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Phoenix Snipers Update

Posted by thebosun on July 19, 2006

Hat tip to TTHOMAS 48 over at Stop the ACLU for providing information on how to search more effectively for “phoenix sniper.” Unfortunately last night when I read the initial report off the AFP wire, I did not google “phoenix sniper news” when looking for information on the “Phoenix Snipers.” Instead, I used the basic web search and came up with nothing at the time.

TTHOMAS 48, Thank you. I learned something new about effective google news searches. Use the news option instead of the web option.

The Phoenix Sniper story was regionalized for a time. As TTHOMAS 48 pointed out, perhaps it was overshadowed by the news about the Middle East. Now, the story is beginning to get national attention.

In reviewing other news articles, I discovered that the Phoenix snipers have been active for quite some time. Apparently the snipers started by shooting livestock and worked their way up to human targets. I am hoping some of our Phoenix area readers will comment on their experiences and how the public is looking at it in the city of Phoenix.

The questions are, “Do you think it is crime or domestic terrorism? How do we differentiate between the two?” When the DC Snipers started their reign of terror, they started small by experimenting on how to kill and worked up the nerve to go big time. By the time they reached Montgomery County, Maryland, they were lunatics on a mission to create terror and havoc.

Lets go back to a classic example of a domestic terror that struck Japan in 1995: The religious cult, AUM Shinrikyo (オウム真理教, literally, “AUM the True Teaching”) committed five coordinated attacks using sarin gas in the Tokyo subway. After the attacks, the Japanese police started looking at other unusual “crimes” and discovered that AUM Shinrikyo had experimented with various ways to kill, including testing ways to release Sarin gas and perfecting the elivery methods.

They used animals before they targeted and killed humans. Aum Shinriko also experimented with other poisons. The other “unusual” crimes were aired on the news but appeared random. No one connected the dots until later.

The police in Phoenix do not know who or what they are dealing with at the present time. Any readers in the Phoenix area, please let us know what is going on from your prospective.

Addition information on the Phoenix Snipers:

Phoenix Killings Spark Serial Killer Scare  PHOENIX, Arizona People aren’t going out alone at night anymore. Co-workers are walking to their cars in pairs in the evenings … The killings and wounding of at least 16 other people evoked the terror of the 2002 Washington-area sniper shootings … WINK TV 27 minutes ago

Fifteen minutes in Havana The sniper,” I said. My trip had coincided with the Washington-area sniper shootings. The killings were covered even in Cuba … avoid dying of thirst in the Arizona desert, or try to look after Mexican citizens’ practical needs at consulates in Phoenix … Chillico Gazette 7/18/2006

SNIPER PARALYSES PHOENIX A series of sniper-style murders, rapes and robberies has paralyzed the south-western US city of Phoenix, Arizona as police remain unable to find clues to the crime wave. Police are searching for two distinct shooters believed responsible for 11 … Special Broadcast Service 19 hours ago

The freedom to leave one’s country The sniper,” I said. My trip had coincided with the Washington-area sniper shootings. The killings were covered even in Cuba … avoid dying of thirst in the Arizona desert, or try to look after Mexican citizens’ practical needs at consulates in Phoenix … Centre Daily 22 hours ago

Mystery killers throw Phoenix into terror PHOENIX, Arizona – People aren’t going out alone at night anymore. Co-workers are walking to their cars in pairs in the evenings … The killings and wounding of at least 16 other people evoked the terror of the 2002 Washington-area sniper shootings … Long Beach Press-Telegram 7/17/2006

Killings terrorizing Phoenix PHOENIX, Arizona – People aren’t going out alone at night anymore. Co-workers are walking to their cars in pairs in the evenings … The killings and wounding of at least 16 other people evoked the terror of the 2002 Washington-area sniper shootings … Charleston Post & Courier 7/15/2006

Police rely on tips, criminals’ slip-ups Phoenix police have been trying to get to the bottom of a series of violent crimes linked to two assailants. The “Baseline … Sniper case was a faulty lead resulting from media pressure, said Lucille Baur, a civilian worker in the Montgomery County … AZCentral.com (Registration Required) 7/16/2006

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