WACO - FBI tactical commander Richard Rogers told investigators soon after the Branch Davidian siege that negotiators could have coaxed sect members from their barricaded compound if given enough time, according to documents obtained by The Dallas Morning News. Attorney General Janet Reno told the same investigators preparing the Justice Department's review of the Waco tragedy that senior FBI leaders told her to "butt out" after she agreed to let them tear-gas the compound. The records of those interviews had never been made public, and Mr. Rogers' statement represents his first known acknowledgment that more Branch Davidians might have eventually been talked into surrendering. Congressional investigators were only told early this year that the documents existed, despite exhaustive requests for internal government records from the tragedy. Government lawyers also did not disclose the records to attorneys for the Branch Davidians until this month - less than two weeks before the start of the trial in their wrongful-death lawsuit against the federal government. Their case, which completes its first week of testimony Friday, alleges that FBI negligence and violations of a Washington-approved tear-gas plan contributed to the start of a fire that consumed the compound April 19,
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September 3, Web posted at: p. The approximately minute tape made public on Friday, recorded from an FBI surveillance plane, includes the period of time when potentially flammable tear gas canisters were fired at a nearby concrete bunker. That's about 8 a. Voices on the new tape are heard saying the devices "did not penetrate the bunker," and that they "just bounced off. The new tape covers a later period of time than a similar videotape released on Thursday. The earlier tape covers from just before 6 a.
September 6, Web posted at: a. No one quite believed what Janet Reno was saying. The Attorney General walked into the press conference on Friday, dressed in a straw yellow silk suit and pearls, and denied that she was furious at the FBI and its director, Louis Freeh.
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