Thoughts on Ferguson from a reader

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Thanks for subbing in for Mike Rivero this week. I’ve heard talk about the possible use of agent provocateurs in the initial Ferguson riot on Monday night. But I wanted to throw out the possibility that it was a fully staged event. I watched the live footage on CNN with Anderson Cooper and his team of clowns and it seemed like a complete put on. I’ll list a few of the peculiar things I saw. I hope you have interest in reading this and I hope you have time to read this.

1. First thing shown when I turned it on was rioters and a line of police throwing smoke bombs at one another in an empty street. It seemed like every rioter was by themselves; they weren’t in bunches or groups of any kind. That struck me as odd. Plus, the police made no effort to detain any of these violent individuals. Further, there was a reporter literally right next to this activity like he was a sideline reporter at a football game. He coughed a bit claiming that tear gas was being used by the police (more on this later).

2. They switched to another reporter showing broken glass on store fronts to point all the vandalism going on. There were some legitimate businesses messed up in the town, but the first two he walked by were empty/abandoned. I chuckled at this. Shortly after this, a woman scampered by yelling, “it’s all smoke and mirrors! It’s all smoke and mirrors!” before she was shooed away. I couldn’t believe this. Was she a local townsperson blowing the whistle?

3. Shortly after the smoke-and-mirrors woman, they brought a guy up to talk about the riot interactions, and he mentioned “smoke bombs, smoke bombs.” This is funny because of the tear gas dramatization minutes earlier. No more than 5 minutes after this, a different reporter gave some clarification about how there are smoke bombs but they definitely all got exposed to tear gas as well, “trust us.” Here’s the thing about tear gas. It takes about 30 seconds to react. You don’t immediately start coughing (like you would from a smoke bomb). Also, coughing really isn’t a main symptom. Burning eyes and throat are, which none of these people had. Furthermore, the STL police tweeted that they weren’t using tear gas. Now, I wouldn’t necessarily believe what they have to say, but if you consider the event to be a national or federal event, with conflicting comments coming from CNN reporters, the account from STL’s police twitter account would seem to deserve attention.

4. This scene: httpss://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuY_mvG4J4U
I think it’s comical. When you see overhead shots of this location, you see that it looks like sort of a headquarters spot, like the check-in tents and trucks at a half-marathon. In that context, and considering these reactions, it makes this scene look silly. I saw this clip live and reacted similarly to the narrarators of this video.

5. There was a lady reporter getting stuff thrown at her, mainly empty plastic bottles. So, what did she do? Walk away? Of course not. She walked over to stand 20 feet in front of someone throwing stuff, so that you could see her get hit on camera. One of the main reporters even said, “you should probably move away from there.”

6. They went to a different reporter and asked how many people there were. He was like, “no more than 100. 5 here. 10 there.” This followed by, “there may not be a lot of people near him, but there are a ton of people out here tonight.”

7. Look on google maps. This business section is a tiny strip in the town and it’s literally one street that’s a mile long and it’s surrounded by large residential areas. They had multiple crews in the town and at least one helicopter. With all the fires then went up in the town, I found it odd that exactly zero of them were caught on video. They kept showing cop cars on fire, buildings on fire. Yet, with all those cameras there, no actions were actually witnessed supposedly. The strip of this town is so small that they easily could have put in a temporary light tower at one end with a camera on it to see the whole thing. Or zoom back on the helicopter’s camera. A mile-long stretch from bird’s eye is pretty small.

8. A majority of the cops were gathered together near the legitimate protesters who were there earlier even though there were violent individuals running around the town destroying things. With how many cops they had, and how few the rioters were, it would’ve been easy to arrest at least few, as opposed to none, instead of staying near the peaceful few who were left.

9. When they showed cars, I noticed that many had no license plate on the front. Missouri is one of the states that requires both back and front plates. So there were quite a few outside vehicles in town.

10. There just weren’t very many people. At all. For something that was supposedly a major issue, the numbers were tiny. Super Bowl riots get filled streets and real mayhem. This did not.

11. The protests around the country were widely peaceful and filled with white folks. The whole “race riots” idea appears to have been totally media-created.

I hope you feel this information is worth repeating. While I think agent provocateurs are used in certain contexts, I think it is important to point out the possibility of entire events being staged. If the Monday riots and the Sandy Hook shooting and others were entirely counterfeit events like movie sets, we need to be aware of it so we can look for it.