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The Waco Investigation

    Branch Davidian compound/AP
The Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Tex. was engulfed in flames on April 20, 1993. (AP file)
The FBI reversed in September a six-year-old position that it never used munitions capable of sparking the blaze that ended a standoff with the Branch Davidian sect near Waco, Tex., and left 76 people dead.

The acknowledgment that FBI agents fired "a very limited number" of potentially incendiary tear gas cartridges on the final day of the 51-day siege contradicts congressional testimony from high-ranking Justice Department officials, such as Attorney General Janet Reno, who said that the tear gas used against the Davidians "could not have caused a fire."

Reno and FBI Director Louis J. Freeh have ordered "a full review of the facts and circumstances" surrounding the use of military gas canisters on that day, and the Attorney General has appointed former Republican senator John Danforth of Missouri to head an independent inquiry into the matter.

Read Post coverage of the controversy:


Judge Orders Waco Reenactment
Wednesday, November 17, 1999; Page A9
A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department and the FBI to engage in a reenactment of the final day of the Waco siege, using infrared cameras to help determine whether any federal agents shot at the Branch Davidians inside their compound.

Waco Reenactment Sought
Wednesday, November 10, 1999; Page A2
Waco special counsel John C. Danforth wants to reenact the final Branch Davidian siege to determine if federal agents fired their guns.

FBI Produces New Waco Documents
Friday, October 8, 1999; Page A16
The FBI has turned over to investigators newly discovered internal documents that detail the aggressive federal tactics used during the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas.

Expert Reaches Different Conclusion on Waco Events
Wednesday, October 6, 1999; Page A2
An expert in thermal imaging and videotape analysis retained by the federal government said that he believes an FBI agent fired shots during the bureau's 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas.

Danforth Promises Rapid Questioning
Tuesday, September 27, 1999; Page A2
John C. Danforth said he plans to move swiftly to interview key witnesses in his probe of the FBI's 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian complex before they testify to congressional committees or in court.

Rift Between Justice Dept. and FBI Widens
Monday, September 27, 1999; Page A3
Relations between the Justice Department and the FBI have become unusually hostile as a result of new revelations about the FBI's 1993 Waco siege.

Waco Prosecutors Recused From Further Inquiry
Wednesday, September 15, 1999; Page A6
The Justice Department removed the entire U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas from further work related to the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Tex.

Danforth Prepares for Waco Probe
Monday, September 13, 1999; Page A1
Former Missouri senator John C. Danforth said Sunday that he is already assembling a team of private attorneys and federal investigators to probe the government's 51-day standoff against the Branch Davidian sect in 1993 and would not hesitate to prosecute officials for wrongdoing.

Hill Got Incomplete Report on Waco Gas
Saturday, September 11, 1999; Page A1
An internal Justice memo indicates that the department failed to provide evidence to congressional investigators that it had at least four years ago regarding the use of potentially incendiary tear gas rounds during the 1993 Waco siege.

A Danforth Promises Aggressive Waco Probe
Friday, September 10, 1999; Page A1
Former senator John C. Danforth, appointed to investigate the FBI's 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound, said he intends to find out whether the government killed people and whether there was a cover-up.

Amid Waco Revelations, Lott Says Reno Must Go
Thursday, September 9, 1999; Page A1
The Senate's top Republican called for Attorney General Janet Reno's resignation, amid growing furor on Capitol Hill over the 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Tex.

GOP Attacks Reno for Waco Revelations
Monday, September 6, 1999; Page A2
Attorney General Janet Reno came under GOP fire for new evidence about the 1993 Branch Davidian siege, but Democrats asked why no one was demanding FBI Director Louis J. Freeh's resignation.

FBI Releases Second Waco Videotape
Saturday, September 4, 1999; Page A3
A second FBI videotape confirmed that potentially incendiary tear gas cartridges were used during the early stages of the 1993 assault on the Branch Davidian compound.

Danforth Leading Candidate to Head Waco Probe
Saturday, September 4, 1999; Page A3
Former senator John C. Danforth, a Missouri Republican, emerged as the leading candidate to conduct an independent inquiry into the 1993 Waco siege.

Reno's Upset With Belated Video Disclosure
Friday, September 3, 1999; Page A1
Attorney General Janet Reno was incensed to learn that the FBI discovered a controversial tape of the 1993 Branch Davidian raid on Saturday but waited four days to let her know about it.

FBI Tape Includes Tear Gas Decision
Friday, September 3, 1999; Page A1
A recorded conversation between two FBI agents during the final 1993 assault on the Branch Davidian compound revealed a hurried and seemingly casual decision to use potentially incendiary military tear gas cartridges in an attempt to penetrate an underground shelter near the compound.

Reno, Angry, Vows to Press FBI on Waco
Friday, August 27, 1999; Page A1
A visibly angry Attorney General Janet Reno pledged to investigate the latest revelations that FBI agents may have used potentially flammable tear gas canisters on the final day of their standoff with the Branch Davidian cult near Waco, Tex.

FBI Reverses Its Stand on Waco
Thursday, August 26, 1999; Page A1
The FBI reversed a six-year-old position that it never used munitions capable of sparking the blaze that ended a standoff with the Branch Davidian sect near Waco, Tex., and left 76 people dead.

Reno Strongly Defends Raid on Cult
Thursday, April 29, 1993; Page A1
Attorney General Janet Reno, challenged over her approval of the FBI's tear gas assault on the Branch Davidian compound passionately defended the government's actions while vowing not to engage in "recriminations."

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