F.L.I.R. Project Questions Waco Claims
by Ari Armstrong
[The following article originally appeared in the November/December 2001 edition of Colorado Liberty.]
Colorado's own Michael McNulty has led the struggle to bring the facts about Waco to light. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his documentary, Waco: The Rules of Engagement. The second film, Waco: A New Revelation, proved incendiary devices were used at Waco, after all.
McNulty's latest documentary calls into question the claim that no FBI agents shot into the Waco church as it burned.
The F.L.I.R. Project argues the Special Council appointed by Janet Reno failed to accurately recreate the conditions at Waco when it ran an infrared test to see if agents may have fired. Infrared video is available from the date of the fire. The documentary describes the following problems.
1. The test overseen by the Special Council used rifles with longer barrels than were used at the original scene. That affects muzzle flash, the key issue surrounding the infrared videotape.
2. For the Special Council's test, a different type of ammunition was used that resulted in less muzzle flash.
3. The tests used by the Special Council were conducted when the temperature was much cooler than it was the day the Waco church burned.
4. The argument that the flashes on original infrared tapes are actually reflections of sunlight off of objects lying on the ground is problematic. No such objects were known to be on the ground at the time, and the flash patterns on the original tapes do not match tests of sunlight reflections.
5. The Special Council failed to account for the dust and smoke in the air the day the Waco church burned. (In fact, water was intentionally sprayed on the test location.) As The F.L.I.R. Project illustrates, dust and smoke enhance muzzle flash.
When the documentary filmed muzzle flashes using infrared tape under conditions similar to those the day of the fire, and compared those results with the original infrared tapes, the match was startlingly close.
The documentary may be ordered at 970.204.6914.