Like the youngest of the Boston Marathon Bombers, the LAX Shooter – named as Paul Anthony Ciancia – seems to have escaped his brush with death.
As for the questions surrounding this event, they just keep building and building:
1. Why is the LAX Police Chief giving the press the impression that the gunman was already in the terminal when he got the AR-15 out of the bag, when reports have always stated he was downstairs when he retrieved the weapon – and not technically in the terminal yet – and then proceeded upstairs to the TSA checkpoint? And if he did somehow get past TSA screening with an AR-15, who screened him?
“An individual came into Terminal 3 of this airport, pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in the terminal,” Patrick Gannon, chief of the Los Angeles Airport Police, told a news conference.
Gannon said the gunman, who appeared to be acting alone, made his way past the screening gates and into a food court area, where law enforcement officers tracked him down, shot him at least once and took him into custody. His condition was not immediately clear.
“The suspect got back very far into a terminal. There is a Burger King that is quite a ways away from the screening station and he was able to get back there,” Gannon said.
If Ciancia did have help from someone working at the airport, it would probably be because – as of May of last year – airport employees are no longer subject to background security checks. Which brings up another key issue: Why are there so many disgruntled employees at the TSA recently? They get to feel people up, invade their privacy before they even get to the airport, humiliate them, go through their stuff, and treat them like cattle…what do they have to be disgruntled about? Why have there been so many of them specifically at LAX, and were these events also part of the drills the LAX police chief was speaking of?
2. Why does the LAX Police and some of the mainstream media portray him as a nutcase who intended to kill as many innocent people as possible, while still others in the media at least tell part of the truth, which was that Paul Ciancia wanted to kill TSA personnel specifically, and even asked people, “Are you TSA?” and then bypassing them if their answer was no?
Reports from the scene describe how Ciancia calmly removed a semi-automatic weapon from the bag that he had with him and started shooting.
He is believed to have targeted TSA agents specifically, using their bright blue uniforms as a way to distinguish them from the traveling masses.
When that was not enough to help him decide whether or not to shoot, Ciancia asked individuals if they were members of the Transportation Security Administration.
Traveler Leon Saryan who spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper about how he feels the gunman was clearly targeting TSA agents.
‘I was just getting ready to pick up my shoes and belt and pick up my other stuff… (when) people hit the ground and then started to run,’ Mr Saryan told CNN.
He said that while he was going to get his shoes that were waiting on the conveyer belt, a uniformed TSA agent ‘grabbed the shoes and the two of us started running down the corridor towards the gate. This agent got hit it seemed to be a grazing wound.’
At that point the agent kept running and seemed fine because the bullet hit him in the shoulder as Mr Saryan huddled in the corner- right when the gunman came up to him.
‘(Suspect Paul Ciancia) looked at me and said “TSA?” I just shook my head and he kept going,’ Mr Saryan told Anderson Cooper.
3. Why was the LAX TSA essentially disarmed two weeks before the shooting took place?
Officials, who had recently made changes to airport security, praised the quick action of airport police, saying the death toll could have been much worse.
In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, LAX management posted at least one armed police officer behind each bank of scanners in every terminal, partly to deter anyone with a gun from bolting inside. But in recent months, those airport police officers were moved to patrol terminals in front of the security posts.
At a media briefing, airport police chief Patrick Gannon said he made the shift of personnel after evaluating evolving safety threats.
Mr. Gannon said “those officers needed to be out in front” of the screening areas, and on Friday “our officers were deployed where they were supposed to be” and responded at the scene “within seconds.”
Over the last week, the TSA discovered 29 firearms—27 of which were loaded….
And the last week wasn’t an outlier. The week before, 39 firearms were discovered. Between Sept. 27 and Oct. 15, the TSA collected 84 loaded arms. Oh, and in 2012 as a whole, airport screeners found more than 1,500 guns at checkpoints. That was up from a total of 1,320 guns in 2011.
5. Why has the TSA relaxed its’ security measures so much recently, when there are legit reports from the Middle East that show that CIA-created-and-backed “Al Qaeda” has a nifty new kind of explosive that can be sprayed onto clothes while being completely undetectable by explosives detectors?
6. Why did they feel the need to shoot him in his mouth? The leg probably would’ve been sufficient – granted, he was wearing body armor – but still, the mouth? Maybe he would’ve testified later about what he was telling his brother he was “prepared to die” for. (And no, that was not a statement of support of this sad human being. From what I’ve been able to gather, he was a very angry and very dangerous young man who had been “triggered” by government operatives, and knew for some time that something bad was happening in his life, and tried to reach out for help via text to his brother.)
7. Why does “Facepalm guy” FBI Special Agent In Charge David Bowdich claim the suspect was shot in the chest several times, when CNN and most other mainstream outlets are claiming that he was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time? Was this to cover up the fact that he had been shot in the mouth – a la Dzhokar Tsarnaev? Or was he shot in the mouth after already being in police custody? Either way, it’s suspicious.
CNN reported FBI Special Agent in Charge David Bowdich said the suspect was apprehended after being shot in the chest multiple times and was being treated at a hospital.
8. Why is the supposed “suicide note” being reported by USA Today as a “suicide note” when other reports suggest all that it said was that he was “prepared to die”? There’s a big difference there. One means that you’re going to kill yourself. The other means you think you’re going to be killed for some noble reason, and are proud of it. This would normally indicate terrorism in many sociological circles nowadays, but Fox’s Book of Martyrs said the same thing about their collective fate, as well. People can be totally prepared to die for a belief system: The question, however, is whether they plan to take other people with them when they go. Most religious martyrs up until modern history were killed by tyrannical governments, not by attacking the marketplaces and subsequently committing suicide before the soldiers arrived.
A law enforcement official told The Times that a note was found on the gunman expressing “disappointment in the government” and saying that he had no interest in hurting “innocent people.”
Another law enforcement source said the note contained the letters “NWO.” Investigators are trying to determine whether he was a believer in the New World Order, a conspiracy theory which holds that forces are trying to create a single totalitarian government on Earth. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, emphasized that it is still early in the investigation and that detectives are not sure what role, if any, “NWO” played in the case.
Also, the timing of the “suicide text” is also in question, as CNN and other outlets insist that the text(s) were sent throughout the last several days, NBC New York and ABC Philly are saying that a text talking about him “taking his life” reached his brother just this morning, and that it was relayed to his local police precinct by his father (who, ironically enough, is part of the Fraternal Order of Police and most likely has some strange connections, as well). It is said that a large police unit visited the apartment building he resided in just hours before the shooting. Also adding to the mystique about the guy is the fact that his mom died recently after a “long illness”, meaning that if anyone wanted to program this kid, he seemed to be primed and ready for it.
According to NBC New York: Police say the shooter’s brother got a text message from Ciancia Friday [today] saying he was thinking about taking his life.
ABC Philadelphia reports that after the brother received the text, he told his father, who told the Pennsville police chief. The chief reached out to authorities in L.A. — but the call was too late.
One resident of the apartment complex said a large group of police officers detained or arrested a man at the location earlier in the day. It’s unclear if that was related to the shooting case.
His father was an associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police and a supporter of local Little League teams.
tragedy struck the family a few years ago, neighbors said, when Ciancia’s mother died after a long illness.
Also, just for reference purposes, the suicide text is different than the “anti-government paraphernalia” that was allegedly on his person, and totally gives away the fact that the federal government is going to use this as an excuse to persecute real patriots or people who practice strict sovereignty in their lives, or even just people who dislike the federal government right now, and who are aware of the billions of rounds of ammo purchased by Homeland Security lately.
A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly, said Ciancia was wearing fatigues and carrying a bag containing a one-page handwritten note that said he wanted to kill TSA employees and “pigs.”
The official said the rant refers to how Ciancia believed his constitutional rights were being violated by TSA searches and that he’s a “pissed-off patriot” upset at former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The note and the gunman’s rifle each had an orange TSA inspection sticker on it.
9. Like the Aaron Alexis situation, is this the LAX Police Chief’s way of saying, “We think other suspects might have been involved, but none of them were carrying weapons and we were told by the FBI to only focus on the kid with the gun”?
“We believe, at this point, that there was a lone shooter, that he acted, at least right now, was the only person that was armed in this incident.”
10. Is this also his way of saying, “This is a staged event”?
Just a few weeks ago, airport police and the Los Angeles Police Department had jointly trained for a similar shooting scenario, according to Gannon, who said officers told him the drill was critical in preparing them for the real thing.
Officers who had trained for the “exact scenario” of a live shooter responded quickly after the gunman began firing shot and then proceeded well into the terminal’s gate area, Gannon said.
“Unfortunately, it involved an officer-involved shooting,” Gannon said. “But that’s what needed to be done in that particular situation, and that was heroic.”
An image posted from inside Terminal 3 showed a rifle on the ground in a gate area along with what appeared to be bloody clothing.
11. It’s interesting to me that, despite making it all the way to Burger King in the food court, the only people who got injured beyond a sprained ankle were TSA agents, and the only one who was killed was a behavioral analyst – The kind of TSA that activists everywhere got upset about when they started being hired to search out people with sweating disorders caused by chronic anxiety as “possible terrorists”. He was the first TSA agent ever to die in an airport while on the job since the TSA was first created post-9/11. Ironic, huh? Also, given the fact that he had been working for the TSA for over three years already (although he just got transferred from Montana to LAX), he may have been privy to certain details about terrorism and terrorism-related activity going on behind the scenes that – because of his death – we may never know about.
The officer who was killed was one of the behavioral detection officers that are stationed throughout the airport, looking for suspicious behavior, said J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees….
The woman said that Hernandez had worked at Los Angeles International Airport for three years before his death on Friday.
12. Why is Obama so sheepish about talking about this event, when he effectively grandstanded for every other one throughout the past 5 years?
“We’re concerned about it, but I’ll let law enforcement folks talk about it directly,”
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