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Published:July 9th, 2013 08:15 EST

Documentary 'Inside Waco' Clarifies Hostility Between FBI Negotiators and Hostage Rescue Team!

By John G. Kays


"If they want blood, then our blood iks here for them to shed...We are not afraid of the government. If we have to die for what we stand for, we`re going to. I don`t mind if I die." David Koresh


More than twenty years (4/19/`93) after the final, fiery siege, that saw Ranch Apocalypse`s (a catchy power phrase used by True Crime writer Clifford L. Linedecker in his book, Massacre At Waco, Texas, 1993) ultimate consummation (I mean Mount Carmel was practically burned down to powder ash), we still don`t know what really happened! 


 This is why I believe, second to the story coming out of Dallas, Texas (11/22/`63), the `Waco Incident` is the weirdest or most bizarre I`ve ever channeled (or experienced) in my entire 60 years of living on earth!


Retracing what happened, or what we think might have happened, has become a sideline hobby of mine. This is why I felt a measure of controlled excitement when realizing the Investigative Discovery HD channel was re-broadcasting a 2007 British-American documentary, produced by HBO and Channel 4, titled Inside Waco


I taped it, watched it 4 or 5 times, took notes on it, then buttressed what I learned with readily available internet data banks. Well, I thought to pull out Linedecker`s paperback, since it is nearly primary evidence at this point, published just a few months after the final conflagration.


The idea here, is that Massacre At Waco, Texas is a direct journalist report coming from 1993; you might think of it as a very long and complete newspaper article. Linedecker has good control of the facts and gives you some of the history and background of the Branch Davidians, which is mandatory information, if you wish to attempt a size-up of this most strange situation (2/28-4/19/`93).


Linedecker`s writing is lively and the narrative flows out naturally; reading it puts me back in the day, which is where you want to be, if you wish to recreate this monumental moment in time!


Simulations recreated through primary sources are the way to go, if your goal is to get at the truth of a highly charged, confusing, historical event, which is what the Waco Siege is, bar none. A kernel of corn gained from Inside Waco, is that the 52 FBI negotiators were at odds with the approach used by the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), in the 51 day standoff. 


Simply put, the negotiators employed conciliatory and empathetic tactics towards the Branch Davidians, while those of the HRC were bellicose; to put it bluntly, it looks as if the HRT was waging war on Ranch Apocalypse!


The question of how the tumultuous inferno started on the final day of the siege (4/19/`93) is not really addressed properly in the Inside Waco documentary; it does, however, play a muffled audio tape (from an FBI bug) of the cultists apparently talking about spreading gasoline around the compound. 



Yet it`s not that clear as to what they`re saying. This crucial issue is better explored in the 1997 film, Waco: The Rules of Engagement, which proves to my satisfaction, it was really the government who started the fire (it could have been a combination, is perhaps a reasonable compromise).


I learned a lot from Inside Waco, but still I`m skeptical; the talking heads in the documentary are primarily federal agents. I`d advise you to carefully view the film, but then I`d advise you to switch over to other sources, that at times, give you more detail or insight as to what occurred in the gun-slinging central prairie, known today as Waco, Texas.


Were the HRT shooting machine guns into Mount Carmel? Aerial infra-red video tape proves they were. Autopsies of cult members (which include innocent children) show they died from cyanide poisoning and some from gun shots; did federal agents murder them?


http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/04/14/4773124/20-years-after-fire-david-koreshs.html