The Official Narrative
At about 10:08 p.m. on Sunday, October, 1, 2017 the Route 91 Harvest festival, an outdoor country music concert, was interrupted by the sound of gunfire, witnesses said. Police said the gunman fired on the crowd of about 22,000 people from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, several hundred feet southwest of the concert grounds. Police say the gunman fired for 9-11 minutes after the first 911 call came in.
Twenty-three weapons were found in the hotel room, including multiple rifles, and some had scopes on them, authorities said. In addition, several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a material used to make explosives, were found in Paddock's car. Authorities searched Paddock's home in Mesquite and found at least 19 more firearms, as well as explosives, several thousand rounds of ammunition, and some electronic devices. The event resulted in at least 58 dead and more than 500 people taken to area hospitals, and is being dubbed the deadliest shooting in modern US history (CNN, 2017).
A Shooter Connected to Intelligence Contractors
According to a statement released by Lockheed Martin, an aerospace contracting company, Stephen Paddock worked for a predecessor company of Lockheed Martin from 1985 until 1988 (Bromwich, 2017; Fox Business, 2017).
Furthermore, when redirected to the website flightaware.com (a website that states their data is pulled directly from the FAA) and search a tail number N5343M you will see that the number belongs to an SR20 aircraft that at one time was registered to the shooter Stephen C. Paddock of Mesquite, TX and Henderson, NV. Currently, the plane is registered to a company out of Roanoke, VA named Volant LLC (FlightAware, 2017).
According to their website, Volant serves the U.S. intelligence community and Department of Defense and provides national-security contractors the leaders critical to success in complex, large-scale, challenging projects (Volant-associates.com, 2017).
"High Indecent Project": A Warning 3 Weeks Prior
The user goes on to predict that more laws will be proposed in the next few years to put up metal detectors and other security devices, and that places currently with high surveillance will need even more surveillance. The user further predicts that Nevada will begin to pass a law requiring all casinos have mandatory metal detectors and backscatter machines (a form of screening technology), and that eventually a federal law will require these screening technologies to be placed in universities, high school, federal buildings, etc. The user states that OSI systems (designer and manufacturer of specialized electronic systems and components for critical applications in homeland security, healthcare, defense and aerospace) and Chertoff, promoter of screen technology and former head of the Department of Homeland Security, are the main producers of these machines and may stand to reap massive profit. Lastly the user notes that Sheldon Adelson, owner the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, will be the first to install them in his casinos when the law passes.
Definitely take this post with a grain of salt. However, unfortunately enough, there are several people that may stand to benefit from an incident such as this. After all, in any crisis lies an opportunity.
Regardless of the Ballistics, the Action is in the Reaction
Whatever the truth may be, it is still important to ask questions. Either way one looks at this event, there are forces that may stand to benefit from this tragedy - not only by politicizing it, but by pushing political agendas. This significant event will create changes for the modern way of life. Even if the aforementioned warning is a coincidence, the fact does remain that people like OSI and Michael Chertoff do stand to profit from a security panic this incident will likely produce.
A Concerted Effort to Promote Screen Technologies
Naturally, the reaction to a problem, such as this incident, will provoke a solution. However, reflecting back in history, we should learn that the solution that the establishment is promoting may not necessarily be in our favor. Ironic enough, some media sources are promoting the installation of screening technologies in hotels (HuffPost, 2017). In fact, the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore have begun checking bags with handheld metals detectors as casinos try new security strategies following the mass shooting in Las Vegas late Sunday (Palmeri, 2017), (Prince, 2017).
Concerns With Backscatter Systems
The backscatter systems work by generating small amounts of X-rays that reflect off the skin of an individual placed in the scanner. The scattered ionizing energy of the X-rays is then picked up by sensitive detectors and processed by a computer to produce a two-sided image.
The public concern regarding privacy invasion from backscatter units has been an issue for years. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been sued in the past with allegations that the new passenger screening program was unlawful, invasive, and ineffective. It is commonly argued that the implementation of the full body scanners
is in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act, the Privacy Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Fourth Amendment (Accardo & Chaudhry, 2014).
Besides the disregard for privacy, a large concern regarding the mass installation of these backscatter machines is the safety of radiation. While the TSA has repeatedly claimed the scanners as 'safe,' it is well established that even low doses of ionizing radiation – the kind beamed directly at the body by the X-ray scanners – increase the risk of cancer. Not to mention there are certain subgroups of individuals who may be particularly vulnerable to the carcinogenic effects of this radiation (Richardson et al., 2015).
The Media Inconsistencies
If the public is to expect the official narrative of this incident to be accurate, then the story should remain consistent. However, digging deeper into the information, one may stumble upon many inconsistencies, two of which are presented below.
The opinion of the host in following video may come off strong and seem to display confirmation bias, but he, as stated, is simply telling a potential story of the timeline of events that took place given the information that is provided. It is encouraged to remain skeptical and question everything, all sides, including the official narrative. As Aristotle once said, "it is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
A Potential False Flag?
Given all of this information, is it possible that this event may have been a false flag attack? Decide for yourself.
A Bigger Issue at Hand: "The News" is a Social Construct
While this event was relatively catastrophic, it should be acknowledged that this event is covered widely among the mainstream media. It is purposely attracting attention. Could this a part of the agenda? Of course there are events that one can't avoid speaking about, especially those the change people's perception of the world. A word of advice: Don't get caught up in "the news". It available for your consumption. The news that is trending may be purposely distracting, those who consume it, away from news that is more important and not trending.
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