Waco raid inquiry finds grave errors
Friday 01 October 1993
A new report blamed the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) - a wing of the Treasury Department - for the botched raid in which four federal agents were killed and more than 20 wounded by waiting, heavily armed cult members.
'ATF Director Stephen Higgins assured Treasury the raid would not proceed if the element of surprise was lost,' the Treasury Secretary, Lloyd Bentsen, said in releasing the report into the raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas on 28 February.
'It is now clear that those in charge in Texas realised that they had lost the element of surprise before the raid began,' said Mr Bentsen. 'They erred by failing to abort the mission.' Mr Bentsen repeatedly called the decision to proceed 'an absolute violation of instructions'.
- 1 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 2 What supermodels really think about posing in the nude
- 3 North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
- 4 Black teen in critical condition after store employee 'shoots him for stealing 79-cent pack of cookies'
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
Greece debt crisis explainer: A history of just how the country landed itself in such a mess
North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
Isis schoolgirl Amira Abase who fled London to join terrorists in Syria mocks victims of Tunisia massacre
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
£7 - £10 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This care provider is looking for Home ...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's leading web des...
£27000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A growing, successful, friendly...
£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This family owned, independent ...