A new short documentary by one of the filmmakers behind “Waco: The Rules of Engagement” and
“Waco: A New Revelation” concludes that the FBI did, indeed, fire on fleeing Branch Davidians while fire consumed the church at Waco, Texas, April 19, 1993, resulting in the deaths of 80 men, women and children.
The documentary takes aim at the findings of Special Counsel John Danforth, a former senator appointed by former Attorney General Janet Reno.
“The core question of the Waco holocaust has always been, ‘Did the FBI fire on the Branch Davidians as they sought to escape the burning building at midday on April 19?'” said Mike McNulty, the producer-director of “F.L.I.R Project.” “Special Counsel Danforth spent millions of taxpayers’ dollars in pursuit of answers to just this question alone. The conclusions Danforth offered on the subject of federal gunfire were based on flawed results. The special counsel’s team, out of ignorance or deceit, has destroyed the credibility of the March 19, 2000, ‘Waco Recreation’ at Fort Hood, Texas, and the scientific analysis that followed.”
McNulty said the flawed results, depicted in his documentary, were used in the courtroom of federal Judge Walter Smith to dismiss the last attempt of the surviving Davidians to exact justice for the attack on the church at Mount Carmel. The House Government Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Dan Burton, R-IN, followed the lead of Danforth’s investigation and Smith’s ruling and pronounced the Waco matter closed, blaming Davidian leader David Koresh alone for the event.
The “F.L.I.R. Project” used infra-red techniques to analyze flashes of heat emanating from outside the church buildings during the destruction of the compound by the FBI. It found that there was a high probability these flashes were caused by automatic gunfire from FBI positions.
McNulty characterizes this latest documentary as “the smoking gun” in the Waco tragedy.
McNulty is the director of the national interest group Citizens Organization for Public Safety, or COPS, which is concerned with the interaction between law enforcement and citizens.
“Waco: The Rules of Engagement” was honored as “Documentary Film of the Year” by the International Documentary Association for 1997, and received an Oscar nomination for “Best Feature-Length Documentary Film” for 1997. “Waco: A New Revelation” received the “Best Film of the Festival” award at the Houston Film Festival in the spring of last year.
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