Don't forget the huge number of Federal agents of every variety. It was BATF adn FBI Hostage Rescue Squad that did the dirty deeds in both Idaho (Ruby Ridge) and Waco, Texas.
The progressive militarization of the Federal workforce has created literally dozens of organizations with quasi-military arms and tactics, but without the well developed sense of history, honor and fidelity to the Constitution that the armed forces have typically inculcated in their members.
I suspect that, should there ever be an uprising of Americans against their government, it would be these various federalized police forces that would htake the lead in putting down the citizen rebellion.
After a career in the LE profession and knowing some of the players at Waco, I agree with you wholeheartedly. They are "militarized" true enough, but as you witnessed in Waco, when faced by a determined group defending their territory, they can be severely damaged and weakened. Although well armed and equipped they are not as disciplined as trained infantry.
Yeah, and be burned alive you may say. But then again, they were trapped within their own walls and surrounded, always a bad thing. But remember also how they withstood so much. BTW, I asked folks that had access to "show the illegal weapons or evidence of", to my knowledge I don't believe any evidence was presented. If any good FReepers have links to that evidence I would sure appreciate it, I've been embarrassed before!
Janet Reno screeched that there was "child abuse going on!". Sure was, apparently inflicted by various agencies surrounding the "compound". But, the good sheriff of McClennon County had already investigated those charges and also complaints of possible illegal weapons, he had done his job well but nobody was interested.
Determined American citizens have an incredible ability to organize quickly and effectively and, as experience develops become very effective.