Paul Craig Roberts Asks "Was The Las Vegas Shooting A False Flag?"

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

Dear Readers, I appreciate the confidence that you show in me with your emails asking my opinion about the Las Vegas shooting. Many of you suspect that it is another false flag affair, and you ask me about its purpose.

I don’t know if it was a false flag attack, and if so, by who or for what purpose. I don’t expect to ever know. A story is set in place by officials and media. The only way to ever know is to personally investigate. You would have to go to Las Vegas, examine the scene, ask questions of the hotel, investigate the answers if you get any, find and interview concert attendees who were shot, attend funerals and see bodies of those killed, speak to their families, learn about the weapon allegedly used, experience trying to shoot at targets far below and far away, compare the number of casualties with the recorded time of firing, and so forth. In other words, we would have to do the job that in former times would have been done by the press, but no more.

It is almost like the story is being kept from us.

For example, from media reports that the event was just across the street from the hotel, I did not know that “across the street” was a distance of 390 yards (1,170 feet).

As I don’t expect to ever have a confident opinion about what happened, I am not paying much attention to the mass shooting, or should I say alleged shooting. We are lied to and deceived so much that we can never tell when we are told the truth. It is like Dmitry Orlov says:

“Lies beget other lies, and pretty soon unbiased intelligence-gathering, rational analysis and proper mission planning become impossible.”


” … a reputation for telling the truth can only be lost exactly once, and from then on the use of the phrase “US intelligence sources” became synonymous with “a conspiracy of barefaced liars.””


“Whatever message Washington and Western mass media are trying to push, a perfectly valid response is to point out all the times they have lied in the past, and to pose a simple question: When did they stop lying?”

Official explanations of such events as Las Vegas, Sandy Hook, and so forth, always throw up red flags, because the official explanations always studiously ignore contrary eyewitness and other evidence. Also, often there are not even smart phone videos of dead and wounded people. As far as I can tell, the bodies of 573 dead and wounded are absent in the Las Vegas video evidence. Considering the suspicion that such events cause, one would think the authorities would make a special effort to show the dead and wounded. In other cases of mayhem, alleged bodies look like dummies or are covered and could be a pile of anything. The presence of crisis actors on the scene, as in the Boston Marathon Bombing, raise more questions. I remember when it was expected that police and media would investigate all evidence and clear away contradictions. Now all we get is an official story instantly ready and repeated endlessly by officials and media. This itself raises suspicions.

You will have to make up your own minds about Las Vegas.

Here are some of the reported facts to consider:

The victims killed and wounded total 573. That number is the size of a military battalion. It is very difficult to turn an entire battalion into casualties with small arms fire even in a fierce combat situation. I don’t know if it has ever happened. Can one person with no military training shooting down from 32 stories, which requires special sighting knowledge, at a distance of 390 yards - the length of 4 football fields - hit 573 people in a few minutes of firing?

Jon Rappoport doesn’t believe it

Neither does the progressive Steve Lendman.

There are reports of multiple shooters.

There are reports of gun flashes from the 4th floor.

The windows on the hotel do not open and would require the glass to be broken.

Stephen Paddock doesn’t fit the profile of a psychopath. Reports are he was a multimillionaire with airplanes and his own pilot. He enjoyed life. His brother is dumbfounded, said it makes no sense Stephen did the shooting.

The Mandalay Bay Hotel is reportedly a casino. If so, security cameras are everywhere. Why no videos of Stephen Paddock carrying in the many cases of 23 firearms and ammunition? How could maid service clean the room for three days and not see 23 firearms and their ammunition? Makes no sense.

Why 23 guns? The number is beyond superfluous.

The large number almost suggests that the entire event is concocted as a gun control incident. The huge number of guns, the huge number of casualties. Finally, at last, enough “gun violence” to get gun control.

Skeptics are waiting to hear from the authorities how a person at such a distance managed to shoot so many people in such a short time and with what automatic rifle and caliber the deed was done. As this part of the story is especially difficult to believe, we will probably not get the explanation.

And it is not only the authorities and the presstitutes that truth is up against. There is also the lack of integrity in people with axes to grind. For example, Paul Street writing in CounterPunch says: “The Las Vegas massacre is just the latest in the Gun Lobby’s long line of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.” The article is titled:  “The NRA’s Latest Terrorist Attack on U.S. Soil.” 

The gun control lobby has a massive vested interest in the official story. You can bet your life that the gun control lobby will ignore any and all problems associated with the official story. The story is exactly what they want in order to advance their cause. The campaign is underway.

As Paddock is a rich white male, the story also fits with Identity Politics. Paddock is another example of the evil white male. Here is the Identity Politics connection served up by the Washington Post:

“All across America white men, some young, some of middle-age, are turning into wolves. Always, after they commit acts of terror, it is revealed out that these perpetrators were not men after all. They were beasts, mindless monsters whose evil was abstract and cold and terrible.”

CNN says mass shootings are “a white man’s problem.” See “How America has silently accepted the Rage of White Men:”

People are more interested in confirming their beliefs and prejudices than they are in the truth. If Paddock were a Muslim, Islamophobic people would cling to the official account.

Truth requires that people believe in truth more than they believe in their own biases and causes. In the United States, such people are increasingly rare.

Remember always the Roman question: “Who benefits?” That is where you will find the answer.

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UPDATE: Paddock’s girlfriend describes him as a “kind, caring, quiet” man who she envisioned a “quiet future” with. A woman knows a man. Her description is not one of a psychopath.

I have spoken to more experienced persons and experts including US Marine snipers. They don’t believe a word of the official story. Will, once again, the experts be got rid of by branding them “conspiracy theorists” as was done to 3,000 architects and engineers who challenge the official story of 9/11?


Syrin IridiumRebel Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:53 Permalink

No, some fat old guy with guns that couldn't reach the targets with enough velocity to kill someone went Rambo hitting a target every 2.3 seconds, better than any Navy Seal could ever do all by himself despite witnesses including police chatter saying there were multiple shooters.   Seems plausible.

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Escrava Isaura ergatz Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:53 Permalink

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Paul Craig Roberts: I have spoken to more experienced persons and experts including US Marine snipers. They don’t believe a word of the official story.  First, snipers are the wrong people to ask because they are not trained on nature (pre-wiring and is influenced by genetic inheritance and other biological factors) or nurture (conception e.g. the product of exposure, experience and learning on an individual.). What we witness was a combination of both so we need scientists of those fields to explain these to us. Second, "Let us not assassinate this lad further…. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?"  

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Backin2006 bluez Fri, 10/06/2017 - 09:37 Permalink

I agree: we could be getting the truth, part of the truth, very little of the truth from the MSM. Hard to tell. When a habitual liar/spinner tells you the truth, you can get caught out.Let the prosecutors/coroners/police investigate and come to the right conclusions: that is really important for the victims.However, as regards second amendment rights, even if the official story is entirely correct, the argument for gun rights remains unchanged:- An armed and educated populace is one of the best defences against tyranny (cf. Venezuela)- Disarming your populace does not eliminate mass shootings (cf. France, unarmed populace experienced a higher level of mass shootings in one year than the U.S. for the entire Obama presidency)- The right to carry is a great leveler (the elderly lady and young man can equally protect themselves in most ordinary situations)In the 20th century, the crimes of states led to around 350 million deaths (131 million due to warmongering + 142 million due to various ideologies + 14 million due to genocide (subtracting double counted deaths) + another 50 million cratogenic famines), while murder led to around 58 million deaths. ( Of course, not all states are equally deadly: atheistic communist regimes deserve a special place in annals of bloodshed, whether through their incompentence or malice.None of this is any consolation for the victims' families, of course. While the essence of the second amendment is right, it is important that it works in practice for the common good.

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BangDingOw Rapunzal Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:31 Permalink

The only evidence that matters is the cell footage on the field. Below find the 4 best vids. According to the narrative, what should they show? Just 100 people shot in front of that stage would look like a war zone. It would be worse than the opening of saving private ryan. Folks would be screaming in pain and their friends would be begging for help and doctors. What they show is a normal concert exit after a scare. Not a single person shot.Everything else is nonsense. Multiple shooters is classic diversion , like that idiotic story of the guy in the woods at SH. Squirrel! The vidme is the same as the nice(fr) nonsense. It is after the fact, when the crisis actors have moved in. The interviews are mostly nonsense. There are many with obvious lies.v=T6OrKzf26ss (full 6 minutes right in front of the stage)v=MFmYLZ50v94 (listen to the commentary from a woman with a perfect birdseye view of the field)v=gjR0RSdgGUQ (this one is short but good because it show the other side of the field)v=raEA3GAopkg&t=10s (first minute only. this one is short but vid is clear.)  

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JacksNight ergatz Fri, 10/06/2017 - 01:03 Permalink

These people know no bounds to their wickedness.  Who will seek justice and mercy? Spirit cooking Skippy Podesta repondes to Roger Stone's pedophilia accusations on Twitter by using Alex Jones as evidence of no wrongdoing Breitbart tweets before death adds fuel to online speculation of D.C. sex-trafficking ring: ... DC PizzaGate: A Primer Updated 7/7/17 Archived reddit thread to fellow journalists which led to the banning of r/pizzagate: The Pedophocracy by David McGowan – Bibliography included: FBI Special Agent Ted Gunderson outlines satanic pedophile elements in the United States: Evidence regarding international pedophile rings being protected by police and intelligence agencies:

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khnum Dormouse Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:33 Permalink

Some photos have him with a number 13 on his neck some photos also have a Stephan Paddock Ham in a 1972 Virginia Military instute yearbook that looks very much like him but might not be,but if I can find it so should a journalist,then number 11 and 32 feature in this its almost like Sesame Street for psychos

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BobEore khnum Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:25 Permalink

And at last - Roberts outs himself fully.

“Whatever message Washington and Western mass media are trying to push, a perfectly valid response is to point out all the times they have lied in the past, and to pose a simple question: When did they stop lying?”

Quoting Orlov... and 'never letting a good crisis go to waste'... our Wormtongued wastrel lets slip the point of the psyop - it's all Amerikas' fault... as always.

And the zheeple be ever more tightly bound in their cocoon of disinfo whereby...

some state players always lie... and are BAD.
some state players always tell the truth - they are GOOD>

lost in their miasma of guilt, complicity, confusion and angst,the Merikan exceptionalist will to then end refuse to simply THINK... content to be led to the abattoir by their media masters

"“all contents of meaning are absorbed in the only dominant form of the medium. Only the medium can make an event – whatever the contents, whether they are conformist or subversive."

'That the paradigm has already shifted, the fact that ‘only the dominant form of the medium’ can make events “happen’ is lost upon all those who continue to treasure the myth of their potential to act upon events. Therefore they will continue to happily scribble away, voicing their protests in cyber reality while freely entering a bleak virtual prison not yet visible for what it is. Until the day that their plugs are pulled by the benevolent guardians of the social good/Ministry of Fear.'

|Amerika has entered its apotheosis – “a fearfully maintained utopia which is nonetheless viewed, consensually, as the only acceptable option open[ing] a dangerous door: to the spilling of blood to save blood; to the creation of disorder and destruction in order to maintain order and avoid destruction\…

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khnum BobEore Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:42 Permalink

I think Paul Craig Roberts is possibly controlled opposition but for the conspiracy crowd in which case hes allowed to let slip a bit more of the truth to keep the punters in his market happy,he is in a more sane faction than the Russian conspiracy faction but a faction nontheless ,they all have to be verified or proven wrong with your own research. William Cooper was the only straight up and down conspiracy guy but they deaded him.

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BobEore khnum Fri, 10/06/2017 - 02:14 Permalink

He worked with and for the same Trotskyite neo-cons who pulled off the "Reagan Revolution" Putsch...

he knows all about what is going down, and prefers to take his 10 talents of silver and be lauded for his "patriotism"...

than do anything of substance to stem the red tide... the sock puppet minions of which rule this board.

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BobEore BobEore Fri, 10/06/2017 - 05:18 Permalink

hehehe....(Despairing Minion#1): Bubba, Bubba!  The enemy is well n truly inside the gates, an running amok! All our psyops they trash, our best phony narratives going down like a house of cards, our defenses wrecked, our best apologists discredited for life... what we gonna do Bubba> what we gonna do!>?!?!?{Clinton-Bush Crime Cartel Bigwig): Well... yu still got yur vote buttons right> ?(DM1)Err, Rigghhttttt.... bu but ...(CBCCB): Well USE EM! FIRE FIRE FIRE~!DM2(under breath):Oh Bouy.... we're really phucked now!

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EddieLomax Slippery Slope Fri, 10/06/2017 - 04:52 Permalink

People can claim false flag, but at least please make it credible.First, 20,000 people, if the bodies were dummies do you think some large number of people would come forward?  Second, 390 yards is not a long distance to hit a target 120ft x 120ft, the injuries are what I'd expect to see from a normal long rifle, a lot of people wounded with a number killed by their injuries.There is a lot of weird stuff in this story, I'm having trouble believing someone can wire up their hotel room with extra devices, in a casino hotel of all places!  I'm also wondering why he had an escape plan after firing from a room he booked in his own name?  That plan sounds like it would have kept him alive for no more than 24 hours.  And the videos of shooting from the 4th floor are interesting, was it just a strobe light?  And what part of the Philipinnes was his girlfriend from, was it a Islamic area?  ISIS must be desperate by now, but they came out real early which was a risk if the FBI then found a video where he confessed exactly why he did it, that would have really discredited their media channel.As for killing large numbers, well he could have flown one of his planes fully loaded with fuel into that crowd and killed 100's.  He could have gone further and sold his stuff to buy the biggest plane he could fly even and done the deed with it packed full of fuel perhaps killing 1000's in a shoulder to shoulder concert crowd that would take minutes to move out of the path.

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matermaker Syrin Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:41 Permalink

and accomplished what?   I'm not even hearing much to do from the cunt that found Mister Milk shot dead.  For it to be a false flag, people would need to be clamoring for something.   As it is?   Nobody really cares.   That in itself should tell you that the story tellers have lost control of the narrative.  Most of us are just as sick of you ass hats that scream FALSE FLAG every time the breeze disturbs your dongle.   It's both the spooks and Robert's worst nightmare!   nobody cares, anymore.

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SoDamnMad Syrin Fri, 10/06/2017 - 02:16 Permalink

 this is completly diff that what we are being told. I think it was a FBI gun sting gone wrong. Other reports has police chasing 2 people at a high rate of speed away from the scene and they got away. watching the cab drivers video, you can clearly hear 2 or 3 weapons going off in diff locations.  Then I watched the LVPD briefing and the chief was getting nervous answering Qs, the fbi has a tip line and said we will look all over the world for answers, then some guy ( with some pull ) said he has already summited requests for full body scanners in all casinos.  Funny that NYC just installed body scanner type devices and says no comment when asked what they are.  Top managment at Mandalay have stock in the scanner company (Rapidscan) that is rolling out these units. In a city where 99% of everything, everywhere is recorded, I calls bs on the story. No pics and what they use is yrs old. 

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hansg Syrin Fri, 10/06/2017 - 07:10 Permalink

If you are shooting from an angle down into a field with 22,000 people, is there in fact any way you can _avoid_ hitting someone? Every bullet you fire must end up somewhere, and if there are only people in the target area (which is the size of a field, i.e. you are not aiming for individual persons) each bullet will find a person who may or may not die as a result.As for room service seeing the weapons, a "do not disturb" sign on the door is enough to keep them out.Still, it doesn't make much sense: the shooter was, by all accounts, a man with a great deal to lose. And I don't buy into the "just snapped" theory, far too much planning went into this (sending his girlfriend away, sending her money for a house, buying the guns, transporting them to the room, etc.). Given his preparations, I also don't believe someone else did the shooting and just left his corpse there.I also don't buy into the "lost all his money" theory: he had enough to set his girlfriend up with a house in her native country. And all those guns and the cameras he installed seem to point at him expecting a long siege, but I haven't seen any reports of a stack of food in the room.As for the notion that no victims exist if you haven't personally see them, here's a list:… It shouldn't be too hard to contact some of the families of the deceased and confirm that they did, indeed, exist.

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Jim in MN IridiumRebel Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:54 Permalink

It basically doesn't matter at this point.  That is what is so incredible to me. We know who the enemy is.We know why they have to be defeated.Nothing that happened that night changed anything, if you look at it seriously.But we are far, far gone as a society.  That is very clear.We've all waited too long already.Until we clean out the corruption and the sociopaths at the 'top', all it is is a body count. HOW MANY MORE?

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matermaker Chupacabra-322 Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:44 Permalink

I wouldn't go to a gathering of 40k people on the Vegas strip... and no... it wouldn't happen in my valley.  what you are seeing is people starting to realize that they are not their brothers keeper.   at least not every brother.   the pendelum swings back the other way.   folks don't want to be part of a 300 million person group.   this is not new in history.

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junction IridiumRebel Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:56 Permalink

Dozens of CIA and FBI agents, working in concert with corrupt members of the Metropolitan Police, handled the preparations for this attack on Americans.  These traitors then provided those bogus crime scene photos of Paddock's rooms to their news media flunkies.  I think the secondary purpose of this attack was to lure Trump to Las Vegas.  You know, stage a JFK Dallas-type event.  That plan flopped.  I am still waiting for someone to pop up to say that they saw the shooter at a gun range blasting away with a semi-automatic rifle.  Boy, was Paddock surprised when his cohorts blasted him in the head before they left the room, in police uniforms. 

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