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THE SHOCK OF SATIRE AND THE SHOCK OF WACO
Rattling in my head was "Gee. They get all fired up over a little satire, but tell them about FBI snipers murdering people at Waco and there's no response." Then the phone rings and it's a reporter from the Washington Post: "Say, what's this I hear about Orlin Grabbe admitting it's 'all a hoax?'" he asks.
Incidental to our conversation was his mention of Ambrose Evans-Pritchard's claim regarding FBI snipers at Waco. "Ah-hah. So it is revealed that the mighty Washington Post is aware of Evans-Pritchard's claim!" I thought to myself. "Will the Washington Post do a story either confirming or denying the 'FBI snipers at Waco' charge?" I wondered.
If it was me in charge of the FBI, I would consider myself honor-bound to answer Evans-Pritchard's charges. After all, any FBI Director possessing a shred of self-respect must either be outraged at the aspersions being cast on his Bureau or furious that any organization connected with his good name has done something so despicable. No decent human being could leave such charges unanswered.
And of course, just imagine if someone were to do a satire of the FBI! Oh-hoh! Would Louie Freeh ever hit the roof!
This past year, the inimicable Orlin Grabbe has charged that Vince Foster was murdered, that Foster was a traitor and a spy, that Hillary Clinton was his partner, that a wave of political retirements this season is due to bribed politicians having been found out by a rogue CIA team of hackers calling themselves the "Fifth Column" -- yet Washington Post does not call Conspiracy Nation to ask, "Hey, what's going on?" THEN, Professor Grabbe dabbles in the infamous black arts of satire, and "ring... ring" goes my phone. Suddenly the Washington Post has awakened; could it be there is a hot story here?
Like I say, rattling around in my head was surprise at what upsets people: U.S. Government murders trapped Branch Davidians at Waco -- ho-hum. Orlin Grabbe writes a satirical essay -- HEY! WE DON'T WANT NO "SATIRE" 'ROUND HERE!
One Branch Davidian who by the grace of God survived both being burned to death as well as the apparent FBI snipers was Livingstone Fagan. You can read all about him and the Waco Massacre in The Ashes of Waco (by Dick Reavis) and The Davidian Massacre (by Carol Moore).
Here is recent contact info for Livingstone Fagan, provided by Carol Moore:
02-Jul-96 11:49 EDT
Sb: ROLC: Davidian Prisoner Moved to Leavenworth Fm: Lance Arron, Hamilton > INTERNET:email@example.com
Davidian Prisoner Livingstone Fagan, who received a sentence of 40 years based on perjured evidence by FBI agents, has been moved to the Federal Correctional Institute at Leavenworth. Fagan has refused to work and otherwise cooperate with authorities since placed in federal prisons and has been in solitary confinement -- "the hole" -- for almost two years. During this time he wrote a book about his experiences during the siege and about David Koresh's interpretation of the seven seals. (It is available from me on e-mail. Please e-mail me at my other firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll be able to send out copies after 7/10.)
Feel free to write Livingstone letters of support. While he may not be able to reply, the fact he gets lots of letters upon his moving there should impress the authorities and hopefully make it less likely he will suffer any abuse or harassment from guards. Also, he gets pretty bored in there and enjoys receiving books and magazines on religious and political issues. If you would like to contribute some money for him to write his children in England and others and make phone calls (when they let him near a phone), send postal money orders with his registration number on them. Even $5.00 will be appreciated.
Livingstone Fagan #60550-080
Federal Correctional Institution
Leavenworth, KS 66048
Carol Moore in D.C.
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