Given today is the 20th anniversary of the end of the Waco siege, it stands to reason that I would place that event on the list. The acts committed this day were horrible and no one was ever held accountable for the decisions and actions that led to the deaths of 76 people, including 27 children.
I remember coming home from school that day. I remember going up to my dad while he sat in his chair fixated on the TV. I do not remember what it was I had done that I wanted his attention for. I do remember him promptly picking me up as I started to speak and putting me on his lap while telling me to be quiet. When I looked at the TV, this is what I saw.
At the time I didn’t understand what was going on. I didn’t understand what my dad knew happened 8 months earlier.
I was in 3rd grade, I had no real concept of the details of what was going on. Later I would receive that education, my dad would make sure I was aware of what I saw in the flickering glow of that television. This day marks one of two major events that molded my relationship with the state. It was a lesson delivered front and center about power and the abuses that can be dealt to citizens without any fear of consequence.
I am not putting a number with this. Frankly I’m getting tired of trying to keep track of which number I’m on. Further this event was so horrible and had so many actors one can not easily list them, much less enumerate them.
State Sponsored Criminals: The BATFE and FBI
Because by all means kill the victims you claim to be there to save, that’s how you make yourself look good right?
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.