DC Sniper Iraq Connection

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Jim Rarey

No, we are not suggesting that Iraq had anything to do with the sniper attacks in the Washington D.C. area last October. But there may be a connection to the U. S. war against Iraq.
Consider the following.

On Wednesday, October 2, 2002 House Speaker Dennis Hastert, on his own behalf and that of Minority Leader Richard Gephardt introduced the bill (H. J. Res 114) to authorize the use of armed force against Iraq. It was refereed to the International Relations Committee.

On that same day the first two sniper shootings in the D.C. area occurred. The first only shattered a window at a Michaelâs craft store. The second killed James Martin in a grocery store parking lot.

On Thursday, October 3 the bill was reported out of the International Relations Committee for the beginning of debate.

On the same day the sniper killed five people in a span of less than 14 hours.

On Friday, October 4 (as debate on the bill continued) a woman was shot and wounded outside of a craft store.

On Monday, October 7 (as debate resumed after the weekend) a 13 year-old boy was wounded arriving at school.

On Wednesday, October 9 (as debate on the bill continued) a man was killed while filling his gas tank.

On Thursday, October 10 the House passed the bill and sent it to the Senate.

On Friday, October 11 the Senate passed the bill.

On the same day another man was killed while filling his gas tank.

On Monday, October 14 an FBI employee was killed outside a store.

On Tuesday, October 15 the bill was sent to the president for signature.

On Wednesday, October 16, the president signed the bill into law.

On ÎSaturday, October 19 a man was killed outside a Ponderosa restaurant.

On Wednesday, October 23, the last sniper killing was a 35 year-old bus driver.

On Wednesday, October 23 Chief Charles Moose repeated the strange phrase on television he said the sniper had requested in a note left at the scene of one of the killings, ãwe have caught the sniper like a duck in a noose.ä John Muhammad and Lee Malvo were arrested less than ten hours later while sleeping in their car in the main part of a rest stop. Muhammadâs wallet with several false I.D.âS in it was on the hood of the car.

Many, including this writer, believe that strange phrase was used to trigger a post-hypnotic command to Muhammad and Malvo. The command obviously would have been to stop the killing and make yourselves available for capture.

The trigger phrase would have to have been unique so the snipers wouldnât hear it at random. If this is the case, it certainly was not Muhammad or Malvo who requested the phrase be read on television. Their actions at the rest stop were not those of even a deranged killer not under some kind of mind control.

At any rate, it appears to this writer that Muhammad and Malvo were being manipulated by someone as in the classic movie, ãThe Manchurian Candidate.ä

From introduction of the Iraq ãwarä resolution on October 2nd through all the debate, votes in the House and Senate and the signing of the bill into law, the headlines and the and the nationâs attention were riveted on the hunt for the D.C. sniper and on his victims.

Was the timing of the sniper killings and the movement of the Iraq war resolution through congress just a coincidence? Perhaps.
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The author is a freelance writer based in Romulus, Michigan. He is a former newspaper editor and investigative reporter, a retired customs administrator and accountant, and a student of history and the U.S. Constitution.
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