Cultural Revolutions

FBI/BATF Raid

The FBI/BATF raid on the David Koresh home (not compound) has been the subject of controversy since the first day the BATF zealots tried to storm the house. All along, the FBI and the Justice Department have fabricated stories and information with an effrontery that would astonish even the Clintons: Koresh was stockpiling illegal arms, they said (he was a legal dealer accused of a minor licensing infraction); he was abusing the children, said Reno (no, claimed the FBI, they never made such a charge); the Branch Davidians committed suicide rather than submit to arrest (there is good evidence not only that the FBI used incendiary devices but also that their tanks fired into the house in the final firestorm).

Now Miss Reno wants us to trust a career Republican politician whom she selected to lead the investigation. Anyone who has watched the tapes of the congressional hearings (captured well in the documentary, Waco: The Rules of Engagement) knows that the Republicans let the Democrats get away (perhaps literally) with murder. Tom Lantos and Chuck Schumer—the two most sinister figures ever to sit in Congress —bullied and abused decent and patriotic witnesses, ignored the evidence, and misrepresented facts that were on the record, while the Republican members were contented with whining or making, from time to time, fine-sounding patriotic statements. They never stood up to the lying and hate-mongering of their opposition....

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