Fireball over Mt. Carmel Center on April 19, 1993 (Time Magazine, May 3, 1993). Military experts say this explosive phenomena is characteristic of Special Ops demolitions, effected by detonating 55-gallon drums of jet fuel. The Justice Department Report makes no mention of this fireball (see section "The Fire," pgs. 295-304).
Waco Holocaust Electronic Museum:
"Fire is so efficient at erasing things, it is very popular as a means of hiding the evidence of murder . . ." --Douglas Ubelaker, Curator of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institute, top consultant to the FBI in Waco, quoted in Bones, A Forensic Detective's Casebook,pgs. 140-141.
September 5, 1999--A magician focuses the attention of the audience by twirling the hat in his right hand. His audience is so distracted by the hat, they do not notice his left hand, in plain sight, performing the magic trick.
That is what is happening now in the "new revelations" about the inferno that engulfed the Mt. Camel Center in Waco, Texas on April 19, 1993. "Whatever you do, don't look at the fire!" says the magician. "Look here instead, at the debate over pyrotechnic tear gas canisters!"
We look. "Outrageous," we say. "Look, the FBI was only trying to get the Davidians to come out, but they used the wrong canisters and caused this huge house fire . . . " And the magician gets away with the trick, yet again.
Ever since April 19, 1993, the US has presented the fire at the Mt. Carmel Center as one BIG house fire. Various explanations for the fire were given. Cover story Number One: The Davidians set their own house on fire. Not everybody believed it.
Then we heard cover stories 2.0 and 2.5, the Mrs. Murphy and cow explanations: Tanks knocked over kerosene lamps inside Mt. Carmel, the kerosene spilled onto the hay, the hay caught fire and set the house on fire.
That story did not sell too well, either. There never was a satisfactory explanation of why the Davidians -- Bible students -- kept hay in their house. Many members of the public smelled bull.
All of these explanations, and now the current ones, are designed to deflect the public's attention from the obvious truth. The Mt. Carmel inferno was not a house fire. It was started deliberately by the US military, the Special Operations Command, to cover its murders of the Branch Davidians. The fire at the Mt. Carmel Center was a Special Operations demolition fire, and it was fueled by petroleum.
US News and World Report, May 3, 1993:
Aerial view of the Mt. Carmel ruins
Chicago Tribune, April 21, 1993: Aerial view of the Mt. Carmel ruins
Newsweek, May 3, 1993: Aerial view of the Mt. Carmel ruins
Notice that we can not see even the skeleton of the house. The fire lasted 40-45 minutes. It burned with extraordinary intensity. No beams. No rafters. Nada. Nothing.
This was no ordinary house fire.
Now let's have a closer look at the Mt. Carmel Center before the fire, and note its architectural features. Take a viewpoint facing the front of the building. Notice that the three story residential tower in the center of the structure; notice that immediately behind that tower and to the left there is empty space and a swimming pool. To the right there is a gymnasium.
US News/World Report, May 3, 1993:
Model of Mt. Carmel on final day
Chicago Tribune, April 21: Diagram of Mt. Carmel site before the fire
Newsweek, May 3, 1993: Diagram of Mt. Carmel Center
Treasury Report: Mt. Carmel before raid
Now look at this picture of the Mt. Carmel Center during the inferno, and notice that this empty space and swimming pool area immediately behind and to the left of the three story tower is aflame.
Newsweek, May 17, 1993: Aerial view of
Newsweek, May 3, 1993: Ground level view of the fire
Newsweek, May 3, 1993: Ground level view of the fire (later photo)
Soldier of Fortune, July, 1993: Ground level view of the fire
Time, May 3, 1993: Ground level view of the fire
Time, May 3, 1993: Ground level view of the fire (reduced image of above)
Notice the height of those flames! Such magic! Surely only the most gifted magician could get empty space to burn like that!
But, no, Josephine. Swimming pools and bare ground don't burn unless someone applies a flammable agent.
Now go through those photos again and look at the color of the smoke. Yes, the smoke--all of it -is pitch black. Even the smoke coming from the burning, empty ground immediately behind and to the left of the three story tower . . .
Black smoke is characteristic of a petroleum fire. For example, consider this from oil-well fire fighter Red Adiar's web page.
"Kuwait was stripped and set on fire by the retreating Iraqi troops during the final days of the Gulf War. Black smoke filled the sky . . . " Read that? B-L-A-C-K smoke!
Now here is another dead giveaway on the cause of the fire. Look at this fireball: Time, May 3, 1993.
Military experts say that this explosive phenomena is characteristic of Special Operations demolitions, effected by detonating 55-gallon drums of jet fuel. When the Justice Department issued its report on Waco some years ago, the text on the fire did not even mention this fireball. (see section "The Fire," pgs.. 295 304). Such an oversight. Isn't that curious?
With this in mind, we discover that Francis X. Leahy, described as an "independent religious researcher" submitted a 40-page analysis on the Waco siege to the FBI on April 8, 1993, just eleven days before the inferno. On page 39 of the report, Leahy's predicts:
"The standoff, as it now exists, will end after Sunday, April 18th, which will complete the seven week cycle for tribulations. At the completion of that cycle an angel of the Lord is to give an analysis of the situation, and tell David what to do. It must be a fiery ending, and David and a number of his followers must die.
"Whether it be on the Sunday marking the beginning of the eighth week, or a day or two later, there will be some aggressive action by the Federal law enforcement officials. Suicide is not written in the book. David and his followers must be slain. That means something must be set up, even if the final conflagration is caused internally, it must be because of some act of the law enforcement officials . . . "
News of Leahy's remarkable prediction was published in the Dallas Morning News, April 22, 1993
Boy, talk about clairvoyant! Leahy predicted a fire on April 18, 19, or 20, and he was right on the money. He predicted a fire after some "aggressive action" by the US, and he was right about that, too.
Leahy is an "independent religious researcher"? Why? Not too many of us need an "independent religious researcher." Making a living at that must be tough. But many of us need a competent fortune teller. Leahy could make a fortune in the business.
Coincidentally, Francis X. Leahy was married to Joyce Sparks, the Child Protective Services social worker who investigated the child abuse charges against the Davidians . . .
So here, in Leahy's "prediction," we see Special Operations public relations at work, preparing "thorough and accurate" public affairs program (prediction of fire) in advance of the operation (fire) to "integrate accurate representation [a-hem] of the mission to domestic audiences . . . ". But why did they have Leahy deny the Davidians would commit suicide when the FBI went on record saying that they did commit suicide?
It is a dictum of public relations that the public relations practitioner must design messages to address diverse audiences and their mind sets. Not all members of the public are stupid enough to believe cover story Number One, "the Davidians set themselves on fire." Therefore other cover stories had to be developed. And because many Americans believe government workers are incompetent and negligent, it was/is easy to construct a whole range of very believable alternate cover stories.
The Washington Post, September 2, 1999 front page story, Marshals Seize FBI Waco Tape, gives us the latest variant of the "Golly gee, we are so incompetence and negligent" cover story. Initially, on the morning of April 19, non-incendiary CS cartridges were fired, "But those cartridges had no effect . . . " and a Hostage Rescue Team member asked "for permission to use military tear gas cartridges that are incendiary."
Of course, the FBI just happened to have incendiary *military* tear gas cartridges on hand. And of course permission to use them was granted. The only question that remains unanswered is this: Why was "tear gas" that was flammable packed in cartridges that were incendiary?
Are we believing this?
The magician is getting us to focus on his right hand by waving his hat, while his left hand is doing the trick. Chapter II of the Special Operations manual puts it in military terms: the duty of Special Operations is to "divert the hostile power's attention and resources from the main battle area."
In this case, discerning Americans are the hostile power. Our attention is being diverted to yet another cover story. The battle area that our attention is being diverted from is the nature of the April 19 inferno that destroyed much of the evidence of a ghastly mass murder.
The fire and CS attack were a cover to provide a (semi-) plausible explanation for the Davidian deaths. Those Davidians who allegedly survived the fire did NOT of course survive the fire: They had been extracted before the event. That is why we get the wacky, contradictory, and discrediting stories about Davidian behavior that morning--stories about the menfolk abandoning the mothers and children and running out the back of the complex to save their own skins. The stories are not true.
The Davidians who were injured "during the fire" received their injuries earlier. That is why there were no smoke inhalation cases (or CS inhalation cases) among the "survivors."
The injured Davidian "fire survivors" were treated at Parkland Hospital during March and April. Those treatment records are sealed, as are the records of the payments the feds made to Parkland for the care of those Davidians.
Allow me to wrap up with a recent e-mail from a member of the US military. To protect my source, I have removed the e-mail address and omitted specific references to military units and locations:
=== Beginning of message ===
"To whom it may concern,
"I am very concerned by the evidence your museum puts forward. Frankly, it scares the bejeezus out of me. I am a member of the U.S. Army, and I am familiar with many of the terms in your discussions. I am in the [delete unit] at [delete location].
". . . the tactics used in Waco are textbook military. To begin, your assumption that the initial assault was designed to fail is absolutely certain. An objective is NEVER breached during the daytime. The advent of night-vision technology has rendered unnecessary, as the risk is greatly reduced when your opponents are blind and you are not. Also, any planned attack is not conducted without COVER or CONCEALMENT. Also, surprise is key, and security of that element NEVER breached. To understand this, one would have to have an understanding of the overall Military mentality, especially in the combat arms. Loose lips could get you or your buddies killed, so you never mention an upcoming operation.
"Next, the siege. The light and noise were most certainly more than just psychological operations on the Davidians (though that must have been a good testing ground for new equipment). The noise and light probably hid the activities of the actual killings, days before the fire. How could anyone make out the sound of gunshots and explosions amidst all of that chaotic din? Then the clean-up would have to be enacted, and though the Armed Forces are organized, they are anything but quick. It probably took several nights of hard work to cover up the evidence of any wrong doing.
"There were probably more dead in the initial assault . . . The plan is never to just assault from one side. No doubt there was a rear assault . . . [text deleted]
"Thank you for the museum,"
=== End of message ===
By the way, please feel free to do your own fire research at your local level. Next time you pass your firehouse, stop in. Ask the firemen how many fireballs like this they have seen in a house fire: Time, May 3, 1993
For additional information concerning the reliability of Branch Davidian
accounts of April 19, 1993, please see Veracity of American Justice
Federation Videos, and Veracity of Branch Davidian Statements
in Sources of Information.
This video footage, originally shot through a telephoto lens from the three-mile perimeter, showed one of the tanks rolling out of the Mt. Carmel Center building before the fire erupted. The video was distributed widely and provided a focus for public outrage over the Waco Holocaust. The Museum displayed this video sequence on the free-of-charge NBC website, but the page has been removed from public view by NBC webpage operators. Linda Thompson's footage sparked a major contraversy (details ).
The tank with the fire coming from its muzzle exited the building through
the area of the front doors. It is possible that the tank driver
had used the flame thrower to give the apparancy of a fire in the
concrete room, and to destroy the forensic evidence contained therein.
See: The Collapsed Bunker that Wasn't
a Bunker Didn't Collapse, NOT Crime
Scene Photos, and Incineration.
Fire: Catalogue of Evidence
Next Gallery: Now visit the Death
Search: Museum Text
Many people who distrust the mainstream media have turned to alternate news sources, some of which are Internet based. Unfortunately, many of these alternate sources of news simply promote an alternate series of lies. These alternate lies are of course dressed up as "exposÚs." But you can easily tell the phonies from the real thing. The information in the Waco Holocaust Electronic Museum is an acid test.
Does your news source promote Mike McNulty's video, Waco: The Rules of Engagement or wring its hands because the Davidian law suit against the government failed? (See Waco Documentary Is A Hoax! and Waco Suits for Waco Suckers.) Does your alternate news source carry promotional pieces about rebuilding the Davidian church in Waco and mouth nice words about "healing"? (See The Cover-up Church.)
Remember, since ancient times, inquiries into questionable deaths have started with the bodies of the victims. If your news source won't give you an honest and full account of the forensic information on Waco, or if it does not have a link to the Waco Holocaust Electronic Museum ... your alternate news has failed a fundamental acid test.
All original material is copyright 1996-2000 by Carol A. Valentine,
on loan to Public Action, Inc.
Postal Address: Carol A. Valentine, PO Box 15430 Wedgwood Station, Seattle, WA 98115