The House Committee on Government Reform hired Carlos to examine the tapes. Unfortunately, he died from a heart attack (a weakness that ran in his family). The Committee thereupon issued statements that he’d never given them a report, that they were about to fire him, and essentially disavowing everything to do with him.
There was one problem with that story. Carlos had faxed me the report right after he gave it to the committee and briefed its staff. He found there were indeed gunshots. In fact, he pieced together an encounter. A Davidian appeared to throw something at an armored vehicle, and the something went off with a quick burst of heat. The hatches on the vehicle opened, some people dismounted, and fired in the direction of the fleeing Davidian. The battle went on from there. Carlos told me that as he played and paused the video for the congressional staffers, explaining what they were seeing, they looked like they were sucking on lemons.
Reading David’s series of posts on Waco is bringing back some very unpleasant memories and way too much adrenaline:
- Waco week (the memorial)
- Waco week (on the ATF story as to why they needed 80+ agents, three borrowed military helicopters, a large caravan of vehicles, etc.)
- Waco: Carlos Ghigliotti’s report
- On the last day, did the Davidians really shoot at the tanks?
- The destruction of the Davidian residence
What the government did to Randy Weaver and his family and what they did at Waco are a why I purchased my first gun, why I’m involved in the gun rights movement and why there is Boomershoot.