Bob Barr on Waco

One of Bob Barr’s most heroic moments was when he, more than most in his party, stood up to the Clinton administration during the hearings on the 1993 Waco tragedy. It was one of those things that, despite an otherwise mostly statist congressional record, separated him from others and revealed a libertarian streak which, as […]

Waco and the Bipartisan Police State

by Anthony Gregory Every year around this time, I find it worthwhile to reflect on the siege at Mt. Carmel, just outside of Waco, Texas, which began on February 28, 1993, when an ATF publicity stunt went awry, and ended 51 days later on April 19 with about 80 civilians killed. Waco is still […]


With Ann Jones’s interview¬†on Afghanistan yesterday, the official count is now 3,000 interviews here in the archives at, starting with the late great Alan Bock 10 years ago last April. That number isn’t perfect because I’ve lost one Glenn Greenwald and one Ivan Eland interview, I deleted one with a crank, one because the […]

4/19/13 Anthony Gregory

Anthony Gregory, author of The Power of Habeas Corpus in America: From the King’s Prerogative to the War on Terror, discusses the 20 years of state terror since the FBI/ATF massacre of Branch Davidians at Waco; the precedent of killing rather than capturing criminal suspects; and why blood-lusting Americans are eager to accept the lies […]

3/6/13 Marcy Wheeler

Blogger Marcy Wheeler discusses Attorney General Eric Holder’s claim that the president can kill Americans on US soil with a drone if he so chooses – and Congress can’t stop him; Rand Paul’s filibuster of John Brennan’s CIA director nomination; the Bush administration’s deliberation on sending the military to arrest/kill the “Lackawanna 6” in 2002; […]

2/4/13 Will Grigg

Will Grigg, author of Liberty in Eclipse, discusses why we shouldn’t be too excited about country sheriffs opposing the federal assault weapons ban; how Waco became the template for law enforcement operations; the state’s openly-declared monopoly on the use of force; why local TV news is always on the cops’ side; and why even Idaho […]

12/19/12 James Bovard

James Bovard, policy advisor to The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses his new book Public Policy Hooligan; asserting individual rights in response to arbitrary authority; honing the craft of writing; doing journalism behind the Iron Curtain; US farm policy; the myth and reality of “fair trade” products; and investigations of Ruby Ridge and Waco.