Additional comments by Jon Roland on the review
of the film Waco: The Rules of Engagement, in the San Francisco
Chronicle, incorporating information provided by Mike McNulty (firstname.lastname@example.org) in brackets , a radio talk
show host in Colorado who was involved in the production of the film:
(1) The film does not indicate that "the FBI accidentally started the
fire". It strongly indicates that they started it intentionally. [Future
cuts of the film will show this more clearly.] It shows that two unexploded 40mm
incendiary grenades of the kind only used by the government were found. [One was
found outside, and one inside the dining area. The one found outside was better
preserved, and had a fuse failure. It was lying in a pool of melted metal. Both
were of the same design, with no identifying markings, but identified by weapons
experts as "contract" devices of the kind used by U.S. government
black ops teams when they don't want there to be evidence that can be traced
back to them. These devices were too sophisticated to have been made by the
Davidians.] It did not mention the fact that CS mist [or dust] could have been
ignited by any spark, including those caused by bullets striking hard targets,
or by a tracer or incendiary round. The infrared surveillance video clearly
showed two persons firing automatic weapons into the building, from a position
behind the tanks inserting the CS mist, [about 6-8 minutes] before the first
bursts of flame inside at the points of insertion.
(2) Contrary to the statement "The film leaves that question (which
side started firing first) open", it indicates that the first shots were
fired by ATF agents.
[There are 5 possibilities:
- ATF agents shot the dogs.
- ATF agents fired through the door at Koresh.
- Agents (not necessarily ATF) fired from the helicopters.
- An ATF agent accidentally discharged a weapon as he was getting out of
- The Davidians fired first.]
But the possibility that the Davidians fired first seems unlikely based on
the testimony of attorney Dick DeGuerin, who visited the site during the
standoff, and stated that the bulletholes through the missing front door were
(3) The film has a statement by the attorney for Koresh's grandmother that,
as he was leaving the area, he heard a government agent say that the grandmother
should "say good-bye" to her grandson, clearly indicating a consensus
intention on the part of the agents that all the Davidians would be killed.
(4) The photos of some of the Davidians' remains clearly showed that they
were run over by tanks before they burned. The photo of the twisted body of the
burned child clearly indicated death from the cyanide gas produced by the
burning of the CS mist or dust.
(5) The film leaves open the question of how decisions were made by
government agents during the standoff, indicating that the outcome may not have
been the result of a high-level decision so much as the result of a kind of a
callous and vindictive mob psychology on the part of the agents. Their behavior
showed clear signs of people who were not part of a disciplined force, but
largely out of control, at all levels of the chain of command. However, FBI
agent-in-charge Jeff Jamar could not have been unaware of how his agents were
starting the fires, and his statement on tape how he decided not to allow fire
trucks in to fight the fires and rescue the people inside indicates that the
decision to burn the Davidians out was made on at least his level of command, if
[It is not certain that the personnel doing most of the firing were FBI
agents. An article by Jim Pate in the July, 1996, issue of Soldier of Fortune
magazine argued that they may have been a black ops team, perhaps contract. The
FBI would be legally responsible, but Jamar and Rogers (the agent below him in
the chain of command at the scene) may not have been in control of that black
(6) The film provided convincing evidence that there was indeed automatic
weapons fire directed at the compound from helicopters, and, at one point in the
audio tape, an FBI negotiator admitted it. [A future cut of the film footage
will show this even more convincingly.]
(7) Although people might like to deny the possibility that agents of their
own government could be guilty of mass murder, if one takes away the fact of who
pays them and looks on them as unaffiliated, the evidence of the film makes a
case for mass murder that would convict them in almost any honest court.
[The best way to get public exposure for this film is to contact your local
theater managers and ask them to contact Somford to arrange to show the film.]
For information on the film, Waco: The Rules of Engagement,
contact Somford Entertainment, 8721 Sunset Blvd. #105, Los Angeles, CA 90069,
310/289-3900, 289-3909 Fax, Dan Gifford, President.
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