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April 2003 , Page 28 

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The citizen as enemy: Ten years after Waco, unanswered questions

By Jack King

It was a late winter Sunday afternoon in Washington. I was downstairs at the Calvert Grill, a restaurant below my apartment in Alexandria, VA, watching the television with a handful of expert golfers. Some places are music bars, some places are sports bars, the Calvert was a “golf bar.” The volume was turned off on the TV so the real experts could do their own commentary. The USA was leading in the Chrysler Cup, and team leader Tom Weiskopf was 14 under par in his first senior PGA tour event. When I next glanced at the television, the torpor of the senior tour erupted into a firefight.

Heavily armed federal agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were taking hits outside a sprawling white clapboard building on network television, beginning the worst disaster in the history of law enforcement. It was February 28, 1993. The long siege at Mt. Carmel, in Waco, Texas, had begun.

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