Abstract: BATF and FBI abuse of power threatens individual rights, the rule of law, and due process. Extensive documentation.
Keywords: book review, conspiracy, FBI, BATF, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, coverup, Waco Branch Davidian disaster Texas 1993, David Koresh, Ruby Ridge, Randy Weaver, law enforcement, United States.
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Title: No More Wacos: What's Wrong with Federal Law Enforcement and how to Fix It
Author: David B. Kopel, Paul H. Blackman
Publisher: Prometheus Bound
Date Published: March 1997
ISBN: 1573921254
LOCN: HV8141.K67 1997
Dewey: 363.2/0973 21
Pages: 524
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Chapter 1: The Unwarranted Warrant

"Zee Big One"

Initial Investigation

Ignorance of the Law and of Firearms

Widely Available "Clandestine" Publications

Unreliable and Ignorant Witnesses

Irrelevant, Stale, and Absurd Allegations Against Koresh

The Lack of Probable Cause

Exercising First Amendment Rights as "Probable Cause"

The Exclusionary Rule

Chapter 2: A Search Warrant or a Death Warrant?

Could Koresh Have Been Arrested Outside the Mount Carmel Center?

The Arresting Difference Between Ordinary Criminals and Martyrs

Militarizing American Drug Law Enforcement

Why an Element of Surprise?

What Element of Surprise?


Who Started the Shooting?

Helicopters, Machine Pistols, and Other Weapons


Chapter 3: The Siege

The Rules of Engagement and the Hostage Rescue Team

Negotiations and Pressure

Had Negotiations Reached a Dead End?

The Surrender Letter and the Closing of Negotiations

CS Chemical Warfare Agent

D Day

The Attorney General

Chapter 4: The Great Disappointment

"Flames Await"

April 19

To Raze a Village

Child Abuse


Chapter 5: The Cover-Up

Cover-Up through the Siege and Immediate Aftermath

Executive Branch

Judicial Branch: The Trial

Legislative Branch: Congressional Oversight

The Fourth Branch: The News Media


Independent Counsel

Chapter 6: Policy Lessons

More Gun Control?

Why BATF Should Not Be Abolished, Even Though It Deserves to Be


Other Law Enforcement Agencies

Other Law Enforcement Improvements

Forfeiture Reform

Revive American and Media Support for Freedom of Religion

Demilitarizing Law Enforcement

Defederalizing Law Enforcement

The God that Answereth by Fire


Appendix A: The Comprehensive Public Safety and Federal Law Enforcement Improvement Act and Other Law Enforcement Reform

Appendix B: Chronology

Appendix C

Part 1: Cast of Characters
Part 2: Mount Carmel's Dead

Appendix D: Negotiation Tape Summaries


Author:        Kopel, David B.
Title:         No more Wacos : what's wrong with Federal law
                  enforcement and how to fix it / David B. Kopel & Paul H.
Published:     Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1997.
Description:   524 p., 4 p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
LC Call No.:   HV8141.K67 1997
Dewey No.:     363.2/0973 21
ISBN:          1573921254 (alk. paper)
Notes:         Includes bibliographical references (p. 477-487)
                  and index.
Subjects:      Law enforcement -- United States.
               Waco Branch Davidian Disaster, Tex., 1993.
Other authors: Blackman, Paul H.
Control No.:   96037639 //r97


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