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Framing Problems in Crisis Negotiation: Reframing in the Case of Waco
Unformatted Document Text:  Reframing in the Waco Negotiations 19 you going to live up to your promise” and clarifying that it should be answered succinctly. “What are you planning to do” (line 510-511) and “please tell me what you’re going to do” (line 514) also give Koresh the opportunity to cooperatively answer Garcia’s questions but not without elaboration. Koresh’s “Look. Let me explain” (line 512) begins to answer “What are you planning to do” (line 510-511), but he does not directly answer “yes” or “no” to Garcia’s question, “are you going to live up to your promise” (line 510). “I am trying. Please look at verse two of Nahum” (lines 515-516) is particularly telling of divisive cooperation. “I am trying” expresses an effort that refers to what Garcia has asked him to do, which is tell him what Koresh is going to do. 7 Saying “I am” instead of “I’m” and emphasizing “trying” displays his effort as concerted. However, it also expresses dissent. Garcia has clearly indicated in line 514 that he requires a yes or no response. “I am trying. Please look at verse two of Nahum” does not comply. Further, “Please look at verse two of Nahum” redirects the topic from his coming out of the compound to biblical matters (specifically apocalyptic), the two most dissenting topics in the standoff. Excerpt 5 – Day 3 – tape 21 – lines 604-619 (HG: Henry Garcia & DK: David Koresh) HG: You need to come out. You need to gather all s- the strength that you can 604 because you cannot pass out. You need to understand that once you start 605 going down once you start going down you're going to go down real hard. 606 Right now you're up. I want you this is your chance. This is your big 607 chance because everybody is waiting. You can spread your word and 608 come out a winner not just for yourself but for a lot of Christian people. 609 You need to come out. Everybody is watching? and waiting. (3 sec.) 610 [We can make a difference. 611 DK: [We tried [We t- 612 HG: [You can make a great great difference but you can't do it 613 within there. You need to come out strong. 614 DK: I will. I [promise. 615 HG: [Are you ready to do it now. 616

Authors: Agne, Robert.
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Reframing in the Waco Negotiations 19
you going to live up to your promise” and clarifying that it should be answered succinctly.
“What are you planning to do” (line 510-511) and “please tell me what you’re going to do” (line
514) also give Koresh the opportunity to cooperatively answer Garcia’s questions but not
without elaboration.
Koresh’s “Look. Let me explain” (line 512) begins to answer “What are you planning to
do” (line 510-511), but he does not directly answer “yes” or “no” to Garcia’s question, “are you
going to live up to your promise” (line 510). “I am trying. Please look at verse two of Nahum”
(lines 515-516) is particularly telling of divisive cooperation. “I am trying” expresses an effort
that refers to what Garcia has asked him to do, which is tell him what Koresh is going to do.
7
Saying “I am” instead of “I’m” and emphasizing “trying” displays his effort as concerted.
However, it also expresses dissent. Garcia has clearly indicated in line 514 that he requires a yes
or no response. “I am trying. Please look at verse two of Nahum” does not comply. Further,
“Please look at verse two of Nahum” redirects the topic from his coming out of the compound to
biblical matters (specifically apocalyptic), the two most dissenting topics in the standoff.
Excerpt 5 – Day 3 – tape 21 – lines 604-619 (HG: Henry Garcia & DK: David Koresh)
HG: You
need to come out. You need to gather all s- the strength that you can
604
because you cannot pass out. You need to understand that once you start
605
going down once you start going down you're going to go down real hard.
606
Right now you're up. I want you this is your chance. This is your big
607
chance because everybody is waiting. You can spread your word and
608
come out a winner not just for yourself but for a lot of Christian people.
609
You need to come out. Everybody is watching? and waiting. (3 sec.)
610
[We can make a difference.
611
DK:
[We tried [We t-
612
HG:
[You can make a great great difference but you can't do it
613
within there. You need to come out strong.
614
DK:
I will. I [promise.
615
HG:
[Are you ready to do it now.
616


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