July 7, 2000 |
About 300 assault rifles and pistols were found in the charred remains of the Branch Davidian compound hours after the structure burned to the ground in 1993, a Texas Ranger testified Thursday. Government attorneys presented jurors with five burned weapons recovered at the site outside Waco, called Mount Carmel. Some of the guns were charred black with soot and appeared melted.
July 6, 2000 |
Branch Davidian leader David Koresh wanted semiautomatic weapons converted into machine guns and grew more militant in the months before government agents attempted to raid the cult's compound, a former member testified. In a deposition read by government attorneys in a Waco court, Donald Bunds said he made the parts but did not know if a complete gun was constructed. Koresh considered the government an enemy and often spoke about a violent end of the world, he said. On Feb.
June 19, 2000 |
Seven years after the conflagration at Mount Carmel, the lingering questions over what exactly happened at the Branch Davidian compound are about to fall under the national microscope once again. This time, the U.S. government is on trial.
January 2, 2000 |
Traditional fundamentalist theology speaks of a seven-year period of "tribulation," after which time mankind will witness the Second Coming of Christ. It has been almost seven years since the Branch Davidian "compound" burned to the ground in central Texas on April 19, 1993, killing 74 people, including 21 children, and once again messianic violence is raising its ugly head.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1999
I find it hard to believe that Atty. Gen. Janet Reno was unaware that the FBI used flammable munitions in the last hours of the Waco tragedy (Aug. 26-27). She now states that she is shocked to hear that the FBI kept this information from her and the citizens of this country. If the attorney general of the land did not know what was going on, she is unfit for her job. As I remember, she stated after the tragedy that she took full responsibility for actions that were taken during the Waco siege.
August 13, 1995 |
Recent Congressional hearings on the Waco tragedy are supposed to help the nation understand what happened on the Texas plains in 1993, when about 80 people died during government raids on a heavily armed "cult compound." A 14-year-old girl's testimony of sexual abuse inside the compound explains, in part, the decision to arrest the people known as Branch Davidians and their leader, David Koresh. And the tales of incompetence and machismo told by some of the agents who participated in the raid illustrate the mistakes made by those who directed the two disastrous assaults.