Source: Matt Mills McKnight
BURLINGTON, Wash. (Reuters) – A man believed to have opened fire with a rifle at a Washington state mall, killing five people, was captured on Saturday, one day after the attack, authorities said.
Washington State Patrol spokesman Keith Leary said in a phone interview that the suspect was taken into custody but declined to immediately release more details.
Seattle television station KOMO reported on Twitter that the suspect had been captured in Oak Harbor, a community about 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Burlington where the mall shooting occurred on Friday.
Television station KIRO, citing people who know the suspect, reported he is 20 years old and lives with his family in Oak Harbor, where he graduated from high school in 2015. It showed a video of police leading a young man, who did not resist, to a vehicle.
Washington state police officials said on Twitter that authorities would provide further details at a news conference.
The suspect, whose name has not been released, is believed to have entered the Cascade Mall in Burlington, around 65 miles (105 km) north of Seattle, and began shooting at about 7 p.m. local time on Friday in the cosmetics section of a Macy’s department store, police said.
He initially walked into the shopping center without the rifle but surveillance video later caught him brandishing the weapon, said Lieutenant Chris Cammock of the Mount Vernon Police Department at a briefing on Saturday.
The rifle was later recovered at the mall, said Cammock, commander of the Skagit County Multi-Agency Response Team.
Four women were killed in the rampage. Later, a man who was shot, died. None of the victims were identified.
Steve Sexton, the mayor of Burlington, described the shooting as a “senseless act.”
“It was the world knocking on our doorstep and it came to our little community here,” he said before acknowledging the response by law enforcement. “I know now our support goes with them to bring this son of a bitch to justice.”
Authorities offered no information about a possible motive for the attack, which followed a series of violent outbursts at shopping centers across the United States, including the stabbing of nine people at a Minnesota center last weekend.
“We have no indication that we have a terrorism act,” said Michael Knutson, assistant special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Seattle office. “I can’t discount that, but I can’t conclude it either.”
After the shooting, police and rescue workers worked their way through the mall, clearing stores and evacuating shoppers, some of whom locked themselves in dressing rooms. The mall remained closed on Saturday as investigators sifted for evidence and attempted to recreate the crime scene.
The shooting comes less than a week after a man stabbed nine people at a mall in the central Minnesota city of St. Cloud before being shot dead by an off-duty police officer. The FBI is investigating that attack as a potential act of terrorism.
(Additional reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles and Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)
America’s top military officer and the US Defense Secretary told congress that they blamed Russia for the Aleppo aid convoy attack, but admitted that they “had no facts.”
The Pentagon leaders also said that they supported the idea of grounding Russian and Syrian jets and allowing only US coalition planes over Syria, even though that would require war against both Syria and Russia.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, faced the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday to report on the ongoing military operations and “national security challenges” faced by the US. They also asked the senators for more reliable funding, saying the uncertainty was hurting the defense industry.
“Not only our people – our defense industry partners, too, need stability and longer-term plans to be as efficient and cutting-edge as we need them to be,” Carter told the senators.
The lawmakers were far less interested in the war against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) than about the future of the Syrian government, Iran’s “malign influence,” and “aggression” by China and Russia – all ranked far ahead of terrorism on Carter and Dunford’s list of security challenges.
The Pentagon had “no intention” of sharing intelligence with Russia when it came to Syria, Dunford told the lawmakers unequivocally. Secretary Carter explained that the joint implementation councils envisioned by the ceasefire proposal negotiated in Geneva wouldn’t share intelligence, just coordinate efforts – but that they were a moot point anyway, since the ceasefire was effectively dead.
Both the lawmakers and the Pentagon chiefs blamed that development on Russia, focusing on the alleged airstrike against the humanitarian convoy in east Aleppo while the US-led airstrike against the Syrian Army fighting IS in Deir ez-Zor went unmentioned.
“I don’t have the facts,” Dunford said, when asked about the convoy attack by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut). “It was either the Russians or the regime,” he added.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the Russians are responsible,” whether directly or because they backed the government in Damascus, Dunford said, describing the attack as “an unacceptable atrocity.”
Carter explained Dunford’s logic in a response to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), saying that “the Russians are responsible for this strike whether they conducted it or not, because they took responsibility for the conduct of the Syrians by associating themselves with the Syrian regime.”
The latest proposal by Secretary of State John Kerry involves grounding only Syrian and Russian airplanes, Carter told Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire).
“There can be no question of grounding US aircraft” over Syria, he said, adding that US jets conduct their strikes “with exceptional precision… that no other country can match.”
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) asked about what it would take for the US to impose a no-fly zone over Syria, using the phrase “control the airspace.”
“Right now… for us to control all of the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia,” Dunford replied, drawing a rebuke from committee chairman John McCain (R-Arizona), who argued a no-fly zone was possible without war.
With the U.S. presidential election campaign reaching its final stages, Clinton and Trump are likely to be replaced by others to satisfy the globalist agenda of the establishment elite.
Amid unprecedented distrust of their government and the election system, U.S. citizens should prepare themselves for a political coup d’etat by the elite that aims to finish off Donald Trump and replace Hillary Clinton before people had a chance to vote.
It is rumored that American totalitarian globalists are not willing to accept the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency.
Citizens need to stock up on beans and bullets and have their camera-phones charged up to capture the ensuing chaos that is sure to follow.
The elites are to stage an assassination attempt on either Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or both candidates at the same time in the next six days, according to the latest buzz.
The aim of the staged event is not just to replace the ailing and unpopular Clinton and the wild (and free) and unpredictable Trump with their own chosen candidates but also to suppress any public descent, seen bubbling over recently across U.S. cities.
Natural News reports:
I post this article in the hopes that perhaps revealing these plans ahead of time may cause them to be put on hold.
All the buzz on this centers around a number of unverifiable claims that are now circulating among various bloggers, journalists and video commentators in the indy media. For the record, I do not endorse any certainty of these ideas, but for the sake of making sure this is all out in the open, I will mention that these theories center around claims that either Clinton will be assassinated, Trump will be assassinated, they will BOTH be assassinated, or the more bizarre theory that Clinton is already dead and will still be assassinated anyway in a staged event to blame “Second Amendment people” and reset the entire election.
While I can’t validate any of these claims (and therefore don’t endorse them), what rings true about the overall tone in such whispers is the idea that the globalists will stop at nothing to control the outcome of this election in any way possible. There is absolutely no question that, in the minds of the globalist totalitarians, the lives of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump or any number of innocent bystanders are utterly meaningless to them. If they have to murder a few people to stay in power, that is well within their psychological window of acceptable behavior in order to achieve their political goal of total domination.
Behind the scenes of the indy media, everybody is talking quite openly about these scenarios, and some are convinced that Hillary Clinton actually died on 9/11 and has been impersonated (or “green screened”) ever since. Others say both Clinton and Trump will be assassinated simultaneously, possibly at the upcoming debate on the 26th. Dave Hodges at The Commonsense Show has posted an article that gives you a flavor of that line of concern. All News Pipeline also reflects the concerns with an article that warns, “Hold On To Your Seats! – Something Shocking Set To Rock Presidential Race.” Notably, the most recent Alex Jones “epic rant” gives you a sense of the almost manic frustration and anger that’s boiling over (fast forward to 7:00 to really witness Jones at his most “epic”).
The globalists now see Hillary Clinton as a liability, whose death could be exploited for political gain
Regardless of what any of us believe about the whispers or rumors, what’s clear at this point is that Hillary Clinton’s horrifically poor performance and collapsing health has made her an obvious liability to the globalist agenda. It is now conceivable that they are figuring out how to get rid of her in a way that can serve the theatrics necessary to radically change the election narrative.
From the point of view of globalists, eliminating Clinton through a carefully planned “execution” that can be blamed on Trump supporters achieves two important goals at once: 1) It allows the democrats to replace her with a candidate who doesn’t suck. 2) It allows the media to maliciously blame Trump — based on his “Second Amendment people” comment — and possibly swing some support back into the democrat camp. To pull this off, right now they would need to be brainwashing a “lone gunman” and fabricating an entire back story of social media posts, a manifesto and other materials that can be cited by CNN to link the gunman to Trump. (REDDIT users, be ready to start vetting all this if an “assassination” actually takes place…)
Is Trump also a target? Eliminating only Trump without simultaneously dispatching Clinton does not achieve this goal as neatly for the globalists, because the assassination of Trump alone would almost certainly set off a nationwide armed revolt leading to chaos or even civil war… and that’s not what the globalists want right now… they want “controlled peace,” meaning an orderly but obedient society where no one is allowed to speak any words at all that challenge the consensus reality of the controllers (hence the need for politically correct speech controls). See my recent mini-documentary The WAR on REALITY: How globalists occupy your mind to control everything:
However, assassinating BOTH candidates at the same time — conceivably with a bomb or chemical weapon at an upcoming debate — would in fact allow globalists to replace both parties’ nominees with obedient globalist puppets (Jeb Bush on the right, Joe Biden on the left). From the point of view of the globalists, a simultaneous assassination of both Clinton and Trump achieves the best possible outcome for their totalitarian agenda.
I pray for the safety and protection of both Clinton and Trump
The People only “win” in all this if both candidates remain alive and healthy long enough for Clinton to be defeated on election day (which now seems a near certainty).
It is important for a nation to witness the voter rejection of a criminal globalist like Hillary Clinton. If she is assassinated or dies before election day, the people are denied their opportunity to properly reject her failed ideas, wholly dishonest campaign lies and horrific record of political failures.
Furthermore, the beginning of political healing in America can only commence when the population has the opportunity to properly reject the criminality of the political class and usher in a new candidate who does not serve as an obedient disciple of the globalists. In a very real sense, in other words, the healing of America must begin with the democratic election of Donald Trump and the outright rejection of the Obama / Clinton era of corruption and criminality.
This is precisely why the globalists do not want to allow democratic elections to take place in America, and it’s why they are willing to do almost anything to stop them. At all costs, they must stop the People from being able to freely elect Donald Trump, and they are willing to kill anyone necessary to achieve that goal, including killing both Clinton and Trump.
How you can help save America and stop the globalists
Fortunately, you and I are not helpless in this situation. It turns out that the humble cell phone camera is right now our greatest weapon against the globalists and their insidious attempts to seize the outcome of this election.
Consider the fact that it was a personal cell phone that captured Hillary Clinton’s “seizure moment” on 9/11 when she collapsed on the sidewalk and was heaved into a van like a sack of rice. In one moment, a private citizen with a cell phone camera changed the course of history.
Now, it’s more important than ever that you keep your cell phone cameras rolling at every political event. We the People must capture, upload and share important videos that document the false flag attacks, the green screen deceptions, the fakery and lies of the entire leftist political regime — including CNN fakery and staged theatrics (if it wasn’t for green screens and teleprompters, CNN would have nothing to report at all). Through the power of citizen journalism, We the People actually have a legitimate shot at halting the false flag operations and even stopping the assassinations of Clinton and Trump.
We are now living in an era of individual empowerment, where individuals now have the power to challenge the lies and propaganda of every totalitarian regime that exists on our planet. From Saudi Arabia to North Korea and even the United States, citizens with video recording devices can now document the deceptions and expose the lies of the tyrants.
Use your camera first, and then your rifle only as a last resort
We are living in a time of global revolution and revolt, and the power of the camera is the single most important tool that now exists for freedom (with the power of the rifle a close second). In fact, I dare say that a “Citizen” is a person who carries both a camera and a rifle and is willing to use her camera first — and her rifle second — in the defense of her nation and her human rights.
Be steady, my friends, for if the whispers circulating across the indy media turn out to be true, you and I are all about to be thrust into unprecedented turmoil and possibly even an armed uprising against the totalitarians who are trying to destroy democracy (and end any possibility of a Trump presidency).
Right now, based on what I’m hearing, if we actually make it to election day with both candidates still alive, I’m going to count my blessings and thank God for the opportunity to take our country back at the voting booths. It is possible, of course, that no assassinations occur at all. It’s possible that our public discussion of these false flag operations may prevent them from taking place. It’s even possible that the elections won’t be hacked by the democrats to steal the results. But I’m sure not betting my future on all that. Right now, in my view, we are looking at better-than-even odds of an event taking place that eliminates one or both candidates from the race in the next 30 days.
From there, we enter uncharted territory with events unfolding that, throughout history, have sometimes formed new nations or at other times ended existing nations. With America now on the brink — and states like Texas nearly ready to secede — the events we are about to witness will radically reshape history. If you are not yet stocked up with beans, band-aids and bullets, you are delusional.
An Iranian General said that a US U-2 spy plane which was trying to fly over Iran’s border was chased away by the country’s air defense troops.
The incident, which the Pentagon has not yet commented on, happened “in recent days,” according to Iranian state television.
Press TV reports: Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, the commander of the Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base, said on Thursday the forces warned off the intruding American aircraft in recent days and made them fly away.
The commander did not give further details elaborating on where the planes attempted to enter Iranian airspace.
The Lockheed U2, nicknamed “Dragon Lady”, is an American single-jet engine, ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force. The spy plane can fly at an altitude of 21,000 meters and provide day and night and all-weather intelligence gathering as it carries high-resolution cameras and sensors.
The Iranian Army’s Air Defense Base reportedly warned off a US radar-evading unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in late August which had sought to intrude on Iranian airspace.
The US spy drone had sought to cross into Iran through the eastern border from neighboring Afghanistan. However, it was immediately detected and forced to leave the area after a “timely and stern” warning by the Air Defense Base.
Less than a fortnight ago US military officials claimed that Iran threatened to shoot down two US spy planes as they were flying in the northern Persian Gulf.
The military officials said that Iran behaved “unprofessionally” and “unsafely” during the US stunt which was designed to “test” Iran’s reaction.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Communist Party should have introduced democratic reform to save the former Soviet Union rather than let it collapse.
The fall of the USSR was “the major geopolitical disaster of the [last] century,” according to Putin.
USSR could have been reformed, there was no need to destroy it.
On Thursday President Putin addressed the leaders of the four parties which won seats in last Sunday’s general election to the State Duma.
“You know my attitude towards the collapse of the Soviet Union. There was no need to do it. Reforms could have been undertaken, including those of democratic nature,” the Russian president told the leaders of the parties which won seats in last week’s general election.
“But I want to point out that the Communist Party was in charge of our former homeland, the USSR, not any other,” Putin added.
The Communist Party of Russia, which evolved from its Soviet predecessor, is among the political forces represented in Russia’s new parliament. The party’s leader, Gennady Zyuganov, complained to the president that the Communists had suffered from increased and unfair competition during the campaigning, resulting in them gaining a smaller share of seats.
“The political system that has 77 parties and 14 running for the parliament prevents normal dialogue, which is bad, in my opinion,” he said.
In April 2005, President Vladimir Putin called the USSR’s collapse “the major geopolitical disaster of the [last] century” in a public address to the Russian parliament. This quote was circulated by the international mass media that claimed that it revealed the Kremlin’s alleged plans to return to socialism. However, the Russian leader has repeatedly rejected these allegations, explaining that he meant the negative effect of radical and quick changes on the lives of everyday people.
In 2015, Putin was interviewed for a documentary and directly stated that Russia had no plans to bring back the USSR, but complained that no one wanted to believe in this. He went on to accuse European governments of confusing modern Russia with its Communist-run predecessor and of sacrificing the interests of common people in post-Soviet republics like Ukraine for the sake of preventing an imaginary threat.
Disturbing footage of the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina was released by his family on Friday.
Footage was released to NBC News after law enforcement refused to release their footage.
Info Wars reports:
While the shooting itself cannot be seen, officers can be heard repeatedly demanding Scott “drop the gun” while Scott’s wife Rakeyia asserts that he is unarmed.
A transcript of the video from the New York Times reveals the interaction between Rakeyia, officers and Scott.
OFFICER: Hands up!
RAKEYIA SCOTT: Don’t shoot him. Don’t shoot him. He has no weapon. He has no weapon. Don’t shoot him.
OFFICER: Don’t shoot. Drop the gun. Drop the fucking gun.
RAKEYIA SCOTT: Don’t shoot him. Don’t shoot him.
OFFICER: Drop the gun.
RAKEYIA SCOTT: He didn’t do anything.
OFFICER: Drop the gun. Drop the gun.
RAKEYIA SCOTT: He doesn’t have a gun. He has a T.B.I. (Traumatic Brain Injury).
OFFICER: Drop the gun.
RAKEYIA SCOTT: He is not going to do anything to you guys.
RAKEYIA SCOTT: He just took his medicine.
OFFICER: Drop the gun. Let me get a fucking baton over here. [muffled]
RAKEYIA SCOTT: Keith, don’t let them break the windows. Come on out the car.
OFFICER:Drop the gun.
RAKEYIA SCOTT: Keith! Don’t you do it.
OFFICER: Drop the gun.
RAKEYIA SCOTT: Keith, get out the car. Keith! Keith! Don’t you do it! Don’t you do it! Keith!
OFFICER: Drop the gun.
RAKEYIA SCOTT:Keith! Keith! Keith! Don’t you do it! [SHOTS]
RAKEYIA SCOTT: Fuck. Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him? He better not be fucking dead.He better not be fucking dead. I know that fucking much. I know that much. He better not be dead. I’m not going to come near you. I’m going to record, though. I’m not coming near you. I’m going to record, though.He better be alive because …I come You better be alive. How about that?Yes, we here, over here at 50 … 50 …9453 Lexington Court. These are the police officers that shot my husband,and he better live. He better live. Because he didn’t do nothing to them.
OFFICER: Is everybody good? Are you good?
RAKEYIA SCOTT: He good. Nobody … touch nobody, so they’re all good.
OFFICER: You good?
RAKEYIA SCOTT: I know he better live. I know he better live. How about that I’m not coming to you guys, but he’d better live. He better live. You all hear it, you see this, right? He better live.
AKEYIA SCOTT: He better live. I swear, he better live. Yep, he better live. He better fucking live. He better live. Where is…He better fucking live, and I can’t even leave the damn… I ain’t going nowhere. I’m staying in the same damn spot. What the fuck. That’s O.K. did you all call the police? I mean, did you all call an ambulance
American economist, journalist, blogger and former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under President Reagan, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts says that WW3 is likely to happen soon as the American empire dithers on the verge.
The neocons in Washington might actually decide to strike at Russia or China while they still sway power.
Dr. Roberts warns Russia to stay alert and see beyond Washington’s rhetoric.
Katheon reports: RUSSIA NEEDS TO STAY ALERT – WASHINGTON IS PREPARING FOR WAR
Well, it is possible that Washington’s elite forces will argue over the rapprochement between Turkey and Russia.
They will argue like: “Look! Our focus is on the Kremlin. We have to strike the Russians now, while we still have some strength”. There will be neoconservatives, who will make that argument.
On the other hand, many people, not just in Washington but in Europe, will realize that with the weakening of the alliance it is even more risky to strike Russia. And various European governments will say: “Why do we want to be at risk for the sake of the Americans? If the Americans want to have power all over the world, why should we be drawn into war with Russia which could be catastrophic for us? We don’t see the benefit”.
So, it’s entirely possible, that the exit from the EU and exit from NATO would break up the ability of Washington to exercise its aggressive policies. Then they may simply have to accept the presence of other strong countries that are Russia and China. It may force Washington into a more reasonable stand.
I can’t predict which argument will win. I think if this kind of argument will materialize when Hillary Clinton is President, there will be a bigger danger of Russia being attacked. Because she is a warmonger. The last chance is on the other candidate.
So, it remains to be seen. The Russians need to stay very attentive. They must know by now that they cannot trust Washington. You can’t believe anything that Washington says. American people can’t believe them either.
We just have to see what Turkey will do and what Britain will do. Could they actually manage to get out of NATO? Two years is a long time, Washington could try to work on the British government. If the British will successfully leave the EU, this could encourage other countries. And if Turkey will leave NATO, this could start other countries leaving. But I think it would be a mistake for Russians to simply assume that is going to happen. It is hopeful.