While the recent revelations about previously undisclosed FBI evidence have surprised many in the public, much of the
coverage talks as if this were the first time something the federal government said about Waco turned out to be untrue or
misleading. Actually, a whole host of things the government has said turned out to be untrue. The following is a STILL
VERY INCOMPLETE list of things the federal agencies have said that turned out to be untrue or misleading. Some of these
are outright lies, but this list also includes honest mistakes. They are not ALL deliberate lies! Also, I have limited this list to
DEMONSTRABLY UNTRUE statements; some other claims that are merely VERY DUBIOUS are not listed.
- The Davidians had an extensive underground network of tunnels.
- The concrete vault was a "bunker." By calling the vault a "bunker," the government gave the misleading impression that it had been built by Koresh, for paramilitary purposes. Actually, the structure dated from the late 1950s.
- The Davidians might have been running a methamphetamine lab from Mt. Carmel.
- Koresh's gun dealer "lied" to ATF investigators by putting down his name as "Vernon Howell" on forms, while calling him
Koresh when talking to them. The Treasury Report actually accuses him of
- Koresh probably possessed .52-caliber rifles. The ATF search warrant relates that although a witness told an agent that the Davidians had .50-caliber rifles, it was the agent's opinion that the description sounded more like a British Boys .52-caliber rifle. Why make this claim? Although not explicitly stated in the warrant, a .50-caliber weapon would be legal, while anything over that would have to be registered as a "destructive device." Yet throughout the siege, government spokesmen always referred to .50-caliber rifles; the warrant is the only place that suggests a larger caliber.
- February 28 was an "ambush."
- There could not have been firing from the helicopters because they possessed no mounted guns.
- There could not have been firing from the helicopters because there were no loaded guns aboard.
- The ATF didn't know the element of surprise was lost.
- Koresh came to the front door, then went back inside, before the ATF ground force arrived.
- As the first Davidian volley poured through the front door, one agent saw the wood splinters fly.
- ATF agents never fired blindly through walls.
- An ATF agent called into the compound to end the battle.
- There were 16 agents wounded in the battle. According to the Treasury Report, the figure is 20 agents.
- The ATF had a videotape that would prove the Davidians shot first.
- ATF agents intercepted three Davidians who had left the compound.
- After the shootout, Koresh's former gun dealer requested ATF protective custody out of fear of retaliation. The dealer, who had a favorable opinion of Koresh, was not afraid of him, but the ATF convinced him to agree to protective custody "just in case," which the ATF then used to imprison him and his girlfriend and keep them from talking to the media.
- The Davidians might have land mines, booby traps, high explosives, anti-tank rockets, and bombs delivered by remote-controlled model airplanes.
- During the negotiations, the FBI tried to bargain in total good faith with the Davidians.
- When the FBI tried to deliver milk for the children, Koresh capriciously refused to accept the FBI's generosity.
- The FBI had no plans to utilize psychological warfare.
- As FBI vehicles passed, Davidians would hold children up to the windows.
- Koresh promised to come out of the complex at the end of Passover.
- Janet Reno only approved the assault plan after long, hard study.
- Steve Schneider threw the phone out the window.
- The assault was not a sign that the FBI's patience had run out. FBI spokesman Bob Ricks actually claimed this at the FBI press conference on the morning of April 19!
- The FBI had incontrovertible proof that Koresh hadn't even bothered to start writing his Seven Seals manuscript.
- The HRT was the only law enforcement unit capable of maintaining the Waco perimeter.
- If Koresh had wanted the children to survive the fire, he could have put them in the buried bus.
- The FBI used NO pyrotechnic canisters at Waco.
- No FLIR videotapes existed for the period before 10:42AM.
- The FLIR videos did not include a soundtrack.
- Some survivors admitted that Davidians started the fire.
- An FBI agent saw a Davidian starting a fire. Under defense questioning, it was shown that the location he claimed to have seen this was nowhere near the spots where the fire broke out, and in fact was one of the last areas reached by the fire.
- The children died on the second floor.
- Before the fire, the Davidians executed some of the children, by gunshot, stabbing, and bludgeoning.