Right wing conspiracy theorists are alleging that the Charleston, S.C., church massacre was an FBI-CIA false flag operation hatched by the Obama administration with the ultimate goal of "taking away our guns," after a staged nuclear attack on Charleston failed in 2013.
False flag attack theories about the Charleston, S.C. tragedy originating from influential right wing conspiracy theory hubs, such as Infowars and All News Pipeline, are being widely circulated in the right wing blogosphere.
While All News Pipeline alleged that the attack was a false flag designed by the Obama administration partly to divert attention from the controversy generated by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) deals, Alex Jones' Infowars spins a comparatively complex theory alleging that the attack was designed as the first step in a grand conspiracy to take away the guns of U.S. citizens and impose an Obama dictatorship.
According to Infowars, the main body of evidence that the shooting was a false flag attack comes from scrutiny of Dylann Roof's Facebook page.
Roof has only about 80 Facbook friends, some of whom are African-Americans, all added in 2015. It is strange, according to Infowars, that a "racist" would keep African-American friends on Facebook.
Infowars argues that most Facebook users ages 18-24 have on the average about 650 friends, compared with the shooter's 80 friends. Infowars insists that it is strange that a 21-year-old has only 80 Facebook friends. The website makes the assertion despite the fact that family members have said that Dylann was a loner showing a pattern of introversion and social withdrawal.
The fact that Roof appears to have given very little time to manage his profile by updating his page and posting a banner also raises suspicion of false flag attack, according to Infowars. The website implies that someone who wasn't Dylann was managing the Facebook account in anticipation of the attack.
Infowars also considers it odd that the only image Roof made available to the public on his Facebook page is one uploaded on May 21, showing him wearing a scowl and a Rhodesian and apartheid-era South Africa flags.
Some conspiracy theory bloggers suggested that the Facebook image was Photoshopped. One blogger posts two versions of the photos, the first, supposedly the original, and the second, the version Photoshopped by the "CIA and its friends."
The same blog posts a photo showing a butterfly "symbol" and a woman it identifies as Dylann's step-mother. The blogger claims that the butterfly symbol is the "symbol of mind control," and argues that this is evidence that Dylann was a victim of FBI-CIA mind control manipulation.
Conspiracy theorists quoted Ken Matthews, the lawyer who was representing Roof in a drug possession case, saying he was shocked to learn that Roof was the suspected Charleston shooter. Matthews told Mother Jones that in all his dealings with Roof, he found him "just a normal kid" and that he saw "nothing that would indicate that he would take this type of action."
Yet, Matthews admitted that his dealings with Roof were "very limited."
Conspiracy theorists cited conflicting descriptions of Dylann's personality by acquaintances as evidence that the CIA, the FBI and "their assets" have "mind controlled" Dylan into "having multiple personalities."
Some friends and acquaintances described him as "wild," while others said he was "sweet and quiet."
Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church pastor and Democratic state senator, who was one of the victims in the shooting, had met with Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, shortly before he was killed. Jeb Bush was also due to visit Charleston on Thursday.
According to conspiracy theorists, the coincidence of timing of the shooting with Pinckney's meeting with Clinton and a Bush rally in Charleston was evidence of an underlying liberal conspiracy to use a false flag mass shooting to refocus attention on gun control legislation to take guns away from Americans.
Probably the most bizarre element of the bewildering array of conspiracy theories is that which links the Charleston shooting with an earlier conspiracy theory that Obama had planned to nuke Charleston.
The strange false flag attack conspiracy theory, according to Bloomberg, appears to have originated in September 2013 with Infowars' Alex Jones. The website reported that it received intelligence from "high level sources" inside the U.S. military that Obama had ordered transfer of nuclear warheads to the East coast. (see video below)
According to Jones, the movement of the nuclear warheads – which South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham reportedly expressed fears about – "ultimately reeks of yet another false flag being orchestrated by the United States government in order to send us into war."
Following the report, rumors crediting Kremlin intelligence sources were circulated online in October, 2013, about a botched "false flag" attack involving a nuclear weapon detonated off the coast of Charleston. Conspiracy theorists alleged that an earthquake that occurred off the coast of Charleston on October 8, 2013, was caused by a nuclear blast.
"According to some alternative news sites, last year a staged nuclear attack was to take place there, but some generals within the U.S. military interceded and blocked the black ops, black flag event."The nuke rumors, widely circulated in the right wing blogosphere, were largely ignored by the mainstream media until March 14, 2015, when, at the South Carolina National Security Action Summit attended by GOP bigwigs such as former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, the theory surfaced once again.
According to Right Wing Watch, while directing a question at a visibly confused Santorum, an irate GOP voter, who wanted to know what Santorum and his GOP colleagues planned to do about the Kenyan in the White House, made reference to the nuke conspiracy theory. (see video below)
"Why is the Congress rolling over and letting this communist dictator destroy my country? I want him out of the White House. He's not a citizen. He's trying to destroy the United States... Obama tried to blow up a nuke in Charleston a few months ago... he's totally destroyed our military, he's fired all the generals and all the admirals who said they wouldn't fire on the American people."
Infowars alleges that the "George Soros-backed" Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC ) played a key role in facilitating the alleged Dylann Roof false flag attack, noting that the organization was the first to release a photo showing Roof sitting on a car with a "Confederate States of America" license plate.
SPLC's agenda, according to Infowars, is "smearing" libertarians and conservatives by labeling them as racist extremists. The website accused the organization of exploiting the Charleston massacre to promote its agenda to stir racial division in America.
Infowars and other right wing blogs also accuse Obama and Eric Holder of deliberately orchestrating racial division in America as part of a divide-and-rule tactic.
A major agument by conservative analysts, including Fox News analysts, is that race relations were improving before Barack and Michelle Obama came along and muddied the waters of improving relations.
According to conservatives, American whites are no more racists. Rather, since whites stopped being racists, blacks have become the racists, and people like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Eric Holder, and lately, the new attorney general Loretta Lynch, are responsible for inciting racist feelings among blacks against innocent whites because they want to start a race war.
Obama is pushing an NWO-Illuminati-sponsored anti-white agenda to flood the country with "third world" immigrants, sponsor false flag attacks to justify a decision to impose martial law and finally an "African-style" dictatorship.
[Images: Facebook via Infowars; Aanirfan blog]