Was Vegas an FBI sting gone bad? by Cliff Kincaid

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Why is there no motive for the Vegas massacre? Why did Stephen Paddock have a secret life? 

It is terrible to contemplate, but the possibility that Stephen Paddock was an undercover federal operative or informant cannot be ruled out. He may have been either set up or used by ISIS and/or a federal agency in a scheme that backfired. 

The feds may have thought they were going to catch ISIS in the act of preparing a major terrorist attack. ISIS terrorists may have thought Paddock was one of them but realized at the last minute that it was a set-up. So they claimed him as one of their own. 

Perhaps he did convert to Islam after trying to get local Jihadists to buy his weapons.  Or perhaps they thought he did, and he used his “conversion” to convince them he was one of them. 

In short, Paddock may have approached potential terrorists with offers of weapons and bomb-making material. Or they may have approached him. 

Those of us who have been around Washington D.C. for a while know that the FBI has been rocked by scandals of all kinds and a series of failures, ranging from Ruby Ridge to Waco to 9/11. Because these scandals involve death, stonewalling, and cover-up, the agencies cannot be trusted to investigate themselves.

For someone with even elementary knowledge of government incompetence and corruption, it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to consider the possibility that Paddock was a government informant or operative in a scheme that backfired. 

We can anticipate there will be obligatory denials. 

Reports indicate that the materials found in Paddock’s car included 1,600 rounds of ammunition, fertilizer that could be used to make explosives and 50 pounds of the explosive substance Tannerite. He had 23 weapons in the hotel room and had reportedly bought 33 guns in the past year. This guy was the perfect operative to be used in undercover stings. He had everything they needed to carry out major terrorist acts. 

Paddock was a one stop shop for terrorists. He had the guns and the bombs. He was a one-man Weather Underground. 

WND reporter Leo Hohmann reports that Paddock “not only worked directly for the [federal] government for nearly a decade but then worked another year-and-a-half for federal weapons contractor Lockheed Martin.” What this means is that he would have been known to the feds and could have been recruited by them. He could have been told he could atone for his bank-robbing father. 

Perhaps he was a “lone wolf” who somehow “snapped.” But his arsenal, designed for a small terrorist army, and his “secret life,” have led to speculation Paddock was part of a gun-running and bomb-making operation similar to the federal Fast and Furious scandal in the Obama Administration. In this case, however, the targets were Islamists, not Mexican drug traffickers. 

The Fast and Furious scandal involved the U.S. sending weapons to Mexico that were used by drug cartels to murder a federal border agent, Brian Terry. What if Paddock was part of another such operation, launched under former President Obama, to entrap alleged terrorists? President Trump’s new FBI director, Christopher Wray, has only been on the job for about two months, and may not have been able to review or stop it. 

If the FBI had been able to stop the massacre, breaking into the hotel room at the last moment before the carnage, the Bureau would have looked like heroes in the eyes of the public. It would have managed to achieve some good publicity after the debacles involving Director James Comey, the Hillary email scandal, and Russia-gate. 

But something went dramatically wrong. Either way, if he was an operative or not, he was able to assemble a small arsenal of weapons in a hotel room. Didn’t anybody notice? Or was he being protected by authorities who thought they were going to nab members of a terrorist cell? 

All the facts are not in, but we know that one analysis of FBI undercover “sting” operations found they are now used in two of every three prosecutions involving people suspected of supporting ISIS, the Islamic State. The New York Times said, “…agents have helped people suspected of being extremists acquire weapons, scope out bombing targets and find the best routes to Syria to join the Islamic State, records show.” 

You can see how dangerous this can be. These operations involve federal agents actually participating in the planning of terrorist acts and acquiring weapons. 

What if Paddock, under government orders, set up his machine gun nest in the Mandalay Bay, hoping to entice some ISIS terrorists into the room and “catch them in the act.” Perhaps he thought the feds would burst in at any moment to stop it. Perhaps he had converted to the Islamist cause. In any case, in assembling this arsenal, he could easily have worked with others to make it all happen.  Who were those others? That’s the big question. 

One theory, therefore, is that the FBI blew it. They didn’t get there in time. 

His recruitment by the FBI or another federal agency would have been a closely-guarded secret. His family and girlfriend would not have known about it. They would claim ignorance of his “secret life.” 

These are difficult matters to consider. Perhaps that is why the White House is pandering to the “gun control” crowd with talk of banning so-called “bump stocks” for semi-automatics. This is how Washington avoids the topic of corruption in federal agencies. This will become a “bipartisan” feel-good moment. 

We don’t have all of the pieces of the puzzle and, if something like this did happen, there will be great resistance to knowing and understanding the facts. But the involvement of the FBI and other federal agencies in the ongoing “investigation” means that they will take command and control and be in a position to engineer a cover-up regarding any ties Paddock may have had with them. This is how the Swamp works. 

They will leave the puzzle in scattered pieces, to be assembled by courageous journalists and political leaders independent of the Swamp. That is, if there are any left.

Written by Cliff Kincaid

Cliff KincaidCliff Kincaid has written two books on Obama, two on the United Nations, and many on media bias. His public policy group America's Survival, Inc., has produced several films and videos on America's first Marxist president and was instrumental in disclosing Obama's communist connections in Chicago and Hawaii before he was elected.

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Interesting theory. The key to unraveling the "why" of this case lies with the motive, unless one is a leftist. Then the goal is always gun control, as is being pushed via the "bump stock" measure written so as to ban other innocuous or necessary gun parts like lighter triggers, binary triggers, etc. However, for people who do not believe "the gun made him do it," we would like to ascertain why a man living the life most people only dream of would destroy his life and the life of so many others. There was hate, great hate living here. But toward whom or what?

There are certain individuals who can hide such hate. Certain sociopaths care so little for others that they will murder for their own pleasure ( Lonnie David Franklin Jr. or Ted Bundy) or for profit (Richard "Iceman" Kuklinski). Other than serial killers though, I do not know that this is the case with mass murders. So much hate had to have seeped out via a manifesto (Theodore John Kaczynski) or in some contact with someone, either neighbor, friend, or foe. Or so it would seem. We can but judge such matters on past human behavior, yet people are so often not rational and do things counter to their own best interests.

So much hate requires a "reason", even a perverted one. And so much evil requires justice, yet of a dead man. Here religion can perhaps help with that; punishment is required for evil actions on the other side. But for those of us still here, we are left with questions, and the victims' families are left with so much pain.