Sometime in the morning--we are lead to believe that the time was a few minutes earlier than 9:48 a.m.-- 100 "federal agents" in cattle trucks, and three black helicopters arrived at the Mt. Carmel Center.
Video footage broadcast by KWTX-TV shows three black helicopters low over the horizon while ATF troops fire blindly into the Mt. Carmel Center. These were the helicopters the Davidians say fired down into the second floor women's and children's quarters.
The National Guard did not possess black helicopters--they would have no reason to do so. Black US Army helicopters are characteristically flown by the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (the "Nightstalkers") , headquartered in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, a secret unit that delivers and picks up commandos working CIA and illegal Pentagon junkets (see A Death Cult Wears Black and The Black Army). Typically the 160th's flights are made at night, perhaps prompting the commanders of the 160th to paint the helicopters black.
The US government denies that the helicopters were armed, and denies that they strafed the building, but the evidence leaves little room for doubt.
They're still attacking.
There's a chopper with more of 'em.
Another chopper with more people--More guns goin' off. Here they come!"
Awright. Wayne Cah (unintelligible)
That's not us. That's them!
Mr. Zimmerman testified that when he visited Mt. Carmel during the siege and inspected the premises, he found holes in the plywood roof. All the splinters were facing down, indicating the shots had come from the sky into the rooms below (1994 San Antonio Trial of the Branch Davidians, Transcript, pgs.. 6610-11).
And they didn't have any distinct markings on them identifying them as Texas National Guard or US Army or anything like that, did they?
You just couldn't tell whose helicopters they were by looking at them, unless you knew something specific about your helicopter, right?
I wouldn't have known, would I?
Your honor, I object to what Mr. Carroll would know. I have no idea--
Sustain the objection.
. . .
The man on -- a man on the street without any special experience wouldn't have known, would he?
All Army helicopters are marked the same.
But this helicopter didn't have anything in white paint that said "U.S. Army," did it?
No, sir, not . . . "Questioning continues on different subject"
(Transcript, pg. 3296)
Note that the "National Guard" pilot has inadvertently admitted that the helicopter he was flying was an unmarked US Army helicopter.
As noted before, National Guardsmen can be selected to go on Special Operations missions, as can Army Reservists (Army Times, January 2, 1996, Special Ops: Bosnia's Best Hope, pg. 51). And Special Operations can form ad hoc teams for special missions--including commandos from ATF or FBI.
Whether the helicopters used in the February 28 assault were "National Guard" helicopters is an empty issue. Even if the helicopters that strafed the Mt. Carmel Center were owned by the State of Texas, when National Guard equipment and personnel are used in federal service, they operate on federal (Pentagon) command lines.
Now, there is an exercise in Constitutional absurdity: to cast as a "states rights" issue the use of some military helicopters, when that use consisted of strafing women and children with machine gun fire!
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Many people who distrust the mainstream media have turned to alternate news sources, some of which are Internet based. Unfortunately, many of these alternate sources of news simply promote an alternate series of lies. These alternate lies are of course dressed up as "exposés." But you can easily tell the phonies from the real thing. The information in the Waco Holocaust Electronic Museum is an acid test.
Does your news source promote Mike McNulty's video, Waco: The Rules of Engagement or wring its hands because the Davidian law suit against the government failed? (See Waco Documentary Is A Hoax! and Waco Suits for Waco Suckers.) Does your alternate news source carry promotional pieces about rebuilding the Davidian church in Waco and mouth nice words about "healing"? (See The Cover-up Church.)
Remember, since ancient times, inquiries into questionable deaths have started with the bodies of the victims. If your news source won't give you an honest and full account of the forensic information on Waco, or if it does not have a link to the Waco Holocaust Electronic Museum ... your alternate news has failed a fundamental acid test.
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This page last updated February 28, 2001.