By James Bovard
September 15, 2017
When former Attorney General Janet Reno died last November, the media heaped praise on her as if she had been justice incarnate. Reno had long enjoyed sainthood inside the Beltway; the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia even created a Janet Reno Torchbearer Award. But Reno’s record of deceit, brutality, and power grabs should not be forgotten by any American who cares about freedom.
Shortly after Reno became attorney general in 1993, she approved the FBI final assault on the Branch Davidians holed up in a rickety building outside of Waco, Texas. She went on Nightline the evening after 80 people died in a conflagration and announced, “I made the decision. I’m accountable. The buck stops with me.” Reno then asserted that the fiery end was all somebody else’s fault: “I don’t think anybody has ever dealt with a David Koresh, who would purposely set people afire in that number.” Nightline host Ted Koppel asked Reno why the feds used “tanks to ram the compound down.” Reno replied, “I think that what we were trying to do was to give everybody an opportunity to come out in the most unobtrusive way possible, not with a frontal assault.”
[Editor’s Note: This article was originally published under a different title and not ‘picked up by the media’, but with this title – seemed to have much better success. Thought our audience would enjoy that little tidbit/sc]
see also The Death of Janet Reno from November 7, 2016
Janet Reno died today at the age of 78. The kindest response I can make is to echo Dorothy Parker’s words when, being informed of the death of Calvin Coolidge, responded: “how can they tell?”