I am working on a number of projects at the moment, including, primarily, Absolved. (See below, "Just finish the fookin' book.") Yet for all of that, as we sit on the cusp of the new age that is Obamaism, I am drawn back to the Original Sin of Waco. Why? Perhaps because Eric Holder reminds me that many of the same Clintonistas involved in it (and members of the permanent government like "Waco Jim" Cavanaugh) are still around, older, wilier and emboldened by the unconstitutional powers given them in the intervening eight years of Bushism -- PATRIOT, etc.
I recommend to all Three Percenters who have not yet done so that they get copies of Mike McNulty's riveting documentaries on Waco. They are Waco: The Rules of Engagement, Waco: A New Revelation and his latest, The FLIR Project. There are many outlets for these works, and I could link them, but I would like you to contact Mike directly.
Mike is a man who has spent himself into penury in the pursuit of justice in this case, and if you purchase these works directly from him, or from the sources that he suggests, he may be able to generate the cash to continue his work. He has not asked me to do this, nor have I checked with him for permission to do so. I am doing it because I believe it to be the right course of action. You need the information and he needs the money. His latest effort, The FLIR Project, has an image that has, now that I have seen it, burned into my own memory.
It is that of FBI and Delta shooters, posing like big game hunters at what used to be the back of Mount Carmel, weapons held casually, while behind them in the rubble stares the empty eye sockets of a Davidian skull.
Mike has been prompted to return to the film making process by Obama's promise to give us a "Civilian Defense Force." Mike knows what that looks like. It looks like a Davidian skull staring in silent reproach at the backs of his proud murderers.
Mike's email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop him a line, and an order.
Those of you who already have copies of ROE and A New Revelation, dust off the VCR and watch them again. and after you do so, get this book.
I have been reading Hardy and Kimball's book with a fresh eye, again, for the same reasons I have returned to McNulty's work. They reminded me of one of the reasons we first had an AWB:
The rubble had not been cleared before agency investigations commenced; by late summer the resulting reports were delivered to the Secretary of the Treasury and the Attorney General. The Treasury Department Report concluded that, yes some mistakes had been made . . . The recommendations for improvement were to give ATF more money and power; they included more training for ATF's local SWAT teams, creation of a special national ATF SWAT team that would (like the FBI's HRT) train full-time and be issued machine guns, and restriction of private ownershiop of assault rifles so that ATF would always hold the upper hand in any conflict with civilians. (Emphasis supplied, MBV) -- P. 31)
Hardy also has this to say in his conclusion, and it is even more relevant today than then, if for no other reason than the fact that number of firearm owners and the number of firearms in their hands is even greater than it was then. (Note: All emphases in the quote below are in the original.)
While we are considering the agency whose conduct gave us the Waco incident, we might also consider the laws whose enforcement gave rise to the entire problem. To underline the question thus posed, we are dealing with a population of some 75 million gun owners, who are in possession of something over 200 million firearms, only a small percentage of which are recorded. This particular genie has been "out of the bottle" for some 200 years.
Here, the handwriting is on the wall: short of unbelievably draconian enforcement efforts, which would foment a resistance that would make the IRA's pale by comparison, those guns will stay in the hands of their civilian owners. Those owners are, disproportionately, the type of citizens who are the best underpinning of a stable democracy, and the LAST group a rational policymaker would want to alienate -- the type of citizens who vote, proudly serve in the military, pay their taxes, and take "duty, honor, country" and "semper fidelis" seriously. . . Historically, gun-owning individuals have been the segment of the population most likely to rise up and defend democracy, and certainly the segment most capable of doing so. These people are NOT innately anti-government: quite the contrary. They are inherently strong supporters of the nation, the government, the system, and are being DRIVEN INTO OPPOSITION by assaults on their values and insults to themselves.
The growing alienation of this segment of society has been deepened by the virtual media blackout of the issues it believes to be important. . . To secure passage of the (AWB) statements were made which can only be described as lies . . . Our point here is not the merits or demerits of the legislation, but rather that a sizeable and valuable part of our citizenry was left with indelible impressions that: (a) Congress could and would enact irrational laws, for no better reason than to offend, restrict, or annoy them; (b) Congress and the media could and would lie and fabricate to achieve this end; and (c) "the system" did not care about their interests, however logical and just -- IN FACT, IT TOOK A MALICIOUS DELIGHT IN OFFENDING THEM. This is a textbook formula for alienation of a large and valuable sector of our population, and for a public policy failure.
I guess you can call initiating a civil war "a public policy failure." Hardy wrote all of the above in 2001. Here we are, eight years later, about to go where no American has gone before, unless you count 1775 and 1861.
The original sin of Waco has not been expiated by punishment of the murderers who carried it out. In the intervening 15 years, those who did it and those who covered it up have merely advanced in government, rewarded for their participation in and being handmaidens of the mass murder of American citizens, including innocent women and children.
And now, courtesy of Obama, here they come again. "Send in the Waco Killers," as Vin Suprynowicz wrote.
They are coming.
Understand what they did and how they did it, and you will be better able to stop them this time.
But understand this most of all.
This time, we are ALL Davidians.
There is, given the total corruption of the Founders' Republic delineated in "This Is Not An Assault," but one way to deal with the unrepentant Waco sinners of past and future.
When they come for us this time in murderous attack, we must defend ourselves effectively and introduce them to God.
He'll sort them out.
This time, we are ALL Davidians.
Though I might not phrase it quite like that, I share the sentiment. I've been talking to a few people about this possibility and I don't think anyone has got it yet. If the coming regime does what I'm sure they want to -- but I do hope they're not stupid enough to attempt -- then we will likely see tens or even hundreds of Wacos and tens or hundreds of Ruby Ridges.
But this time it's not going to be unusual religious sects or white separitists that most of us won't relate to. It'll be me. It'll be Phil Gordon. And though it surely won't be the Vice President himself, it will even be Joe The Farmer with his two shotguns.
"This time, we are ALL Davidians."
Well, that rather neatly sums it up. But do you really think that the vast majority of American gunowners, or citizens, apprehend the government's position and intentions?
I remain skeptical.
Is it not ironic that the movie, Defiance, is being released at this exact point in our nation's history?
I recall the quote which MV brought back to all of our minds, that if some of the governments' agents had not returned from their daily roundups of dissidents, their feelings of invincibility and superiority would have been shaken. They would not have felt that they were superior beings, immune from the consequences of their actions.
If Koresh and the other Davidians had not been, at heart, pacifistic in nature ( stocking old weapons only because they believed an apocalyptic event might demand their self-defense measures) - if they had ahot back with directed, accurate fire, at the gutless government bastards who were planning their slaughter - then a few of those blobs of cosmic diarrhea would not be blighting the earth today, and the next-gen stormtrooper wannabes would hesitate for just a moment before breaking down the next citizen's door.
And that one moment of hesitation is all that it will take.
Mike, this is a great post. I have never heard of those books and dvd's, though I am surely going to get them soon. This is what has always bothered me, that we have freedom of and not from religion, nor does it matter if you have what others may call a kooky religion as it is none of their (the governments or anyone elses) business. Thank you for this post and finish the damn book.
"many of the same Clintonistas involved in it (and members of the permanent government like "Waco Jim" Cavanaugh) are still around, older, wilier and emboldened by the unconstitutional powers given them in the intervening eight years of Bushism -- PATRIOT, etc."
That's correct. Obama will have new powers that Clinton could only have dreamed of.
But Mike, the Patriot Act is just scratching the surface of the ILLEGITIMATE expansion of Executive power during the Bush Admin.
Enemy combatant status is far, far more dangerous, and strikes right at the heart of the Bill of Rights.
Mike, have you read this?:
If you have not, you really should. Turns out there was a proposal in 1996 that the Clinton Admin use the laws of war, and military tribunals, against McVeigh and against the militias in general. Imagine what would have happened if Clinton had done so.
Well, that proposal has now been put into effect, and what was theoretical in 1996 is now considered the law of the land, just waiting for Obama to use it against "domestic terrorists." (that means us).
Excellent post, and thanks for the reminders about these works on the Waco outrage. This is exactly what we need to keep in mind as we face Jan. 20.
Welshman (The Liberty Sphere)
Here's a tip, judging from my experience of the shooting community in the UK and my wider knowledge of human psychology, the hardcore Prags will be amongst your worst enemies. They'll be "working within the system" to include actively aiding the Waco Killers against the Threepers. The only way the Prags will be able to fight the cognitive dissonance generated by the failure of their belief system is to pretend to themselves their beliefs haven't failed them, despite all factual evidence to the contrary. Take a watch of the documentary series, "The Nazis, a Warning From History" and you'll see the pathology laid out.
They have failed because they are not practical men with sound moral principles. Give me an honest enemy any day.
Matthew 16:3 (KJV). And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
It does occur to me that there ought to be an equivalent to the old 'Armageddon Clock' from the Bulletin.
A simple flash graphic, free for anybody, showing 'what time it is'. If anti-nuke Libs can do it, why not us?
I wonder if that would be of interest?
For decades I have tried to explain to people who willingly tolerate and tacitly support these tyrannical laws and actions taken under them, who believe it is the thing to do because they are being used against those "other people". By "other people" they mean people they, themselves, do not approve of, or whose beliefs they don't share.
I have pointed out to them that in every case the media has made an issue of those "other people". People usually so neutral as to effect on others, that they had never heard of them before.
Then I point out to them, that "WE" are those other people to the people who send out the killers.
To my knowledge, intellect, reason, logic, and irrefutable history have never trumped the emotional need to believe it could never happen to "them".
I cannot think of one person in all those decades who has believed what I had said.
I can only hope that as egregious violation of the citizen has followed egregious violation of the citizen ad infinitum, that some flash of memory of our conversations and debates has caused, at least some portion of, them to reexamine the premise and begin to apply logic and reason to the issues and realize the they truly are "those other people". And that they had better take a hand in the game.
In all honesty, I think mostly no such revelation has occurred. I think this because I think it is more a matter of heart and not intellect. Just too damn many of us have not the courage to be free, nor to fight for it.
Hence, my contempt for pragmatists who refuse to draw a line in the sand. I have no heartburn with pragmatism, except when it becomes an excuse for cowardice.
When those who would devour you know nothing will make you risk harm by resisting, they will harm you to the ultimate. The prags never seem to understand this. I think they lie. "Seem" is the operative word, because I have not noticed a lack of intellectual power in them, only the lack of courage to declare and defend the line which shall not be crossed.
I'm still waiting for Waco Justice.
Re: Bill St. Clair
Great link! I can't agree more. There is just something about those who would burn babies alive. Killing innocents = automatic war crime. Period. End of the fucking story. Killing innocents and ENJOYING it? That is not just a war crime, that is a PSYCHOLOGICAL ANOMALY. Perpetrators should be put on display for everyone to see. The Japanese Kwantung Army killed many babies at Nanjing, Han'chun (Seoul), and Heillongjiang. You should have seen what the North Koreans did to captured Kwantung Army officers. The Koreans have a remarkable skill of being able to keep an enemy alive for many days, yet screaming on and on.
I often read your blogs, and often agree with them. I too would like to think that if the government ever came knocking on my doors to "take my guns" that I would drawl the line at that very door.
But what I don't hear much about is what the three percenters are doing NOW. I don't mean stock piling ammo and food. I mean to stop the "next civil war." Is anyone writing their congressmen/senators? Is anyone petitioning the government? Voting is important, but as Americans we get to lobby our representatives DURING THE TERM. Even the Declaration of Independence declares that all peaceful measures had been taken before they declared war; no cop, no ATF, and no Soldier should be shot at anyone's front door who cannot also say they have expended all peaceful measure.
But once these measure have been used up, let them have what they deserve.
Note to 'Anonymous' -
You are perhaps new to the three percenter community, thus your question. If I may address this:
The only reason for people to even be tangentially aligned with the three percenters is that they have aleady spent years and in some cases, decades, writing, faxing, calling, visiting, and emailing every form of politician from local to federal. No one suddenly awakened on a bright sunny day and said, Hey - I know! Let's start preparing for an all out confrontation! No, the arrival at this point has been many years in the making, and all of the three percenters I know have not given up on lobbying, writing, etc. - but they are ready to stand up and step to the line, when the time comes.
Hope this is helpful. Keep reading!
"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .
. . . After all, you knew ahead of time that those bluecaps were out at night for no good purpose. And you could be sure ahead of time that you'd be cracking the skull of a cutthroat. Or what about the Black Maria sitting out there on the street with one lonely chauffeur? What if it had been driven off or its tires spiked? The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!"
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago .
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