Tears on the Western Horizon: How the Las Vegas Shooter’s Filipino Connection Unveiled the Philippine’s fight for the future and its shadowy past by Quinton Mitchell

American soldiers fighting for colonial conquest in the Philippines in the early twentieth century from the Library of Congress. This paper goes into detail about how the Las Vegas Shooter’s Filipino connection unveiled – either directly or coincidentally – a real past and present involving black market and government sanctioned gun-trafficking; paramilitary operations regarding the Global War on Terrorism; sex trafficking, and psychological operations.

Abstract: The Las Vegas Shooter had wired money to The Philippines before he conducted one of the largest, if not the largest, mass shooting in modern US history. However, the legacy media isn’t doing as good of a job that it can when it comes to linking dots relating to the island nation of The Philippines. The Philippines has a brutal history of colonization but is also in important regional hub for American defense policy. The island is also notorious for human trafficking and has played a major role in American “Hearts and Minds” psychological operations with revelations regarding the MKUltra Project.

The Las Vegas Shooting unveiled a real-world struggle where the Philippines is in the cross-hairs. FBI, ATF, Homeland Security, DOJ regarding guns; DOD regarding counter-terrorism; a Jihadist cell in which the now deceased founder was technically on the side of the US during the Soviet-Afghan War; Chabad missionaries and increased US and Israeli cooperation.

Keywords: Philippines, Noahide, Terrorism, Abu Sayyaf, Psy Ops, Psychological Operations, US Special Forces, Las Vegas, Israel, Guns, USA, ATF, FBI, Homeland Security, Trump, etc.

Table of Contents:

  1. Trump and The Philippines
  2. A History of Gun Smuggling
  3. The Las Vegas shooter’s Filipino connection
  4. Chabad, Noahide, and The Philippines (also, a History of Bondage)
  5. Islamic Terrorism, US Counter-terrorism
  6. Psy-Ops, Vampires, and the works of OSS CIA Maj. Gen. Edward G. Lansdale
  7. The Black Dahlia & The Philippines
  8. MK-Ultra in The Philippines
  9. The Curious Case of Candy Jones, The FBI and Hypnosis?

1. Trump and The Philippines: After the events of the Las Vegas Shooting which occurred on October 1, 2017 it didn’t seem as if the mainstream media or the alternative media were digging into the Filipino connection regarding the massacre. The simple fact that Marilou Danley is from the Philippines and was there during the shooting, seems that more questions regarding the Philippines would’ve arisen. Shortly after the Las Vegas shooting, President Donald Trump visited The Philippines to discuss security and drug enforcement with President Rodrigo Duterte, whom, according to Reuters (2017), “Duterte is known for his often profanity-laden tirades against the United States, chiding Washington for treating the Philippines “like a dog,” despite the two nations’ longstanding relationship. The Philippines’ leader announced his “separation” from the United States during a visit to Beijing a year ago, declaring he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks.”

However, in an official press release from The White House regarding Trump and Philippines and his trip to the island nation, it was stated the vast scope of US taxpayer money going to the Philippines.

There was $85 million in counterterrorism-related equipment, training, and support to the armed forces of the Philippines; President Trump announced an additional $14.3 million for the community of Marawi City to address the humanitarian needs of 360,000 displaced persons; the two leaders noted that the United States has provided approximately $65 million to enhance the Philippines’ maritime security capabilities; President Trump announced $2 million to support drug demand reduction programs in the Philippines, and President Duterte thanked President Trump for the delivery of more than $1 billion in United States foreign assistance to the Philippines over the past eight years (White House.gov, 2017).

Further, there’s gambling and casino links between the Vegas and the Philippines. Donald Trump has a Trump Tower Manila. Trump is also very popular in the Philippines.

Higgeibottom (2019) states, “As once-close allies show dismay at Trump’s presidency, the Philippines has held true. In fact, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center poll of 25 nations… Donald Trump is trusted by 78% of Filipinos – a higher proportion than any other country. That means Filipinos trust the U.S. president more than Americans do. Only 55 percent of Americans this year said they had a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust and confidence in their leaders, according to Gallup. And that’s at a 10-year high. Meanwhile, 69 percent of Israelis, 28 percent of Britons and only 9 percent of French people had confidence in the U.S. president, according to Pew’s report.”

Yet, Higginbottom (2019) does state, “Trump doesn’t get all the diplomatic credit here. Filipinos have long looked on their former colonizers favorably. Richard Heydarian, author of The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt Against Elite Democracy, sees it as a sort of “”collective amnesia” from a bloody past with Americans.” Lastly, Higginbottom (2019) states, “But after the U.S. foiled the revolution, it governed with a relatively soft hand compared to the Spanish. The U.S. left — in relative terms, of course — possibly the most “benign imperial legacy in Asia,” explains Heydarian. Educational opportunities increased with American-funded programs. And the country was protected militarily from others in the region. “The U.S. is broadly seen as a knight in shining armor” to Filipinos, Heydarian says.”

I believe the Las Vegas shooting inadvertently unveiled a larger “deep-state” struggle regarding the importance of the Philippines to the USA where legal and illegal gun sales are common. Where the state and black-markets (including the illegal sex industry and gambling) meet in overt and covert operations to balance power in The Philippines. ­­­The fact that Jihadist terror is a real thing on the island nation means the USA has justification for a presence there in a kind of “you need us” mentality, but this justification is part of a larger DOD strategy regarding China. Controlling and co-opting black markets is vital for the intelligence, and there’s a chance that the Las Vegas shooter, or at least his girlfriend were somehow connected, even if they were low hanging fruit.

2. A History of Gun Smuggling: There’s an extensive history regarding arms trafficking between the United States and the Philippines, but there’s evidence of arms dealing revolving around Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, thus bringing the Las Vegas Shooting into mind.

In a New York Times archive piece from the Cold War, Gerth (1985) states, “George A. Rodriguez, an official with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms who until recently headed its program to combat international trafficking in arms, said: ”The recent trend is an increase in international arms trafficking to the Philippines. It involves Filipinos in the United States, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Reno, Las Vegas and Chicago.””

The article by Gerth (1985) details how the Philippines at that time saw a rise in private armies under President Ferdinand E. Marcos and mentioned an American official who stated he wanted to remain unidentified. The unnamed American official stated the private armies were being trained in special warfare tactics. The article by Gerth (1985) also references James A. Kelly, who served under Ronald Reagan’s anti-communism presidency as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (East Asia and Pacific.).

Kelly was concerned of the role that private armies would play in the country’s stability having feared coups and turf wars. George A. Rodriguez, in the article by Gerth (1985), stated, “”Some of it is random, but several of the investigations involve money people. One of the guys getting guns is a leading industrialist in the Philippines who is very close to Marcos.”

“Philippine military officers are also reported to be implicated. A Justice Department official said American-based Filipinos were involved in smuggling M-16’s to Philippine military officials.” (Gerth, 1985).

“A Filipino businessman in California said he had been asked by a member of the President’s palace guard to send guns to Manila hidden in a golf bag. The businessman, who asked not to be identified, also said a Philippine military official had used a private detective agency in the United States as a front to buy guns legitimately.” (Gerth, 1985).

In 2011 or 2012, the Justice Department issued a press release, 12-027, under its Criminal Division Component, stating that three Filipino nationals were arrested for trafficking assault rifles into the United States.

According to the Department of Justice. According to the United States Justice Department (2014), “Three Philippine nationals have been arrested on charges of violating the Arms Export Control Act, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. of the Central District of California and Steven M. Martinez, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.” According to the complaint, the case is part of an FBI investigation of transnational Asian organized crime groups involved in the illicit trafficking of firearms (United States Justice Department, 2014). Lastly, the United States Justice Department (2014), stated, “– items specifically designed, developed, configured, adapted or modified for military application – into the United States from the Republic of the Philippines, including 12 fully automatic Bushmaster M-4 .223 caliber rifles, a .50 caliber sniper rifle, an M14 7.62mm assault rifle, a single-shot grenade launcher, a rocket propelled grenade (RPG-7) launcher, a mortar launcher, an AK-47 rifle and ballistic vests. None of the defendants had a license to import these items into the United States.”The three men in the DOJ bust were Sergio Santiago de Leon Syjuco, aka “Yogi,” 25, of Muntinlupa City, Philippines; Cesar Paolo Inciong Ubaldo, aka “Arvi,” 26, of Paranaque City, Philippines; and Arjyl Revereza, 25, of Manila, Philippines.”

However, a counter accusation was made against the FBI involving possible unethical tactics involved in the bust.

According to Pimentel (2013), “Defense attorneys had feverishly asked the judge to dismiss the case arguing the undercover FBI agent engaged in “outrageous government misconduct” and entrapped their client. Federal Deputy Public Investigator Richard Goff traveled to Manila and found: “On several occasions, the undercover agent invited [the defendants] to …brothels in and around Manila in order to reward them for their efforts and encourage them to continue looking for weapons. [The undercover agent] ordered prostitutes and paid for himself and others to have sex with the prostitutes.” Court documents show the place the deals were being conducted in was at brothel houses Air Force One and Area 51, which was later raided by the Philippine government where they found underage prostitutes. The FBI agent had sought $15,000 in reimbursement related to the investigation.”

The quote by Pimentel (2013) is backed by Sullivan (2018), who stated, “Several FBI employees have been recalled from cities across Asia in recent months while the Justice Department’s inspector general examines allegations related to parties and interactions with prostitutes, The Wall Street Journal reports.” Further, Sullivan (2018) states, “Although the vast majority of the FBI’s approximately 36,000 employees are based in the United States, the bureau maintains a large presence of special agents and support staff in embassies across the world who work with foreign law enforcement agencies on matters of mutual interest. These permanently assigned international personnel are augmented by FBI global response teams based in the United States, which frequently deploy overseas to conduct investigations.”

To keep the FBI in mind involving the previous quotes surrounding guns and prostitution, lets add gambling to the mix to show the scope of the FBI in the Philippines.

Reuters (2013) stated, “The FBI sent agents to Manila as part of a probe into millions of dollars of payments made by Universal Entertainment Corp to a government consultant in relation to the firm’s casino project on Manila Bay, the Philippine gaming regulator said.” Further, regarding this FBI probe into Manila based gambling operations which also included the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Reuters (2013), stated, “Reuters was the first to report in mid-November on the money transfers totaling $40 million to Rodolfo Soriano, an aide of Naguiat’s predecessor Efraim Genuino. The payments were made in 2010 when Universal was lobbying for concessions from the government for its casino project.

Back to guns…

In a separate case, Immigration & Customs Enforcement (2016) stated, “A Long Beach woman and her son have been named in federal grand jury indictments that charge them with illegally shipping hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of firearms parts and ammunition to their native Philippines – munitions that were concealed in shipments they falsely claimed to be household goods.” The press release by ICE details how Marlou Mendoza, 60, and Mark Louis Mendoza, 30, were given indictments by a grand jury and Ms. Mendoza was arrested at LAX airport, but her son in 2016 remained at large. Eerily similar to the money wire-transfer in the Las Vegas shooting case between the United States and The Philippines, it was stated, “The money laundering charge against Mark Mendoza alleges that during the first six months of 2011, he transferred more than $650,000 in proceeds generated by the illegal ammunition exports from an account in the Philippines to a money remitter in Los Angeles.” (Immigrant & Customs Enforcement, 2016).

“Mark Mendoza, who was the president of a “tools and equipments” company known as Last Resort Armaments, ordered more than $100,000 worth of ammunition and firearms accessories, much of which was delivered to his parent’s Long Beach residence over a six-month period in 2011. The items Mark Mendoza ordered included parts for M-16 and AR-15-type rifles, which are listed as defense articles on the United States Munitions List. Pursuant to the Arms Export Control Act, items on the Munitions List may not be shipped to the Philippines without an export license issued by the Department of State.” (Immigration & Customs Enforcement, 2016).

Relating to the task-force that pursued the Mendoza’s, according to Immigration & Customs Enforcement (2016), “A Joint probe by HSI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that began in 2011 after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers uncovered a cache of ammunition and firearms parts in an outbound crate being shipped by Marlou Mendoza that had falsely been declared to be household effects. In July 2011, CBP and the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) intercepted and seized three separate shipments from Last Resort Armaments containing approximately 180,000 rounds of .22-caliber ammunition, and more than three dozen receivers for AR-15 and M-16 assault rifles. In November 2012, specials agents with HSI and ATF special agents executed a search warrant at a location associated with Last Resort Armaments, seizing more than 120,000 rounds of .22-caliber ammunition, along with AR-15 trigger assemblies, magazines, sights and rifle barrels.”

The United States Embassy in the Philippines in a press release detailed the gun-trafficking arrests of Elizabeth Grino and Ronie Velasco within the Philippines through coordinated efforts by the Philippine National Police, US Homeland Security, ICE, and the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearm bureau (ATF). According to the press release, “Grino and Velasco were caught during a buy bust operation in Makati City on June 8, 2017 after a number of illegal sales of the Glock fully automatic firearms selector switches (SEARS) to buyers in the United States.  They were arrested for violation of the Philippine Republic Act (RA) 10591, Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, a no-bail offense. PNP, ATF, and HSI Manila are working together to have charges filed against the two, who are representing Royal City Tactical, for the manufacturing and shipping of the Glock fully automatic SEARS to the U.S.” (U.S. Embassy Manila, 2017).

So, think about all of this… These ICE, FBI, and DOJ cases happened before the shooting, with the US Embassy releasing information on US-Filipino gun sales in 2017, a few months before the shooting – a shooting where a Filipino woman that dated Stephen Paddock had received a large sum of money via international wire-transfer from a man with a large cache of guns.

3. The Las Vegas Shooter’s Filipino Connection: It’s important to know that Marilou Danley has Australian citizenship but was living in the United States. She still resides in the US in Los Angeles in a home worth over $2.3 million dollars (Radar Online, 2019). Elton-Pym (2017) stated that she was reportedly in the Philippines at the time of the attack, but some of her personal ID may have been used to book Mr. Paddock’s Vegas hotel room.

All we really know about Stephen Paddock is he was a gambler, maybe with a drinking problem, lost a slip-and-fall lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan casino, had a pilot’s license, had a computer with no hard-drive in his hotel room, had a few professional jobs but made millions in real-estate, had a father with a criminal history, was a germophobic, and according to Ms. Dailey in an article by Mitchell (2018) became interested in guns (which she stated was a hobby), became distant where the relationship lost intimacy, but Paddock was constantly looking out of windows.

““Danley, according to police, said during their early September stay at the Mandalay Bay Paddock was “behaving strangely” and looking out the windows toward the Las Vegas Village venue where the three-day concert would be held later in the month. “The two were staying in room 60-235 and she observed Paddock constantly looking out the windows of the room which overlooked the Las Vegas Village venue,” the report states. “Paddock would move from window to window looking at the site from different angles.”” (Mitchell, 2018)

However, something more disturbing probably led Mr. Paddock’s paranoia. According to Mitchell (2018), “Computer forensic analysis of Paddock’s Dell laptop “revealed numerous internet searches for open air venues” and “several hundred images of child pornography”. On top of this disturbing revelation, lastly, Mitchell (2018) stated that Investigators also found Paddock “was indebted to no one and in fact paid all his gambling debts off prior to the shooting.”

According to Jason Silverstein (2018) of Newsweek, “The documents reveal Danley told investigators they would likely find her fingerprints on Paddock’s ammo once they looked into it — which turned out to be true. She also said she sometimes helped with loading the magazines for some of his weapons. It was not clear from the documents why exactly Danley was handling the weapons or if she did anything else with them.”

“The records also show Paddock purchased most of his guns and ammo online in the 12 months leading up to the attack, and that he used anonymous communication tools and destroyed some of his digital footprints. Investigators found three cell phones in Paddock’s Mandalay Bay hotel suite. One was locked, and an FBI agent wrote that this phone was likely the one that would contain “any information related to a potential conspiracy.” Authorities previously revealed that they also found a laptop with no hard drive in the room.” (Silverstein, 2018).

According to Winter, Dienst, Williams & Blankstein (2017), “Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock wired $100,000 to an account in his live-in girlfriend’s home country, the Philippines, in the week before he unleashed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, according to multiple senior law enforcement officials.”

“Danley, 62, who had traveled to Hong Kong on Sept. 25, could fill in some of the blanks after returning to the United States on Wednesday, the officials said. She arrived at Los Angeles International Airport escorted by FBI agents late Tuesday; multiple law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation said.” (Winter, Dienst, Williams, & Blankstein, 2017).

“There were 16 Currency Transaction Reports, or CTRs, filed for Paddock in recent weeks. The Treasury Department and the IRS mandate that casinos file the reports for “each transaction in currency involving cash-in and cash-out of more than $10,000 in a gaming day.” (Winter, Dienst, Williams, & Blankstein, 2017).

The piece by Winter et al. (2017), however, paints Steve Paddock, the shooter, as a high-stakes gambler, who claimed to have been injured in a slip at a Casino and he sued the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Paddock was also Seven Stars Tier Status holder which is a premier package for high-roller gamblers. Yet, after the slip incident, and with Paddock losing his lawsuit, it seems something happened, and then he did the shooting.

However, there’s still a lot of shade around this, but the fact that his girlfriend was in the Philippines, doesn’t implicate her to some larger international conspiracy, but rather sheds light on the Philippines as is, which is actually the focal point of issues such as Terrorism, guns sales, human trafficking, and having a long history of US Special Operations which involves Psychological Warfare campaigns.

According to Herbets (2018) on October 1, 2018 a judge had ordered the release of 300 pages of FBI documents relating to the shooting and it shed light on the probable cause the FBI had which was Paddock’s emails.

“According to one of many requests for access into shooter Stephen Paddock’s email account, investigators found that he may have been emailing himself cryptic messages.” (Herbert, 2018).

Paddock was having email correspondence with email addresses, centralpark1@live.com and centralpark4804@gmail.com. Yet, Herbets (2018) states, “The FBI states Paddock was once the manager of an apartment complex in Reno called Central Park.Girlfriend”

Regarding Sheldon Adelson of Las Vegas Sands and a major Trump donors, there’s not much of a connection to The Las Vegas Shooter, despite Adelson owning hotels in Vegas which are the Venetian and Sands. The only suspicious thing one could draw is the fact that security in Las Vegas could be argued as equivalent to its own surveillance state, there’s a culture of “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas”, and Adelson is a die-hard Zionist and many have said that his ideas are directly influencing Trump’s Middle East Policy such as the move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

Further, due to Sheldon Adelson as a Zionist who backs Trump links him to the Chabad community of Judaism, which has large missionaries in The Philippines.

Two of the hotels related to Paddock are Caesar’s and the Cosmopolitan.

Caesars Entertainment Corporations is partially owned Apollo Management Group, TPG Capital, Paulson & Co, but also by Carl Icahn. Icahn served as Donald Trump’s special economic adviser on financial regulation. Reuters (2016) said, “Trump and Icahn share some history in the casino business. Icahn this year helped shutter the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resorts in Atlantic City, two years after buying it out of bankruptcy. The casino was once a prized part of Trump’s empire.”.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel is owned by Blackstone Group and under CEO and co-founder Steve Schwarzman, which is one of the, if not the largest hedge fund in the world with over 500 Billion in Assets Under Management (AUM). Arnsdorf, Dawsey, Goldmacher, & Debenedetti (2017) of Politico stated, “Billionaire investor Steve Schwarzman’s newfound status as a trusted outside adviser for President Donald Trump has created blurred lines in which the Blackstone CEO is offering guidance on policies that could boost the fortunes of his company and his personal wealth.”

As far as the Mandalay Resort where Paddock conducted the shooting, according to an SEC (2017) report, it is owned by MGM Resorts International which is owned 16.1% by Tracinda, a private equity group, and T. Rowe & Price 13.9%.

So, Steve Paddock, the Las Vegas Shooter, has connections to two property held by advisers with links to Donald Trump, although the shooting itself happened to at a hotel owned by MGM Resorts which is partially owned by Tracinda and T. Rowe & Price.

4. Chabad, Noahides, & The Philippines: The Philippines is home to about 20,000 Noahide religious followers. Noahide is essentially a “gentile” worship of Israel and practicing of Judaism without Gentiles allowed to be Jewish. The Chabad Lubavitch community, which Jared Kushner has ties to, has a section on their webpage dedicated to The Philippines (https://chabad.ph/noahides/). According to a Haaretz op-ed, tilted, The Messianic Zionist Religion Whose Believers Worship Judaism (But Can’t Practice It), by Ofri Ilany on 9/12,2018. “Cooperation between Israel and the Philippines is constantly growing, and this week reached new heights with the visit to Israel of the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte. The Philippines are a key arena of Chabad activity, and one of the primary venues where the new religion is being disseminated. There are four Chabad centers in the country, and in addition to assisting Jews, they support 10 Noahide houses of prayer. The Hasidic emissaries view the Philippines community as the model for Noahide communities in other countries.” (Ilany, 2018).

“Last month, Nova Religio, a journal devoted to emergent and alternative religions, published an article by Rachel Z. Feldman, assistant professor of religious studies at Franklin and Marshall College, in Pennsylvania, titled “The Children of Noah: Has Messianic Zionism Created a New World Religion?” In the summer of 2017, Feldman visited Noahide communities on the Filipino island of Cebu, which are supervised by Chabad rabbis. Like most Noahides around the world, the members of the Cebu community came mostly from Protestant churches but had abandoned their belief in the New Testament.” (Ilany, 2018).

“One of the groups Feldman observed lives in a mountainous, “financially challenged” rural region. In the past its members were cave dwellers who belonged to a Sabbath-observing church called Sacred Name Believers. Their leader is the Noahide preacher Emmanuel Villegas. For years he visited poor communities on various islands and converted them to the Children of Noah. He called on them to renounce Christianity and to burn their holy books – though not before cutting out the Tetragrammaton (God’s Hebrew name) from the texts.” (Ilany, 2018).

The relationship of the Philippines to Israel is deeper considering many Filipino workers do domestic work in Israel. Yet, many Filipino workers risk deportation in a nationalistic Zionist Israel. Eloise Blondiau (2016) of American Magazine, published an article titled, Filipino workers spend decades caring for Israeli families. Now they risk deportation for having children. Filipino workers spend decades caring for Israeli families. Now they risk deportation for having children (Blondiau, 2016). According to Blondiau (2016), “Despite these deep connections to Israeli society, Ms. Franco’s future in the officially Jewish state is at risk, even despite becoming a mother to a child born in Israel. This child, Yael, now 12, identifies as Israeli. Yael says she feels more Israeli than Filipino. Hebrew is her first language, and she has never left Israel.”

So where is Ms. France and her child supposed to go? Back to a county riddled with Islamic terrorism and on the radar of Jewish Noahide missionaries but also the United States military. Religious people in the Philippines being indoctrinated by Chabad ideology, despite the fact many Filipinos are engaged in international domestic work, but Filipinos are being rejected in Israel.

“The Israeli government has deported undocumented babies and young children for decades. The mothers could choose either to leave with their children—in which case they would lose their visas—or send the children home to live with relatives. Until recently, in something of a compromise, authorities allowed undocumented children who were enrolled in school to stay in the country. After a plan to deport school-going children in 2008 was later abandoned in response to a public outcry; for example, 800 children of migrant workers were granted amnesty.” (Blondiau, 2016)

“Last year, however, immigration officials began to detain Filipino mothers and ask them to sign documents that said they would be deported with their children by the end of this summer.” (Blondiau, 2016)

Considering the Chabad community is Orthodox and practices the Talmud, but is also operating in a nation such as The Philippines which was a large human and sex trafficking issue, on top of the fact that many Filipinos (who identify as religious) are sent abroad to due domestic duties in Israel (despite their treatment regarding deportation), it brings to light the practice of Child Marriage in regards to the abuse of minors.

Far away from The Philippines in the US state of New Jersey, a bill was sent to the State Legislature to block the practice of child marriage, or any marriage under the age of eighteen years old. According to JTA and Ben Sales (2018), “Jewish activists are driving both sides of the debate. The main group lobbying for the bill is Unchained at Last, a nonprofit that opposes underage marriage. The group’s founder, Fraidy Reiss, who grew up Haredi, says child marriage, primarily of girls to older men, is an abusive practice that can damage children emotionally and physically.”

Further, the JTA and Sales (2018), stated, “Agudath Israel of America, the national Haredi organization, says it supports the bill but that its provisions are too strict. Citing child marriages that take place in observant Jewish communities, it wants to see an exemption made for older teenagers who want to wed.”

The article in Haaretz however doesn’t deal with more age extreme cases and dealt mostly with marriages of 15-17. The articles also stated, “If the bill passes, it would make New Jersey only the second state in the country to ban child marriage. Delaware banned the practice earlier this year.” (JTA & Sales, 2018). This means underage marriage laws are more common in the US than we realize. A sort of “Blue Law” leftover from older times were such marriages were more common.

A History of Colonialism and Bondage.

The Philippines was first owned by the Spanish Empire under brutal control but was later acquired by the Americans in the American victory in the Spanish American war.

According to History Channel (2010) Emilio Aguinaldo and members of the Katipunan, a secret revolutionary society launched independence in the eighteen nineties. After the Americans beat the Spanish, the Americans annexed the nation which led to a Filipino resistance against the Americans, however, this was suppressed by a growing presence of American troops which topped around 65,000.

The History Channel (2010) article also refers to what could be called ethnic cleansing in the Philippines. “In an infamous episode, U.S. forces on the island of Samar retaliated against the massacre of a U.S. garrison by killing all men on the island above the age of 10. Many women and young children were also butchered. General Jacob Smith, who directed the atrocities, was court-martialed and forced to retire for turning Samar, in his words, into a “howling wilderness.”

More than 4,000 Americans perished suppressing the Philippines–more than 10 times the number killed in the Spanish-American War. More than 20,000 Filipino insurgents were killed, and an unknown number of civilians perished. (History Channel, 2010)

In 1935, the Commonwealth of the Philippines was established with U.S. approval, and Manuel Quezon was elected the country’s first president. On July 4, 1946, full independence was granted to the Republic of the Philippines by the United States. (History Channel, 2010)

Today many Americans are of Filipino heritage, have a served is the United States military, and up until full independence to my knowledge had the same passport rights as any other American overseas territory, i.e., Puerto Rico, Guam, etc.

Yet, sexual abuse has gripped the country’s history and present.  According to the Associated Press (2018), “Women’s group asked the Philippine president on Thursday to oppose any request by Japan to remove a newly erected statue honoring women who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II. The Gabriela women’s group said President Rodrigo Duterte should instead demand an official apology and compensation for Filipino women who were “conscripted by the Japanese Imperial Army to serve as wartime sex slaves.”

Not only is sex trafficking big in the Philippines, like that of exposes on Indonesia, the land is also notorious for organ trafficking, which to me recalls Israel’s need for organ donors. So, we have Chabad in The Philippines teaching a religion of Israel state-worship, but Israel has an organ-donor need and The Philippines is known for illegal organ dealing.

According to The Week (2009), “Brooklyn Rabbi Levy Izhak Rosenbaum was arrested for “trafficking in human body parts,” said Sally Satel in The Wall Street Journal, as part of an FBI corruption dragnet targeting 44 New Jersey–area officials and rabbis.”

Further, according to Cook (2008), “Organ trafficking, say Filipino kidney specialists. In some desperately poor communities, many men have sold their kidneys to make a bit of cash, even though post-surgical care is rare. In Basesco, on Manila Bay, about 3,000 of the slum’s 50,000 inhabitants are reported to have sold a kidney — but not to other Filipinos, for few can afford a US$17,000transplant operation. Despite a government-imposed cap which restricts the number of transplants to foreigners to 10% of the total, wealthy foreigners, many from the Middle East are the chief beneficiaries.”

Lastly, Klein (2018), “Israel has become increasingly involved in the world transplantation industry in the last decade. This comes a few years after India, which until the 1990s was the global center of the organ trade, enacted legislation prohibiting transplants using organs acquired from living people.”, and, “The illegal transplantation industry has continued to flourish globally in recent years, the European Parliament notes, but the place of Israel – along with the Philippines and Pakistan – as hubs of the organ trade has been taken by new countries, among them Costa Rica, Colombia, Vietnam, Lebanon and Egypt.” (Klein, 2018).

5. Islamic Terrorism, US Counter-terrorism: The Philippines has a Jihadist Islamic Terrorist element, as well as being the the home to large sects of radical Noahide sects, despite the nation being predominately Roman Catholic. The county is also involved in US Special Operations against Terrorism. So, we have the US military, Israel, Jihadist, and zealot Noahide “Christian” communities, all bubbling on the island nation comprised of dozens of islands but also has a brutal history of colonialization and of human/sex trafficking.

According to Stentiford (2018), “Specifically, the US effort in the southern Philippines was a complex generational effort that, viewed over the long term, was remarkably successful in achieving US strategic goals in the region. Operation Enduring Freedom–Philippines (OEF-P)—as the US involvement in the southern Philippines was dubbed—was quite different from its counterpart in Afghanistan. Rather than a dramatic battle against terrorists and the establishment of a new government, OEF-P became, for the Americans, a largely steady-state application of multiple US government resources to fundamentally alter the relationship between the Philippine government and security forces and the people of the southern Philippines in support of American and Philippine strategic goals. (p. 1)

Further, Stentiford (2018) states, “The US military made the first tentative steps toward returning to the Philippines in March 2001—six months prior to the 9/11 attacks—to address a very specific strategic problem. Much of southern Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago had effectively become what political scientists call “ungoverned space.”

Lastly, Stentiford (2018) states, “What became Operation Enduring Freedom–Philippines began following 9/11 in 2002, when the United States sought to open a second front in the larger war against Islamic terrorist networks by engaging al Qaeda-linked organizations such as the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and Jemaah Islamiya (JI), organizations that were taking advantage of the relatively ungoverned space in southern Mindanao and in the Sulu Archipelago.3 In this sovereignty vacuum, violent terrorist groups such as JI and the ASG were able to operate with impunity. One catalyst for US forces to enter the region was the kidnapping of an American missionary couple who were taken, along with others, from the Philippine island of Palawan on 27 May 2001 and brought to the region. Initially employing Task Force 510, and later Joint Special Operations Task Force–Philippines (JSOTF-P), the United States worked to increase the capability of the Philippine security forces (including both the armed forces and later the Philippine National Police) to defeat ASG and JI.” (p. 2).  

According Kyle Rempfer (2019), a staff reporter for Military Times whom previously served an enlistment in U.S. Air Force Special Tactics and his reporting focuses on the Department of the Army, stated that “The United States wants to be the preferred military partner for the countries surrounding China, and the Army’s 1st Special Forces Group has been working that angle for decades.”

“Around 2001, 1st Group soldiers began training Philippine Rangers who would eventually form the Light Reaction Regiment, the Philippine Army’s premier counterterrorism and special mission unit. That force saw early action in the mid-2000s against the Abu Sayyaf terror group on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Later, they proved pivotal in the campaign to uproot the Islamic State during the 2017 Battle of Marawi” (Rempfer, 2019).

Seth Robson (2019) of Stars and Stripes, in his piece titled, US plans new anti-terrorism training centers for Southeast Asia, East Africa, details how the US State Department’s Antiterrorism Assistance Program (ATA) is funding Regional Training Centers (RTCs) in Asia to fight militant groups such as ISIS.

“Southeast Asia has been plagued by terrorism for decades. From 2002 to 2015, hundreds of U.S. special operations troops assisted the Philippine armed forces with training and surveillance through the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines.” (Robson, 2019).

“At its high-water mark, in 2010, the task force included about 600 special operators working out of Camp Navarro in Zamboanga city on the island of Mindanao.” (Robson, 2019). This supported by Stentiford (2018) who states, “The main support and coordination for OEF-P had been based at either Camp Navarro, in Zamboanga City, or at Camp Aguinaldo, in Metro Manila. The number of troops fluctuated during the first years from lows of around 50 to a high of around 1,200 Americans. About half were in staff and support roles at Andrews Air Force Base, Camp Navarro in Zamboanga, or Camp Aguinaldo near Manila. The remainder of the forces were distributed mainly in team houses, normally co-located on Philippine military posts and camps, scattered from Davao to Tawi Tawi.” (p. 2-3).

“However, U.S. forces can operate facilities on Philippine bases under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, and U.S. personnel often visit military bases in places such as Zamboanga, Sulu and Palawan, according to Patricio Abinales, a Philippines expert at the University of Hawaii, ‘I’m sure they are not just there for some light training’ he said.” (Robson, 2019).

One terrorist group in The Philippines is Abu Sayaff, which according to the BBC Monitoring (2016), “It broke from the broader Moro National Liberation Front in 1991 because it disagreed with the MNLF’s policy of pursuing autonomy and wanted to establish an independent Islamic state”, and, “Its founder, Abdurajak Abubakar Janjalani, was an Islamic preacher who fought in the Soviet-Afghan war, where he is said to have met Osama Bin Laden and been inspired by him. Al-Qaeda provided the group with funding and training when it was initially set up. After Janjalani died, the group split into two main networks whose leaders were then killed in 2006 to 2007. Since then, Abu Sayyaf has operated as a collection of factions that work with each other through kinship or personal ties, but which also occasionally compete against each other.” (BBC, 2016).

Think about that, Abdurajak Abubakar Janjalani, was a veteran of the Soviet-Afghan Conflict which means he was on the side of American interests during the Cold War and received some type of training or arms, even if by proxy, from the Pentagon. So, we have a terror group founded by a veteran of the American-side of the Soviet-Afghan conflict, same as Osama Bin Laden, who set up terrorist cells conveniently in The Philippines, which is an area that is of vital US defense policy in evermore growing tensions of the USA versus China. Terrorism thus serves as a justification and smokescreen, for the superpowers for exercise fore indirectly. For example, if these terrorist cells weren’t in the Philippines and people noticed growing US military operations, it would stir suspicion of direct war or conflict between China and the USA.

Rommel C. Banlaoi (2010), the Executive Director of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research, an independent think-tank, in an article published for the West Point Combating Terror Center, stated, “The ASG is a symbol of the complexities of armed violence in the southern Philippines that interact with issues of banditry, terrorism, rebellion, separatism, clan conflict, ethnic conflict and warlordism. The continuous entry of foreign jihadists to the southern Philippines only compounds these issues, as radical foreigners subvert the minds of the locals, imbuing them with a violent Islamist ideology. Moreover, they also train local fighters in sophisticated bomb-making skills. Only effective governance can limit ethnic conflict, banditry and rebellion.”.

So, we have a shooter in Las Vegas with a shadowy Filipino girlfriend… Who was in the Philippines during the shooting… Changed her social medial profile information before the shooting… Admitted to having her prints on the ammunition… The Philippines is known for gun trafficking and the prostitution of minors… The FBI has been under scrutiny for accusations of procuring prostitutes that were minors in illegal gun sting-operations, but the agency has also been accused of having agents engaging in Asian prostitution… The Vegas Shooter had pornography featuring minors on one of his computers and there was missing hard drive from that computer or one of his other computers… He had a pilot’s license… His girlfriend worked in a casino… The FBI and Nevada Gaming Control Board investigated direct-payments from a major Japanese casino-machine vendor with Filipino government officials… Trump has a hotel in Manila… Chabad is a large community in the Philippines… Sheldon Adelson, known as The Kingmaker, is heavy-hitter in Las Vegas… The Philippines is an important strategic location for the USA against China with Duterte serving as a kind of Turkey’s relation to the USA and Russia in a region where Duterte can ride the fence… There are jihadist elements in the Philippines… In the early nineteen-fifties,

6. Psy-Ops, Vampires, and the works of OSS CIA Maj. Gen. Edward G. Lansdale: Major General Edward G. Lansdale was sent to the Philippines to conduct psychological operations. He was educated at the UCLA and was in publishing before joining the US Army which still then held the Air Corps before it was spun off into the independent United States Air Force. Another person attached to UCLA was Dr. William S. Kroger who was a pioneer in hypnosis and will be discussed later.  

“Edward Lansdale was a California advertising man who joined the fledgling Office of Strategic Services during the World War II, later going on to become a CIA officer and U.S. Air Force major general.” (Malkasian, 2018). He was one of the fathers of Psychological Operations within the US military and applied concepts learned in advertising with an anthropological approach of understanding a population’s customs. By studying a group’s culture, the United States military was able to “Weaponize Anthropology”, which was has been discussed in published books such as Weaponizing Anthropology by Dr. David Price.

According to the United States Air Force’s (n.d.) Biography section, “In 1950, at the personal request of President Elpidio Quirino, he was transferred to Joint United States Military Assistance Group, Philippines, to advise the intelligence services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines which were then meeting a serious threat to national security by the Communist Huks. Ramon Magsaysay had just been appointed secretary of national defense and Lansdale was made liaison officer to Secretary Magsaysay for JUSMAG. The two became intimate friends, frequently visiting the combat areas together. Lansdale helped the Philippine Armed Forces develop psychological operations, civic actions, and the rehabilitation of Huk prisoners in projects such as EDCOR. He was given a temporary promotion to colonel in 1951”.

“He was an assistant for special operations to secretary of defense Robert S. McNamara during the early years of the Kennedy administration when vital decisions were being made to commit U.S. support to the Saigon government in fighting the Viet Cong in South Vietnam.” (Barnes, 1987).

“He was the prototype for Col. Edwin Barnum Hillendale in “The Ugly American,” the novel by William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick about a harmonica-playing American officer who went into the rural areas of the Philippines and persuaded the peasants to oppose communism. He also was the prototype for “The Quiet American,” the naive U.S. official in the novel by Graham Greene who believed the United States could defeat communism in South Vietnam by instilling a sense of Town Hall democracy in the rural population.” (Barnes, 1987).

“He was an early proponent of psychological warfare, a concept he first put to use against the Hukbalalhap in the Philippines. In one such operation there, government psychological warfare squads, playing on a superstitious dread of vampires in the countryside, spread rumors that a vampire lived on a hill where the Hukbalalhap were based. Two nights later, the government squad seized the last man from a night rebel patrol, punctured his neck with two holes, hung his body until the blood drained out, and then put the corpse back on the trail. The insurgents fled the region.” (Barnes, 1987).

Lansdale was brought to the Philippines by the Military Assistance Group, which is a designation for United States military advisers sent to other countries to assist in the training of conventional armed forces and facilitate military aid.

Such Military Assistance Groups would also play a role in the Vietnam War serving a lynchpin or crux between the Central Intelligence Agency and Combatant Commanders of the various service branches. Essentially, the MAG or MAAG (Military Assistance and Advisory Groups) distilled policy that service branches would conduct with many of these operations relating to “Hearts and Minds” campaigns on the surface but also psychological terror operations including Phoenix Program Kill Brigades. On a random note, Tiger Wood’s dad was a member of the Military Assistance Group while in Vietnam, an alumnus of the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Maryland, and a member of the US Army Airborne based out of Fort Bragg. Earl Woods would later make a living in the Southern California Defense sector, but his son, would go to play golf at Stanford University, which was connections, oddly to Esalen Institute founder Mike Murphy, who was an advocate of the Human Potential Movement which is related to Transhumanist Movement based out of universities such as The New School in New York City , the early psychopath community (recreational drug usage such as with LSD), and he authored the book Golf in the Kingdom.

Michael Murphy himself was military connected, earning his B.A. in psychology in 1952 from Stanford University. After graduation, he was drafted by the US Army and spent two years stationed in Puerto Rico as a psychologist

Back to Earl Woods, the US Army Airborne under US Army Special Forces at Fort Bragg falls under the United States Special Operations Command based out of MacDill AFB near Tampa, FL. Fort Bragg is home to the JFK Special Warfare Center where courses in psychological operations are also taught. One unit that falls under the US Army’s Special Operations Command out of Fort Bragg, NC is the USAF 193rd Special Operations Wing based of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. The mission of this unit is to Broadcast radio/TV to target populations, jamming, etc., but messages are created back at the 4th Psy Group at Fort Bragg.

7. Black Dahlia & The Philippines: George Hodel, the suspected Black Dahlia Murderer, fled to the Philippines and eventually took a Filipino wife. Also spent time in China. Mr. Hodel was born in Pasadena, California, and was of Russian-Jewish descent, and was a medical doctor who left Caltech after a sexual sandal but later gained his medical degree from UC Berkley and the University of San Francisco. In his mid-years he was involved in the Hollywood party scene where his medical skills would come in handy including performing abortions. He was interested in S&M and surrealist art and was friends of artist Man Ray (also of Russian Jewish descent), whose art piece, The Minotaur, would be the same as Elizabeth Short’s mutilated body.

8. MK-Ultra & The Philippines: MKUltra program was created by the CIA’s Office of Scientific Intelligence (now called the Directorate of Science & Technology) and the United States Army Biological Warfare Center. According to a National Public Radio interview by Terry Gross (2019), with journalist Stephen Kinzer, on Kinzer’s research into the MKUltra Program – particularly that of chemist Sidney Gottlieb, it was stated, “Some of Gottlieb’s experiments were covertly funded at universities and research centers, Kinzer says, while others were conducted in American prisons and in detention centers in Japan, Germany and the Philippines. Many of his unwitting subjects endured psychological torture ranging from electroshock to high doses of LSD, according to Kinzer’s research.”

9. The Curious Case of Candy Jones, The FBI and Hypnosis?: Pin-Up model, Candy Jones, while one a USO morale tour in the Philippines, claimed she was mind-controlled while there. Despite Ms. Jones, coming off as a caricature and being seen a “quack” , the revelation that she was possibly hypnotized or at least examined by a Dr. William S. Kroger of UCLA, who was a pioneer in hypnosis is plausible because he was a gynecologist with hypnotherapy credentials. However, this claim was made by a Mr. Michael Cannon, who seems to be involved your typical far-right conspiracy circles, being attached to The Constitution Society. Mr. Cannon aside, when I follow up on the lead, I do find interesting information on William S. Kroger who was a gynecologist and trained hypnotherapist. Yet, we should take her accusation seriously. She said she was practiced on without her consent.

It sounds strange to say words such as mind-control, but it’s not that far fetched to think that people wanted to attempt to experiment if it were possible, particularly for interrogation techniques or the training of military troops to stay calm under severe duress. We must remember that MKUltra was real, and not simply a moniker in conspiracy culture circles. Dr. Kroger was a real person who is published in the field of hypnosis and educated at a prominent university.

Yet, William S. Kroger seems have lived a life of esteem and was given a kind obituary by the Los Angeles Times in 1995. According to Myrna Oliver (1995) of The Los Angeles Times, “The author of a dozen medical textbooks, Kroger began experimenting with hypnotism in 1930 and taught more than 100,000 physicians to use the 4,000-year-old technique as the least intrusive method of dealing with such areas of medicine as childbirth and chronic pain. The American Medical Assn. finally approved the use of hypnotism in 1958.”

Further, Oliver (1995), stated, “Kroger was often consulted about uses of hypnotism in fields other than medicine, notably interviewing crime victims or witnesses. In 1977, the FBI asked him to question the school bus driver who was kidnapped with his 26 young passengers in Chowchilla, Calif. Under Kroger’s hypnosis, driver Frank Ray was able to recall all but one digit of the license plate of the kidnappers’ van, greatly assisting in tracking them down. The psychiatrist trained FBI agents in hypnosis techniques and assisted them in solving about 30 homicide and other cases using age regression, time distortion and imagery to interview hypnotized witnesses. He was also a consultant to the Los Angeles Police Department and law enforcement agencies around the country.”

An interesting reference to Dr. W.S. Kroger appears in the reference section of

So, even though Candy Jones herself may not have been credible to many, the fact that a doctor linked to her claim was actively consulting the FBI in real-life, shows there’s an overlap between alternate forms of medicine and psychoanalysis with the state. If hypnosis was used by the FBI it isn’t a stretch it could be used for military purposes or intelligence reasons.

However, theirs is a possible link to Candy Jones and William S. Kroger considering A) he was medical professional with hypnosis expertise which he conducted and published at reputable universities such as Northwestern, UCLA, etc., and B) A lot of his work dealt with Gynecology – hence, there’s a plausible reason for him to have seen Ms. Jones if she was experiencing female related health issues.

Searching William S. Kroger and Philippines as words in a standard Google Search, I came upon Dr. Kroger in a reference section of the book by Foss, Foss & Domenico (2013), detailing biases against women in regards to gender identity, titled, Gender Stories: Negotiating Identity in a Binary World, in which is Foss, Foss & Domenico (2013) references Eduard Eichner’s (1962), “The Premenstrual Tension Syndrome – Fact or Fancy?” in Psychosomatic Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Endocrinology, edited by William S. Kroger (Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas, 1962), p 319.

Foss, Foss, & Domenico (2018), states, “After Dalton named PMS a medical disorder, the diagnosis became popular with physicians and researchers alike to the point that many came to believe that all women suffer from PMS. Physician Eduard Eichner studying what he called premenstrual tension syndrome (PTS), summarized this belief: There is ample evidence that woman in general…experience symptoms of premenstrual tension. Many are not aware they suffer, but their coworkers know and often feel the full effects of irritability and irascibility manifested by the patient. Interpersonal relations are frequently inharmonious, and many domestic tragedies results from PTS” (p. 94).  

George Hodel was born October 1, 1907 in LA and died May 16, 1999 in San Francisco. Edward G. Lansdale was born February 6, 1908 in Detroit but grew up in the LA area and died February 23, 1987 in McLean, VA. Both George Hodel and Edward Lansdale spent time in the Philippines in the 1950s. Edward Lansdale before he joined the military was a Los Angeles-area Advertising man that was educated at UCLA. But noted Hypnotherapist William S. Kroger was clinical professor of anesthesiology at the UCLA School of Medicine. However, I’m not making a direct link here, yet, both men’s names will appear in this report with Lansdale having physically served in The Philippines, whereas Kroger, or at least an associate or someone with an interests in his workers, was rumored to have been in The Philippines.

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