(EAST ORANGE/ORANGE, NJ ) - Not that the world needs to rehash a time that made people question their faith in government and law enforcement, especially during the pandemic, but, "Waco" on Netflix is here to stay.
Remember on Tiger King; Joe Exotic said, "If they walk in here and take my animals away, it's going to be a small Waco." Well, this show depicts what Joe Exotic meant.
The series is based on actual events, and the book Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator, by Gary Noesner, and calls into question the American Constitution, the right to bear arms, and freedom of religion.
Waco is about the Branch Davidians and their leader David Koresh, and how the government used deadly force to break them up. The Branch Davidians were proclaimed by the government to be a cult rooted in polygamy, marrying off underage girls, and building an arsenal with illegal firearms.
Waco refers to a siege at a compound in Waco, Texas. The event happened in the early '90s. Either you were not born yet, were too young to remember, or you remember the exact standoff that ended with the brutal death of seventy-six Branch Davidians, including more than two dozen children and four ATF agents.
However, is it all true? What's the real story of Waco, Branch Davidian leader, and the deadly fire at Mount Carmel?
Here's what you need to know: Watch it.
The bloodshed of civilians by the government inspired the U.S. House subcommittees to conduct a year-long investigation into what happened at Waco. For those obsessed with Waco for the first time or all over again, the Congressional report is here to read.
The report describes Waco as "among the most significant events in U.S. law enforcement history…For ATF, it was the largest and most deadly raid ever conducted. For the FBI, it was an unprecedented failure to achieve a critical objective–the rescue of dozens of innocent women and children."
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