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Waco: The Rules of Engagement
It's been just over four years since the fiery deaths of 76 men, women, and children and four law enforcement agents at the Mt. Carmel Branch Davidian compound near Waco,...
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Film Review  May 2, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...It's been just over four years since the fiery deaths of 76 men, women, and children and four law enforcement agents at the Mt. Carmel Branch Davidian compound near Waco, and despite a series of Congressional hearings and official reports to the contrary, there are still a vast number of Americans who believe April 19, 1993 was a modern My Lai on U.S..."

Salvation
Former Davidian David Thibodeau recounts life at Waco compound in new book, "A Place Called Waco."
News Story  November 12, 1999, by Robert Bryce
"...Thibodeau's book is one of many new developments in the Branch Davidian story to come out in recent months. Indeed, the timing for the book could scarcely be better, as over the last few months there has been a deluge of developments in the Waco affair..."

Postmarks
"Alex Jones is to patriotism ... what hot dogs are to meat."
Columns  July 21, 2000
"...It was April 19, 2000, at Mount Carmel in Waco. We were dedicating the new memorial chapel for all those who died during the Branch Davidian massacre on April 19, l993..."

Killing the Messenger
Seven years after the ATF's raid on the Branch Davidians' Waco compound, the government continues to blame the media for tipping off the Davidians about the raid while hiding information that tells a different story.
News Story  June 23, 2000, by Robert Bryce, Joe Ellis and Jim Moore
"...The blame game started just after the last body bag was zipped up. Four agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and six Branch Davidians were dead..."

What Did Ann Know?
What did Ann Richards know about helicopters used during Waco siege?
News Story  November 12, 1999, by Robert Bryce
"...Almost all of the defendants who were originally named in the civil lawsuit brought by family members and survivors of the Branch Davidian conflagration are, or were, federal employees. Former Gov..."

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
Columns  July 14, 2000
"...Robert Bryce, in his "Naked City" column, "Tanks a Million," in the June 30, 2000 edition of the Chronicle, raises several questions about the FBI's actions during the 51 day siege of the Branch Davidian complex near Waco in 1993, which have all been answered before, but some choose not hear the government's attempts to truthfully explain its actions. Bryce also resorts to sensationalism when he refers to the M1A1 Abrams tank as being the "most sophisticated battle tank ever built" and when he states that "the Patton tank was designed to fight the Soviets, not Branch Davidians" and again when he refers to the possible tonnage and fuel efficiency of equipment utilized by the FBI...."

At Close Range
The Men Behind the Texas Militia Myth
News Story  October 27, 1995
"...Aftermath A week after the meeting, I visit the site of the former Branch Davidian compound in Waco. Everything's gone now -- all the structures left standing after the blaze have been bulldozed, the underground tunnels buried..."

#HappyBirthdayBill
Bill Hicks' birthday becomes Twitter meme
DAILY News  December 16, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...It started (as so many things with Hicks do) in the UK, when @stephenfry (yup, that Stephen Fry) gave the grassroots movement momentum when he retweeted this: Trying to get #HappyBirthdayBill trending as the great man would of been 49 today Bill Hicks total Legend! Please help :0) For a lot of Texans, the comedian is always connected to his Houston roots, but in his later years he was firmly connected to the Austin comedy scene. Just check out this bit from his posthumously released 1997 album Rant in E-Minor, about the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco: I was in Australia, and the Australians had a big contingency at the Branch Davidian compound, and I'm from Texas, so they were very curious..."

Oklahoma City Caused by Reno's Crimes
Postmarks  April 17, 2007
"...We will be re-reminded of the evil of Timothy McVeigh. What will not be noted, or even mentioned, is that McVeigh's evil act was a response, however misguided, to the botched response and massacre two years earlier of dozens of civilians at the Branch Davidian complex outside Waco, which also occurred on April 19. If you visit the site of the former Murrah building in Oklahoma City, you'll find a beautiful federally funded and maintained multimillion-dollar memorial park..."

49th-Inning Stretch
Both the players and the announcer have the same dreams of going to the major leagues. The difference between the players and announcer Mike Capps is that none of the young men on the roster of the Round Rock Express earned an Emmy nomination, covered the Persian Gulf War for CNN, or did a 10-hour marathon broadcast of the end of the 51-day Branch Davidian siege in Waco.
Sports Story  September 1, 2000, by Mike Butts
"...The difference between the players and Capps is that none of the young men on the roster of the Round Rock Express earned an Emmy nomination, covered the Persian Gulf War for CNN, or did a 10-hour marathon broadcast of the end of the 51-day Branch Davidian siege in Waco...."

Naked City
Throughout the five-week trial of the Branch Davidians' case against the federal government inWaco, the ghosts of 84 people killed at Mount Carmel haunted the courtroom.
News Story  July 21, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...Throughout the four-week Branch Davidian trial in Waco, there were ghosts. The last one was heard from on the afternoon of Thursday, July 13, when lawyers for the Branch Davidians presented their rebuttal to the government's defense in the Davidians' $675 million wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government..."

Naked City
In the ongoing trial in Waco, the Branch Davidians’ attorney is arguing that the FBI was too quick to resort to massive weaponry during its siege on the Davidians’ compound, endangering the lives of women and children inside.
News Story  June 30, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...The Patton tank was designed to fight the Soviets, not Branch Davidians...."

Chronology of the Raid
News Story  June 23, 2000
"...7:45am: Rear cover forward observer team leaves TSTC for Hay Barn. KWTX-TV crew arrives at Davidian compound area; cameraman Jim Peeler is lost in the area of Old Mexia Road, a few miles west of the compound...."

Waco's Drug Buster
News Story  June 23, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...His involvement in the county's anti-drug efforts was probably the reason Luedke was asked to support the ATF's raid on Mount Carmel. He and other members of the McClennan County Sheriff's Office were supposed to serve a search warrant on the Mag Bag, a building where Davidian men hung out working on cars..."

Media Clips
The top 10 media events of 1999.
News Column  January 7, 2000, by Lee Nichols
"...Jones was canned in December, despite being a good ratings draw for the station. KJFK said that Jones' rantings about the Branch Davidian debacle and black helicopters were costing the station advertising dollars; Jones claimed that he pulled in advertisers and was actually fired because station owner Times-Shamrock disagreed with his beliefs...."

Ashes to Ashes
David Koresh trusted Texas Rangers more than other law enforcement agencies.
News Story  November 12, 1999, by Robert Bryce
"...In August, after a former FBI agent told reporters that the FBI fired two military pyrotechnic tear gas grenades into the Davidian compound on the final day of the siege, Francis, who happens to be one of Bush's key fundraisers and a recruiter for the fundraising group known as the Pioneers, told reporters that the revelation "goes a long way toward confirming why I say that some of the evidence that DPS has or had in its possession is problematical and needs to be evaluated by independent experts. A fair-minded person who looks at this evidence would see that there is a problem with some of the things that the federal government has said happened that day."..."

Waco on the Web
News Story  November 12, 1999, by Robert Bryce
"...The best source for mainstream media coverage of the Waco story. Contains links to stories regarding the history of the siege and the trials of the Branch Davidians who were charged by federal authorities...."

Agent Sage
Retired FBI agent Byron Sage is still defending FBI's role at Waco.
News Story  November 12, 1999, by Robert Bryce
"...But he can't let go. Nearly seven years after the fiery end to the siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Sage has become the only current or former FBI agent who is actively defending the agency's actions during and after the siege..."

Our Lying Eyes
A New Revelation, like its predecessor, Waco: Rules of Engagement, will face an uphill climb with the intellectual and political establishment.
News Story  November 12, 1999, by Dick J. Reavis
"...By the time that Lie was debunked, a dozen theories and rumors were circulating about what had "really" happened at Waco. A survivor of the blaze named Derrick Lovelock, it was said, had told his Davidian jailmates that he'd tried to escape out of the back of Mt..."

The Hearings: Waco and Ruby Ridge
News Story  October 27, 1995
"...The week before last July's congressional hearings on ATF wrongdoing during the initial raid of the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin (whose department oversees the ATF) denounced the hearings on ABC's This Week With David Brinkley, claiming that extremist groups would seize the opportunity to "distort Waco" and "undermine law enforcement." He added that the hearings "might better be focused on extremist groups and those militia that are dangerous to society." Perhaps he was right; Texas Constitutional Militia commander Steve Brown used the hearings as a rallying cry for his militia that same week, asking members, "Do you think the Waco hearings would even be going on right now if they didn't know we were arming ourselves?" -- though privately, even Brown seemed cynical that the hearings would do any good...."

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