Thursday, February 14, 2013

Addendum to an End

This post is an addendum to last week's post, both to correct earlier inaccuracies and to update the developing story of Chris Dorner.  I say developing because, even though he is dead, there are still aspects of the story that are as murky as a Lousiana swamp.

But first, I reported inaccurately that Christopher Jordan Dorner did a tour in Iraq.  Apparently, he was not in Iraq but was in Bahrain from 2006-2007.  Or was he?  CNN still has listed in their timeline of the case that he served in Iraq during those years guarding oil platforms.  Also, it does appear that there is only one manifesto, not multiples, though I must give credit to General Patton at Rigorous Intuition for noticing certain discrepancies and clarifying later.  But even the "complete" uncensored manifesto cuts off mid-sentence, mid-word even, with the statement, "We need to hold ou" and that ends the lengthy attempt to clear his name.

The update?  Even murkier.  Instead of escaping to Mexico, which was what news reports seemed to indicate given that Dorner's wallet and ID were recovered at the San Ysidro Port of Entry last week, Dorner holed up in a cabin right across the street from the police tactical command post set up to find him.  After one of the hostages in the cabin escaped, Dorner went on the run, hijacking another truck and ending up in another cabin.  There he engaged police in a firefight, wounding one police officer and killing another.  From there, things get murky again.  After lobbing tear gas into the cabin, the police tried to tear the walls of the cabin down.  They heard "a single shot", then flames erupted from the cabin.  The story was framed to make it sound as though Dorner set the fire, though I thought that sounded suspicious from the get-go; if the "single shot" was a suicide bullet, he couldn't very well set the cabin on fire afterward!  That was the story Tuesday night.  Yesterday, that story began to dissolve with online postings of police scanner audio with an angry officer shouting, “Do it right now,” “Fucking burn this motherfucker!” and a separate scanner captured this exchange: "All right, Steve, we're gonna go - we're gonna go forward with the plan, with - with the burn".  Faced with this evidence, police had to amend the earlier story.  For that update, I'll quote Wesley Miller, whose excellent essay I linked to last week:

Christopher Dorner: cabin fire was not intentional, say police 

“Police have confirmed they started the blaze that engulfed Chris Dorner's cabin but said the use of pyrotechnic canisters had not been intended to cause a fire.

"It was not on purpose. We didn't intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr Dorner out," John McMahon, a spokesperson for San Bernardino sheriff's department, told a news conference on Wednesday night.

The admission followed speculation and controversy over whether authorities started the blaze to trap and kill a fugitive who had killed four people and terrorised police in a bloody vendetta against California's law enforcers.”
Sure, right...just like the feds “didn't intend” to burn everybody at Waco, or "didn't intend" to burn Gordon Kahl after they pumped a few thousand rounds into that house.

I said it in my recent article "Disarming the United States" and I was right - anyone who takes on the cops or feds with deadly force is committing suicide. Law enforcement WILL kill anyone who harms their own, the law be damned. - Wes

One more update: the charred body found inside the cabin has been positively identified as Chris Dorner.  Not surprising, considering when the police found the charred remains they found a wallet containing his California driver's license.  What's surprising to me is that while his body burned, the wallet did not and the driver's license didn't melt.  What's also surprising is that he didn't leave this wallet and ID at the San Ysidro Port of Entry as well.  How many of the details of this strange case is true and how much is an elaborate psy-op?  The closer I pay attention to this story, the weirder it gets.

Friday, February 8, 2013

End to a Means

"We see, therefore, that war is not merely an act of policy but a true political instrument, a continuation of political intercourse carried on with other means. What remains peculiar to war is simply the peculiar nature of its means."

Carl von Clausewitz

"If, as von Clausewitz said, "war is a continuation of politics by other means," then we must also admit that politics is a continuation of economics; and economics is a continuation of energy."

Michael Ruppert

The subject of violence, much like the subject of greed that I previously peeked at, seems to be one of those subjects of the human condition we can only address in the form of spectacle; something to point out with wonder, either as heroes to be admired or scapegoats to be vilified.  This appears to make up, ballpark estimate, about 80-90% of our front page, top of the hour, website home page news.  Sometimes, as in the case of the recent tragedy regarding the killing of Chris Kyle, the spectacle encompasses both ends of the spectrum.  Kyle, who wrote an autobiography of his 160 confirmed kills titled "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History", could be seen as the hero admired for his violence while his alleged killer, Eddie Ray Routh, could be seen as the scapegoat to be vilified.  But is it really that simple?  Both are products of the same system.  Both are soldiers who served their country honorably in Iraq.  Kyle came home to work with an organization, FITCO Cares, to help vets with PTSD, which Routh was suffering from.  Unfortunately, Kyle made the fatal mistake to take Routh to a shooting range before he had recovered.  It was this odd choice of therapy venue that prompted Ron Paul to tweet ‘he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.’  Paul clarified this tweet with more insightful words:

As a veteran, I certainly recognize that this weekend’s violence and killing of Chris Kyle were a tragic and sad event. My condolences and prayers go out to Mr. Kyle’s family. Unconstitutional and unnecessary wars have endless unintended consequences. A policy of non-violence, as Christ preached, would have prevented this and similar tragedies. -REP

I'll get back to the subject of unconstitutional wars and non-violence later.

The spectacle is even murkier in the ongoing saga closer to my neighborhood regarding Christopher Jordan Dorner.  As I write, he is still at large, accused of killing three people, including a police officer yesterday, and has declared war on the Los Angeles Police Department in a manifesto previously posted on Facebook that has since been taken down.  This is where things get murky.  There seems to be different versions of the manifesto floating around, some with names redacted and others intact.  In addition to his time with LAPD, Dorner also served in the US Navy and, like the aforementioned Routh and Kyle, did a tour in Iraq.  According to his manifesto, Dorner claims he had a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information clearance prior to his termination by the LAPD.  How much of his manifesto is truth and how much is bullshit is still uncertain, but it's clear we're not dealing with some meth freak with a Born to Lose tat on his chest pissed off at getting busted for knocking over the local liquor store.  That doesn't excuse his actions any more than it excuses LAPD going on a trigger-happy rampage on some Torrance women delivering morning papers who were guilty of nothing more than driving a truck that looks like the truck Dorner had before he torched it.  But I don't believe anyone has the moral high ground to crow from: we are witnessing a cycle of violence being perpetuated with hurricane force.  Living in LA is never easy, but going home the last couple days has been a bit more rattling than usual.