NOTE: Below is the column I wrote for my local paper. They refused to print it. The reason given was it has too much “speculation” and “conjecture” in it, and it is more of a “conspiracy theory” and basically I was told I cannot blame the government for anything or accuse the government of doing something. It’s hard to imagine ignoring the 8 years of the previous occupant of the White House; apparently that’s what a good columnist is expected to do. Judge for yourself.
It wouldn’t be the first time a government agency, in some covert attempt to gain information about a criminal organization, is caught trying to conceal a massive failure. What seems to often happen is a person, whether an informant or an agent, commits a crime that cannot be hidden from the press. Too many times the result is the government trades human life for information.
In past mass shootings, law enforcement, both local and federal, have been able to come up with a motive, or at least a pretty good idea what the motive was driving the shooter. Not so with Stephen Paddock. Why? What is taking them so long to declare a motive? Did he convert to Islam and become a terrorist? Did he have a reason to hate our government and become a terrorist? Did he have a traumatic life-changing event in his life that caused him to snap?
It was reported by several sources that Paddock had worked for the government in the past as a postal worker, an IRS employee, and then in the Department of Defense. This man was known by the government. He had a history with the government. But the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and local law enforcement cannot come up with a plausible explanation of what made Paddock do this terrible thing. Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch has some interesting thoughts about all of this.
Klayman has worked for years in anti-terrorism with Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, and before that as a prosecutor with the Department of Justice. Klayman revealed some past cases where the government tried to hide any involvement.
The case of Whitey Bulger, an Italian Mafia boss which the FBI tagged as an informant. In return, the FBI ignored Bulger’s activities, which included murdering several people. Then Stanley Myatt, another FBI informant in the Russian Mafia, also committed murder under the FBI’s watch, and went unprosecuted for years. Myatt’s other claim to fame is his connection to the Hollywood tribute to Bill Clinton at the end of his presidency, which also raised 2 million dollars in illegal campaign contributions for Hillary Clinton’s first senate campaign.
Klayman says he personally witnessed a protester, a young Iranian-American woman, who had been beaten outside the UN for protesting against the Iranian regime, who came to him on the street for help. He said before he could assist her, she was swept away by NY city police and secret service agents. Klayman believes it was to prevent a “diplomatic incident.” The attack was never reported in the media. He never heard from her again, though he had given her his card.
Las Vegas is a Mafia haven. Stephen Paddock was a successful high-roller, who no doubt rubbed shoulders with a lot of Mafia members. Was he an FBI informant? Did the government do something that made Paddock seek revenge in the worst possible way? We may never know.
It may be necessary for our government law enforcement agencies to engage in activities that include covert operations in order to do their job of finding, catching, and convicting criminals. But now the narrative and the time-line of the Vegas shooting is beginning to change, and there are more questions being asked that, if answered truthfully, may reveal a completely different involvement by the government besides the investigation of the shooting.