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By ROGER SIMON | August 2, 1995
Poor David Koresh. We never really knew him.Until recently, I thought he was a murderous nutball who killed four federal agents at Waco and then lit fires that consumed himself and 80 of his followers.But after 10 days of the House Waco hearings, I have been presented with a new view: He was a victim.He was not a killer. The law enforcement agents were the killers!Bill Zeliff, Republican of New Hampshire and co-chair of the Waco hearings, said on "Meet the Press" Sunday that the government "killed over 80 people" at Waco.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 19, 1998
WACO, Texas -- As the wind kicked up on the prairie and a dull yellow sun dropped in the evening sky, Kimberly Martin handed a bouquet of wild primroses to her mother and scampered over to the rubble of Mount Carmel, the place where she was born nine years ago and where, she dimly recalls, David Koresh used to "teach, teach, teach" for hours on end."I love to come out here and play," said Kimberly, a third-grader whose father, all three of her sisters and one brother were among the 80 people who died in the fire that consumed Mount Carmel, the Branch Davidian compound, on April 19, 1993.
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By DAN BERGER | October 4, 1993
After Soldier Powell gets a whiff of civilian life, he'll re-up.Now it can be told. David Koresh was not the only lunatic in Waco.USAir is going to slim its operations but maintain service. Skinnier planes.Lay-offs at Martin Marietta. The pain and fear of peace are getting closer.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | August 3, 1995
WASHINGTON -- In the immediate aftermath of the disaster at Waco, Texas, in 1993, the consensus of judgments seemed to be that Attorney General Janet Reno had made the right decisions in trying to end the siege of the Branch Davidians, even if they had produced such horrible results.Now, with the benefit of 28 months of hindsight and another 10 days of congressional hearings, that same judgment seems to have been confirmed. As Reno herself told her Republican interrogators, "We will never know whether there was a better solution."
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By ALICE STEINBACH | March 11, 1993
If you want to get a handle on the status of children in today's society, you might start by considering this: Of the hundred or so people still barricaded inside the armed Texas compound ruled by cult leader David Koresh, 17 are said to be children.And each of these children, said Koresh, has expressed a desire to die along with him.It is a claim that boggles the mind.Question: Is there anyone out there who really believes that children, cult members or not, are capable of making such a decision?
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By JOHN YOUNG | April 21, 1993
Waco, Texas. -- We pressed our fingers against the television screen. We heard the commentators observe it, calmly, without a trace of panic. Fire.We squirmed and strained, looking to see if the stoic, poker-faced compound would belch out people with their arms in the air. Instead, just smoke, and then flame, and then more flame, and more.There on the roof -- the same roof on which we'd seen a federal agent scramble for his life? -- was a human form. Motionless at first, it crawled, then plummeted to the ground without a ladder.
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By Houston Chronicle | May 8, 1993
HOUSTON -- Federal officials waited seven months before acting on information that Branch Davidian members possessed parts to illegally manufacture machine guns and explosive devices, documents indicate.Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms affidavits filed in federal court, as well as other investigation documents reviewed by the Houston Chronicle, suggest that information on the parts was gathered in June, but the ATF investigation came to a virtual standstill the following month and the probe was not revived until early December.
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By Cox News Service | April 21, 1993
WASHINGTON -- The FBI spied on the Branch Davidian sect during the 51-day siege at Waco with an array of sophisticated gadgets, including eavesdropping devices that were slipped into the compound with supplies.Law enforcement sources said radio transmitters smaller than cigarettes were smuggled into David Koresh's Mount Carmel cult headquarters, while heat-sensitive surveillance equipment "watched" the compound from outside.In Waco yesterday, FBI agent Jeff Jamar declined to say whether the FBI had used listening devices planted inside the compound before Monday's fatal attempt to force the cult members to give up."
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By Anthony Lewis | April 26, 1993
THE BUCK stops with me," Attorney General Janet Reno said after the Waco disaster. She projected a plain, earthy responsibility that struck the right note with the public. There was no official defensiveness or air of superior knowledge.But what exactly does it mean to say "The buck stops with me"? In Japan, the person who takes responsibility for a failure resigns. The head of the airline whose plane crashes did not himself misdirect it, but in a hierarchical culture he takes the fault as his own.We have a different culture.
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By MIKE ROYKO | March 26, 1993
If women are so dim-witted that they would move in with David Koresh, the wacky Waco cult leader, and become part of his harem, that is not my concern. Different strokes for different folks, as the goof generation liked to say.But I don't want to work to support Koresh's many wives -- as many as 47 of them, according to some reports. Nor do I want to work to feed the many children these women and Koresh have spawned. Not that I dislike children. I just think that if a man has them, he ought to pay for their upkeep himself.
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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,Sun Staff Writer | August 2, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Try as they might yesterday, the Republican congressmen investigating the assault of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, could not shake Attorney General Janet Reno's resolve.She made the best decision she could, with the information she had, to end the 51-day standoff at Mount Carmel, she said. That decision -- to approve the FBI's plan to use tear gas to force the surrender of sect leader David Koresh and his followers -- ended in disaster. The Davidians set a fire that consumed the compound, Koresh and his followers, including 22 children.
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By ROGER SIMON | August 2, 1995
Poor David Koresh. We never really knew him.Until recently, I thought he was a murderous nutball who killed four federal agents at Waco and then lit fires that consumed himself and 80 of his followers.But after 10 days of the House Waco hearings, I have been presented with a new view: He was a victim.He was not a killer. The law enforcement agents were the killers!Bill Zeliff, Republican of New Hampshire and co-chair of the Waco hearings, said on "Meet the Press" Sunday that the government "killed over 80 people" at Waco.
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By New York Times News Service | December 6, 1994
WACO, Texas -- At the weed-strewn 77 acres of Texas prairie where the Branch Davidian compound burned to the ground last year, all is not quiet.A gunshot pierced the air one day last week, during an impassioned argument among self-proclaimed leaders of the religious sect about who has authority over the property. Three people were arrested. Apparently, an illegal weapon was involved, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been called in to investigate.The Branch Davidians still own the site, where their leader, David Koresh, and at least 71 sect members died in the fire at the compound on April 19, 1993.
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By Richard A. Shweder | April 19, 1994
THE siege at Waco ended a year ago today, a little after 11 a.m., in a conflagration that Americans experienced first with horror and then confusion.The temptation was to interpret the event in tragic or heroic terms.Some used the word "holocaust"; some compared the death of the Branch Davidian community to the mass suicide of Jews at the fortress of Masada in A.D. 73.Others tried to laugh it off.Today, after much congressional celebration, an evasive Justice Department report and an inconclusive criminal trial, the events and images at Waco are so absurd that the temptation is to tell the story as a satire.
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By DAN BERGER | October 4, 1993
After Soldier Powell gets a whiff of civilian life, he'll re-up.Now it can be told. David Koresh was not the only lunatic in Waco.USAir is going to slim its operations but maintain service. Skinnier planes.Lay-offs at Martin Marietta. The pain and fear of peace are getting closer.
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May 19, 1993
Militia NutsIf the Second Amendment is written in the "very easy-to-understand language" that he claims, why is David Titus afraid to properly quote it (letter, May 1)?I quote: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."Neither Mr. Titus nor the National Rifle Association can wish those first 13 words away with selective editing. The federal courts have consistently ruled that the Second Amendment does not confer upon individuals any kind of right to stockpile an arsenal.
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By Dallas Morning News | April 20, 1993
DALLAS -- From the start, the feds never had it their way.When a small army of agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms assaulted the compound of apocalyptic religious leader David Koresh near Waco, they were routed. Four agents died and 16 more were wounded in a raid that went awry Feb. 28.The Branch Davidians remained inside, reneging on promises to leave while defiantly flying their flags and cryptic banners during a 51-day standoff.Yesterday, federal authorities tried to force them to surrender by smashing holes in the walls of their compound with armored vehicles and spewing tear gas inside.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 19, 1998
WACO, Texas -- As the wind kicked up on the prairie and a dull yellow sun dropped in the evening sky, Kimberly Martin handed a bouquet of wild primroses to her mother and scampered over to the rubble of Mount Carmel, the place where she was born nine years ago and where, she dimly recalls, David Koresh used to "teach, teach, teach" for hours on end."I love to come out here and play," said Kimberly, a third-grader whose father, all three of her sisters and one brother were among the 80 people who died in the fire that consumed Mount Carmel, the Branch Davidian compound, on April 19, 1993.
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By Carolyn Jay Wright | May 10, 1993
DEAR Janet:This time you were lucky.Attorney general just five weeks, a fresh Washington face with no political baggage, Waco was on the desk when you arrived. You were allowed to fail, admired even, as you invoked the wisdom of Harry Truman: "The buck stops here." Conventional wisdom has you a hero. But that is temporary. It will end with the next debacle.I am worried. I know you to be warm, intuitive and genuinely guileless. I remember your eulogy last year at the funeral of Bill Sadowski, Florida's late secretary of community affairs.
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By Houston Chronicle | May 8, 1993
HOUSTON -- Federal officials waited seven months before acting on information that Branch Davidian members possessed parts to illegally manufacture machine guns and explosive devices, documents indicate.Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms affidavits filed in federal court, as well as other investigation documents reviewed by the Houston Chronicle, suggest that information on the parts was gathered in June, but the ATF investigation came to a virtual standstill the following month and the probe was not revived until early December.
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