The attack that claimed the lives of at least 20 people is Patrick Crusius‘ response to the “Hispanic invasion of Texas,” as noted in a manifesto purported to have been written by the accused El Paso mass shooter and uploaded to 8Chan. Authorities said they are still investigating to determine that the file was written by the suspect, who was taken into police custody after the attack on a Walmart in the Texas city.
A number of federal and state officials have said that the mass shooting is an example of domestic white terrorism.
George P. Bush, son of Jeb Bush and Texas Land commissioner, called it “white terrorism,” and now-former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein agreed, calling it “white terrorism.”
The unsigned four-page, 2,300-word racist screed, uploaded to 8chan immediately before the August 3 shooting.
On Monday, Cloudflare, often criticized for hosting 8Chan, shut the site down. But no sooner did they shutter the site that it was picked up by BitMitigate, “World-class CDN. Bulletproof DDoS protection with a proven commitment to liberty.” Owned by Epik.com, it’s headed by Rob Monster who posted the Christchurch shooting video to another of the sites it hosts, Gab.
Epik claims it’s a “…protector of responsible Free Speech.”
8Chan, which describes itself as, “The Darkest Reaches of the Internet,” is indeed back up. It appears a motto is to “embrace infamy.”
Cloudflare chief Matthew Prince wrote 8Chan is a “cesspool of hate,” adding, “They are uniquely lawless and that lawlessness has contributed to multiple horrific tragedies. Enough is enough.”
Prince wrote that Crusius “appears to have been inspired” by 8chan and, “based on evidence we’ve seen, it appears that he posted a screed to the site immediately before beginning his terrifying attack …”
Prince admitted that the posting of extreme racist and xenophobic so-called manifestos in advance of mass murders on 8Chan is “not an isolated incident.”
“Nearly the same thing happened on 8chan before the terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. The El Paso shooter specifically referenced the Christchurch incident and appears to have been inspired by the largely unmoderated discussions on 8chan which glorified the previous massacre. In a separate tragedy, the suspected killer in the Poway, California synagogue shooting also posted a hate-filled “open letter” on 8chan. 8chan has repeatedly proven itself to be a cesspool of hate.”
Read Price’s full statement here.
Meanwhile, 8Chan, which is known by it’s original name, InfinteChan with the 8 representing the infinity symbol, told its users “There might be some downtime in the next 24-48 hours while we find a solution (that includes our email so timely compliance with law enforcement requests may be affected).”
As reported first by Matt Keys, the FBI confirmed it was looking into the racist screed posted on 8Chan and knew the time it was created and uploaded.
Keys also reported out some first images and videos.
According to NBC News, the FBI was aware of the document before the shooting, but investigators were not able to find the target of the attacker fast enough. The document has led to a possible hate crime investigation. Law enforcement sources told ABC News that Crusius told investigators his goal was to kill as many Mexicans as possible.
“Even if other non-immigrant targets would have a greater impact, I can’t bring myself to kill my fellow Americans.” The manifesto writer said he supported the Christchurch shooting citing the “Great Replacement” anti-immigration theory postured there. The writer says that his hatred of immigrants predate Trump so “don’t blame” the president.
“My ideology has not changed for several years. My opinions on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president. I putting this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case. I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump’s rhetoric. The media is infamous for fake news. Their reaction to this attack will likely just confirm that.”
The screed is called “The Inconvenient Truth.” It’s reported to have been authored and uploaded to the internet by the 21-year-old suspect. In it, Crusius says, “My whole life I have been preparing for a future that currently doesn’t exist.”
Heavy called and left two messages with the FBI El Paso field office spokesperson Jeanette Harper Saturday afternoon to get confirmation of law enforcement’s investigation into the manifesto allegedly written by Crusius.
But CNN wrote, “…investigators are reviewing an online writing posted days before the shootings that may speak to a motive.”
By evening, the FBI forensically confirmed that the document was created at 1 a.m. and uploaded less than half an hour before the shooting, it was reported.
The FBI saw the post but not only didn’t have enough time to act, they didn’t know where the attack was set to occur.
The document reads, “I didn’t spend much time at all preparing for this attack. Maybe a month, probably less. I have do this before I lose my nerve. I figured that an under-prepared attack and a meh manifesto is better than no attack and no manifesto.”
Here’s what you need to know:
The Manifesto is Titled ‘The Inconvenient Truth’
In this manifesto, the writer says, “My death is likely inevitable. If I’m not killed by the police, then I’ll probably be gunned down by one of the invaders. Capture in this case if far worse than dying during the shooting because I’ll get the death penalty anyway. Worse still is that I would live knowing that my family despises me. This is why I’m not going to surrender even if I run out of ammo. If I’m captured, it will be because I was subdued somehow. Remember: it is not cowardly to pick low hanging fruit. AKA Don’t attack heavily guarded areas to fulfill your super soldier COD fantasy. Attack low security targets. Even though you might out gun a security guard or police man, they likely beat you in armor, training and numbers. Do not throw away your life on an unnecessarily dangerous target,” he wrote. “If a target seems too hot, live to fight another day.”
It’s been reported Crusius surrendered.
In the four-page document, it’s clear that the writer blames Hispanics in particular for “America rotting from the inside out.” His ideology and socio-political opinions are built upon his issue with immigration.
But he also points to corporate America has bearing much of the blame for the disintegration of the country and takeover of Democrats to make the US a one-party state. He says, “immigration can only be detrimental to the future of America.”
“Some sources say that in under two decades, half of American jobs will be lost to it. Of course some people will be retrained, but most will not. So it makes no sense to keep on letting millions of illegal or legal immigrants flood into the
United States, and to keep the tens of millions that are already here. Invaders who also have close to the highest birthrate of all ethnicities (sic) in America. In the near future, America will have to initiate a basic universal income to prevent widespread poverty and civil unrest as people lose their jobs.”
Racist statement are found throughout the manifesto. He writes, “…the next logical step is to decrease the number of people in America using resources. If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can become more sustainable.”
Horrifically, The Manifesto Author Describes the ‘Gear,’ Meaning Weapons & Ammunition Used in the Attack
The manifesto writer talks about the arsenal he’ll use in the attack. In a matter-of-fact delivery, he wrote that the gun he’d use, would be the WASR 10. “I realized pretty quickly that this isn’t a great choice since it’s the civilian version of the ak47. It’s not designed to shoot rounds quickly, so it overheats massively after about 100 shots fired in quick succession. I’ll have to use a heat-resistant glove to get around this.”
He then described the bullets he’d use and goes into disturbing and graphic detail about the lethal damage a bullet can do to a body. That portion of the screed will not be published here.
The Entreaty Reads as a Racist, White Supremacist Document. The El Paso Mass Shooting is Being Investigated as a Hate Crime
“I am against race mixing because it destroys genetic diversity and creates identity problems. Also because it’s completely unnecessary and selfish. 2nd and 3rd generation Hispanics form interracial unions at much higher rates than average. Yet another reason to send them back. Cultural and racial diversity is largely temporary. Cultural diversity diminishes as stronger and/or more appealing cultures overtake weaker and/or undesirable ones. Racial diversity will disappear as either race mixing or genocide will take place,” the manifest reads.
Authorities are investigating the El Paso shooting as a hate crime.
https://twitter.com/MatthewKeysLive/status/1157808618256961538?s=20. But the idea of deporting or murdering all non-white Americans is horrific. Many have been here at least as long as the whites, and have done as much to build our country. The best solution to this for now would be to divide America into a confederacy of territories with at least 1 territory for each race. This physical separation would nearly eliminate race mixing and improve social unity by granting each race self-determination within their respective territory(s).”
“I can no longer bear the shame of inaction knowing that our founding fathers have endowed me with the rights needed to save our country from the brink destruction. Our European comrades don’t have the gun rights needed to repel the millions of invaders that plaque (sic) their country. They have no choice but to sit by and watch their countries burn. America can only be destroyed from the inside-out. If our country falls, it will be the fault of traitors. This is why I see my actions as faultless. Because this isn’t an act of imperialism but an act of preservation. America is full of hypocrites who will blast my actions as the sole result of racism and hatred of other countries, despite the extensive evidence of all the problems these invaders cause and will cause. People who are hypocrites because they support imperialistic wars that have caused the loss of tens of thousands of American lives and untold numbers of civilian lives. The argument that mass murder is okay when it is state sanctioned is absurd. Our government has killed a whole lot more people for a whole lot less.”
The Manifesto Writer Says His Ideology Predates Trump
He says “America will soon become a one party-state. The Democrat party will own America and they know it. They have already begun the transition by pandering heavily to the Hispanic voting bloc in the 1st Democratic Debate …Although the Republican Party is also terrible. Many factions within the Republican Party are pro-corporation. Procorporation = pro-immigration. But some factions within the Republican Party don’t prioritize corporations over our future”
He says his “… ideology has not changed for several years. My opinions on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president. I putting this here because some people will blame the President…for the attack. This is not the case. ”
On His LinkedIn Page, Cruscius Says He’s ‘Not Really Motivated to do Anything More Than What’s Necessary to Get By’
On his LinkedIn page, Crusius said he is “not really motivated to do anything more than what’s necessary to get by. Working in general sucks, but i guess a career in Software Development suits me well. I spend about 8 hours every day on the computer so that counts towards technology experience I guess. Pretty much just gonna see what technology careers present themselves to me; go with the wind.”