Activities of Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Toward the Branch Davidians: Joint Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Crime of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, and the Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs, and Criminal Justice of the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, One Hundred Fourth Congress, First Session, Part 1
United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Crime, United States. Congress. House. Committee on Government Reform and Oversight. Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs, and Criminal Justice
U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996 - 3 pages
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