Tuesday, October 3, 2017

ISIS Seems Less and Less Implausible

10/3/17 NBC News:
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock wired $100,000 to an account in his live-in girlfriend’s home country of the Philippines in the week before he killed at least 59 people in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, according to multiple senior law enforcement officials.
10/2/17 Atlantic:
The vast majority of the Islamic State’s claimed attacks were undertaken by men acting in its name, often after leaving short video statements confirming their intentions. The Amaq news agency is the preferred venue for the initial claim, usually within a day. (Sloppy reporters sometimes mistake the rejoicing of online supporters, meteorological or not, for an official claim.) If they were really so promiscuous with their claims, we would long since have ignored them, as we do claims from other yahoos who have tried to take credit for atrocities authored by others. The idea that the Islamic State simply scans the news in search of mass killings, then sends out press releases in hope of stealing glory, is false. Amaq may learn details of the attacks from mainstream media—and often gets those details wrong, also like mainstream media—but its claim of credit typically flows from an Amaq-specific source.
Antifa is also seeming more plausible.  10/4/17 WSOC reports all 33 guns purchased starting in October 2016. 

10/3/17 Las Vegas Review-Journal  reports he had cameras outside his room to warn him the police were coming.  This guy was very organized.  Absolute genius of evil.

4 comments:

James Gibson said...

October 1st 2017, Las Vegas: America's Bastille Day, 2016 without the truck or 2017 Manchester without the bomb.

James Gibson said...

They are now saying he had surveilance cameras in the suite and in the hallway. Tripods to hold the guns, explosive material, now a possible external server holding video of the event. Multiple guns purchased far enough apart to not trip the ATF. Was this guy James Bond in another life?

Yeah, right, he just snapped: If he snapped it was two years ago.

Rich Rostrom said...

As to an ISIS connection: ISIS has not often tried to claim unrelated attacks, but they have done so a few times. There is no other evidence of a connection - no record of contacts with ISIS or other jihadists, no statement by the attacker.

"If he snapped it was two years ago." Which was before Trump Derangement Syndrome was a thing - in 2015, Trump was just a goofy celebrity starting a vanity campaign. So what started the attacker on this path?

Clayton Cramer said...

Rich: All 33 guns purchased starting in October 2016.