Why did the ATF/FBI raid on the Koresh compound in Waco fail?

The goal of the raid was to enter the compound, arrest David Koresh and his top lieutenants on suspicion of child abuse and weapons violations, search the compound, and take the children into state custody.

The actual outcome of the raid was a failed entry that left four agents and five cult members dead, then a long siege, then a fire that killed 76 people, including 22 children. Several of the children were babies under 1 year of age.

Any way you look at it, the mission was badly botched. But why? How, exactly, did the ATF/FBI agents who planned the raid end up failing? What tactics should they have used instead?

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  • 6 years ago
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    because the raid was compromised

    they knew the ATF was coming

    the ATF had an agent on the inside, who called the ATF and told them, to cancel the raid, they knew the ATF was coming

    the inside agent told the ATF that Koresh jogged everyday and they could easily pick gim up during his jog

    2. but the clinton political appointee who was running the show, had alrteady called the TV stations to cover the raid

    and did not want to look bad, by calling off the raid

    3. yes, Koresh was evil -- but the raid should have been called off and they could have picked up Koresh in a couple days

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  • 6 years ago

    Cults are very volatile; chances are they couldn't compensate for all the circumstances involved.

    Consider this, by some stretch of the imagination--what if the FBI, military and spies don't even think to search for the elusive Moe Green depicted in the Godfather movie, and instead prefer a tin foil hat. Innocent people should not die for others mistakes. edit: The point is, Bin Laden most likely has more friends in the USA.

    http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2013/09/...

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  • 6 years ago

    All those people dead for a simple gun violation and nobody was held responsible. Such a shame.

    As many said during the time....just back off and wait...when Koresh went to town, as he often did, it would have been easy to pick him up. LOL!

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  • Sean
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    6 years ago

    They should have arrested him at the local Walmart he frequented. The Ruby Falls debacle during the Clinton administration is even crazier, which led to the Oklahoma City bombing.

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  • mac
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    6 years ago

    Look sometimes you have to cut off a disease,sll the morons inside could have sent out the kids,my opinion.....the gov waited too long to go in wasted taxpayers money,waiting for a mad man...they got what tbey deserved

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    The morons put themselves in a choke point they entered through a second floor window meaning they had no real field of fire and as they entered they were easily picked off hell one on the roof waiting to go in got whacked just by the stray rounds coming through the walls.Tactically it was about as dumb as it gets.

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  • 6 years ago

    Cult leader went the way of Jim Jones, it really is too bad Jim Jones Jr used his own followers, including children, as human shields.

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  • phil
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    6 years ago

    talk about a super fail,all those people died,and koresch didn't violate any laws,the FBI under reno had a history of framing people,ask randy weaver

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    The criminals inside the cult compound hid behind the children as hostages. They refused to be taken alive so they eventually committed mass suicide.

    sean: All the evidence was inside the compound, Retard.

    phil: Randy Weaver was killed on Poppy Bush's watch you dunce.

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