November 19, 2013 (AE)
“The truth will be revealed… November 22nd, 12:30PM, Dallas time.”
(10:30AM PST, 12:30PM CST, 1:30PM EST)
Episode# 1 goes live here, 50 years later, to the minute… also to be broadcast on Liberty Movement Radio (LMR):
Thank you for your interest.
Even with such perfect numerological occult (Illuminati) significance… Somehow we are not scared. The is likely just a Beta Test to get ready for the next E-PEARL HARBOR. This will lead to the I-PATRIOT ACT which we hear is already written up and waiting for roll out! (Internet Censorship: The i-Patriot Act Waiting To Be Implemented? )
Just in Case… Cover your head and cover your asses!
DHS, FEMA to participate in power grid drill on Nov. 13-14 07 Nov 2013 National Grid will be among the participants in North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s second Grid Security Exercise, which is being referred to as Grid Ex II by those participating. Many of the specifics of the drill have not been made known to utilities and agencies involved, according to a National Grid spokesman… In addition to National Grid and other utilities, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology will be involved.
Apocalypse: Threat of massive grid shutdown increasing in face of terrorism, natural disasters [and false flags]
10 Nov 2013 This week, Canada, the United States and Mexico will take part in the largest-ever emergency drill simulating terrorist and cyber attacks on power grids called GridEx II. The massive exercise includes more than 150 companies, organizations and key business executives, antiterrorism experts, government officials and thousands of utilities employees. Most recently, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Oct. 30 signed an executive directive creating a Cyber Intrusion Command Center to help protect that city’s computerized infrastructure against attacks from hackers and cyberterrorists.
The USA PATRIOT Act Was Planned Before 9/11
NO – Not everything is a conspiracy…. We know that. BUT, just ONCE can we have a clean mass shooting without the usual “coincidences”? If you do want to control an operation like this, LA is THEE place to do it.
November 2, 2013 by legitgov
Authorities ran through ‘exact’ drill scenario that played out at LAX on Friday – Police chief –TSA agent killed in LAX shooting, suspect ID’d 02 Nov 2013 A Transportation Security Administration agent was killed and several more people wounded when a gunman opened fire on Friday morning at Los Angeles International Airport… LAX airport police Chief Patrick Gannon said at a press conference that police tracked the suspect “through the airport and engaged him in gunfire in Terminal 3″ and were able to take him into custody. During the press conference, Gannon said authorities had run through the “exact” scenario that played out at LAX on Friday, which helped them to respond effectively to the situation when it unfolded for real.
Remember…. What we look for in these events to ID a “False Flag” — 1) Prior Knowledge 2) STAND DOWN (“lax” security) 3) a Cover Up 4) Cui Bono (Gov Brown just vetoed an assault weapons ban in CA, massive increase in $ecurity aka CONTROL, and a giant distraction to O-Care mishaps, and NSA spying scandals….)
We also find it quite a “coincidence” that the Suspect was ranting against the “NWO” and Fiat Currency (The Federal Reserve) — AND that his name is Paul Ciancia (CIA n CIA)!
Do you think that you would get this far without some help? Hmmm…
Via Freedom Outpost
Was the LAX shooting a false flag? I don’t know. But with the information we have so far I think it is perfectly fair to bring up a couple of key points that could come into question.
Are you aware that LAX removed their armed airport police, which were in place for many years prior, and did so only a few months ago? If I were setting up a situation for a false flag to happen, getting rid of armed security might be a very good start.
Just a few months before the shootings at LAX on Friday, LAX administration removed armed police from their stations at TSA checkpoints, according to the Los Angeles Times. After 9/11, LAPD officers and airport police were armed and placed at checkpoints; months ago, they were moved to “roving patrols.”
According to airport police officer and president of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association Marshall McClain, staffing concerns led to the change. McClain said officers would respond within one or two minutes to crises, and added that while armed officers were in Terminal 3 during the shooting incident, they were not at checkpoints.
False flag or not I would say that the airport has a lot of explaining to do. I would think that safety would not be the place to make budgetary cuts. To a skeptical eye it almost seems like they were wanting something to happen.
Also, consider this…
Since an AR-15 has been mentioned as the possible weapon, I also think it is quite fair to mention Governor Jerry Brown and his recent veto of a Semi-Automatic Weapons Ban.
Tim Brown reported just two and a half weeks ago:
On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have banned the sale of most semi-automatic rifles, which receive detachable magazines. However, what Governor Brown passed continues to infringe on gun owners’ rights.
While Brown did announce that he was signing other gun prohibition legislation on Friday, he rejected what is considered to be a centerpiece bill, which would have imposed some of the toughest restrictions on gun ownership.
SB374 was considered “too far-reaching” by Brown.
According to the legislation, it would have classified “a semiautomatic centerfire rifle that does not have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept no more than 10 rounds as an assault weapon. The bill would require a person who, between January 1, 2001, and December 31, 2013, inclusive, lawfully possessed an assault weapon that does not have a fixed magazine, including those weapons with an ammunition feeding device that can be removed readily from the firearm with the use of a tool, and who, on or after January 1, 2014, possesses that firearm, to register the firearm by July 1, 2015. By expanding the definition of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.”
For anyone who wants that ban pushed through the state this certainly might raise awareness for it. Right or wrong isn’t the issue. We have to remember that this is California where common sense would seem in short supply.
You know how gun grabbers tend to think. If this weapon was illegal then a criminal would have never been able to get it.
So was this a false flag? I don’t think we have enough evidence to talk about that seriously yet but it is certainly a matter of opinion.
Cutting back on security proves nothing.
Governor Jerry Brown’s veto might only prove that lots of people had a motive to bring a high profile semi-automatic weapon case to the forefront.
I have heard some suggest that this shooting might be a springboard for arming TSA officers. Why not? If we are going to train IRS officials with AR-15s then why wouldn’t we be arming the TSA? Before you know it we will be arming our local postal carriers and census takers.
This is America, where the new rule seems to be that every government worker should be packing heat. You never know when they might need to gun down one of those Christian Tea Party Terrorists we hear so much about.
It’s a frightening world we live in folks. No matter what this story might trigger nationally I think it’s pretty safe to say that Brown’s decision will come under intense scrutiny after the LAX incident. Considering he is already a liberal democrat I would not doubt that he waivers on the issue. It should not take a whole lot of pressure for him to reconsider his stance. Time will tell.
I’d look for more Nazi-style gun grabbing in California as a result of this incident, regardless of any national implications.
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See below for info on how to attend your local march / protest!
Jack Blood and Friends will be speaking at the Georgia State Capitol today. Jack is speaking @ 3PM EST about the TPP and its not so secret collusion with Monsanto to control the world’s food and consumption! The LIVE STREAM of the GA event will be here: http://new.livestream.com/JamesFromTheInternet/events/2352490
March Against Monsanto Atlanta
October 12, 2013 ‘March Against Monsanto: World Food Day’ planned for Georgia Capitol 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Atlanta, Georgia. (October 12, 2013) – March Against Monsanto has announced that on Saturday, October 12, millions of activists around the world will “March Against Monsanto.” Currently, marches are being planned on six continents, in over 52 countries, totaling events in over 500 cities. In the US, marches are slated to occur in 47 states.
The Atlanta Rally will occur from 1-4 PM Eastern at the Georgia Capitol building. This World Food Day event will kick off the Right to Know GMO Georgia state labeling legislative effort. A number of speakers are scheduled to appear. Musician and health activist, Aviva will sing songs from her new album. Roswell Farmers Market owner Shannon Gowland, Minister Derrick Grayson, filmmaker and sustainable farmer Ebrima Ba, Chef Boyan, Yesterday’s Kitchen for Today’s Marsha Thadison, and Food Supply Rescue Coalition’s Jaye Crawford will speak at the event.
Over 2,000 people are expected to attend the Atlanta event.
Tami Monroe Canal, founder of March Against Monsanto (MAM), says she was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters. “I feel Monsanto threatens their generation’s health, fertility and longevity. I couldn’t sit by idly, waiting for someone else to do something.”
An organizer for the march in Atlanta, Sherrie Penn, spoke about the importance of labeling. “Monsanto must be stopped. They cannot be allowed to control the world’s food supply. Every person has the right to know what they are eating. It is the most basic human right. I am involved because someone has to do something, and we must stand together in this effort.”
The March Against Monsanto World Food Day Atlanta event is organized in collaboration with Georgia Activists, the Food Supply Rescue Coalition, and Moms Across America March to Label GMOs in Georgia. Sponsors include Oogave and Free and Equal.
Official website: www.marchagainstmonsantoatl.org
March Against Monsanto
October 12, 2013 ‘March Against Monsanto’ planned for over 50 countries
SEATTLE, WA. (October 12, 2013) – On Oct. 12, millions of activists from around the world will once again March Against Monsanto, calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and other harmful agro-chemicals. Currently, marches will occur on six continents, in 52 countries,with events in over 400 cities. In the US, solidarity marches are slated to occur in 47 states. A comprehensive list of marches can be accessed at www.march-against-monsanto.com.
Tami Monroe Canal, founder of March Against Monsanto (MAM), was inspired to start the movement to protect her two daughters. “Monsanto’s predatory business and corporate agricultural practices threatens their generation’s health, fertility and longevity. MAM supports a sustainable food production system. We must act now to stop GMOs and harmful pesticides.”
GMOs are not adequately monitored to ensure public safety. Long term, independent, peer reviewed studies were not conducted before GMOs were introduced for human or animal consumption. In the USA, the revolving door between Monsanto employees, government positions, and regulatory authorities has led to key Monsanto figures occupying positions of power at the FDA and EPA. Monsanto has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to obstruct all labeling attempts; they also suppress any research containing results not in their favor. The scientifically established health risks include, but are not limited to: organ damage, sterility, infant mortality, birth defects, auto-immune conditions, allergies and increased cancer risks. GMOs have been partially banned by Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South America, Russia, France, Switzerland and Costa Rico, and are currently labelled in 62 countries. Despite this, factory farm animals throughout the world are still fed GMOs.
Roberta Gogos, organizer for Athens, Greece, addressed the importance of the marches in austerity-impacted Europe. “Monsanto is working very hard to overturn EU regulation on obligatory labeling where enforcement is already lax. Greece is in a precarious position right now, and Greece’s farmers are positioned to follow the same perilous fate as farmers in countries such as Colombia and Mexico.”
Josh Castro, organizer for Quito, Ecuador’s march observes, “Ecuador is such a beautiful place, with the richest biodiversity in the world. We will not allow this Garden of Eden to be compromised by the destructive practices of multinational corporations like Monsanto. Biotechnology is not the solution to world hunger. Agroecology is. Monsanto’s harmful practices are causing soil infertility, mono-cropping, loss of biodiversity, habitat destruction, and contributing to beehive collapse. GMO crops cross pollenate with traditional crops, risking peasant farmers’ livelihood.”
In India, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide after Monsanto’s Bt cotton seeds did not perform as promised. Farmers, left in desperate poverty, are opting to free their families of debt by drinking Monsanto pesticide, thereby ending their lives. Many farmers in other countries are also stripped of their livelihood as a result of false promises, seed patenting and meticulous legal action on the part of Monsanto and other big-ag interests. In many parts of Africa, farmers and their communities are left to choose between starving or eating GMOs.
An “Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs),” http://www.i-sis.org.uk/list.php, signed by 828 scientists from 84 countries, detailed concern regarding GMOs coupled with a call for immediate 5 year suspension of GMO crops in order to conduct “a comprehensive public enquiry of agriculture and food security for all.”
The World according to Monsanto
Total Disinformation Awareness: Monsanto Suppresses Research On GMO Crops
Anniversary of a Whistleblowing Hero
GMO Scandal: The Long Term Effects of Genetically Modified Food on Humans
Data Pool of MAM:
We didn’t believe it either until we saw the evidence. Call it “Managed Care” if it makes you feel better! BTW: College Students, Disabled people, and ex convicts, were first in line to be denied life saving treatment!
St. Joseph Ogden High School in St. Joseph, IL just east of Champaign, recently gave their 14/15 year olds the death panel assignment below. This was given in the Introduction to Social Science class. The stated purpose of the class is
Introduction to Social Science (1/2 Credit)
Students will be given an introduction to several of the main fields in the Social Sciences. They will have units on psychology and sociology, political science, geography, and economics. This course is taught using hands-on activities that emphasize critical thinking skills. Students will take an active approach to learning about the world around them. Open to freshman and sophomores.
I have called the Superintendent and the Principal. There has been no response yet. The Superintendent is out for the next couple of days.
I have the following questions, which I have emailed to the Superintendent:
- Who created this assignment?
- Why was it created?
- Is this assignment part of Common Core Standards?
- How does this fit into a Social Studies curriculum?
- What learning standard does this fall under?
- Who approved this assignment?
- School Board?
UPDATE: The following is the response from the principal, Brian Brooks
“The assignment you are referring to is not a “Death Panel” assignment. The assignment is one in the sociology unit of our Introduction To Social Studies class. The purpose of the assignment is to educate students about social values and how people in our society unfortunately create biases based off of professions, race, gender, etc. The teacher’s goal is to educate students in the fact that these social value biases exist, and that hopefully students will see things from a different perspective after the activity is completed. The teacher’s purpose in the element of the assignment you are referring to is to get students emotionally involved to participate in the classroom discussion, and to open their minds to the fact that they themselves have their own social biases. The assignment has nothing to do with a “Death Panel.”
We encourage parents to contact their son/daughter’s teachers if they have any concerns about an assignment in the classroom. That line of communication typically clears up any potential misunderstanding.”
And you thought YOU were censored? I think we could always add to the list, but thanks to Peter and the crew for getting this out every year!
Via Project Censored dot org
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In February United States senators Tom Harkin D-Iowa and Peter DeFazio D-Oregon introduced a bill to implement a new tax of three basis points that is three pennies for every hundred dollars on most nonconsumer stock trades…
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Monsanto has a long history of contamination and cover-up and in India another Monsanto cover-up is ongoing…
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18. Fracking Our Food Supply
The effects of hydraulic fracturing or fracking on food supply and the environment are slowly emerging…
17. The Creative Commons Celebrates Ten Years of Sharing and Cultural Creation
Creative Commons CC is celebrating ten years of helping writers artists technologists and other creators share their knowledge and creativity with the world…
16. Journalism Under Attack Around the Globe
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11. Bush Blocked Iran Nuclear Deal
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Migrants crossing the Mexico US border not only face dangers posed by an unforgiving desert but also abuse at the hands of the US Border Patrol…
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1. Bradley Manning and the Failure of Corporate Media
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Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the ‘pathetic’ American media
Pulitzer Prize winner explains how to fix journalism, saying press should ‘fire 90% of editors and promote ones you can’t control’
The London Guardian
Seymour Hersh exposed the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam war, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. Photograph: Wally McNamee/Corbis
Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider.
It doesn’t take much to fire up Hersh, the investigative journalist who has been the nemesis of US presidents since the 1960s and who was once described by the Republican party as “the closest thing American journalism has to a terrorist”.
He is angry about the timidity of journalists in America, their failure to challenge the White House and be an unpopular messenger of truth.
Don’t even get him started on the New York Times which, he says, spends “so much more time carrying water for Obama than I ever thought they would” – or the death of Osama bin Laden. “Nothing’s been done about that story, it’s one big lie, not one word of it is true,” he says of the dramatic US Navy Seals raid in 2011.
Hersh is writing a book about national security and has devoted a chapter to the bin Laden killing. He says a recent report put out by an “independent” Pakistani commission about life in the Abottabad compound in which Bin Laden was holed up would not stand up to scrutiny. “The Pakistanis put out a report, don’t get me going on it. Let’s put it this way, it was done with considerable American input. It’s a bullshit report,” he says hinting of revelations to come in his book.
The Obama administration lies systematically, he claims, yet none of the leviathans of American media, the TV networks or big print titles, challenge him.
“It’s pathetic, they are more than obsequious, they are afraid to pick on this guy [Obama],” he declares in an interview with the Guardian.
“It used to be when you were in a situation when something very dramatic happened, the president and the minions around the president had control of the narrative, you would pretty much know they would do the best they could to tell the story straight. Now that doesn’t happen any more. Now they take advantage of something like that and they work out how to re-elect the president.
He isn’t even sure if the recent revelations about the depth and breadth of surveillance by the National Security Agency will have a lasting effect.
Snowden changed the debate on surveillance
He is certain that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden “changed the whole nature of the debate” about surveillance. Hersh says he and other journalists had written about surveillance, but Snowden was significant because he provided documentary evidence – although he is sceptical about whether the revelations will change the US government’s policy.
“Duncan Campbell [the British investigative journalist who broke the Zircon cover-up story], James Bamford [US journalist] and Julian Assange and me and the New Yorker, we’ve all written the notion there’s constant surveillance, but he [Snowden] produced a document and that changed the whole nature of the debate, it’s real now,” Hersh says.
“Editors love documents. Chicken-shit editors who wouldn’t touch stories like that, they love documents, so he changed the whole ball game,” he adds, before qualifying his remarks.
“But I don’t know if it’s going to mean anything in the long [run] because the polls I see in America – the president can still say to voters ‘al-Qaida, al-Qaida’ and the public will vote two to one for this kind of surveillance, which is so idiotic,” he says.
Holding court to a packed audience at City University in London’s summer school on investigative journalism, 76-year-old Hersh is on full throttle, a whirlwind of amazing stories of how journalism used to be; how he exposed the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, how he got the Abu Ghraib pictures of American soldiers brutalising Iraqi prisoners, and what he thinks of Edward Snowden.
Hope of redemption
Despite his concern about the timidity of journalism he believes the trade still offers hope of redemption.
“I have this sort of heuristic view that journalism, we possibly offer hope because the world is clearly run by total nincompoops more than ever … Not that journalism is always wonderful, it’s not, but at least we offer some way out, some integrity.”
His story of how he uncovered the My Lai atrocity is one of old-fashioned shoe-leather journalism and doggedness. Back in 1969, he got a tip about a 26-year-old platoon leader, William Calley, who had been charged by the army with alleged mass murder.
Instead of picking up the phone to a press officer, he got into his car and started looking for him in the army camp of Fort Benning in Georgia, where he heard he had been detained. From door to door he searched the vast compound, sometimes blagging his way, marching up to the reception, slamming his fist on the table and shouting: “Sergeant, I want Calley out now.”
Eventually his efforts paid off with his first story appearing in the St Louis Post-Despatch, which was then syndicated across America and eventually earned him the Pulitzer Prize. “I did five stories. I charged $100 for the first, by the end the [New York] Times were paying $5,000.”
He was hired by the New York Times to follow up the Watergate scandal and ended up hounding Nixon over Cambodia. Almost 30 years later, Hersh made global headlines all over again with his exposure of the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib.
Put in the hours
For students of journalism his message is put the miles and the hours in. He knew about Abu Ghraib five months before he could write about it, having been tipped off by a senior Iraqi army officer who risked his own life by coming out of Baghdad to Damascus to tell him how prisoners had been writing to their families asking them to come and kill them because they had been “despoiled”.
“I went five months looking for a document, because without a document, there’s nothing there, it doesn’t go anywhere.”
Hersh returns to US president Barack Obama. He has said before that the confidence of the US press to challenge the US government collapsed post 9/11, but he is adamant that Obama is worse than Bush.
“Do you think Obama’s been judged by any rational standards? Has Guantanamo closed? Is a war over? Is anyone paying any attention to Iraq? Is he seriously talking about going into Syria? We are not doing so well in the 80 wars we are in right now, what the hell does he want to go into another one for. What’s going on [with journalists]?” he asks.
He says investigative journalism in the US is being killed by the crisis of confidence, lack of resources and a misguided notion of what the job entails.
“Too much of it seems to me is looking for prizes. It’s journalism looking for the Pulitzer Prize,” he adds. “It’s a packaged journalism, so you pick a target like – I don’t mean to diminish because anyone who does it works hard – but are railway crossings safe and stuff like that, that’s a serious issue but there are other issues too.
“Like killing people, how does [Obama] get away with the drone programme, why aren’t we doing more? How does he justify it? What’s the intelligence? Why don’t we find out how good or bad this policy is? Why do newspapers constantly cite the two or three groups that monitor drone killings. Why don’t we do our own work?
“Our job is to find out ourselves, our job is not just to say – here’s a debate’ our job is to go beyond the debate and find out who’s right and who’s wrong about issues. That doesn’t happen enough. It costs money, it costs time, it jeopardises, it raises risks. There are some people – the New York Times still has investigative journalists but they do much more of carrying water for the president than I ever thought they would … it’s like you don’t dare be an outsider any more.”
He says in some ways President George Bush‘s administration was easier to write about. “The Bush era, I felt it was much easier to be critical than it is [of] Obama. Much more difficult in the Obama era,” he said.
Asked what the solution is Hersh warms to his theme that most editors are pusillanimous and should be fired.
“I’ll tell you the solution, get rid of 90% of the editors that now exist and start promoting editors that you can’t control,” he says. I saw it in the New York Times, I see people who get promoted are the ones on the desk who are more amenable to the publisher and what the senior editors want and the trouble makers don’t get promoted. Start promoting better people who look you in the eye and say ‘I don’t care what you say’.
Nor does he understand why the Washington Post held back on the Snowden files until it learned the Guardian was about to publish.
If Hersh was in charge of US Media Inc, his scorched earth policy wouldn’t stop with newspapers.
“I would close down the news bureaus of the networks and let’s start all over, tabula rasa. The majors, NBCs, ABCs, they won’t like this – just do something different, do something that gets people mad at you, that’s what we’re supposed to be doing,” he says.
Hersh is currently on a break from reporting, working on a book which undoubtedly will make for uncomfortable reading for both Bush and Obama.
“The republic’s in trouble, we lie about everything, lying has become the staple.” And he implores journalists to do something about it.
Prior Knowledge? (Shooter was known to have extreme mental illness and was being drugged) Stand Down (see below) Cover Up is in process…. Cui Bono? Where do we begin? All of these components are serious signs of a False Flag Op! Just waiting to hear that the Govt was running a drill simultaneously with the shooting….
BBC News, Washington
Wednesday, “investigators” continued to process the scene
One of the first teams of heavily armed police to respond to Monday’s shooting in Washington DC was ordered to stand down by superiors, the BBC can reveal.
A tactical response team of the Capitol Police, a force that guards the US Capitol complex, was told to leave the scene by a supervisor instead of aiding municipal officers.
The Capitol Police department has launched a review into the matter.
Aaron Alexis, 34, killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard.
“I don’t think it’s a far stretch to say that some lives may have been saved if we were allowed to intervene,” a Capitol Police source familiar with the incident told the BBC.
Assault weapons ready
A former Navy reservist, Alexis was working as a technical contractor for the Navy and had a valid pass and security clearance allowing him entry to the highly secure building in south-east Washington DC.
About 8:15 local time (12:15 GMT), Alexis entered Building 197, headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command, which builds and maintains ships and submarines for the Navy, and opened fire.
Armed with a shotgun and a pistol he took from a guard he had shot, he sprayed bullets down a hallway and fired from a balcony down on to workers in an atrium.
He fired on police officers who eventually stormed the building, and was later killed in the shootout.
Multiple sources in the Capitol Police department have told the BBC that its highly trained and heavily armed four-man Containment and Emergency Response Team (Cert) was near the Navy Yard when the initial report of an active shooter came in about 8:20 local time.
The officers, wearing full tactical gear and armed with HK-416 assault weapons, arrived outside Building 197 a few minutes later, an official with knowledge of the incident told the BBC.
‘A different outcome’
According to a Capitol Police source, an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Washington DC’s main municipal force, told the Capitol Cert officers they were the only police on the site equipped with long guns and requested their help stopping the gunman.
Odds are it might have had a different outcome”
Jim Konczos Capitol Police Officer
When the Capitol Police team radioed their superiors, they were told by a watch commander to leave the scene, the BBC was told.
The gunman, Aaron Alexis, was reported killed after 09:00.
Several Capitol Police sources who spoke to the BBC asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal.
Capitol Police Officer Jim Konczos, who leads the officers’ union, said the Cert police train for what are known as active shooter situations and are expert marksmen.
“Odds are it might have had a different outcome,” he said of Monday’s shooting and the decision to order the Cert unit to stand down. “It probably could have been neutralised.”
Capitol Hill Police chief Kim Dine has ordered “a comprehensive, independent review of the facts surrounding the Capitol Police’s response to the Navy Yard shootings”.
The Capitol Police Board responded by establishing what it called a “Fact Review Team”, led by Michael Stenger, a former assistant director of the US Secret Service.
Earlier, Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt Kimberly Schneider said its officers had “offered and provided mutual support and assistance at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday”.
‘A blind eye’
Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terry Gainer, who oversees the Capitol Police department, confirmed officials were pulling radio logs from Monday’s incident and interviewing the officers involved.
Aaron is now in a place where he can never do harm to anyone, and for that I am glad”
Cathleen Alexis Shooter’s mother
“It’s a very serious allegation and inference to indicate that we were on scene and could have helped and were told to leave,” he said. “It crushes me if that’s the case.”
Mr Gainer said that while the department’s primary responsibility was to protect the Capitol complex, which houses the US Congress, that mission did not allow it to turn a “blind eye” when asked for help.
Gwendolyn Crump, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Department, which protects the city of Washington DC, said allegations that a Capitol Police Cert team was on scene and later stood down were “not true”.
Alexis had a history of mental health problems, previous gun-related brushes with the law, and citations for insubordination.
On Wednesday, Alexis’ mother apologised to the victims and said she was bewildered by what had motivated her son as everyone else.
“I don’t know why he did what he did, and I’ll never be able to ask him why,” Cathleen Alexis told MSNBC from her home in New York.
“Aaron is now in a place where he can never do harm to anyone, and for that I am glad.”
“To the families of the victims, I am so, so very sorry that this has happened. My heart is broken.”
Meanwhile, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel acknowledged “there were a lot of red flags” in Alexis’ background that had been missed in the security clearance process which ultimately resulted in his having access to the secure building where he undertook the attack.
“Why they didn’t get picked up, why they didn’t get incorporated into the clearance process, what he was doing, those are all legitimate questions that we’re going to be dealing with,” he told reporters.
He said he had ordered the Pentagon to conduct a wide-ranging review of the physical security at all US defence installations across the world and of the security clearance process.
“Where there are gaps, we will close them,” he said. “Where there are inadequacies, we will address them. And where there are failures, we will correct them.”
A Capitol Police officer who heard the Cert request over the radio to engage the gunman reported colleagues within the department felt frustrated they were told to stand down.
The officer described a culture in which emergency responders are instructed to not extend themselves beyond the Capitol grounds for fear of discipline.
“They were relying on our command staff to make the right call,” another Capitol Police officer said. “Unfortunately, I don’t think that happened in this case.”
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- Defence subcontractor IT worker who had a valid pass for Navy Yard
- Full-time US Navy reservist from 2007-11, ranked petty officer 3rd class
- Said to have been Buddhist convert, had gun-related brushes with law in 2004 and 2010
- Reportedly suffered from sleeplessness, paranoia and hearing voices
Profile: Aaron Alexis
- Michael Arnold, 59
- Sylvia Frasier, 53
- Kathleen Gaarde, 62
- John Roger Johnson, 73
- Frank Kohler, 50
- Kenneth Proctor, 46
- Vishnu Pandit, 61
- Martin Bodrog, 54
- Arthur Daniels, 51
- Mary Francis Knight, 51
- Gerald Read, 58
- Richard Michael Ridgell, 52
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Just as WE predicted NO ACTUAL EVIDENCE was relayed by Cousin Barry last night during his multi network prime-time speech. We are being told to just Trust Obama and the PTB once again.
Still waiting for evidence of guilt in several other cases as we know. The Aurora CO (Batman rising) shootings, The Newtown CT shootings, and the Boston Marathon Bombings in particular. All have glaring gaps in the evidential chain, and many unanswered questions.
There is no reason for this, as all of the ALLEGED perps are dead or in custody. The Obama admin. has tried and and FAILED to use these events to create more unconstitutional “laws” to take our freedoms. We can only think at this point that the American people are wising up! Obama’s speech in total was weak, baseless, and seemed to pull back from the proposed war on Syria by the US, which was a near certainty last week.
The people of the world have spoken, and this has had an effect! – Jack Blood
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|FACT CHECK: Obama’s Syria case still lacks proof
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama voiced his conviction Tuesday night that Syrian President Bashar Assad was to blame for deadly chemical attacks against civilians, but again he offered no proof.
A look at his remarks to the nation, seeking support for a military strike against Syria, and how they compare with the facts as publicly known:
OBAMA: “We know the Assad regime was responsible. … The facts cannot be denied.”
THE FACTS: The Obama administration has not laid out proof Assad was behind the attack.
The administration has cited satellite imagery and communications intercepts, backed by social media and intelligence reports from sources in Syria, as the basis for blaming the Assad government. But the only evidence the administration has made public is a collection of videos it has verified of the victims. The videos do not demonstrate who launched the attacks.
Administration officials have not shared the satellite imagery they say shows rockets and artillery fire leaving government-held areas and landing in 12 rebel-held neighborhoods outside Damascus where chemical attacks were reported. Nor have they shared transcripts of the Syrian officials allegedly warning units to ready gas masks or discussing how to handle U.N. investigators after it happened.
The White House has declined to explain where it came up with the figure of at least 1,429 dead, including 400 children – a figure far higher than estimates by nongovernmental agencies such as the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has counted only victims identified by name, with a current total of 502. In his remarks, Obama more generally accused Assad’s forces of gassing to death “over 1,000 people, including hundreds of children.”
OBAMA: “So even though I possess the authority to order military strikes, I believed it was right in the absence of a direct or imminent threat to our security to take this debate to Congress.”
THE FACTS: Obama’s statement that he has the authority to launch military action is par for the course for presidents, and historically disputed by Congress. The issue never gets settled.
The Constitution delineates power between the president, who serves as commander in chief of the armed forces, and Congress, which has the ability to declare war. Over time, however, questions arose over where the president’s authority ends and where Congress’ begins.
The 1973 War Powers Resolution sought to end the debate, but it has only fueled arguments between Republican and Democratic administrations alike and those who consider themselves constitutional purists.
The law gives the president the power to act without congressional approval in cases of national emergency for up to 60 days. In such a case, the president must consult with Congress. And if the deadline passes without congressional authorization, the president has 30 additional days to remove troops.
But what constitutes a national emergency and what consultation means remain subjects of continued disputes.
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