The Silence Speaks Volumes and the Truth Will Shock America
It has been 7 weeks since the Las Vegas massacre - the deadliest mass shooting in American history - and yet there are still no answers, no meaningful timeline, no explanation of what happened that dreadful night. A recent Fox News headline reads, "Questions, sadness hang over Las Vegas weeks after massacre." Stunned by the silence, victim's families are now organizing, and hundreds are filing for law suits against the Mandalay Bay Resort, Live Nation (the organizer of the country music festival) and even the Stephen Paddock estate. Where is the FBI in all of this? What happened to local law enforcement? The silence is deafening. YouTube was abuzz for weeks following the tragic incident, but even that bastion of truth has been left scratching it's head as independent reporters are unable to piece together what happened. That is, until (perhaps) now ...
In recent days, shocking answers have been forthcoming on 4chan through the efforts of thousands of independent investigators; what 4chan calls a hive mind. The hive is made up of pro-Trump supporters that are relentless unwinding the secrets of the deep state. This article shares the 4chan explanation about what happened that fateful night in Las Vegas. I will provide both the backstory, which is essential to understand, and an amazing overview of the story that is now gripping truthers around the world.
The Four Seaons Hotel at The Mandalay Bay
Most Americans will be surprised to learn (no thanks to the MSM) that the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino has hidden within it a second hotel. Floors 35-39 of the Mandalay Bay are home to the luxurious and secluded Four Seasons Hotel. The Mandalay Bay is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. The Four Seasons is owned by Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal and Bill Gates. A johnnyjet.com review of the Four Seasons Hotel says:
"I just returned from attending the 2013 Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas. The event took place in the Mandalay Bay Resort, and instead of spending the night in Mandalay’s massive hotel I stayed in a hotel that’s located in their hotel. That’s right the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas occupies floors 35 to 39 of the Mandalay Bay Tower and this place is one of Las Vegas’ best kept secrets."
The Four Seasons website acknowledges that the property is, in fact, completely isolated from the Mandalay Bay:
With a separate entrance and accessed by private express elevators, Four Seasons Hotel offers stylish renovated guest rooms located on the top floors of the Mandalay Bay tower. The hotel's newly restyled guest rooms echo the city's excitement and vibrancy with a chic design scheme, bold colors and quality-constructed furnishings.
The view of the Vegas strip as seen from the Four Seasons Hotel
The MSM, FBI and local law enforcement have omitted this important fact from the Las Vegas narrative, and well-intentioned YouTube investigators are largely unaware of this "Vegas secret." Please keep this information in mind as we continue down the rabbit hole.
Trump Was Received Like Royalty During His Visit to Saudi Arabia
Before we can continue with our story, we must take a moment to review Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia. I'm going to build a backstory that will help you to come to terms with the conspiracy that unfolded in Las Vegas on October 1.
Last May, Trump, in his first visit abroad as President, traveled to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman. Unlike Obama, Trump didn't bow to King Salman when the king greeted him on the tarmac - an honor, by the way, that was denied to Obama in 2009. During the visit, the MSM frequently criticized Trump. You may recall the flack he took for participating in the sword dance. However, while the MSM was busy spewing the Russian narrative back in the US, Trump was busy making groundbreaking deals with the Saudis. The MSM insisted that Trump would not succeed in Saudi Arabia because of the anti-Saudi rhetoric he used on the campaign trail:
"Until the oil went down, Saudi Arabia was making a billion dollars a day. We protect them. We protect them. And we protect them for peanuts. So all of that stuff is going to change folks."
However, Trump's unwavering focus to make America great again (MAGA) resonated with the Saudis. While the MSM was still struggling to come to terms with this, Trump and King Salman unveiled a much larger and mutually agreed upon vision for renewed US-Saudi relations:
"we will begin to construct a new foundation of cooperation and support with our Muslim allies to combat extremism, terrorism and violence."
Of course, not all of the MSM coverage was negative. NPR cast Trump's visit in a positive light:
Trump and the Saudis both have compelling reasons to make this relationship work.
The president wants to show he can get along with leading Muslim countries after his frequent attacks that have earned him critics across the Islamic world. And he can expect a warm welcome in the kingdom, with perhaps a brief reprieve from political troubles at home.
The Saudis, meanwhile, felt they were downgraded under President Obama, who reached out to their main rival, Iran. They now see a golden opportunity to rebuild ties with their most important ally.
"The Saudis are rolling out the red carpet for President Trump," said Saudi analyst Gregory Gause, a professor at Texas A & M University, where he's head of the international affairs department at the Bush School of Government.
He notes that the Saudis have also invited dozens of leaders from other Islamic countries, giving the president the chance to reset relations.
"They are certainly not deterred by some of the anti-Muslim rhetoric that we heard on the campaign trail," Gause said. "They want this to be, I think, an occasion to move the president away from some of those thoughts, not by criticism, but by kind of embracing him."
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia —President Trump made a splashy debut on the world stage here Saturday, ushering in a new era in U.S.-Saudi Arabian relations by signing a joint “strategic vision” that includes $110 billion in American arms sales and other new investments that the administration said would bring hundreds of thousands of jobs.
“It was a great day,” Trump said. He cited “tremendous investments in the United States . . . and jobs, jobs, jobs.”
While initial details were scant, the agreements signed included a U.S. letter of intent to “support Saudi Arabia’s defense needs” with sales of a number of items — naval ships, tanks and other vehicles — that were the subject of agreements under earlier administrations, as well as some new items that had never passed the discussion stage, such as sophisticated THAAD missile defense systems.
Other items are intended to modernize Saudi Arabia’s cyberdefense and airborne intelligence-gathering, and secure its borders.
In addition to military deals, the Washington Post went on to say that the "veritable love fest between the two nations" included a $200 billion dollar deal for new business ventures. Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said:
Trump’s visit "begins to change the conversation” with the Islamic world “from one of enmity to one of partnership.”
In addition to the security agreements, Jubeir said, U.S. business leaders here at an economic forum designed to coincide with Trump’s visit signed deals potentially worth more than $200 billion over the next 10 years.
Executives from a number of major U.S. companies unveiled investment partnerships with the Saudis, including Blackstone, a private-equity giant that announced a $40 billion infrastructure fund. Stephen A. Schwarzman, Blackstone’s chairman and chief executive, is close to Trump and leads the White House’s economic advisory council of CEOs.
Okay fine, we understand Trump's need to do well in Saudi Arabia, but why were the Saudis so eager to forge a new relationship with Trump?
The Oil War Is Over, and America Won
To understand this important point, we have to travel a little further back in time. Not surprisingly, our rekindled relationship with Saudi Arabia has a lot to do with oil (and also 911).
There's a twist here with respect to oil however, in that, we're not talking about Saudi oil, we're actually talking about American oil. In the fall of 2016, two important things happened. First, Congress overrode Obama's veto preventing Americans from suing Saudi Arabia for it's role in 911. The Saudis are now being sued for billions of dollars by the families of roughly 2500 people who were killed in the tragedy and another 20,000 who were injured. Second, the sheiks came to the realization that American ingenuity had prevailed over their economic strategy to increase oil production over a two year period in order to drive down prices. The Saudis had engaged in an oil war with the US, and they lost. As a matter of fact, they lost bigly. This important point is lost on most Americans, but in Riyadh, the serious nature of this defeat has rocked the House of Saud to it's core. So much so that the future of the kingdom was cast into doubt last year. The National Review described it this way in an October 6, 2016 article:
That war was supposed to collapse America’s fracking industry. Instead, as reported on OilPrice.com, “Saudi’s entire economy is collapsing” — and they are desperate to push oil prices back up again. The announcement last week was a complete reversal of the policy the Saudis have been following since the summer of 2014, when, as global oil prices began to tumble, their oil ministry announced that they were going to continue normal production. That flew in the face of the way a major OPEC producer typically reacts to falling prices: Slash production so that demand outstrips supply and prices rise again.
But the Saudis had other ideas. They had watched the fracking boom in the United States with deep unease, as production of shale oil from places like the Bakken field in North Dakota and Eagle Ford in Texas was turning the U.S. into the Saudis’ chief rival as the world’s biggest oil producer (at one point in early 2014 the U.S. even surpassed the Saudis at almost 11 million barrels a day).
The Saudi answer to the American challenge was to keep pumping even as prices fell. The Saudis assumed that a global oil glut would push prices so low that American producers would be forced out of business, production would grind to a halt, and places like the Bakken would soon be as silent and desolate as the surface of the Moon. After all, even if prices fall to five dollars a barrel, the Saudis will still make money, because their production costs are so low. By contrast, in 2014 the average oil-fracking operator was looking at a break-even price of around $60 a barrel. After several months of $40 oil, Riyadh figured, the pain would be too much. Americans would cry uncle, and the Saudis – and the cartel they dominate, OPEC – would once again be kings of the energy hill.
Far from ruining the U.S. fracking industry, the global oil glut is about to ruin the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. So the kingdom has been pumping and pumping and pumping, at one point this August reaching its highest-ever monthly production, as the price per barrel, after sinking into a trough below $40, settled into a “new normal” in the mid-40s range (compared with over $100 a barrel in June 2014).
Last week someone did finally cry uncle — the Saudis.Far from ruining the U.S. fracking industry, the global oil glut is about to ruin the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It seems that an economic and social system that has developed around oil — indeed, is entirely dependent on it — couldn’t sustain itself at prices this low.
The government was forced to cut benefits to citizens — the Saudis have built an enormous welfare state on the back of their oil industry. It’s had to make plans to lay off some government workers and reduce the salaries of others, while the country’s budget deficit stands at 13.5 percent of GDP (ours, by contrast, is just 2.5 percent). Today Saudi Arabia is facing an economy that’s barely growing at 1 percent, which makes the Obama economy look like the booming Reagan years.
Even worse, they face an American oil industry that’s grown stronger, not weaker, as a result of the price slide. As prices fell, American producers learned to cut costs and make their industry more efficient, even as companies used debt-for-equity swaps to stay in business. Against all expectation, American output actually continued to rise.Even though more than 100 energy companies have had to go out of business, the lean and strong have survived. The break-even price for American shale producers has been steadily shoved down so that, although it will never reach Saudi levels, it’s possible to make money even at $45 a barrel (today Brent crude is at $50).
New Progressive Leadership in Saudi Arabia
Trump believes he is poised to effect meaningful change in the Middle East by working with progressive Saudi leadership. In March, Trump met with King Salman's favored son, Mohammed bin Salman, at the White House. The initial groundwork for Trump's May visit to Riyadh was laid during this visit. Kushner and bin Salman would go on to work out the details of the trip over the next several weeks. In April, King Salman appointed his son, Prince Khalid bin Salman as Saudi Embassador to the United States. The Atlantic describes the appointment this way:
"The king’s message was clear to Trump, who has also put close relatives in positions of power: There would be a direct line between the House of Saud and the House of Trump."
Also from The Atlantic:
Once Trump took office, the Saudis had high hopes—and they haven’t been disappointed. Trump and his top advisers shifted U.S. policy toward more explicit support for Saudi Arabia and constant criticism of Iran. The Trump administration’s anti-Iran rhetoric—and its focus on Tehran as the biggest source of instability in the region—fits well with the newly emboldened Saudi leadership. For decades, the kingdom pursued a largely behind-the-scenes foreign policy that benefited from economic expansion fueled by soaring oil prices. Saudi leaders exerted their power by funding proxies, media outlets, and friendly Arab and Muslim politicians. For example, after Egypt’s military-led a coup against the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government in July 2013, the Saudis provided more than $12 billion to keep the Egyptian economy afloat, and pressed two other Arab monarchies to pledge more aid. In the summer of 2015, WikiLeaks released a trove of leaked Saudi diplomatic cables that showed the kingdom’s extensive checkbook diplomacy.
The Saudis largely avoided direct military intervention. But that changed in early 2015, when Salman ascended to the throne after the death of his brother, King Abdullah, who was in power for 20 years. Instead of relying on U.S. military intervention and battling Iran through proxies and economic diplomacy, as his predecessor had done, Salman and his inner circle quickly adopted a more aggressive foreign policy. As oil prices plummeted, he launched a war against Houthi rebels in Yemen after only two months in power. Salman also appointed his then-29-year-old son as deputy crown prince and defense minister to oversee the Yemen campaign. The kingdom’s leaders made it clear they were prepared to confront Iran in their growing regional proxy war, which extended through Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, and Lebanon. As the German intelligence memo put it: “Saudi Arabia wants to prove that it is ready to take unprecedented military, financial, and political risks in order not to fall into a disadvantageous position in the region.”
The result of Riyadh’s more bellicose posture? Since launching its war in Yemen in March 2015, the kingdom has been bogged down in a conflict that has killed 10,000 Yemenis and left a quarter of the country’s population on the brink of famine. By some estimates, the war is costing Saudi Arabia up to $200 million a day. Despite intensive airstrikes and a blockade, the Saudis and their allies have been unable to dislodge the Houthis from Yemen’s capital. But the Saudi leadership—and especially bin Salman, who has staked much of his political pride on directing the Yemen campaign—is reluctant to abandon the war and give Iran a perceived victory.
On June 21, 2017, King Salman named his son, Mohammed bin Salman, deputy Crown Prince. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the new Crown Prince was selected by 31 of 34 members of the Succession Committee. The decree issued by King Salman also appointed Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif as Interior Minister - a position held by the former Crown Prince. Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif is the youngest Prince ever to hold the position of Interior Minister.
Arab News reports that Trump called the newly appointed deputy Crown Prince to congratulate him:
On the international scale, the United States President Donald Trump called the newly-appointed crown prince and congratulated hims on new promotion, saying it “strengthens” the United States partnership with the Kingdom.
The Saudi stock market soared 5.5 points on the news to an 18 month high.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
The House of Saud
Not everyone in Saudi Arabia has embraced the progressive change that the King and the Crown Prince are working towards. There is a faction within the Saudi royal family that much prefers the old ways of doing things. Further, the family is maligned by succession woes. Though complex, and, at first a bit confusing, it's important for our purposes here to understand how power flows through the royal family. A basic understanding of Saudi Arabia's underlying succession challenges helps to shed light on what is alleged to have happened in Las Vegas.
King Abdullah named Muqrin bin Abdulaziz deputy crown prince in 2014. Murqrin is the youngest surviving son of Saudi Arabia's founder. Abdullah's decision to name Muqrin deputy crown prince went against the rule of succession. Traditionally, succession has passed down according to age. The late king had two other half-brothers: (1) Talal bin Abdulaziz and (2) Salman bin Abdulaziz. Technically speaking, Talal bin Abdulaziz was next in line to become deputy crown prince. The king doesn't generally make succession decisions unilaterally. The allegiance council is usually involved in the decision making process.
(1) Talal bin Abdulaziz, the most liberal of the senior royals, resigned his position on the allegiance council in 2011. King Abdullah's reformist agenda, prior to the Arab Spring, had suggested that the king would be open to discussions about succession prior to selecting the next deputy crown prince. After the Arab Spring happened, however, Abdullah immediately named Nayef bin Abdulaziz as his successor and this seems to ahve prompted Talal's resignation. Talal's involvement in the "Free Princes Movement" contoversy in 1962, seems to have eliminated Talal from consideration for succession (even though he was the next eligible prince based on age). Note that Talal's son is Alwaleed bin Talal.
(2) In 2014, King Abdullah passed over Salmon bin Abdulaziz and named Muqrin bin Abdulaziz deputy crown prince. At the time, Abdullah may have passed over Salmon bin Abdulaziz due to circulating rumors of his dimentia. However, Salman's family continued to put the Prince in front of the public so that he could succeed Abdullah. This strategy seems to have ultimately worked because Salman bin Abdulaziz king today despite his problems with dimentia.
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died in early 2015 at the age of 91. His half-brother 79-year-old Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud took his place.
In early 2015, King Salman named Abdullah's 69-year-old half-brother Muqrin bin Abdulaziz as his heir. Muqrin is the next legitimate successor. Somewhat surprisingly, in June of this year, King Salmon named his son, Mohammed bin Salman as deputy Crown Prince.
The Saudi royal family has struggled with succession for years. There is, undoubtedly, disagreement between Talal bin Abdulaziz (the legitimate successor as eldest living son), Salman bin Abdulaziz (the current king who has advanced dimentia) and quite possibly Muqrin bin Abdulaziz (who was named successor by King Abdullah in 2014). This palace intrigue probably played an important part in the recent Saudi purge, but before we delve into that matter, we need to take a closer look at the two key princes who are center stage in current events. These are Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal
On the left, we see the new 32-year-old Crown Prince, and on the right the 62-year-old Prince Alwaleed. You already know the back story about Mohammed bin Salman. He's the progressive visionary who is liked by Trump, and he's been meeting regularly with Jared Kushner. Alwaleed is one of the richest men in the world (prior to the purge, Forbes estimated his net worth to be in the neighborhood $30 Billion). Alwaleed disdains Trump - Tweeting this now infamous tweet to Trump during the election:
Alwaleed is very well connected to past Administrations and a major contributor to the DNC. He owns a tremendous amount of stock in Twitter and other Silicon Valley companies. I mentioned Alwaleed previously. He, along with Bill Gates, owns the Four Seasons Hotel hidden inside the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.
Now that we have a basic understanding of the Saudi royal family and it's recent succession problems, let's fast-foward in time to the days immediately following the Saudi purge. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was one of eleven Saudi princes rounded up and detained at the Ritz Carlton in Riyadh along with four current ministers and tens of former ministers.
Some senior figures detained in last Saturday's purge in Saudi Arabia were beaten and tortured so badly during their arrest or subsequent interrogations that they required hospital treatment, Middle East Eye can reveal.
People inside the royal court also told MEE that the scale of the crackdown, which has brought new arrests each day, is much bigger than Saudi authorities have admitted, with more than 500 people detained and double that number questioned.
Members of the royal family, government ministers and business tycoons were caught up in the sudden wave of arrests orchestrated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, under the banner of an anti-corruption drive.
MEE confirms that the old Saudi regime are the targets of the roundup:
The purge, which follows an earlier roundup of Muslim clerics, writers, economists and public figures, is creating panic in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, particularly among those associated with the old regime of King Abdullah, who died in 2015, with power then passing to his half-brother, King Salman.
Those taken in the roundup are being held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh
Interestingly, the Ritz Carlton is where the announcement of Mohammed bin Salman's futuristic megacity Neom was made. The purge of royal family members is unprecedented in modern Saudi history. Royal family unity has been deemed essential in order to maintain the appearance of stability by the ruling elite. The MEE article also speaks to the succession issues I've already mentioned:
King Salman is one of seven Sudairi brothers, the clan that has dominated the kingdom for the last 40 years. The other surviving Sudairi is Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, who has been sidelined.
Salman only gained the throne because two of his four full brothers, Sultan and Nayef, died as crown princes.
Even then his accession was a close-run thing, as MEE has previously reported. King Abdullah died before a decree writing Salman out of the line of succession could be signed and published.
This, again, underscores the serious nature of the succession problems in the kingdom. However, is this sufficient reason for MBS (Mohammed bin Salman) to utterly shatter the royal family and to brutally kill or take into custody several royal family members, ministers and corporate leaders? Remember, the purge is said to be having a negative impact on Saudi business - Bakr bin Laden (CEO of the massive Saudi construction company) serving as a prime example. This is not a decision that would've been made lightly. Indeed this is a very unusual move for a Saudi king (crown prince) and it leads one to ask, might there be more to this story than meets the eye?
Saudi Backstory: Other Points to Keep In Mind
(1) Jared Kushner made an unplanned trip to Saudi Arabia on October 25 just days before the purge. This was Kushner's third trip to Saudi Arabia this year. Kushner traveled separately from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin who led a delegation to Riyadh that same week to discuss combatting terrorist financing. The Administration downplayed the trip. Politico reports:
The White House official would not say who Kushner met with in Saudi Arabia. But he has cultivated a relationship with the crown prince, Mohammad Bin Salman, who, like Kushner, is in his 30s. Kushner arrived back in Washington, D.C., on Saturday night in time for a surprise birthday dinner for his wife, Ivanka Trump, at the Trump International Hotel.
Kushner's unannounced trip to Saudi Arabia may have been business as usual. On the other hand, maybe there was an urgent need for a face-to-face meeting between Kushner and the Crown Prince. Maybe Kushner was sent by Trump as a highly trusted confidant to deliver or recieive an important message. Kushner, who is friendly with MBS, is perhaps one of a few highly trusted messengers who whose presence would have, perhaps, have been seen as benign. Remember, the purge came as no surprise to Trump.
(2) On November 4, as Trump is traveling to Asia and as the purge is getting underway in Saudi Arabia, Trump very publicly urged Saudi Arabia to list it's biggest oil company, Aramco, on the NYSE. Politico reports Trump saying:
“Would very much appreciate Saudi Arabia doing their IPO of Aramco with the New York Stock Exchange. Important to the United States!” Trump tweeted shortly before he was due to leave Hawaii on the first leg of a 13-day trip to Asia.
Saudi Prince Mohammed has said the initial public offering of about $100 billion could value the company at some $2 trillion, according to Reuters.
In an on-the-record meeting with reporters aboard Air Force One later Saturday, Trump clarified: "Aramco is going public. It will be perhaps the biggest going public ever. It’s the Saudi Arabian oil company and it will be just about the biggest ever.
The timing of this announcement is very interesting. Is it a coincidence? I don't think so. The deal that MBS made with Trump will net him a vast boon - literally trillions of dollars (including the estimated $800B he will soon take from the princes he's holding in the Ritz). MBS needs a lot of cash to fund Neom to save the kingdom.
(3) Neom is the new progressivemegacity that Saudi Arabia plans to build on the Red Sea. Bloomberg describes Neom this way:
The ambitious plan includes a bridge spanning the Red Sea, connecting the proposed city to Egypt and the rest of Africa. Some 10,000 square miles (25,900 square kilometers) have been allocated for the development of the urban area that will stretch into Jordan and Egypt.
The city will be 30 times the size of New York City. The Crown Prince says the city will be operated outside the "existing government framework" (like Washington DC, Vatican City or the City of London). Neom will be powered by clean energy and "will have no room for anything traditional" says MBS. The Saudis will back the project with more than $500B, and the country is actively seeking outside investors.
Neom is absolutely vital for Saudi Arabia's future. Bloomberg Politics says:
Visitors to Saudi Arabia could be forgiven for thinking the country just got a dynamic young new king. Images of him holding babies, drinking coffee with soldiers or meeting the world’s most powerful rulers are all over television. On National Day last month, a giant picture of him was projected onto a Riyadh skyscraper.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, has emerged as the unrivaled leader of the kingdom, now better placed to steer it through a transition no nation in history has managed to pull off: converting a major economy reliant on petrodollars into one that can survive in a post-oil 21st century.
The grand remake involves investing in new industries and creating jobs for the young Saudi population. It will all be underpinned by the sale of a stake in oil giant Aramco, which is now facing possible delay, and the creation of the world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund.
But almost two years since the start of the reform drive, officials are grappling with crucial questions of how to save money and speed up social change without crippling the economy and clashing with one of the world’s most conservative religious establishments. Before the government declared it would lift the long-standing Saudi ban on female drivers last month, security services rounded up independent clerics and other critical figures.
Incidentally, Bill Gates recently announced plans for a new megacity in Arizona.
(4) Bandar Bush. Prince Bandar bin Sultan has extensive ties to past Administrations - especially the Bush Administration. His complicity in the swamp bears mindful consideration. It was extremely interesting to see Bandar caught up in the purge. It was equally interesting to see the reaction of the Bush family. Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge reports:
Prince Bandar bin Sultan - Saudi Arabia's most famous arms dealer, longtime former ambassador to the US, and recent head of Saudi intelligence - was among those detained as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's (MBS) so-called "corruption purge" that started with the initial arrests of up to a dozen princes and other top officials last weekend.
If confirmed, the arrest and detention of Bandar would constitute the most significant and high profile figure caught up in the purge - even above that of high profile billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal - given Bandar's closeness to multiple US administrations and involvement in events ranging from Reagan's Nicaraguan Contra program (including direct involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal), to making the case for the Iraq War as a trusted friend of Bush and Cheney, to directing US-Saudi covert operations overseeing the arming of jihadists in Syria.
George Bush and Bandar Bush
More recent reports claim that Bandar is not being held at the Ritz Carlton. MEE reports that Prince Bandar is under investigation, but not detained:
One of the most famous is Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a former Saudi ambassador to Washington and confidant of former US president George W Bush.
Saudi authorities said that one of the corruption cases they are looking at is the al-Yamamah arms deal, in which Bandar was involved. But Bandar himself is not under arrest and living in Jeddah, a source told MEE.
Bandar bought a hamlet in Oxfordshire, in a picturesque area of central England, and a 2,000-acre sporting estate with part of the proceeds from kickbacks he received in the al-Yamamah arms deal, which netted British manufacturer BAE £43bn ($56.5bn) in contracts for fighter aircraft.
As much as $30m (£15m) is alleged to have been paid into Bandar’s dollar account at Riggs Bank in Washington and the affair led to corruption probes in the US and UK, although the case was dropped in the UK in 2006 after an intervention by then-prime minister Tony Blair.
I mention the status of Bandar here because I think more news might come out as the investigation against him continues.
The Saudi-Vegas Connection
Thanks for sticking with me this far. This is where things get really interesting ...
So far, I've been able to verify everything that's been shared, and I've provided links to sources that corroborate the story. This story is moving quickly - I've seen new information become available since I started writing it two days ago. The hive mind is buzzing with activity.
I'm now going to shift focus back over to Las Vegas. We'll use the backstory I've shared to help connect the dots with compelling eye witness testimony. The story I'm about to share is difficult to believe, but it offers a far better explanation of what went down in Las Vegas than that given by the FBI and local law enforcement. Bear in mind that this is still a work in progress. The hive mind is abuzz putting all of the pieces together. My goal today is to simply provide TribNet readers with a more detailed and comprehensive version of the 4chan story that's quickly gaining traction online. Examine for yourself what is being shared here, and then make your own informed decision on what really happened in Vegas.
How Did the Weapons Get Into the Mandalay Bay?
Let's begin with the weapons that were allegedly used in the massacre as this is still one of the biggest stumbling blocks for investigators. How did Paddock allegedly get so many guns into the hotel without being detected by hotel staff, security or other guests? After all, this is Las Vegas. There are CCTV cameras everywhere. Remember, the "official" FBI and local law enforcement story only focuses on the Mandalay Bay Resort. They've never mentioned the Four Seasons Hotel. Yet we now know that the Four Seasons Hotel exists on floors 35-39 within the Mandalay Bay Resort - just three floors above Paddock's room. At the guest experience level, the two hotels are largely isolated from one another, but at the infrastructure level, they share multiple fire escapes (staircases). Interestingly, one of these staircases is immediately outside Paddock's room.
The Four Seasons also has its own entrance and express elevators to the secluded floors high above the Vegas Strip. Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal owns the Four Seasons, and he was one of the most wealthy and high ranking princes recently rounded up by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Critical thinking American's agree that there's more going on in Vegas than the "official narrative" says. There's simply too many eye witness accounts reporting multiple shooters (or multiple shootings). What if Alwaleed, the owner of the Four Seasons, is somehow involved in a larger conspiracy? The Four Seasons is an exclusive hotel with upscale clientele. This is not a high traffic hotel like the Mandalay Bay. The Four Seasons is small, quiet and detached. As such, it's a much easier hotel to perception-manage than the larger Mandalay Bay. Further, if Alwaleed was involved in a conspiracy at the Four Seasons, he would've had tremendous power over the property, and he could've easily manipulated the hotel staff to keep them in the dark during all phases of a covert operation. Thus, the 4chan theory suggests that Paddock brought weapons and ammunition into the Mandalay Bay through the Four Seasons Hotel. Having relatively wide open access inside the Four Seasons, he would've been able to use an express elevator to move the guns from the lobby to a room on one of the five floors high overhead. From there, he could've easily moved the guns to the 32nd floor via the stairwell. We already know from the FBI that he tampered with the security cameras on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay.
I know what you're thinking. Why would Alwaleed be involved in the Vegas massacre? The 4chan theory places the Crown Prince in Las Vegas on the night of October 1. When Saudi royals travel, it's not uncommon for them to reserve an entire floor (or floors) of a hotel for privacy and security reasons. What if MBS was checked into the Four Seasons immediately above the Mandalay Bay? As I already pointed out in our backstory, Alwaleed has more than reasonable motivation to kill the Crown Prince. If he could take out MBS, he could alter the flow of succession in the kingdom. It wouldn't be too difficult to force King Salman, who is ravaged by dimentia, to name a new successor; perhaps Muqrin or even his father - thus positioning himself to become king one day. All of this could be done with reasonable legitimacy. Still, it's a risky plan. If he fails, he knows that his life could be on the line. Thus, the assasination must be done covertly and in a highy compartmentalized way. It's the perfect job for his trusted mercenaries and CIA friends - guys that Alwaleed has a lot of experience working with.
This entire theory, of course, requires proof that MBS was, in fact, in Las Vegas on October 1. In Vegas parlance, what are the odds of him being there, right? Thus, before I go any further, let me present the evidence that has been made available to the general public on 4chan and elsewhere so you can decide whether or not you believe that MBS was in Vegas that fateful night. First, allow me to set the stage. After Paddock allegedly opened fire on the innocent crowd of people attending the Harvest Festival, the city exploded into chaos. Survivors fled the concert venue on foot seeking safe refuge wherever they could find it. Many of these eye witnesses and others have since posted YouTube videos documenting other shootings at the Tropicana, Bellagio, Planet Hollywood, Hooters and New York New York. Some claim they were chased towards the airport by armed assailants. There are so many eye witness accounts yet the FBI clings to their story that Paddock was a lone gunman. Why is there such divergence between the official story and eye witness accounts? This is another vexing question that has yet to be answered.
Coming to America
Bear with me, the reveal is coming - 4chan says the Crown Prince elected to play the role of a commoner in Vegas that night. He shed his keffiyeh, thawb and bisht and donned a tee-shirt and shorts to appear as a regular guy in the casino. He then traveled from the Four Seasons to the Tropicana to play poker. Again, I know, what you're thinking. All of this sounds preposterous, right? Indeed, it reminds me of the 1988 movie "Coming to America" where Eddie Murphy plays Prince Akeem posing as McDonald's employee. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction (I find myself saying this a lot lately).
You may have seen this amazing but perplexing video below on YouTube after the Vegas massacre. I saw it a few days after the shooting. For me, it seemed oddly out of place. I initially thought that it was perhaps some sort of security exercise shot sometime before October 1. This, of course, wasn't the case as the video was shot the night of October1.
Who is the man in the white tee-shirt that "law enforcement" is evacuating from the Tropicana? Is this the Crown Prince? You may not immediately recognize him in American street clothes. I didn't.
It wasn't until after I did some additional research that I saw the pieces fitting cleanly together. Comparing the man being escorted out of the Tropicana to other images of MBS (especially those without his keffiyeh) it all began to make sense. You may find the following MBS meme helpful as it offers several comparison of MBS in non-traditional Saudi dress. What do you think? Is this the Crown Prince? Who else could this be, right?
Of course, a Crown Prince would never be "truly" left alone in a foreign country. His security entourage may permit him to seemingly wander about a casino as a regular guy, but rest assured they wouldn't be far from his side. Further, the movement of a visiting head of state (or a Saudi Crown Prince) would be closely monitored by the US government to prevent any international incidents. Here is an excerpt from an interesting article that speaks to some of the details that must be considered by a hotel when hosting a foreign head of state:
This is arguably the most important aspect of hosting a head of state, and it begins days, or even weeks, before their actual arrival. It usually starts with a simple tour of the facility by a designated team. The intensity of the visits and security activities grows as the travel date approaches.
Two days or so before the official’s actual arrival, anything to do with security is usually taken off the hands of the host property and everything — pathways, lobbies, and public spaces — are closed. Everything is swept by security dogs, and the dignitary’s security personnel must clear all staffers, though only a handful will actually have direct contact with the visiting official. Once cleared, special badges and tags are usually provided and must be produced at every security point.
Security arrangements usually force us to change a number of things in the hotel. The biggest consideration is traffic and incoming guests because we always have to close down the main routes to the hotel, forcing us to post managers on the corners to pick guests up when they arrive and bring them inside.
The entire article can be found here. Remember, Paddock arrived at the Mandalay Bay well in advance of the shooting.
Okay, if you're still with me, I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that you might be thinking this man in the video could be MBS. Don't worry, I agree with you. I know it's hard to believe, but in a very logical sort of way, this one piece of information acts as a keystone. When it's slipped into place, the rest of the story becomes strongly supported. If you agree that the man in this video might actually be MBS, then pause for a moment to consider the incredible ramifications that this revelation presents. First, the FBI story about a lone gunman is wrong (sound familiar)? Second, we suddenly find ourselves confronted by a conspiracy that reaches high up into the House of Saud. Third, this incredible assasination attemp on MBS took place on US soil. Fourth, and this is the heavy one, this conspiracy, to assasinate the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, spilled over into the streets of America resulting in the deaths of 58 innocent Americans with another 500+ wounded - the most horrendous mass shooting ever to take place on American soil. If the man in the video is MBS, and this information got out, just think what would follow. Remember, the lawsuits against Saudi Arabia for it's role in 911 are already piling up. I think there's a good chance that America might want revenge.
Let's assume, for a moment, that the man in the video is MBS. Now you know why the FBI is forced to stick with a story that is filled with an unbelievable number of holes. Now you know why the timeline has changed over and over again. Eye witness accounts on social media, independent journalists and private investigators have made it impossible for the FBI to weave a cover story that makes sense because they are being directed to keep this information secret. They are between a rock and a hard place.
This brings us back to the Saudi purge. Is it fair to say that the failed assasination attempt on MBS better explains the counter coup currently underway in Saudi Arabia? On November 22, the Daily Mail posted an article with this headline:
EXCLUSIVE: 'American mercenaries are torturing' Saudi elite rounded up by new crown prince - and billionaire Prince Alwaleed was hung upside down 'just to send a message'
The article says Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and other princes have been ruthlessly beaten by mercenaries and strung up upside down by their feet to serve as an example to others detained at the Ritz. The Daily Mail also says it has a source inside Saudi Arabia that says the Saudis are using US mercenaries to carry out the interrogations on Saudi princes and other billionaires arrested in the roundup. The same Daily Mail source says the US mercenaries are employed by Blackwater. From the Daily Mail article:
DailyMail.com can disclose that the arrests have been followed by 'interrogations' which a source said were being carried out by 'American mercenaries' brought in to work for the 32-year-old crown prince, who is now the kingdom's most powerful figure.
'They are beating them, torturing them, slapping them, insulting them. They want to break them down,' the source told DailyMail.com.
The Lebanese President Michael Aoun has allegedly shared the same information about American mercenaries being used in Saudi Arabia through Arab social media but I have been unable to verify this piece of information. Academi, formerly Blackwater, strongly denies ever being in Saudi Arabia. Another article by Daily Sabah that echoes the Daily Mail can be found here.
I have also seen a tweet(unconfirmed) that Alwaleed has confessed to sending a team of assasins to Las Vegas:
What Happend at the Mandalay Bay?
This is where the story becomes less clear because detailed information about what actually happened inside the Mandalay Bay and around Las Vegas is still not forthcoming. Nevertheless, I will share a theory. Paddock is assumed to be a weapons dealer working for the CIA. This is widely accepted - most Americans aren't buying the FBI's version of the story which describes Paddock as a sort of wealthy, career gambler who has legendary slot-machine proficiency. Paddock is also a pilot which is helpful if you're an arms dealer. Also, 4chan's Q says America is engaged in a deep state war between the [C]lowns [I]n [A]merica and MI (CIA vs. Military Intelligence). According to 4chan, the CIA is riddled with bad deep state actors who have co-opted the Fourth Estate (MSM) in America. The MSM piece dates back to Operation Mockingbird and is well documented. MI, on the other hand, has not been compromised by bad deep state actors (primarily because the military was, by design, been set up with a different set of rules - the UCMJ). Trump has forged a strong alliance with MI. He has surrounded himself with high ranking generals.
The CIA has worked with bad Saudi actors for decades. Indeed the 62-year-old Alwaleed bin Talal has a long standing relationship with the CIA as they have worked together to create Middle East terrorist groups like Isis and Al-Qaeda. The CIA has no interest in the new deal Trump that has brokered with the Crown Prince because this new relationship completely isolates the CIA. While I cannot prove it, it is entirely possible that Alwaleed was working with the CIA to take out MBS in Las Vegas. If this is the case, then Alwaleed's minions, bad actor CIA agents and Paddock may have all worked together to move guns to Paddock's room.
There are various scenarios being discussed on 4chan, but in each case, it's largely agreed that a small team of assasins was forward deployed to Paddock's room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay. Paddock's room served as a staging area. Paddock probably had no idea what was really happening, and he was probably killed before the actual operation was set into motion. This, by the way, is precisely why there were so many weapons in Paddock's room. From this location, the strike team is rapidly deployed up the stairwell to the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay (the Four Seasons Hotel). Exact numbers are not known, but the team of assasins had to be large enough to overcome any resistance they might encounter once they engaged their targets on the upper floors. It was their intention to kill the Crown Prince and his security team on sight in one fell swoop. It's likely that Alwaleed would've had access to intel regarding MBS's location in the hotel. All access points to the 32nd floor, save one, were reported as barricaded. The idea here was to hold off law enforcement from gaining access to the 32nd floor for as long as possible - thus allowing the strike team to escape. I'm linking the LVPD police scanner audio from the night of October 1. You may wish to listen to it again in light of this new information.
LVPD Scanner Audio
At some point, after the strike team was deployed to the Four Seasons, it was discovered that MBS wasn't on the floors above. Around this same time, MBS' security team was alerted and they immediately evacuated MBS from the Tropicana (this is the scene in the video above). Simultaneously, Alwaleed's backup forces were activated and told to seek out the prince. They began a sweep of various casinos where they suspected the prince might be located. Meanwhile, the main strike team at the Mandalay Bay realized the dire situation they were now in. They also realized that they needed to create a distraction to give their backup forces time to find the prince. Thus, in a last desparate act, they broke the windows in the suite and trained automatic weapons down upon the unsuspecting crowd below. They perhaps also radioed their backup force for ground support which would explain the shooter(s) reported in the venue. They opened fire on the Harvest Festival creating the diversion for the their backup force spread throughout the city. They know full well that if their backup force can't locate the prince then their mission has failed with dire consequences for them all. They are now desperate.
As automatic gunfire began raining down on the concert venue, MBS' security team was headed to the airport. Some members of Alwaleed's backup force learned of this and sent their ground team from the concert grounds to the airport where they encountered concert goers fleeing the venue all around them. When MBS and his security team arrived at the airport, they met up with members of Alwaleed's backup force. A small skirmish broke out accounting for the gunfire reported at the airport. MBS is quickly flown out of Vegas. By this time, friendly security forces are taking down the remaining Saudi bad actors with a few possibly fleeing into the night. The assasination plot fails.
Wrapping Up ...
I have not taken the time to compile a comprehensive timeline based on this conspiracy theory. Frankly, more evidence is needed to better understand what went down in the Mandalay Bay. Still, placing MBS in Vegas using the evidence provided, certainly helps to explain what may have really happened ithe night of October 1.
Many people are fond of saying "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." I don't think Mohammed bin Salman agrees with this American adage. I think there's a very good chance that the events of October 1 set into motion the Saudi purge - an event that immediately received Trump's full backing. Just one month after the Las Vegas massacre, The Crown Prince moved swiftly to secure absolute power by rounding up all of his relatives who threaten his rule. Reports suggest these relatives have been bloodied and are literally strung up by the feet in the Ritz Carlton while he separates them from their great wealth. Meanwhile, the roundup of dissidents in the kingdom continues. The Crown Prince has forged a strong alliance with Trump, and he very likely will soon secure the largest IPO in US history - an IPO that will elevate the value of Aramco to $2T. All of this while his great megacity, Neom, lies on the horizon. Meanwhile, war with Iran seems imminent.
As I close this article my thoughts are first and foremost on the innocent people who were mercilessly gunned down by faceless murderers the night of October 1. Likewise my heart goes out to the wounded who suffered at the hands of these butchers. Where is the justice for the poor people who lost their lives or suffered through this tragedy? And what of the families who lost loved ones? Surely their grief is made worse by the deafening silence that permeates the halls of our government? I will hold up each of these dear souls in my deepest most sincere prayers. I know in my heart the Lord is watching over all from above.