Branch Davidians in Waco

It’s been more than 20 years to the day since the standoff began between the federal government and the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. In 1993 we have very important case of the goverment’s coorepation with anti-cult organisation. It’s about a new religion movement, a religious group that originated in 1955 from a schism in the Davidian Seventh-day Adventists — Branch Davidians whose leader was David Koresh. This religious group was subjected to a attack launched by anti-cult movements.

For some political reason American government decided to show an exsample and act against this group. The raid had the code name “Showtime”. In the preparation of the raid the FBI consulted with Rick Ross, a self-described cult expert and deprogrammer affiliated with the Cult Awareness Network. He and other anti-cultists gave the advices — this peope can do mass suicide and the leader rapes the women and children inside. Later on we found out that Koresh repeatedly told investigators he wasn’t planning a mass suicide. On February 27, 1993, the Waco Tribune-Herald began publishing “The Sinful Messiah”, a series of articles by Mark England and Darlene McCormick, who alleged that Koresh had physically abused children in the compound and had committed statutory rape by taking multiple underage brides. The ATF preferred to arrest Koresh when he was outside Mount Carmel, planners received inaccurate information that Koresh rarely left it. Although he left Mount Carmel several times a week.

The search warrant was justified not on the basis of there being proof that the Davidians had purchased anything illegal, but on the basis that they could be modifying legal arms to illegal arms, and that automatic weapon fire had been reported from the compound. The affidavit of Aguilera for the search warrant claimed that there were over 150 weapons in the compound. None of the weapons and firearms were illegally obtained nor illegally owned by the Mag Bag; however, Aguilera affirmed to the judge that in his training and experience, in the past other purchasers of such legal gun parts had modified them to make illegal firearms. The paperwork on the AR-15 components cited in the affidavit showed that they were in fact legal semi-automatics. Aguilera stated in the affidavit and later testified at trial that a neighbor had heard machine gun fire; however, Aguilera failed to tell the magistrate that the same neighbor had previously reported the noise to the local Waco sheriff, who investigated the neighbor’s complaint.

At first day an intense gun battle erupted, resulting in the deaths of four government agents and six Branch Davidians. Upon the ATF’s failure to raid the compound, a siege was initiated by the FBI, the standoff lasting 51 days. Eventually, the FBI launched an assault and initiated a tear gas attack in an attempt to force the Branch Davidians out of the ranch. During the final raid, the CS gas was injected into the building by armored vehicles in an unsafe manner, which have started a fire. In total, 76 people died, including David Koresh.

So in order to safe the children they kill the childen. Clinton’s goverment try to say that the cultists set fire to themselves. It was a suicide. And of course if you ask anti-cultist they will say it was a mass suicide. According to religious scholars Phillip Arnold and James Tabor who made an effort to help resolve the conflict, «the crisis need not have ended tragically if only the FBI had been more open to Religious Studies and better able to distinguish between the dubious ideas of Ross and the scholarly expertise».

There was a Commision of Investigation and they also interviewed many international scolars, a lot of documents were checked and the conclusion was that it was not suicide, it was a fact of accident.