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were deputized as U.S. marshals and were asked to look for
possible federal criminal violations. In sworn testimony
before Congress, one of the investigating Rangers said that
the two ATF commanders, Phil Chojnacki and Chuck Sarabyn,
lied to him about what had happened on February 28, 1993.
Because ordinary citizens are sent to jail for lying to
federal investigators, the Ranger recommended that Chojnacki
and Sarabyn be indicted and prosecuted.79 The Ranger gave
his recommendation to federal prosecutor Bill Johnston.
Johnston, in turn, referred the matter to the Department of
Justice in Washington, which took no action.80
In October 1994 the Treasury Department did suspend
Chojnacki and Sarabyn from active duty for making false
statements, but they were subsequently reinstated with full
back pay and had the entire Waco incident expunged from
their personnel records.81
FBI Agents Fired More Than 350 Ferret Rounds into Mt.
The FBI has always admitted firing more that 350 ferret
rounds at the Davidians on April 19, 1993. The ferrets were
fired into the residence from hand-held grenade launchers.
Ferret rounds are fired at such a speed that they are cap-
able of causing serious injury or death. Government docu-
ments and testimony euphemistically refer to the "delivery"
of tear gas into the residence--as if the the ferrets were
delivered by United Parcel Service. Firing ferret rounds
into a building without knowing which adults are threatening
and which are not--and without knowing where children are
located--manifests an extreme indifference to human life.
Such indifference is not only unconscionable but criminal.
Department of Treasury Report on Waco - Appendix A …
Special Prosecutor Danforth's investigation of the Waco
incident tried to draw a distinction between "bad judgement"
and "bad acts." When he was appointed special prosecutor,
Danforth promised that he would not file charges against any
government employee for exercising bad judgement. But the
firing of ferret rounds on April 19th cannot be brushed
aside as simply bad judgement. A police officer exercises
bad judgement if he uses the siren on his car to speed
through traffic to a dental appointment. What happened at
Waco was far more serious.
An ordinary citizen would not be accused of mere "bad
judgement" if he used a grenade launcher to fire ferret
rounds into a nursery school. If a child were struck and
killed by one of the ferrets, the citizen could face murder
charges. Even if the citizen intended only to scare people,
he could be held liable for second degree murder because his
actions consciously disregarded a substantial and unjustifi-
able risk of harm to others.82
FBI agents might have been justified in firing ferret
rounds into all of the windows of the Mt. Carmel complex if
they had reasonably believed the children were going to be
killed in a mass suicide. Attorney General Janet Reno has
already admitted, however, that no such exigency existed on
the day of the assault.
Government officials cannot use color of their office
to commit crimes against citizens.83 Since at least one
child was struck by a ferret round, second degree murder
charges may be appropriate.84 Note that such charges have
been leveled against law enforcement officers after other
controversial incidents. In 1999, for example, prosecutors
in New York charged the police officers involved in the
Amadou Diallo killing with "depraved indifference to human
life," a second degree murder charge that carried a sentence
of 25 years to life.85
Whether or not sufficient proof can be mustered to
sustain a second degree murder charge, charges relating to
the reckless endangerment of human life are certainly in
FBI Agents Used Tanks to Demolish Sections of Mt.
The FBI has always admitted that its tear gas "inser-
tion" plan called for tanks to smash holes in the walls of
the Mt. Carmel complex. Government documents and testimony
employ euphemisms to describe what happened.
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