The Atlantic, which was founded in 1857 and is one of America’s most revered print journals, published a brief essay by staff writer Conor Friedersdorf this morning titled “Waco Is Suppressing Evidence That Could Clear Innocent Bikers.”
It is about time. So far, the infuriating coverup of the Twin Peaks Massacre in Waco on May 17 has seemed to prove the premise, usually attributed to Edmund Burke, that “All that’s necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.” Good men have now begun to notice what is happening in Waco and there seems to be a growing possibility that rather than triumphing, the evil that has been done may finally be exposed.
The magazine that first published Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride,” Julia Ward Howe’s “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Thoreau,” John Muir‘s “The American Forests,” Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Duties of Privilege” and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” has now turned its terrible and righteous glare on Patrick Swanton.
Under The Spotlight
The Atlantic notices that: “Over the last two months, motorcyclists swept up in the mass arrest following the carnage have lost jobs, been evicted from apartments, and even lost custody of children. And every day that authorities continue their opposition to sunlight in the case delays vindication for the innocents who’ve had their lives upended. The state loses little by dragging its feet while accused innocents pay dearly.”
The magazine, on behalf of the American people and the historic record, asks “how many of the gunshot victims were struck by bullets fired from police weapons” and editorializes, “I strongly suspect that if the answer was ‘zero’ Waco police would’ve said so a long time ago.”
The Atlantic states: “Authorities in Waco have actively advanced a contested narrative of what happened at the Twin Peaks restaurant from the start, sometimes getting facts wrong. They haven’t tried to preserve the impartiality of jurors, instead, they’ve pushed a version of events that reflects well on the Waco police and the actions they’ve taken.”
And Friedersdorf wonders out loud, “how many undercover cops and informants, if any, were present at Twin Peaks that day, and what role, if any, they played in altercations between various motorcycle riders.”
Waco isn’t going away. If America survives, a hundred years from now, schoolchildren will write essays about what has been happening in the Lone Star State for the last two months. The whole world is watching. It is time for officials in Waco to realize the spotlight is not going to turn itself off.
You can read the complete Atlantic essay here.