Friday, December 13, 2019

The Pensacola Naval Base Shooting

On 12-8-19, the LOS ANGELES TIMES published an article about the 12-5-19 Pensacola Naval Base shooting entitled "Saudi Gunman Tweeted Against U.S. Before Naval Base Shooting":

The Saudi gunman who killed three people at the Pensacola, Fla., naval base had apparently gone on Twitter shortly before the shooting to blast U.S. support of Israel and accuse America of being anti-Muslim, a U.S. official said Sunday as the FBI confirmed it is operating on the assumption the attack was an act of terrorism.
Investigators are also trying to establish whether the killer, 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, of the Royal Saudi Air Force, acted alone or was part of a larger plot.
Alshamrani, who was killed by a sheriff’s deputy during the rampage at a classroom building Friday, was undergoing flight training at Pensacola, where members of foreign militaries routinely receive instruction.
“We are, as we do in most active-shooter investigations, work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism,” said Rachel J. Rojas, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s office in Jacksonville, Fla.

To read the article, click HERE.

Three days later, on 12-11-19, published Nada AlTaher and Nic Robertson's article entitled "Saudi Behind Navy Base Rampage Appeared to Live a Double Life on Social Media. Why Were Red Flags Missed?":

Mohammad al-Shamrani has over 2,700 tweets under his name. While the alleged killer's motivations remain a mystery, newly-obtained information about his social media presence offers clues about his mindset before his lethal shooting spree last week at a naval base in Pensacola, Florida.
The Saudi Air Force officer was killed after shooting dead three US Navy sailors and injuring eight others on Dec. 5. Until then, his apparent tweets dating back to July suggest that he was a man torn between two worlds: professionally training with Americans, while engrossing himself in radical views that would risk getting him locked up at home.
The Twitter account in his name, @M7md_Shamrani, is riddled with retweets of anti-American and increasingly religious sentiment. One thing that marks him out from other Saudis his age is the unusual absence of admiring content about Saudi Arabia's King and Crown Prince, and a consistent interest in groups and individuals considered terrorists by the Kingdom [...].
A law enforcement source tells CNN that al-Shamrani was vetted upon entry to the US and his background checked again after the shooting "with nothing of concern found".
CNN military analyst John Kirby, a former Navy rear admiral, says foreign students have to have certain military clearances.
In retrospect, it's remarkable that many of his apparent tweets went unnoticed, perhaps, by the same authorities that are now scrambling to figure out how this happened.
To read the entirety of AlTaher and Robertson's article, click HERE.
On 12-6-19, cryptozoologist Loren Coleman (author of MYSTERIOUS AMERICA and many other fine books) covered the Pensacola Naval Base shooting in a TWILIGHT LANGUAGE blog post entitled "'Haunted' Naval Air Station Pensacola's Mass Shooting," which can be read in its entirety right HERE.

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