all snuffed out in a raid. “That’s torturing babies,” a U.S. Representative bemoaned at the Congressional hearings investigating the Waco siege during which CS gas vapor was spewed down a long arm of an armored tank onto the roof, into the rooms, and ultimately wafted down into the windowless tower where some of the women and their children were hiding in the Mount Carmel Church compound of the David Karesh (Vernon Howell) followers! “Gas masks don’t fit on babies,” one investigator in Washington, D.C. observed. So as former Attorney General Janet Reno suffers from Parkinson’s Disease in Stuart, FL, a lengthy, outstanding online video entitled “Waco-The Rules of Engagement (William Gazecki)” reminds us just what can happen when a federal government-gone-wild destroys citizens. Footage of Reno leaving to attend a speech while the Waco outrage was going on is a poignant reminder of the Democrat Presidency of William Jefferson Clinton.
The federal government’s siege on Waco began on February 28, 1993, and ended 51 days later during the orgy of gassing children, women, the elderly, and most of their congregation. “We put massive gas in there,” you can hear one agent acclaiming! “My skin was melting. . . (in) the mass of flames. . .horrible way to die,” says a crying man who lived only by diving at a hole in the otherwise pitch darkness of screaming voices.” Hard to watch toward the end of the long ordeal is the photo of the crisp charred body of a little 12 year old girl who died when the effects of the deadly gas back bowed her muscles and collapsed her entire frame. During negotiations with FBI agents, who got the handoff of the mission from the BATF, David Karesh is heard saying, “only one fire extinguisher in the building.” Former FBI forensic photographer Farris Rookstool calls the attempt to brand the Karesh followers victims of mass suicide “most irresponsible.” “Many of the residents were HOMICIDE victims,” he says. ( at 2:07:56 video time line)
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Rookstool’s viewpoint is in stark contrast to that of now Vice President Joe Biden who declared, “There was no improper motive or intent… the Karesh followers set fire to themselves. . .the Government did not do that.” Senator Orin Hatch backed up Biden, saying, “No conspiracy to kill Branch Davidians.” Reno says the information given her was that the fire was set inside the building.
Today, the compound is leveled, the tapes and photos of local and state forensic investigators are missing, and the metal door with bullet holes bending inward from incoming fire is nowhere to be found. The disturbing FLEAR analysis of shots fired from the ramming tank are quite indisputable even to someone not familiar with infra red evidence. The fireball and flash fire from the fresh CS injected as shown by FLEAR remind all Americans of what did happen on April 19, 1993, and what could happen in this country again!
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