Did anyone see the odd news footage of reporters from CNN, CBS and MSNBC rummaging around inside the apartment of the San Bernardino shooting suspect?
Many, including other journalists and news people, called it odd and unprofessional. They were essentially disturbing an important evidence-gathering scene and without police permission and having it go out live on television. But was it a staged incident designed to affirm the emerging official story in a more visual and tactile way for TV viewers?
NBC’s distinctly odd live stream saw reporter Kerry Sanders happily rummaging through the alleged homeowner’s property, picking up a driver’s license, a Social Security card, various photos, and other items, showing them to the camera, as well as fiddling around with a baby’s crib and children’s books. The reporter admitted he didn’t know who these things belonged to, but they were nevertheless aired to live television.
Was this just a lack of professionalism or decorum, or was it a staged impropriety to help establish the narrative? This incident was so ridiculous that apparently even ordinary members of the public started wandering into the apartment too, including a passer-by who was walking her dog.
And did anyone also notice the decidedly odd sight of one of the witnesses – the father of someone supposedly inside the building – taking to reporters (pictured above) while wearing a hat with a brazen Masonic emblem on it?
I’m not going to spend another post on false-flag terrorism here, as it’s getting cliched. But here’s just a couple of points being raised elsewhere. I watched the breaking/early news coverage on Wednesday (which, fittingly enough, broke into the live Syria/ISIL debate in Parliament in the UK) and, according to initial eyewitness reports, the shooting was carried out by ‘three white males dressed in military gear’, just like eyewitness reports from the recent Paris attacks.
Further, a video released by L.A. Times meanwhile shows nurses inside the building having no idea why police were storming the facility while heavily armed. The nurses, as the footage shows, thought it was an “active shooter drill”, because they hadn’t heard any gunfire or had any alarms triggered. It seems distinctly odd that a group of nurses on the scene heard no gunfire at all when, we’re told, some 20 people were supposedly shot.
The nurses reference to the “active shooter drill” is made more interesting by the fact that there apparently was an active shooter drill in San Bernardino at Victor Valley College on Monday, two days before the actual incident. People had in fact been alerted to this in advance.
The Police Department’s SWAT team also happened to be on a training exercise nearby and was therefore geared up and “ready to roll”.
The two suspects, identified as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, born in the United States, and Tashfeen Malik, aged 27, were a couple and had a baby. They are both dead. The police chief has said Farook had been employed for five years by the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, where he worked as an environmental specialist. No information about Malik has been made available.
At a press conference, Farook’s brother-in-law, Farhan Khan, seemed utterly bewildered; “I have no idea why he would do something like this. I have absolutely no idea,” Khan said, adding that he had spoken to Farook a week ago and sensed no problem. “I am in shock myself.”
Make of all of this whatever you will.