- WASHINGTON (CNN) -- House
Reform Committee sources are downplaying an expert's opinion
FBI fired guns into the Branch Davidian compound during the final
of the 1993 siege in Waco.
- The sources tell CNN that expert assessment is based
largely on broadcast footage provided to the expert by a news organization
-- not on evidence provided by the committee.
- Carlos Ghigliotti is the expert
in thermal imaging and
videotape analysis who has done work for the FBI
in the past.
- "I conclude that the FBI fired shots on that day,"
Ghigliotti told the Washington Post in a report published Wednesday.
conclude this based on the ground-view videotapes taken from
angles simultaneously and based on the overhead
thermal tape. The gunfire
is there, without a doubt."
- Ghigliotti, owner of
Infrared Technologies Corp., in
Laurel, Maryland, said the tapes also
confirm that the Davidians fired
at FBI agents repeatedly during the
- But House committee sources said Ghigliotti's current
of the Waco incident "is in its infancy stage. He has not
the committee with any reports or any definitive findings."
- And the sources said
the committee plans to consult a
number of experts before reaching any
- 1 million documents ahead
- In addition,
government sources said Ghigliotti has not
yet viewed a cache of FBI
tapes and is scheduled to do so later this week.
- After committee chairman Rep.
Dan Burton (R-Indiana)
was informed of the newspaper report on
Ghigliotti's initial observations,
the lawmaker issued a statement
- "What we have heard from this expert is troubling,
think it's premature to make any final determination. We don't want
go off half-cocked. As soon as we get all of the necessary information,
we will hold hearings and present the information to the American
- The committee is now beginning a critical discovery stage
is expected to receive around 1 million documents from the Justice
Department and the FBI, congressional sources said.