Is the Spectre of the Lone Gunman A Figment, A Shadow?
Too often these days the media has been highlighting cases of violence or assassinations and raising the ’specter of the lone gunman’.
"The lone gunman theory is the nickname given to the controversial conclusion reached by the Warren Commission that U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by a single gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald who fired only three shots, one of which being the single bullet that wounded both Kennedy and Governor John Connally. " Source
Within recent years, especially dire warnings and threats have come from the western ’security’ establishments (like Department of Homeland Security, FBI, CIA, MI5) regarding the potential for ’Lone Gunmen’ or "Lone Wolf’ deranged loners to pop up out of nowhere and carry out attacks that no one can predict. These attackers are largely ’disgruntled’, ’antisocial’, ’political’, and/or ’insane’.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano "warned citizens to be vigilant of ’the lone actor that we may not know about, who may already be in the United States and so it requires us to be vigilant and the public be vigilant.” Source
Are these really ’deranged loners’, or are they often a patsy - the visible part of a wider and well hidden conspiracy?
How often are ’lone gunman’ really alone in their exploits?
A recent BBC article written by Jon Kelly suggests that, "two hundred years ago, an assassin gunned down Prime Minister Spencer Perceval in the House of Commons. His death ushered in a threat that security services have struggled to deal with ever since".
While it cannot be denied that sometimes madmen with access to bombs or firearms will alter the course of history and end lives (one can describe some world leaders in this manner, actually), it is also just as likely that men of coinciding interests and of dark intentions will plot for their own ends.
But, Kelly remarks:
The reality of gunmen like Oswald or Robert Kennedy’s killer Sirhan Sirhan is far less glamorous. It can be hard to believe that these unremarkable people were able to accomplish the assassination of a closely guarded person.
Little wonder then that conspiracy theories about assassinations have been so enduring given the shock waves they have inflicted.
"You can see the attraction of a better explanation than some pathetic character like Oswald having killed the president," says Sir Adam Roberts, emeritus professor of international relations at Oxford University and president of the British Academy. "It’s difficult to accept that history is chaotic."
Many people discount conspiracy theories surrounding emotionally charged events like presidential assassinations or terrible massacres because they feel they’re ’not likely’.
As if ’sane men’ couldn’t have it in their hearts to plot to overthrow a government, or kill a leader, or terrorize and slaugther a population.
History, however, can show that not all ’lone gunman’ seem to be alone in their activities.
In the article, Jon Kelly lists several instances of ’lone gunmen’ attacks:
- [John] "Bellingham was a disgruntled merchant. The death of his victim, Spencer Perceval, on 11 May 1812 in the House of Commons was the only occasion on which a British premier was assassinated",
- James Earl Ray, for assassinating US civil rights leader Martin Luther King,
- Swedish premier Olof Palme was fatally wounded by gunshots while walking home from a cinema with his wife, and the case remains unsolved,
- John Hinckley attempted to assassinate US President Ronald Reagan in 1981,
- US President John F Kennedy - shot in 1963 during first term in office by Lee Harvey Oswald
If only Kelly would elaborate on these cases, it would be revealed that many of them are not seen as ’lone gunman’ to many researchers.
In former premier Olof Palme’s case, a gunman could never be found. How can one say it was definitely not a conspiracy when the investigation did not solve the murder nor provide a gunman?
In an article in the German weekly Die Zeit from March 1995, Klaus-Dieter Knapp presented his view of the assassination as a result of a conspiracy among Swedish right-wing extremist police officers. According to this report, the murderer was identified by two witnesses who happened to be at the scene and who knew the murderer from previous encounters.Source
...a former US army intelligence agent now living in Stockholm, among other bloggers, theorizes that Palme, as the UN mediator seeking an end to the Iran-Iraq war, was assassinated because he fell afoul of Iran-Contra."
There’s also rumours that Palme was a victim of "Pegasus": CIA’s Assassination Project, with both P2’s Licio Gelli and George "Poppy" Bush involved in the decision to assassinate the prime minister.
As for alleged MLK assassin James Earl Ray:
Following Ray’s death, [Dr. William Francis Pepper] represented the King family in a wrongful death lawsuit, "King family vs. Loyd Jowers and other unknown co-conspirators". During a trial that lasted four weeks, Pepper produced over seventy witnesses.Source
Jowers, testifying by deposition, stated that James Earl Ray was a scapegoat and not involved in the assassination.
Jowers testified that Memphis police officer Earl Clark fired the fatal shots.
On December 8, 1999, the Memphis jury found Jowers responsible, and also found that the assassination plot included "governmental agencies."
The jury took less than an hour to find in favor of the King family for the requested sum of $100.
If one looks deeply into the MLK assassination, one can find many hallmarks of a broad conspiracy to remove Martin Luther King from this world. Not unlike John F. Kennedy, and his brother Robert Kennedy...
Convicted RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan has claimed repeatedly he was manipulated by mind control. A witness who was there the day Robert Kennedy was shot testified to there being at least TWO gunman present at the assassination. Forensic analysis of the audio tapes of the day reveal more shots fired than Sirhan could have in his gun.
The JFK assassination investigation and the notorious Warren Commission were both so questionable that one doesn’t have to look very deeply before realizing the ’lone gunman’ theory is a silly assumption.
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There are some researchers who, when analyzing John Hinckley’s assassination attempt on former US President Ronald Reagan, can site suspicious evidence that calls into question a ’lone gunman’ verdict on the case.
Reagan’s would-be assassin was apparently tied to the Bush family:
"Hinckley’s father was a financial supporter of George H.W. Bush’s 1980 presidential primary campaign, where Bush was Reagan’s closest rival for the Republican nomination prior to becoming his Vice President. Hinckley’s older brother, Scott, had a dinner date scheduled at the home of Neil Bush the day after the Reagan assassination attempt. Neil’s wife Sharon indicated in a newspaper interview the day after the shooting that Scott was coming to their house as a date of a girlfriend of hers, and that she didn’t "know the brother [John]" but understood "that he was the renegade brother in the family." Sharon described the Hinckleys as "a very nice family" and that they had "given a lot of money to the Bush campaign."
In the end, while the capacity for individual people to become disgruntled (and insane), hatch a clever and insidious plan, and then carry out the plan exists, it’s not always the correct assumption. All avenues should be explored, especially ones that take us out of our comfort zone and force us to question what truths we thought we knew about ourselves, and about our leaders.
Our collective history has been shaped by these dark events, but one cannot live in fear of the specter of the ’lone gunman’ and his unpredictable nature, when it can be shown that often these game-changing situations are the result of two or more people organizing for a secret, unlawful, or evil purpose - a conspiracy.
By Elizabeth Leafloor, RedIceCreations.com
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