At 11:15 PM 03/21/2000 -0800, James Swayze wrote:
>Ian Goddard wrote:
>> Just because I oppose the initiation of aggression
>Then do you not oppose the Brancn Davidians for firing first? We all saw
>tired of all the rehashing it. Enough already!
IAN: There's no evidence that the Davidians fired
first. There's nothing to which you could refer by
saying "we all saw it." Carol Moore, a Waco research
and author, sums up this matter as such: "Evidence
provided during the trial did not answer definitively
the question of who shot first or where in the front
of the building." She also cites this important fact:
"Entry team member [ATF] agent Rolland Ballesteros, the
first to arrive at the front door, gave trial testimony
different from his statements to Texas Rangers and Waco
police right after the raid. He told Rangers that he
thought agents shooting at the Davidians' dogs fired the
first shot. At trial he changed his story and testified
that the Davidians shot first through the front door,
'ambushing" them.'" http://kreative.net/carolmoore/TDM-04.html
One of the two metal double front doors that could
have answered the "fired first" question disappeared
after the fire. A Texas State Trooper testified that
he saw what may have been that door being taken away
shortly after the fire. He also said that he overhead
FBI agents talking about a gunfight in the rear of
the Center (exactly as the FLIR video indicates).
The fact is not in dispute is that David Koresh,
unarmed, opened the front door and ended up getting
shot in the hand and side there, at the front door.
Think about it, on its face this strongly suggests
that he was shot as he opened the door, unarmed,
and thus that they opened fire on him. How does
it fit into the Davidians "ambushing" the ATF
by having their leader walk up to them unarmed?
WACO PROTEST: http://users.erols.com/igoddard/waco-1.htm
"There are times when you cannot keep your job and
put alternative explanations for data on the table."
Former FBI Special Agent Dr. Frederic Whitehurst
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