Rendering Unto Caesar: Support Our Oops!
As friends, family, and arrest records were probed by journalists to seek an understanding, a picture of an emotionally unstable man emerged. He had been interrogated by police and complained of antagonists using an energy weapon. There is also a story of an incident when he shot out the tires of a construction worker he felt taunted him. We get the impression that he played fast and loose with a gun and that his antagonisms may have been all in his head.
The former impression has some foundation in the man's previous over-the-top use of fire power. The latter impression may be mere assumption. As an African American, Aaron Alexis may have experienced genuine emotional abuse. His statement to police about his hotel experience should not be taken lightly. It is possible that military personnel conducted a hazing campaign against him using neural wave machinery.
When we discussed the issue with some of our military associates we were somewhat surprised by their attitude toward the incident. One of them remarked that Alexis was a "bad man." When asked whether that justified a hazing operation the officer demurred. Another officer claimed that the hazing was the result of a technical glitch and a third chalked it up to pilot error. It was not an act of belligerence: it was a mistake. We have yet another example of the traditional military "support our oops" line of dismissal.
The people responsible for pushing Alexis over the edge into the abyss of mass murder will not hold themselves responsible for the consequences of their actions. The "bad man" takes the fall as they continue to use advanced technology in a cavalier fashion. Given the tendency of the military to paper over abuses, I am confident that nothing will be done to discipline those who participated in the hazing operation.
Do you have faith that American militarists are capable of policing themselves? Would you advocate a UN program to inspect the Pentagon for weapons of mass deception?
Links: Richard Serrano, et al, with some details on the shooting. CBS News more details on the hotel incident.