History and Historiography

It’s That Time Of Year Again – Waco: 28 Years Later

By Peter R. Quinones

On February 28, 1993, ATF’s “Operation Showtime” was launched at the Branch Davidian’s house/church dubbed; Mount Carmel, outside of Waco, Texas. The reasons for their invasion vary according to whomever is telling the story. Allow me to provide one that you won’t hear in the corporate press, one that I call “The Ruby Ridge Black Eye.” I contend that if Ruby Ridge had never happened, Waco probably wouldn’t have either.

Books have been written about the ATF and FBI actions at Ruby Ridge so I see no need to go into great detail here. But what some may not know and should is that the ATF immediately came under scrutiny due to Randy Weaver’s 14-year-old son, Sammy, and his wife Vicki being murdered by government bullets. One US Marshal was shot and killed by what was argued at trial as “friendly fire.” (Bock, Ambush at Ruby Ridge, p. 8-9)

It is worth noting, however, how Randy Weaver came to be in the government cross-hairs. When Weaver and his family moved to a remote area of Idaho (about 40 miles from the Canadian border), Randy started to fellowship with the Aryan Nations, a white supremacist group that had a compound in the area. Although Randy didn’t join the group, the association was damning enough, especially when the corporate media ran with that narrative during coverage of the siege. The ATF had an undercover agent in the group who convinced Randy to sell him two shotguns.  When delivery was made, the undercover agent asked Randy to saw off the barrels. At first Randy balked, but after much prodding he performed the task. Randy was then arrested and told that if he became an informant for the Feds against the Aryan Nations the charges would be dropped. He refused and the Feds pursued charges against him.

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