Waco: The Rules of Engagement:
The Amy Sommer-Gifford Interview
It's been called "one of the most disturbing films you'll ever see" and "the documentary that will not go away".
The film is called Waco: The Rules of Engagement. In cities where the film has played, audiences are reportedly stunned and angered when they leave the theatre.
Waco: The Rules of Engagement calls into question the government's version of events as told in official reports and the three sets of congressional hearings. The film implies that federal forces shot at Branch Davidians on April 19, 1993 with machine guns. Filmmakers say the muzzle flashes are visible on a heat-sensitive surveillance tape made that day by the F.B.I. The F.B.I, backed by top officials of the Justice Department, view the film as anti-government propaganda.
We spoke with Waco co-producer Amy Sommer Gifford about the film.
Q - Why wouldn't they speak with you? Were they afraid
you'd edit their answers?'
A - Partially that. Partially I think some superiors wouldn't allow them to speak. I think there are people who want it to go away because it’s one heck of a black mark.
Q - Richard Scruggs, who investigated Waco for the Justice
Dept. said, "The people who want to believe the conspiracy are going to believe
it no matter what." Wouldn't you say that what's missing here is the
argument that not all of the evidence has been revealed?
A - We agree there are people who threw out a lot of whacky conspiracy theories, but we didn't see a reason to throw out the baby with the bathwater.