When Shooting Narratives Diverge
By Daily Bell Staff - December 03, 2015

Fourteen people were confirmed killed and 17 more wounded in a mass shooting at a San Bernardino community social services building. "We do have some preliminary numbers of upwards of 14 people that are dead and upwards of 14 people that are injured," said Chief Jarrod Burguan of San Bernardino Police. The number of injured was later upped to 17. – CBSLocal

Dominant Social Theme: Terrorists strike again.

Free-Market Analysis: Another horrible attack by armed gunmen against unarmed civilians. This one, once more in the US, has left a significant toll of wounded and dead – and was covered in detail by the major media on television and by the alternative media on the Internet. In fact, minutes after the shooting began, tweets, videos and posts filled the alternative news media with a blizzard of accusations.

It was a false flag, alternative media commentators declared, orchestrated by shadowy forces in or around the US government. One more shooting intended to boost arguments for gun control. Mainstream journalism couldn't be trusted. The attack would be blamed on terrorists somehow and the results would be more broadsides against dwindling civil liberties.

Certainly suspicions of terrorism seemed generally prevalent, and not just in the alternative media. Mainstream media reports speculated on the reasons for the shooting and the individuals involved.

After a concentrated stream of reports, prevalent wisdom seemed to settle on a narrative that included two or three shooters. One was identified as Syed Farook and another as a woman, Tashfeen Malik.

No motive was established, though CBS (in the article excerpted above) quotes officials as saying the two were armed with "long guns" and "had fled, possibly in a dark-colored SUV." In the afternoon, CBS and other outlets reported that a shootout had taken place between the suspects and the police and one suspect was dead. Perhaps two hours later, police announced that a second and third suspect were deceased.

Two assault weapons were reportedly discovered in the suspects' SUV and also two pistols. No motive was immediately apparent, though FBI Asst. Director David Bowdich was quoted by CBS as saying, "I will tell you right now, we do not know if this is a terrorist incident."

In a recent article entitled, "Ron Paul: Interventionism Causes Attacks," we pointed out that the libertarian columnist and politician believes that US interventionism was causing the kind of violence that was immediately reported as possibly "terrorism" yesterday.

Without "blowback," we wrote, "terrorist attacks wouldn't be so common and the current wave of conspiratorial paranoia would be damped down as well. Unfortunately, this is not now the case."

We were speaking in particular about the Paris attacks, but the comment applies to almost any publicized event these days. We wrote:

The more terror attacks there are, the more paranoia and suspicion advance. Were officials in the West not so fixated on confronting "terror" abroad, there would be fewer attacks on Western soil and less to talk about.

Having so many "spooky coincidences" is not healthy for the West's regulatory democracies, nor the officials in charge of it. At some point, if terror attacks continue, paranoia will hit a critical mass and intel agencies as well as the military-industrial complex will find themselves faced with aggressive, unpleasant accusations.

The "coincidences" to which we were alluding included training exercises that seemed to mimic the actual bombings and shootings in Paris, in England and in Spain during famous "terrorist" subway bombings … and a drill having to do with a plane crashing into a tower on 9/11. These training exercises were all in force on or around the day of each actual attack.

Feedbackers subsequently pointed out that in several well-publicized US shootings, including school shootings, drills were taking place as well. It didn't take long before bloggers were posting similar comments on the Internet as regards the San Bernardino mass shooting.

Over at we find a post entitled, "Breaking: San Bernardino Mass Shooting – False Flag with Active Shooter Drills."

An active shooter drill was scheduled at the same time & place! It comes as no surprise … to see that the San Bernardino mass shooting was in fact preceded by this announcement of an active shooter drill in the San Bernardino area on November 30th, 2015, just 2 days before today's mass shooting:

Not only that, but there was a SWAT drill occurring at exactly the same time and place: "The call first came in at 10:59 a.m. of multiple shots fired from the area of 1365 S. Waterman Ave. The Police Department's SWAT team was training nearby and was suited, 'ready to roll' and responded rapidly, Lt. Richard Lawhead said."

One of the very largest alternative media websites,, also reported on the possibility of a false flag, as follows:

It's early in the news cycle on this story, so everything stated here may be subject to new information as it becomes available, but from what we know so far, the shooting in San Bernardino appears to be either a staged government false flag operation or an ISIS terrorist attack.

The prevalence of drills of the same type as actual shooting incidents is increasingly problematic given the constant and detailed coverage these incidents receive. The suspicions being raised are further dividing the alternative and mainstream media and certainly fueling the very kind of "conspiracy theories" that US and Western officials claim they want to combat.

Over and over, these events take place but the coincidences surrounding drills are not addressed. They should be. And then there is a Newsmax post entitled, "Schumer: Senate Dems Will Push Major Gun Control Bill Early in 2016."

One of the top-ranking Democrats in the Senate vows that his party will "bring a universal background check bill to the floor of the Senate early next year." Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York made the statement Friday at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence … A press release issued by the pro-gun control organization quoted Schumer's promise to pursue the legislation, and he referenced 1993's Brady Act, which mandated federal background checks and imposed a five-day waiting period on gun purchases in the U.S.

The article added, "The National Rifle Association is wary of such a law due to what it says are numerous incidences of people being wrongly placed on the list. The terrorism watch list has over one million names on it …"

This last line, above, is significant. With the exception of intel facilities, no one really knows how these names are collected and what the criteria are. It is safe to say this list will expand along with other such lists including the "no fly" lists. We have repeatedly urged people to exercise the freedoms they have left regarding travel, land, precious metals purchases and even second citizenships.

After Thoughts

It is not necessary to validate false-flag attacks to understand their impacts. The paranoia and suspicions now surroundings these bombings and shootings are evidence enough that they will be used for further clampdowns and the expansion of state power.