From: Ted Mozer
I am a regular Frontline watcher. Your programming on WACO and tonight's
on Cyberspace were very informative. As far as my views on WACO both
before and after watching your program, the ATF and FBI were totally
justified in all of there actions! The whole situation should have ended
(as it did) long before the day of the fire. Those people wanted to die
and would have taken others with them if they had had the chance.
From: John Graham, Seattle
Concerning Waco: A cop come up behind me with a flashing red light. The cop thinks I ran a red light. I think I didn't. The cop orders me to pull over and come out of my car. I speed up. The cop tries to force me to stop. I pull a gun. The cop shoots out my tire. I drive into a light pole and am killed. Who
is at fault?
This was a quick reaction to those who seem to hold David Koresh blameless
for the series of events that occured at Waco. It is absurd to "forget"
that no matter what the circumstances, resisting arrest necessarily puts
one at risk. At the same time I was profoundly dismayed when I heard that
Federal agents had decided to storm the compound. I think that the
Government has an obligation to go to extraordinary lengths to protect the
lives of innocents, and it seems obvious to me that whatever the outcome
might have been, a direct assault increased the risk of fatalities.
Thanks for your depth.
From: A. Gray
I think it is important to review government actions, especially in the area
of law enforcement. However, I believe it is a travesty that so much
emotional energy has been wasted on trying to allocate blame for the demise
of David Koresh and his misguided, lost cult of followers. The only person
who bears the primary responsibility for the demise of Koresh's followers is
Koresh himself. In addition, Koresh's naive, lost followers, bear a large
measure of responsibility for their own deaths. They willingly gave up
their freedom of thought and action to a delusional, messianic maniac who
used the threat of violence, sexual exploitation, and ritualized child
abuse of members' young daughters to control his "flock" and fulfill his
sick sexual obsessions and pedophilia. They allowed themselves to be
deluded, used and sacrificed like lambs by an obvious psychopath.
There is no doubt that it was tragedy that his followers died during the
Waco seige, although probably through their own Jonestown like mass suicide.
However, it is important not to forget that this self professed messiah had
every opportunity to turn down the heat of the confrontation and give
himself up to agents of the American legal system for trial. To excuse or in
any way justify Koresh's violent, muderous resistance of federal agents
serves to undermine the foundations of our Democracy and the legal foundation
on which this nation is built. Such apologists for Koresh, or the Ruby
Ridge White Supremacist fanatics, are either naively serving the interests
of anti-government anarchists, or actively trying to undermine the very
governmental institutions that serve as the backbone for our nation.
Finally, if everyone resisted legal authorities with gunfire, as in the Waco
or Ruby Ridge episodes, our society would rapidly collpase. This disintegration
of our society would herald an unprecendented Hobbesian state that we all
would eternally regret! This is a potentiality that all Americans must
actively resist. Accordingly, as Americans, we must eternally struggle to
and enhance the ties that bind us together as a nation. Thus, to maintain
these ties, we must also be willing to support our governmental
insititutions, including those agencies now under attach for the Waco and
Ruby Ridge incidents. We can guide these governmental bodies towards reform
when needed without self-destructively seeking to dismantle or eliminate
these bodies. In spite of their flaws, our governmental institutions
continue to serve and protect our common rights and interests as Americans.
Dear Mr Boyer:
Excellent documentary on the seige at Waco!!!
A few comments and questions. I taped and have viewed the show three
times, so far. And it comes to mind. Just why the Government's interest
in Korish and the Davidian? And why could'nt the problem be handled
Agent R.J.Craig came across as the most perceptive person of all that
were shown. His prediction of disaster were well founded. And of the
three main agents shown, he seem to understand who and were Korish was
Agent Byron Sage was also sensitive to the situation and the people
involed excluding Korish. As well as the local Sheriff.
One observatiopn that comes continually to mind. It seems that any
large Government law enforcement agency dealing with off beat
religious, political groups such Waco, Ruby Ridge Idaho and
Philadelphia's Move Group. That they are not prepared (or trained)to
deal with the complexity and personality involed, which acts as a
catalyst for the resulting full scale disasters.
One question what happened to Agents Jamar, Craig and Sage?? Did
you have full access to them? Did their careers end with the seige at
It seemed that throughout the seige that HRT and HNT people were
at continual odds with each other. Which added confusion, mistrust and
bad blood, that took something away from the problem at hand.
I appreciate your approach your hard work in bringing the truth
about what went on during the seige at Waco. Keep up the good work.
Sorry if I bent your ear!!!
Thank You. Sincerely, Jim Cook
From: James Jarnagin -- firstname.lastname@example.org
I don't think you really completely understand what happened
at Waco. After spending several months with one of the Branch
Davidians as a cellmate, I think I completely understand what
Koresh had developed an acute case of the Jerusalem syndrome
after having visited Israel. He fantasized about his chosen
purpose and leader of this religious group. His good friend,
Paul Fatta, was a gun collector/trader. Koresh began to convince
Fatta that his religious efforts must be tied to a militia.
This militia was the keystone to his freedom. The opportunity
to encourage pregnancies with the women in the compound, could
only increase the number of his followers the fastest possible
way. Guns would ultimately allow a sense of privacy and proteection
from state and federal law prohibiting sex with minors.
The ATF were showcasing their new squad and weaponry without
thinking about the defensive possibilities of Koresh. This
tactic cost the lives of four ATF and many religious followers.
ATF knew that Koresh purchased hardward and grocery supplies
twice and week and signed the bill or paid cash himself at those
retailers. They could have waited and avoided this clash.