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July 28, 2000
THE CONSPIRACY theorists won't be satisfied. But for the rest of us, the recently released interim report of special counsel John C. Danforth on the 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco ends questions about federal wrongdoing. Mr. Danforth, the respected former Republican senator from Missouri, was brought in to investigate allegations that federal agents started the fire at the compound in which 80 people died and that a conspiracy ensued to hide that fact. That those agents were not responsible for the deadly incident and, therefore, there was no attempted government cover-up, was stated by Mr. Danforth in the strongest terms last week.
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By Jeff Zeleny and Jeff Zeleny,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 20, 2003
WACO, Texas - The Branch Davidian compound is barely visible here on this piece of central Texas prairie, where tall green grasses and blooming wildflowers cover traces of the building that erupted in a deadly inferno 10 years ago. A persistent wind blew yesterday, just as it did on April 19, 1993, when a fire and explosion consumed the Davidians and their compound after federal agents stormed the grounds at Mount Carmel, bringing a conclusion to a...
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NEWS
March 5, 1993
The tragic events at a religious cult's compound outside Waco, Texas, may yet be followed by something even worse. As of this writing, a resolution that does not involve further bloodshed still is possible. But in dealing with religious fanatics of this sort, nothing is certain. There could still be another Jonestown -- a mass suicide and killing spree.Fear of something like that is, in part, what led the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to stage its fatal raid on the Branch Davidian compound last Sunday.
NEWS
July 28, 2000
THE CONSPIRACY theorists won't be satisfied. But for the rest of us, the recently released interim report of special counsel John C. Danforth on the 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco ends questions about federal wrongdoing. Mr. Danforth, the respected former Republican senator from Missouri, was brought in to investigate allegations that federal agents started the fire at the compound in which 80 people died and that a conspiracy ensued to hide that fact. That those agents were not responsible for the deadly incident and, therefore, there was no attempted government cover-up, was stated by Mr. Danforth in the strongest terms last week.
NEWS
By Dallas Morning News | May 3, 1993
WACO, Texas -- After two days of speculation, authorities announced last night that the body of Branch Davidian leader David Koresh has been identified.Justice of the Peace James Collier, in whose district the Branch Davidian compound was located, said the cult leader apparently died of a gunshot wound to the head.However, it's too early to tell whether the gunshot wound was self-inflicted, Mr. Collier said.The identification was made possible by dental records and X-rays of mouth and body, Mr. Collier said.
NEWS
By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,Staff Writer | June 3, 1993
The new head of the FBI's Maryland-Delaware office comes to Baltimore with experience that spans a quarter of a century and includes some of the agency's most notable cases, from the Iran-contra affair to the standoff at the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas.Danny O. Coulson, a 51-year-old Texas native and lawyer, presently is a deputy assistant director of the FBI's criminal investigations division in Washington, where he oversees violent crime operations, domestic terrorism, civil rights investigations and special inquiries for the White House.
NEWS
By Dallas Morning News | October 4, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Two senior government officials who were censured in a report for their role in the botched Branch Davidian raid resigned in protest during the weekend.Dan Hartnett, associate director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and Dan Conroy, deputy associate director, told Treasury Department officials Saturday that they were leaving the agency immediately.The two, in their first public comment since the department issued a critical raid review Thursday, said they were unfairly accused of lying and misleading the public and their superiors during the siege near Waco, Texas.
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By Dallas Morning News | May 5, 1993
DALLAS -- From tunnels filled with water and mud near Waco, investigators have recovered the bodies of four Branch Davidian followers believed killed in the initial shootout with federal agents Feb. 28.The bodies of 73 cult members, including 17 children, have been removed from the compound debris. As many as a dozen of the cultists, and possibly more, had gunshot wounds, authorities say, although it has not been determined whether they were self-inflicted.Yesterday, a child psychiatrist in Houston said the 21 children he treated who were released from the Branch Davidian compound during the siege were not sexually abused and have a good chance of overcoming any mental and emotional scars from the ordeal.
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By Houston Chronicle | March 31, 1993
In David Koresh's theology, Passover probably is as important as Easter, say specialists in theology, who recommend closely examining Old Testament and Jewish feasts and symbols for a deeper understanding of the significance of the coming holidays in Branch Davidian life and ritual.Speculation is increasing that Mr. Koresh might end his standoff with law enforcement officials at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco on one of these coming significant days.Yesterday, Mr. Koresh met with an attorney on the porch of the cult compound.
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By Dallas Morning News | March 15, 1993
WACO, Texas -- Just days after they cut electricity to the besieged Branch Davidian cult compound, federal authorities are ending the darkness by bathing the structure in blinding light.A federal spokesperson would not elaborate on what was called the latest "tactical maneuver" against David Koresh and his religious sect.The use of bright lights overnight is the most visibly aggressive tactic by federal authorities in their effort to gradually pressure the beleaguered Branch Davidians.The living conditions for the 105 people still inside the compound became more clear yesterday when a lawyer for one recently surrendered Branch Davidian said Mr. Koresh's followers had gone two days without electricity and faced mounting hardships.
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By COX NEWS SERVICE | June 18, 2000
WACO, Texas -- A lot is at stake in the Branch Davidians' wrongful-death lawsuit against the government, which opens tomorrow in Waco. It's not just about money, although the plaintiffs -- surviving Davidians and the relatives of those who died at Mount Carmel--are asking for $675 million. A verdict in favor of the Davidians would mean that a federal judge, and not just critics, had found the government's actions at Mount Carmel to be negligent. "This particular civil trial could have a much greater impact on government conduct in the future than a criminal case would," said Mike Caddell, lead attorney for the plaintiffs.
NEWS
September 8, 1999
CONGRESS' second investigation of the 1993 Waco tragedy, and the second by the Justice Department, under an independent leader, must focus on two questions, and keep them separate.First: Who started the fire that engulfed the Branch Davidian compound and killed some 80 people, and who fired the bullets that killed leader David Koresh and his lieutenants at the Branch Davidian cult compound in Waco, Tex.?Second: Who lied about details of the operation, that day and later?We know some answers to the second question.
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By Jonathan Weisman and Jonathan Weisman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | September 4, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Two rounds of potentially flammable tear gas were fired into a bunker at the Branch Davidian compound on the morning of the FBI's final assault in 1993, but both canisters bounced harmlessly off the shelter, a newly released FBI videotape indicates.The video seems to support the assertions of federal investigators that the tear-gas canisters had nothing to do with the fire that later took the lives of around 80 people at the compound outside Waco, Texas.But to congressional investigators who are increasingly wary of the FBI, the videotape raised other questions.
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By Jonathan Weisman and Tom Bowman and Jonathan Weisman and Tom Bowman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | September 3, 1999
WASHINGTON -- House investigators issued broad subpoenas to the Justice Department, the FBI, the White House and the Pentagon yesterday, demanding to know who exactly was outside the Branch Davidian compound the day it erupted into flames, how long they had been there and what they had done in the hours preceding the conflagration.The subpoenas effectively launched the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee into a new investigation into Waco. An exhaustive inquiry in 1995 concluded that the Davidians had ignited the fire themselves on April 19, 1993, leading to the deaths of their leader, David Koresh, and about 80 members.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 2, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Janet Reno ordered U.S. marshals to the FBI's headquarters yesterday to seize a previously undisclosed tape recording of voice communications between FBI commanders and field agents during the ill-fated tear-gas assault at the Branch Davidian compound, Justice Department officials said.The recording contains the voices of agents asking for and receiving authorization from their operational commanders at Waco, Texas, to fire flammable military tear-gas rounds at a covered bunker not far from the main Branch Davidian compound several hours before a deadly fire ignited, leaving about 80 people dead.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | July 3, 1998
Baltimore radio fans may be surprised to learn that Dan Gifford -- who was a disc jockey at WBMD and WCBM in the 1960s -- will return to Baltimore on Sunday, not as a radio personality but as a filmmaker.And not just any filmmaker. Gifford, a 1966 graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic, is the co-producer with wife Amy Sommer Gifford of "Waco: The Rules of Engagement," the Oscar-nominated documentary about the 1993 standoff between Branch Davidian leader David Koresh and the federal government.
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By New York Times News Service | May 1, 1993
WASHINGTON -- The Clinton administration has chosen the chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, a former Watergate prosecutor and a journalism professor to oversee its investigation of the February raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, senior officials said yesterday.Officials said Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen had selected Chief Willie L. Williams, Henry Ruth, the former prosecutor, and Edwin O. Guthman to evaluate the investigation. Mr. Guthman, a former official in the Justice Department who worked under Robert F. Kennedy, is now a professor of journalism at the University of Southern California.
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By Houston Chronicle | November 10, 1994
DALLAS -- From the moment he informed Washington that a raid on the Branch Davidian compound outside Waco, Texas, had gone disastrously awry, the commander of the assault sensed that his career was on the line, he said yesterday."
NEWS
By GREGORY KANE | January 7, 1998
WHERE IS good old-fashioned conservative outrage when and where you would most expect to find it? It was abundant in the cases of David Koresh and his followers in Waco, Texas, four years ago and in the 1992 shootout in Ruby Ridge, Idaho.In early December, a story hit the news wires that the U.S. Army, after 30 years, has finally admitted spying on civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. during his last days in Memphis, Tenn. Either conservatives didn't get outraged or they didn't see the story.
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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,Sun Staff Writer | July 28, 1995
WASHINGTON -- A top FBI official defended yesterday the agency's 1993 tear gas assault on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, and identified the extra safety steps taken to reduce the risk to the children held there.Larry A. Potts, who served as assistant director of the FBI's criminal division during the April 19, 1993, incident, told a congressional hearing that Attorney General Janet Reno required "special rules of engagement" to limit gas exposure to the children.He said the agency decided to pump gas incrementally into the compound -- instead of one massive dose -- because of its concern about the children.
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