It has officially been six months since the worst mass shooting in U.S. history and Americans still know nothing about why 58 people were gunned down from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017.
Despite the fact that there is nearly 750 hours of surveillance video, 2,000 unheard 911 calls, and thousands of witness testimonies from the night of the shooting, the FBI and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have remained tight lipped and secretive regarding the shooting investigation, which the media has seemed to conveniently forget over the past six months.
It wasn’t until late March that the first seen video surveillance footage alleged Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was released to the public by The New York Times, which is highly uncommon given the fact that the American public is often bombarded with pictures and videos of mass shooters and killers by the media directly following attacks of similar circumstance.
The lack of answers surrounding the Las Vegas shooting is concerning, given that more answers were provided following the Parkland school shooting within the first 24 hours, than in six months since the Vegas shooting. Compared to Parkland, three times as many people died in Las Vegas, yet the media did not care to hold a town hall or thrust the Vegas shooting survivors in front of a camera like they did with Parkland survivors. As a result, the shooting became yet another distant memory, another number, another date on the list of American mass shootings.
As a result of the lack of answers and lack of transparency on behalf of investigators, the Las Vegas shooting has contributed to the public’s growing distrust in the FBI, which has been encapsulated in multiple controversies and scandals over the past two years. The public has been forced to rely on its own instinct regarding what happened in Las Vegas, which in turn has led to the development of several theories regarding who Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old alleged shooter, really was and why he–and any possible accomplices–committed the act of mass murder.
Although the FBI has still not concluded their anticipated one year investigation of the mass shooting, they remain unmoved in the assertion that Paddock was a “lone gunman” who had no specific ideology and spent his days as a “professional video poker player,” a profession that potentially did not exist until the FBI briefed the public about Paddock in the early days of October 2017.
Even more concerning, it was reported that several Congressmen were briefed in early March regarding evidence that ties three ISIS terrorists who crossed over through the U.S.-Mexican border to the Las Vegas shooting. That evidence supports a claim made by Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) in January. During an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on January 18, Rep. Perry said, “Recently, I have been made aware of what I believe to be credible evidence, credible information regarding potential terrorist infiltration through the southern border regarding this incident,” Rep. Perry said. “Meanwhile, the local law enforcement investigative services are telling us there is no terrorist connection, lone gunman, again, something is not adding up.”
Following Rep. Perry’s statement, three of the four Nevada representatives, and both Senators signed a letter condemning any claim that ISIS played a role in the Las Vegas shooting, calling Perry’s words an “insult” to the memory of those who perished on October 1, and called for the an apology and retraction.
It cannot be forgotten that within hours following the attack, ISIS claimed responsibility through their official news agency, Amaq. “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 terror outlet reported.
Still to this day ISIS has been adamant in their claim that they are responsible for the Las Vegas shooting, taking responsibility nearly four times since the attack, and promising to attack Vegas again. Although the FBI has remained adamant in their denial that ISIS played a role in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, there is no denying the fact that ISIS has rarely taken responsibility for an attack they didn’t commit, and even neglected at times to claim some attacks they could have easily taken credit for.
This point has been echoed by The New York Times’ dedicated ISIS correspondent, Rukmini Callimachi, and Dr. Amarnath Amarasingam, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, who has conducted numerous social media and in-person interviews with members of ISIS currently fighting in Syria and Iraq.
A source who was present at the March briefing told me, “People are losing confidence in the FBI. Congressmen are shocked that the evidence which supports ISIS’s claims has not been formally presented to Congress in an official FBI briefing. It’s extremely concerning.”
Despite being briefed, none of these Congressmen have gone public since January to discuss the evidence, which reveals that the FBI, once again, appears to have been dishonest with the American public about the true motive surrounding the Las Vegas shooting.
The Las Vegas shooting is just another item on the laundry list of events that have tarnished the FBI’s reputation and damaged the public’s confidence in federal investigations. Given the FBI’s pattern of strong resistance when it comes to pursuing credible terror leads, the six month marker since the Vegas shooting only reinforces the ever present stench of corruption and incompetence wafting from the FBI.
feature image via The Los Angeles Times
Laura Loomer is a conservative investigative journalist and activist. Originally from Arizona, Laura began her career working as an undercover journalist for Project Veritas from 2015-2017. She covers politics, anti-Semitism, immigration, terrorism, the Islamification of the West, and voter fraud. Loomer’s investigations have been broadcasted on every major national mainstream media outlet in the United States, as well as many international publications.
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Laura Loomer is a conservative investigative journalist and activist who began her career working as an undercover journalist for Project Veritas. She covers politics, anti-Semitism, immigration, terrorism, the Islamification of the West, and voter fraud. She tweets @LauraLoomer.