What is the FBI Hiding in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, Terrorist Attack?


Sun Valley Serenade (1941) Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone Shown: Nicholas Brothers, Dorothy Dandridge Song: Chatanooga Choo Choo

Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga coverup, going on at this time?” — “Sure, it happens all of the time.

I suppose you know what happened in Chattanooga, Tennessee back in July. I’m talking about the time when Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire on two of our military installations. He murdered five unarmed members of the military: Marines Squire K. “Skipp” Wells, 21-years-old from Marietta. Georgia; Carson A. Holmquist, 25-years-old, from Grantsburg, Wisconsin; David A. Wyatt, 37-years-old, from Russellville, Arkansas; and Thomas J. Sullivan, 40-years-old from Springfield, Massachusetts and one Navy man, Randall Smith, 26-years-old  from Paulding, Ohio

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 25-years-old, was the son of two self-described Palestinians who  “maintained a strict, conservative Muslim lifestyle.” He was born in Kuwait. He came to the US in 2003; received all the benefits this country could offer; earned an engineering degree (probably on your dime) from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2012; and showed his gratitude by murdering Amercian servicemen. Hours before the shooting, he texted an Islamic verse to a friend that read, “Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of mine, then I have declared war against him.” Do you wonder about this being a terrorist act? Apparently the FBI is still trying to figure it out.

The FBI director was asked about this case recently.   He said: “Sometimes the way we investigate requires us to keep information secret. That’s a good thing. We don’t want to smear people,”

No, we wouldn’t want to smear a person who murdered five American servicemen who were unarmed. That would be nasty. Probably even un-American under today’s standards. We must be very protective of the reputation of people like that.

I’ve sat back and tried to figure out what is there that is secret about Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez? What is it that the FBI director knows that he fears smearing this murderer of American servicemen? All I can figure out that explains his desire to be so secretive about something that is so obvious is that perhaps he does not want to tell us that Abdulazeez is, or more appropriately was, an FBI informant.

Maybe I’m mistaken when I suggested he was fearful of smearing Abdulazeez. Perhaps the people he does not want to smear are the FBI agents who worked with him. That would be a good reason to put a lid on the case.

Other than that all I can figure out is that the FBI is playing politics. Comey knowing the president seeks to downplay these events because he frowns on connecting Muslims with terrorists plays along with Obama He covers for the White House and he gets 230 more staffs. . While the FBI pretended Abdulazeez wass not a terrorist the president slipped and let the cat out of the bag.

He said in his recent Oval Office speech:   “Over the last few years, however, the terrorist threat has evolved into a new phase. As we’ve become better at preventing complex, multifaceted attacks like 9/11, terrorists turned to less complicated acts of violence like the mass shootings that are all too common in our society. It is this type of attack that we saw at Fort Hood in 2009; in Chattanooga earlier this year; and now in San Bernardino.”

You really have to wonder about the FBI. It’s less interested in the security of American than it is in playing the old political game. Even in the San Bernadino slaying my dog Sparkie figured out it was a terrorist attack before the FBI came to that conclusion.

It gets worse. After that attack we saw the absurd spectacle of the FBI using divers to search for a hard drive in a lake or pond with out a scintilla of evidence to show that it had been thrown there. They did it just because it was there. They figured it was another way to get more publicity. Don’t you wonder why it could not have been done without publicizing it?

Sometimes watching the FBI operate is like seeing one of those old-time slap-stick silent screen comedies. The only problem is that we are facing a real threat as has been shown by Chattanooga and San Bernardino. There is no reason in the world that under these circumstances the FBI should be concerned about anyone’s reputation, especially its own. We need less political correctness and more openness and candor.

By the way the Chatanooga police released the identities of the police officers who shot Abdulazeez. We are still waiting for the FBI to tell us the identities of the agents who shot Ibragim Todashev and Usaamah Rahim.



  1. @Free

    Death taxes not the imagination. Ironic that plutocrats and hardcore outlaw motorcycle gangs share now the 1%’r designation. There is a moral to be found there, undoubtedly.

  2. active citizens
    January 19, 2016 Uncategorized Clinton, Davos, debate, Helen Thomas, King assassination, missing Americans, oil, oligarchs, painkillers, Sanders, sucking up, the castration of the press, Trump, Waco’s revelations

    active citizens

    “… Reading the transcript of this trial takes some time (it’s about 2700 pages long), but having done so I am impressed by attorney Pepper’s persistence and skill in getting to the heart of this matter. Yet if the findings are to have political force, and if the mainstream media persist in pretending the trial never took place, it falls to active citizens to do their part to make the trial and the findings known. They should tell people about this trial, encourage people to read it, quote from it, and emphasize its importance. They should not let it be trivialized (as the current Wikipedia article on Martin King tries to do) by pretending the claims of government conspiracy were weak and have been refuted—they have not. King was killed not just because he was a civil rights activist, but because he was planning the Poor People’s Campaign, which would have involved nonviolent disruption of business as usual in Washington on behalf of all of the nation’s poor, whatever their colour. This made the 1% uncomfortable….”


    Written on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 18, 2016

    By Graeme MacQueen

    Global Research, January 18, 2016


    “… This and similar historical revelations were almost entirely censored by US corporate media and have thus been largely expunged from the official historical record, popular memory, and the curriculum of most every grade and high school history class, where students are still incorrectly told that an angry white man, James Earl Ray, was the sole assassin. In fact, as discussed below, Ray was entirely vindicated by these very court proceedings.

    Like the assassinations of JFK and RFK, or the events of 9/11, the US public is assured of its innocence and consoled by government, mass media, and its very educational institutions with myths springing from a demonstrably false historical record .”


    “The most moving testimony was probably that of a former government operative, a very credible guy of the National Security Council, who is now dying of liver cancer. His best friend was on the sniper unit, 20 Special Forces team there. He told how he learned about that unit and how they were assigned and what they were to do from his buddy back in the seventies.”

  3. Ms. Freeh,

    The FBI killed MLK, Jr??? Maybe that’s the real reason Wyshak indicted Fitzpatrick.


  4. Ms. Freeh,

    The FBI killed MLK, Jr??? Maybe that’s the real reason Tom Fitzpatrick was indicted!!


  5. @ Freeh At Last

    ” White America ??? ” … King understood that there were many poor whites in America who breathed the same air as poor blacks. Divide and Conquer is the strategy of wealthy black and white politicians ; race baiters whose lectures on inequality are delivered from luxurious premises. You give the desideratum, but as usual the high flying rhetoric is too far removed from the Reality of every individuals earthly ambitions and willingness to politically ” clique ” with fellow travellers to realize these apparently mundane ambitions.

    Nonetheless , A nice ” Shout Out ” as our uber hip Presidente might say, to MLK … whose Greatness As A Human Being , like Muhammad Ali’s, dwarfs these silken tongued greedheads, black and white and of every race besides, like the Sun dwarfs Earth . 🙂

    • http://atlantablackstar.com/2016/01/18/new-book-says-fbi-was-mastermind-behind-mlk-assassination-and-its-cover-up/

      New Book Says FBI Was Mastermind Behind MLK Assassination and Its Cover-up
      January 18, 2016 |

      Martin Luther King’s assassination

      Aides on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. with the stricken Dr. King.

      Aides on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. with the stricken Dr. King.*New Book Says FBI Was Mastermind Behind MLK Assassination and Its Cover-up

      As the nation celebrates what would have been Martin Luther King’s 87th birthday on January 15, we must ask some questions: What role did the FBI play in King’s assassination? What did they know, and what role did the agency play in covering up the truth about his murder?

      It is no surprise that J. Edgar Hoover, the founder and head of the FBI until his timely departure in 1972, waged a war against Black America, civil rights leadership and Black nationalist organizations with his COINTELPRO program. As a result of the program — its role to “prevent the rise of a Black messiah”— Black leadership ended up murdered and imprisoned, and its institutions compromised and decimated. At one point Hoover called Dr. King “the most notorious liar in the country,” as the FBI monitored the civil rights leader, bugged his hotel rooms, and even sent him a letter encouraging him to commit suicide. But two authors believe the agency did even more, having a direct role in his assassination through FBI informants.

      In their book, Killing King: The Multi-Year Effort to Murder MLK, Stuart Wexler and co-author Larry Hancock delve into the notion of a cover-up into the King assassination. Specifically, they allege that the FBI under Clarence Kelly, Hoover’s successor, misled Congress by destroying files related to the murder of King. Wexler says the bureau disobeyed a direct order to preserve all materials, destroying files in two field offices on Tommy Tarrants, a high-ranking Ku Klux Klan member from Mississippi, in 1977. This came as a new Congressional committee was established to investigate the assassination of King and President Kennedy. The author claims there was something about Tarrants that made the FBI upgrade him from an obscure racist to a major player in the assassination.

      “I have no doubt this was done deliberately. They are not destroying everybody’s files, they are selectively destroying files,” Wexler told the Daily Mail. “They wanted Tarrants to give evidence to the committee; they didn’t want him to be a suspect.”

      Meanwhile, according to Wexler, a man named Laude Matthews was in line to take over the leadership of the Mississippi Klan. Wexler refers to Matthews as “a big time deep cover agent for the FBI.”

      “’We can imagine a situation where the FBI does not want the Congressional investigation to lead back to Laude Matthews,” Wexler speculated, offering that the Mississippi Klan was among the most violent, anti-Black chapters of the organization. “They did not want to expose him to suspicion. Imagine what it would have looked like if an FBI informant had a connection to the King assassination?”

      The author added that if true, it would prove to be one of the worst scandals in the history of the agency.

      “If the FBI had covered its tracks over King’s assassination, it would fit into the pattern of duplicity and double dealing that marked the bureau’s handling of King,” he said.

      Tarrants, Wexler noted, eventually steered away from his radical Christian racism and is now a preacher.

      “Until then he had been in prison for a bombing and he’d made a full conversion. The FBI arranged for him to get out of prison, which was unheard of,” Wexler said.

      In their previous book, The Awful Grace of God, Wexler and Hancock chronicled a multi-year effort by a national network of white supremacists to kill Dr. King, and their systematic attempts to do so. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. James Earl Ray confessed to the murder but later recanted.

      And now, as America finds itself in the midst of a new movement for the rights of Black folks, white domestic terrorism is on the rise. And as

  6. lished on
    Friday, August 31, 2007
    The Necessary Embrace of Conspiracy
    Robert Shetterly

    Several years ago I gave a talk on Martha’s Vineyard about many of the people whose portraits I’ve painted in the Americans Who Tell the Truth series. I spent some time talking about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. When I talk about King, I like to focus on his last year — the period when, defying the advice of many of his advisors in the civil rights movement, he spoke against the Vietnam War, equating racism with imperialism. King felt bound to make the point that the forces of capitalism, materialism, and militarism that were driving segregation were also driving the war, and until we confronted the source of the problem, the abuses would continue. It was April 4, 1967, in Riverside Church in New York, that he made that declaration. A year to the day before his assassination.

    It has always confounded me every year when we celebrate Dr. King’s life that no mention is made of that Riverside Church speech in the major media. We are always treated to sound bites of the 1963 I Have a Dream speech. That speech’s oratory is as powerful as it is non-confrontational. Which is why it is re-played for modern audiences. Dr. King was about confrontation. Non-violence and confrontation, each ennobling and making the other effective. In 1967 he said, “… my country is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” And he explained how our economic system thrived on exploitation and violence, or, as Emma Goldman put it, “The greatest bulwark of capitalism is militarism.” This was probably the most important speech King ever gave and not playing it when we ostensibly honor him, is tantamount to castrating him morally and intellectually. Just as there is a long history of White America castrating black men, there is an equal legacy of Elite America cutting the most important truths of our social prophets out of the history books. We pay homage to King’s icon, the cardboard cutout, but not to his strongest beliefs and his most cogent analysis of our problems — to what vision called forth his courage. And, if we think that he spoke the truth, to censor that truth is to promote a curious kind of segregation. He is segregated, not for the color of his skin, but for the accuracy of his perception, how close to the bone his words cut. We can’t bear to hear the sound of truth’s knife scraping on hypocrisy’s bone. Only people who actually want to change the system dance to that music or want it to be heard.

    Equally important, and part of the same neglect, is the intentional ignoring of the facts of his death. In my talk on Martha’s Vineyard I spoke about William Pepper’s book, An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King, Jr. Pepper had been James Earl Ray’s lawyer. Ray was the man convicted of killing King. But both Pepper and the King family were convinced that Ray was innocent. The King family hired Pepper to represent them in a suit; they asked only $100.00 in damages to clear Ray’s name. Before the trial came to court in 1999, Ray had died in prison. The jury determined that King had been assassinated by a conspiracy involving the Memphis police, the Mafia, the FBI, and the Special Forces of the U.S. Army. Ray, the patsy, had left town before the shot was fired. Pepper had confessions from people involved from each of the organizations named. The verdict was barely mentioned in the U.S. media then and is not mentioned every year on the anniversary of his death. Why?

    After my talk on Martha’s Vineyard a man came up to me and said, “I enjoyed your speech and was with you until you started that conspiracy stuff about MLK, Jr.” I said, “That’s not conspiracy. What I told you are facts.” End of conversation.

    I think we’re confronted with two conspiracies here: one to commit the crime, the other to ignore it even when the facts are known. ( Two sides of the same coin.) The man who accused me of slipping into the neurotic, aliens-are-among-us land of conspiracy nuts was unable to hear the evidence, perhaps because he was so utterly convinced by our government and media that conspiracies don’t exist, people who espouse them are dangerous fruitcakes, and if you begin to think like that, your whole house of cards wobbles then topples. Who wants that? Better a standing tower of marked cards, than having to admit the game is rigged and the ground is shaking.

    America is steeped in conspiracy, and even more steeped in propaganda that discredits those who try to expose the conspiracies. Whether we’re talking about MLK, Jr., JFK, RFK, Iran-Contra, 9/11, or, most importantly, the status quo, anyone who works to uncover the truth is branded a “conspiracy nut” and discredited before any evidence has a fair hearing. The government/corporate/media version is THE VERSION. Anything else is illusory.

    In fact, the cultural success of labeling investigative reporters and forensic historians, and, simply, anyone who tries to name reality, “conspiracy nuts” is perhaps the most successful conspiracy of our time. Well, not the most successful. That prize goes to the conspiracy to give corporations all the rights of individual persons under our Constitution. That conspiracy has codified and consolidated corporate power so that it controls our lives in almost every meaningful way. It controls the election funds of our candidates, and them once they are in office. It controls our major media including public broadcasting. It controls the content of our television programming. It controls how are tax dollars are spent making sure that the richest get the most welfare. It controls the laws, the courts, the prison system and the mind numbing propaganda that we are the greatest democracy on earth. It controls the values with which we raise our children. It controls our ability to dispense justice. It controls how we treat nature, how we deface our land with strip malls, and blow the tops off our mountains — a form of corporate free speech. It dictates our modes of transportation. It controls our inability to respond to true crises like climate change. It attempts to create a spiritual deficiency in every person that can be filled and healed only with stuff — and no stuff is ever enough.

    As Richard Grossman puts it, “Isn’t it an old story? People create what looks to be a nifty machine, a robot, called the corporation. Over time, the robots get together and overpower the people. … For a century, the robots propagandize and indoctrinate each generation of people so they grow up believing that robots are people too, gifts from God and Mother Nature; that they are inevitable and the source of all that is good. How odd that we have been so gullible, so docile, obedient.”

    It is obvious to say that we have been engineered into a culture that values competitive consumption and consumers instead of community cooperation and citizenship. Capitalism with its obsessive and necessary appetite for consumption, expanding markets, resource depletion, and increasing profits has consumed democracy. Have you ever watched a small snake swallow a large frog? The snake’s hinged jaw stretches wider and wider, squeezing the frog millimeter by millimeter into its gullet until finally the snake looks like the Holland Tunnel might if it had devoured the Titanic. Then the acids and enzymes do their corrosive work. The frog becomes the snake. And the snake claims it is the frog. Capitalism has gulped down democracy and claimed it is democracy. When, immediately after 9/11, President Bush advised Americans to demonstrate their love of freedom and their resistance to terrorism by courageously, selflessly, hurrying to the mall to buy something, he was speaking as the snake that identifies itself as a frog. He was asking us to play a little game with our brains’ synapses, replace the snake icon with the frog’s. Sadly, he may also have been speaking about democracy in the only way that he can understand or recognize it. And, for him, Christianity has been another tidy meal for the snake.

    Perhaps this switcheroo is nowhere more obvious than in the military /industrial complex. We are told that the vulnerable frog needs protecting. The threats are grave. So we fork over our money and children’s lives for war and weapons. We are told that we are building security and peace. More lives. More weapons. What we aren’t told is that the largest US export to the world is weapons. What we aren’t told is that enormous fortunes are being made from the arms trade. What we aren’t told is that the more precarious and unstable the world is, the better the business for the arms dealers — that the real promotion is not for security and peace but insecurity and war, that the lives of our children are the necessary collateral damage for this monster. What we aren’t told is that the only real security is in cooperation, conservation, and fairness, not imperialism. The frog, who is a snake, wrapped in a flag, pleads for patriotism and counts the cash. The snake’s forked tongue is a barbeque fork on which we’ve all been roasted.

    I’d call that conspiracy.

    The neocons have claimed, with some accuracy, that they can create reality faster than we can react: the deed is done, now deal with it. The troops have invaded, Halliburton, Blackwater, and Lockheed signed their contracts, the prisoners are tortured, your email is bugged, the resources for social programs are gone, the laws are changed, the Wal-Mart is built, the sludge dump has already polluted the aquifer, truth is hollowed out —- catch me if you can! How is that not conspiracy?

    The cooks & the crooks create a new status quo, legalize it, propagandize it, mythologize it, fundamentalize it, slather it with fear and patriotism, and force feed it to the complacent, sedated cow we call America. How is that not conspiracy?

    Of course, ever since the Constitution was signed and didn’t free the slaves or give the vote to women, poor folks, Native Americans and freed blacks so that people with power and money could continue to profit, America has been a conspiracy against itself. It’s been cowboy grilling his own heart over a smoke & mirrors campfire, a CEO with inherited wealth and three hundred years of patrician, affirmative action crooning “Only in America.”

    The reason we can’t talk about conspiracy is because it is the modus operandi. It isn’t the elephant in the room, it is the room itself. We all live there. We can impeach a few elephants, and we should, but the architecture is in place. And they control it.

    When I was in school, I was reminded – repeatedly — to avoid using an indefinite pronoun without identifying whom it refers to, as in, “They are coming to get us,” … or, “They control everything.” Who are They? It’s bad practice to think and write like that. Without reference it just sounds like paranoia. But the hell of it is that it’s damned hard to say who the They are that are in conspiracy to destroy democracy and, by exploitation, nature. Did They do it on purpose or merely discover by serendipity, like cavemen seeing copper ooze out of a rock by a fire, the wondrous possibility and power of what they had found. For instance, the invention of the TV was not a conspiracy. But once the realization of how TV could be used to submerge the public in a lobotomizing swamp of advertising, sound bites, inactivity, community destruction, titillation, false history, empty myth, consumption, and complicity in making fortunes for the sponsors, the program was clear. Conspiracy was the silent partner in the euphemism good business practice. And, once they saw the implications of giving corporations First Amendment rights, they were home free.

    Time to re-think conspiracy.

    We need to embrace conspiracy in two ways. One, admit that it’s real, its quotidian, it’s the fabric of our lives, the mercury in the air, the dioxin in the water, it’s filling the airwaves and the marketplace and the courts and the halls of Congress before we even get out of bed every morning. Two, counter it with a conspiracy of our own. On our side we have the fundamental fact that although the corporate They can alter many of our realities, they can’t alter Reality. They can’t change the behavior of Nature. They can sell off the rain forest, but they can’t leverage the effect of cutting it. They can keep the mileage of cars poor so we’ll buy more gas, but they can’t alter the amount of oil in the ground or the damage to the atmosphere. They can privatize every human interaction and every natural resource, but they can’t privatize the laws of nature. They have conspired to change reality. We must conspire to live in harmony with Reality.

    In the same way, they can conspire to kill Martin Luther King, Jr., but they can’t totally eradicate the truth of who did it and why.

    Con + spirare, from the Latin. To breathe together. Those are the roots of conspiracy. Breathing together doesn’t sound like an activity of the ideologically deracinated whispering seditiously in a dank cellar or a board room, foul breaths denting a weak flame flickering over a candle nub, gunpowder or greed blackened fingers setting a timer, the whites of creased eyes glinting like knives with treason, murder, power, and deceit. Con + spirare sounds like healthy men and women standing in the sun figuring out how in the hell they are going to take care of each other and their aging mother Earth and love life while doing it. Breathing together, sharing the same air, plotting to make sure that what’s mine is yours, conspiring to save their self-respect, their ideals, the future for their children.

    I want to be part of a conspiracy. Pervasive, populist, revolutionary, and totally transparent. Grassroots. Idealistic. Simplistic. Life-affirming. Community building

    A conspiracy to make the common good and the love of nature the common denominator of every economic transaction.

    And the simple truth is either we start breathing together, conspiring big time, right out in the open, nakedly, unashamedly, or we will have conspired in secret, by default, in our own demise.

    We have let them breathe for us, and they have stolen our breath, our air, our spirit.

    Secret con + spirare is death. Open con + spirare is life.

    Conspiracy is dead. Long live conspiracy!

    Robert Shetterly lives in Brooksville, Maine http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org

  7. Matt:

    The Iranians are balking at paying the monetary judgments against them resulting from the Beirut airport bombing that killed two hundred and forty Marines. Will the US Government double-cross Marine families to achieve peace with Iran? That would be a sad day. All retired Marines should get on the horn today. Call and/or e-mail your Congressman. Don’t permit the G to let the Iranians slide. There’s some git-back coming to Marine families. Politicians shouldn’t be allowed to trade it away.

  8. Two weeks before the Boston Marathon bombing I
    posted ” when will FBI agents create their next
    terrorist event ”



    you gotta ask yourselves if the FBI , you know them as the principal architects behind the President Kennedy and Martin Luthrt King assassinations,
    would be capable of deliberately creating terrorist events.

    Just google
    FBI coverup Kennedy assassination
    FBI coverup MLK assassination

    In 2002 I helped shoot and produce 911 Press for Truth

    watch it on youtube

    Watch Canadian Journalist Barry Zwicker’s 5 part television series