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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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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,Sun Staff Writer | July 21, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Federal agents legally acquired military assistance for their 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, a panel of Army officials told a congressional hearing investigating the botched assault.And yesterday, President Clinton continued to support the law enforcement community and tried to keep the focus on Davidian leader David Koresh.In the second day of hearings, Republicans turned to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms' use of the military. But they were rebuffed in their attempt to show that the ATF misled the military in order to receive the training, helicopter assistance and medical support provided for the execution of the raid.
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By David L. Greene and David L. Greene,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | November 18, 2001
WACO, Texas - Central Texas is a place that prides itself on patriotism, a place where many people drive pickup trucks and a place that is proud to call President Bush a neighbor. All that was apparent yesterday in an extraordinary scene on Texas Highway 6. Almost 20 vehicles - plenty of pickups, the occasional RV and an old Cadillac - formed a caravan and took a half-hour journey from a strip mall in Waco to Crawford, near Bush's ranch. The vehicles were plastered with American flags.
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
April 21, 1993
Now the nation's law enforcement and law enforcement oversight authorities will begin sifting through the ashes of the Branch Davidian compound at Waco. Literally and figuratively.The figurative sifting may be the most difficult, for all concerned. There are many questions about what was done, why it was done, why it was done when it was done, who decided to do this, who recommended something else and so forth. President Clinton has ordered an "inter-agency inquiry." But it is hardly enough.
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.
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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.
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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,Sun Staff Writer | July 22, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Republican congressmen stepped up efforts yesterday to discredit administration officials for the bungled raid at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, the ensuing 51-day standoff and the siege's fatal, fiery end.In its third day of House hearings on the operation, the Republican majority set its sights on former Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen, whose agency oversaw the raid Feb. 28, 1993, by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.The...
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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.
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 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.
NEWS
By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,Sun Staff Writer | July 22, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Republican congressmen stepped up efforts yesterday to discredit administration officials for the bungled raid at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, the ensuing 51-day standoff and the siege's fatal, fiery end.In its third day of House hearings on the operation, the Republican majority set its sights on former Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen, whose agency oversaw the raid Feb. 28, 1993, by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.The...
NEWS
By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,Sun Staff Writer | July 21, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Federal agents legally acquired military assistance for their 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, a panel of Army officials told a congressional hearing investigating the botched assault.And yesterday, President Clinton continued to support the law enforcement community and tried to keep the focus on Davidian leader David Koresh.In the second day of hearings, Republicans turned to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms' use of the military. But they were rebuffed in their attempt to show that the ATF misled the military in order to receive the training, helicopter assistance and medical support provided for the execution of the raid.
NEWS
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...
NEWS
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.
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 | 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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