“If ISIS Was Behind Las Vegas Shooting, There’s a Terrifying Reason It Won’t Prove It Yet,” by Tom O’Connor, Newsweek, October 9, 2017 (thanks to David):
Authorities continue to doubt that the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) was behind last week’s massacre in Las Vegas, despite the jihadists’ persistent claims the shooter acted on their behalf. According to one leading expert’s analysis, however, the conflicting narratives might be playing straight into ISIS’s hands.
Despite digging deep into Stephen Paddock’s background, investigators have struggled to understand what drove the 64-year-old man, who described himself as a “professional gambler,” to slaughter 58 people and injure hundreds more when he opened fire on crowds attending a country music concert from his 32nd-floor hotel room in Las Vegas. Nothing so far has reportedly led them to believe ISIS’s claim that Paddock converted to Islam and acted as “a soldier” of the group’s self-styled caliphate, leaving observers wondering why the global militant group would risk making such an outlandish, intentionally false allegation.
The answer could lie in a larger plot to exploit the U.S.’s already eroding trust in its leadership.
“If Islamic State did indeed cultivate Paddock, as it has claimed was the case, the group surely has some evidence of its engagements with him. If it does, it may be the case the group is waiting on FBI and other agencies to dismiss its claim of responsibility for the Las Vegas attack before posting contradictory evidence online for the world to see,” terrorism analyst Michael S. Smith II tells Newsweek.
“Islamic State has been very focused on undermining confidence among civilians in the West that their technologically-superior governments are competent managers of our collective security,” he adds….
A former Trump campaign official has leaked information from within the White House that Las Vegas massacre gunman Stephen Paddock made an ISIS propaganda tape. State Assistant Director for Trump.
- Apparently shooter in Vegas was researching the previous attacks on concerts in Europe.
- The reason the video more than likely is never released is because they believe it will trigger the “cells” he speaks of.
- Also based on what I’ve been told is that they are in belief that it was IS, but not sure if he joined on his own power or was manipulated
- Video mentioned a network, it did not specify if it was ISIS or another organization, but he mentioned there being more just like him.
FBI was unaware of online profile, hence why they said it wasn’t terror related. But it’s clear IS has been targeting Vegas for years.
VIDEO: DID STEPHEN PADDOCK’S BROTHER ADMIT STEPHEN WAS AN ARMS DEALER?..AN ISIS ENTRAPMENT ARMS DEAL GONE BAD?
- 4chan: Stephen Paddock was an undercover FBI agent who participated in multiple illegal arms deals in the Las Vegas area in a gun running entrapment scheme similar to Fast and Furious. Paddock thought he was engaging in another routine arms transfer, but ISIS had learned about the entrapment scheme and Paddock’s true identity. They killed him and carried out the massacre, and then fled the scene.
Did Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock’s brother admit that Stephen was an arms dealer? Watch video.
Rumor: Stephen Paddock was an FBI undercover op similar to Fast & Furious. Link to 4Chan- http://boards.4chan.org/pol/thread/143901308
The LVMPD knows the motive behind the attack, but the FBI will not allow us to release the motive because it implicates the FBI in illegal arms deals and supplying arms to ISIS terrorists within U.S. borders.
Stephen Paddock was an undercover FBI agent who participated in multiple illegal arms deals in the Las Vegas area in a gun running entrapment scheme similar to Fast and Furious. Paddock thought he was engaging in another routine arms transfer, but ISIS had learned about the entrapment scheme and Paddock’s true identity. They killed him and carried out the massacre, and then fled the scene.
Everything is being kept under extreme wraps because 1) armed ISIS terrorists are still at large and 2) this is very embarrassing to the FBI and they don’t want their scheme to become public knowledge.
I will be posting further information throughout the day, people within LVMP are disgusted and are pushing for this information to be released to the public.
The Islamic State doubled down again on the Las Vegas massacre on Thursday. ISIS claims Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock converted to Islam six months ago.
Radical Muslims on Social Media call the shooter “Brother Steve Paddock,” “O’ Lion of Tawhid,’ – Read link: Muslims on Social Media: “Brother Steve Paddock,” “O’ Lion of Tawhid, “Oh Crusaders We Are Everywhere Soon Is the Next!”
Sheriff Joe Lombardo: “Did this person get radicalized unbeknownst to us? And we want to identify that source”
During a press conference tonight, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said that the Las Vegas mass murderer, Stephen Paddock, may have been “radicalized” and that authorities were attempting to uncover the source of his radicalization.
On Monday ISIS took responsibility for the attack. And in a rare move released a follow-up statement to say Paddock had converted to Islam in recent months
Here is the Islamic State’s latest message:
In response to the call of the commander of the faithful Muslims (Abu Bakr Al Baghdade Al husseini Al Qurashi – God bless him-) targeting the crusader alliance and after careful monitoring of the crusader gatherings in the city of Las Vegas in the United States, a soldier of the caliphate (abu Abd El Bar) – May God accept him – equipped with a machine gun and ammunition varied in a hotel overlooking the concert and fired at a crowd of them, including 600 between killed and wounded in until the Soulja ammunition was finished and he became a martyr. As I lot and his messenger and the believers believe, but most people do not know
- ISIS provides proof of Vegas claim, “careful monitoring of the crusader gathering” and other facts you do not know
- Islamic State (ISIS) Takes Responsbility for Las Vegas Terror Attack, Calls Stephen Paddock ‘a Soldier of the Islamic State’
ISIS is not backing off from its claim of responsibility for the Las Vegas massacre even after FBI announced Stephen Paddock had no connection with them.
In a press release, ISIS named Paddock as Abu Abd-Elbarr Al-Amriki .
Abu just means father, even if he doesn’t have a son the call their member Abu something which means “father of
His name means Abd Elbarr means the servant or slave of the beneficent “Allah=beneficent” Al Amriki means the American!
ISIS claims Paddock was an
#ISIS soldier who ”converted to Islam” months ago.
FBI denies but ISIS insists Stephen Paddock is one of their soldiers who converted months ago.
According to terrorism analyst Rita Katz, ISIS appears to be “doubling down on its claim,” as the perpetrators of the attack, reporting through ‘Amaq that executor is one of its “soldiers” & Stephen Paddock converted to Islam months ago.
The “doubling down,” comes amid the FBI denying any international terror involvement in the shooting.
FBI: “We have determined to this point no connection with an international terrorist group.” http://fxn.ws/2xSj6Ag
Daily Mail UK reports:
The shooter was 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, a resident of nearby Mesquite, Nevada, who opened fire on the festival taking place at Las Vegas Village from a room across the street in the Mandalay Bay Hotel at 10:08pm.
“The Las Vegas attack was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried it out in response to calls to target states of the coalition,” the group’s news agency Amaq said in reference to the U.S.-led coalition fighting the group in the Middle East.
“The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago,” Amaq added.
WHO IS STEPHEN PADDOCK
Stephen Paddock, 64, lived just 90 minutes outside Las Vegas in the city of Mesquite, where he purchased a home in a retirement community for just over $369,000 in 2015 according to public records.
He lived there with his 62-year-old girlfriend Marilou Danley, the same woman police announced they were seeking to question on Sunday night as they began their investigation into the horrific terror attack.
Paddock had both hunting and fishing licenses according to public records, as well as his pilot’s license, but no criminal record in the state of Nevada.
The retired accountant had worked as an internal auditor at Lockheed Martin for three years in the late 1980s, and previously managed apartment building complexes in Mesquite, Texas and California.
Paddock was also the son of Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, a serial bank robber who ended up on the FBI Most Wanted list back in 1969 when he escaped from federal prison in Texas while serving a 20 years sentence.