I’ll comment more on this later.
For the record: I generally consider myself a conspiracy skeptic.
The short answer to my question: a qualified no. However… Vox Day makes one very good point: False-flag ops aren’t unprecedented. King David used them against the Philistines; Nero used them against Christians; Hitler used them against Poland; the Joint Chiefs of Staff almost used them against the American people; and–if gun rights groups are correct–Obama tried one against the American people via Operation Fast and Furious.
I would also agree with Vox on the timing of this matter: it seems too convenient for the gun-grabbers. Zimmerman is on trial, Obama’s administration is on its heels with the fallout from Fast and Furious, a 71-year-old man successfully used his firearm to ward off an armed attack on a cafe. Then this…in Colorado of all places.
Aurora is not far from Columbine, and about two hours from Colorado Springs, where the YWAM/New Life shootings occurred in 2007. If you’re going to have a high-profile shooting like this, Colorado fits too well.
The conspiracy theorists–many of whom I consider kooks–aren’t without a rational basis this time.
Moreover, I have my own questions:
(a) How did Holmes manage to get into that theater with two pistols, an AR-15 with a 100-round drum magazine, and a Remington Model 870 12-gauge shotgun, one or more teargas canisters, and a full set of body armor?
(b) How much time elapsed from when the person–presumably Holmes–exited the theater, and when the shooter came in through that exit? Was there sufficient time for Holmes to have left the theater in plain clothes, clothed himself in extensive body armor that included a helmet, gas mask, leg and groin protection, throat protection, and a vest for his torso? There certainly has to be a security camera from the cinema that shows the events.
(c) Where did Holmes learn explosives? The teargas he used was not something you can buy at a gun store. His extensive booby traps are not indicative of novice-level work. While one can look up explosives information on the Internet, it is one thing to read about, and a totally different matter to execute.
(d) Why did it take the cops so long to respond? There were cops present at the theater; Holmes fired well over 70 rounds in the theater; he even exited the theater when he was done, and was apprehended in the parking lot. But why did the cops not make it into the theater when the shooting was going on?
(e) Why weren’t the exit doors watched? At best, the cinema is going to be facing some serious liabilities here.
He was no dummy: his undergrad degree was in neuroscience–summa cum laude–and he was enrolled in a PhD program in neuroscience. His chemistry–and electricity–knowledge, which is a huge part of neuroscience, could have given him some know-how for explosives, but–like I said–there is a big difference between reading about it and actually doing it. I’d love to know where he got his information, and where he did his practice.
As for his firearm skills, I’d say he was well-prepared. He shot 71 people. Most of his shooting was in the dark. His drum magazine on his AR-15 jammed. That, plus the fact that he didn’t have night-vision goggles, kept the death toll from being far worse.
But was this a false-flag operation? I dunno. I would lean against a conspiracy here. I’m thinking that Holmes got involved in some very bad things, probably got disillusioned in life–apparently he opened an account on a site that ostensibly promotes sexual hookups–and perhaps even went schizophrenic.
Could government have used someone like him in that kind of operation? Yes, but that would be a huge risk. Using a mentally unstable person for something like this can easily backfire.
Then again, if he mysteriously dies in prison, it would be hard not to come down on Vox’s side.