On the morning of Sept. 16, 2013, 34 year-old former Navy Reservist and computer technician Aaron Alexis fatally shot 12 people and injured three others at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard before being killed by a police officer.
Seventeen days later, 34 year-old Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut, drove to Washington, D.C., with her baby daughter for reasons that remain a mystery. After an altercation at a White House security checkpoint, Carey was chased by the Secret Service to the Capitol where she was shot and killed by law enforcement officers.
While Carey did not carry out a spree killing, her story and bizarre behavior bear the hallmarks of behaviors integral to the discussion that follows. Despite widespread media speculation and government assertions that Mr. Alexis and Ms. Carey suffered from mental illness, this is not consistent with thumbnail snapshots of their lives at the time of their deaths.
The same cannot be said of the following individuals, however:
- Jared Lee Loughner – shot 19 people (including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords), killing six, on Jan. 8, 2011, outside of Tucson, Arizona
- James Holmes – killed 12 and injured 70 in a Colorado theater on July 20, 2012
- Adam Lanza – fatally shot 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut
- Chris Harper Mercer, the self-styled jihadi who gunned down 18 people (including a woman in a wheelchair) at Umpqua Community College in Oregon before killing himself on Oct. 1. Nine of his victims died.
Loughner, Holmes and Lanza were clearly very disturbed. Mercer is the only one who appears to have had a discernible motive for his crimes, as he took care to single out Christians as victims.
“Over the last century, numerous illegal experiments have been performed on human test subjects without their consent and continue to this day in the European Union and beyond. Not only whistleblowers, activists, and political opponents are targeted, but thousands of innocent civilians are also subjected to non-consensual testing and mind control experimentation with remote technology weapons and covert community harassment. Faced with an ever increasing number of citizens voicing complaints of being remotely tortured and/or experimented on, governments around the world have failed to acknowledge these human rights violations by ignoring them and often treating them as mentally ill.”
– The Covert Harassment Conference
Conspiracy theories have abounded in modern society for a few decades now, but as the above background statement for the Covert Harassment Conference (which held its annual gathering in Germany this past weekend) indicates, many elements of archetypal conspiracy theories have actually been deployed by governments quite regularly.
Could it be that phrases such as “conspiracy theory” and “tinfoil hat” came into our lexicon expressly so that certain people would be easy to ridicule when they discovered or were subjected to these phenomena and attempted to reveal them?
The Covert Harassment Conference investigates psychological operations (psyops) and covert harassment, examining government use of mind control, state-of-the-art techniques involving microwaves, electromagnetic fields, hypnosis, drugs and community-based harassment (wherein multiple individuals in a community – or those planted within one – engage in the harassment and stalking of a single individual in order to psychologically undermine him or her).
A bunch of crazies? One may dismiss an organization comprised of well-accredited and highly educated experts from across the globe if they wish to do so, but they represent thousands of hours of work poring over hard evidence (such as that provided by Edward Snowden and others) and the testimony of individuals who have had their lives upended by psyops and covert harassment. Some nearly died from the effects of drugs or technology that was used on them.
Perhaps a few of the others, unable to discern what was happening to them, wound up making the news. Both Aaron Alexis and Miriam Carey allegedly made mention of outside agencies employing obscure forms of technology against them.
In lifestyle and temperament, spree killers share significant psychological commonalities. Loners, or people with few friends, socially awkward and often with a well-nurtured beef against some demographic, faction or the government. Their relative isolation would make them easy targets for any nefarious group; “at-risk” is the term that would be used if they were minor children.
Loughner, Holmes and Lanza in particular fit very handily into this classification; in fact, the cases of Holmes and Lanza positively reeked of what intelligence operatives I know would call the tell-tale signs of recruitment and conditioning.
Adam Lanza’s father, Peter Lanza, was the vice president and tax director at GE Financial; Robert Holmes, father to Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, was the head scientist of the Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO). Both had been implicated in a banking scandal involving the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). As such, it is highly likely that everything about them would have been known to the government.
To a government in the habit of collecting inordinate amounts of information on its citizens, as well as recruiting vulnerable individuals for psyops, their sons would have been tempting acquisitions indeed.
Given our current state of societal dysfunction, it may not seem too odd that a quasi-cult of self-described “beta males” has developed online. Of a type that a dearly departed friend of mine would have called “spoiled, lazy suburban white boys,” these mediocre mom’s-basement dwellers are apparently irritated because they don’t have Kanye West’s money and supermodel girlfriends, and that men of their age group who do put effort into improving their lives (whom the “betas” call “alpha males,” of course) actually have lives. These losers fume on Internet forums ad nauseum, advocate violence, anarchy – and idolize spree killers.
In fact, there is evidence that specific acts of violence have been discussed on these forums in advance of their occurrence. On Oct. 4, I observed online discussions concerning a violent incident that was to take place at an unspecified college in Philadelphia on Oct. 5. Perhaps, due to widespread concerns and citizens’ reports (I told everyone I could think of), federal authorities issued a warning about the threat.
On Oct. 6 (a day late, but who’s counting?) at Community College of Philadelphia, a man showed up with a firearm and threatened at least one individual, eliciting a swift SWAT team response. An arrest was made, and fortunately no one was injured.
My track record on these things has gotten pretty good, so I’m willing to go out on a limb here:
The Internet forum milieu would be the perfect opportunity for covert psychological operations (i.e., grooming disaffected individuals to commit violence) on a mass scale. It would be child’s play for a government (ours, for the sake of argument) to set up or infiltrate such venues and enlist online “handlers” to cultivate relationships with the losers present, manipulating them psychologically with an expertise similar to that of, say, President Obama’s celebrated Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST).
My guess is that it would be the handlers themselves who occasionally leak information concerning acts of violence about to be executed by their protégés, in order to energize the remaining contingent of “beta males” when the mayhem does in fact take place.
The political left and the current administration made a mockery of America’s intelligence efforts when they condemned the use of enhanced interrogation techniques against some of the most deserving scum the intelligence community has ever encountered – yet, they appear willing to countenance even worse horrors perpetrated upon U.S. citizens in the name of their diabolical agenda.
For my part, I’d rather be waterboarded.