- The probable make up of the Washington sniper team.
First of all, we are most likely looking at a TEAM of people.
I've glanced at the moronic news coverage which seems designed solely to
baffle and terrorize the public.
Some of the things that were obvious immediately to anyone with a lick
of sense and knowledge, but have somehow not been mentioned in the press:
1. Snipers work in teams (that's finally dawning on them) 2. Leaving death
cards is an old Vietnam trick (intended to add to the terror of the situation)
3. In spite of their seemingly unsophisticated weapons, these guys are
This is NOT simply a lone marksman and is quite possibly is more than just
Being a sniper requires: 1) getting into position undetected, 2) maintaining
cover while waiting for the shot, 3) taking the shot, and 4) getting away
You don't learn that at a rifle range and even law enforcement trained
snipers (of which there are many) don't learn and practice the last, vital,
trick and are not well trained in skills #1 and #2.
A standard sniper team includes a shooter and a spotter. The latter helps
the shooter find the target and assists in the getaway. He's a second mind
and pair of eyes in a very stressful and challenging situation.
Why do I think this is a team of more than two?
Common sense. One person to find the shot. One person to take it - and
at least one person to be sitting behind the wheel ready to drive away
at a second's notice. Neither the spotter nor the shooter are in a mental
state to be able to do that last thing as effectively as these guys are
doing. Can you imagine them running to the car, fumbling with keys (can't
leave them in the ignition, can you?) etc?
There may be another team member - or three - to monitor police radio,
plan and navigate escape routes (which probably change depending on conditions),
and provide lookouts and diversions.
If the team is as big as I think it might be, it will have to have a leader,
someone to be in charge of overall management and security for the group.
They will also need some mundane things: food, places to stay - and they
need to be controlled.
Speaking of providing diversions... the white panel truck. This team could
also include additional vehicles, including a white panel truck, which
would be noisily and conspicuously present at every shooting as a red herring.
So who is doing this?
A government. You need a lot of resources and a good sized pool of highly
trained and well disciplined people to pull this off.
What government? Either our own or someone else's. There sure is a lot
of motivation floating around right now, particularly after the Bush administration's
announced 'one bullet' diplomacy initiative in Iraq.
1. Casts further negative light on private ownership of guns, essential
for moving the coup to the next level
2. Maintains the atmosphere of tension and terror Bush & Co. need to
continue the ongoing coup at a relatively low cost
3. Blocks the headline space so that there is room for no news of substance
to be reported
4. Conducts an experiment in social control
The fact that this operation is taking place in the United States and so
near to the largest concentration of supposedly sophisticated law enforcement
and intelligence practitioners in the country - and that this team has
not been even close to getting caught - leads me to favor the hypothesis
that this is a domestic operation, or a foreign operation that is being
permitted to take place to serve the interests of the ongoing coup.
I sure wish this wasn't the case. It would be more comforting to think
this is another lone 'gun nut,' but it doesn't add up. Even if such a person
is 'apprehended,' I will have to doubt the veracity of the report.
Logistics, it all boils down to logistics, and this looks like big league
- On Speculations And 'Conspiracy'
- From Ken McCarthy
- For those who think my speculations regarding the existence
of a sniper team (which would suggest involvement of a - but not necessarily
OUR - government) are over the top, please recall that I was the first
person to point out in 'print' the extreme rarity of inhalation Anthrax
(especially in an office environment!) and suggest that the first Anthrax
death was most likely the result of a deliberate attack against a US media
company in an attempt to send some kind of message. That the first person
to die (right after 9-11) from the Anthrax attack was a photo editor working
at the largest circulation weekly newspaper on the world I found noteworthy.
- On the sniper phenomenon...
- I couldn't help but note that the day after the FBI employee
was killed, a full and highly detailed bio of her life appeared front and
center on the front page of the New York Times. Pretty fast and detailed
journalism which managed to leave out her actual job description. (We sure
learned everything else about her life though.) She was a terrorism analyst,
studying threats to infrastructure including computer networks. That's
all I've been able to find out.
- How to create a team of domestic terrorists
- You may recall - if you managed to somehow dig it out
from under the mountains of disinformation regarding OKBOMB - that one
of the groups that Timothy McVeigh passed the time with as he supposedly
worked towards his Ryder truck bombing which turned concrete support pillars
deep inside the Murhah Building to dust (sic), were a fairly successful
group of White supremacist who paid their bills by team robbing banks across
- These 'folks' plied their trade using Oklahoma's Elohim
City as one of their hideaways. Andreas Strassmaier, a well-connected
former German intelligence officer who was permitted to leave the US unmolested
in spite of extensively rubbing elbows with McVeigh and the bank robbers
he socialized with, was also an Elohim City visitor and sometime resident
- The skills a team would need to rob banks successfully
would translate well to the current sniper operation. In fact, for people
with such experience, the sniping might even be significantly easier.
- It's possible that the team, if it is in fact a team,
is made up of former military men with combat experience and/or experience
committing garden variety crimes liked armed robbery.
- What's not so clear is who would be funding this non-profit
venture and why is it being allowed to run amok?
- Historical note: When the CIA initiated its "Strategy
of Tension" in post-war Italy in order to destabilize the country
so as to insure that the right people were in power, they drew their terrorists
from a coalition of of Mafia members, native fascists, and corrupt members
of the Italian secret police.
- It's entirely possible that the world has spontaneously
gone mad in the last 14 or so months with mysterious, unnamed, and unfindable
individuals suddenly - and independently - deciding (and able) to launch
unique, high profile, and logistically sophisticated terrorist attacks
on the US (9-11, Anthrax mailings, DC sniper)
- I think it's at least equally possible that something
else is going on. What law of history states that a terrorist strategy
employed all over the world against democracy abroad - outside the bounds
of the country using it - could never be used at home?
From Charles Tait
My thanks to Ken Mccarthy at CounterPunch/Brasscheck, and to you for posting
I'd like to add my two cents. I understand that indeed there is a 'coup'
going on, and the preparations started sometime ago. The object is to turn
the United States into a Banana Republic. It's happening on two levels
- economically, and now politically. At this critical point in time, it
only makes a kind of twisted sense to realize that our next national election
may well be transformed by the kind of violence which is common in Banana
Republics at election time.
The most flagrant example of this kind of 'campaign' was seen recently
when Mugabe was re-elected as President of Zimbabwe. In fact, he's been
using these same methods since 1980, while the rest of the world looks
the other way. But that's another story, and it's thanks to rense.com that
I learned about it. (Question: Where is Jimmy Carter to oversee democratic
election procedures when it's people who need him, and not the IMF?)
So here in America, it's time to let everybody know in Washington, D.C.,
particularly Congress, just what kind of Voting Day lies in store come
November. Yes, I know they all just gave Bush a blank check for war. But
just in case there are recalcitrant consciences still to be reckoned with,
this kind of Sniper-Enforcement is a lot less messy, say, than anthrax
in the mail system. It creates the proper climate of terror at the same
So these killings intimidate their reluctant allies, while at the same
time preparing the U.S. public at large psychologically for an increasing
level of violence which may, in fact, give the Bush Administration an excuse
to CANCEL ELECTION DAY.
The groundswell of popular opinion against the Bush Gang is growing at
a prodigious rate. (Thank you, Michael Moore, for your new movie "Bowling
For Columbine". I liked your book "Stupid White Men", or
part of it anyway. I only wish you could get your life saved someday by
someone with a gun, because maybe it would take that for you to wake up.
Maybe you, too, have read this "DC Killings" article and are
beginning to discern yourself that all the 'lone nut' boogeymen in recent
the American history were only puppets with strings attached. There's hope
for anyone like you, Mike, who has a nose for news and a nose for truth.)
Because Americans are waking up, one way or another, the potential dynamics
of this must be freaking out even the control freaks. I'm not sure even
their "vote scam" technology (as in the book of the same name
published several years ago) could handle the volume of fabricated results
necessary to swing results their way. I don't think they'd dare putting
it in the lap of the Supreme Court again.
So welcome to the death squads in the USA -- now at a gas bar near you.
Now is not the time to scrap the Second Amendment.