Try this one on for size, and I’m serious. Because the new Batman movie featured the villain as an Occupy Wall Street type, I would not be surprised if police discover that the shooter, now identified as James Holmes, had ties to OWS.


Because the movie portrays the OWS crowd in a negative vein, I would first look at the possibility that some addled brained 24 year old who was caught up in the OWS movement took it upon himself to strike back against “THE MAN.”

What do you think?

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
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  • James Ala

    I think you could not be more wrong Larry.

    First OWS stresses no-violent change. Yes there are fringe characters (mostly Anarchists) who trash property but they are no more a reflection of OWS than the few yahoo who did not spell-check their signs at TEA Party rallies.

    Second this guy was a loner. He had ties to almost no one, a real fringe person.

    Last in his last four months, the shooter became, of his own volition, even more separated from the populace. No one can guess what was percolating in his brain at the time of the assault. First reports have him dying his hair and calling himself “The Joker” for what that is worth.

    This guy appears to be more in the line of Hinkley, the man who shot Reagan for his own very bizarre reasons. I seriously doubt he had any political agenda to speak of.

  • Malcolm_Reynolds

    Even if it were true, what are the odds that the media outlets will even cover that little inconvenient factoid? Zilch IMHO.

  • alicewolf

    Sorry, DEGENERATE is what I should have said in the midst of that last tirade. Please forgive me for my terrible spelling.

  • alicewolf

    Yeah, it’s OWS, weren’t they fixing LIBOR and laundering drug money to finance Al Qaeda and throwing tomatoes at Hillary Clinton in Cairo on her way to the airport in her motorcade?
    Yeah, that’s it. OWS can now be safely blamed for everything that’s going wrong and sinking civilization alright.
    Never mind the fact that the tone that is being set in Washington from the top down is causing for the entire nation and it’s economy to degerate at an unimaginable speed.
    Blaming people is all very well, but getting ourselves out of a bad situation is really what is required. How about passing HR 1489 The Return to Prudent Banking Act to cut off the bailouts and then reestablish a national bank in the US to handle credit uttered by congress as per the Hamiltonian concept immortalized in the Preamble and the Constitution.
    Followed by a New Bretton Woods fixed exchange rate enactment and the implementation of NAWAPA as a leading infrastructure platform project that will put six million US citizens back to work. etc etc. Where is Yul Brunner when you need him…………………….Oh I know, perhaps he’s joining OWS and on his way to desecrate a church. Sorry to be so sarcastic but this desperate attempt to revulse people that is so obviously part of a bigger plan that may be unfolding before our very eyes, that I am trying to expose the thinking behind this latest folly. It’s too much of a coinkidink, the bus in Belgrade, the bombing in Damascus and the gunman in the movie theatre, it looks like the hat trick to me.

  • JohnnyTwoDog

    The shooter obviously planned this for some time, had knowledge of the script and Batman literary history.
    He went so far as to call himself the Joker, with a smirk for his mugshot.
    He definately planned and targeted this venue. A sicko that is ready to kill can find a crowd every day and certainly every weekend. Something in BNR had the killer wait and plot.
    An OWS motive is very plausible

  • GeminiRising

    We have a broken mental health system is this country. There are so many people running around untreated when they have serious mental disorders. It takes an act of congress sometimes to get someone committed and the public is only safe as long as that patient is institutionalized, which isn’t long is most cases.
    The shooter’s mother told authorities when she heard the news that she wasn’t surprised. I’d like to know what she meant and I’m sure it will come out in the coming days.

    • Hokma

      I agree with you 100%.

      Mental illness is an illness like another other illness and should be as accepted as any other illness – not demonized.

      But unfortunately that starts at home and many parents do not want to be ostracized by friends and neighbors so if they feel their kid had mental health problems they just ignore them and believe their kid will grow out of it.

      When something like happens people end up blaming it on the weapons and never the cause. This could have been prevented. Virginia Tech could have been prevented.

      • HoosierinDixie

        As of now we don’t know if the parents were aware so we can’t say for sure they just ignored it. Since she was a registered nurse, I am betting she knew or suspected but was powerless to do anything about it. Paranoid schizophrenia for example manifest itself in the late teens or early twenties. The signs are often mistaken for typical teenage rebellious behavior such as drugs, drinking or just withdrawing from family. By the time it is well established the parents lack legal parental control because they have reached adulthood. We need a better system for detection and treatment and that would also require changes in the law.

        • Hokma

          I have known too many situations where parents were too wrapped up in their own lives to be concerned about their kids especially their mental health issues.

          I really do think we should treat mental health the way we treat all physicial health issues. If you have a child that has a highly contageous illness do you send them to school so that can get others infected? Kids who are socially withdrawn are likely to be harboring some mental illness that needs to be exposed and properly dealt with.

          The more i hear about this kid, even going back to high school he exhibted troubling behavior that could hav e been dealt with.

          • HoosierinDixie

            I am ceratinly not saying some people don’t ignore the signs. I am saying getting them the help they need is alot harder then you think because of the law. A mentally ill person can refuse treatment and meds just as well as any other person unless there is a court order. The majority of the time, if they are not an immediate danger to themselves or others, the authorities will not act. I haven’t heard the specifics of his teen years but I don’t doubt your assertion there were signs.

        • akaPatience

          I agree with you Hoosier. I know two families who have members that are paranoid schizophrenics and it’s an agonizing, frustrating and heartbreaking problem to deal with. I’m sorry to hear you have a brother who suffers from it.
          I used to be a social worker during the period when mental institutions were shut down, which led to a sharp rise in homelessness. Of course not all mentally ill people present a danger to society, but many of them have a very difficult time taking care of themselves and maintaining a place of residence.

          • HoosierinDixie

            Thank you so much for your kind words. And yes the vast majority are more of a danger to themselves than others.

  • Guest

    I can’t verify this–don’t know if the source is reliable,so it could be bogus or just speculation, but it does tie in to your thought on this, Mr. Johnson.

  • Mike Levens

    I think you’re reaching. And I think what you’re reaching for says a lot about you.

  • stodghie

    dang larry i was wondering that! thanks for your post.

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    • Aaron

      Not one uhh…uhh….ahh… in the whole speech.

  • lola828

    Another classy post by Larry Johnson. You are not a serious person nor run a serious website.

    • HARP2

      And yet you keep coming back…………like jock itch.

      • shelldoll2

        More like lice.

        • buzzlatte3

          LOLa is really flexing it’s brain today! OOOHHH, we’re scared and admonished! NOT! I’ve heard better stuff from 8 year olds on the playground.

    • Hokma

      Do you have any evidence of that? Can you provide a credible link? How do you define “classy post”
      – one of those Daily Koz hate posts? And how do you define a “serious website?” Can you give examples of a serious websites and evidence that you have more than air between your ears?

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