Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Cho and Hinrichs: Depressed loners with murder on their mind

Do Cho Seung-Hui and Joel Henry Hinrichs III have something in common? As I note below, I believe there are some interesting similarities.

As noted in today's top story at, writer/researcher Paul Joseph Watson has a story headlined "Neo-Cons to Spin Va. Massacre as Terrorist Attack."

Now, I didn't make the connection at the time but I did find it curious that news reports coming out said that when killer Cho Seung-Hui's body was recovered, police found the words "Ismail Ax" scrawled on his arm.

"Ismail Ax"? Yes, it had a distinctly "Muslim" ring to it. But I didn't make much of it. Now that I've read Another Day in the Empire's Kurt Nimmo, I understand that:
"'Ismail Ax' is a well known phrase in the Muslim world. The Muslims believe that the [Old Testament] is wrong in saying that Abraham was supposed to kill Isaac with a knife, rather they believe he was supposed to kill Ishmael (Ismail) with an Axe.
They also believe that Abraham was supposed to go out and attack idols with an axe, and some also attribute the phrase to meaning that Ishmael was supposed to kill Isaac, the father of all Western culture, with an axe…
Cho was a South Korean immigrant to the US, but it seems undeniable that his killing spree, at least in part, was motivated by some sort of belief in Islam.”

That may be the case. But we don't know much about his history. Was he frequenting militant Islamist sites? Was there a mosque in Blacksburg or Roanoke that he attended? We do know he would go to Roanoke from time-to-time and that is where he purchased his $571 Glock 19 and ammo, according to the Virginian-Pilot newspaper. Was Cho visiting a psychiatrist? Was this person connected to the military?

Well, as I mentioned here yesterday, we can only look to the strange case of Colorado man Joel Henry Hinrichs III, a 21-year-old engineering student, attending the University of Oklahoma in Norman, who could be almost a carbon-copy of Cho Seung-Hui. Both were depressed, unbalanced loners on medication.
Except where Hinrichs strapped himself with explosives in hopes of being a suicide bomber (a choice of destruction more common in the Middle East and Asia ... hmmm?) in the midst of a crowded Gaylord Family/Oklahoma Memorial football stadium, fortunately failing in his murderous attempt, blowing himself up instead, Cho opted to be a killer with a gun, killing 33 and injuring dozens.

Within a week, reports were coming out that Hinrichs had visited Ellison Feed and Seed on Porter Avenue in Norman and had tried to purchase ammonium nitrate fertilizer, as noted in this AP story. Oh, and reports were saying at the time Hinrichs frequented a local mosque. This was never confirmed from follow-up reports I've read.

And while OU President David Boren, a secretive man with well-known ties to the CIA, a former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Yale's Skull and Bones secret society, spun the story and said Hinrichs was merely a depressed, lonely kid who wanted to commit suicide.
Yet, months later, in a story that didn't receive much attention, a bomb expert with the Norman Police Department says in an AP story: "I believe he accidentally blew himself up."

This means that Boren, as we investigative bloggers (scolded by the Wall Street Journal at the time) noted at the time, was covering and spinning this event like crazy. This from a man whose university was a popular spot for CIA assets Nicholas Berg and Zacarias Moussaoui.

And investigators were successful in getting reports regarding the findings in Hinrichs' off-campus apartment sealed.

As investigator Michael P. Wright notes, "This raises questions. Boren wants us to believe that no terrorist conspiracy existed and that the death was just an 'individual suicide' by an 'emotionally troubled' student.
If there were no other suspects, then certainly no harm would come to a prosecution effort by describing all the evidence found in the Hinrichs investigation, for the purpose of informing the public about the true nature of the event. We deserve all the evidence available in order to assess our own risk level for terrorism. Football fans deserve to know this in the process of deciding whether to attend games. There can only be two reasons for keeping a lid on the evidence, at this time:
1. there are other suspects, and disclosing it at this time might interfere with prosecution strategies, or
2. Hinrichs, acting alone, did have terrorist intentions, but the courts and FBI are helping their friend Boren in covering this up.

And Paul Joseph Watson, it should be noted, is right in being concerned that neo-con ideologues will try to paint Cho as a Muslim extremist wanting to kill Christians and "rich kids," due to the cryptic "Ismail Ax" message on Cho's arm. This may have been written on his body after his death. These are the feds, after all.
It's too early to tell what Cho's real motivation was or if he was under the sway of a secret nest of government operatives. It is curious that in the midst of this horrible tragedy at Virginia Tech, some BIG things are going on on the national and international scene from the now-delayed testimony of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, tensions in Iran and Russia and dying bees.

Before signing off, I thought this might be of some interest to those interested in the Hinrichs case.
According to a fall 2006 report from Colorado Springs TV station KTTV and noted at Bellaciao by Norman-based researcher Michael P. Wright : Authorities say 25-year-old Thomas Hinrichs had an assault rifle, two boxes of ammunition, three ammunition magazines and a military helmet when he was arrested earlier this month.
He was allegedly angry with this country's government and school system for creating an environment that led to Joel's death."

Added KFOR TV here in Oklahoma City: Thomas Hinrichs was charged November 21st with threatening an FBI agent after he allegedly admitted he daydreamed of shooting the agent. The 25-year-old Hinrichs also is accused of assaulting his father.

His father also said his other son is insane. It's really rather sad. Still, unbalanced people can sometimes be used by black ops in order to achieve a desired outcome (in Hinrichs' case - heightened security measures at public stadiums and in Cho's case - gun control).

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