The “Solution” to this problem after the Mass Media Hysteria / reaction?
HR 2640 – The NICS IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2007 (OR…. Veterans Disarmament Act)
This was passed by both houses and signed into law by George W Bush. We (Deadlinelive.info) were able to get both the McCain and Obama campaigns on the record in 2007 – they BOTH supported the legislation.
In an unrecorded voice vote the gun grabbing bill once known at HR 297, HR 2640 also known as “The Veteran’s Disarmament Act” by Pro 2nd Amendment grass roots organizations across America, passed, and will soon be on the way to President Bush for signature or veto.
The bill calls for a guilty before being proven innocent program of separating which Americans may realize the 2nd amendment and which may not. According to the bill any past, present, or future “thought crime” may threaten your right to purchase or own a firearm. Without a trial!
The core of the bill’s problems is section 101(c)(1)(C), which makes you a “prohibited person” on the basis of a “medical finding of disability,” so long as a citizen or veteran had an “opportunity” for some sort of “hearing” before some “lawful authority” (other than a court). Presumably, this “lawful authority” could even be the psychiatrist himself.
*Note that unlike with an accused murderer, the hearing doesn’t have to occur. The “lawful authority” doesn’t have to be unbiased. The citizen or veteran is not necessarily entitled to an attorney — much less an attorney financed by the government. Children with past diagnosis for ADHD, People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, veterans dealing with PTSD and who seek psychiatric help, men and woman who are charged or suspected of domestic violence, and anyone currently under medication for psychiatric reasons what so ever… Are targets of HR 2640.
The Following are questions and anomolies surrounding the April 16th 2007 shooting
1. In order to shoot 2 to 3 shots with both guns in the hand accurately, the person must be a professional (Columbine CO. incident included 2 people (allegedly), 3 guns, 900 shots = 13 deaths)
CSH(Cho Seung Hee) was never trained in the army.
If you have shot a gun before, you would know it is hard to fire a pistol so accurately, in so quick time.
CSH had only bought the guns a month before the shooting. How is it possible for him to shoot so good?
2. Emily, reported to be his girlfriend, is actually not his girlfriend.
3. Emily was not related with CSH in any way, but he went to her dormitory and shot it up.
4. CSH’s body had 2 shots in the chest, 1 in the head.
There are 3 common ways of suicidal with gun:
1)shooting from the side of the head
2)shooting through your mouth
3)Shooting from under your head
The usual suicidal would usually have shots in the side of the head or the face. CSH, however, had a bullet stuck in the back of his head
Most people who were fired at, got 3 shots. CSH, also was found with 3 shots in his body
There was once a scientific experiment for the Korean army incident- It explained that it is extremely hard to shoot yourself multiple times after being shot in the chest or the head. Again, CSH had 1 shot in the head, 2 shots in the chest.
Why was he shot 3 times, just like the others? Does it make sense that he was shot in such a way?
5. There was no witness to the suicidal scene- The survivors in the scene had ran out of the classroom (someone said the killer’s eyes were not Asian but these kinds of sayings were ignored).
What’s the truth?
6. Nobody saw CSH’s face.
7. The witness’s say CSH was an Asian with a mask on, and was about 6 ft tall and big.
8. The gun vender described CSH as an Asian. period.
There was no films of CCTV, and no other evidence.
9. The vender said he had sold 50 bullets to CSH.
There were 62 deaths and injuries.
There was no one who died was shot less than 3 times
(32 deaths x 3 shots/death….30 injuries x 2 shots/injury…60 extra bullets)
Calculated, CSH must have had more than 200 shots to make this incident true.
10. The killer had erased the code on the gun. The receipt for the purchase of the gun was found in the killer’s bag. What’s the possibility of the killer keeping the receipt for the gun after a month?
If anyone would take effort and time to erase the code on the gun, wouldn’t they be careful enough to get rid of the receipt?(It’s not easy to erase the code. It takes few seconds to get rid of the receipt)
11. The witnesses say the killer did not wear, nor carry any bags. CSH did have a bag.
12. Obviously, the video he had sent, was not made by himself. Even the New York Times pointed this out.
13. According to the Police, the gun at the incident was automatic. Watch the videos and hear the sounds- It’s all fired with single shot guns.
Think about it. There are about 10-15 rounds in a pistol, and there were 32 deaths, with 3 shots in each. With both pistols in both hands, it is impossible to reload. Watch the video, shots are constantly fired.
14. CSH had no friends at all, according to the student. Before few days of the incident, he was with 3 Americans. Who were they?
15. In the news, CSH had done this for the hate of the rich people. If this is true, he could have simply shot the classrooms. There was no reason for him to go to the dormitories and kill 2 people, who were not in any relation with CSH.
And why did CSH, after the first shootings, make the video, walk around the school to send it, and then go to the 2nd shootings?
16. When CSH’s body was found. His ID was PRESENT. Why was his identity reported later on?
17. The Witness’ sayings are not matching correctly. Some say they have not heard any gunfire in their building, but other say they heard it from that building.
18. The photos which were sent to NBC does not match CSH’s face.
Observing the eyebrows, eyes, and the face shape, it is different. Some say it’s because he has his glasses off. Look again, it does not match CSH.
19. CSH’s body was found with the 28 dead bodies in the classroom. The only survivor said, the killer had ran away after killing the 28 people, but CSH was found dead with the other dead bodies
20. The classroom, dormitory, hallways, school gate, the gun shop.
The films of the CCTV were NOT exposed to the public. WHY?
So What’s wrong with the reports/news?
-2 guns/amateur, yet many students died and many were injured as a professional shooter would have done it
-According to the witness, CSH had apparently left the classroom
-CSH was found dead in the classroom
-The gun code was erased
-The receipt for the gun was found in the bag
These are the theories made about this
-CSH had bought the guns for someone else?
-The killer knew CSH did not have a positive social life
-The killer decided to use CSH
-The killer had planned this out to keep himself covered
One last thing,
The timing is not logical
CSH took 2 hours to get to the 2nd shooting after the 1st.
In 2 hours, it is impossible to film, edit the video, get to the post office and have it in the receiver’s inbox.
So the video was made before the incident, with the Killer?
Virginia Tech Shooting ‘Oddities’ By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org Updated 10 Dec 2011
Seung-Hui Cho (left) in U.S. Marines uniform, pulled from Wikipedia [Source]
Revision of Va. Tech shooting report corrects timeline 04 Dec 2009 Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is releasing a revised version of the investigative report on the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007. The addendum released Friday corrects the timeline of events on the morning of April 16, when shooter Seung Hui Cho began the rampage that resulted in the deaths of 32 students and teachers and the injuries of several others.
Revised Va. Tech Report Shows Response Gaps –The president’s office, two academic buildings were also shut down ‘well before’ general alert 04 Dec 2009 Some Virginia Tech officials warned their own families and the president’s office was locked down well before a campus-wide alert was issued in the 2007 slayings of 32 people, according to a revised state report that details new fumbles in the response to the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. At least two officials with a crisis response team called their family members after the first shootings at a dorm and about 90 minutes before the all-campus alert was issued at 9:26 a.m. The president’s office was locked down at 8:52 a.m. and two academic buildings were also shut down before the general alert. The revisions… also added details about troubling behavior by Seung-Hui Cho and includes information from his mental-health records.
Iraq link to campus killer Cho 19 Apr 2007 The sister of the gunman responsible for the deadliest shooting rampage in modern US history works as a contractor for a State Department office that oversees billions of dollars in American aid for Iraq. Sun-kyung is employed by the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office, according to US officials and a State Department staff directory that says she works from an annex near the department’s headquarters in Washington.
Cho’s sister works for McNeil Technologies: Admistration official 17 Apr 2007 Seung-Hui Cho, the student who killed 32 people and then himself yesterday, left a long and “disturbing” note in his dorm room at Virginia Tech, say law enforcement sources… His older sister, Sun-Kyung, graduated from Princeton University in 2004. A source, who asked to be identified as a senior Administration official, said she works for McNeil Technologies, a firm contracted by the State Department to manage reconstruction efforts in Iraq. [From the McNeil Technologies website: 'Since 1985, McNeil Technologies has been a premier provider of critical professional services and reliable business solutions to the US Federal Government. We help government agencies meet some of their most complex service needs...' Overview of McNeil Technologies Intelligence Services: Our services and capabilities include: Intelligence Architecture Operations in support of the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) which supports the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and other government agencies. HUMINT (Human Intel) operations in support of DIA, or with federal counter Intel outsourcing effort...]
Police say Virginia Tech campus gunman was Ross Truett Ashley of Radford –Ashley fled on foot before ‘turning the gun on himself.’ 10 Dec 2011 The crazed gunman who killed a police officer at Virginia Tech has been identified by police as 22-year-old college student Ross Truett Ashley. Ashley, a student at nearby Radford University, killed himself after shooting dead officer Deriek Crouse. Police also say Ashley stole a car on Wednesday [?] from a real estate office in Radford, which is about 15 miles from Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech shootings: Same gun used in both killings –Investigators are confident that the shooter acted alone [well, except for his psy-ops handler], but are still working to figure out the motive. 09 Dec 2011 State Police and Virginia Tech revealed new information about the investigation into the deadly shootings on campus Thursday. State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said ballistics evidence showed the same handgun was used to kill Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek Crouse, and the second man found dead in “The Cage” parking lot.
Virginia Tech says shots fired on campus, 2 killed 08 Dec 2011 Officials at Virginia Tech University, the site of the worst mass shooting [false flag] in modern U.S. history, say a police officer and another person have been shot and killed on the school’s campus and the suspect remains on the loose. A news release from the school says the police officer pulled someone over in what was a routine traffic stop Thursday. The officer was shot and killed during the traffic stop.
Heads up! The false flags are about to come fast and furious as the US economy tanks after manufactured debt ceiling ‘crisis:’ Virginia Tech (home of the false flag) On Lockdown Following Report of Gunman 04 Aug 2011 Virginia Tech Locked Down After Report of Man With Gun 04 Aug 2011 Virginia Tech, the site of the worst campus shooting in U.S. history, is on lockdown with reports of a gunman on the campus. The university relations office confirmed that there is an alert but would offer no further detail. Students received text messages and emails that a gunman is on the campus. “Person with a gun reported near Dietrick. Stay inside. Secure doors. Emergency personnel responding. Call 911 for help,” the alert warned. On the university’s web site, a message was posted at 9:37 a.m. alerting students that there is a gunman near Dietrick Hall. Dietrick Hall is a three floor, more than 92,000 square foot dining facility on the Blacksburg, Va., campus, according to the university’s web site. Students have been told to stay indoors.
Tech Gunman’s ‘Missing’ Records Released 20 Aug 2009 The missing mental health records of Seung Hui Cho, released Wednesday afternoon, provide more evidence that Virginia Tech’s counseling center and the state’s mental health system failed to recognize, communicate and treat the gunman’s increasingly erratic behavior… On Dec. 14, 2005, the day Cho was released from a psychiatric hospital, was declared a danger for threatening to kill himself and was ordered by a judge to receive involuntary outpatient treatment at Cook Counseling Center, the therapist who saw him there did not evaluate his mood.
VT Shooting Victims’ Families Want Investigation Reopened 28 Jul 2009 Relatives of Virginia Tech victims are asking the state to reopen its investigation of the 2007 mass shootings at the school. A group including parents of many of the 32 people killed by student gunman Seung-Hui Cho issued a statement Tuesday calling on Gov. Tim Kaine to reopen a state panel’s review. The statement follows disclosure last week that the former director of the university’s counseling center ‘found’ missing mental health records for Cho at his home. Cho committed suicide after killing students and faculty members in a dormitory and classroom building on April 16, 2007.
Records of Virginia Tech Gunman Discovered –Criminal investigation is underway to determine how the employee was able to take the records and why the documents were not uncovered during state investigations following the shooting 22 Jul 2009 Virginia Tech gunman Seung Hui Cho had been treated at the college’s counseling center before the shooting rampage in which he killed 32 students, contradicting earlier accounts of his psychiatric history, according to newly discovered mental health records located in the home of the center’s former director. According to a memo written by a university lawyer and obtained by The Washington Post, the former director, Robert Miller, had moved the records into his home more than a year before [!] the April 16, 2007, massacre, during which Cho also took his own life. Word the records had been found first came from Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine during a Wednesday morning news conference.
VT professor told law firm second building was under lockdown 18 Jun 2008 A Virginia Tech professor contacted a law firm representing some of the families who lost loved ones in the April 16th massacre and said a second building was under lock down after the first set of shootings in West Ambler Johnston Hall. Attorney Douglas Fierberg, one of the attorneys representing more than one dozen families, said the professor would have testified under oath he dropped his wife off for work on Tech’s campus the morning of April 16, 2007 around 8 AM. Fierberg said the professor would have testified his wife told him her building was under lock down… Fierberg said the operator transferred the professor to Tech’s Office of University Relations, where whomever took the call told the professor the rumor “must be a joke,” and “if anyone would know about a shooting, we would know first.”
Feds Probing Va. Tech Copycat Case 04 Apr 2008 A 20-year-old with a weapons cache that included AK-47s was arrested Friday in South Florida on federal charges of threatening to re-enact the Virginia Tech massacre, the U.S. attorney’s office said. Local authorities had arrested Calin Chi Wong at his home last week after finding 13 firearms and more than 5,000 rounds of ammunition, some that could pierce armor, and bullets that could take down aircraft or military machinery. But the suspect’s brother told The Associated Press that Wong “doesn’t even know how to use a gun.”
Report of the Virginia Tech Review Panel 30 Aug 2007
Panel: Va. Tech Failed to Respond to Cho Warning Signs 30 Aug 2007 The long-awaited report of the Virginia Tech Review Panel contains a wealth of new details about the life of Seung Hui Cho, the troubled 23-year-old senior who murdered 32 students and faculty before turning a gun on himself.
Virginia Tech Criticized for Actions in Shooting 30 Aug 2007 A state panel has sharply criticized decisions made by Virginia Tech before and after last April’s shooting massacre, saying university officials could have saved lives by notifying students and faculty members earlier about the killings on campus.
Lawyer Who Directed Sept. 11 Compensation to Oversee Virginia Tech Program 05 Jul 2007 Kenneth R. Feinberg, the Washington lawyer who directed the federal program to compensate relatives of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, will oversee the distribution of the $7 million that has been donated to Virginia Tech after the April campus massacre, university officials said Thursday. In November 2001, Mr. Feinberg was appointed special master of the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund by then-Attorney General John Ashcroft.
Va. Tech panel gets Cho’s mental records 14 Jun 2007 Relatives of the student gunman who killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus turned over his mental health records to a gubernatorial panel investigating the shootings, the panel’s chairman said Thursday. Federal privacy laws governing health and student information had prevented the panel from reviewing Seung-Hui Cho’s records. Panel Chairman W. Gerald Massengill had said he would go to court if necessary to obtain them.
Campus killers’ hints ignored 13 Jun 2007 About once every year, a campus murder is committed after administrators take insufficient action despite warnings about threats, flawed security or dangerous situations, a USA TODAY analysis of college homicides since 1991 shows. In at least 15 of the cases reviewed, the campus killer [black ops hireling] showed signs of being a danger, often with either a criminal or psychotic background, or by making violent threats. The massacre of 32 at Virginia Tech in April, like those other 15 cases, fits a pattern of killings committed by isolated, vengeful students who turn homicidal with shocking brutality.
Va. Tech Families Demand Role on Panel 11 Jun 2007 Relatives of the Virginia Tech shooting victims demanded representation Monday on a gubernatorial panel studying the killings, saying in a letter that they feel “ostracized.” They also questioned the status of a memorial fund that has generated millions of dollars to honor the 32 victims of the student gunman.
Va. Investigator Threatens Court Fight 23 May 2007 The panel studying last month’s massacre at Virginia Tech will go to court if necessary to get gunman Seung-Hui Cho’s medical and mental health records, the group’s chairman said Tuesday.
Panel receives details, roadblock 21 May 2007 Seung-Hui Cho did not fire half of his ammunition before taking his own life on April 16, Virginia State Police Superintendent, Steven Flaherty, said to the state panel Monday. Police have found 174 used cartridge casings from both a 9 MM handgun and a .22 caliber handgun. Police also recovered 203 live rounds of ammunition… Earlier in the Monday’s testimony, the panel met a roadblock during the presentation from Kay Heidbreder, the University Counsel.
Va. Tech massacre witness killed in mysterious car crash (total411.info) 11 May 2007 Jeff Soriano witnessed the Va. tech massacre and was promptly killed in a mysterious car crash five days later. What did he see? Many witnesses reported a 6-foot tall gunman incongruous with the patsy Seung Cho. (CNN report and comments)
Virginia Tech Student Survives Shooting, Dies In Crash 23 Apr 2007 A Virginia Tech freshman who returned home with his family after last week’s campus massacre was killed in a car crash, his father [Enrique Soriano] confirmed Sunday. Jeff Santodomingo Soriano, 18, died from his injuries Friday in a Norfolk, Va., hospital after he was pulled from the wreckage of his burning vehicle, police said. Jeff Soriano’s vehicle flipped several times and struck a tree, investigators said. Family members who witnessed the accident told WTKR TV that Soriano was speeding and racing [from] another car when the accident happened. They said the person he was ‘racing’ fled the scene after the accident.
Va. Tech Review Panel Holds 1st Meeting 11 May 2007 The panel studying the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech held its first public meeting Thursday, with Gov. Timothy M. Kaine asking for details about the gunman, how the events unfolded, and how the state and other agencies responded.
Companies See Demand For Instant Emergency Alerts –Local School Uses Red Alert System 09 May 2007 EZ School Alert, a new company that was developed after the Weston High School shooting, delivers instant communications to parents about emergencies, school closings and informational reminders. Amtelco, a 30-year-old business in McFarland, sells a notification system called Red Alert. It allows a school, business or government to send emergency messages. Interest in Amtelco’s system has increased dramatically since the Virginia Tech Shootings, WISC-TV reported. “Our inflow of Red Alert requests and hits on our site has been 365 percent,” said Tim Brady, Amtelco regional manager. “It probably wasn’t until the Virginia Tech incident that schools really started to look and say, ‘Do we have capabilities, do we have the ability to notify our parents, our students and other relatives instantly?’” said Steve Van Dinter, CEO of EZ School Alert… Amtelco just landed a huge federal government contract, selling its Red Alert system to FEMA.
Cho’s ’05 dorm visit led to police complaint 09 May 2007 Virginia Tech police filed a harassment complaint against Seung Hui Cho with the university’s honor court after the future mass killer made a late-night visit to a woman’s dormitory room in November 2005, according to a campus police report. The university would not say whether Cho was called to a hearing or disciplined by the school.
Cho was in grip of demonic power, says church leader 07 May 2007 Cho Hyang-in, desperate to find help for her silent, angry son, sought out some members of One Mind Church in Virginia to heal him of what the church’s head pastor called “demonic power”.
Britain’s Minister of Security to lecture at his alma mater: Virginia Tech 27 Feb 2007 In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, at Virginia Tech, a public lecture by noted alumnus Tony McNulty, Minister for Police and Security in the British government, will be held on Friday, March 23, at 5 p.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. McNulty is responsible for the police service, counter-terrorism, and crime reduction (including violent crime, guns, knives, community safety and anti-social behavior). He also has cross-departmental responsibility for parliamentary business.
Bomb Warning Found Before Tech Shooting 06 May 2007 Minutes before Seung-Hui Cho’s rampage inside Virginia Tech’s Norris Hall, a note found on a second-floor stairwell door warned, “Bomb will go off if you open the door,” a school employee said Saturday. Virginia State Police confirmed a threatening note was found in the room where janitor Pamela Tickle says she left it after the shooting, but they have not linked it to Cho.
NBC show foreshadowed Virginia shootings 01 May 2007 The television network to which the Virginia Tech gunman sent a disturbing multi-media “manifesto” about his motives had only hours earlier shown a documentary about another mentally-ill man who went on a killing spree. Cho Seung-hui’s decision to interrupt his rampage through the university campus in order to post a DVD explaining his motives to NBC News in New York has been one of the most puzzling aspects of his behaviour on the day of the killings. Cho’s parcel to NBC included a rambling note that began: “You forced me into a corner.” On the night of Sunday April 15, the day before Cho shot dead 32 people, the prime time current affairs show “Dateline NBC” devoted its entire edition to the story of the psychotic murderer John Hyde and the failure of mental health experts to heed warnings about the danger he posed after he was released from hospital care.
Student charged for writing violent essay –High school senior says he was just following the assignment 27 Apr 2007 (Cary, IL) Authorities have filed a second disorderly conduct charge against a high school senior [Allen Lee] arrested for writing an essay officials described as disturbing and inappropriate. [Now we know the reason for the Manchurian Killer, (Cho) - the clampdown. --MDR]
U.S. Proposal Could Block Gun Buyers Tied to Terror 27 Apr 2007 The Justice Department proposed legislation on Thursday that would give the attorney general discretion to bar terrorism suspects from buying firearms, seeking to close a gap in federal gun laws. The measure, which was introduced by Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Democrat of New Jersey, would give the attorney general authority to deny a firearm purchase [!] if the buyer was found “to be or have been engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism.”
Police Describe Struggle to Enter Hall at Va. Tech –With Doors Chained, Access Took 5 Minutes 27 Apr 2007 Police officers desperately shot at the chains that Seung Hui Cho [?] had used to lock the entrances to Norris Hall at Virginia Tech before they shot away a deadbolt on a side door and used bolt cutters to enter the building, authorities said Thursday. Law enforcement officials reiterated Thursday that they have found no explanation for Cho’s actions and no connections between him and either Emily Hilscher or Ryan Clark that would explain his decision to start his attack at the dorm.
Va. Tech gunman fired 170 rounds in 9 minutes 26 Apr 2007 The rampage lasted nine minutes – enough time for Seung-Hui Cho to unleash 170 rounds from his two pistols, or about one shot every three seconds.
Va. Tech Killer’s Motives Pursued –Some Actions During Rampage Still a Mystery 26 Apr 2007 Law enforcement officials said they found 17 ammunition magazines at the scene. They said they have read reams of e-mail and cellphone records and interviewed hundreds of witnesses but have found no explanation for Cho’s actions. In fact, they said, they may never know why Seung Hui Cho started at the dorm, waited more than two hours and then killed 30 more people at Norris Hall.
Cops can’t link gunman to 1st Va. Tech victims 26 Apr 2007 Police said Wednesday they can find no link between the Virginia Tech gunman and his first victims [Emily Hilscher and Ryan Clark] in last week’s shooting rampage, the deadliest in U.S. history.
Professor fired over Va. Tech discussion 23 Apr 2007 An adjunct professor [Nicholas Winset] was fired after leading a classroom discussion about the Virginia Tech shootings in which he pointed a marker at some students and said “pow.”
Fired Emmanuel College professor fights back 23 Apr 2007 A former Emmanuel College adjunct professor [Nicholas Winset], who was fired last week after using a classroom discussion to mimic the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech, said yesterday that the college violated his rights and has tried to stifle valid discussion of a controversial topic.
Tech gunman shot victims over 100 times 22 Apr 2007 Dr. William Massello, the assistant state medical examiner based in Roanoke, said Sunday that Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his temple after firing enough shots to wound his 32 victims more than 100 times. But there was nothing unusual about Cho’s autopsy, he said, and nothing that would have hinted at any psychological problems that might have led him to commit the worst shooting massacre in modern U.S. history.
Tech Shooter May Have Used eBay Account 21 Apr 2007 An eBay account that investigators believe may have belonged to the Virginia Tech killer was used to buy ammunition for the type of gun used in the rampage, according to information on the auction site. The eBay account holder with the handle Blazers5505 also sold several books and tickets to Virginia Tech football games and lists Blacksburg as the account’s address. A search warrant affidavit filed Friday stated that investigators wanted to search Seung-Hui Cho’s e-mail accounts, including the address Blazers5505@hotmail.com.
Cho’s Name Didn’t Appear On Mentally Ill List 21 Apr 2007 Virginia authorities have submitted the names of more than 80,000 people with legally certified mental health problems to the FBI to ensure they don’t buy guns. Unfortunately, the name of Cho Seung-Hui was not among them.
Tech Probe Seeks Shooter’s Phone Records 21 Apr 2007 Investigators pressed ahead Saturday with their search for Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho’s motives. Authorities sought Cho’s cell phone records… “Seung-Hui Cho is known to have communicated by cellular telephone and may have communicated with others concerning his plans to carry out attacks on students and faculty at Virginia Tech,” police wrote Friday in an affidavit seeking records from Verizon Wireless. [Uh, the affidavit was filed on *Friday?* Why not *Monday?' They need to check his handler's records (over at Langley), as well.]
MSNBC live: Cell phone, computer of victim seized 21 Apr 2007
Sources: Feds Ordered VA Police to Stand Down –Local authorities were told to take no action to pursue killer By Paul Joseph Watson 20 Apr 2007 Police and EMT workers at Virginia Tech tell us that campus police were given a federal order to stand down and not pursue killer Cho Seung-Hui as Monday’s bloodshed unfolded. Though wishing to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, we have received calls from police and EMT’s who tell us that a stand down order was in place, and this is also confirmed by eyewitness Matt Kazee, who is a student at VA Tech.
RCMP gather school blueprints, photos to prepare for shootings 19 Apr 2007 The RCMP is gathering aerial photographs and blueprints of thousands of schools across Canada as part of its plan for responding to school shootings, which it unveiled Thursday. Under the School Action For Emergencies (SAFE) program, the RCMP plan to map out every elementary and secondary school in the force’s areas of operations by September — a total of 4,700 schools.
Kafka, Orwell rolling in their graves: Student Arrested Over Va. Tech Remarks 18 Apr 2007 A University of Colorado student pleaded not guilty Wednesday to making comments that classmates deemed sympathetic [?] toward the gunman blamed for killing 32 students and himself at Virginia Tech, authorities said. During a class discussion Tuesday of Monday’s massacre at Virginia Tech, Max Karson “made comments about understanding how someone could kill 32 people,” university police Cmdr. Brad Wiesley said. [Ok, what about someone who uttered sympathetic remarks about the person who uttered sympathetic remarks? --LRP]
From Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s ‘Hardball,’ 18 Apr 2007: Cho filed off the serial numbers on the gun. Yet, he used a credit card to buy the gun and kept the receipt for the purchase.
Breaking: Chicago Tribune: Alleged gunman left note in dorm room [My theory on its announced contents: "I did this for Al Qaeda in Iraq. I've come to the US because the Democrat congress wants a timeline for troop withdrawal. P.S.: Rosie O'Donnell is wrong. Osama bin Laden did carry out the 9/11 terrorist attacks. If NSA wiretaps were allowed, I wouldn't have been able to do this." --LRP]
“The average ‘nut’ is not this well armed, nor able to kill with such precision, and so quickly.” –Comment by CLG reader, Blueridge
More from Blueridge, who lives in WV:
I have been watching Roanoke local TV with excellent coverage. Brian Williams of NBC interviewed two students, one who was shot. The following facts about the shooter emerged as they met face to face:
1. did not recognize from campus
2. reloaded clips (semi auto pistol(s)) very fast
3. “looked trained” in use of weapons, pro
4. wearing red cap, vest (impression of trained “beret”)
5. authorities said he had “no ID” on him
6. gunman wearing all black (pro wear)
7. camera phone recorded “blast” after fired shots.
The school police stood down for two hours, without notifying students or faculty. During the press conference, they said they often run “drills.” School president and campus police chief were absolutely emotionless during both conferences, very matter of fact. Police not providing ID, not providing weapon details… Why?
AFT source tells NBC News that the gunman was not a Virginia Tech student, but someone who had access to the dorm.
Seung-Hui Cho Was a Mind Controlled Assassin –Deadly accuracy, disturbing revelations suggest outside involvement in VA Massacre, cocktail of brainwashing from prozac, violent video games contributed to carnage By Paul Joseph Watson 19 Apr 2007 Charles Mesloh, Professor of Criminology at Florida Gulf Coast University, told NBC 2 News that he was shocked [Seung-Hui] Cho could have killed 32 people with two handguns absent expert training… “I’m dumbfounded by the number of people he managed to kill with these weapons,” said Mesloh, “The only thing I can figure is that he got close to them and he simply executed them.” Mesloh said the killer performed like a trained professional. “He had a 60% fatality rate with handguns – that’s unheard of given 9 millimeters don’t kill people instantly,” said Mesloh…
Authorities Tentatively ID Va. Tech Gunman 16 Apr 2007 Authorities say they’ve tentatively identified the gunman behind Monday’s shooting rampage at Virginia Tech that killed 32 victims, but they’re not releasing any information yet. Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum told reporters that two weapons were recovered, but he declined to describe them.
Gunman may have made 3 bomb threats to test ‘security response’ 16 Apr 2007 Authorities were investigating whether the gunman who killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus in the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history was a Chinese man who arrived in the United States last year on a student visa. The 24-year-old man arrived in San Francisco on United Airlines on Aug. 7 on a visa issued in Shanghai, the source said. Police believe three bomb threats on the campus last week may have been attempts by the man to test the campus’ security response, the source said. The exits to the buildings where the shootings occurred were chained by the shooter, the source said.
A ‘person-of-interest’ was being interviewed while the second shooting occurred. He was not a student. –Press conference, Blacksburg, VA
CNN: ‘The Virginia Tech killer chained doors shut at his second shooting site before going into a German class and opening fire.’
VA Tech wasn’t locked down for two hours, after the first shooting was reported at 7:15 AM. The shooter apparently made it over to the *other side of campus* and *carried out more shootings,* unmolested, two hours later!
It has not been confirmed whether or not the shooter is a student. [How did the shooter access the buildings, when a scanned ID is required for access?]
First report: The suspect was led away in handcuffs.
Second report: The suspect was killed.
Third report: The suspect killed himself.
Fourth report: There were two suspects.
Individual had same style of guns (*two* handguns) used by FBI agents, a ‘high-powered’ weapon and the shootings were ‘well-planned.’
MSNBC’s FBI profiler: ‘students lined up and shot execution style’
19 hours after the first shooting, the shooter(s) has/have not been identified. [00:15 EDT 17 Apr 2007 Note: The shooter has finally been identified.
At press conf., VT Tech.: We thought the shooter (7:15 AM) had left the state. ?
Regardless, it appears that the Gonzales testmony will receive little coverage tomorrow. Oops, strike that: Senate postpones to Thursday the gonzales hearing, in light of VA Tech shootings. Can we expect new Blackwater USA contract$ to 'secure' college campuses? --LRP
Gunman contacted NBC News during massacre --Rambling communication, video being examined by FBI, network says 18 Apr 2007 Sometime after he killed two people in a Virginia university dormitory but before he slaughtered 30 more in a classroom building Monday morning, Cho Seung-Hui sent NBC News a rambling communication and videos about his grievances, the network said Wednesday. Cho, 23, a senior English major at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, killed 32 people in two attacks Monday before taking his own life. [Yes, in between shootings, he went to the US Post Office, parcel in hand, stood in line and mailed his carton to MSNBC. I wonder if he got tracking for the package?! --LRP]
Northrop Mall evacuated after bomb threat –Eight buildings on the Minneapolis campus were evacuated at about 1:15 p.m. and will be closed for the rest of the day. 18 Apr 2007 (University of Minnesota) Appleby, Smith, Kolthoff, Fraiser, Johnston and Morrill halls, as well as Walter Library and the Science Classrooms Building, were evacuated because of a bomb threat at about 1:15 p.m., said Dan Johnson, Powers Emergency Management Coordinator. The buildings will be closed until 10 p.m. and classes in these buildings are canceled. Police are also searching other buildings on the mall area.
WSU Vancouver evacuated due to threat; Patriot Act forum rescheduled 18 Apr 2007 The Vancouver branch of Washington State University was evacuated Tuesday night because of threatening graffiti discovered in a campus restroom shortly before an evening conference on the Patriot Act and the war on [of] terror, authorities said. University officials decided to evacuate the campus about 6:30 p.m. after the graffiti was found, according to Sgt. Mike Cooke of the Clark County sheriff’s office. The threat came on the same night that Brandon Mayfield, an attorney wrongly arrested by FBI agents after the 2004 Madrid terrorist bombings, was scheduled to appear on campus as part of a forum on civil liberties titled “Casualties of the USA Patriot Act and the War on Terror.” His wife, Mona Mayfield, said they drove to the campus and were told to leave. Mayfield said she was told the event would be rescheduled.
School Threats Follow Va. Tech Massacre 18 Apr 2007 Schools and campuses in at least 10 states were locked down or evacuated in the aftermath of a Virginia Tech student’s shooting rampage that killed 33 people. Washington State University’s branch campus in Vancouver was evacuated because of graffiti discovered in a campus restroom threatened harm likened to the Virginia slayings around 8 p.m., around the time a conference on the Patriot Act and the war on [of] terror was scheduled, authorities said. The event was to be rescheduled.
Threats Rattle Schools in 10 States 18 Apr 2007 Campus threats forced lock-downs and evacuations at universities, high schools and middle schools in at least 10 states on Tuesday, a day after a Virginia Tech student’s shooting rampage killed 33 people.
Two-Hour Delay Is Linked to Bad Lead 18 Apr 2007 New information emerged that may help explain a fateful two-hour delay by Virginia Tech officials in warning the campus of a gunman at large. According to search warrants and statements from the police, campus investigators had been busy pursuing what appears to have been a fruitless lead in the first of two shooting episodes Monday… Among the central unknowns is what prompted the gunman to move to Norris Hall, where all but the first two killings took place. The authorities said Mr. Cho’s preparations, including chaining the doors, suggested planning and premeditation, rather than a spontaneous event.
Va. Tech Gunman Writings Raised Concerns 18 Apr 2007 The gunman in the Virginia Tech massacre was a sullen loner who alarmed professors and classmates with his twisted, violence-drenched creative writing and left a rambling note raging against women and rich kids. [Gee, we better start censoring 'violence-drenched' creative writings.]
U.S. Gun Laws Draw Heat After Massacre 18 Apr 2007 The Virginia Tech shootings sparked criticism of U.S. gun control laws around the world Tuesday. Editorials lashed out at the availability of weapons, and the leader of Australia – one of America’s closest allies – declared that America’s gun culture was costing lives. [Yeah, so is the Bush regime.] RESULT: DEMS AND REPUBS PASS HR 2640 – BUSH SIGNS INTO “LAW”
Articles of Impeachment to Be Filed On Cheney By Mary Ann Akers 17 Apr 2007 Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)… declared in a letter sent to his Democratic House colleagues this morning that he plans to file articles of impeachment against Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney… Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution gives Congress the authority to impeach the president, vice president and “all civil Officers of the United States” for “treason, bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Sources tell the Sleuth that in light of the mass killings at Virginia Tech Monday, Kucinich’s impeachment plans have been put on hold. There will be no action this week, they say.
Gunman ID’d as student; tests tie same gun to both attacks 17 Apr 2007 A Virginia Tech senior [Cho Seung-Hui] from South Korea killed at least 30 people locked inside a classroom building in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, the university and police said Tuesday. Ballistics tests also found that one of the guns used in that attack was also used in a shooting two hours earlier at a dorm that left two people dead, Virginia State Police said. Cho committed suicide after the attacks, and there was no indication Tuesday of any possible motive.
Anger mounts over response to massacre 17 Apr 2007 (Blacksburg, VA) Parents and students at the scene of the worst school shooting in US history on Monday criticised the university for waiting too long to alert people a killer may be on the loose.
Police Cite Person of Interest in Va. Tech Dorm Killing; Dead Gunman Yet to Be ID’d 16 Apr 2007 In a press conference tonight, Virginia Tech President Charles Steger gave a detailed timeline of the morning’s tragic events. He said a 9-1-1 call reporting a shooting at a dormitory was made at approximately 7:15 a.m. While police were trying to assess what they first believed was a domestic dispute, they received a second 9-1-1 call, nearly two and a half hours later, that reported shootings on the opposite side of campus. According to the Virginia Police Chief Wendell Flinchum, officials have not definitively linked the two shootings. Campus police have identified a person of interest who is not currently in police custody.
Gunman may have made 3 bomb threats to test ‘security response’ 16 Apr 2007 Authorities were investigating whether the gunman who killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus in the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history was a Chinese man who arrived in the United States last year on a student visa. The 24-year-old man arrived in San Francisco on United Airlines on Aug. 7 on a visa issued in Shanghai, the source said. Police believe three bomb threats on the campus last week may have been attempts by the man to test the campus’ security response, the source said. The exits to the buildings where the shootings occurred were chained by the shooter, the source said.
Eyewitness: ’40 or 50 shots’ –Massacre at Virginia Tech: 33 Confirmed Dead –Gunman’s Body Disfigured; Hard to Identify 16 Apr 2007 A tranquil college campus in Virginia became a killing field Monday morning. At least 33 people are dead in the worst mass shooting in modern American history. Police at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Va., said that the shootings happened at a dormitory and then at a classroom on opposite sides of the university campus. Some students are questioning why administrators did not stop classes after the first shooting, and why it took more than two hours to inform the university community via email about the shootings.
The US government’s latest report on the Boston Marathon bombing is so full of revealing information buried in plain sight, it seems as if an insider is imploring someone—anyone—to dig deeper. It reads like the work of an unhappy participant in a cover-up.
Properly contextualized, the particulars in the report point to:
• A Boston FBI agent seemingly recruiting and acting as Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s control officer, interacting personally with him, preventing on multiple occasions serious investigations of Tsarnaev’s activities, and then pleading ignorance to investigators in the most ludicrously improbable manner.
• The sheer inability of well-meaning US government officials—who either may know or suspect that the “official” account of the Boston bombing, with the Tsarnaev brothers as lone wolf terrorists, is utterly false—to come out and state their true beliefs. The most recent report is an example of the necessity of reading between the lines.
The other day, we explained a key point missing from most coverage of the Boston Bombing story: that the US government may have been in contact with the alleged bombers before the Russians ever warned about them.
Now, it seems, the plot thickens further. As the mass media predictably overwhelms the public with a fanciful scenario in which we all are “Boston Strong” and everything ends well, we believe the citizenry—and the victims of the bombing—deserve better.In our previous story, we were working from a leaked article about a forthcoming government report on the bombing—whose central message was that the bombing might have been prevented if only the Russians had not held back still more information beyond what they had provided to US intelligence. In other words, “Putin did it.”
Since then, the report itself has been released. It is the coordinated product of probes by Inspectors General from a number of intelligence agencies and other governmental entities. Actually, what’s been released is not the report itself—just an unclassified summary filled with redactions. Even so, it is enormously revealing, as much for what it does not say as for what it does.
Be advised that this is not a short read. Our take is an in-depth look at how the government loads the dice for its own purposes. As such, it is necessarily complicated, with layers of obfuscation that need to be peeled away. But if you want to get some inkling of what might actually lay behind the Boston Marathon Bombing, read on.
Let’s start by taking a look at the summary report.
On Page 1 you will find this paragraph:
In March 2011, the FBI received information from the FSB alleging that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Zubeidat Tsarnaeva were adherents of radical Islam and that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was preparing to travel to Russia to join unspecified underground groups in Dagestan and Chechnya. The FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force in Boston (Boston JTTF) conducted an assessment of Tamerlan Tsarnaev to determine whether he posed a threat to national security and closed the assessment three months later having found no link or “nexus” to terrorism.
So, in March 2011, the FBI received information from the FSB (Russian internal security service, comparable to the FBI), warning about terrorist threats posed by the Tsarnaev family.
We have long been told that this Russian warning was the first time the Tsarnaevs were on the US government’s radar.
But wait. Go to Page 18 of the summary report, and take a close look at Section V, under a heading “INFORMATION OBTAINED OR FIRST ACCESSED AND REVIEWED AFTER THE BOMBINGS.”
That heading seems to suggest that what follows in Section V was unknown to American law enforcement prior to the bombings. The first item in the list–and the only one to be redacted—is of primary interest:
This information included certain [approximately two lines redacted] to show that Tsarnaev intended to pursue jihad…
After that paragraph comes a sub-section labeled JANUARY 2011 COMMUNICATIONS. The entirety of that section, including a lengthy footnote, has been redacted.
Reading a government report with redactions is like reading tea leaves in the bottom of a dirty cup. You can’t know for sure what’s been suppressed, but you can hazard some educated guesses about why certain material was deemed too dangerous for the public to know.
In this case, you have to ask: Why would the first item in Section V and the entire subsection labeled “January 2011 Communications” be suppressed. The answer may lie in a story that appeared in the New York Times last week. Based on a leak exclusive to the Times, the story quoted a “senior government official” who claimed that the Russians had withheld some key information when it informed the US about the Tsarnaevs’ jihadist leanings in March 2011—information that might have made the US government pay more attention to the Tsarnaevs, and so perhaps could have helped avert the Marathon bombing.
As we previously noted, much earlier, back in 2013, the New York Times reported another leak. That leak asserted that US authorities had been in contact with the Tsarnaevs as early as January 2011. If true, this assertion would be enormously consequential, because it would mean the Tsarnaevs were known to US authorities two months before American intelligence learned from the Russians that the Tsarnaevs might be terrorists.
As far as we know, no one in the media ever followed up on this leaked assertion. When we queried the Times about it, the paper never replied. Nor has the Times ever published a correction. Now, it is possible that the official who provided the Times with that earlier leak was mistaken, or that the Times got the date or the facts wrong and did not want to admit its error in public.
But it’s hard not to see a link between that leaked assertion and the government’s redaction, in the just released summary, of the entire section labeled January 2011 Communications. What is in that section that’s so disturbing to the censors in the American intelligence community?
One possibility is that the US censors are not so concerned about the information in those “communications” as in the way that information was obtained.
Russia Eavesdropping on American Telephone Conversations?
If they are concerned about something relating to January communications captured by the Russians, it could be because the “communications” appear to have been phone conversations purportedly between Tamerlan and his mother, Zubeidat—both of whom were, in early 2011, living in the United States. (In the recent leak to the New York Times, the “senior US official” mentioned that the Russians had withheld certain information—specifically including that Tamerlan and his mother spoke of “jihad” in a telephone call.)
It would of course be news if the Russians were capturing domestic American telephone conversations, and if they were so interested in the Tsarnaevs that they launched a very risky and complicated operation to eavesdrop on that family’s communications within US borders.
This real possibility can be further contextualized. The Boston area has long been a hotbed for spy-vs-spy intrigue. With top military research going on at Cambridge-based MIT and other area institutions, that’s not surprising.
Consider that the Tsarnaevs lived in Cambridge—home to members of a ring of Russian spies that was broken up shortly before the Tsarnaevs came under scrutiny. Remember that the US rolled up a spy ring in June of 2010—after monitoring it for a decade, and that an exchange of prisoners quickly followed. An American mole inside Russian foreign intelligence, Col. Alexander Poteyev, who was back-channeling to American intelligence while simultaneously directing the stateside ring from Russia, fled to the US before the arrests. His role was obscured by American officials; and his identity was only revealed when a Russian court later found him guilty in absentia.
Few Americans remember Poteyev’s role, or any of the other more remarkable “details.” Indeed, US media coverage of the Russian spy ring story quickly focused on the sexiness of one of the characters, Anna Chapman, who returned to Russia as part of the exchange and became a lingerie model, corporate spokesperson, and national icon.
Anna Chapman on the cover of Russia’s Maxim
However, US officials dismissed the ring itself as a “sleeper cell” that actually accomplished nothing.We wonder if this is true. Did the Russians really go to such enormous efforts over a decade and achieve nothing substantive? More on this in a moment, but for now, consider the notion of an active Russian spy ring in the Tsarnaevs’ Massachusetts backyard as a basis for further thinking.
Given the “shocking” exposure of the Russian ring, it is equally shocking to contemplate that, less than a year later, the Russians have gone from spying to “helping” the US—by notifying American intelligence of potential terrorists in our midst. Either that, or the Russians were notifying the US out of self-interest, to ensure that yet another anti-Russian terrorist did not succeed in jihad on Russia’s turf.
To us, frankly, neither explanation is wholly satisfying. It seems there is more going on.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev an “Asset”?
Was the US itself monitoring the Tsarnaevs at the same time the Russians were? Of even more interest, did US authorities, as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense suggests, seek to turn Tamerlan Tsarnaev into an asset?
The defense’s claim that the FBI tried—but failed—to get Tamerlan to work for the US is hard to accept, not because the FBI doesn’t regularly try to recruit immigrants like the Tsarnaevs through a carrot-and/or-stick approach, but because it’s hard to imagine the FBI failing in such an endeavor. The “failure” part of the defense claim seems like a concession to the likelihood that detailed information about FBI recruitment would not be admissible in such a case. Also, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lead federal public defender is accomplished at getting her clients charges reduced—in this case, presumably to avoid the death penalty—not at exposing giant falsehoods perpetrated by her government.
If the defense is half-right—that the feds pushed Tamerlan Tsarnaev to become an operative—would they simply have accepted, willingly, if he said, “No, thanks”? Intelligence and security services don’t tend to take no for an answer, and traditionally have played very rough with those who decline. So it is unlikely that a foreign national like Tamerlan Tsarnaev—whose family arrived less than a year after 9/11 and who was given “derivative asylum status”—could simply decline to cooperate. (Family members, including Tamerlan, were later made Lawful Permanent Residents—with the hope of full citizenship. And as we shall see, the FBI agent whose job was to interact with Tamerlan Tsarnaev later said he had no objection when Tamerlan was being processed for citizenship, suggesting that he was not unhappy with Tamerlan in the least.)
For context on whether or not Tamerlan Tsarnaev may have agreed to cooperate, consider the FBI’s tactics with people from the Tsarnaevs’ extended circle who did not cooperate, as reported in this earlier piece we did.
Moreover, one line in the summary report is telling:
The FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force in Boston (Boston JTTF) conducted an assessment of Tamerlan Tsarnaev to determine whether he posed a threat to national security and closed the assessment three months later having found no link or “nexus” to terrorism.
Surely if he were working for the US and involved with anti-Russian activities, he would rightfully be found to “have no link to…terrorism”—inasmuch as terrorism (so far as the FBI is concerned) would likely be defined as a threat only to US national security.
Also, as the report summary notes, the Russians repeatedly pinged the Americans, presumably because they saw no serious action taking place. They provided information to the FBI in March 2011, and similar material to the CIA in September. (The report states flatly, and without emphasis, that the FBI had failed to share intelligence with the CIA—a suspiciously common practice that dates back to the John F. Kennedy assassination if not earlier).
Did the Russians decide that FBI inaction meant the Bureau had recruited Tamerlan, and either had not notified the CIA or had not done so through official channels? In October, in any case, the CIA passed the Russian intelligence along to a range of agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department. It also passed it along to the FBI, as if it did not know that the FBI itself already had the information from half a year earlier. Finally, the information was passed on to the National Counterterrorism Center, which put Tamerlan Tsarnaev on a terrorist watch list.
Incredibly, even after this, when Tamerlan traveled to Russia three months later, exactly as the Russians said he would, and while on that terror watch list, US authorities did nothing.
Here’s what the Report Summary says about cooperation:
This lead information was investigated by the FBI through the Boston JTTF. Representatives from the DHS, CIA, and other federal, state, and local agencies work directly with FBI-led JTTFs across the country, including in Boston.
Notice the waffling. The summary authors state a standard principle: FBI-led investigation units “work directly” with other federal and local agencies. They explicitly do not say that the FBI did so in this case. And how could they? Because the FBI clearly did not.
Mind you, this is WhoWhatWhy’s attempt at coherently and accurately summing up the content of the Summary Report. It is instructive that those who prepared the report did not feel the need to emphasize these rather glaring and seemingly deliberate “failures”—and instead basically give the FBI and US government a free pass for their cover-up.
From Russia…With Truth?
It’s also worth considering what the Russians themselves told a visiting Congressional delegation barely six weeks after the bombing, and what they showed them: the warning letter from Moscow. Keep in mind as you read the particulars, how much more forthcoming the Russians have been than their American counterparts. This is from an account by Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA) to the Washington Post:
Keating said the letter gave Tsarnaev’s date of birth, his cellphone number, information about his boxing career, weight and Golden Gloves matches. It talked about his wife and mother, giving the mother’s Skype number. The up-close look at Tsarnaev’s life raised questions, which went unanswered, about how the FSB had accumulated so much information about a family in Boston.
Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA)
So at least some members of Congress were deeply suspicious of our government and its awareness of Russian activities in the US (as well as Russian capabilities for spying on residents of the United States within our borders). However, in the Summary Report, what the Russians gave to the Americans has been pared down:
The Russian authorities provided personal information about both Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, including their telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, and requested that the FBI provide the FSB with specific information about them, including possible travel by Tsarnaev to Russia.
The Summary report leaves out the other details, but does include a caveat that somehow characterizes the material as less valuable (though both errors would normally be overcome by standard procedures):
Importantly, the memorandum included two incorrect dates of birth (October 21, 1987 or 1988) for Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and the English translation used by the FBI transliterated their last names as Tsarnayev and Tsarnayeva, respectively.
Only later do we read that an FBI agent had no difficulty resolving these issues.
Frustrated Inspector Generals, Complying, but not Too Happily
The Inspectors General go on to say that, in considering whether information that existed prior to the bombings was at that time “available” to the U.S. government, the OIGs did look at the Russian information, but also “took into account the limited facts known to U.S. government agencies prior to the bombings and the extent of the government’s authority under prevailing legal standards to access that information.” [Italics added for emphasis]
So they began their inquiries with two predispositions: (1) that the government had very little information available on its own, and (2) that completely contrary to Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA abuses, US agencies are scrupulously careful about how they collect private data on individuals.
The Inspectors General also made clear what side they were on, a bad thing for a justice system:
[T]he OIGs were mindful of the sensitive nature of the ongoing criminal investigations and prosecutions related to the bombings, and were careful to ensure that the review would not interfere with these activities. We carefully tailored our requests for information and interviews to focus on information available before the bombings and, where appropriate, coordinated with the U.S. Attorney’s Office conducting the prosecution of alleged bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Presumably, a truly independent investigation would involve coordinating with anyone who had information to impart, including Dzhokhar’s defense.
In a rare outburst hinting at how they were hobbled, the OIG’s write:
As described in more detail in the classified report, the DOJ OIG’s access to certain information was significantly delayed at the outset of the review by disagreements with FBI officials over whether certain requests fell outside the scope of the review or could cause harm to the criminal investigation. Only after many months of discussions were these issues resolved, and time that otherwise could have been devoted to completing this review was instead spent on resolving these matters. [Italics added for emphasis]
And there’s this important note, at the beginning of a section called “CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS”:
In this section, we summarize the chronology of events relating to the U.S. government’s knowledge of and interactions with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, members of his family, and other associates before the bombings. Many of the activities and events that occurred during the period discussed below cannot be included in this unclassified summary.
That’s just a sampling of the Inspector Generals’ cries of impotency. One of the three objectives stated by the Inspectors General in their summary is to determine “Whether there are weaknesses in protocols and procedures that impact the ability to detect potential threats to national security.” But if that was never the underlying game, then the Inspector Generals are victims in this as well. They hint as much:
Redactions in this document are the result of classification and sensitivity designations we received from agencies and departments that provided information to the OIGs for this review. As to several of these classification and sensitivity designations, the OIGs disagreed with the bases asserted. We are requesting that the relevant entities reconsider those designations so that we can unredact those portions and make this information available to the public.
Good luck with that.
FBI Special Agent Schlemiel
As the report notes, an FBI counterterrorism officer
conducted database searches, reviewed references to Tsarnaev and his family in closed FBI counterterrorism cases, performed “drive-bys” of Tsarnaev’s residence, made an on-site visit to his former college, and interviewed Tsarnaev and his parents.
The question is obvious: Why no effort to monitor the Tsarnaevs’ covertly? What about, instead of warning them that they were under suspicion, keeping a close and quiet watch on them? Isn’t that how you would proceed if you wanted to find out what a suspected terrorist was up to?
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Swann Exclusive: Sources Inside The BLM and Las Vegas Metro Say Feds Are Planning A Raid On Bundy Home
Bunkerville, NEVADA, April 14, 2014– As reported yesterday, hundreds of federal agents are still at the Bundy Ranch and the area continues its status as a no-fly zone. Despite major media reports that the Nevada Bureau of Land Management is retreating, the remaining activity that still surrounds the ranch illustrates a different scenario.
Not only is the BLM not actually backing off of Cliven Bundy, Sheriff Richard Mack of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association has revealed stunning information: on Ben Swann’s radio program, Mack said that he has received intelligence from multiple, credible sources inside the BLM and the Las Vegas Metro that there is “no question” that the federal government is planning a raid on the Bundy home and the homes of their children who live on the property.
According to Mack, the so-called retreat was nothing more than theatrics. “It was a ploy to get people to back off, to get people out of the way. They weren’t expecting us to get this amount of people here. They were surprised by the numbers and so they wanted a way to get us out of here. This was a ploy to get us out of here and then they’re going after the Bundys.” Mack said that when he was at the Bundy ranch on Saturday there were an estimated 600 to 800 protesters present when federal agents were releasing the cattle.
“If they do that kind of raid, I don’t believe there’s any way that could happen without bloodshed,” Mack told Swann.
Mack spoke about the tactic that protesters used by putting women at the front of the line facing the federal agents to make them think carefully before opening fire.
“I would’ve gone next. I would’ve been the next one to be killed. I’m not afraid to die here. I’m willing to die here,” said Mack.
Mack said that he had been told by Bundy that the federal government is actively shutting down the ranching industry, specifically in Clark County. He also revealed that there used to be 53 ranches in Clark County. All of those ranchers have been put out of business, except for Bundy who is still trying to hold on. “Every American should be outraged by it,” said Mack. The ranch has been in Bundy’s family since 1877.
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The sole suspect in a shooting that left three dead at two Jewish community centers outside Kansas City on Sunday is a former Ku Klux Klan “grand dragon,” neo-Nazi, and ex-con named Frazier Glenn Miller.
The 73-year-old was caught by TV cameras yelling “Heil Hitler” from the back seat of a police car after he was apprehended in the parking lot of a local elementary school. Rabbi Herbert Mandl, chaplain for the Overland Park Police Department, said the gunman asked people whether they were Jewish before he opened fire. Two of the victims, named by grieving family members as Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his grandson Reat Griffin Underwood, 14, were not Jewish, however–they were members of the nearby United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.
The Southern Poverty Law Center said they had confimed Miller’s arrest with his wife, Marge, who said her husband had been drinking at a Missouri casino the night before and had not been heard from since. Marge Miller told the SPLC that authorities came to her door at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday and told her that her husband had been arrested in the shootings.
Miller, who also uses the alias Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., has an extensive résumé of hate. A former Green Beret who served in Vietnam, he embraced white supremacy in the 1970s, first joining the National States’ Rights Party and then the National Socialist Party of America—the Nazis.
According to his considerable dossier on the SPLC website Miller was forced to retire from the military due to his extremist connections. He bought a farm in Angier, North Carolina, where he formed the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in 1980. He preferred wearing fatigues to the traditional Klan robe and recruited active-duty soldiers to conduct paramilitary-style training, aggressively seeking publicity and taking inspiration from Hitler, as he described in his autobiography: “I would try to emulate Hitler’s methods of attracting members and supporters…I placed great emphasis on staging marches and rallies. It had been successful with Hitler.” His stated goal was to create an all-white “Carolina Free State.”
Miller’s dark ambitions with the Carolina Knights hit a legal obstacle when the Southern Poverty Law Center successfully sued him and his organization and received a consent decree requiring that they stop all intimidation against African-Americans and paramilitary activity. In 1985, Miller formed the White Patriot Party, ostensibly trying to move into the political sphere, but he was convicted of criminal contempt a year later for purchasing weapons and explosives to fund an insurgency to create a “White Southland.” He was sentenced to a year in prison but went underground while out on bond. He mailed supporters—whom he called “Aryan warriors of The Order”—establishing a point system for each murder: “Niggers (1), White race traitors (10), Jews (10), Judges (50) Morris Seligman Dees (888).” Dees is the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
After the FBI tear-gassed Miller and four Klansman out of a mobile home loaded with weapons and explosives in Springfield, Missouri, Miller served three years in federal penitentiary, reducing his sentence in a plea deal by testifying against 14 other white supremacists.
In response to Stern’s quip that Miller was the most “honest politician” in America because he made his beliefs crystal clear, Miller replied that U.S. politicians “are all a bunch of whores for Israel.”
In recent years, Miller ran unsuccessfully for elective offices, including the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S Senate, receiving 23 and seven votes, respectively. His 2010 Senate campaign—for which his slogan was “It’s the Jews, Stupid”—landed him an interview on The Howard Stern Show. In response to Stern’s quip that Miller was the most “honest politician” in America because he made his beliefs crystal clear, Miller replied that U.S. politicians “are all a bunch of whores for Israel, they’re all corrupt to the core, and they’re all traitors to America.” Miller prominently displays a link to the interview on his low-budget website, Whty.org, dedicated to white supremacy and anti-Semitism, including photos of Klan rallies and extensive screeds about the Jewish control of the media.
More of this at Daily Beast ( X Newsweek)
August 6th, 2012
Wade Michael Page Was a “White Supremacist”
Via: CBS News:
Before he strode into a Sikh temple with a 9mm handgun and multiple magazines of ammunition, Wade Michael Page played in white supremacist heavy metal bands with names such as Definite Hate and End Apathy.
The bald, heavily tattooed bassist was a 40-year-old Army veteran who trained in psychological warfare before he was demoted and “discharged” more than a decade ago.
Page joined the military in Milwaukee in 1992 and was a repairman for the Hawk missile system before switching jobs to become one of the Army’s psychological operations specialists assigned to a battalion at Fort Bragg, N.C.
As a “psy-ops” specialist, Page would have trained to host public meetings between locals and American forces, use leaflet campaigns in a conflict zone or use loudspeakers to communicate with enemy soldiers.
He never deployed overseas while serving in that role, Pentagon spokesman George Wright said.
Page was demoted in June 1998 for getting drunk while on duty and going AWOL, two defense officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release information about the gunman.
Page also received extra duty and was fined. The defense officials said they had no other details about the incident, such as how long Page was gone or whether he turned himself in.
Page Served in U.S. Army Psychological Operations Unit
Via: CBS News:
CBS News reports that Page enlisted in the Army in April 1992 and was given a less-than-honorable discharge in October 1998. He was last stationed in Fort Bragg, N.C., serving in the psychological operations unit.
Wade Michael Page
The suspect in a shooting that left six people dead at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday has been identified as Wade Michael Page.
Authorities confirmed to CBS News on Monday that Page was the suspect in the shooting. He was killed outside the temple in a shootout with police officers after the rampage that left terrified congregants hiding in closets and others texting friends outside for help.
Multiple sources tell CBS News that Page was a former member of the U.S. military, but he was no longer serving actively. It was not immediately clear under what circumstances Page left the military.
Officials had previously described the suspect as a heavy-set, 40-year-old Caucasian with numerous tattoos.
Sources tell CBS News some unspecified evidence suggests race or ethnicity may have played a role in the violence, but no links to extremist groups have been confirmed.
Local police called the attack an act of domestic terrorism, but other sources tell CBS News correspondent Bon Orr it may be more accurate to refer to “an investigation into a possible hate crime.”
Neither the local nor the federal sources provided further details or suggested a possible motive, including whether the suspect specifically targeted the Sikh temple.
CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy reports Page is only believed to have lived at the residence for two weeks, according to neighbors.
Suspect Lived on Holmes Avenue
In other Holmes news: Colorado Movie Theater Massacre.
Via: Journal Sentinel:
Law enforcement personnel from various departments and agencies are on the scene at E. Holmes Ave. in Cudahy, where police were searching a house after Sunday’s mass shooting.
UFO Documentary Film Director’s Father Killed at Sikh Temple
“Valhalla” at work: FBI undercover asset Hal Turner, who was tasked to infiltrate and radicalize the “far right,” speaks at a rally sponsored by the FBI-controlled National Socialist Movement (left); below, left, Turner holds forth at an event in Washington, D.C.; below, right, Turner with his attorney following his September 2008 arrest.
We’ll be fighting in the streets with our children at our feet
and the morals that they worship will be gone.
And the men who spurred us on sit in judgment of all wrong
they decide, and the shotgun sings the song.
It’s difficult not to experience a faint pang of sympathy for Hal Turner, albeit an ephemeral one deeply buried beneath multiple layers of well-earned disgust.
For at least five years, and probably more, Turner was a paid informant and provocateur in the employ of the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism, the Federal Government. His assignment was to bait easily influenced people with incendiary rhetoric about race and other resentments, and reel in anyone who bit a little too lustily on the bait. The Bureau credits Turner with personally bringing more than 100 “extremists” to their attention, many of whom (the Bureau won’t specify how many) were arrested.
There’s every likelihood that at least some of Turner’s victims were offered the same deal offered to Randy Weaver after he was set up on trivial and spurious firearms charges by an undercover snitch for the ATF: Become an informant/provocateur, and you’ll stay out of jail.
Weaver rejected the deal, and the FBI eventually retaliated by attacking his home and murdering his wife and son. Jose Padilla, a rougher customer than Weaver, rejected the same deal; he was declared an “enemy combatant,” subjected to prolonged torture intended to destroy his mental equilibrium and break his will, and eventually convicted on exceptionally dubious terrorism-related charges.
Before he was outed as a stukach in early 2007, Turner was the host of a web-based talk radio program and a freelance speaker who specialized in “incitement-and-indictment” entrapment of “right-wing extremists.” Hackers discovered a cache of e-mail correspondence between Turner and William Haug, an agent working for a Joint Terrorism Task Force who acted as the informant’s handler. Turner closed down his radio program while emitting great gusts of affected outrage over what he insisted were spurious accusations that he had collaborated with the Feds.
In a message posted to Pro Libertate after he was identified as an agent provocateur — along with federal assets tasked to carry out similar agent provocateur missions within Muslim sub-populations in the U.S. — Turner insisted that only “PARANOID FREAKS (like this blog)” would suspect him of collaboration.
By way of establishing his neo-Nazi bona fides, Turner boasted that “my [white supremacist] rallies in Kingston NY and Kalamazoo, MI cost those cities $60,000 and $120,000 respectively in police overtime and that there’s no way the FBI would have approved anything like that by an informant because the cities would have demanded the money back!”
Actually, as we’ll see anon, the FBI has no problem staging white supremacist rallies and protest marches that help “local” police departments rack up overtime.
Certainly, the police don’t mind making a little extra money by swanning about in riot gear. Events of the sort Turner organized are an intelligence bonanza for the Regime: They give the FBI (and, most likely, other Homeland Security assets) an opportunity to harvest detailed information for federal databases about both “right-wing extremists” and their opposition.
We know this is the case through first-person testimony from an FBI undercover asset who spent nearly a decade worming his way through the “radical right” — including the National Socialist Movement (NSM).
The NSM’s adherents doubtless see themselves as the finely honed blade of a resurgent “white power” movement, a description promoted with similar zeal by professional hate-hucksters like Morris Dees’ artfully misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center and the so-called Anti-Defamation League.
Actually, the NSM is “all show, no go” — it’s more of a federally controlled traveling roadshow, sort of a Third Reich tribute band. Its cadres exude all of the raw menace of the hapless Illinois Nazis from The Blues Brothers, and possess all of the street-fighting chops of the bumbling Black Widow biker gang from Clinton Eastwood’s Philo Beddoe films.
But I digress.
We were discussing Hal Turner’s career as an FBI informant/provocateur code-named “Valhalla,” details about which have been pried from the Bureau by reporters for the Bergen (New Jersey) Record.
Beginning in 2003 (or, as Turner claims, 2002), Turner was a paid informant “who spied on his own controversial followers,” reports the Record, citing “government documents, e-mails, court records, and almost 20 hours of jailhouse interviews” with the snitch. Turner “received thousands of dollars from the FBI to report on such groups as the Aryan Nations and the white supremacist National Alliance, and even a member of the Blue Eyed Devils skinhead punk band.”
“I was not some street snitch,” insists Turner. “I was a deep undercover intelligence operative.” He demands recognition of that distinction with the same desperate desire for dignity displayed by any other whore who seeks to upgrade his or her job description with a more refined title.
The FBI budgeted at least $100,000 to pay for Turner’s performances, both on his radio program and in public speeches. He now insists that he was merely role-playing on behalf of his pimps — both the FBI’s Special Agent Haug and New Jersey State Police Detective Leonard Nerbetski, who also served on the Newark Joint Terrorism Task Force.
As he tells the story, Turner was required to feign passion for various unsavory causes: In interviews with the Record, Turner maintained that “the FBI coached him to make racist, anti-Semitic and other threatening statements and new now feels double-crossed by the Bureau after his arrest.”
“The audience loves the rip-roaring radio psycho,” Turner boasted in an e-mail to the FBI. “They literally throw money at it. Just be confident that the personality you hear (or hear about) on radio is not real life. I have zero intention of doing anything stupid.”
In the guise of the “radio psycho,” Turner — with the FBI’s help — was pulling down about $15,000 a month to express such edifying sentiments as the following: “A full day of violence against blacks would be a really nice thing…. [L]ynchings, church burnings, drive-by shootings and bombings [would] put these subhuman animals back in their place.”
Turner materialized at various white power gatherings in several states. He also traveled to Brazil on the FBI’s dime to spy on suspected white supremacists in that country, as well as to investigate an alleged plot by white supremacists and Brazilian Arabs to send “consumer goods” to resistance fighters in Iraq. It’s difficult to believe that the CIA remained entirely aloof from that aspect of Turner’s career.
While the FBI was willing to abet Turner’s efforts to incite violence against innocent people, the Feds moved against him shortly after he published comments on his blog interpreted as death threats against three judges in Chicago. He was arrested shortly before the 2008 election and is scheduled to stand trial this week.
As the song says, “some men like the fishin’, some men like the fowlin’, and some men like to hear the cannonball a-roarin.” Turner likes nothing more than hearing the sound of his own voice. Yet “here I am in prison, betrayed,” he laments, arrested by the same FBI Special Agent who recruited him and — he plaintively maintains — fed him his lines.
“I was given specific instructions,” Turner declares, and he played the role of racist agitator out of his duty as “a loyal, patriotic decent American citizen.”
Provocateur as auteur: FBI undercover informant David Gletty (back to the camera, wearing a baseball cap) helped direct and stage-manage a 2007 neo-Nazi march in Orlando. He also collected a huge volume of intelligence on other groups, including white power outfits and legitimate immigration reform and constitutionalist organizations.
Turner may be telling the truth. His experiences are eerily similar to those recounted by former FBI “deep cover” operative (and one-time Roller Derby star — no, I’m not kidding) David Gletty in his ineptly written but highly useful memoir Undercover Nazi: The FBI Infiltration of Extremist Groups in America.
In what strikes me as a transparent effort to cultivate a marketable mystique, Gletty says that many details of his work as a paid FBI snitch remain “classified.” He claims to have been recruited in 2000 when, as the leader of a constitutional militia, he came across a plot by an Appalachian white supremacist to set off a string of radiological bombs in collaboration with al-Qaeda.
Recruited as a “deep cover” operative, Gletty spent several years cultivating ties with “extremist” groups, including elements of the KKK, the Hammerskins, and eventually the National Socialist Movement. He was careful to get his “ticket punched” by working with legitimate dissident groups such as the League of the South, and various immigration reform groups, such as at least one element of the Minuteman volunteer border watch movement.
Gletty’s most notable achievement was to infiltrate and become leader of a National Socialist Movement chapter in Florida and organize a 2006 NSM march in Orlando that was intended to sow fear and anger in a predominantly black neighborhood.
To prepare for that role, Gletty behaved much as Hal Turner had, fulminating in public about the supposed inferiority of non-white people and befouling the air with exhortations to collectivist violence. This not only legitimized Gletty in the eyes of his comrades in the NSM, it also helped to rile up the group’s enemies, thereby ensuring a large turnout of counter-protesters for the February 2006 march in Orlando — which was exactly what the Bureau desired.
He’s like that “John 3:16 Guy,” except, you know, a Nazi: Neo-Nazi agitator J.T. Ready, an uninvited guest during a recent immigration control event in Arizona, holds up a portrait of his Fuhrer.
During his years as an informant/provocateur, Gletty was usually accompanied by a fellow asset he identifies only as “Joe.” During the Orlando protest, Gletty recalls, Joe carried a concealed digital camera “for taking all the photos he could of protesters and counter-protesters. Then the images would be fed into the FBI face recognition computer. At least 1000 faces for the computer to digest.”
In addition to producing a bounty of biometric intelligence for the FBI, the Orlando rally offered a good dry run for a future Homeland Security crack-down. Gletty points out that his FBI handler was “actually pumped up” about the Orlando march, “because the protest would be a great training exercise for the Orlando Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the FBI, and MBI [the Central Florida Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation] as they would all be in attendance.”
As a leader in the white supremacist underground, Gletty held many “surveillance parties” — not only public events, but private functions used to gather intelligence and, where possible, set up various low-level thugs to become informant/provocateurs themselves.
For three years, “Joe and I … traveled from state to state, rally to rally, and party to party, infiltrating the White Power Movement in America,” Gletty recalls. “Thousands of miles, hundreds of photographed faces, and a myriad of tape recordings were contributing to the eradication of racial and religious prejudice in America.”
Playing their role: NSM poseurs take refuge behind riot police during a recent anti-Mexican demonstration in Riverside, California.
Really? To judge from recent attention earned by the NSM, Gletty’s mission was not to help “eradicate” prejudice (as if this could be accomplished through government intervention), but rather to bring the group more completely under the FBI’s control.
The NSM is a remnant of George Lincoln Rockwell’s American Nazi Party (ANP). According to Hate: George Lincoln Rockwell and the American Nazi Party, the ANP was thoroughly compromised through the FBI’s notorious COINTELPRO operation; by the time of his murder in 1967, Rockwell was widely believed to be a “patsy” for the FBI or some other intelligence agency.
One objective of the anti-ANP COINTELPRO operation was to create a rift between Rockwell’s Nazi outfit and the United Klans of America. By the late 1970s, the Klan was thoroughly honeycombed with FBI assets. In fact the Bureau boasted that it had enough Klansmen on its payroll in North Carolina to elect that state’s Grand Dragon: At one point, 7 of the 8 members of a Charlotte Klan chapter reportedly were FBI assets informing on the klavern’s sole non-federal employee.
Edward Dawson, an informant/provocateur on the payroll of the Greensboro police department and under the supervision of the FBI, helped orchestrate a November 3, 1979 street clash between white supremacists and Communists that left five people dead. The “White Power” contingent included elements of both the Klan and the American Nazi Party, whose FBI-engineered rift had apparently healed sufficiently to permit joint action.
A sitcom-worthy simulacrum of streetfighting: NSM members square off against the equally ludicrous “Brown Berets de Aztlan” in Riverside, California.
The National Socialist Movement’s current strategy is to provoke tumult and violence, rather than participating in it directly. In recent weeks the group has achieved a relatively high profile by staging anti-immigration rallies in Riverside, California and Phoenix, Arizona.
In California, a small knot of NSM denizens faced off with members of “Los Brown Berets de Aztlan,” a foundation-funded militant Chicano group, with riot police clad in body armor on hand to maintain “order.” A few weeks later the group inflicted itself on an immigration- reform protest in Arizona during which the group’s most visible spokesperson, J.T. Ready, unfurled a portrait of Adolf Hitler.
Ready — a dishonorably discharged ex-Marine — is a pretty good candidate to be the next NSM figure outed as an asset of the Feds. An ambulatory wad of cholesterol and bile, Ready looks like the unfortunate result of a genetic experiment combining the most unpleasant traits of Ernst Roehm and Chris Farley.
While certainly not telegenic, Ready has achieved a certain media prominence as a result of his candor in reciting the Nazi party line.
The sudden prominence of the NSM has been noted — with a detectable hint of gratitude — by left-collectivists eager to shoehorn resistance to the Obama Regime into a pre-determined narrative: Critics of the Blessed One and his administration are animated by concealed bigotry, according to this reading, whether they know it or not, and their rhetoric is creating an “atmosphere” of incipient violence that will engender domestic terrorism.
It should be remembered that the same tropes were put into play early in the last Democratic administration, just before the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing — a terrorist act for which disenchanted former federal employee Timothy McVeigh was executed, but was actually carried out with the help of “others unknown,” including several federal assets connected to a bizarre little white supremacist commune known as Elohim City.
The Regime has gone to a great deal of trouble to keep the otherwise moribund White Power movement on life support. It’s simply too useful as a political foil — and, occasionally, as an instrument of politically useful violence — for the Regime to let it die.
Judge Donald Walter declared a mistrial in Hal Turner’s federal trial in Brooklyn yesterday as the jury deadlocked 9-3 in favor of acquittal. Turner faces a possible ten-year prison sentence on charges that he threatened to kill three federal judges in remarks posted to his blog while he was on the FBI’s payroll as a provocateur.
Assistant U.S. Attorney William Hogan, who is heading the prosecution, called Turner a “domestic terrorist.” His case against the erstwhile federal informant relied entirely on the testimony of six federal agents. If Hogan were serious about his description of Turner, his next act should be to seek an indictment against at least some of his witnesses, given that they were materially aiding and abetting terrorism.
For the record, it is my view that the case against Turner (who, significantly, remains under a federal gag order) is bollocks. His “crime” consisted of quoting Thomas Jefferson’s observation that “The Tree of liberty must be replenished from time to time by the blood of tyrants and patriots” and applying those words to three federal judges whose crimes against liberty and decency were much graver than those of anyone connected to King George III.
Note well that Turner was not reined in, much less arrested and jailed, for openly urging criminal violence against innocent people of various ethnic and religious backgrounds, as his handlers (per his account) instructed him to do. Instead, he was slapped in irons and put behind bars for the purported crime of using Revolutionary War-style invective when decrying the crimes of the sanctified personages who occupy the federal bench.
The last full measure of usefulness the Feds could wring from Turner would be to convict him for using political speech in a case that could be used to criminalize emphatic, effective criticism of our rulers. If Turner actually ends up being convicted and sent to prison, his career would essay a remarkable trajectory: He began as an asset of the Security Organs, and might wind up as a political prisoner.
* This decision has ZERO effect on PAC money, and corporate Bundling… and was never intended to! The decision was only based on what we as PEOPLE can contribute without getting ourselves in trouble, or endangering our Candidates (of whom, lets face it, if we are supporting – they wont be getting much from Billionaires or corporate entities.)
“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.”
Via Downsize DC
We proudly filed a brief in the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon case. The Court ruled in favor of McCutcheon on Wednesday, a victory you helped secure.
In fact, it’s the latest in a string of victories in the area of campaign finance.
You’re going to hear a lot of misreporting and bad analysis about McCutcheon. I’ve already seen it. You’d think raping babies was just legalized, given all the hysterical shrieking.
Like Citizens United before it, the shrieking needs to be misleading to work. The exaggeration and outright lying has already begun. The ever-shrill Common Cause alleged that, The Supreme Court just…
gaveled in a new era of political corruption
made it easier to bribe politicians
The truth is, the McCutcheon decision was actually pretty mundane.
Before McCutcheon, an individual could donate only…
$2,600 to individual candidates
$32,400 to national party committees
$5,000 to political action committees
After McCutcheon, that same person could donate only…
$2,600 to individual candidates
$32,400 to national party committees
$5,000 to political action committees
Oh the humanity!
What ACTUALLY changed is the total amount that an individual could contribute in a political season. Before McCutcheon those caps were…
$48,600 to all candidates
$74,600 to all PACs and parties
For a total of $123,200
After McCutcheon, there is no cap.
The hysterical bawling about this decision is that now the rich will have more influence over elections… As if they didn’t have this influence already, under the silly, incumbent-protecting laws we’ve had since 1972!
But this Common Cause led bluster doesn’t make sense…
The individual contribution limits remain the same! Does anyone honestly believe that a mere $2,600 contribution is going to swing a federal election?
If not, then how much more “king-making” power has been granted to wealthy individual donors, now capable of giving to 20 or more candidates, when before this week, they could only give to 18 1/2?
Some will argue that there’s too much money in politics, and that these additional donations make that problem worse. To them, I recommend the article below.
As for the McCutcheon decision, this was a 5-4 victory. It was another step forward in a fight we’ve been waging for 14 years!
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a concurring opinion with the majority. For years, he’s been the leading voice in defense of the First Amendment. He argued that the Buckley v Valeo distinction, between expenditures and contributions, should be overturned. And that’s what we argued in the brief you funded.
But since our loss in McConnell decision (2003), we’ve had victories in Wisconsin Right to Life I and II, Citizens United, Van Hollen, and now McCutcheon that are unraveling these establishment protection schemes. And that’s why we consider this a victory.
You can read the brief we filed here: http://www.downsizedc.org/blog-content/mccutcheon-ddcf-amicus-brief.pdf
You can read the decision here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-536_e1pf.pdf (corrected)
And you can support our continued efforts in the Courts here:
Money Isn’t Speech
by James Wilson and Perry Willis
The Supreme Court has ruled in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission…
Contributions to individual candidates remain limited, but…
The total of combined contributions to individual candidates is no longer capped
Combined limits violate the freedom of speech
But those who favor campaign finance limits cry foul, under the slogan…
Money isn’t speech.
The machine through which Stephen Hawking speaks clearly required no money to build or program. It never needs maintenance. It just magically appeared and will run forever.
Extend the reasoning…
“Money isn’t religion.” No church needs money to function.
“Money isn’t the press.” It costs nothing to publish books, magazines, and newspapers.
“Money isn’t assembly.” No one ever pays rent on a meeting space.
Here’s the truth…
The Statists could repeal the entire First Amendment simply by forbidding anyone to spend money on speech, religion, press, or assembly.
The slave cannot earn or spend as he or she chooses. But a free person can. Which do you want to be?
By Alex Newman
At a time of soaring U.S. budget deficits, brutal economic hardship for tens of millions of Americans, and unprecedented levels of federal spending, the Obama administration is asking Congress to drastically increase U.S. funding for the scandal-plagued United Nations and its oftentimes ruthless so-called international “peacekeeping” troops. However, rather than rewarding the widely criticized “dictators’ club” with more borrowed or confiscated funds, critics say U.S. lawmakers should cut off all funding to the UN — and eventually withdraw from the sovereignty-subverting outfit altogether.
In its fiscal year 2015 budget request, which seeks almost $4 trillion in spending overall, the Obama administration is asking Congress to approve a massive 33-percent hike in U.S. taxpayer handouts to the UN and other international organizations. In addition, the White House is pushing “contributions” to so-called global “peacekeeping” schemes that are a full 43 percent larger than last year, sparking outrage from critics.
Most of the proposed increase in UN military funding, the administration says, will go to deploying even more UN troops to prop up the dubious regimes ruling war-torn African nations such as Mali, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and more. The self-styled global military already has about 100,000 UN troops and “police” deployed across 15 “missions,” along with more than 15,000 civilians. Apparently, though, the UN and Obama want more.
Of course, the Orwellian-sounding UN “peacekeeping” forces — the infamous “blue helmets” would be more appropriately referred to as international war-making troops — have become loathed around the world. Among the most serious problems associated with the global soldiers under UN command: widespread brutality, human-rights abuses, sexual exploitation of civilians, mass murder, spreading deadly diseases, brazen corruption, impunity, ruthlessly propping up illegitimate UN-backed regimes, and more. By late 2013, the stench of scandal and horror around UN “peace” forces was so overbearing that even the establishment press around the world was forced to report it.
Last year, though, the U.S. government still sent over $1.75 billion to prop up the UN’s fledgling armed forces and their lawless “missions” around the globe — on top of paying for almost a quarter of the UN’s budget. In response to the perpetually ballooning scandals surrounding the international war-making troops, the Obama administration now hopes to reward them with more than $2.5 billion borrowed from abroad or extracted from U.S. taxpayers.
The UN and other international outfits, meanwhile, would receive more than $4 billion under the White House request, not including the huge expenditures for the global military. In a perfect example of Obama’s deceitful scheming, instead of ending the “Overseas Contingency Operations” (OCO) expenditures that were sold as a temporary measure to pay for U.S. wars abroad over the last decade, the administration is trying to preserve that funding — and divert it to UN “peacekeeping” operations.
“This appropriation provides funds for the United States to support unforeseen requirements of peacekeeping operations and activities, including peace enforcement missions [sic] undertaken directly by the United Nations, or by regional coalition forces,” explains the relevant section of the administration’s budget request. Obama is seeking $150 million for that particular plot, in addition to the $2.5 billion for regular UN “peacekeeping” and another $235 million for the military forces of illegitimate “regional bodies” such as the “African Union.”
In the meantime, the UN is working to come up with a palatable pretext for global taxation, thereby freeing it from having to operate on “contributions” taken from taxpayers indirectly via member governments and dictatorships. According to analysts, though, even without the highly sought after planetary tax regime, UN “revenue” almost tripled in the decade between 2002 and 2012. Why it would need even more funding from struggling U.S. taxpayers and a federal government that is already drowning the public in debt remains unclear.
At the same time, with help from top Obama administration figures like John Podesta, the UN is working to advance plots targeting even the “behavior” and “worldview” of every last person on Earth for “dramatic” modification, official UN documents show. Indeed, in addition to demanding trillions from Western taxpayers under various guises — “global warming,” supposedly “fighting” poverty, “sustainable development,” and more — the UN is positioning itself to become a full-fledged global government. It has also become increasingly brazen in its open assaults on the U.S. Constitution, state sovereignty, individual liberty, the will of American voters, and more.
Justifying its call for massively expanding the amount of funds extracted from U.S. taxpayers for the UN, the White House claimed implausibly that it was somehow in America’s “national interest” to squander more money it does not have on dictator-dominated globalist organizations notorious for seeking to undermine U.S. sovereignty. “The administration is committed to robust multilateral engagement and to promoting U.S. leadership in international organizations as a means of advancing U.S. national security interests and values,” the request claims. At the same time, the administration is working overtime to “reform” the IMF, which globalists are grooming to become a planetary central bank, by vastly expanding the resources at its disposal while giving up U.S. influence at the outfit.
The 2015 budget request also seeks almost $50 billion for unconstitutional “foreign aid” via just the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which is used to bribe foreign powers while also funding domestic projects to attack free markets. “Mindful of fiscal constraints, this budget provides American taxpayers a remarkable return on their investment in American leadership,” the State Department claimed, apparently without intending to sound facetious. The federal government, of course, is not constitutionally authorized to distribute foreign aid or to fund attacks on the U.S. Constitution and American independence via the UN.
Unsurprisingly, globalists and UN apparatchiks celebrated the Obama administration’s request for vastly more funding to the international outfit and its global military wing. Vice President for Public Policy Peter Yeo with the extremist “UN Foundation,” for example, even claimed that the $2.5 billion for global “peacekeeping” schemes “would make real progress on getting the U.S. out of the red at the UN and back in good standing with our allies and international partners.”
In other words, Yeo was transparently implying that U.S. taxpayers somehow “owe” their wealth and the fruits of their labor to the UN’s armed forces. In a bizarre twist of reasoning, Yeo, who works with the “Better World Campaign” as well, also suggested that if the UN did not fight the wars demanded by globalists, the U.S. government would have to fight them alone. It was not clear whether he thought the American people and their elected representatives ought to have a say in that, despite the Constitution’s requirement that all wars be declared by Congress.
Among Americans, the UN is quickly becoming increasingly unpopular. Among other concerns, critics cite the outfit’s coddling of dictators and putting them on the cartoonishly ridiculous “Human Rights Council;” seeking to expand its powers even faster; working to curtail freedom worldwide, attacking the U.S. Constitution; trying to undermine self-defense rights; entangling America’s armed forces in dubious foreign wars; and more.
Often dubbed the “dictators’ club” by critics due to the largely autocratic composition of its membership, the UN has also sparked alarm by becoming increasingly outspoken about its vision of “global governance.” Its radical agenda, described in countless documents, speeches, and reports covered by The New American, is completely at odds with God-given individual rights and Judeo-Christian values.
It is time for real change. Instead of saddling the American people with even more odious debt to the Communist Chinese regime and the privately owned Federal Reserve to prop up and reward the out-of-control UN, lawmakers should defund the radical international outfit altogether. Legislation currently in Congress, H.R. 75: American Sovereignty Restoration Act, would end all U.S. participation in the UN, including all handouts to the outfit from American taxpayers. Introduced by Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), the bill has nine co-sponsors so far.
The timing to get the U.S. government out of the UN, which would set the globalists back decades, could not be better. And with more public pressure and awareness, that goal may not be too far off.
Photo: AP Images
Three months ago, Dexter Scott King declared that he and his family believed that James Earl Ray was not guilty of the murder of his father, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tonight, in a televised interview, Mr. King asserted that President Lyndon B. Johnson must have been part of a military and governmental conspiracy to kill Dr. King.
”Based on the evidence that I’ve been shown, I would think that it would be very difficult for something of that magnitude to occur on his watch and he not be privy to it,” Mr. King said on the ABC News program ”Turning Point.”
Mr. King, who heads the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, suggested that the Army and Federal intelligence agencies were involved in his father’s assassination, in Memphis on April 4, 1968.
”I am told that it was part and parcel Army intelligence, C.I.A., F.B.I.,” he said in the interview. ”I think we knew it all along.”
Mr. King’s older brother, Martin Luther King 3d, said in the television interview that Mr. Ray had ”basically nothing to do with this assassination.”
Mr. Ray, 69, is dying of liver disease in a state prison hospital in Nashville. He originally confessed to the killing and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. Several days later, he recanted, saying that his lawyers had encouraged him to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty.
A Congressional inquiry and studies by several historians have concluded that Mr. Ray was almost certainly involved in the killing, although others may have played a part in a conspiracy.
The notion of a conspiracy by the Army and intelligence agencies to kill Dr. King has long been expounded by William F. Pepper, Mr. Ray’s lawyer, who is seeking a trial for his client. In recent months, Mr. King, his three siblings, and their mother, Coretta Scott King, have apparently embraced Mr. Pepper’s theories.
In the broadcast, Forrest Sawyer of ABC undermined at least part of Mr. Pepper’s theory by introducing Mr. Pepper to Billy Eidson. Mr. Eidson is a retired Army officer whom Mr. Pepper has described as the leader of a unit that was ready to kill Dr. King if the assassin did not succeed.
Mr. Pepper has asserted that Mr. Eidson was himself later assassinated. After being presented with Mr. Eidson, Mr. Pepper said, ”I acknowledge that maybe I was provided with wrong information.”
In March, Dexter King traveled to Nashville to meet with Mr. Ray, and told him face to face that he and his family believed Mr. Ray’s declarations of innocence.
With the King family’s support, Mr. Pepper has won court approval for new ballistics tests on the rifle linked to Mr. Ray and the killing of Dr. King. Mr. Pepper hopes that new forensic methods will prove that the rifle did not fire the fatal shot. The tests have been completed, but a hearing has yet to be held on the results.
In the ABC program, Mrs. King and Andrew Young, formerly a top aide to Dr. King as well as a former chief delegate to the United Nations and Mayor of Atlanta, called on President Clinton to appoint a commission to investigate the killing again. Mrs. King proposed that anyone with information about the assassination be granted amnesty.
Neither Mr. Young nor any of the Kings could be reached for comment today.
December 13, 2012
In 2011, the Obama administration proposed revising rules concerning the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to allow federal agencies to conceal information requested, fabricate information or deny the information existed to keep citizens, advocates and journalists from knowing the truth.
Under the guise of protecting national security secrets, those requests falling under FOIA would be in jeopardy with the issuance of a Glomar response – when the government neither confirms nor denies the existence of the requested material.
This essentially gives federal law enforcement agencies the right to lie to the American people without repercussions for the sake of protecting sensitive data and derails citizens from obtaining information about on-going cases that would expose governmental corruption.
This action becomes pertinent after investigations into vaccines and the UK government’s vaccine committees led to exposure of the scheme to keep parents ignorant about the dangers of inoculations for the sake of keeping children on a regular schedule of vaccines – which is leading to development of neurological disorders and death.
In the report entitled, “The Vaccination Policy and the Code of Practice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI): Are They At Odds?” explains the “deliberate concealment [of] information from parents for the sole purpose of getting them to comply with an ‘official’ vaccination schedule [which] could be considered as a form of ethical violation or misconduct. Official documents obtained from the UK Department of Health (DH) and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) reveal that the British health authorities have been engaging in such practice for the last 30 years, apparently for the sole purpose of protecting the national vaccination program.”
Dr. Lucija Tomljeovic, author of the paper, states that “JCVI made continuous efforts to withhold critical data on severe adverse reactions and contraindications to vaccinations to both parents and health practitioners in order to reach overall vaccination rates which they deemed were necessary for ‘herd immunity’, a concept which with regards to vaccination, and contrary to prevalent beliefs, does not rest on solid scientific evidence.”
This is directly causational to children being exposed to dangerous and deadly vaccinations without the true nature of the substances being explained to parents prior to administering of the inoculations. The JCVI had complete knowledge of the risks and expected adverse effects of the vaccines, yet intentionally withheld those facts from parents; stifling their ability to make an informed decision which may have resulted in opting out of the vaccination program.
This was a direct violation of the International Code of Medical Ethics as well as the governmental adherence to the Code of Practice.
Tomljeovic reveals that “transcripts of the JCVI meetings also show that some of the Committee members had extensive ties to pharmaceutical companies and that the JCVI frequently co-operated with vaccine manufacturers on strategies aimed at boosting vaccine uptake.” The agendas of these meetings were never intended for public consumption nor made available and were pried out of the JCVI after FOIA requests.
Between 1983 and 2010 it is clear that:
• The JCVI intentionally “a) took no action, b) skewed or selectively removed unfavorable safety data from public reports and c) made intensive efforts to reassure both the public and the authorities in the safety of respective vaccines”
• Suppressed access to contrary research to ensure adherence to vaccination schedules
• Collaborated with pharmaceutical corporations in hiding risks and dangerous side effect information
• Used bogus studies to justify the use of vaccines
• Used propaganda to coerce the public into keeping up with vaccine schedules
• Promoting more vaccines without providing information on their viability and necessity
• Thwarted research explaining the dangers of vaccines
• Used public ignorance against parents while engaging in fear-mongering to ensure they adhered to vaccine schedules
The same vaccines mentioned in this paper are administered to children in the US under coercion by pediatricians across the country
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Yeah – The SPLC was FBI – we made the hate list a few years back: Nullification Advocates Take Show On The Road | Hatewatch
Christian groups (and Freedom Activists!) are celebrating with the news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation appears to have scrubbed the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) from its hate crimes webpage, where the controversial group was listed as a resource and referred to as a partner in public outreach.
A letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, drafted by Lieutenant General (Ret.) William G. Boykin, Executive Vice President of the Family Research Council (FRC), calls such an association “completely unacceptable.”
Signed by fourteen other conservative and Christian leaders, the letter calls SPLC “a heavily politicized organization producing inaccurate and biased data on ‘hate groups’ – not hate crimes.” It accuses the SPLC of “providing findings that are not consistent with trends found in the FBI statistics.” Where the FBI has found hate crimes and hate groups declining significantly in the past ten years, SPLC claims hate groups have increased 67.3% since 2000. Where once SPLC’s hate list was reserved for groups like the Aryan Nation and the KKK, in 2010 SPLC started citing as hate groups those Christian groups that oppose same-sex marriage or believe homosexuality is not inborn, or are otherwise critical of homosexuality. Among the Christian groups targeted by SPLC was FRC.
In the fall of 2012, Floyd Lee Corkins, armed with a loaded semi-automatic pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition, entered FRC headquarters not far from FBI headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. Corkins shot the front desk security guard and tried to gain entrance to the upper floors where he intended to kill FRC employees. Though wounded, the front desk security guard subdued Corkins, who became the first person ever convicted under the Washington, D.C., domestic terrorism law. Corkins said he got the idea of killing FRC employees from reading the SPLC hate list and made use of a map of the FRC office found on the SPLC website.
The Boykin letter concludes that “it is completely inappropriate for the Department of Justice to recommend public reliance on the SPLC hate group lists and data.” The letter demanded that all ties between the FBI and SPLC be severed.
SPLC has come under severe criticism from the left and the right in recent years.
Writing in the left-wing website Counterpunch, Alexander Coburn called SPLC founder Morris Dees “king of the hate business.” Coburn wrote, “Ever since 1971, U.S. Postal Service mailbags have bulged with Dees’ fundraising letters, scaring dollars out of the pockets of trembling liberals aghast at his lurid depictions of hate-sodden America, in dire need of legal confrontation by the SPLC.” In fact, so prolific is Dees at direct mail that he is in the Direct Marketing Association Hall of Fame.
Writing at the Harper’s Magazine blog in 2007, Ken Silverstein said, “What [the SPLC] does best… is to raise obscene amounts of money by hyping fears about the power of [right-wing fringe] groups; hence the SPLC has become the nation’s richest ‘civil rights’ organization.”
A critical analysis published recently by Professor George Yancey of North Texas University concluded that SPLC targets only those groups its leaders disagree with politically while leaving liberal groups who use extreme language alone.
A 2013 article in Foreign Policy concluded that SPLC exaggerates the hate crimes threat, saying SPLC is not an “objective purveyor of data,” instead calling them “anti-hate activists” and suggesting that their reports need to be “weighed more carefully by news outlets that cover their pronouncements.”
Though SPLC sits on a bank account of $250 million and raises some $40 million a year in direct mail, some have suggested that the decline of racist groups and therefore the need to tap new sources of funds might have led Dees and his colleagues to target Christian groups as new sources of revenue. Weekly Standard writer Charlotte Hays says, “…several critics with whom I spoke speculated that the last might represent another of Dees’s efforts to tap via mailing lists into a well-off and easily frightened donor base: gays.”
What has concerned Christian groups in recent years is that their inclusion on the hate list and the use of the hate list by the FBI is unfair and even dangerous to their civil liberties. After all, holding the view that gayness is not inborn and opposing same-sex marriage are hardly against the law.
FRC president Tony Perkins said, “We commend the FBI for removing website links to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that not only dispenses erroneous data but has been linked to domestic terrorism in federal court. We hope this means the FBI leadership will avoid any kind of partnership with the SPLC.”
Read Boykin’s letter HERE