Mr. Rick Ross
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the federal investigation
into the raid initialed earlier this year on the Branch Davidian
compound near Waco, Texas.
At the direction of President Clinton, the Treasury Department
and the Justice Department both conducted extensive investigations
into this case. As you may know, the Treasury Department's report
criticized Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms officials
for basing the operation "on seriously flawed assumptions."
The Justice Department's report also acknowledges that authorities
made mistakes, but concluded that the ultimate responsibility
for the fire lies with the Branch Davidians themselves.
I am hopeful that through these investigations, something can
be learned so that we can avoid similar situations in the future.
Again, thanks for being in touch.
My best wishes.