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“No Longer the Messiah”: Us Federal Law Enforcement Views of Religion in Connection with the 1993 Siege of Mount Carmel Near Waco, Texas

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At the request of the United States Department of Justice and Department of the Treasury, the author reviewed the actions of Federal law enforcement agencies in Waco, Texas during the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian religious community led by David Koresh, during which dozens of people died, including both federal officers and civilians. This article analyzes the views of religion which predominate among Federal law enforcement agents and which came to light during his review of the Waco incident.

Affiliations: 1: Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions 42 Francis Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138, USA


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