-Threat came 2 days before shooting killed 13 in Navy Yard violence
-Obama Portrays Navy Yard Shooting as Workplace Violence, Sets the Stage for Gun Control Push
-Report: Navy Yard Gunman ‘Gathered Weapons Along the Way’- including a Biden approved weapon
September 16, 2013
Authorities in Washington say their investigation so far gives them no reason to believe Navy Yard shooting suspect Aaron Alexis, 34, with a Fort Worth, Texas, address, is linked to organized terror even though just two days earlier, al-Qaida’s leader had called for a “lone wolf” attack on Washington.
The attack Monday at the Washington Navy Yard left 13 dead, including Alexis, a military contractor, authorities said. The motive for the gun assault on the base was unclear and authorities even still wondered whether the gunman was alone, or whether there were others involved.
At the Debkafile intelligence report, a submission Monday said, “Two days ago al-Qaida leader Ayman Zawahiri issued a videotaped call for an adherent to carry out a ‘lone wolf attack’ inside the United States.”
And at the Washington Free Beacon, a report from Bill Gertz confirmed that several online jihadists were linking Islamists to the violence.
He reported, “Several jihadists wrote in Arabic on Twitter shortly after the shooting began around 8:20 a.m. ET that it appeared to be motivated by Islamist extremism. Some used the hashtag ‘Al Qaeda’ to report news of the shooting.”
He continued, “Some jihadists said the shooting was part of global jihad but none indicated inside knowledge of the killings, suggesting the comments are probably speculation or propaganda.”
He reported one jihadist on Twitter “said the attacks took place close to the 12th anniversary of the al-Qaida attacks on New York and Washington and thus appeared to be linked to Islamism.”
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray said no motive was known, and he affirmed that there is no known reason to link it to Islamist terror, although he did tell the Washington Post he could not exclude that as a possible reason.
“We don’t know what the motive is at this stage,” Gray explained. “We don’t have any reason at this stage to suspect terrorism, but certainly it has not been ruled out.”
But while Gertz concurred that there was no immediate claim of responsibility from known terror groups, “A jihadist named Idaat Amniyah (@abdallahsaker) who claimed to be part of the Middle East group Fatah al-Islam stated that the shooting showed ‘we have moved from the defensive to the offensive stage’ of global jihad.”
And Gertz identified another jihadist, named Abu-Osama al-Muwahhid (@ab_osama1), who Tweeted praise for the attack.
Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said for a time police were seeking two others as possible suspects, but one was found and ruled out. The third person still remained of interest to authorities.
She reported “multiple pieces of information” raised the prospect of more than one suspect involved.
The Debkafile further reported that the participation of more than one gunman would point to a coordinated attack.
The target was a base where about 3,000 service members are assigned, and it’s only a couple of miles from the Capitol.
Larry O’Daniel, a member of the 250,000-strong National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition’s Counter Terror Committee, said his group concluded that Zawahiri has great influence on al-Qaida’s tactics.
Noting that Gertz had reported as early as January that an al-Qaida website was lobbying for attacks on the U.S., his report explained that warning was “strikingly similar” to Zawahiri’s statements.
“In February, WND reported that CIA asset ‘Reza Kahlili’ alleged Iran was targeting American utilities including cell towers, power utilities, water supplies, high voltage towers, and public transportation,” O’Daniel’s report said.
“Also in January, Mohammad al Zawahiri, younger brother to Ayman, echoed the jihadist call for action against a number of countries, roughly equivalent to those mentioned later in August 2013, who helped France as outlined in the Gertz article. Zawahiri asked for help from ‘all Muslim brothers’ as part of Quranic duty,” he said.
The report noted Zawahiri did give specific instructions.
O’Daniel’s report said while some interpreted Zawahiri’s call for lone wolf attacks as a sign of weakness, his coalition found that al-Qaida’s forte is a decentralized leadership group “providing aid, resources, guidance, and other assets for localized allied groups who carry out reconnaissance and actual attacks.”
“History shows that 19 well trained men killed almost 3000 persons on 9/11/01. A small well trained group came close to killing many times that number in the first WTC attack in early 1993. Al Qaida uses well trained small groups. They are good in putting in place sleeper cells with no prior law enforcement exposure to slip under security radar,” the report said.
Obama Portrays Navy Yard Shooting as Workplace Violence, Sets the Stage for Gun Control Push
09.16.13 by Greg Campbell
Reports continue to unfold as America watches the developments in Washington, D.C., where at least one gunman has opened fire on Navy and civilian personnel at the Naval Sea Systems Command building in D.C.
The President speaks about the DC Naval Yard shooting
Reports indicate that a tall, black male opened fire throughout the building with what is likely to be an AR-15 rifle. Reports are still uncertain as some have claimed that as many as three shooters may have taken part in the carnage. Twelve are believed to be dead from the deadly rampage and police are still rapidly investigating, trying to discover what happened.
While Americans watch with horror, the truth is that not much is known at this point in time. The building went into lockdown as the first shots rang out and the details have yet to fully emerge. Though reports indicate that the shooter, who is now dead, is a former Navy employee named Aaron Alexis, much is not known regarding motives.
However, that has not stopped President Obama from entering into the discussion to drive the conversation from any discussion of domestic terrorism and simultaneously begin the earliest stages of what is sure to be yet another push for increased gun control.
President Obama began his address by admitting that the facts were not yet known, stating,
“We still don’t know all the facts, but we do know that several people have been shot, and some have been killed. So we are confronting yet another mass shooting — and today, it happened on a military installation in our nation’s capital.
It’s a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel. These are men and women who were going to work, doing their job, protecting all of us. They’re patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad — but today, they faced unimaginable violence that they wouldn’t have expected here at home.”
Obama is correct in that this is horrendous. However, Obama conspicuously glossed over any mentioning of the potential domestic terrorism component that may have driven the attack.
Of course, we don’t know much about the attack on the Navy building. However, President Obama seems to be framing this discussion as a discussion over workplace violence while omitting the possibility that an attack on a Naval building could actually be an instance of terrorism.
The Obama Administration has received criticism since the 2009 Fort hood Shooting when after Nidal Hasan, a radical Islamic jihadist, opened fire on the military installation, the Defense Department classified the attack as an instance of “workplace violence,” while dodging discussions of the dangers of radical Islam.
Whether the Naval shooting is an act of terrorism or merely an instance of workplace violence has yet to be seen. President Obama’s address, however, seems to set the stage for discussion geared towards workplace violence and the supposed need for gun control at a time when enough facts aren’t known.
Report: Navy Yard Gunman ‘Gathered Weapons Along the Way’- including a Biden approved weapon
September 17, 2013 by by Elizabeth Sheld
NBC News reports that Aaron Alexis was armed with “an assault-style rifle, a shotgun and a handgun” when he was killed in a shootout with authorities. Law enforcement told NBC “they believed he arrived packing only the shotgun, which he bought last week from a gun dealer in Lorton, Va., about 20 miles from Washington.”
The Washington DC local NBC affiliate says that sources informed them “that surveillance footage showed that he began his attack with a shotgun, but was found with a 9mm pistol and an AR-15 assault rifle.”
The suspected gunman appeared to have seized firearms from two of his victims as he moved through the building along the Anacostia River in southeast Washington, where 3,000 Navy employees go to work each day, many of them carrying authorized firearms.
Alexis has had several run-ins with the law on firearm related issues in the past. In 2010 in Fort Worth Texas, the police arrested him for discharging a firearm within city limits. The police report indicates that Alexis’ neighbor heard a ‘pop’ sound and found a hole in her floor and ceiling. She believed someone had shot into her apartment. The woman also reported she was terrified of Alexis, who had confronted her for making too much noise.
“After reviewing the facts presented by the police department, it was determined that the elements constituting recklessness under Texas law were not present and a case was not filed,” said Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.
In 2004, Alexis was arrested in Seattle for a more disturbing incident. On May 6, he pulled out gun a fired three shots into the tires of a Honda Accord belonging to a construction worker who “mocked and disrespected him.” Alexis told the police “he had an anger-fueled ‘blackout.’ ” He also claimed he had PTSD from the events of September 11, 2001.
The gunman was working as a subcontractor for Hewlett Packard for a company called “The Experts.” He held a “secret” level security clearance (WHAT?!?) and serviced computer equipment at the Navy Yard.