Almost immediately after any mass murder in the United States a group of “conspiracy theorists” (for lack of a better term) will claim that the event was a “false flag” atrocity perpetrated by our own government. We published an essay on the topic entitled “Questioning the Conspiracy: The Aurora Shootings” in the wake of the Aurora, CO, movie theater murders, and we’re wondering once more what is the purpose of the smoke screen the “conspiracy theorists” are throwing up around tragic events like the Washington Navy Yard shootings this week.
Wired’s Danger Room summarizes some of the noise already emanating from the depths of Alex Jones’s belly and elsewhere:
Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis had been receiving mental health treatment, had anger management issues, and told Rhode Island police that he had been hearing voices and was being harassed through microwave mind control. Most people who heard that needed no further explanation for Monday’s tragic events. They understood the 12 deaths and eight injuries to be the sad result of severe mental illness, perhaps even paranoid schizophrenia.
But before (and even after) the details of Alexis’ difficult past emerged, many people on the fringe had instead opted for a range of conspiracy theories — just as they did in the Sandy Hook massacre, the Aurora, CO movie theatre shooting, and even 9/11. The conflicting reports as to whether the shooter was a civilian or a servicemember, the number of shooters involved, the incorrect identification of the suspect, and a whole host of other unanswered questions were all fodder for conspiracy theorists of varying intensity to take to Twitter, YouTube, discussion boards, blogs, and other online outlets to assert the sometimes absurd and the sometimes plausible.
For some, it was a “false flag,” a covert military operation…
[continues at Wired's Danger Room]