US Mourn Aurora Batman cinema shooting victims

Batman cinema shooting: US mourning Aurora victims

The midnight shooting heralded a day of horror in the Denver satellite city of Aurora

20 July 2012 Last updated at 22:27
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18935153

The US has begun mourning after 12 people were killed and 59 wounded in a shooting at a midnight showing of the new Batman film, the Dark Knight Rises.

US President Barack Obama ordered flags flown at half mast and said the day was “for prayer and reflection”.

A man wearing a gas mask and body armour threw tear gas canisters at movie-goers in Aurora, Colorado, then fired on the crowd, witnesses said.

James Holmes, 24, was arrested outside the cinema near Denver, police said.

He was said to be armed with a rifle, a shotgun and two pistols. All were bought legally within the last few months, US media reported.

In New York, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who said he had been briefed on the case, said the suspect had dyed his hair red and had told police he was the Joker, Batman’s infamous nemesis.

“It clearly looks like a deranged individual,” Mr Kelly said.

Cinemas in New York tightened security at Batman showings following the attack, and the French premiere of the film in Paris was cancelled.

Mr Holmes was in the process of withdrawing from a doctoral programme in neuroscience at the University of Colorado-Denver, a university spokeswoman told the Associated Press.

Authorities have established no terrorism link, nor any motive. Mr Holmes had no criminal record in Aurora – his only encounter with police there was a traffic ticket.

Mr Holmes’ family said in a written statement: “Our hearts go out to those who were involved in this tragedy and to the families and friends of those involved. We ask that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

On Friday afternoon, police were still working to identify the dead, 10 of whose bodies still lay inside the cinema.

One woman known to have been killed was Jessica Ghawi, also known as Jessica Redfield, an aspiring broadcaster and a prolific blogger.

In June, Ms Ghawi, 24, narrowly missed being caught in a shooting rampage in Toronto, leaving the scene five minutes before a man opened fire at the Eaton Centre shopping mall.
Special effects?

After the shooting, police said that – acting on information from the suspect – they had discovered that his home in the north of Aurora had been booby-trapped. Incendiary devices with chemical elements and trip wires were in the flat, police said.

“We have an active and difficult scene there,” said Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates, who added it could be hours or days before the apartment was cleared.

The attack began minutes into the showing at about 00:30 local time (06:30 GMT), when the gunman apparently entered the cinema through an emergency exit door near the front of the auditorium.

The gunman wore a bullet-proof vest, tactical body armour and gloves, and was carrying an AR-15 military-style, semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun and two pistols, police said.

Survivors said they initially thought the gunman was somehow part of the show.

The gunman, whom witnesses said had said nothing during the attack, threw two tear gas grenades then opened fire with a rifle.

There was chaos as movie-goers fled, some dressed in costume as heroes and villains.

Ten people were killed at the cinema and two others died later in hospital of their wounds.

Scores of people, some in a critical condition, were taken to four hospitals.

The casualties included a four-month-old baby, who was released from hospital after treatment, and a six-year-old child.

‘Firing at random’

One witness said the gunman had been “slowly making his way up the stairs and just firing – picking random people”. At least one person in an adjacent auditorium was injured when a bullet went through the wall, police said.

Another eyewitness, identified only as Pam, told the BBC: “He fired a canister into the air. It shot it right into the air, then I started to hear the bang, bang, bang of a gun.

“I crawled my way through the row. Luckily the exit was close to where I was sitting so I got out pretty fast. I heard more shots as I left.”

Another eyewitness, Salina Jordan, 19, told the Denver Post she had seen one girl shot in the cheek, and a girl who appeared to be about nine years old with a gunshot wound to the stomach.

Informed of the massacre at dawn, President Obama briefly addressed a campaign rally before returning to the White House to address the situation.

“There are going to be other days for politics,” he said.

“This, I think, is a day for prayer and reflection.”

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  • This was either a genuine nutjob generation ‘X’ or another stooge of FBI #5. Either way it plays into the United Nations hands for their gun control which is coming very shortly. Gun ownership will be no more in an era of peace and totalitarian rule. Please study the Iron Mountain Report to see whats going on at this very minute. Expect either Romney or Obama to attempt to usurp the American Constitution once again with yet another United Nations treaty. The World is controlled by the Jesuit Order, Vatican, Order of Malta, City of London Corporation, The Worshipful Company of Mercers, TheCityUK and the United Nations. The United Nations has usurped the World’s nation states with the UN Charter and everything ever since. U.S. Federal airports are not controlled by Washington D.C. but are in fact controlled by the United Nations. Wake up quickly to FINCEN!

    -= The Unhived Mind

    United Nations Biosphere Reserve Land Grabs

    September 3, 2009
    http://spywitnessnews.org/node/427

    What do the Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, and Monticello have in common? The average American with a smattering of historical knowledge might say that those historic sites are all symbolic of America’s unique heritage of freedom.

    Monticello, of course, was the home of Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence. That document (as well as the U.S. Constitution, later) was signed in Independence Hall. The Statue of Liberty memorializes the free nation under God that those founding documents created.

    What about the Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone Park, and the Grand Canyon? Well, these priceless natural resources are all managed by the U.S. National Parks Service. They are among the most frequently visited natural recreation areas in America, where millions of American families vacation every year.

    Would it surprise you to learn that every one of these unique American landmarks is also controlled by the United Nations? It’s amazing but true. Every one of the natural and historic treasures listed above – plus more than a dozen more in America – has been designated an official World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which is headquartered in Paris, France.

    Sites included in the World Heritage program are considered to have “outstanding universal value” as part of our common world heritage. They are designated as protected areas under the 1972 World Heritage Treaty, which is itself an outgrowth of the 1968 UNESCO Biosphere Conference where the currently ubiquitous concept of “sustainable development” first saw the light of day.

    But, wait there’s more. There are 47 OTHER locations in America designated as UN Biosphere Reserves, which are vast parcels of land set aside for conservation and scientific study. Symbolized by the Egyptian ankh, the UN’s Man and Biosphere program is designed to help humans achieve a “balanced relationship with the natural world” again, through “sustainable use”of natural resources.

    Button, button, who’s got the button?

    What does this mean in real life? Well, nothing, if you believe the UN. “Biosphere Reserves have no international or other authority,” claims the website of the U.S. MAB program. Their list of common “myths” about MAB includes denials that the program results in any “loss of sovereignty” or threat to private property.

    Others see it differently. Henry Lamb, executive vice president of the Environmental Conservation Organization and chairman of Sovereignty International, says that the “Operational Guidelines” developed by the UN are effectively enforced by the U.S. government agencies managing the sites locally.

    “Neither Congress, nor any state legislature, has ever voted to approve any of the 47 UN Biosphere Reserves in the United States. The management policy for millions of acres covered by these reserves is crafted by international committees of bureaucrats, none of whom is elected. To comply with ‘international obligations,’ the United States conforms its management policy and, in some cases. its law to accommodate the wishes of bureaucrats that are completely unknown to the people who are governed by the policies,” Lamb insists.

    “This reality is but a hint of what is in store for those governed by the rule of international law. Massive documents, such as the 1140-page ‘Global Biodiversity Assessment,’ the 300-page ‘Agenda 21,’ and the 410-page ‘Our Global Neighborhood,’ all paint a picture of the international law that is being devised to govern the world in the 21st century.” (For more information visit http://www.eco.freedom.org .)

    The core of the buffer zone is the transition area

    Every Biosphere Reserve site consists of a protected CORE area, set aside strictly for conservation; a surrounding BUFFER ZONE, with limited human activity allowed; and a larger TRANSITION area, where otherwise legal human use may be severely restricted when the site is judged to be “in danger.”

    For example, in 1995, Bill Clinton got the UN to declare Yellowstone Park a “World Heritage Site in Danger.” That gave him the “international obligation” to close down a coal mine on private property three miles away despite the fact that coal had been mined in the area for 150 years before Yellowstone Park was created, and the Crown Butte Mines had won an award for excellence in 1992.

    Today, Yellowstone Park is still considered to be “in danger,” according to the UN, because of “year-round visitor pressure.” Too many U.S. tourists taking their kids to see Old Faithful, the global bureaucrats in Paris say.

    The President has the sole authority to approve these UN designations. Congress has no oversight, and average American citizens have no input. The House of Representatives has twice passed a bill requiring Congressional approval before any more precious pieces of America can be designated either Biosphere Reserves or World Heritage sites. So far, the Senate has refused to even bring the measure up for a vote.

    Call me old-fashioned, but I still think Americans ought to control American land, not UNESCO bureaucrats. Why are both Republicans and Democrats, Liberals and Conservatives, allowing the UN to wield this kind of influence inside our nation’s borders? U.S. taxpayers should be outraged!

  • Aurora cinema shooting: Obama to pay tribute to victims

    The people of Aurora have started leaving bouquets near the scene of the attack

    22 July 2012 Last updated at 13:33
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18944913

    US President Barack Obama is to visit Colorado to honour victims of Friday’s gun attack at a Batman film screening that left 12 people dead.

    The White House said Mr Obama would meet survivors and families of victims, as well as local officials in Aurora.

    In his weekly radio address, he called for prayer and reflection on the gun rampage in the Denver suburb.

    Pope Benedict has voiced “deep shock” over the attack which left another 58 people injured, some critically.

    James Holmes, 24, currently being held in solitary confinement for his own safety, is alleged to have opened fire during a packed midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

    Names of the dead
    Jessica Ghawi, 24
    Veronica Moser, 6
    John Larimer, 27
    Alexander Boik, 18
    Jesse Childress, 29
    Jonathan Blunk, 26
    Rebecca Ann Wingo, 32
    Alex Sullivan, 27
    Gordon Cowden, 51
    Micayla Medek, 23
    Alexander Teves, 24
    Matthew McQuinn, 27 (presumptively identified, awaiting confirmation)

    Aurora shootings: The victims

    People have been laying flowers near the Century cinema, where the shooting occurred.

    An evening vigil, organised by local community and religious leaders, is due to take place in front of Aurora city hall later on Sunday.

    Mr Obama’s visit comes a day after police cleared James Holmes’s flat of explosives which could have killed people entering via the door.

    Both Mr Obama and his Republican Party challenger, Mitt Romney, curtailed their election campaigns in the wake of the Aurora attack, dropping advertising in Colorado state out of respect for victims and their families.
    ‘Police anger’

    The FBI is now collecting evidence from the flat of Mr Holmes, who is accused of at least 12 counts of first-degree murder.

    Booby traps connected to explosives had prevented police from entering it for two days until they made the devices safe.

    Police said the suspect had acted with “calculation and deliberation”, taking ammunition deliveries for months.

    Aurora police chief Dan Oates said: “I’ve personally never seen anything like what we’ve found in there.”

    Police Chief Dan Oates: No question as to intent with booby-trapped flat

    “This apartment was designed to kill whoever entered it,” he said, adding that would most probably have been a police officer.

    “If you think we are angry, we sure as hell are angry about what has happened to our city, to the wonderful people who live here and what he threatened to do to one of our police officers.”

    James Holmes is due to appear in court on Monday.

    Authorities have established no terrorism link, nor any motive. Mr Holmes had no criminal record other than a speeding fine.
    Messages of support

    The Arapahoe county coroner Michael Dobersen has now released the names of the dead.

    He said all the deaths were related to gunshot wounds.

    The dead include a six-year-old girl and two US military servicemen.

    The University of Colorado Hospital said it was still treating five patients in critical condition and the Medical Center of Aurora said four of its patients remained in intensive care.

    Local mayor Steve Hogan told a memorial service for a young victim on Saturday that the community in Aurora was still reeling from the “unbelievable tragedy”.

    “But I think, as is evidenced by everyone who is here today, all those who were here yesterday, and all the messages of support that we have received from literally around the world, we can I think now start this process of grieving and healing.”

    • To me this smells of military intelligence once again. Anytime you see leaderships involved in events like this then you know it is their wrong doings under Ordo-Ab-Chao as usual. The same as when Madeleine McCann went missing and the Pope was directly involved with the parents veiled through Catholicism. This shows you its an inside job by the intelligentsia. With McCann I believe they will use her to promote the ‘Mark of the Beast’ microchip implants (Verichip) as they role her in front of the cameras at some point in the future alive and well. The mantra will be that all babies should be micro-chipped at birth. All this will occur after regular smaller bombardment of microchip brainwashing over a long period of time.

      Welcome to the social engineering programs of the mind bending trend setting, Tavistock Institute for Human Relations and their Stanford Research Institute branch. The only thing Barry Soetoro aka WUO terrorist Obama is thinking of and wishing for is U.N gun control and all at a time when the new U.N arms treaty is about to come forth. Interesting timing as usual! You can bet there will be plenty of symbolism involved in this death killing as well as hype about the pathetic movie by mind bending Hollywood.

      The film certainly has the right title, Dark Knight, why do I instantly think of Templarism and the Scottish Rite Ordo-Ab-Chao 33rd degree? Take a look at the area in Dallas where John F. Kennedy was executed by Permanent Industrial Expositions and that was a Scottish Rite area with their Temple near by. Kennedy was executed within the pyramid street mapping on the eleventh month (Judgment/Judas) on the twenty-second day (light of Lucifer) and when added the two give you the thirty-third. Maybe you might find something about this shooting area being on the 33rd parallel but I have not studied to see if that is the case but usually it is.

      -= The Unhived Mind

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