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The Way Things Work in Vegas . . . Part Two

Written by Vin Suprynowicz Subject: Mass Shootings

(Our first installment ended with a lengthy excerpt from Tom Conley, a former civilian police captain, senior-level commissioned officer in the United States Navy Reserve, and certified U.S. Department of Defense counter-terrorism instructor, posted at the "Security" magazine Web site on Oct. 13 ( .)



Mr. Conley's analysis can hardly have been music to the ears of casino executives still waiting for the process servers to start showing up with "negligence and liability" filings following the infamous October First massacre of concert-goers by a gunman firing from his 32nd-floor suite, there.

Those lawsuits are coming, whether they're justified or not.

But if there was nothing to hide, presumably concerns coulf have been calmed by making wounded security guard Jesus Campos promptly available to the press to "straighten everything out" about how long it took for police to be called. Instead, after having scheduled a number of media appearances, Mr. Campos . . . disappeared.

By Oct. 16, the headline at was: "Report — Mandalay Bay Security Guard at center of Las Vegas Attack Timeline Has Disappeared:

"Fox 5 reports that Jesus Campos missed a scheduled press conference on Thursday of last week, and Fox News reports that he is still nowhere to be found," AWR Hawkins wrote for Breitbart.

"Early reports said Campos was shot by the Las Vegas attacker after the attack on concertgoers began. But on October 10, Breitbart News reported that the timeline changed and that Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Campos was actually shot by the attacker six minutes before shots rang out during Jason Aldean's music set.

"On October 12, Breitbart News reported that a second Mandalay Bay employee also took fire from the attacker before guns were turned on concertgoers.

"CBS News reports that the second employee — maintenance man Stephen Schuck — witnessed the shooting of Campos and radioed 'hotel dispatchers to call police.' He told the dispatcher, 'a gunman had opened fire with a rifle inside' the hotel. Schuck said he was checking a 'jammed door' when a wounded Campos approached and warned him to find cover.

"Schuck said, 'As soon as I started to go to a door to my left the rounds started coming down the hallway. I could feel them pass right behind my head.'

"Campos allegedly agreed to speak amid the tensions raised over the changing time frame. He was going to tell his story in his own words on the very day that he disappeared."


Campos and Schuck finally turned up Wednesday, Oct. 18 on the Ellen DeGeneres daytime talk show, where they faced no tough questions – probably by prior agreement — about the timeline, about how long it took for anyone else to respond to the 32nd floor – about who actually employs Mr. Campos, what "security" training he has . . . or (God forbid) about his immigration status.

For by this time, of course, was pointing out: "If Jesus 'Jose' Campos is . . . an illegal alien almost all of the challenging and conflicting reports from law enforcement, Mandalay Bay and the FBI begin to reconcile. . . .

"Think about how dramatically the national conversation could shift if the FBI and Department of Homeland Security had to admit the security of thousands of people in Las Vegas was compromised by non-secure hiring practices.

"This would also explain why Campos was unarmed; he would not pass a state or federal background check to carry a firearm. Was Jose Campos in fear of his status being discovered? Did this delay or impede his action on Sunday night October 1st? . . .

"The larger hotel and hospitality industry is fraught with illegal aliens," the folks at the Conservative Treehouse continued. "Imagine if this event forced major corporate hotel chains to check or re-verify employment eligibility of their employees. It would be chaos in that industry; they would lose thousands of employees. . . . Additionally, Las Vegas would not want visitors to know their security was contingent upon illegal alien 'security' workers; and the liability for the Mandalay Bay Massacre increases accordingly."

It's interesting that Ellen Degeneres -– speaking virtually as Mr. Campos' agent, asserting on his behalf that he was not going to speak to anyone else about this incident after showing up for her single, safe, "no tough questions" interview -– raised none of these issues.

I have no idea what Mr. Campos' immigration status may be. But the hotel-casinos of Las Vegas do indeed employ thousands and thousands of illegal alien maids, bus boys, kitchen help -– whose main union, the Culinary, even bragged last Fall about busing their non-English-speaking members to early-voting locations before election day, so they could vote against Donald Trump: . . . (see .)

There are obviously quite a few things the big Vegas casinos would just as soon not see brought up in the public debate,


Did I say the Las Vegas Metro police Department effectively works for the big casinos?

If you doubt this, Check out a local Las Vegas attorney named Bob Nersesian, author of the book "Beat The Players," talking at about his work representing "advantage players" in Las Vegas.

"Advantage players" are not cheats. Cheating — marking cards, substituting weighted dice, stuff like that — is illegal in Nevada. But Nevada courts and state gaming (Nevada's euphemism for "gambling") regulators have ruled on multiple occasions that "advantage" play -– card-counting in blackjack, for example — is perfectly legal. If you can keep track of the ratio of face cards versus low-number cards that have been dealt out of a deck or "shoe," thus improving your betting odds as the game goes along, that's legal.

Since the casinos are private enterprises, if casino employees don't "like the way you're playing" (that is to say, in a legal manner that improves your chances of winning) they are free to tap you on the shoulder and ask you to leave.

What it is NOT legal for them to do is to have a swarm of half-a-dozen security personnel tackle you to the floor as you make for the exit, and then drag you into a back room to be photographed, roughed up, threatened, and detained against your will.

But they do. My friend Mr. Nersesian has shown me the surveillance videos. In color.

And if a perfectly legal card-counter is subjected to that kind of treatment, and he calls Metro Police to ask to have his "casino security" kidnappers arrested, what do you suppose Las Vegas Metro Police do, every time? They threaten to arrest . . . the card player who's been kidnapped, on charges of "disturbing the peace."

They NEVER arrest the law-violating casino employees. In fact, on at least one occasion where attorney Nersesian got to the scene quickly enough to intervene, Metro police arrested . . . the kidnap victim's attorney, Bob Nersesian.

The casinos wield huge power in Las Vegas, comprising the tax base that provides a huge chunk of the Metropolitan Police Department budget. Is it any wonder one phone call can get a nervous and flustered Sheriff Lombardo to call a "No questions" press conference to "change the timeline" and explain away an inconvenient "six-minute gap"?

(What's that? But the police wouldn't actually conceal evidence? Funny how, when two Metro officers gunned down Erik Scott in broad daylight just outside a local Costco store, the ONLY surveillance camera that turned out "not to be working" that day was the one that might have shown that shoot-down — .) You might also want to look up the deaths at the hands of Metropolitan police of Charles Bush, Henry Rowe, John Perrin, Orlando Barlow and Stanley Gibson — all unarmed.

No charges. And Metro has been telling us for years they "can't afford" body cameras that might show us what all these killings really looked like. (Heck, they couldn't even "get around to" the forensic tests on the clothing of homeless guy Henry Rowe and his stalker, Metro Officer George "Gregg" Pease, which they initially promised would confirm or refute the officer's bizarre account of why he had to slit Rowe's throat after stalking him to his isolated campsite.)

As for the independence of the FBI's Special-agent-in charge in Las Vegas:

"MGM Mirage Inc. has hired the former deputy director of the FBI to oversee security at its hotel-casinos as the gambling giant expands its operations into the Far East and possibly other countries," the Las Vegas Sun reported on Jan. 25, 2005.

"Bruce J. Gebhardt, 56, who also was special agent in charge of FBI offices in San Francisco and Phoenix, was named senior vice president of global security in November, MGM Mirage executives confirmed. . . ."

While C. David Shepherd, a former FBI special agent, spent seven years as "executive director of security" for Sheldon Adelson's Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino.

See, if you "play your cards" right. . . .

(Adelson, by the way, now wholly owns the only big daily left in Las Vegas, the Review-Journal, which promptly got rid of its most popular human-interest columnist, John L. Smith, by telling him he could no longer write about either Adelson OR Mirage magnate Steve Wynn as soon as the casino mogul took over. ( .) That would be the Review-Journal that's running headlines this week ridiculing "hoaxsters" who imagine they see "conspiracies" in the investigation of the October First shooting.


Of which -– thanks in large part to all this weird dodging and weaving — there are now plenty. See, for example, "Survivor who insisted there was more than one shooter dies suddenly: . . . (

Do I believe there was a second shooter — when reports of a second set of shots could easily be explained by echoes off the slab sides of the nearby Luxor and Excalibur hotels? And that the young lady who wanted to look into that was "snuffed" by the same people who got rid of Seth Rich and Vince Foster?

Do I believe shooter Paddock (even though he did work six years for the IRS, which would certainly show an inclination toward criminal behavior) was some kind of money-laundering CIA agent, or patsy?

These things remain unlikely, though I can't quite say "impossible."

(And if you think the local Vegas TV and radio stations do much more than "rip-and-read" the stories condensed from the Review-Bordello -– I'm sorry, the Review-Journal -– by the Associated Press, I've got a ranchita I can let you have down in Canyon De Los Muertos on VERY reasonable terms. . . .)

I will say this, though: a government establishment that expected us to swallow a loathsome fabric of lies like the Warren Commission Report ("and then, out of nowhere, this terminally ill strip club owner with absolutely NO traceable ties to organized crime popped up to shoot down our patsy -– er, I mean, our suspect") cobbled together by fired assassin-in-chief and leading witness intimidator Allen Dulles . . . that expects us to believe the BATF and FBI guys who attacked and subsequently murdered all the women and children at Waco were "heroes" . . . that expects us to believe we need to let "Green" communists cripple our economy to "fight catastrophic man-made global warming" . . . fully deserves every last bit of skepticism and ridicule we can dredge up, for at least the next hundred years.

— V.S.