Preliminary Critique of the Danforth
2000 July 22
This critique is based on news reports and television interviews of
Danforth, as I do not yet had a copy of the complete report on the Davidian massacre. However, several
conclusions can be reached.
Jack Danforth is lying. It is not possible to reach the conclusions he has
announced based on the evidence that has been discussed. Such evidence and
analysis cannot prove a negative, and therefore one cannot be "100
percent" certain that government agents did not start the fire, direct
gunfire at the Davidians on April 19, 1993, use military personnel, properly or
otherwise, or conduct a coverup.
Danforth maintains there must be a "presumption" of innocence of
the government. Nonsense. The standard of presumption of innocence unless
proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt applies to individuals charged with a
crime, but not to institutions or government offices. The appropriate standard
for those who hold a public trust is merely "probable cause to
suspect", and if such probable cause exists, it justifies defunding the
agency, excluding its personnel from further government employment, and the
creation of a new agency with new personnel to take over its functions. Such
probable cause to suspect certainly applies in this case and justifies such
terminating action for the FBI.
First, Danforth is lying about the alleged tape of the Davidians presented
as evidence they started the fire. Even if they had started some fires, that is
not proof the FBI or Delta force agents did not also do so, and their use of
incendiary rounds during the engagement is strong evidence that the agents
either intended to start a fire or were reckless in their use of methods that
could be expected to cause one. The Davidians might have been intending to use
Molotov cocktails against the tanks. The injection of CS gas alone could be
expected to have caused a fire in that environment, when any spark or even
gunfire could have set it off. The progress of the fire clearly indicates the
detonation of CS, and therefore the injection of CS must be considered the
primary cause of the fire, along with those who decided to inject it.
I have heard the tape before it was "enhanced" and it is
incomprehensible. That is not to say that computer "enhancement"
could not extract voices saying words like that. I would have to have the
original tape and try to do it myself. But from what I heard, I doubt that it
is possible to extract what they presented in court from that tape. Nor would
it be possible to reliably use such an enhanced version either as evidence or
to identify the person speaking. At best it is an indication, which might be
used to find other evidence, if it existed, but not as evidence in itself.
Similar considerations apply to computer enhancements of video or film
footage. You might be able to identify, say, a license plate number, which
might point to which vehicle to further examine for evidence it was involved in
a crime, but lacking such further evidence, the computer-enhanced image alone
should not be used as evidence.
Second, Danforth is also lying about the gunfire. He stated categorically
that there was no credible evidence of gunfire by government agents, when he
has the preliminary report of Carlos Ghigliotti and the earlier report by
Allard, which are nothing if not credible. Perhaps not conclusive in the view
of some, but certainly enough to doubt and prevent any conclusion that one can
be "100 percent" certain no gunfire occurred. The fact that
Ghigliotti is no longer alive to present his conclusions in personal testimony,
and that Allard is unable or unwilling to do so because of his stroke, is not
grounds to dismiss their work from consideration, and accept only the work of a
contractor controlled by the government.
However, the fates of Ghigliotti and Allard could explain why Danforth is
lying. Perhaps he got the message.
Third, Danforth is lying about the use of military personnel. He states that
their use was not "improper" in a way that is intended to convey the
impression that they were not used at all, but that is tergiversation.
Statements by military personnel make it clear they were used, and any such use
was not just "improper" but illegal, despite attempts to wiggle out
from under the Posse Comitatus Act.
Fourth, Danforth is lying about the absence of a coverup. He admits the FBI
had a "bunker mentality" and failed to "be forthcoming"
with evidence, especially about the use of incendiary rounds, but claims that
is not obstruction of justice? Of course it is a coverup. It continues to this
day. Does he think the American people are idiots to believe such a
preposterous quibbling over words? That it depends on what "is" is?
Gimme a break!
It is reported that polls indicate 61 percent of the American people think
the federal government caused the tragedy at Mount Carmel, and is guilty of
crimes in that matter. After the Danforth Report, that percentage will only
increase. The only thing that will make this issue go away is to criminally
prosecute all the government personnel involved, up to the President of the
United States, to exonerate the Davidians charged with crimes, to fully
compensate the survivors of the victims, and to make reforms to insure that
nothing like this ever happens again. Nothing less will do.
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