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Was Janet Reno justified in taking action against the Branch Davidians? If not, why did she keep her job?
Transcript of Was Janet Reno justified in taking action against the Branch Davidians? If not, why did she keep her job?
Under the list of things found in the compound their was a grenade, automatic lower transceivers which would alter a semi automatic weapon and turn it into a fully automatic weapon, as well as many other dangerous weapons including a R.P.G and a 50. caliber rifle with armor piercing rounds. During the raid the Branch Davidians had fired on circling attack helicopters that were surveying the area and had succeeded in damaging one of the govenment's helicopters.
The Government had tried for weeks through negotiations to end the standoff, but with no luck. When negotiations had gone south the government ordered in assault vehicles and tear gas to flush the Branch Davidians out. The tear gas had no effect and many Branch Davidians just kept fighting and firing at the agents. The Branch Davidian leader David Koresh had ordered the construction of bombs while the siege was under way in order to destroy the assault vehicles but the compound had been set ablaze. Later when the siege had been over fire investigators had found evidence that the blaze could have been started with the exposed black powder for making the bombs being exposed to a spark which ignited it causing the rest of the compound to be set ablaze. We know the Branch Davidians were capable of taking a life and weren't afraid to die either, it was only a matter of time before they hurt someone else.  The Branch Davidians (also known as "The Branch") are a Protestant sect that originated in 1955 from a schism in the Davidian Seventh Day Adventists ("Davidians"), a so-called reform movement that began within the Seventh-day Adventist Church ("Adventists") around 1930. The majority of those who accepted the reform message have been disfellowshipped (excommunicated) due to the Adventist church rejecting it.
In 1956 Janet Reno enrolled at Cornell University, where she majored in chemistry, and became president of the Women's Self Government Association. In 1960 she enrolled at Harvard Law School, one of only sixteen women in a class of more than 500 students. She received her LL.B. from Harvard Law three years later. Despite her Harvard degree, Janet Reno had difficulty obtaining work as a lawyer. One of Miami's biggest firms denied her a position because she was a woman. Fourteen years later that same firm made her a partner. 
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branch_Davidians:  Janet Reno's early days in office were troubled by a standoff near Waco, Texas, between Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and members of the Branch Davidian religious group. The standoff ended after the FBI agents attempted to force the members out of a compound, which then burned, killing many children and group members. As Florida's State Attorney, Janet Reno focused attention on prevention programs that enabled children to grow in a safe, constructive environment.
The poor decisions regarding Waco prompted her to offer to resign. An offer that -- fortunately for the nation -- was rejected. Her strength, vision, tenacity and commitment are especially needed in challenging monopoly power and its use in influencing government officials.       David Koresh vs. Janet Reno Thanks:) by: Kelley Wright, Morgan LaVake, Caleb McFarlane, and Josh Lennington raid: 4 dead 16 wounded
1 helicopter damaged
raid: 6 dead and 3+ wounded
assault: at least 74 dead, including 25 children (fire, falling roofs and death by gunshot) total deaths 80 None of the weapons and firearms were illegally obtained nor illegally owned by the "Mag Bag"