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Here's who talked the FBI and BATF into the attack on Waco.
By Michael Collins Piper
Writing in the Washington Post on July 2, a leading religious scholar let the cat out of the bag: a group with long standing and intimate ties to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) played a major role in stirring up federal actions against the Branch Davidians in Waco. This confirms a SPOTLIGHT report that was first published on May 17, 1993, just shortly after the Waco holocaust-and two years before the Post's story.
In light of allegations that it was the waco tragedy that ostensibly sparked the bombing of a federal building, these revelations should be brought to the attention of reporters and concerned citizens around the country who are trying to make sense of what happened in Oklahoma City.
If the tragedy at Waco was indeed the spark that set off the chain of events leading to the bombing in Oklahoma City (as the media has been suggesting) who, then, is to blame for Waco?
Although the FBI and the BATF played the front line role in the botched raid on the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas, with the loss of several BATF agents in the process, the fact is that a shadowy domestic intelligence organization known as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of B'nai B'rith was active behind the scenes.
It was the ADL that was prodding the government agencies into taking the harsh action that resulted in the Waco tragedy. Had it not been for the pressure from the ADL-which has long "shared information" with both the FBI and the BATF-Waco might never have happened.
Here are the facts: On April 16, 1993-just three days before the fiery holocaust at Waco-a leading ADL supporter publicly revealed the ADL's role in prodding the FBI/BATF actions at Waco, presumably not knowing, of course, of the awful ADL-provoked tragedy which lay ahead.
In a signed headline story which appeared in the April 16 edition of Heritage, Herb Brin, the publisher, praised the ADL's intelligence network and stated flatly:
U.S. and Texas authorities have precise documentation (from the ADL, of course) on the Branch Davidian cult in Waco and how it operated in the past."
In other words, the ADL, was "advising the FBI and the BATF on how to respond to the Davidians and what course of action would be necessary to bring the cult members out of the compound. and in light of the relationship among the FBI, the BATF and the ADL, it is apparent that it was the ADL's "documentation"-in Brin's words-that led to the fiery holocaust.
Brin's amazing revelation (ostensibly designed to praise the ADL's activities brought to light the truth about the propaganda and disinformation perpetrated about the hapless and beleaguered Branch Davidian religious sect. Then, of course, it was just three days later that the Davidians were massacred.
Despite all the words that have been written about Waco, the only publication to reveal the ADL role (other than Brin's Heritage newspaper) was The SPOTLIGHT, in a special report published on May 17, 1993, shortly after the Waco holocaust.
Now, slowly but surely, the truth about the ADL role at Waco is leaking out. The Washington Times published an article on May 1 by Dan Freedman of the Hearst newspapers which revealed:
"Peter Smerick, the FBI's lead criminal analyst and profiler of (Branch Davidian leader David Koresh, has broken his silence to charge that bureau officials pressured him into changing his advice on how to resolve the situation without bloodshed...He had counseled a cautious, non-confrontational approach to Koresh in four memos written from Waco for senior FBI officials between March 3 and March 8, 1993.
"But he was pressured from above, Mr Smerick says, as he was writing a fifth memo March 9. As a result that memo contained subtle changes in tone and emphasis that amounted to an endorsement of a more aggressive approach against the Branch Davidians."
Although Smerick was initially hesitant to point an accusing finger, he changed his mind, according to the report, "after becoming convinced that the traditionally independent process of FBI criminal analysis had been compromised at Waco.
The ADL, using its influence at the highest levels of the FBI, caused the issuance of a faulty and biased analysis that resulted in the Waco Tragedy.
However, it was not until July 2 that an article buried in the opinion section of the Washington Post laid out-at least in part-the details of the ADL's covert involvement.
The author of the article in question was J. Gordon Melton, director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion in Santa Barbara, California and author of the authoritative Encyclopedia of American Religions. His co-author, Larence Criner, is a journalist.
Under the headline "What the hearings may tell us" appeared the provocative subtitle asking the question, "Did the federal authorities head the wrong `experts'?"-a question Melton and Criner believe the much ballyhooed congressional hearings on Waco must address if the inquiry is to be complete.
(They point out that some members of Congress want to divert attention from the truth about Waco to the "Militia" bogeyman, whereas others-primarily Republicans-hope to use the hearings to embarrass the Democratic Clinton administration.)
Melton and Crinter said: "It will be disappointing if the purpose of the bearings is lost in the netherworld of American politics, especially as new information surfaces on what occurred behind the scenes before the Davidian compound went up in flames." Here is the siege, and who helped to script it?"
The authors explored, in some detail, the conflict within the FBI over the precise approach to be utilized in dealing with the Branch Davidians, noting, in particular, the problems that faced the FBI's Peter Smerick (referenced above) and the failure by the authorities to attempt to understand Koresh's religious theology and how it would impact upon the standoff-a mater that the authors view as a major factor that was explicitly ignored. The authors than went on to suggest:
Another area for the hearings to explore is law enforcement's connection to outside "experts" with axes to grind. In this case, the FBI had been prepared for this moment by the anti-cult movement, whose ideals are embodied in The Cult Awareness Network (CAN) and the American Family Foundation.
For years, these organizations have presented their views on mind control and manipulation to anyone who would listen, including some within the FBI.
Integral to his perspective is the charge of cult preparedness for mass suicide. During Waco, the FBI relied heavily on an anonymously written "white paper" that summarized this view. Agent Jamar, in the first congressional hearings on Waco, emphasized its "usefulness in the weeks before the fire."
Another person who played a role in the Davidian drama was Rick Ross, who is listed as a "cult expert" and self-described "deprogrammer" in the government's official report on Waco, Ross told the FBI he "would willingly aid law enforcement in an attempt to destroy a cult."
Nancy Ammerman, professor of sociology at Emory University, in her addendum to the government's report, says that Toss was "closely involved with both the ATF and FBI," supplying the ATF with the "name of an ex-member he believed would have important strategic information."
Ross recently said in a deposition that he "acted as a liaison between ATF and David Block," a Davidian who turned against the group when he was "deprogrammed" by Ross in 1992.
In light of the course the FBI followed, why did the federal authorities tend to put more faith in "cult experts" than in credentialed authorities in religious studies? These questions have not been fully investigated. The congressional hearings, if they are to be worthwhile and revealing, must focus on answering them.
According to research by the editors of Executive Intelligence Review: in 1974, a long time ADL functionary Rabbi Maurice Davis founded Citizens Engaged in Reuniting Families (CERF), a deprogrammers' front which later merged into the two major anti-cult agencies, the American Family Foundation and the Cult Awareness Network.
The ADL then established a full time anti-cult center, housed at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the B'nai B'rith. The Cult Center of B'nai B'rith maintained joint offices with the Cult Awareness Network. In this way, the ADL established formal, ongoing links to the AFF/CAN, which continue to the present.
What is all the more intriguing about Rabbi Davis is his own long time ties to the CIA's infamous MK-ULTRA mind control experiments, beginning in the 1950s, that included the use of LSD and other mind altering drugs.
Initial impetus for the CIA's mind control operations come from Richard Helms who later went on to head the CIA's entire clandestine operations program and then to serve as CIA director. Helms' idea was approved by then CIA chief Allen Dulles who gave his subordinate the go ahead to set the project in motion.
Placed in charge of coordinating the CIA's MK-ULTRA mind control operations was the CIA's chief of counter-intelligence, James Jesus Angleton, who is best remembered for being the chief asset of Israel's intelligence service, the Mossad, at the CIA.
(Angleton was forced to resign from the CIA in 1974 when his role in CIA covert domestic spying on Americans-in conjunction with the ADL-was revealed.)
Working directly under Angleton as the chief of operations for MK-ULTRA was the chief of the agency's technical services division Dr. Sidney Gottlieb.
Under the direction of Angleton and Gottlieb, numerous CIA mind control experiments were carried out in various parts of the country and in Canada. Rabbi Maurice Davis, it just so happens, was one of those who was a major player in one particular venture.
IN 1975 the CIA formally admitted that experiments were conducted at the Federal Addiction Research Center in Lexington, Kentucky, involving the administration of drugs, including hallucinogens, to prisoner volunteers.
One prisoner, James H. Childs, testified to a Senate committee of inquiry that the prisoners who participated in the CIA program were paid off by the CIA in the form of addictive drugs.