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Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Waco Children

The NSA says that it collects trillions of phone calls and emails. I have watched its supporters in Congress orating to us just how many threats, domestic and foreign, they have thwarted by this transgression against the Fourth Amendment.

Well, I could ask for proof, but they would smile and say i'ts classified.
I just have to suppose that it is as effective as Guantanamo's ignorance of habeas corpus is.
We shall be the safest nation on Earth... damned if we won't!

So if the NSA and the CIA are so smart, why don't they have anything to say about the Waco children?
They are the small group of eight (the number varies with different reports) kids who managed to escape from the Mount Carmel compound on the night of April 17, 1993, about two days before the compound was torched and most of the Branch Davidians were killed and burned.
There were nine adults who survived the inferno of the FBI and DEA and ATF attack, and there were others who had not been present there. Twelve had criminal counts brought against them and went to trial.

But the children, Asher, Alammalech, Cindy, Carson, Halli, and Harmon, and the rest of the names I forget, escaped with a Robert Eck. Mr. Eck was later discovered dead in Seattle in 1996, but there has been no "reported" trace of the children.
These are not the children who were released in the early days of the siege, and who were interviewed by Charles Gibson on ABC in 2003. These are children who remained in the compound until late, and who have not been heard from since 1993.

They were from 4 to 7 years of age at the time, so they should be in their 20's now. When will they make the cover of People magazine? Or is their story not the stuff we want to read?
What is it like to be a Waco kid? I am going to write a story about them, if we ever find them again.



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