|This photo was republished in the Waco Tribune, February 27, 2018, heading the article, "25 years later, Waco aims past notoriety that followed Branch Davidian saga."|
The Waco Holocaust was doubtlessly one of the biggest media events in American law enforcement history. Reporters camped in RVs and a tent city at the perimeter of the Mt. Carmel property (ref. Christian Science Monitor, March 15, 1993, "Media Plays Controversial Role In FBI-Cult Standoff in Waco"). The FBI held daily briefings for reporters, such as the one shown above on March 1, 1993.
Recall that, according to the FBI, the purpose of the April 19 tank and gas attack was to force the Davidians to leave their home. April 19 was the culmination of the 51 day siege — a historic event in the annuls of law enforcement.
Now here's an anomaly: Although we are told that nine Davidians escaped the April 19 fire, there was no contemporaneous photographic evidence of even one such escape.
We have dozens of photos of the fire from the ground and the air, but not one includes a
Davidian escaping. Most telling of all, none of the photos show rescuers at ready
— no emergency crews, no fire trucks, and no ambulances. Even when the fire had
advanced to where "the entire roof [was] gone" and the chance of survivors was close to zero,
the CNN reporters narrating the live
coverage (cached) told
the viewing audience that no one had seen survivors or fire fighting
CNN Bonnie:: Well as you can see, the parts of the building have collapsed, the fire has engulfed the vast majority of this compound ... CNN Mike: Bonnie, the entire roof is gone.
Spokesman Review (Spokane, Washington), April 20, 1993, p. A4 (cached). Click to enlarge image. As told in this contemporaneous coverage, the cameras recorded no survivors. Even worse, they show no firefighting crews, no emergency medical crews and equipment, and no expectation of survivors. The photos show a lifeless building burning with unbelievable ferocity, totally consumed. It was indeed a "holocaust" (Greek for "wholly consumed by fire," usually referring to a burnt sacrifice).
CNN Bonnie: The entire roof is gone. What else can you tell us? Any sign of fire fighting equipment?
CNN Mike: No. None whatsoever. There's our shot from — what we refer to as "farm cam." That's looking from the north side into the compound. Apparently the north side is not involved yet. But it appears the rest of the compound is filled with that orange fire and acrid black smoke.
CNN Bonnie: Also, within the past ten days, past week, federal authorities surrounded the compound, very close to the compound, with razor sharp concertina wire to prevent to prevent people from running out. That may in this case prove to be hazardous.
CNN Mike: Still no sign of anyone coming out, Bonnie.
CNN Bonnie: Mike, the latest figures we have is that there are 95 people inside, of them, 17 below the age of ten, a total of 25 below the age of 18. Now with us on the phone is a member of the Branch Davidians speaking from prison. So go ahead.
[1:23] CNN Mike: Is this Brad Branch?
Davidian Brad Branch: Yes.
CNN Bonnie: Mr. Branch, what have you heard about what has happened? Was this something that was predicted by David, was this a plan?
Davidian Brad Branch: This is a systematic character assassination by the FBI to eliminate all of the crime scene; now they are destroying, now they are finishing off the job right now, they're destroying the crime scene ... America, this is the biggest lie that has ever been put before the American public, ever. Bill Clinton wants to use a scapegoat like the attorney general ... you know, I don't buy it.
CNN Bonnie: Mr. Branch, was there no plan? [Telephone connection is apparently terminated.] ... Alright. Thank you very much, Mr. Branch, for joining us.
CNN interview, 1:21 — 2:06. Cached.
Those reporters were in communication with those on site and camera operators at the Mt. Carmel Center, and the cameras were covering the site from several angles: the photographic and eyewitness statements are clear: No survivors, no rescuers.
At 2:10 to 3:07 in the same video, four SWAT team members were caught on camera near the Center. They apparently had no fear of snipers inside the Center (as the later press releases alleged) and they were not making any visible effort to rescue the children:
CNN Mike: Let me interrupt you just for a second. Off to the right side of the screen. You can see three or four people. Apparently ... It looks like federal agents out there, beside the building — now whether they have any of the cultists with them it is hard to tell from this vantage point. But it appears there is some movement, some people outside of the burning portion of the compound.
CNN Bonnie: You're right. And they are dressed in black SWAT outfits that are used by the FBI officials. We now have a closer shot of it. It is very difficult to see what they are doing.
CNN Mike: And once again. Let's point out that the pictures are shaky because it is very very windy.
Since the FBI withheld firefighting equipment and rescue crews, we must presume that the FBI had no expectation of Davidian survivors—that is, they knew the Davidians inside the building were already dead and beyond help. The accusation that the Davidians started the fire was a pretense to cover the FBI's own crimes.
Indeed, the media was warned off covering the Waco story that day. The Waco Tribune-Herald, April 19, 1993, ran a story with this headline: "Day began with eerie feeling, ended with tragedy." The article states:
"Then, a few minutes before 6 a.m., a trooper warned members of the media camped out about two miles from the compound to 'take cover. It's coming down.'" (cached)
Helicpters and fixed wing aircraft are customarily used to douse forest fires with water. Many fire brigades have tanker trucks, particularly in rural areas where fire hydrants are not always available. But, despite the FBI commander's prediction that fire would break out during a gas attack, no appropriate equipment was standing by to fight the fire.
The Waco Tribune-Herald, April 20, 1993 (cached), contained a specious story about firetrucks trying to "fight the fire" and being hit with bullets or perhaps "shell casings." The experts admitted that none of the trucks were damaged—that is, there was no objective evidence of anyone shooting at the trucks. As shown below, none of the contemporaneous photographs contain evidence of fire fighting—no trucks or firemen or hoses or arcing water pumped into the blaze. As The Dallas News reported, on April 5, 1993, the FBI fully expected that the Center might catch fire, and if it did, fully intended to let it burn to the ground.
"In a phone message to FBI headquarters, Waco tactical commanders say they won't try to fight fires that break out if there is a gas assault." [The Dallas Morning News, Feb 27, 2018 (cached)
The flaming Mt. Carmel Center was as lifeless as a funeral pyre. And the objective evidence indicates that it was exactly that: An empty ruin with nothing but corpses of Branch Davidian men, women, and children.
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The photos above were published contemporaneously in news coverage of the event. But history is rewritten with time, particularly when the victors are justifying the savagery of their victories. On February 27, 2018, a full 25 years after the events, The Dallas Morning News published a picture never before seen (cached).
[The Dallas Morning News, February 27, 2018, original caption:] Survivors flee the burning building and approach a FBI Hostage Rescue Team position at the end of the standoff and siege of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas on April 19, 1993. (FBI)
TWENTY-FIVE (25) years too late! Twenty five years after the fact, the Deep State and its media assets finally published this obviously synthetic photo of "Branch Davidians" escaping the April 19, 1993 blaze at the Mt. Carmel Center.
Recall the media circus around the Waco siege (Christian Science Monitor, linked and cited above). Does anyone imagine a news organization (or the "FBI" as claimed in the caption) snapped this photo but held it back from publication for 25 years? Where were all the dozens of commercial photographers to capture this most-anticipated event?
There are some serious conceptual problems with this synthetic photograph. It portrays four people and a dog running from the blazing Mt. Carmel Center, about a quarter mile away. Clearly, three have their hands up in the air, in a "come out with your hands up" fashion. If so, who told them to do so? The picture does not tell the story.
The lack of photographic archives at The Dallas Morning News stands in sharp contrast to the Austin American-Statesman, which was able to produce a dozen photographs of the fire from the Statesman archives (cited in the list of photographs above).
We therefore conclude this picture is synthetic—not genuine. The image is a fitting summary for the news coverage of the whole event.
The issue of "Davidian survivors" is fraught with questions, as told these chapters of the Museum: