The official and repeating scenario (“we believe there was only one shooter”) has already been contradicted.
Two witnesses (one who was apparently inside the temple and one outside who obtained information from his father) state there were multiple shooters.
The second witness says four white males unleashed a coordinated attack inside the temple. The first witness says gas was released.
The FBI is calling this an act of domestic terrorism. Why? No reason given. Domestic terrorism would indicate the intent to attack America itself. Even if this is called a hate crime, that doesn’t automatically equate with “domestic terrorism.” The authorities are going to work with this idea of domestic terrorism and make some hay out of it for themselves.
Coming on the heels of the Batman murders, this attack is sure to spur efforts to enact tighter gun control.
As with the two witnesses in Aurora who contradicted the official scenario, these two in Wisconsin are remarkably calm.
Neither Wisconsin man is wearing the ubiquitous Sikh turban. One man has a beard (traditional for Sikhs). The other man is clean shaven. Unusual. They both cut their hair—not traditional for Sikhs. I’m bringing this up because sometimes witnesses are planted, for various reasons, to offer misleading accounts.
The term “hate crime” is employed for a political agenda. For example, Major Nidal Hassan’s massacre of soldiers at Fort Hood was not called a hate crime or an act of domestic terrorism.
In the wake of the Aurora shootings and this one, the memory of Operation Fast & Furious is being pushed further out of the public memory. Keep that in mind. Fast & Furious obviously contained the agenda to enact tighter gun control.
Then we had Aurora, and now Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Both massacres will be used to push the gun control agenda, minus the obvious government crime associated with Fast&Furious.
It’s worth noting that new gun legislation in Wisconsin was enacted on Nov.1 of 2011. Concealed carry with a permit was made legal. Between Nov.1 and December 28, a stunning 64,832 applications for permits were received. And now we have today’s shooting, which will surely motivate some legislators to rethink the recent law and come out in favor of more control.
The furor in the press urging more gun control after Aurora will escalate to new heights now.
There is another more oblique formula at work here as well. The Wisconsin governor and public employees of the state have been at each other’s throats over cuts in public-employee benefits. Those who oppose the governor will try to set the temple killings as an illustration of “private citizens” as crazies, whereas government is “sane and dependable.” Propaganda is all about manipulation of images and vague generalities mixed in a potent stew to bring forth desired emotions. This formula was worked to perfection by Bill Clinton after the Oklahoma bombing in 1995. Faced with rampant anti-federal sentiment in the country, Clinton said, “Come home to the government.” And people did.
Mr. 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, according to the defence official.
So-called “Psy-Ops” specialists are responsible for the analysis, development and distribution of intelligence used for information and psychological effect; they research and analyze methods of influencing foreign populations.
Fort Bragg, N.C., was among the bases where Mr. Page served.
He received his basic training in Fort Sill, Oklahoma before being moved to Fort Bliss in Texas. Fort Bragg, where he finished his career, is home to many of the U.S. Army’s airborne units and its Special Operations Command.
Gunman in Sikh temple shooting named, linked to racist groups
The gunman who killed six people at a Wisconsin Sikh temple was a U.S. Army veteran, military sources said on Monday, and a monitor of extremists said he had links to hate groups.
A law enforcement source identified the tall, bald, white gunman as Wade Michael Page, 40.
The gunman shot dead six people and seriously wounded three, including a police officer, at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on Sunday as worshippers prepared for religious services. A police officer shot Page dead.
The "name that is out there is accurate," the source said. Fox News and CNN had previously identified him.
Authorities said they were treating the attack as an act of domestic terrorism. American Sikhs said they have often been singled out for harassment, and occasionally violent attack, since the September 11, 2001, attacks because of their colorful turbans and beards.
U.S. military sources said Page had been discharged from the Army in 1998 for "patterns of misconduct" and had been cited for being drunk on duty.
Page had served in the military for six years but was never posted overseas. He was a psychological operations specialist and missile repairman who was last stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the sources said.
In June 1998 he was disciplined for being drunk on duty and had his rank reduced to specialist from sergeant. He was not eligible to re-enlist.
Page had been a member of the racist skinhead band End Apathy, based in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 2010, said Heidi Beirich, director of the intelligence project at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama.
Page also tried to buy goods from the National Alliance, a neo-Nazi group, in 2000, she said. The SPLC describes the National Alliance on its website as "perhaps the most dangerous and best organized neo-Nazi formation in America."
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