Two students were dead in a dormitory when Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger and his two top lieutenants gathered to assess the shootings and the university's response in Burruss Hall at 8:25 a.m. Monday. Campus Police Chief Wendell Flinchum soon called in from the dorm: The police were on top of it and were already looking for the dead girl's boyfriend, he told Virginia Tech's executive vice president, its provost and Steger. The West Ambler Johnston Residence Hall was secure, he said, with officers surrounding it. The situation was contained.In fact, the dead girl's boyfriend was not the killer -- and had nothing to offer investigators.
That assumption could not have been more wrong.
But while they were chasing this wild goose, the killer was sending his lurid details to the press, and preparing to kill again -- 30 more times. So in retrospect, it's clear that a lot of "wrong assumptions" have been made.
The people who made the wrong assumptions still assert that those assumptions were reasonable.
The chiefs of the campus police, Blacksburg force and state police portrayed a routine, if tragic, crime scene at the dorm that gave no hint of the trouble to come. They said they never considered shutting down the campus and argued that doing so might have resulted in even more bloodshed.How could a simple and routine precaution have resulted in "even more bloodshed"?
In a briefing to the school's Board of Visitors last week, police also said a lockdown could have trapped an angry Cho inside his dorm, making things worse.Sure, guys, whatever you say. Right. We believe you. Because trapping an angry killer in a single building is much less dangerous than allowing him to roam an entire campus. Really.
The Washington Post is not reporting that "police and EMT workers at Virginia Tech [...] were given a federal order to stand down and not pursue killer Cho Seung-Hui as Monday's bloodshed unfolded", and nobody expects them to. But Joseph Watson at Prison Planet made this very disturbing claim on Friday. According to Watson,
we have received calls from police and EMT's who tell us that a stand down order was in place, and this is also confirmed by eyewitness Matt Kazee, who is a Blacksburg local.While FOX News chases after questions like Where is God? and Why Do "Good" People Do Bad Things? and the Washington Post asks whether the carnage was avoidable, Prison Planet wants to know who was behind it. Paranoia? Perhaps. But on the other hand, perhaps not.
Kazee talked to local EMTs and police who told him the same thing, that the order was to wait until federal back up arrived before any action was taken. This explains the complete non-response of the police in the two hour gap between Cho's first two murders and the wider rampage that would follow later that morning.
The policy of federal control over the University was put in place following a previous shooting in August 2006 in which a police officer and a hospital security guard were killed.
Ignorance and incompetence may well be rampant in this case, but if the police were indeed stood down, then it seems quite reasonable to assume that sinister forces were at play -- indeed, it's almost impossible to assume otherwise.
Fishy-smelling details continue to emerge, and Black Krishna is watching.