After police identified James Holmes, 24, as the man behind the deadly shooting at a Colorado screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," details of the incident have sparked some rather extreme conspiracy theory speculations.
The blogosphere is abuzz with speculations about what appears to conspiracy theorists possibility of a government staged "false flag operation, coinciding with the United Nations Small Arms Treaty’s scheduled signing."
The theorists insist that it appears Holmes was not a "lone" actor and that he got help from other sources. According to Natural News, he was "clearly provided with exotic gear (and bomb-making skills)."
'The evidence points to an obvious third party influence'
The Washington Post reports police recovered an AR-15 assault rifle, two .40 caliber Glock handguns, a Remington shotgun, all obtained legally. He was reportedly wearing military SWAT gear: all-black ballistics gear, including a helmet, bulletproof vest, leggings, throat protector, groin protector, tactical gloves and gas masks. According to police, he set off two smoke or tear-gas devices to distract the crowd before opening fire.
The Daily Mail reports Holmes had a formidable stash of ammunition and "three types of explosives were found - jars filled with accelerates, chemicals that would explode when mixed together and more than 30 improvised grenades."
Natural News comments: "In other words, this guy was equipped with exotic gear by someone with connections to military equipment. SWAT clothing, explosives, complex booby-traps... c'mon, this isn't a 'lone gunman.' This is somebody who was selected for a mission, given equipment to carry it out, then somehow brainwashed into getting it done."
Holmes was a resident of Aurora. He lived about four miles from the theater. After his arrest, he told police about "possible explosives in his residence." When police arrived at the apartment, they discovered it was booby-trapped and evacuated surrounding buildings. According to Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates Holmes, the apartment was booby-trapped with a "sophisticated" maze of flammable devices.
The BBC reports police at first had to withdraw when it became clear the property was too dangerous to enter. According to the BBC, Sgt Carlson said the explosives were set "to kill, and that could have been police officers or anything."
Police details of the booby-trapped apartment are rather intimidating: CBS Denver reports police authorities say they had to use a robot to go inside James Holmes' apartment.They disabled a trip wire that was set to go off when the apartment door was opened. According to police sources, there were multiple trip wires throughout the apartment. Explosives experts had to carry out several controlled detonations.
The evidence does not seem to match what is known about his background. According to Natural News, "This is not your run-of-the-mill crime of passion. It was a carefully planned, heavily funded and technically advanced attack."
The New York Times reports officers said Holmes wasn't on "anybody's radar screen... This guy is somewhat of an enigma. Nobody knows anything about him." His only criminal history is a traffic summons, police authorities say. He earned a bachelor's degree with honors in neuroscience in 2010 from the University of California, Riverside, and was a graduate student in neurosciences at the University of Colorado at Denver's Anschutz Medical Campus. He was unemployed at the time of the shooting.
It is not known that he had any training in firearms or explosives. E! Online reports that a former schoolmate of Holmes at Westview High School in San Diego, said he was a smart student who kept to himself. The classmate said: "He was really smart, kinda nerdy and not too talkative with people he wasn't friends with." According to the former classmate, Holmes was not involved in extracurricular sports or clubs, "didn't really have any long-term girlfriends, but I do remember him having dates to dances."
The New York Times reports that Billy Kromka, a pre-med student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, worked with Holmes for three months last summer as a research assistant in a lab at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Mr. Kromka said he was surprised to learn Holmes was the gunman. He said: "It was just shocking, because there was no way I thought he could have the capacity to do commit an atrocity like this."
Holmes' neighbors say he was a loner who sometimes greeted other tenants but appeared shy.
Conspiracy theorists are asking "Where does an unemployed, introverted medical school student get the training to deploy sophisticated booby traps, tactical body armor, weapons systems and more? Certainly not in graduate school!"
According to Natural News, "A decent AR-15 rifle costs $1,000 or more all by itself. The shotgun and handgun might run another $800 total. Spare mags, sights, slings, and so on will run you at least another $1,000 across three firearms. The bullet-proof vest is easily another $800, and the cost of the bomb-making gear is anybody's guess. With all the specialty body gear, ammunition, booby-trap devices and more, I'm guessing this is at least $20,000 in weapons and tactical gear, much of which is very difficult for civilians to get in the first place."
The website adds: "Don't forget the cost of all the training (thousands of dollars) and the bomb-making equipment. Holmes reportedly had 30 improvised grenades, mortars, binary liquids that explode when mixed, wires, exotic bomb equipment... this gets expensive very quickly (even if you can source this equipment!).
Natural News concludes that Holmes' skills point to "an obvious third party influence...Someone else taught this guy these skills and funded the acquisition of the equipment."
The conspiracy thesis: 'A false flag operation, coinciding with the UN Small Arms Treaty'Gulag Bound suggests a government ploy to bolster support for the upcoming U.N. vote on the "global small arms treaty" which could also apply to American citizens, meaning they lose right to bear arms.
Natural News asserts that "More and more, this shooting is looking like a deliberate plot staged by the government itself much like Operation Fast and Furious pulled off by the ATF which helped smuggle tens of thousands of guns into Mexico for the purpose of causing 'gun violence' in the USA, then blaming the Second Amendment for it."
According to the theory making the rounds, Holmes was set up for a "mission to cause as much terror and mayhem as possible, then to have that multiplied by the national media at exactly the right time leading up the UN vote next week on a global small arms treaty that could result in gun confiscation across America."
According to Larry Bell, writing in Forbes, the UN treaty could "override our national sovereignty, and in the process, provide license for the federal government to assert preemptive powers over state regulatory powers guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment in addition to our Second Amendment rights."
Natural News concludes: "This has all the signs of Fast & Furious, Episode II. I wouldn't be surprised to discover someone in Washington was behind it all. After all, there's no quicker way to disarm a nation and take total control over the population than to stage violence, blame it on firearms, then call for leaders to 'do something!' Such calls inevitably end up resulting in gun confiscation, and it's never too long after that before government genocide really kicks in like we saw with Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao and other tyrants."
The website presents an argument that showcases the visceral fear and distrust of government rampant in US civil society: "James Holmes and other crazed shooters kill a number of people each year in random acts of violence. It's horrifying and wrong, but it's nothing compared to the millions of lives that governments tend to destroy when they gain total power over the populace. The most dangerous thing in the world, it turns out, is not a crazy person with a rifle; it's a government with a 'monopoly of force' over the entire population. And that's exactly what the UN spells out as its goal for the world: Stripping all power from individual citizens and handing 'monopolies of force' to the governments of the world, shoring up their positions as the only 'legitimate' power on the planet.
Gulag Bound suggests that Holmes was "somehow brainwashed into getting it done" using "mind control and human programming, including techniques of trance-induced programming via hypnosis and the administration of drugs..."
The website then attempts strenuously to convince the reader that the conspiracy scenario involving "mind control and human programming... techniques of trance-induced programming via hypnosis and the administration of drugs" is credible and reasonable: "It is normal. It is proper. It is duly diligent. It is being responsible. More facts surrounding this incident will come out."