Anomalies in Vegas Mass Shooting Call for Open Investigation

Rather than providing answers to what actually happened in Las Vegas when “lone wolf” Stephen Paddock allegedly fired hundreds of shots into a festival crowd from a hotel room window above the Las Vegas Strip, officials have been evasive, fueling citizen journalists’ investigations of the events. Why are officials apparently so uneasy with details surrounding this event, and why has mainstream media stopped covering what is allegedly the largest massacre by an individual in U.S. history?

By S.T. Patrick

Nearly two months after the Oct. 1 mass shooting outside of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the official explanation of what happened that evening has elicited more questions than it has provided answers. By mid-November, the increasingly rare release of news and information from Clark County and federal officials had critical alternative news outlets wondering how the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in U.S. history had disappeared from a 24/7 news cycle.

When questions go unanswered, it often signals an uneasiness officials have with the questions themselves. Motivations can range from embarrassment caused by dereliction of duty on the part of employees and authorities to a fear that a true revelation of answers will cause an official narrative to crumble.

In the aftermath of the shooting that killed at least 57 attendees of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, myriad questions remain unanswered.

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Within two hours of the attacks, Las Vegas authorities announced that Stephen Paddock had acted alone. Fitting the archetype of a lone gunman, Paddock, 64, a native of nearby Mesquite, Nev., was portrayed as a loner, an alcoholic, and the son of a father who was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for a decade. Sheriff Joe Lombardo avoided defining a specific motive but did allude to Paddock’s recent loss of significant wealth.

Paddock’s past remains murky in a way that has gone unexplained. He had taken several cruises that made port stops in the Middle East, yet despite ISIS claiming Paddock as their “soldier,” the FBI insisted there was “no connection with an international terrorist group.” He wired $100,000 to an account in the Philippines a week before the shootings; officials still have not disclosed the details of the transfer.

According to investigators who searched his Mandalay Bay suite after the shootings, Paddock’s hard drive was suspiciously missing from his laptop.

The strange tale of security guard Jesus Campos has been an enigma from the beginning. Campos was supposedly shot in the leg at 9:59 p.m., about six minutes before Paddock reportedly first began his attack. Campos then reportedly went to UMC Quick Care for treatment, but the facility administrators stated they have “heard nothing” of Campos receiving treatment from them.

Campos then left the country, thus no-showing several scheduled television interviews. When he returned he did not sit down for an interview with a hard-hitting news organization. Instead, he appeared on the entertainment talk show “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where he would not be expected to answer any probing questions.

Craig Eiland, an attorney for the victims, questioned why Paddock hadn’t been stopped before he began shooting out of the hotel room window. Eiland told Fox News two police officers were attending to Campos outside of Paddock’s door before the shooting of concert attendees began. Officials later claimed that it took them until 10:17 p.m.—18 minutes after Paddock shot Campos—to pinpoint the location of the shooter.

Security experts have estimated that Mandalay Bay has over 3,000 security cameras. The Los Angeles Times referred to Las Vegas casinos as “miniature surveillance states.” Yet no footage of Paddock has been released to the public. Officials have stated that no footage of Paddock exists, as the hotel’s hallways are without cameras for logistical reasons.

On Sept. 11, an anonymous poster going by the moniker “John” posted an ominous warning on the “4chan” imageboard website warning readers to stay away from large gatherings in Las Vegas. After his initial predicted date passed without incident, many labeled it a hoax. Three weeks later, many wondered who “John” was and what he really knew. He had predicted a false-flag incident that would result in a major overhaul of Las Vegas security. He also claimed that several individuals would profit from the mass killing. AFP is not naming the individuals cited by John for legal reasons, but they include a prominent former U.S. official and a billionaire.

One of the most widely discussed pieces of footage from the Las Vegas shooting was the video of a young woman who described how a short, Hispanic woman and her boyfriend pushed their way to the front of the crowd. They began loudly harassing a woman until security began escorting them out of the venue. As the woman was being led out, she began shouting, “You’re all going to die!”

Kymberley Suchomel, 28, was uninjured in the attack. Her Facebook post detailing the belief that there were multiple shooters on the ground soon went viral. “There was more than one gun firing. 100% more than one,” she wrote. She wanted to organize a group of witnesses who would help tell the truth and correct the official narrative. A week later, Suchomel died, reportedly of an epileptic seizure.

One theory surrounding the shootings is that the chaos at Mandalay Bay was part of a larger project that would end in an assassination at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino and a coup in Saudi Arabia. The theory is that Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, co-owner of floors 35-39 of Mandalay Bay, had planned an assassination of his cousin Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is next in line to be king of Saudi Arabia.

Angry that the moderate Sunni Crown Prince Salman was named next in line for the throne by his father, King Salman, Talal, an extreme Wahhabist, allegedly ordered an attempt on the life of Salman to take place on Nov. 1 in Las Vegas. Paddock, the theory states, was a pilot who ran guns between the U.S. and the Philippines for Talal. Paddock’s wealth came from the gun running and not gambling. It was Talal who also gave Paddock access to the service elevators. The attempt on Salman’s life failed, and Paddock became Talal’s sacrificial lamb rather than his getaway pilot. Rumors of shots fired at the Tropicana persist.

On Nov. 4, Salman had Talal arrested on corruption and money laundering charges.

There were additional witnesses who reported shooters on the ground, shots fired in other hotels along the Las Vegas strip, anomalies in the police radio dispatches, reports of fireworks before the shots, and amateur photographic analysts who question the contents of the official and unofficial photos that have been released.

As the corps of citizen researchers continues to do the journalistic work that the mainstream media seems unwilling to execute, those following the story will continue to wonder—to paraphrase the ad campaign—what happened in Vegas.

S.T. Patrick holds degrees in both journalism and social studies education. He spent ten years as an educator and now hosts the “Midnight Writer News” show. His email is [email protected]




Operation Gotham Shield 2017

Are we and North Korea being set up for a false-flag attack on U.S. soil? History has shown any time multiple federal agencies, military commands and Federal Emergency Management Agency get together to conduct an exercise we should pay attention and beware.

By Ronald L. Ray

What do the Departments of Energy and Defense, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Northern Command (NORTHCOM) have in common with the offices of emergency management in the states of New York and New Jersey and the city of New York? Answer: Operation Gotham Shield 2017, a full-scale exercise (FSE) to test federal, state, and local abilities to respond to a nuclear explosion. The long-planned event took place from April 18 to May 5 and was the cause of widespread concern over a possible “false-flag” disaster to be initiated by the federal government or the “deep state.”

While Gotham Shield focused in and around New York City, it also included emergency management exercises in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Some sources claimed it was only a “table-top” exercise, but “crisis actors” and private-sector medical personnel participated with all levels of government and military officials in the long-planned event, proving it was indeed a FSE.

For example, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. saw dozens of area ambulances and a mobile emergency room from Hackensack University Medical Center assembled, as emergency response teams practiced nuclear decontamination and other skills. Other hospitals in the region likewise participated.

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While FEMA, under the Department of Homeland Security, apparently led Gotham Shield, a number of other military and civilian exercises and events strangely coincided with the drill. This unusual conjunction, which was seen before or concurrent with the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Sandy Hook school shooting, and other supposed terror events, rapidly raised concerns internationally, including, for once, in a few mainstream media outlets, including “The Drudge Report” and Britain’s Daily Mail.

This journalistic exposure caused consternation among various Gotham Shield participants—who then made their previously public announcements “disappear”—and may have kept the exercise from “going live,” in the sense of a real nuclear detonation. If so, this is good, since the program was premised on the detonation of a ten-kiloton improvised nuclear device, either in the west end of the New York-New Jersey Lincoln Tunnel, near Weehawken, N.J., or in the air above that location. In all, four nuclear bombs—apparently fictitious, although the official description strangely does not specify—figured in Gotham Shield’s program.

If a nuclear blast of that magnitude were really to occur at Weehawken, it was projected that more than 13,000 would die and 130,000 would be injured—numbers many experts consider too low, given the area’s high population density.

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New York radio and Internet Superstation 95 even obtained and published maps and charts showing the predicted range of damage and number of casualties from a nuclear explosion of the type just described. Because the station is within the impact range, its report authors were more than a bit unnerved.

Another exercise under the Gotham Shield umbrella involved America’s amateur (ham) radio operators and the U.S. Army MARS radio messaging system. It is believed that high shortwave radio frequency bands have the best possibility of maintaining communications following a nuclear detonation and the consequent electromagnetic pulse (EMP), although no one explained how the broadcasting equipment will be shielded from EMP damage.*

In the Sept. 10, 2012 edition of American Free Press, writer Dave Gahary addressed this issue in an interview with Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, the executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security. Pry’s group was set up by Congress with a mandate to “provide technical, operational policy advice and legislative help to Congress” to get the nation protected against a catastrophic EMP.

And what about the simultaneous electrical blackouts in three major U.S. cities shortly before the main Gotham Shield events of April 24-26? They fell during the broader exercise date range, yet the lamestream media were almost uninterested in learning the cause. If not actual terror activities, were they part of Gotham Shield, and, if so, what does that say about the federal government’s willingness to create chaos and mayhem among its own people?

As of this writing, no actual nuclear event has occurred, and one may hope that Gotham Shield and the other exercises were just that. But given the current world situation and the federal government’s established history of false-flag terror operations to justify the growing police state at home and massive wars of aggression overseas, a real nuclear event easily could occur soon.

SC3, a major contractor for the military-industrial- intelligence complex, for example, continues to advertise for crisis actors for Washington, D.C. and for “surveillance actors” with secret security clearances for work in Newport News, Va.— right across the harbor from the world’s largest naval base and shipyard in Norfolk, Va.

Given President Donald Trump’s newfound friendship with the Zio-Trotskyite warmonger party and the rogue “deep state,” is a false-flag disaster planned for the near future in order to accomplish the New World Order’s goals of martial law in America, more war profits abroad, and an extensive depopulation event? Will it be used to justify war against North Korea? Syria? Russia or China? Will the American sheeple fly their flags and march lockstep to their own death and destruction?

Ronald L. Ray is a freelance author and an assistant editor of The Barnes Review. He is a descendant of several patriots of the American War for Independence. Contact Ron by email at [email protected]

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