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Media: Marine Col. James Sabow’s Death a Government Cover-up? John Patrick Bedell Thought So

Marine Col. James Sabow’s Death a Government Cover-up? John Patrick Bedell Thought So

Edecia Martinez

CBSNews, 5 March 2010

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WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) Signs are now emerging that alleged Pentagon subway shooter John Patrick Bedell harbored strong hatred toward the US government and the armed forces, and questioned the circumstances behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Several Internet postings under the username “JPatrickBedell” seemed to indicate that Bendell was “determined to see that justice is served” in the death of Marine Col. James Sabow, who was found dead in the backyard of his own California home in 1991. The death was ruled a suicide, but the case has long been the source of theories of a cover up. Sabow’s family has maintained that he was murdered because he was about to expose covert military operations in Central America involving drug smuggling.

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Bedell, 36, of Hollister, Calif., was named by Pentagon police as the gunman in the Thursday evening attack, in which he reportedly drove cross-country and arrived at the military headquarters’ subway entrance armed with two semiautomatic weapons. The shootout lasted less than a minute, until he was shot and killed by return fire.

The Wikipedia user named JPatrickBedell wrote the Sabow case was “a step toward establishing the truth of events such as the September 11 demolitions.”

That same posting railed against the government’s enforcement of marijuana laws and included links to the author’s 2006 court case in Orange County, Calif., involving allegations of cultivating marijuana and resisting a police officer. Court records available online show the date of birth on the case mentioned by the user JPatrickBedell matches that of the John Patrick Bedell suspected in the shooting.

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Police said he’d had previous run-ins with the law, but found no immediate connection to terrorism. The attack, that superficially wounded two police officers, appears to be a case of “a single individual who had issues,” Richard Keevill, chief of Pentagon police, said in an early morning press conference Friday.

Keevill described Bedell as “very well-educated” and well-dressed, saying Bedell was wearing a suit when he showed up at the secure Pentagon entrance about 6:40 p.m. and blended in with workers. He was concealing two 9 millimeter semiautomatic weapons and “many magazines” of ammunition.

When Bedell seemed to reach into his pocket for worker identification, he instead pulled out a gun, Keevill said. He died Thursday night from head wounds received when the two injured officers and another officer returned fire, Keevill said.

The two officers injured have been released from the hospital. One suffered a thigh wound and the other was hit in the shoulder. Keevill said both were superficial injuries.

Media: Marine Col. James Sabow: coverup questions surface again

Marine Col. James Sabow: coverup questions surface again

Marine Col. James Sabow was found dead in 1991. Official investigations ruled his death a suicide, but members of his family disagree. The case has come up again because it appears that the gunman in the Pentagon shooting may have commented on the case online.

Peter Grier

Christian Science Monitor, 5 March 2010


Col. James Sabow was a Marine officer who was found dead in 1991 at his home at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Calif.

A number of official investigations have concluded that Sabow committed suicide. Members of his family have long insisted this to be untrue and say that Sabow was murdered because he knew of weapons- and drug-smuggling activities at the base.

The case is back in the news because of the shooting Thursday at the Pentagon by, according to authorities, John Patrick Bedell. Facebook postings by someone named John Patrick Bedell express sympathy with the Sabow family’s conclusion that an undiscovered conspiracy lay behind Sabow’s demise. (For more on the Pentagon shooting, click here.)

Records show that Sabow was relieved of his job as assistant chief of staff at the El Toro base in January 1991 due to allegations of misuse of government aircraft.

The following morning, his wife found him dead of a gunshot wound in the backyard of their home, with a shotgun nearby.

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Media: Pentagon Shooter and the Murder of Col. James Sabow

John Patrick Bedell
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Pentagon Shooter and the Murder of Col. James Sabow

Tim King, 5 March 2010

John Patrick Bedell knew a Marine fighter pilot, Col. Jim Sabow, had been murdered in a government cover-up.

ALEM, Ore.) – John Patrick Bedell must have had a lot on his mind as he went through the motions of a dead man walking. He knew this would be it; nobody opens fire near the Pentagon without falling in a hail of bullets.

It must be brutal in the last seconds, to enter the very last stage of life. Surely that is what he thought, and that had to be what Marine Colonel Jim Sabow thought, as he took his last breath in 1991.

This was on the mind of Bedell when he drove from Hollister, California to Washington D.C. to make his final stand. Bedell was extremely disturbed by the death of the Marine Colonel 19 years earlier, he viewed it as the final proof that the U.S. government is truly at least in part, a dirty and dishonest group.

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Photograph: Pentagon Night of Bedell Shooting (Fire Truck)

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Photograph: Pentagon Night of Bedell Shooting (Ambulance)

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Photograph: Pentagon Night of Bedell Shooting (Lights)

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Photograph: Pentagon Day After Bedell Shooting

People walk toward the Pentagon Metro stop Friday, March 5. The station was closed Friday after a shooting incident Thursday night. Jacquelyn Martin/AP


Photograph: Col James Sabow and Harrier (Cover for US Marine Air Wings)

Cover for “U.S. Marine Air Wings”, a history of Marine Corps Air Ops. Colonel James Sabow in Harrier.


Photograph: John Patrick Bedell

John Patrick Bedell
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Photograph: Col James Sabow, USMC Calling Card

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