There have been a few comments about the Waco tragedy, in 1993. Just thought I'd mention that I have a raher large webpage on the subject, based on three years of Freedom of Information Act suits to get information relating to it.
Just one sample: the raid and initial shootout were supposedly justified because Koresh was a reclusive paranoid who never left the building and thus could not be arrested without a major invasion.
I got the ATF reports that showed what the ATF undercover agents in the "undercover house" (across the street from the Davidian place) had done on February 19, nine days before the raid.
They went shooting.
With David Koresh.
He carried the ammo, they had the guns (until they loaned him a .38 Super). Then they went back home to plan the raid on the fellow who never left the building.
I am not kidding....
1. I haven't had time to update the page in a year or so. The audio .ra files aren't working, and when I have a chance I'll figure out why. I also want to insert larger video files (the page was created years back, when EVERYONE had dial-up, and a 500 meg file was enormous).
2. On prying for the Feb. 28 videos ... after literally years of courtroom work, here are the results from the ground-based cameras:
a. Camera on tripod near the "radio van." Finally got it, but it shows nothing but a blurry image of a building maybe 300 yards away.
b. Camera mounted on telephone pole: ATF claims they can't find the tape.
c. Camera in undercover house: ATF claims it failed for mysterious reasons. Officially, it kept ejecting the tapes (apparently it was a videocam linked to a VCR) rather than recording, due to radio interference from radio van. Problems: (i) VCR remotes work on infrared, not radio signals; (ii) ATF tried to duplicate the event with potent radio signals and couldn't do so. My guess is that someone just removed the tape and "vanished" it.
d. On the side: still camera carried by ATF's PR officer. She claims she put it on a table in raid HQ and it vanished, together with the film. Gad -- a room full of law enforcement, and a thief sneaks in and takes it? Pretty brazen.... Assuming that the story is true, it'd be apparent that ATF realized, during and right after the raid, that evidence had better start disappearing, period.