20th anniversary of Waco raid

Waco infernoFeb. 28, 2013

By John Seiler

If you think government “protects” you, remember what happened 20 years ago today: The federal government initiated its siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Tex. The siege lasted 50 days and ended on April 19, 1993 with the feds burning down the compound, killing 76 people, including about 17 children and 20 African-Americans.

The Davidians allegedly violated federal gun laws.

An at the time, Attorney General Janet Reno also justified the mass killings because of alleged “child abuse” by leader David Koresh. But child abuse is a state and local matter, not a federal matter. And the local sheriff said at that time that, if any level of government wanted to arrest Koresh, all they had to do was pick him up when he went jogging.

According to the 1998 book, “The Ashes of Waco,” by Dick J. Reavis, a more likely reason for the raid was publicity to boost the budget of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms:

“Much of this movement was being filmed because documentation of the event was as important to the ATF as the action itself. The agency faced congressional budget hearings on March 10, less than two weeks away. Televised film of the raid — a ‘dynamic entry,’ the ATF called it — would, at the very least, establish a counterpoint to the sprinkle of bad publicity that its director, Stephen Higgins, had received a few months before. Dramatic footage of the raid might even air in a documentary serial like Cops. A raid on cultists might make a titillating episode; the ATF’s routine work, such as enforcing the Contraband Cigarette Act, was far from that.”

A tepid congressional investigation didn’t look deeply into the massacre.

If the Constitution had been followed, both Reno and President Bill Clinton would have been impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” then removed form office by the U.S. Senate. (Clinton eventually was impeached, but not removed from office, over his lies in that preposterous Lewinsky business.)

And the ATF officers and officials in charge would have been removed from office, prosecuted, and if found guilty, jailed for the crime of mass murder of American citizens. Then the ATF itself should have been dissolved, our liberties restored.

The Clinton regime and the Mainstream Media in general branded the Branch Davidians a “cult.” That in itself was an assault on the First Amendment right to freedom of religion.

The government’s attitude really hasn’t changed. During the recent hunt for ex-cop Christopher Dorner, a large, tall man, berserk LAPD officers shot up a truck they though belonged to him. But it turned out to be two short Latina women delivering newspapers. Their attorney said later, “There was no warning. There were no orders. No commands. Just gunshots.”

The Waco Inferno remains as a reminder of the true, murderous nature of government in the once-free United States. Do what you’re told, or they’ll come around and burn out you and your family and exterminate your religion.


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  1. Dirtbos
    Dirtbos 28 February, 2013, 09:08

    Waco happened under Clinton, a moderate by comparison to Obama. There is no telling (until it happens, God forbid) what our current would be dictator might do. Conservatives may well be in jeopardy, given the hard left wing agenda of the current administration. Care must be given to avoiding giving them even the slightest excuse. Drones may rain down fire on American soil, if we are not careful. He has set himself up as judge, jury and executioner and seems to relish the power.

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    NTHEOC 28 February, 2013, 14:35

    Way to go john, making excuses and supporting a crazy madman that molested children, stockpiled weapons which he had modified to illegal automatic settings, fought authorities, and started a fire which killed over 70 people!!!!!! But hey, it’s all the gov’ts fault…..

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  3. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 28 February, 2013, 16:39

    It would be much more appropriate today to remember the four federal law enforcement officers who where murdered by the Branch Davidians twenty-years ago today.

    My respects and condolences will always be first directed to those fine officers and their families, whether there was any mismanagement elsewhere in the incident or not.

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    NTHEOC 28 February, 2013, 18:12

    SkippingDog says:
    It would be much more appropriate today to remember the four federal law enforcement officers who where murdered
    I Agree!! John,can you explain why you failed to mention the officers who were murdered by these cult fanatics?

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    NTHEOC 28 February, 2013, 18:18

    Were you a big supporter of Tim Mcveigh? Sounds like it!!!

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  6. Rye
    Rye 1 March, 2013, 13:22

    Just like I supported the newtown terrorist, huh ntheoc ?

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