4 dead, 1 critical in shooting north of Seattle; suspect at large

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[Editor’s note: We have known for some time that the last two months of the run-up to the election was going to be a very dangerous time indeed, where the likelihood of a terrorist incident was extremely high; for the simple reason that one way to try to get the unelectable, unfit and utterly unqualified Trump into office would be to carry out false flag attacks in order to support Trump’s hate speech rhetoric.

The bombs in Chelsea, NYC and New Jersey were just the start, now we have a shooting tragedy aimed at that most American of activites – shopping at the mall. Everyone shops at a mall so these four women could have been anyone’s mother or sister or spouse or girlfriend, making this a tragedy that any and all Americans can feel threatened and terrorised by. The people who plan these attacks are not stupid, they are evil and know how to get to the heart strings of the masses.

It’s a very obvious tactic – to use terrorist false flag attacks to attempt to influence the US election, so blatant in fact that even MSM reporters have picked up on it:

Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Epstein, following the bombings in New York and New Jersey asked Hillary Clinton if she thought these terror attacks were attempting to influence the election:

“Are you concerned that this weekend’s attacks or potential attacks in the coming weeks might be an attempt by ISIS or ISIS sympathizers, or any other group maybe the Russians, to influence the presidential race in some way?

Uh and presumably try and drive votes to Donald Trump, who you’ve said before is widely seen before as someone they’d be more willing to be or see as an easier person to be against?”

Hillary responded by saying that she didn’t want to “speculate,” but that a lot of Trump’s rhetoric is the type of stuff that helps ISIS. I’m sure Hilary would have loved to say ‘yes, of course’ but she has to be careful with her words and stick to what is known, not what we strongly suspect.

Manipulating events to influence elections is nothing knew, few old enough to remember it will have forgotten the ‘October Surprise’ that swung the 1980 vote for Ronnie Reagan. More recently, terror attacks blamed on Muslims have been employed, such as the March 11th, 2004, bombing of Madrid’s Atocha train station. One hundred and ninety-two people were murdered and over 2,000 injured. Three days later, the government of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar lost power in an election that swung suddenly to the Socialist Party.

The attack, the deadliest in Spain’s history, was seen by many as an al-Qaeda-inspired retaliation for the Aznar government’s support for the already unpopular U.S. invasion of Iraq. In jihadist lore, this is a legendary success story: a terror attack that inspired enough fear to swing a Western election.

The San Bernardino and Orlando incidents earlier this year both appear to have been staged events designed to boost support for the Neocon-Zionist campaign to place their Trump puppet in the White House, the Chelsea bomb was another in that series of incidents.

Trump rarely loses an opportunity to exploit terror. Within minutes of the initial unclear reports about the explosion in Chelsea, Trump told a crowd in Colorado Springs that a bomb had gone off in New York and while “nobody knows exactly what’s going on but, boy we are really in a time—we better get tough folks.” Tastelessly, as always, he then touted a new poll showing he was 4 points up.

These events are designed to spread fear, well, you should be afraid – not of evil Muslim terrorists, but of a Trump presidency. Ian]

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Times of Israel
4 dead, 1 critical in shooting north of Seattle; suspect at large

A gunman opened fire in a crowded mall north of Seattle on Friday night, killing four people and critically wounding another before fleeing, authorities said.

Four women were killed and one man who suffered life-threatening injuries was taken to hospital, police said early Saturday in an updated toll.

Washington State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis said police were searching for a Hispanic man wearing black and armed with a rifle who was last seen walking toward Interstate 5.

“We are still actively looking for the shooter. Stay indoors, stay secure,” Francis said at a news conference.

Authorities say the motive was unknown.

Police released a closely cropped still from video surveillance of the young-looking suspect showing only his head and torso, though the full picture, published by local media, showed him holding what appears to be a rifle while walking in a clothing retail store.

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The deadly shooting happened in the Macy’s store at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Seattle. Francis said three females were killed, one male suffered life-threatening injuries and another female suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Francis said at about 8:30 p.m. (0330 GMT) that the mall had been evacuated and emergency medical personnel were cleared to enter.

Stephanie Bose, an assistant general manager at Johnny Carino’s Italian restaurant near the Macy’s store at the mall, said she immediately locked the doors to the restaurant after hearing about the shooting from an employee’s boyfriend.

“He was trying to go to the mall and people were screaming,” she said. “It was frantic.”

She said he could see police at the doors with assault rifles and said they were no longer guarding the doors as of 9:30 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee said tragedy had struck the state.

“We urge residents to heed all safety and detour warnings. Stay close to your friends and loved ones as we await more information and, hopefully, news of the suspect’s capture,” Inslee said in a statement.

The Cascade Mall is an enclosed shopping mall that opened in 1990, according to the mall’s website. It features J.C. Penney, TJ Maxx, and Macy’s stores, among other stores, restaurants and a movie theater.

On Sept. 17 a man stabbed 10 people at a Minnesota mall before being shot and killed by an off-duty police officer. Authorities say Dahir Ahmed Adan, 20, stabbed the people at the Crossroads Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Author Details
Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state-sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.
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