Traces of Reality
February 13, 2013
During the last week, ex-LAPD, ex-Navy cop-killer Christopher Jordan Dorner triggered his own one-man riot in the hundred-mile radius around Los Angeles, California (allegedly). The latest reports from the area stress that the manhunt for the million-dollar fugitive has concluded, although the charred remains found in the burned-out rubble of that rental cabin in Big Bear Lake have yet to be positively identified according to San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon. Authorities also deny intentionally burning down the cabin, suggesting that the fire may have been inadvertently ignited by tear gas canisters in a shoddy attempt to “smoke him out” (to use a familiar Bushism).
Quoting from a recent Los Angeles Times story summarizing the stand-off:
“[A]uthorities smashed the cabin’s windows, pumped in tear gas and called for the suspect to surrender, officials said. They got no response. Then, using a demolition vehicle, they tore down the cabin’s walls one by one. When they reached the last wall, they heard a gunshot. Then the cabin burst into flames, officials said.”
That explanation, however, doesn’t adequately address the voices of officers at the scene saying “we’re going to go forward with the plan, the burner…like we talked about” preceding a woman’s voice that repeats “burners deployed and we have a fire.” A minute or so later, police scanners picked up such statements as “burn that fucking house down” and “burn this motherfucker.” You can imagine the fist-bumps and high-fives being exchanged by those uniformed killers.
Curiously, an article out today from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution offers more detail from the ordeal’s aftermath:
He never emerged from the ruins, and hours later a charred body was found in the basement of the burned cabin along with a wallet and personal items, including a California driver’s license with the name Christopher Dorner, an official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. [emphasis added -DB]
That bit of information, however, put into question the following report out of the L.A. Times from two days ago, tracking some of Dorner’s known whereabouts:
Dorner allegedly attempted to steal a boat in San Diego and, after subduing the captain, said he was taking the vessel to Mexico, according to an affidavit filed with the federal complaint. Dorner is accused of telling the captain that he could recover his boat in Mexico.
“The attempt failed when the bow line of the boat became caught in the boat’s propeller, and the suspect fled,” according to the affidavit by Inspector U.S. Marshal Craig McClusky.
After authorities interviewed the boat captain early Thursday, they found Dorner’s wallet and identification cards “at the San Ysidro Point of Entry” near the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the court records. That same day, a guard at the Point Loma Naval Base told authorities he had spotted a man matching Dorner’s description trying to sneak onto the base, according to the filing. [emphasis added -DB]
So which is it?
While it’s certainly plausible that Dorner possessed more than one type of article of identification, and maybe even several wallets with which to carry them, it seems silly to leave two separate wallets with separate forms of ID in two different locations. Why not leave another rambling diatribe against the LAPD, or even a short note like that scrawled on the contents of the “press kit”-type package CNN’s Anderson Cooper received?
I would expect a retraction by one of the aforementioned publications, because if they’re both accurate it would raise suspicions of planted evidence in at least one of those crime-scenes.
In the end, though, the government-sanctioned gangsters in uniform got what they wanted, as investigate journalist Dave Lindorff writes:
The LAPD response to his threats was to mobilize the whole 10,000-member department in a manhunt, complete with $1-million reward. Cops exchanged their black uniforms for military fatigues and armed up with semi-automatic weapons. Two Latino women delivering papers in Torrance were attacked from the rear of their pick-up by seven LAPD cops who, with no warning, peppered their truck with bullets, targeting the back of the driver’s head, firing at least 70 rounds and destroying the vehicle (amazingly, neither woman was killed, though one was hospitalized in serious condition). That attack, which looked like the kind of thing US soldiers and Marines routinely did to suspect vehicles in Iraq with such deadly impact, made it clear that the LAPD wanted Dorner badly, but only dead, not alive and talking.
They got their way. Trapped in a cabin in the mountain town of Big Bear northwest of Los Angeles last night, Dorner found himself surrounded by SWAT teams. If the police had wanted to capture Dorner at that point, they could have waited him out. They had him sealed off completely. Instead, they reportedly quickly brought in an armored vehicle, had it drive up and break the windows of the cabin. At that point, the official story is that they tossed in teargas grenades, but since these are known, because of their intense heat, to routinely ignite fires, this was simply murder by arson. But there is also word that police radios were confirming execution of a plan to place “burners” into the building. Either way, the sheriffs and cops, once the fire was started, simply watched as the building burned to the ground. (There are some truly sickening recordings of the police and sheriff’s deputies at the scene of the standoff discussing their “burn plan” to torch the cabin, and then discussing setting it, and also telling inquiring firefighters that they don’t want them to put it out, even telling an inquiring firefighter at one point, “Negative, I still don’t have adequate penetration.” To hear this last conversation, go here.)
The real truth of what happened in Big Bear will never be known, since the media was barred — even from the airspace over the building.
The words of Lindorff ring true, indeed. The mentality of the War On Terror now permeates America’s law enforcement, where the motto has become ‘shoot first, ask questions never’ and “high-level officials” of local, state, and certainly federal government assert the authority of judge, jury, and executioner. The brutality and lawlessness of the LAPD is well-known, but this latest example of state-sponsored murder recalls the tragic siege on the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas in 1993. Acting only on allegations of criminal behavior, officials in these instances seized the authority to issue the execution of the suspected, in complete violation of the law and eschewing all human decency. It saves the trouble of extensive legal paperwork as well, I’m sure.
Remember: In the United Police States of America, the homeland is the battlefield.