Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997)
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The raw footage is phenomenal. One of the most detailed chronicles of a police raid ever captured. Questioned who the most dangerous presence was on that fateful day - the cult leaders or the FBI.
David Koresh was no doubt a crazy individual who most likely did engage in sex with underage girls, however it is clear that the FBI and the ATF grossly overstepped their bounds and covered-up a massive cluster-fuck that led to the deaths of nearly all the Branch Davidians (many of them innocent children). The film will make you so angry at the federal government and the media.
A horrific look at the Feds' wanton destruction and violation of its own citizen's rights. Intolerance, revenge, deceit, military zealotry and poor management all factor into the events that occurred on those days in 1993. The Davidians believed the apocalypse was inevitable, the ATF; in their shortsighted recklessness, gave them just that.
Watch in amazement as the bureaucratic food chain cover their collective asses with a never-ending series of lies and cover-ups. Keep on the lookout for a cameo appearance by our VP Mr. Biden who denies government responsibility. Hooray!
What makes this truly powerful as a documentary, however, is in the fact that there are good people out there. People who are not sheep, people who have a conscience and operate on a plane beyond the chain of command. Good folks who can stand up and object, not just fall over like dominos with a powder keg waiting at the end.
Also, to the other reviewers here that keep mentioning mass suicide: you're confusing this with the Jonestown massacre. The Branch Davidians were not a suicide cult. It was deaths of innocents triggered by ATF actions.
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