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Published On: Mon, Sep 16th, 2013

Jihadis Cheer as Washington Navy Yard Shooting Kills 12

We don’t know yet whether Islamic terrorists were behind the Navy Yard Shooting today, but Islamic Jihadists are already celebrating.

Gunfire erupted in the busy industrial complex of the Washington Navy Yard when at least one gunman opened fire this morning at about 0815 ET.  Hours later, Jihadis would cheer the attack on radical Islamist websites.  At a 2 p.m. ET press conference, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray confirmed that at least 12 were killed in a rampage that closed area schools, drew tactical teams from the FBI, the Navy and numerous law enforcement agencies and has kept numerous Navy Yard facilities on lock-down to this hour.

At a noon press conference, Washington, D.C., Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the specific target was Building 197, headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEASYSCOM or “NAVSEA” for short), a workplace for thousands of Navy and Marine Corps personnel and civilian employees.   The gunman, described as an Africa-American male clad entirely in black, was killed, but it is not entirely clear whether he was taken out by a tactical team or took his own life.

From the fourth floor, the gunman opened fire on the food court below.  This photo shows NAVSEA employees watching news coverage at about 1330 ET after the food court was swept by law enforcement and declared clear.  (Unmarked photo from a source.)

From the fourth floor, the gunman opened fire on the food court below. This photo shows NAVSEA employees watching news coverage at about 1330 ET after the food court was swept by law enforcement and declared clear. (Unmarked photo from a source.)

Initial casualty estimates by D.C. law enforcement officials conflicted with those by the U.S. Navy.  Police said 4 individuals were killed and 8 were wounded.  The Navy put the death toll at 6.  Mayor Gray’s confirmation of at least 12 was a shattering piece of news.  Moments ago, the death toll was increased to 13.

Throughout the day, NBC News’ reporter Pete Williams, a Pentagon spokesman under President George H. W. Bush, reported that the incident appeared to him to be  “workplace violence” by a disgruntled worker.  Even with many Yard facilities still on lock-down, sweeps of buildings still underway and police pursuing two “potentially” involved gunmen, the Department of Homeland Security declared at about 1:30p.m. that the attack had “no known connection to terrorism.”

“Howdy, Neighbor!”  On militant sites, Jihadis were jubilant about the shooting.  Although there was no claim of responsibility, one Jihadi cheered that the “attack achieved numerous injuries in a very important building.   A second Jihadi posted the photo above on a radical militant website.  It is a screen grab from a CNN broadcast.  He praised “the panic among citizens.”  The Take-Away:  Note the upper-right corner of the screen grab.  This Jihadi was watching WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. – a stark reminder that radical militants number among our neighbors.   (From a militant site.)

“Howdy, Neighbor!” On militant sites, Jihadis were jubilant about the shooting. Although there was no claim of responsibility, one Jihadi cheered that the “attack achieved numerous injuries in a very important building. A second Jihadi posted the photo above on a radical militant website. It is a screen grab from a CNN broadcast. He praised “the panic among citizens.” The Take-Away:  Note the upper-right corner of the screen grab. This Jihadi was watching WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. – a stark reminder that radical militants number among our neighbors. (From a militant site.)

•  Channeling Josef Stalin.  Russians of any prominence  blamed  America’s character for the shooting.  Russia Today said the incident “may be related to U.S. foreign policy.”   Two hours after the initial shooting, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Russia’s Duma (analogous to our Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman) said the Navy Yard shooting is “clear confirmation of American exceptionalism:”

Alexey

•  Discovery of a Military ID Card.  NBC’s Williams and others described the downed shooter as a “former Navy official in his fifties” whose work status had changed recently.  CBS News reported at 12:45 p.m. that the shooter was a retired Navy “Chief Petty Officer” who was working as a civilian for NAVSEA, the command responsible for the design, procurement and maintenance of Navy surface ships, submarines and major weapons systems.

Chaos Theory

CBS went so far as to name the killer.  As the name circulated, so did photos of him.  The prematurely identified man could have been a Chief Petty Officer (CPO), a Chief Warrant Officer (CWO), or an LDO Lieutenant (Limited Duty Officer).   It is common for CPOs, CWOs and LDOs to serve at NAVSEA and work there after retirement as civilian employees.  But it wasn’t him.

USA Today slammed the botched identification, likening it to “overzealous reporting during the Boston Marathon massacre.”

It appears that CBS based its identification on sources who had relayed the name of the man and his former rank as listed on his retired military identification card.  The ID was found on or near the body of the killer.  Steal my wallet, and you suddenly become, at least plausibly,  a former Navy Commander.  The killer likely stole or came across the  lost ID card of a man CBS decided to defame — the very sort of military men, women and Navy civilian employees who were wounded and killed today.  We are left to presume that the CBS “Eye of Doom” can defame anyone with impunity.

Subsequently, NBC identified still another man, from Fort Worth, as the “gunman” and “among the 12 dead.” Turns out, the Fort Worth man did a short stint in the Navy.  That hardly makes him a CPO, CWO, LDO or the “Navy official” the press fingered today.  And he was a military contractor, not a NAVSEA employee.  He may have been “disgruntled,” but millions of Americans are.  There are 866,000 Americans counted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as “discouraged,” meaning they are convinced there are no jobs for them.  A branch of the executive directed by Obama appointees, BLS is, of course,  ”bending the arrow.”  That’s a term of art that means BLS is lying.  With tens of millions of Americans on the sidelines of this wretched economy — a disaster a beloved columnist Sarah Kendzior calls Obama’s “post-deployment economy” — there are far more than 866,000 of us who are not only jobless but hopeless.

We can count on a mind-numbing, pointless roll-out of a gun control debate.  We can expect a trending topic of Islamist extremism should the gunman or his “potentially” involved colleagues, have Muslim names.  But to my Second Amendment advocates who remember me from my days as pr chief and ad hoc chief of staff at NRA, and to my many Muslim friends who’ve fought the good fight with me to bring sense and serenity to Syria — the land of your ancestors, the land of our Saint Paul — let us all step back and remember:   In a calamity, chaos is prone to bed the reporter whose only thirst is to be first.  Their offspring is neither correct nor comely.

•  Three Shooters?  At the noon press conference, Chief Lanier said two additional gunmen were  “potentially” involved in the attack.  A white male with a handgun was seen at 0830 ET clad in khaki clothing that appeared to be a military uniform.  A third man, an African-American, was wearing an olive drab outfit who is also believed to have been armed.  At the 1400 ET press conference, Chief Lanier repeated the lookout for the two armed males – noteworthy, in that it clashes with speculation that the two men may have been members of tactical teams.  Just 43 minutes after resounding the lookout for the khaki-clad white male, Metro Police cleared him:

Khaki Clad Guy Cleared

•  The Take-Away:  At this stage, wait for the investigation to unfold.  As my old frigate executive officer was fond of saying:  ”In a crisis, trust no one, and always cut the cards.”

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Tom Wyld

- A former Navy Commander, Tom Wyld has served since 2008 as intelligence director for a private security firm specializing in training and operational support of U.S. Navy SEALs. Prior assignments include Communications Coordinator, Swift Boat Veterans & POWs for Truth, and Chief of Staff and PR Director for the Institute for Legislative Action, the lobbying and political arm of NRA.

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