THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND KORESH'S APRIL 14TH SURRENDER PLAN


Attorney General Janet Reno repeatedly asked the FBI officials who were urging her to approve the CS Gas Plan in daily meetings the week of April 12-17: "Why go in now?" "Is there any argument for waiting?" With one voice they assured her that negotiations were at an impasse and that going in with force was the best way to proceed. This is despite Koresh's April 14th signed pledge to his lawyer to surrender, and his declaration that his waiting period was over following the completion of his Seven Seals manuscript. On Friday, April 16th, AG Reno disapproved the CS Gas Plan. Sessions, Hubbell, Clark and Potts tried to change her mind. She asked for written documentation detailing all current information. On Saturday, April 17th, AG Reno looked over the documentation, but did not read it, and reluctantly approved the CS Gas Plan. The documentation included the late Dr. Murray Miron's evaluation of the April 14th letter. She was apparently told by Rogers and Sage that Koresh's plan to write the Seven Seals was merely another ploy, but she was not given the argument for waiting based on that letter: an argument supported by the lawyers, the Biblical scholars, and most ironically, Dr. Murray Miron himself.

NOTE CAREFULLY:

--Jeff Jamar testified before Congress last week that if he had had the slightest indication that Koresh was actually working on his manuscript he would have called off the CS Gas Plan. In point of fact, the negotiation transcripts provide incontrovertible evidence Koresh was working on his manuscript and had finished the first Seal by Friday, April 16th. Steve Schneider confirmed on Friday, April 16th, that he had seen [but not yet edited] 28-30 handwritten pages, and Koresh even agreed on Saturday afternoon, April 17th, to have the first chapter typed and sent out separately as an act of good faith. Further, the surveillance tapes show, that even as CS Gas was being pumped into Mt. Carmel on Monday morning, April 19th, Schneider was trying to get the phone line hooked up with the FBI in order to let them know they had worked all night on typing the First Seal and were nearly ready to send it out as they had agreed.

--Dr. Murray Miron's evaluation of the April 14th letter, which was provided to AG Reno in the final documentation on April 17, when she approved the raid, concludes that Koresh was indeed most likely working on his Seven Seals manuscript and that its completion could become a valuable negotiation tool. Apparently the FBI merely stressed to the Attorney General Dr. Miron's last sentence that stated "I do not believe there is in these writings any better, or at least certain, hope for an early end to the siege." What Dr. Miron wrote specifically about Koresh's plan to write the Seven Seal treatise is quite revealing:

"It is apparent that the muse is upon him and that he is feverishly working on his manuscript. He can be expected to value these writings in the highest regard. Their publication/dissemination could be a powerful negotiating tool." (4/15/94 letter, p. 2)

--Accordingly, the government's own expert, Dr. Murray Miron, agreed with lawyers DeGuerin and Zimmerman, as well as with Biblical scholars Arnold and Tabor, that Koresh was absolutely serious about writing this manuscript, that he was in all likelihood working "feverishly" on it, and that its publication was highly significant to Koresh. Since Jamar said he would call off the raid if there was any indication that Koresh was writing, was he not informed that Dr. Miron, who had been assigned the task of evaluating the April 14th letter, unequivocally states that in his view Koresh is hard at work on the manuscript? According to the heading on the letter, it was routed to SAC Bob Ricks who was surely in touch with Jamar that day (April 15th).

--Did Jamar fail to speak with negotiator "Dwayne," who on Saturday, April 17, around 3 p.m. in the afternoon, worked out a verbal "deal" with Koresh, and then confirmed it with Schneider, that they would have the First Seal typed up and sent out immediately. If Jamar was looking for evidence that Koresh was writing his manuscript by Saturday afternoon he now had the following:

a) the official evaluation of Dr. Miron that Koresh was "feverishly" working on his writing.

b) the statement by Steve Schneider that he had "seen" 28-30 handwritten pages, and a further statement by Judy Schneider that she was already typing the scriptures Koresh would use onto disk using her Sharp Word Processor (powered by batteries)

c) a further formal verbal agreement between negotiator Dwayne, and both Koresh and Steve Schneider, that they would have the First Seal sent out separately as an act of good faith, and would arrange immediately to have it typed. This they did, working most of Sunday afternoon and evening, as the typist Ruth Riddle has testified, and the April 19th surveillance tapes prove.

d) the evaluation by lawyers DeGuerin and Zimmerman, supported by scholars Arnold and Tabor, that this was indeed the most significant breakthrough of the 51 day siege.

Compiled by Dr. James Tabor and Dr. Phillip Arnold

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