By Paul Joseph Watson
February 6, 2013
An active duty US Marine has contacted Infowars to express doubts about the narrative behind the death of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, alleging that the man charged with his murder, Eddie Ray Routh, may not have suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
38-year-old Kyle, New York Times bestselling author of American Sniper, was credited with the most sniper kills in U.S. military history. He was shot at point blank range by Routh at a shooting range in Texas on Saturday, authorities say. Kyle’s 35-year-old friend Chad Littlefield was also shot dead.
The two men had apparently been helping Routh work through Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD and after his arrest, “Routh told authorities he was a Marine veteran,” reports CBS News.
However, an active duty Marine has doubts about Routh’s story, telling us that he never saw combat and therefore is unlikely to have suffered from PTSD.
The Marine, who was stationed in the same barracks as Routh in 2007 at Camp Lejeune, N.C, wished to remain anonymous but sent us his military credentials as well as an unpublished photo of Routh in his military fatigues. We were also able to verify that the email was sent from a legitimate .mil email address.
“After seeing this picture I just remembered this guy lived in the same barracks as me in 2007 in Camp Lejeune, N.C., he was definitely NOT a highly trained Marine he was a mechanic in for only about 4 years,” said the Marine.
“My friend deployed to Iraq with Eddie Routh and this guy never even went outside the wire, so the PTSD from combat as the news is saying is unlikely, and this guy was no highly trained Marine as they are also saying in the news,” he added.
The Marine also told us that Routh “was into drugs.”
“I’m sure this will all come out eventually. Please do not release my name, I am an active duty Marine and I don’t need the attention,” he concluded.
If Routh’s problems with PTSD were not genuine, he wouldn’t have had the justification to be under Kyle’s wing, suggesting he may have embellished the issue in order to gain Kyle’s trust before shooting him.
According to reports, Routh was taken to a mental hospital on two separate occasions in the months leading up to the murder. Authorities are yet to establish a motive for the crime.
As we reported yesterday, Chris Kyle was emerging as a prominent critic of the Obama administration’s gun control agenda and had begun running programs focused around putting armed security guards in schools as well as training teachers with firearms.
In an interview conducted weeks before his death, the former Navy Seal warned that the White House’s attempt to ban semi-automatic rifles was “just opening the door so you can start taking more of our rights.”
(CNN) — When police caught up with alleged killer Eddie Ray Routh last weekend, the 25-year-old ex-Marine was crying, shirtless, shoeless and smelling of alcohol.
Not long before, at a Texas shooting range, police say, Routh had gunned down Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL who called himself America’s deadliest military sniper.
As he sits in a Texas jail cell, details about Routh’s psychological make-up have surfaced, including claims that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition that affects a number of current and former members of the U.S. military.
Of course, combat duty doesn’t automatically lead to PTSD. And it’s not even clear that Routh served in a combat zone during his four years in the Marines.
February 6, 2013
When I was a child – during World War II – enemy soldiers who functioned as snipers were looked upon as particularly loathsome beings. When American soldiers now engage in this practice, the super-patriots eagerly pronounce them “heroes,” and roundly condemn those who criticize such killings. Those on the receiving end of such flag-waving condemnation should recall the words of John Battista: “flak means you are over the target.” The words of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., should also be kept in mind, particularly at a time when so many soldiers suffer from post-traumatic stress, leading some twenty-two per day to commit suicide: “am I in danger of wrecking the morale of our soldiers fighting and dying in the Middle East? Their morale, like so many lifeless bodies, is already shot to pieces. They are being treated, as I never was, like toys a rich kid got for Christmas.”
William N. Grigg
February 5, 2013
That kind of courage, which is conspicuous in danger and enterprise, if devoid of justice, is absolutely undeserving of the name of valor. It should rather be considered as a brutal fierceness outraging every principle of humanity. –
Cicero, The Offices, Book I Chapter XIX
As a sniper with the Navy SEALs in Iraq, Chris Kyle was shot twice and wounded on several other occasions. He is credited with 160 confirmed kills. He received several commendations. Of his fierceness there is no reasonable doubt. Whether his exploits display courage is an entirely separate question.
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, the ghost-written memoir for which Kyle claims primary authorship, offers convincing testimony that Kyle not only failed to display genuine courage in Iraq, but was incapable of recognizing it when it was exhibited by desperate patriots seeking to evict the armed foreigners who had invaded and occupied their country.
The insurgents who fought the American invasion (and the few “allied” troops representing governments that had been bribed or brow-beaten into collaborating in that crime) were sub-human “savages” and “cowards,” according to Kyle.
Chris Kyle involved in program to arm school teachers
Paul Joseph Watson
February 4, 2013
Murdered Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, gunned down at point-blank range in Texas this past weekend, was emerging as a prominent gun control critic – working to place armed guards in schools in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre.
In one of his last interviews just two weeks before his death, Kyle told Guns.com that he was against Obama’s gun control agenda, warning that any attempt to confiscate firearms could end disastrously.
“I’ve talked to a bunch of cops and secret service guys and they aren’t going to go to anyone’s house, especially if they have guns they don’t want to be knocking on doors,” said the best-selling author of “American Sniper”.
Kyle added that his company, Craft International, was involved in working with schools in Texas to hire armed guards and off-duty police officers as a response to the Sandy Hook shootings. The company was also carrying out screenings and gun safety training for teachers and school officials who expressed a desire to have firearms in school.
Kyle was set to host a “Civilian Training Event” at Rough Creek Lodge gun range, the same location where he was shot dead, an event scheduled for March 1-3, according to the company’s website.
Championed by the NRA, the idea of placing armed guards in schools has been rejected by the Obama administration despite the fact that the school Obama’s daughters attend has no less than 11 armed security guards on duty at all times.
During an ABC Nightline interview broadcast on December 26 yet recorded before the Sandy Hook shooting, Obama said one of the benefits of his re-election was the ability “to have men with guns around at all times,” in order to protect his daughters.
During the Interview, Kyle also said that the administration’s attempt to ban high capacity magazines was “just opening the door so you can start taking more of our rights,” noting that the founding fathers had the same weapons that the military did at the time of the revolution. “We don’t have that today, but don’t try and take what I’ve already got,” said Kyle.
The former Navy SEAL also addressed the gun control debate, noting that England enforced a total gun ban yet has the highest violent crime rate in Europe, whereas Switzerland, which in comparison has almost universal firearm ownership, routinely has one of the lowest.
Kyle’s alleged killer has been named as 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, an ex-Marine who suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Routh was arrested at his home in Lancaster, Texas after leading police on a chase following the shooting.
No motive has been established for the murder.
Kyle, who was credited with the most sniper kills in U.S. military history, was a New York Times bestselling author. He was also highly decorated, achieving two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps commendation during his four tours in Iraq.
Chris Kyle, author of the best-selling book ‘American Sniper,’ and his friend Chad Littlefield apparently were doing just that Saturday when, officials say, they were shot and killed by former Marine Eddie Ray Routh.
By Christopher Sherman and Jamie Stengle, Associated Press / February 4, 2013
The former top Navy SEAL sniper who authorities say was killed at a Texas shooting range was devoted to maintaining camaraderie and helping his fellow veterans find their way after leaving active duty.
Chris Kyle, author of the best-selling book “American Sniper,” and his friend Chad Littlefield apparently were doing just that Saturday when, officials say, they were shot and killed by former Marine Eddie Ray Routh.
Kyle, 38, had left the Navy in 2009 after four tours of duty in Iraq, where he earned a reputation as one of the military’s most lethal snipers. But he quickly found a way to maintain contact with his fellow veterans and pass on what had helped him work through his own struggles. By late 2011, he filed the paperwork to establish the nonprofit FITCO Cares, which received its nonprofit status the following spring, said FITCO director Travis Cox.
(CBS/AP) STEPHENVILLE, Texas – Eddie Ray Routh, an Iraq War veteran, was arraigned early Sunday in the murders of former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and friend, Chad Littlefield.
Authorities say Routh, 25, turned a gun on Kyle, who wrote the best-selling book “American Sniper,” and Littlefield at Rough Creek Lodge, a Texas shooting range about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth on Saturday.
Travis Cox, the director of a nonprofit Kyle helped found, told the Associated Press on Sunday that Kyle, 38, and Littlefield, 35, had taken Routh to the range to try to help him work through his PTSD. Littlefield was Kyle’s neighbor and “workout buddy,” Cox said.
It is unclear what Routh’s motive was for the murders. Police say he was unemployed and “may have been suffering from some type of mental illness from being in the military.”
Sheriff Tommy Bryant said he didn’t know whether Routh, of Lancaster, was on any medication or had been officially diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
More is being learned today about former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and the man accused of killing the decorated Iraq War veteran.
The 38-year-old Kyle, who wrote the bestseller American Sniper about his 150-plus kills of Iraqi insurgents, and his friend Chad Littlefield, 35, were found shot to death Saturday at a gun range about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Texas. As we reported Sunday, a 25-year-old former Marine named Eddie Ray Routh is in custody. Authorities say he’s the only suspect in the shootings.
According to a statement posted on the website of the security training company Kyle founded, Craft International, Kyle and Littlefield appear to have been killed “by a troubled veteran whom they were trying to help.”
Kyle had also created the FITCO Cares Foundation, which The Associated Press says “provides at-home fitness equipment for emotionally and physically wounded veterans.” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that:
“Jodi Leigh Routh, the suspect’s mother, had reached out to Kyle to ask him to help her son, said Clint Burgess, a Tarrant County constable and Kyle’s friend. Kyle did not know Eddie Routh, but knew his mother, Burgess said in an email from New Orleans.
” ‘She was worried about her son and asked Chris if he could help him overcome PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder),’ Burgess said.”
In Stephensville, Texas, the local Empire Tribune reports that:
“Routh … is an unemployed former Marine who reportedly served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He may have suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and was at the gun range for some type of therapy. [Erath County Sheriff Tommy] Bryant said it appears Routh’s mother may have reached out to Kyle for help with her son.”
By Agence France-Presse
Monday, February 4, 2013 5:14 EST
An Iraq war veteran was facing murder charges Monday for allegedly gunning down two men, one of whom was a former Navy SEAL sniper whose exploits in the same conflict were detailed in a best-selling book.
Chris Kyle, who wrote “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” and his friend Chad Littlefield were shot dead at a firing range in Glen Rose, Texas on Saturday, authorities said.
The two men are believed to have taken the suspected gunman, former US Marine Eddie Routh, 25, to the range where the shooting took place.
Captain Jason Upshaw of the Erath County Sheriff’s Office said on Sunday that Kyle and Littlefield died of gunshot wounds and that Routh had been charged with two counts of murder and one count of capital murder.
“We lost two American heroes,” Upshaw told reporters, noting that the weapon thought to have been used in the incident, a semi-automatic handgun, had been found at Routh’s home.
Kyle, 38, was credited with more than 150 confirmed kills during a decorated decade-long service career that included four tours in Iraq.
A member of SEAL Team 3, Kyle he provided protection for Marines and other US troops in combat zones. His longest and most remarkable kill – from 1.2 miles (two kilometers) away – took out an insurgent aiming a rocket launcher at an approaching Army convoy.
Since leaving the SEALs, he had helped run a support group for struggling ex-military personnel.
His memoir recounted battle experiences in the Iraqi rebel strongholds of Ramadi and Fallujah, and he wrote that Al-Qaeda militants whose comrades he had gunned down dubbed him “The Devil,” and said they had put a bounty on his head.
Sheriff Tommy Bryant said Routh was believed to be suffering from “some type of mental illness,” or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and that his mother may have contacted the veterans support foundation that Kyle was involved with.
Feb 4, 2013
The collaborator media is already blaming gun owners and military veterans for the shooting death of Chris Kyle and his friend in Texas.
By Tim Brown
February 4, 2013
Former Navy SEAL and author of the best selling book “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” Chris Kyle has reportedly been killed at a Texas Lodge.
Two people were killed Saturday at a gun range in Erath County. Three sources tell News 8 that one of the victims was Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and author of the New York Times bestselling book, “American Sniper.”
Kyle was shot point-blank while helping another soldier who is recovering from post traumatic stress syndrome, News 8 learned.
An alert was issued for the suspect, who was reportedly captured in Lancaster, south of Dallas. The suspect was believed to be highly trained with military experience.
The Erath County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert for the arrest of the suspect, who was later identified as Eddie Routh, 25. Officials warned that Routh was traveling in a Ford F-150 pickup with large tires and rims.
They said he was believed to be highly trained with military experience.
Routh was reportedly later captured in Lancaster, south of Dallas.
Officials said the second shooting victim was a neighbor of the suspect. All three men lived in Midlothian, Texas.
You may recall Kyle from interviews during 2012 promoting his book and also from his claim that he punched former Nay SEAL and Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura.
Kyle also took time out for SHOT Show 2013 to way in on the current gun control controversy.
February 3, 2013
Chris Kyle, a former U.S. Navy SEAL credited with the largest number of confirmed kills, was one of two people fatally shot at a North Texas shooting range Saturday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant told the Star-Telegram that Kyle, 38, was shot by a suspected gunman, identified as 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, around 3:30 p.m.
Routh allegedly opened fire on the two men before fleeing in a pickup truck belonging to one of the victims, according to the report.
Bryant said the suspect was apprehended and taken into custody in Lancaster, southeast of Dallas, about five hours later.
February 3, 2013
Decorated veteran and sniper Chris Kyle was killed at a firing range in Texas on Saturday. Kyle was named in a lawsuit by former Underwater Demolition Team 12 member and Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura. The legal action was taken after Kyle claimed he punched Ventura in a bar for insulting a dead U.S. soldier.
The story was included in Kyle’s book, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, and during a subsequent television interview on Fox News. Fox News is owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of News Corporation. The publisher of Kyle’s memoir, William Morrow, is owned by the News Corporation.
Kyle allegedly made up the story about Ventura to promote his book. Ventura told the Alex Jones Show last January he believes the story was concocted for political reasons, most notably his support for Ron Paul and his criticism of the TSA.
In December, a federal judge refused to dismiss Ventura’s defamation lawsuit after Kyle’s lawyers argued his remarks are protected by the First Amendment. “His statements are not protected by the First Amendment if they were knowingly false and defamatory, as Ventura claims,” the judge wrote.
In November, 2011, a federal judge in Minnesota threw out a Ventura lawsuit against the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security for violating his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizure. Federal Judge Susan Richard Nelson ruled that the court lacked jurisdiction in the case.
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