And now, after months of corporate-infused spin by MGM Resorts and outright lies from officials in the FBI and the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, federal agents and intelligence officials are spilling the beans about what really happened on and before the Oct. 1 massacre.
"It's a movie script that was written after the shooting to rewrite what really happened," one FBI agent said. "The investigation is an entirely different story that we are not allowed to talk about. If we do and get caught, we get fired and probably charged (criminally)."
But why the cover up?
The answer to that is perhaps even more complicated than the revelations surrounding the shooting, which can only be explained as shocking and troubling to everyday Americans not connected to the law enforcement community and political machine that has become today's FBI. While few if any bright Americans believed the official back story of the supposed Stephen Paddock rampage, the truth - it turns out - is even more bizarre than fiction here.
In fact, it's downright frightening.
The FBI maintains that Stephen Paddock - the reported lone gunman - was a mystery man and his motive for killing dozens and injuring over 500 people still has not been pinpointed. Those assertions are simply untrue, FBI officials confirm. Lies. In the coming weeks, True Pundit will detail various parts of its investigation into the shooting and more importantly, paint a detailed portrait of the events leading to the shooting and Paddock's likely accomplices and associates.
The major, shocking revelations include:
- When FBI brass was provided with forensic evidence of multiple gunmen, they told agents to stand down and focus on Paddock only. Even a key internal audio captured by a hotel guest of multiple rifles firing from Mandalay Bay went ignored, covered up.
- When FBI brass was provided the names of persons of interest who likely assisted Paddock, agents were instructed not to interview the individuals. One would-be target was never pursued despite pleadings from intelligence officials and agents that he was possibly the second shooter.
- The FBI uncovered specific evidence showing that Paddock was anti-Trump and had an affiliation with ANTIFA, though it never was divulged to the public and agents did not follow such leads, per orders of their superiors.
- When FBI brass was given evidence that the shooting was possibly linked to ANTIFA radicals working with an ISIS-linked terror faction - including the full identities of some of the suspects with ties to both radical groups and at or near Mandalay Bay the night of the deadly shooting - agents were never instructed to follow up on the investigation and pursue the suspects.
- When intelligence officials approached the FBI and LVMPD with external evidence that Paddock was only one member of an organized terror cell - which included as many as five gunman who planned to fire from the Mandalay Bay suite - the compelling evidence was covered up. Never pursued.
- When FBI brass was provided with forensic evidence that Paddock's death was not a suicide, the intelligence was never pursued by the FBI and LVMPD. FBI sources said Paddock suffered two gunshots. His autopsy report only details a single bullet to the head. FBI sources maintain Paddock's autopsy was doctored and is a fraud.
- When an ISIS-linked "businessman" from Turkey was pinpointed in the investigation - and found to be residing near Las Vegas at the time of the shooting - FBI agents were not instructed to follow up and pursue intelligence leads showing possible links to the massacre.
- FBI and intelligence officials believe Paddock and associates chose to strike the Las Vegas country music concert with over 22,000 people because they likely supported President Trump. FBI agents said they were instructed to keep that key motive quiet too.
- When MGM refused to share cctv footage from Mandalay Bay, FBI agents were threatened by superiors that any whistle blowers divulging such revelations to the media would lose their jobs. The FBI still has never been provided all the camera footage from the Mandalay Bay, FBI agents said.
- When FBI agents and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives informed FBI bosses that Paddock didn't start buying dozens of guns until after Trump's election, they were told to keep that fact quiet and shrouded.
- When FBI agents followed up on an ABC News report that Paddock wired $100,000 to the Philippines shortly before the rampage they confirmed the report was untrue. Instead of disputing it, FBI bosses embraced the false story, saying it helped build the narrative the Bureau was constructing about Paddock. FBI agents believe the story was planted with ABC by their superiors.
Does President Trump know about this? White House officials say he does not. Or did not prior to today.
We have named this investigative series "Fear and Lying in Las Vegas" and it will certainly live up to its name, based on the findings of our ongoing research and intelligence gathering.
At every turn, the FBI lied to the American public.
At every turn, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department echoed those lies and added their own falsehoods about every aspect of the shooting and investigation.
FBI and high-placed law enforcement veterans often re-tell the tale - usually over beers and laughs - of a once-corrupt and out of control FBI Las Vegas field office in the 1970s and 1980s when a brash, honest veteran was appointed to clean it up. The agent on his first day walked into the middle of the office, used an office chair to boost himself atop an agent's cluttered desk, while his understudies looked on in amazement.
"I reclaim this office for the United States of America," the new Special Agent in Charge declared.
Then he planted an American flag in the middle of the office, above the cubicles and desks for all to see.
That American flag is long gone now. And that FBI boss' fighting American spirit has likewise left Las Vegas.
They have been replaced by FBI bosses who - at every turn - shunned and covered up credible investigative intelligence compiled by its own agents and other contributing intelligence experts. When the cameras were rolling, they lied to Americans about key facts, trying to paint Paddock as a mysterious lone wolf. But even more egregious, the FBI in what can be described as nothing short of a conspiracy and cover up - intentionally quashed credible leads to identify Paddock's co-conspirators and at least one additional gunman who is walking around today in another American city.
Free to kill again.
Much more to come.