Hindsight is a wonderful thing,” he says. “And I think if you ask anyone that was involved in this situation from the on-scene commander to the rank-and-file agents in the field that we probably would not have gone forward on the 19th of April or any other time with a tear-gassing operation knowing now that they intended to set that place on fire.” – Byron Sage, head of the FBI negotiating team in Waco.
This is not a rehash of the events in 1993, it is a reminder. If you are unfamiliar with the events, the FBI’s fatal mistake after 51 days of armed standoff and why this event lead to the Oaklahoma City bombing of the Murrah building; we have provided links for further reading.
Timothy McVeigh was interviewed by the reporter who took this photograph, Michelle Rauch. Link to her testimony in Sources
Attorney General Janet Reno’s hubris and order to use flamable teargas to end the 51 day standoff lead to …April 19, 1995 – Halieus Media, previous post for April 19, 2018
- TESTIMONY OF MICHELLE RAUCH CONCERNING HER 1993
INTERVIEW WITH TIMOTHY McVEIGH IN WACO
(McVeigh Trial–June 10, 1997) – law2.umkc.edu
- Timothy McVeigh at Waco – American Experience, PBS.org
- 1993 Federal agents raid the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas – History.com
- Larry Gilbreath … This is one part of the story from that time … that nobody’s ever heard. – cbs.com