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Non-Terrorism, No Muslims Involved: Iraq War Veteran Bradly Stone Kills his Ex-Wife and Five of her Family Members in Pennsylvania
December 16, 2014
Here's another example of how government officials and their mouthpieces in the media deal with daily crime reporting.
If the offender is a Muslim, then the episode is declared as a "terrorist" attack, on behalf of Al-Qaeda in the past, or ISIS these days, in order to justify the US-led alliance involvement in the permanent wars for Israel and oil in the Middle East.
One example was the tragic hostage incident in Sydney, Australia, in which a Muslim man who had family problems similar to those experienced by the American war veteran being reported today.
The Australian Muslim Man was described as a "terrorist." However, nobody in government or media has mentioned the "T" word (Terrorism) as a motive in the case of this American tragedy in Pennsylvania (see below).
Earlier, a troubled Canadian man, who was killed by police in the Parliament building, was reported as a "terrorist," just because his father was known as a Muslim.
This is just another reminder of the tactics used by the beneficiaries of the war industries around the world to keep wars going on for their own selfish benefits.
Suspect in six Pennsylvania killings is target of manhunt
By Daniel Kelley
LOWER SALFORD, Pennsylvania
Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:06am EST
Pennsylvania police on Tuesday searched for an Iraq war veteran suspected of killing six family members, including his 14-year-old niece, in a shooting spree in communities near Philadelphia.
The hunt for Bradley William Stone, 35, was focused around Pennsburg, about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Philadelphia, where residents were advised to stay inside with their doors locked, the Montgomery County district attorney said.
Stone, who lives in Pennsburg, was a suspect in the shooting deaths on Monday of his ex-wife, her mother, grandmother, sister and two other family members, District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman told journalists.
"As we stand here right now, we don't know where he is," she said.
Stone took his two young daughters from his ex-wife's house but left them safe with a neighbor, Ferman said.
It was Pennsylvania's second recent high-profile manhunt after a seven-week chase to capture survivalist Eric Frein, 31, accused of killing a state trooper in a sniper attack in September outside a state police barracks.
Ferman said Stone sometimes uses a cane or walker, but it was not clear if he needed them to get around.
Upper Perkiomen schools in the Pennsburg area were closed on Tuesday, the district said.
The search for Stone turned on Monday evening to neighboring Bucks County, where a man walking his dog was confronted by a knife-carrying man who tried to take his car keys.
The dog walker was armed and fired several shots at the suspect. Police in Doylestown Township, about 24 miles from Pennsburg, say the man fit Stone's description.
Media reported Stone suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. He enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in 2002, was deployed to Iraq at least once and was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant in 2011, according to military spokesman Captain Dustin Pratico.
He was believed to have gone on a shooting spree in three towns, first killing his ex-wife's sister, husband and 14-year-old daughter in Souderton around 3:30 a.m., the district attorney said. A 17-year-old son survived but was wounded and hospitalized, she said.
About an hour later, a 911 call pointed police to a house in Lansdale, Ferman said. There they found Stone's former mother-in-law and former grandmother-in-law dead, she said.
Police then received an emergency call from a neighbor of Stone's ex-wife Nicole, 33, in Lower Salford, Ferman said. Police found her shot to death, she said.
(Additional reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Eric Johnson and Barbara Goldberg)
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