The General Association of the Branch Davidian Seventh Day Adventists Mt. Carmel Center 1785 Double EE Ranch Rd., Waco, Texas 76705 Phone (254) 863-5985 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 120, Axtell, Texas 76624 February 2005 Newsletter Greetings to our scattered church members, friends and supporters. We want to thank all those of you who wrote in or called during the month of February. Hearing from you all helps us stay connected as a family and also stay informed. Since distance and circumstances prevent us from meeting together physically with each other regularly your letters bring us encouragement and strength to carry on with the truth and work that we believe God would have us do. This past month there were two letters that came in, from our brothers in prison, which I would like to share with you. The first is from Kevin Whitecliff, currently being incarcerated in Sheridan, Oregon. He writes: I’m happy to hear that Jamie Castillo is due to be released in November to a half-way house. I myself am eligible for half-way house in the same month. But they seem to carry me differently. I’ve done my time without any infractions, have kept all my good time, but the Parole Office in Texas has denied my placement in a half-way house. If I could get some kind of pressure (outside influence), maybe a decent Attorney, someone on my side, I could be released as soon as Jaime. If there is anything you could do to drum up some support, my spotless record would definitely bring some attention to this discrimination against me. You know yourself the dark forces of Evil hate when the spotlight of Truth shines brightly upon them, outside influence through church members calling the Texas Parole Commission asking why. Maybe the media pressure? My Unit Team recommended half-way house and they can’t understand why I’ve been denied. They keep saying 9/11. I’m not part of a terrorist organization. I’m just an incarcerated church member from Waco, Texas waiting and hoping on a blessing. As for everything else, I’m still learning what I can in Electrical. I have no idea what the future holds. I’ll stay positive knowing God’s in control. I’m sure I’ll release in Texas, hopefully sooner than later. Kevin’s address is as follows for those wishing to write to him words of encouragement. Kevin Whitecliff #60537-080 Federal Correctional Institute Sheridan P.O. Box 5000 Sheridan, Oregon 97378 We urge everyone to write letters, send faxes, phone calls, or E-mails to those in position of influence who can help remedy Kevin’s situation. The second letter is from Livingstone. It reads: You enquired about the Supreme Court Case we discussed on the phone. The matter concerns Blakely vs. Washington, 542 U.S. -, 72 U.S.L.W. 4546 (June 24, 2004). Basically, a recent Supreme Court ruling struck down the sentencing practices and laws that permit a judge to use ‘facts,’ above the facts admitted to by the defendant or found beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury, to increase a sentence. Blakely had argued that such practices and laws, which were used to enhance his sentence from 53 to 90 months, violated his Sixth Amendment right to a trial by jury. The Blakely case provided the platform for the two cases, United Statves vs Booker and United States vs FarFar (?), challenging the Constitutionality o the sentencing guidelines used in Federal Courts. The Supreme Court ruling evolved from these two cases. There was an inkling of this in Jamie’s appeal. Smith’s decision to enhance our sentence by 25 yeares based on the “machine gun” falls under this ruling. This was not decided by the jury, nor did we plea to it. I’m not sure what other ‘facts’ Smith may have included in determining our sentence. I don’t have a copy of the sentencing report/schedule. Quite frankly, this has not been an issue I’ve focused on. You know as well as I do that we were not guilty. They know too. The jury also found us not guilty. Our conviction and subsequent imprisonment was by judicial slight of handd and politically motivated. But that the scriptures would be fulfilled – Ps. 44, 79:11; 102:19,20; Isa. 57:1,2; Dan. 11:31-35; Rev. 12:11, 17; 13:7,10. I recently read the Justice Kennedy Commission report (Aug. 2004). IT shows how these ‘self-righteous hypocrites’ expertly choose not to know what they’re doing even as they do their evil. That way they hope to hold themselves not guilty by reason of ignorance. But their guilt is to be uncovered – Rev. 6:12-17. Livingstone can be reached by writing to: Livingston Fagan #60550-080 U.S. Penitentiary, Box 1000 Marion, IL 62959 An update on the situation here at Mt. Carmel. The Court hearing, on the Motion for Temporary Injunction that was due on February 11 was rescheduled by the Judge for March the 9th. We would appreciate your prayers that we come through this triumphant should that be God’s will. It saddens us to announce that two more friends and supporters have left us this past month. The first was George Pulliam who died February 5. We attended his memorial service on Sabbath, February 12. The following newspaper article, from the Waco Tribune, is reproduced here. Davidian Chapel Designer Dies at 58 By Tommy Witherspoon Tribune-Herald staff writer Clive Doyle and other surviving Branch Davidians didn’t know George Pulliam until the engineer from Pflugerville offered to design and help build a new chapel for them. Pulliam’s family reports that Pulliam was “mortified” by the April 19, 1993, fire at Mount Carmel in which David Koresh and 76 of his followers died. Pulliam, who called his plans for the new chapel the “Phoenix Project,” died Feb. 5. He was 58. Doyle said that he and others who appreciated Pulliam’s determination in helping them rebuild the chapel at Mount Carmel will attend Pulliam’s funeral today at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville. “He was a great guy,” Doyle said Friday. “Initially, there were three contractors who were helping us rebuild the chapel. Two dropped out because it was taking too long, but George stayed with us until it was done.” Volunteers worked Sundays only from November 1999 to April 2000 to build the chapel, which stands now where Koresh’s sprawling compound once stood. Doyle, who survived the fire, said he will place a plaque near the chapel in memory of Pulliam and his efforts to build the church. “He was very moved and upset about what happened,” Doyle said. “Later, he came to the (Branch Davidian) civil trial and to many of our memorials. It wasn’t just a job to him.” Pulliam also helped build a house for a disabled Vietnam veteran who was being evicted from his house in Austin, Doyle said. Tommy Witherspoon can be reached at twitherspoon(at) or 757-5737. We also learned just yesterday (the 27th) that Bryan Wesley had passed away in California. Bryan was from Canada and had lived with my mother and I prior to us moving back to Mt. Carmel in 1999. He assisted in the construction of the Visitor’s Center and was well known to many people on the lecture circuit for promoting health regimens and products. From what we have learned he had traveled to California to attend a seminar and was found dead in a Jacuzzi at his hotel. Bryan had suffered from seizures for many years an whether a seizure or some other situation contributed to his death we do not know at the present time. He was only in his mid-40s. We ask that you remember the families of these two men in your prayers. We hope to be reunited with both these dear brothers in the Kingdom after the resurrection. Continue to pray for us and the work here, and we in turn will continue to uphold each and everyone of you before the throne daily. Please stay in touch and keep us abreast of any changes in your address or situations. Be strong in the truth and work to strengthen others as we go through these trying times. God bless you all. Your servant in truth, Clive Doyle