|Wade Page and his tattoos from his Myspace page.|
Stories have been percolating all day that the Milwaukee Temple shooter was ex-Army, ex-Psyops, given a general discharge in 1998 for reasons unknown, but who had been previously disciplined for drunkenness. OK then.
He did not, they say, go overseas, and somehow that's supposed to cancel his psyops training (which of course amounted to little more than the leafleting and tabling that political campaigns engage in, of course.)
Somewhere I have a psyops manual from that era (oh, I keep lots of things, but don't always know where they are), and at least superficially, it is pretty benign. It's not really about doing naughties, nor does it even peripherally deal with shooting up Sikh temples, and yet there is an element in it that.... how to put this.... encourages the spread of dread among targeted populations. Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt. It's axiomatic.
Further, it's starting to get out there, via a number of media vehicles, that the White Supremacist band the shooter was involved with seems to have been more "anarchist and anti-government" than, erm, "white supremacist." Which is awfully convenient if you ask me.
And of course they say Alex Jones is going nuts over it. Yes, well... In some ways, Temple-Raston is a nastier piece of work, and talk about psy-ops, well, just listen to the linked piece.
Then there's the story of the shooter's tattoos.
It's not really as much of a muddle as some people are trying to make it out.
And it is now apparently received wisdom that the Aurora shooter was schizo, had been in treatment, and his therapist had been trying to warn the appropriate administrators at UofC that he was about to act out.
Who'd a thunk.