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Today Marks The 20th Anniversary of the Waco Fiasco

J.D. Tuccille | Apr. 19, 2013

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the bloody mess in Waco, Texas, when federal agents staged a raid on the Branch Davidian settlement over non-violent weapons violations, and managed to botch the operation in spectacular and lethal form. The anniversary is especially worth noting since some of the usual suspects speculated early on that the Boston Marathon bombing was somehow connected to that incident, and because some of the agencies called upon in the wake of terrorist attacks also bear responsibility for the deaths in Waco.

Over at the Cato Institute's National Police Misconduct Reporting Project, Timo Lynch tells us why Waco matters.

April 19, 1993 marks the worst police action in modern American history.
Here are the main things to know:

76 people, including 27 children, died that day. That loss of life is a sufficient explanation as to why this incident is important and worth remembering.

The federal police operation did not involve a handful of “rogue” agents. The incident is disturbing because it supposedly involved the best units of the ATF and the FBI. And much of the decision-making was done by the top people at headquarters facilities in Washington, DC.

Make no mistake, crimes were committed by federal agents at Waco. And those crimes were covered-up.

If the feds can successfully cover-up the worst police action in modern American history–an event that was highly publicized and that eventually brought extensive congressional hearings and the appointment of a special prosecutor– it is frightening to consider what police agencies would be able to get away in instances where there is no media scrutiny or legislative oversight.
Continued:
http://reason.com/blog/2013/04/19/today-marks-the-20th-anniv...

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And the 18th Anniversary of OKCity Bombing

Thank you for remembering Waco.
Do you think all the hulabaloo of the last few days was a diversion to keep us pre-occupied and distracted from that and OKC?
Not to mention CISPA and CORE...and the Gold-Silver sell-offs.

Also please remember Hoppy Heidelberg...a Grand Juror who stood up against the "system" and tried to alert us all.....he recently passed away.

http://www.realhistoryarchives.com/collections/mass/okcjuror...

"Interview With The Grand Juror Who Wouldn't Shut Up: OKC Bombing Trial"

RIP Hoppy.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

bump

In memory of the victims... and for awareness

Waco woke me up. OKC made me

Waco woke me up. OKC made me hide, 911 made me fight

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH27jgGqXbE

Sad video

wow

Important post--thanks!

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What would the Founders do?

Jefferson's picture

While

I may not agree with this part of the article:
"If the feds can successfully cover-up the worst police action in modern American history–an event that was highly publicized and that eventually brought extensive congressional hearings and the appointment of a special prosecutor– it is frightening to consider what police agencies would be able to get away in instances where there is no media scrutiny or legislative oversight."

There STILL is no "media scrutiny" and or "legislative oversight." There wasn't then, and there isn't now.

I agree with this part:
"At a time when Americans are debating the wisdom of even further increasing government control and scrutiny over our lives, let's remember that some of the agencies that exercise such control and scrutiny are the same ones that bear responsibility for Waco."

Spot on!

Right there with ya.

"media scrutiny" and "legislative oversight" = oxymora!

True dat on the last part.

What would the Founders do?