During the chaotic first hours after the February 1, 2014 shooting at Laksi’s IT Square, many online were trying to piece together information about what happened. Looking at the pictures, I noticed one man who was definitely involved in the shooting but not carrying a firearm. I put together a graphic pointing out why I believed he was involved and posted the following tweet:
I called it a “M16 Magazine” because according to wikipedia’s STANAG Magazine page:
A STANAG magazine or NATO magazine is a type of detachable firearm magazine proposed by NATO in October 1980. Shortly after NATO’s acceptance of the 5.56x45mm NATO rifle cartridge, Draft Standardization Agreement (STANAG) 4179 was proposed in order to allow the military services of member nations easily to share rifle ammunition and magazines during operations, at the individual soldier level, in the interest of easing logistical concerns. The magazine proposed for standardization was originally designed for the U.S. M16 rifle. Many NATO member nations, but not all, subsequently developed or purchased rifles with the ability to accept this type of magazine.
No attempt was made to determine who this person was other than to show his involvement. Strangely, I am now being attacked online over this rather innocuous tweet. In my previous post, SEAsia’s foremost military expert? I showed that the firearm that was being carried in the popcorn bag was a short barreled M16 or M4. This should be relatively apparent to anyone who is not “SEAsia’s formemost military expert”.
Since posting that, Andrew Spoooner has changed from tweeting about this person in the third person to tweeting about firearms in the first person. I can only assume either “SEAsia’s foremost military expert” is also a hacker who has managed to take over Andrew Spoooner’s twitter account or that this mythical “SEAsia’s foremost military expert” is in fact Mr. Spoooner himself.
On February 1st, Mr. Spoooner, aka “SEAsia’s formemost military expert” tweeted out the weapon in the picture was “not Israeli Tavor but US M16”:
UPDATE: This tweet has since been deleted by Mr. Spoooner
I am a bit surprised he was able to determine it was US made based on this picture but I guess that is why he is the expert.
In the days since, other tweets have followed trying to establish that the “M16 Magazine” I pointed out in my initial tweet was in fact an Israeli Tavor magazine ignoring the fact that the M16 magazine design predates the Tavor rifle by 40 years:
After previously tweeting that the firearm in the picture was a “US M16” why the sudden change of heart?
Is it possible Andrew Spooner really isn’t “SEAsia’s foremost military expert”? Should we assume something more mundane could be at play here?
Finally it appears that Mr. Spoooner is beginning to reveal his true motivations. By misdirecting the truth, he is attempting to place the blame for the shooting on the Royal Thai Army. The political agenda becomes clear.
Far more interesting is the Royal Thai Army isn’t the “only people with access” to the Tavor. After the political crackdown against UDD in 2010, more than 20 Tavor rifles remained missing. Some of them were found including one of them in the hotel room rented by well known UDD leader Kwanchai Praipana:
Should we blame Mr. Kwanchai for the shooting at Laksi because according to Mr. Spooner’s “SEAsia’s foremost military expert” a Tavor was used? Of course not. That would be as stupid as blaming the Thai Army for the same.