Today GQ Magazine became the latest national publication to officially notice the ATF instigated police massacre in Waco last May 17.
Staff writer Nathaniel Penn gives the incident 5,000 words and, since he is mostly clueless about the context in which the Twin Peaks massacre occurred and he knows it, he admirably resists the temptation to be definitive.
He doesn’t break any news. That’s no surprise. Official Waco has been obstructing public scrutiny of what happened at the Twin Peaks for 137 days. Official Waco, particularly the loathsome Abel Reyna who started the coverup by locking up all the witnesses, expects to continue this deception indefinitely. Maybe it will. The grand jury that will exonerate all the police officers who admitted firing shots that day is already in session. A hearing that might life a gag order in all the cases is still a week away. The grand jury which will decide who to indict and who to let be will probably not convene for at least another two to four weeks. The first trials are at least six months away. The Department of Justice is not going to appoint a Special Prosecutor. The Department of Justice is a co-conspirator.
Undoubtedly, tomorrow Reyna will issue a statement accusing GQ of being ultra-liberal like all the other national publications that have noticed that the Constitution of the United States ceases to exist about 25 miles outside Waco. Like the ultra-liberal Associated Press, ultra-liberal Atlantic and ultra-liberal Reason.
Coverup or not, what happened that day is recognizable by the shadows the event left behind; like the ghost shadows of Hiroshima – the images of old people, playing children and pets that remained after the old people, playing children and pets were incinerated into stardust in the instant it takes light to travel a mile.
Penn begins by noticing that “the Waco PD was still suppressing any video footage and ballistic analysis;” that it was the “bloodiest day in the often sensationalized history of American biker clubs;” and that “most bikers today, in Texas and elsewhere, are community-minded law-and-order Republicans – the less affluent, more racially diverse descendants of the Elks and the Knights of Columbus. This includes Bandidos.”
He begins to go astray when he writes, “Much less is known about the Cossacks, except that they were founded in 1969 in East Texas, and they are growing rapidly. They claim a current membership of about 800 members, which would make them the second-biggest club in Texas after the Bandidos.”
In fact, the Cossacks are part of a new phenomena inspired by Sons of Anarchy and various “reality” television programs like The Devils Ride and Warlocks Rising – the aspirational motorcycle club. The Cossacks may have been founded in 1969 but they became an aspirational, as opposed to a traditional, motorcycle club within the last three years. The extent to which the club’s sudden growth was encouraged by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is open to investigation and debate. But the club was almost certainly infiltrated by undercover federal agents and those agents may very well have encouraged naïve members of the club to show up at the Twin Peaks that day. Multiple Cossacks have stated that their club was encouraged to crash the Confederation of Clubs meeting that day by Waco police. It is irrefutable that local police, Texas Rangers and ATF agents had already installed surveillance cameras, including pole cams, to document an anticipated confrontation between the two clubs before the Twins Peaks opened for business that day.
Penn hints at this. He says, “Some bikers believe there’s an even more sinister explanation: that a firefight of some kind was supposed to happen – that it was all part of a plan by the Waco P.D. to provoke bitter rivals into a public brawl that could be violently crushed and then used as a basis for sweeping RICO indictments.” But of course, Waco police don’t contrive racketeering indictments against motorcycle clubs. The ATF does.
“This article is one of the first I’ve seen that actually attempts to piece together a coherent narrative from both police and bikers,” an unusually informed observer in Texas wrote this page today. “From the perspective of one who wants the truth, this is the best attempt I’ve seen yet in the national media.”
You can read the complete GQ article here.