NEO, Church Shooter More than an Enigma



by  Gordon Duff, VT Sr. Editor    with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow

Dylann Roof, we are told, lived at home, had no friends, no online life other than a 5 minutes old Facebook page, no school history past the ninth grade and one of the worst haircuts in history, straight out of a Robin Hood movie. The initial media details on his life don’t make any sense, almost as though the spirit of Adam Lanza, the reputed Sandy Hook shooter had infested his soul.

Today, his 2000-word manifesto was conveniently found on a website that makes reference to Rhodesia, formerly an apartheid state, now one of the world’s political disasters, a State more than failed. An examination of the referenced website finds it innocent enough, strongly pro-Israel and of limited controversy.

The manifesto itself is an insane document, not that it is a rambling diatribe, far from it. It is carelessly superficial in nature, lacking feeling and personality. Yet inquiring minds might as what should it have?

Straight out of a Disney Robin Hood movie
Straight out of a Disney Robin Hood movie

Imagine a 21 year old mama’s boy with a “Puddin’ Bowl” haircut seldom seen on males. He walks quietly into a church on a quiet afternoon, sits down and pretends to pray. Then he pulls out a 13 shot .45 caliber Austrian made Glock pistol, which his father had bought him. For the next 20 minutes, he reloads and pumps 250 grain bone crushing bullets into the bodies of 9 people.

Thus far we have no record of Dyllan ever visiting a psychiatrist, being expelled from school or even getting into a shoving match. There are no violent video games on his computer, no admiration of Hitler indications, no worship of bin Laden or desire to join ISIS.

Put yourself in his place. These are bullets that will kill a bear. He is said to have reloaded 5 times. The sound should have been heard from blocks away. Maybe as things develop, information will be released that hundreds heard the shots, that police were dispatched but got caught in traffic and that Dylann Roof was on dozens of anti-psychotic medications and was a loner.

What I want is to understand what happened and, providing I am able, to frame how this can be understood. However, I am not sure this is possible. I am already stunned in disbelief as it is. I have just described a scene few movies would attempt to portray.

You see, we have had so many of these, theatre shootings, military base shootings, explosions at running events and small children slaughtered. Then when we step back for a second, looking at conflicts in Syria and Iraq, at Yemen and Gaza, at Nigeria and Chad and more places than any of us care to count. We feel overwhelmed and lost, as though we are meant to feel powerless, overwhelmed and lost.

Without delving into theories, there are still many inconsistencies in the Hebdo attacks, Sandy Hook, the Boston Marathon bombing and the Fort Hood shootings that defy what the public is demanded to accept as true. Similarly, the Gabby Gifford shooting in Tucson is a hodge podge of inconsistencies that become more convincing the more carefully they are analyzed.

Even Brevik got Photoshopped with this paint ball gun with the tactical rig
Even Brevik got Photoshopped with this paint ball gun with the tactical rig

If we add the Breivik mass killing in Norway to the group, we have an inexorable pattern. If we take each of these cases, where shooters with no military experience, no history of violence, sometimes no history at all, calmly reload weapons and execute one person after another, it all becomes like scenes from a television series no one should watch.

As a combat veteran, I understand the process, firing a weapon, reloading it, firing it again though, in Vietnam there were people shooting back. There are thought processes that should be going on, related to empathy, human suffering and even self-preservation.

Dylann sat for an hour pretending to pray. He wasn’t in a murderous rage but, as with Breivik and so many others, inexplicably calm, reloading, killing, mechanical, controlled, impossible.

You see, hiding a fully psychotic personality for years isn’t easy, not for an Army psychiatrist, not for two college age brothers from Chechnya, not for a the other young many, so many of them, as they seem to appear like magic, no warning whatsoever, though the media tries so hard to invent an understandable rationale.

In truth, none of this is real, as well it shouldn’t be. If we can’t imagine any of this happening, if we can’t imagine any of the people existing it may well be that there are things we just don’t know about the world. In some cases, maybe many, conspiracy theories such as those outlined by Dr. Kevin Barrett in his book; We are Not Charlie Hebdo: Free Thinkers Challenge the French 9/11, are more powerful than the conventional narrative.

If a “conventional narrative” is, in itself, an unlikely and unconvincing explanation, then why is it considered “conventional?” Is there a process for certifying unreasonable falsehood as an explanation for the inexplicable? The answer to that is a resounding “yes!”

Here he is, pretending to be in a movie where he is the star
Here he is, pretending to be in a movie where he is the star

With Dylann Roof we have a manifesto. The text is available to all and is likely to lose little if subjected to mechanical translation. There is little in it that reflects actually having been written by a single human being. One can only give an opinion based on certain aspects of subjective analysis and some experience dealing with questionable documents. The “Roof Manifesto” is certainly a “questionable document.”

A very skinny Gordon, and a tall target
A very skinny Gordon, and a tall target

I had my 21st birthday in South Vietnam but, looking back as a parent and grandparent, I see Dylann Roof as a child. Were it possible, I would talk to his parents, family and everyone he knows.

Someone will eventually do this and will either impart some magical insight into what is very much one of many enigmas or, as is too often the case, will take what information is given and crunch it into a conventional narrative as we have seen time and time again.

The most famous shooter of our age, Lee Oswald, has never been fleshed out in the mainstream media. Was this when the conventional narrative became the rule of thumb in state sponsored murders or terrorist acts? Should we go there even in cases as simple as the shootings in South Carolina?

My personal answer would be yes, but done with reluctance. You see, once you begin down that slippery slope of government sponsored killings, mass surveillance, secret prisons, torture, illegal wars, then blowing up citizens or shooting up a shopping center is not so hard to imagine.

We had begun discussing the manifesto. For those who don’t know America or the Carolinas, North and South, where political extremism and hatred tend to abound more than a bit and have for generations, the manifesto is a rather mild document.

It is like it was written by a committee of people, as it appears to have multiple writing styles, and shows none of the normal characteristics of language and culture that demonstrate the specialized geographical origins of South Carolina. It almost looks as though a screenwriter hacker from Brooklyn were doing a rewrite on an episode of “Seinfeld Visits the Bible belt.”

Dylann - walking into American history to join the other killers before him
Dylann – walking into American history to join the other killers before him

Do not fear reading the document if you have avoided doing so. There is nothing remarkable about it other than its lack of remarkableness. Again we return to that difficult area and I beg your indulgence. Turn away or continue reading, your choice.

Again, picture a young man, unremarkable, loved by his parents, who stands up among a dozen mid-week worshipers he has spent the last hour among. In his light clothing he has secreted a large heavy semi-automatic pistol and half a shoe box full of loaded magazines.

These are big bullets, high capacity magazines and a big weapon with a 4.6 inch barrel, a large weapon for a law enforcement officer.

As of yet, we have no details of what ensued though they will come. Picturing this in your mind should be upsetting, violent and worse than pornographic. Where did this person spend 21 years concealing that they were a monster? Why do we have so many of them?

What kind of people burn other people alive for YouTube? Then again, who drops cluster bombs on children playing on a beach? Can such a person, capable of such darkness and truly insidious evil bequeath us a smug and empty middle school book report as a manifesto?

Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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  1. We must all ask the OLD question here – in order to get to the bottom of this and other inexplicable outrages – at the hands of what are clearly psychologically damaged and absent individuals:

    ‘CUI BONO?’

    I would suggest that the answer to that question is: THE NARRATIVE OF THE CABAL AND ITS NEXT SET OF OBJECTIVES.

  2. @ Patricia Gray,,,,It’s my opinion that there is no push to outlaw, or take away, anything. But. there is a HUGE push to have you swallow things and have you like it……That is the thing that none are willing to tackle head on, especially those who work in the media making 6 figure and higher incomes. Those are lost souls who have sold themselves for comfort at the expense of the truth.

    This Government can’t take away guns and they know it, it’s not their intent……the intent is fear based in nature and sadly IT WORKS. Have you accept things you dislike and FINE you, or make it difficult for you if you question any of it……Lawyers are expensive, good ones anyway…and cops have has access to Military gear for decades now….moot points to be making.


  3. This stuff has become far too easy to pull of because so many people, have so much done for them and it’s ruining anything and everything associated with common sense and life experience. Common sense says people ” run like hell ” when opportunity presents itself like, well, when someone stops shooting to reload.
    The caliber is insignificant 9 mm can kill bears as well….thinking velocity here….regardless……some of you, not nearly all, have a general idea of how difficult these kill ratios are to achieve by people who are supposed to grow up like mushrooms overnight…..ain’t possible on a scale even close to 1 in a million…..yet it is sold as fact by people in the media who if, had a blowout on a highway…..would have no idea where to find the jack let alone change out the tire. BUT we, as a public, accept that they KNOW…..well I say they don’t… Think about the thing is Tunisia …….read that story line….only some of those who were shot are pissing on the media as they say without doubt that there were at least TWO shooters….some were said to have been shot with hand guns…WTF……How on earth is this happening in broad daylight?

    Unreal marksmanship if you ask me.


  4. That photo of Dylann walking to open the church door, can anyone in the know tell me if he’s wearing a Bullet Proof Vest? Don’t know if I’m sure, but that Black Flap and the out lines on his jumper makes it look like he is wearing one.

  5. One thing we all know is that The “CONFEDERATE FLAG” has been a Dividing Symbol for a long time.

    Thank God, the victim’s families are Christians & they made sure to avoided violence
    ___So, Americans Black & White, Has to Get a Life & Move On! The Civil War happened 1861-1865.
     General Robert E. Lee Surrendered
     General Ulysses S. Grant Won the War.
     The “CONFEDERATE FLAG” should be kept it in a “Museum” as Our Country War History.

    We should worry about WWIII__The Mighty of ALL WARS!
    ____That is the World the Corrupt & Clueless Politicians are Ready to Start.

    • …with reference to the Cotton War (aka the Civil War) and the old Rothschild British East India Company that took over a great deal of the “king cotton” market share as a result of that war, I have a question to share from a slightly different angle, Was this recent “capture” and take down of “their” old General’s Southern Cross Battle Flag maybe intended as a symbolic message to the current crop of Rothschilds …as well as their zionist minions’ long ongoing manipulative “battles” against these united states?

  6. Whatever happened, it’s more than strange the press kit was out before the smoke cleared, vilifying supposed white-on-black racism, turning reality in America on its head. This paranoid hatred of America goes back to Miller’s post-WW II novel, Focus, in which to great Jewish acclaim at the time all Euro-American Christians were demonized as nothing but Nazis under the skin. The attack on the Confederate Flag and Southern heroes and traditions will seamlessly morph into demonizing Old Glory and everything it once stood for as well. The controlled opposition, particularly at Fox News, will feign indignation, indirectly condone the indictment, and neuter opposition by denying it a voice.

  7. The strange thing about all these modern terrorists is they always attack little people whose deaths will bring about no poltical change. They are just fodder to drive agendas espoused by mainstream media. Their pointless killings do not affect the statuts quo in any way. On the contrary they cement the status quo.

    Real state supported terrorists, like Carlos the Jackel, tried to kill those at the top, to rattleand destabilze the system. That hasn’t happened since he was captured. What we have now is bogus terrorism.

    It really does seem like the modern terrorist is nothing more that a mind controlled Zombie whose behaviour in being manipulated from behind the scenes to consolidate power into the hands of fewer and fewer people.

    It is very odd that MSM does not dig into the backgrounds of these people. A real journalist would do that. There just don’t seem to be any, anymore. I had a journalist friend who is on the film of Bobby Kennedy being shot. The first thing he did was interview the family who owned the house where Sirhan Sirhan or whatever his name was lived. They said he killed Bobby because Booby had just given Israel 100 phantom fighters. He wasn’t able to get it into print but at least he tried. They don’t even seem to try to get this stuff into print any more.

    • I looked up the professor of the zombie responsible for the shooting in I think Aurora , Colorado. The movie theatre shooter anyway. I found he was into psychiatric things for the military and was constantly visiting Israel. I blogged the details but then never ever heard it mentioned anywhere ever again. As someone else mentioned here it really would be a good idea to dig deep into their backgrounds, and not just the press release backgrounds, of these modern so-called terrorists. They all have the commonality of being pointless people of value only for promoting mainstream media agendas like gun control. They are nothing but walking, breathing, one-man false flags. All of them.

  8. I recall a book, written by a “committee,” or rather by several writers in series, under the leadership of an editor. I even remember the title of this work of “erotic fiction,” “Naked Came The Stranger.” The editor later revealed the book as a spoof. He had advertised for authors, who would each write a chapter, based upon what had been written already. A certain similarity of style between the chapters was to appear via “a constant and unremitting emphasis on sex” AND the deliberate suppression all artistic skill. Despite the conscious attempt to write a “bad book,” reviewers gave it a grade of “B.”

  9. The original of the species was the Port Arthur Massacre in Tasmania 1996. 35 innocents murdered. This was the original, bloody, cold-blooded, and perhaps most psychotic of the mass shooting false flags.

  10. Good point about Oswald and the slippery slope. When I began my journey of attempting to unravel the insanity that has overtaken this nation, I started there…and soon I began to think that the CIA’s decision to further explore many of Paperclip’s offshoot’s including and especially MK Ultra, was showcased for the first time, in perpetrating the nationwide trauma of the live-feed violent death of Lee Oswald. Stupefaction, vulnerability, susceptibility, all control factors for manipulation of the masses. When and if this population ever has their own replay of the mousketeer meltdown there could be one helluva blowback.

  11. When telling people, even my wife who tends to be open minded and level headed that this kids manifesto appears to be ghost written, well I don’t get much agreement. This does look hastily done like they just don’t care anymore and they have a point. I just don’t know what killing and twisting facts of does for anyone.

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