WASHINGTON, October 22, 2013 — Before his murderous rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis sent a series of emails to an anti-surveillance group headquartered in California claiming he feared he was being monitored by the government and being attacked by extremely low frequency (ELF) weapons.
“I don’t want to call you from my phone, they record everything I’ve been saying,” Mr. Alexis wrote in one such email obtained by The Washington Times Communities that was sent just days before his mass shooting last month.
The FBI has obtained the emails and recently visited the group, Freedom From Covert Harassment and Surveillance (FFCHS), to question it about Alexis’ correspondence. The group’s members subsequently shared the emails with Washington Times Communities.
FBI officials declined on-the-record comment, but a law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed the agency had the emails and that their contents were consistent with other evidence gathered during the investigation showing Alexis’ paranoia about about ELF technology and government monitoring.
The emails suggest Alexis sought revenge against the Navy, which he believed was targeting him with extremely low frequency (ELF) radio waves. Alexis suspected those attacks were connected to one or more Navy Directed Energy weapons programs.
“I have what I believe to be the locations for where they’ve been developing these weapons for decades. The ELF weapons are part of the weapons systems of most of the modern vessels fielded by the Navy,” Alexis wrote in one email. “I don’t have direct access to the equipment, how ever (sic) I do have knowledge of where some of the attacks might be coming from. I don’t want to call you from my phone, they record everything I’ve been saying.”
Alexis left behind a manifesto. Fifteen words were etched into his gun: “End to the torment!”, “Not what y’all say!”, “Better off this way!” and “My ELF weapon!” Those crude yet conspicuously placed messages are amplified by the newly uncovered emails from Alexis, which indicate that the defense contractor was undergoing physical and psychological breakdown under what he was convinced were extremely low frequency attacks.
FFCHS board member Max H. Williams, a retired State Department employee in Monroe, La., says an FBI agent visited him on Oct. 9, to inquire about the Alexis emails.
“We get correspondence daily. We try to respond to everyone that contacts us,” FFCHS President Derrick Robinson tells Communities. “I vaguely remember responding to him (Alexis), and that’s because we receive so much similar correspondence from people seeking help.”
Alexis communicated via email with board members of FFCHS three times on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
Under the subject line “Need assistance on dealing with the direct energy attacks!!” Alexis sent an email to all five FFCHS board members and sent two more private emails to Mr. Robinson.
A total of six emails were exchanged between Alexis and FFCHS board members, all dated Sunday, Sept. 1 and time-stamped over a span of slightly more than two hours. In his final email to Mr. Robinson, Alexis wrote, “I don’t want to call you from my phone, they record everything I’ve been saying. And because I’m under the employ of the DoD I don’t want to risk getting you or my self (sic) in trouble.”
After two hours of email exchanges with Alexis, FFCHS board members never heard from him again.
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