Last week’s happening at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., was just another occurrence in a long list of mass-casualty events this country has seen in the last few years. Immediately after the shooting (or “shooting”), the focus immediately turned to the need of enacting tighter gun regulations in order to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen again. At the forefront of this call to action was President Obama, who addressed the nation but a few hours after the shooting. In his address, he lamented how frequently such events occur, even calling it “routine.”
Each time this happens I am going to say that we can actually do something about it, but we’re going to have to change our laws,” the President said in his address, adding “[a]nd this is not something I can do by myself. I’ve got to have a Congress and I’ve got to have state legislatures and governors who are willing to work with me on this.
And so the discussion took to the public arena, with social media news feeds filling up with this treatise or that exposé on gun violence in America, and how it can be stopped. GOOD, an online publication whose purpose is to “share creative solutions for living well and doing good,” even took up President Obama’s challenge and compared the terrorism-related deaths to gun-related deaths in the US, the numbers which you can see in the video below:
The president is right in saying this is all becoming routine. It seems like we had some type of highly publicized, spectacular shooting every month this summer, each one with a seemingly readymade narrative to be presented as soon as the smoke clears. If the Umpqua shooting had taken place before March 2013, I would be posting the same “well-informed” New York Times articles calling for gun control, just like everybody else. But knowing what I’ve learned in the last two and a half years, such happenings can’t be taken at face value. In fact, I believe most, if not all of the recent rash of highly publicized shootings, are, for lack of a better term, faked and/or staged.
For those well-read in alternative media sources, this stance is nothing new, and I can’t really say I’ve contributed anything to its cause other than taking in the information and questioning the official narrative passed down from “acceptable” news outlets. But for those who aren’t as familiar with this line of thought, the mere suggestion that these events are not what they appear to be is absolutely atrocious. Crazy, even. For one, it’s “disrespectful” to the victims and their families to even question the validity of said event. What’s more, why would someone stage an event like this, and how could they get away with it? The mere prospect of such things is implausible and downright unrealistic to them.
I can’t say I blame this camp; I, too, used to be like this. That is, until I saw the following:
Considering this man’s child was (supposedly) gunned down not long at all before this press conference, this is very, very strange behavior. But if you look at everyone involved in the Sandy Hook “shooting,” everybody exhibits that same strange behavior — from other parents, the coroner, neighbors, other children. Everybody. And that’s nothing to say of all the conflicting reports, murky details and flat-out inconsistencies of the events of that day.
For a very in-depth look into the weirdness that was the Sandy Hook, check out this excellent, thought-provoking documentary:
Since then, whenever an event of this nature inundates my news feed and dominates the conversation, my default position is one of skepticism, and for good cause.
If you look — I mean, really, truly look — at events such as the Boston Marathon Bombing, the Aurora/Charleston/Santa Clara/Charlie Hebdo/Virginia morning TV shootings, and plenty others (more than I care to count, really), the facts just don’t line up. But for those who accept Huffington Post, New York Times, CNN, Fox News, etc., as unquestionable gospel, those oddities either do matter or are discarded to the dustbin of history, forgotten forever.
I can’t really go into detail as to why each of those reek of stager-y, but can offer resources from much better bloggers/independent journalists than myself to point you in the right direction:
What I can do is to try to generalize and find a common denominator in each of these fabricated occurrences, and to explain why I, among many others, believe they are staged:
- The presentation always seems pre-packaged and ready to roll-out as soon as it occurs.
- There’s typically some type of “manifesto” that magically appears following the event.
- The timeline of events makes no sense, and are always liable to change.
- Inexplicable incongruities that nobody seems to find odd or questions in the slightest way.
- Usually coincides with some type of agenda the powers that be are trying to push (i.e. gun grabbing, “terrorist” awareness, increased surveillance, etc.)
- Large amounts of money are “donated” to the “victims.”
- The perpetrators never have a motive and/or are incapacitated to the point of complete incoherence and/or conveniently killed/suicided away from prying eyes.
- Everybody involved acts weird as hell (probably because they are crisis actors).
- Those involved are usually affiliated with business entities that will benefit from the event.
(If I’m missing any other of the usual hallmarks of such happenings, and I’m sure I am, let me know in the comments.)
Now, that’s not to say that all gun-related homicides are faked/staged. Heavens no! In fact, there are several thousand gun-related deaths in the US each year. No doubt many of these deaths could’ve been avoided, whether with tighter restrictions or more regulations on the use of firearms. And personally, I haven’t, nor do I think I’ll ever own a gun; I just don’t feel comfortable around them.
Be that as it may, I don’t agree at all with this push to restrict firearms, especially given the questionable nature of these highly publicized events. Not only is it an individual’s right to own a gun, but, historically speaking, bad things tend to happen to a populace once their gun rights are revoked — just look at Maoist China, Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia as examples. The fact that these events lately occur at such great frequency, and are immediately followed by calls to practically eradicate the Second Amendment, is suspect, to say the least.
As to why this would be happening, all I can really say is it relates to Operation Gladio and the concept of “strategy of tension.” Those can be posts just in themselves, but in order to stay on point, I will do my best to summarize, as well as to provide some resources on the subject. Both could definitely be categorized as “conspiracy theory,” but the truth is, there are a lot of facts and research to support them, as is the case with most things labelled “conspiracy theories.”
According to Wikipedia (which appears to be a reliable source in this case), Operation Gladio began as a clandestine “stay-behind” military organization in Italy following World War II, whose purpose was to counter “possible Soviet invasion through sabotage and guerrilla warfare behind enemy lines.” Since then, Operation Gladio and its many arms have been involved in numerous unconventional war campaigns in countries like France, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Turkey, and others, oftentimes carrying out “false flag” events in order to justify certain actions, such as destabilization or a regime change, which further fuels the strategy of tension (now referred to without quotations).
Independent journalist James Corbett summarizes this relationship better than I ever could:
Gladio … was a military operation that was focused on using ultra–nationalists and groups of that sort in order to create a strategy of tension in order to demonize political opposition or achieve various political aims.
Fellow independent journalist Jay Dyer further explains the strategy of tension and how it relates to the Middle East:
The endless, eternal war on terror is a contrived strategy of tension the Atlanticist establishment has used for over a hundred years, dating back to the exploits of Harry St. John Philby, T.E. Lawrence and the British carving up of the Middle East and special relationship with Saudi Arabia. As mentioned, nothing has changed in the last century, other than the focal point of the terror attacks, as the Middle East must constantly be broken up, destabilized and reorganized into “micro-nations” more amenable to Washington’s corrupt corporate and ideological expansionist domination. Recent so-called “terror events” are merely dots on the long timeline of terror, a scripted narrative designed to remodel the American landscape as much as the Middle East, according to D.C. think tank machinations.
You may be thinking, “OK, so this may’ve happened elsewhere, but surely not here.” Well, I hate to break it to you, but…
On Dec. 31, 2011, President Obama signed into law National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with little to no media coverage. Among the egregious violations of freedom contained in the bill is the repealing of the Posse Comitatus Act, a federal law from 1878 whose purpose, according to the Wikipedia entry, is to “limit the powers of the federal government in using federal military personnel to enforce domestic policies within the United States.” It was also around this time when the rash of shootings became so frequent — the Aurora and Sikh temple shootings, for starters — thus beginning what Scott Creighton of American Everyman calls “American Gladio.” His work on the subject is unparalleled, and I highly recommend it:
This all could be a coincidence, the repealing of Posse Comitatus and the rash of mass-casualty events. But, once again taking a page out of Scott’s book, if one were to examine the number of these shootings following the repealing of Posse Comitatus, I’m sure that would be quite the revelation. I would like to see GOOD make a similar video displaying those figures, but of course they won’t, nor will anybody else.
I should specify: I don’t think all these events are completely faked, though some clearly are. Based on what I’ve read and seen, I think it’s a combination of total fakery and/or the use of military personnel to carry out the deed, only to blame somebody else later (see James Holmes, Elliot Rodger and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, for instance). This would clearly explain the importance of repealing Posse Comitatus. In other cases, like the Virginia TV, Sandyhook and, from the looks of it, the Umpqua shootings, are complete b.s.
As to the real why, beyond Gladio and strategy of tension, perhaps it is the natural progression of classical liberalism. Soul of the East’s Daniel Spaulding writes, quoting Father Seraphim Rose of Blessed Memory:
Revolution ‘cannot be stopped halfway, it is a force that, once awakened, will not rest until its ends in a totalitarian Kingdom of this world.’ That is to say, returned an earlier mentioned slogan, 1984 was conceived in the womb of 1776.
To tie everything together, these sensational mass-casualty events are contrived in order to drum up popular support for tighter gun regulations so that those in power can stand unopposed, which regimes have been able to accomplish against a defenseless population. Such is the spirit of classical liberalism: more control.
I do not write these things to fear monger — though they are quite alarming claims to those previously unaware — but rather to inform that, as is the case for most things in our “culture,” there’s more beyond the pale. Prayers and repentance are still needed, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s worth explaining why most talking points dictated from above (not Above) in our increasingly secular society are off base, if not entirely misinformed. We are not to be paralyzed by fear, but rather shrewd to the deception of our world, so that we may not be distracted by it, but focused on the next. Because, as the Holy Fathers wrote, their will only be more deception in the years to come.
And if you’re still not convinced of the fakery behind the Umpqua shootings, we have Redsilverj (H/T Scott Creighton, once again) to play us out. Take it away!