On Friday, July 20, 2012, the mass media yet again set aside all other reporting to report on one event. At about 12:30 a.m., in Aurora, Colorado, James Eakin Holmes walked into a crowded theater and shot seventy-one people, killing twelve. After he committed this Midnight Movie Massacre, he calmly walked outside, stood beside his car, and let the police arrest him. He even warned them not to barge into his apartment, for he had booby-trapped it.
Within those twenty-four hours, at least one media organ, and several politicians and commentators, behaved more atrociously even than did Holmes. They exploited his act for their own political agendas. But as the sun fell on the tragic scene, others started to ask questions that even the police missed. And they now suspect that Holmes did not act by accident. Someone might have set up this event, by turning James Eakin Holmes into an assassin.
Midnight Movie Massacre Media Madness
Fox News Channel covered the Midnight Movie Massacre all day, and only now seems able to talk about something else. Other television broadcast and cable stations acted the same way. But Fox, at least, played it straight. They shared clues as soon as the police shared them with them. They shared telephone numbers where anyone worried about someone at the theater could call a hospital to see whether someone had brought their loved one in. They shared the name of the suspect when the police told them the name.
In sharp and atrocious contrast, ABC-TV reporter Brian Ross accused another man, having the same first and last names but not the same middle name as the suspect, of the crime. James Michael Holmes is a Tea Party activist. How quickly did ABC-TV seek to accuse the Tea Party movement of terrorist acts! That Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, regards Tea Party activists as terrorists is neither secret nor coincidental.
ABC-TV has since taken that report back. But too many other people still believe it. Some have threatened James Michael Holmes with death. Nor was ABC the only offender.
A Google screen capture of the search “occupy Black Bloc Member James Holmes.” Note the entry from occupywallst.org. A visit to that link produces HTTP error 404: page not found.
ABC-TV and other media organs ignored the connection that James Eakin Holmes had with a truly radical group. He once belonged to the “Black Bloc” (not black as in race) of the Occupy Wall Street movement. A member of the on-line forum at the site OccupyWallSt.org posted details about Holmes, said he was an OWS Black Bloc member, and discussed his role in the Midnight Movie Massacre. The site administrators scrubbed the post, but not before the Google search engine indexed a “snippet” from it. And the OWS people could not sanitize this copy of the forum post on another site. Nor this copy.
The “Doo Doo Economics Blog” has more details about James Eakin Holmes, his background, and the kind of man he was and is. So does the San Diego News and this private investigator. (See also here.) The PI, and “Doo Doo Economics,” seem to think that Holmes did the Midnight Movie Massacre to protest Warner Brothers Pictures. Apparently the film then showing (The Dark Knight Rises) portrays an Occupy Wall Street-like group in a bad light. As further evidence, Holmes dyed his hair red and said that he was “The Joker,” a recurring villain in the Batman franchise. (Holmes was mistaken. The Joker’s hair is green, not red.)
Calls for gun control
Nor were the media the only ones to disgrace themselves. Michael Bloomberg and Rahm Emmanuel, the Mayors of New York City and Chicago, both called for more gun control. E. J. Dionne Jr. (The Washington Post) did the same, and accused “the gun lobby” of “stifling debate.” So did several other commentators. And Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) planned to re-introduce a gun-control bill that he wrote.
Their thesis: the Midnight Movie Massacre occurred despite the background checks and other measures to stop people having murderous intent from getting guns. Holmes bought his weapons lawfully, through lawful channels. His background showed nothing that would have alerted police. (He had gotten a ticket for speeding. What motorist in America doesn’t get a ticket for speeding every few years?) Thus the only way to stop a future Midnight Movie Massacre is to stop people from getting guns, or at least guns that can fire so many shots.
WNDasked the right question. Colorado is a “shall-issue” State for permission to carry a gun. Why did no one at the theater stop Holmes before he squeezed off his first round? The Midnight Movie Massacre need never have been, or at least need not have been so tragic. But the owners of the Century Sixteen Multiplex have a “gun-free zone” policy at the Century, and at every other theater they own across the country.
If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.
The Midnight Movie Massacre proves that yet again. Cinemark Holdings tells all patrons to leave their guns outside. James Eakin Holmes did not. (In fact, he stashed one of his guns under the seat he had picked out in advance before the showing!) So Cinemark have themselves, almost as much as Holmes, to blame for the Midnight Movie Massacre.
The real lesson of the Midnight Movie Massacre is: you can’t stop every crazy man from getting a gun. Holmes was “a quiet, unassuming man.” This was his first “crazy” act.There is a first time for everything.
Incredibly, police departments in several large cities told citizens to take responsibility for their own security. But they tell people only to look for signs of trouble. What good is looking out for trouble when you can do nothing about any trouble you find? Two years ago, a common pleas judge gave the right advice: Arm yourselves.
(Other commentators suggested that the Hollywood movies and games were at fault. They portray violent acts, and some people get ideas from them. Of course, people have criticized the theater since the Greeks invented it, and especially since William Shakespeare built one.)
Fast and Furious Episode Two?
In the middle of the posturing, several people, including Mike Adams at Natural News, asked several more questions about the Midnight Movie Massacre that the police are not asking. Among them:
What turned a “quiet, unassuming man” into a mass murderer?
Where did he get his weapons, and his exotic equipment? He wore a flak vest, a gas mask, and the kind of clothes that a soldier might wear in urban warfare. (They are also the clothes that a police Special Weapons and Tactical officer might wear into “battle.”) He rigged his apartment with so many explosives that, at this writing, the police are ready to trip them and take their chances. He has several jars filled with ammunition, including mortar rounds. How did he get thiscache? (And how could he afford it? The weapons, ammo, bombs, and other materials must have cost $20,000. How could anyone afford that, as a full-time tuition-paying student with no job?)
Aside from where he got the weapons, who trained him to use them? Or to rig those booby traps?
Why did he stop shooting only because one of his guns jammed?
Why did he surrender? He was armed for bear, and could have escaped easily.
Why did he warn the police about the booby traps in his apartment? (He didn’t tell them how to disarm them.)
Add this to it: he was an “honor student” at a Colorado medical school. Furthermore, he was studying neuroscience, and hoped to earn a PhD. Also, every witness to the Midnight Movie Massacre describes him as moving with unflappable calm. In other words, he acted like a mail carrier delivering the mail.
Adams thinks he knows. James Eakin Holmes did not pull off the Midnight Movie Massacre by himself. Someone trained him in weapons and explosives, and bought him those munitions. Adams also pointed out: The UN Arms Trade Treaty is due for signing next week. Adams has another name for the Midnight Movie Massacre: Operation Fast and Furious, Episode Two.
Adams mentioned one more thing, though almost in passing: Holmes’ field of study.
There is already conjecture that James Holmes may have been involved in mind-altering neuroscience research and ended up becoming involved at a depth he never anticipated. His actions clearly show a strange detachment from reality, indicating he was not in his right mind. That can only typically be accomplished through drugs, hypnosis or trauma (and sometimes all three).
Adams is talking about a dissociative reaction. Someone reacting that way is literally “not himself.” In fact, Holmes will plead not guilty of the Midnight Movie Massacre by reason of temporary insanity. He will in fact argue that he had an irresistible impulse to do what he did.
Adams might be more correct than he thinks about how the Midnight Movie Massacre went down, and who might have set it up. Clinical experimenters almost never experiment on medical students and “house officers.” But professors of psychology routinely use students as subjects. Your correspondent took part in several experiments at Yale College when he took Introduction to Psychology as a sophomore. A PhD adviser might lure a student in for a far more thoroughgoing experiment.
Shortly after its founding, the Central Intelligence Agency studied hypnosis, either as a method for interrogation or to protect someone who might be subject to it. The CIA said then that one could not reliably control someone’s behavior by hypnotizing him. Or so they say. Or perhaps they never stopped trying to make it work, and once they did make it work, they kept that secret. (In fact, the CIA admitted that they hadn’t done enough experiments before saying that hypnosis would not work!) In any case, the CIA referred to several papers,with provocative titles. Here are two:
Brenman, M. Experiments in the hypnotic production of anti-social and self-injurious behavior. Psychiatry, 1942, 5, 49-61.
Wells, W. R. Experiments in the hypnotic production of crime. J. Psychol., 1941, 11, 63-102.
If those references sound familiar, they should. Actor Khigh Dhiegh, as Dr. Yen Lo, mentioned both in a chilling scene in The Manchurian Candidate (dir. John Frankenheimer; with Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Khigh Dhiegh, James Gregory, and Angela Lansbury; Columbia Pictures, 1962). In that scene, several American Army men sit quietly on a stage in front of an audience of Russian and Chinese “brass.” Staff Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Harvey), on orders from Yen Lo, strangles a fellow soldier to death. And not a man present resists.
The witnesses to the Midnight Movie Massacre say that Holmes acted almost exactly as Laurence Harvey acts as he portrays Raymond Shaw, the programmed assassin. He carries out a program, until something goes wrong. Then he abandons his plan, as if he can’t cope with a simple thing like a gun jamming. (Why didn’t he simply pick up another gun and keep shooting?) He walks to his car, and then gives himself up. Through it all, he acts half asleep. He warns the police about the booby traps, but won’t help them disarm them. Maybe he wants the police to give up and blow up his apartment, and his computer, diaries, and other such evidence.
Is the Midnight Movie Massacre a “false-flag operation”? We might never know. But those who make our country’s laws, and those who vote for them, would do well to take the right lessons from the Midnight Movie Massacre, not the lessons that career politicians want us to learn.