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How soon we forget Waco, Ruby Ridge

Letter to the Editor

When I was young, I liked to watch the TV show, “The Untouchables.” I understood that these FBI agents were “incorruptible.” Maybe back then, but not today! How soon we forget Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas. These were the most damning acts of a corrupt and out of control example of federal government agencies violating our Constitution. Killing American citizens with arrogance and immunity from prosecution. 

If a state, county or city police officer kills someone in the line of duty and are found not guilty by a jury, the federal prosecutors can and do charge them with violating the dead person’s civil rights. The sentences they hand out far exceed what they would have gotten if they had agreed to plead guilty to the killing. In the Weavers case, both Mr. Weaver and his son were shot in the back. Mrs. Weaver was shot in the head. The FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. had given the field agents a shoot-to-kill order, which was an illegal order. The FBI sniper was eventually charged with involuntary manslaughter in state court, but the case was taken over by a federal judge who dismissed the charges. I guess the civil rights of those killed by the feds don’t matter.

In Waco, the BATF started the standoff, but the FBI ended it “ to save the children!” They ended up killing all the women and children still inside. Who was at fault? David Koresh? Certainly not the feds.

In both cases, local police were told to mind their own business and stay out of their way. In both cases, second-degree murder was committed by federal agents under the color of law. I wonder if any of the current leaders of the FBI were involved in these two incidents? It is food for thought.  

John Gaither



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