Posts Tagged ‘Newtown’

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Sandy Hook Elementary Aerial View

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There’s a lot of controversy swirling around one Christopher A. Rodia in conjunction with the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that took place in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.

All of this stems from information contained in the live police radio broadcast captured as the event unfolded by Radioman. Where’s Radioman when you need him? Well he was on the job, as usual, and captured everything for posterity and further analysis. 

During that captured broadcast, an unidentified law enforcement agent is heard to “run the tag” of the confirmed shooter suspect vehicle, a black 4-door late model Honda Civic, bearing a Connecticut license plate numbered: 872-YEO.

Not long afterward, a name is announced : Christopher A. Rodia. Now if those two dots connect, then we have Mr. Rodia tied to the crime, if only through ownership of the vehicle — or one of the vehicles — utilized in its commission.

But therein lies the rub and all the controversy: we’re not sure that they do, and even have evidence they don’t, which would tend to “unlink” Mr. Rodia from any involvement in the shootings. In fact, it would help establish the very best kind of alibi for him as having been a good 45 miles away at the time the shootings occurred at approximately 9:30 AM. 

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We’re going to dig up everything relevant we can on this, right here, right now, and at the end of all that you can draw your own conclusions as usual…

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Christopher A. Rodia

Christopher A. Rodia

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Car driven by Connecticut school shooter Lanza is towed from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown,

Confirmed Shooting Suspect Vehicle Recovered From School Parking Lot — Connecticut License Plate Number: 872 YEO

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Police: No Newtown Conspiracy

NORWALK  — In the dark and shadowy world of Internet bloggers and conspiracy theorists, Christopher Rodia is a mystery man connected to last month’s school shooting in Newtown. But police say that’s just not true.

Still, that hasn’t stopped the postings and hasn’t stopped Rodia from receiving death threats.

Sites like USAHitman, “a conspiracy and alternative news site,” say the black Honda confiscated at the scene of the Dec. 14 mass murders belonged to Rodia, based on a policeman’s call to dispatch on an audiotape posted by Radioman911TV.

On that tape, Rodia’s name can be heard shortly after a police officer calls in the license plate, 872-YEO, as the “possible suspect vehicle.”

But while Rodia admits to run-ins with the law, including several pending larceny, forgery and narcotics cases, he says he wasn’t anywhere near the school on the day of the shootings that left 26 dead, including 20 first-graders.

“That was such a heinous crime, I don’t want to be connected to it in any way,” Rodia said.

He says he was miles away in Greenwich, getting a warning for illegally parking in a fire zone. “I was with my niece driving my mother’s sage green Nissan,” the 43-year-old Norwalk resident said.

Greenwich Detective Vincent O’Banner remembers pulling Rodia over in that city around the time of the Newtown shootings. “I do remember that,” he said. “I gave him a verbal warning.”

While the school shooting is still an active case, State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said there was only one shooter: Adam Lanza, 20, who took his own life at the scene.

“We aren’t looking for anybody else — for any other person,” Vance said Wednesday, adding he has never heard of Rodia.

The car confiscated at the scene, the black Honda with that license plate, belongs to a relative of Lanza’s and not to Rodia, he said.

But that’s hasn’t eased Rodia’s fears, the result of numerous death threats he has received due to the Internet postings. “A guy in one of the calls starts swearing at me, then says he’ll kill me and burn down my house while I’m sleeping,” he said.

“I’m a big boy and can take care of myself,” he said, but added his 72-year-old mother, Diane, is afraid to have her young grandchildren come to visit because of the threats.

“We shouldn’t have to be worrying about this,” his mother said. Rodia said the Norwalk police have been called.

“We were there on Dec. 27 about a posting on YouTube,” said Norwalk Police Lt. Praveen John. A complaint was filed, but it didn’t include concerns about any threats, he said, adding that particular post has been taken down.

Other postings, including those by USAHitman, and others like Godlike Productions, a site for conspiracy theorists as well as those interested in UFOs and the lunatic fringe, remain on the Internet.

The headline on one USAHitman posting reads: “Adam Lanza’s car registered to Christopher Rodia: The conspiracy begins.”

That site is run by Jim, a New Jersey resident who declined to give his last name. He calls himself a blogger and said posting stories like the one about Rodia is his “hobby.”

He said he didn’t verify the information he reposts from other sites to see if it’s accurate. “I have a full-time job and don’t have time to research the stories,” he said. “I like to post things I find interesting. I update the stories when more stuff comes out.”

“That’s the problem,” said Norwalk police Lt. John. “Some things are posted, but not verified.”

However, “Spitfire list,” a website of blogs by anti-fascist researcher and radio personality Dave Emory, has updated its information concerning Rodia, saying he “appears to be innocent and only coincidentally caught up in this event” and not driving the “possible suspect vehicle” mentioned on the tape.

“This is a reminder of why we must maintain the stance of really believing these individuals that get swept up in the post-tragedy aftermath are innocent until proven guilty, especially early on when minimal info is available,” according to a posting on that site. “The guy (Rodia) didn’t deserve this so if you meet him, buy him a beer (assuming you’re 21+).”

As for Rodia’s pending criminal cases, he said they’re related to a problem he had with pain killers, the result of taking medication for an injury he sustained about a year ago. He said he’s been in drug counseling and has been “clean since July.” (Sources: Anne M. Amato, ctpost.com, Jan. 3, 2013)

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The Radioman Broadcast

Published on Dec 14, 2012

12/14/12 Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting – Radio traffic from Newtown PD & FD mixed with CT State Police. Original audio tracks provided by RadioReference.com under Creative Commons license. This video is copyright Radioman911.com.

(NOTE: This recording also contains police radio traffic from Fairfield County unrelated to this incident. Please read the letter below posted with permission from Greenwich PD)

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Dear Sir:

Your upload to YouTube relative to the Newtown CT Shooting radio traffic has caused quite a stir as it relates to a Mr. Christopher Rodia. I’m not sure where you sourced your feed, but the traffic related to Mr. Rodia is from a 800 MHz six-channel trunked LMR system in use in Greenwich, CT. Greenwich is approximately 45 miles away from Newtown. The Greenwich system carries only municipal Greenwich traffic (public safety and non-public safety) and is in no way connected to the state’s 800 MHz trunked system or Newtown’s.

I am certain of this because after the matter (and all of the Internet Conspiracy Theory buzz – just google “Christopher Rodia”) was brought to our attention, we went back and checked our recordings for December 14. In addition to just recognizing the voices involved as Greenwich Police Officers and Dispatchers, we have all of the audio from our recording system that matches all of the “Rodia” traffic (and some of the other unrelated-to-Newtown casualty call traffic that occurs at the same time.)

In any event, I’m sure you’ll want to help clarify this matter. The “Rodia” traffic is definitely contemporaneous – but from miles away. This has unfortunately additionally clouded an already confusing and emotional issue. Worse, it has brought considerable (and wholly undeserved) angst to Mr. Rodia. Anything you can do to help clear this up would certainly be appreciated.

Feel free to message me back with any questions. I can also be contacted at mkordick@greenwichct.org.

Yours Truly,

Capt. Mark Kordick
Commander – Operations Division
Greenwich Police Dept.

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This recording was posted for its educational value in documenting the professional public safety response to a horrible American tragedy. While enlightening access, scanner recordings should not be regarded as the closest form of the truth, nor should interpretations of unintelligible radio traffic gleaned from them. Suggesting that the police and/or media have altered the facts of the event is disrespectful to all those who suffered a loss or participated in the rescue efforts on that day.

The digital noises that are heard throughout the recording are encrypted transmissions. An effort was made to reduce the volume of those transmissions during the recording process. Encryption is used by many police departments as a method of protecting sensitive information from hitting the airwaves. Its use is a sign that tactical procedures necessary for officer safety are being enacted.

There is routine CT State Police and municipal radio traffic taking place during this recording, so not everything heard is related to the incident. There is information about two occupants in a van which turned out to be either unrelated or unfounded. There is also speculation that some unintelligible radio traffic that may contain the word “Adam” is referring to the suspect. The word Adam is the police phonetic alphabet for the letter “A”, often used as part of a unit identifier. (Source: Radioman 911TV)

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Partial Transcript: Does NOT Go with the Audio Above

The Connecticut State police scanner audio from the morning of Dec. 14th 2012, as provided by Radioreference.com, begins at 9.34am and lasts for one hour until 10.34am i.e. it begins at about the time Lanza is said to have entered the school and lasts for one hour.

First audio segment: 9.34am – 10.04am

At 00:15, an officer refers to an “apartment door” and says “he is not responding to me verbally.”

At 1:55 an officer seems to be reading out an license plate and refers to a ‘Camry’ which is likely to refer to a Toyota Camry car.

At 4:28 a female officer says “we’re outside waiting for the ok to go in.”

At 5:15 the same female officer says “it’s now in lock down.”

At 6:15 a female officer says: “Dickenson drive, 12 Dickenson drive” (this appears to be both the address of the fire house at the entrance to the SH school driveway which was the designated staging area AND the address of SH school itself).

At 6:20 an officer says: “car is responding the shooter is apparently still shooting in the officer area 12 Dickenson drive.”

At 6:47 an officer says: “personnel take exit 10 then a left on 34 then continue on riverside road, Dickenson drive, make sure you have your vest on.”

For the next few minutes there are various communications that seem to relate to officers arriving at SH school. At 8:39 for example an officer asks for “directions again please” another officer then gives the same directions to SH school for officers arriving from some distance away that are clearly NOT familiar with the area. That is to say, they are out of town CT. State Police.

At 9:18 an officer says “I have Newtown on the line yet.”

Another officer responds: “Get Newtown on the line so we are coordinating with them they may just want us to establish a perimeter”.

At 10:45 more instructions are given about which exit to take and how to get to SH school. These are clearly not the communications of police that are familiar with the area. That is, they are not Newtown police.

At 11:49 an officer calls out a license plate “X-ray Libra Golf, 941″.

Then at 12:15 we hear a female officer or dispatcher say: “We’ve got an injured person in room number 9 with numerous gunshot wounds.”

Between 13 and 14 minutes, more descriptions of how to get to SH are given.

At 15:00 an officer says “negative on description, ok, shots were fired about 3 mins ago, quiet at the time.”

Then there are more descriptions of how to get to SH School.

At 17:30 an officer says: “can you swing down here and get us a pink slip for his toll form please?”

At 18:18 an officer says “do you have a case number on this”?

A female responds “number is 18264.”

At 18:38 an officer says “no violation, just the same kind of complaint from yesterday that he forgot the…”

At 19:15 an officer says “Newtown’s reporting one suspect down, the building has now been cleared.”

At 20:23 an officer says “Dickenson 91 in the liberty way parking lot, reported no injuries but possible side airbag deployed.”

At 20:45 another officer says “… motor vehicle stop…”

At 21:58 another officer says “same location 544 Xray Charlie Lima Connecticut 40″

At 22:47 another officer says “got a speed limit sign down.”

At 25:13 more directions are given to police officers who are arriving to the scene of the SH shooting.

At 26:24 an officer says “33 headquarters, motor vehicle stop” the same officer repeats “motor vehicle stop.”

Immediately after this a female voice says “12 Dickenson drive, Dickenson drive.”

At 27:00 the same voice that said “33 headquarters, motor vehicle stop” at 26:24, says: “722 VHA, radar.”

At 28:56 an officer says: “street, near a park, connected trailer V87 278 unsecured load.”

For the next few minutes there are intermittent police communications that appear to be about the SH response.

Segment ends 30:32

Second audio segment 10.04am – 10.34am

At 1:20 a female (possibly a dispatcher) says: “please respond, liberty way […].

At 1:39 an officer says “Connecticut 872 Y Yankee, E Echo, O Oscar, 872 YEO possible suspect vehicle.”

At 2:04 an officer with a deep voice says: “run the eh… operator, he’s a Florida license Connecticut as well, first name is Rodia, R-O-D-I-A, Christopher A. Date of birth is, eh…August 6th ’69.”

For the next 8 minutes there are various communications all of which appear to refer to SH, people being evacuated, staging areas and more directions for CT. State Troopers who are still arriving.

Then at 10:15 an officer says: “665 YRG.”

At 11:34 and for the next few minutes we have yet more directions about how to get to SH school.

At 15:34 an officer says: “we have big furret? Connecticut 258 Yankee Yankee Hotel, 258 YYH, Laser.”

For the next 6 or 7 minutes the transmissions are all about SH and the staging areas etc. and people coming out of the building.

At 22:02 an officer says: “763 Zula Rima Julliet, 763 TLJ Lucifer.”

At 22:36 what sounds like the same officer says: New Jersey plates, a couple of occupants, eh…not sure where exactly on stoneway, I got cut off on the caller…”

At 25:12 what sounds like the same officer says: “Fat van? near 55 stoneway when you’re ready. Jersey, Charlie 6 6 Bravo SS, New Jersey, Charlie 66 Bravo Sierra Sierra, there’ll be a few males in the van…”

27:10 an officer says: “Ford Econoline, eh registered to the Courier car rental out of Wayne New Jersey.”

Another officer responds, the occupants are out of state they’re doing a documentary on owl(?) hunting in Canaan (?)

The rest of the audio refers mainly to the SH police response. (Source: BeforeItsNews.com)

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Consolidated Property Tax Statement – December 2012

Christopher A. Rodia - Consolidated Property Tax Statement 2011

According to the source of this document, BeforeItsNews.com, if Christopher Rodia owned a black Honda Civic, it would be clearly listed here. But the satellite imagery below seems to reveal a similar black vehicle parked in the driveway of the Rodia family residence in Norwalk.

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Satellite View - Rodia Residence

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Screen Shot - Google Earth - Rodia Residence

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Christopher A. Rodia at Residence

There has been some speculation over whether or not the right house was designated by the satellite imagery applications, but a careful analysis of this photograph, recently taken at his residence, tends to support their accuracy. Same power pole, sidewalk and tree next door.

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Okay, there’s plenty more out there, but what we have here now represents a well-rounded overview and the best available evidence to date. There is nothing whatsoever other than the Radioman broadcast linking Rodia to the crime that I have ever turned up so far, with the singular exception of the Radioreference.com broadcast our transcript was drawn from, which amounts to the same thing…

Although I do find it a bit odd that both of the only two satellite photographs of his residence available just happen to depict a black passenger car parked in the driveway and nothing else. I really didn’t want to see that while striving to let him off the hook scot-free. But there it is, begging explanation and going without. Is it the black Honda Civic? Could be.

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But at the end of all that and until that Honda’s tag is run by someone other than “the authorities” who can verify his source and that it does in fact come back to Christopher A. Rodia, I would say this is simply a red herring that got blown up over an authentic coincidence. It happens.

I’ve sat and watched various other individuals bend over backwards trying every trick in the book to link Chris Rodia to this crime by any other means or method — and fail, in my estimation. The bottom line in my opinion: there’s nothing here. He just happend to be getting pulled over in Greenwich and his name announced over the air at the most inopportune time imaginable.

If I ventured to make any other assessment about Christopher A. Rodia, I’d say he’s just one of those unfortunates — and they do exist — that just tends to experience a lot of bad luck generally. Excluding the explosion of national alternative media hype that followed this particular incident, it was just another day at the office for him, parking illegally in a fire zone and getting harrassed by the police. If he’d only been parked where he was supposed to be intead of where he wasn’t he could have saved himself a whole lot of trouble and could have continued to dwell in blissful anonymity.

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So let that be a lesson to you too, boys and girls, next time you’re eyeing that fire zone or handicapped spot and thinking how attractive it looks, how many steps it will save you… DON’T DO IT!

All this,  could happen to you…   

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Thanks to one of The Dirty Lowdown’s  most loyal and helpful supporters, Blake, we have this great new video, plus I’m going to spend some time screening the latest vids available and hopefully find some other stuff to throw up here to look at as well, so stay tuned.

Blake has a great site I follow regularly and you should too. Here’s a link to his website, go over there and check out his stuff:

http://cmblake6.wordpress.com/

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Listen, I’ve been looking at evidence that swings both ways on that Rodia/black Honda thing. As far as I’m concerned, the jury’s still out, but if my very life depended on the right assumption, at this point I’d have to lean toward that car not being his, and him not being there. If for no other reason than to give him the benefit of the doubt, which is tradition in cases where the jury’s authentically out: innocent until proven guilty.

I’m trying to get all that evidence posted up here in the next day or so. I was going to pin it to that Sandy Hook Central piece, but I may just create a whole new article out of it and post it to the top. 

It’s likely Rodia was approximately 45 miles away in neighboring Greenwich, CT, and official statements have been issued to that effect, by Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police, for one. Vance also issued a statement claiming the Honda’s registration came back to a “Lanza family member”, but no mention of which one.

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I’ll lay it on the line: I’ve probably spent as much time and effort at this as anyone, I’ve invested quite a large number of hours exhaustively poring over pretty much everything there is to go over in this case, although I’ll be the first to admit that only really scratches the surface, and in fact managed to raise a lot more questions than it provided any viable, authoritative answers.

But at the end of all that and weighing out everything I’ve seen and heard with at least a valiant effort toward genuine objectivity, I smell a massive cover-up here, and it is my belief that it amounted to a false-flag attack of some nature. That one way or another, this event was either staged, orchestrated or manipulated. One way or another. And that we’re witnessing a massive cover-up as we speak as a result. There are just too many oddities with this case, and that’s to be expected with a false flag attack.

This is simply my current “working hypothesis” and is subject to modification at such time conclusive evidence arrives to lean me in another direction. So far that hasn’t happened, I just see more evidence of a cover-up accumulating. But I’m striving to keep a completely open mind.

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There is SO much more to do here, however, so much left to be done. To this very moment, I don’t know of any existing official documentation available on who that black Honda registration actually comes back to. Now back when I was paying the rent with this kind of thing, and in my state, that was public information. Public information means anyone off the street can just go into the appropriate office or agency and obtain that information freely. But you have to go in. You have to be there. So it would take boots on the ground, logically.

And that’s probably the case here. At least I’m travelling on that assumption until I find out different, based on my own personal experience.

So hey! Tell me why no one has actually done this. Why no one has just run that tag to see who it really comes back to. It should be public information, one way or another. Although depending on the situation, one might have to sneak through the back door to obtain official documentation of ownership, say through insurance records or that sort of thing.

I don’t know, just saying there has to be a way to get to that legitimate information… how hard could it be? But this really needs to be done and done yesterday, so we can either put this Rodia thing to rest and get it out of the way, or pursue it further if it looks like it’s warranted.

The Rodia controversy is shaky and can go either way, in my opinion. There’s a possibility, based on what I’ve seen and heard so far, that that is Rodia’s car, and that Rodia may have been the second shooter and the individual we see running through the woods in the raw footage, and eventually being apprehended and detained.

Somebody was, we just don’t know who. It could have been Rodia. Or it could have been anyone. We just don’t know. We don’t have enough to go on in order to form a definitive conclusion one way or another, in my humble opinion. In that case, you give the guy the benefit of the doubt and press on…

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Sandy Hook Town Sign with Griever 

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“Those conspiracies that are too incredible to be believed, are by the same right, those which most often succeed.” — Marshall McLuhan

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“It gives us a very special, secret pleasure to see how unaware the people around us are of what is really happening to them.”  — Adolph Hitler

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As documents relating to the Sandy Hook shooting continue to be assessed and interpreted by independent researchers there is a growing awareness that the media coverage of the massacre of 26 children and adults was intended primarily for public consumption to further larger political ends.

A considerable amount of evidence has been withheld by authorities, who in a telling move have successfully postponed public disclosure of items culled from Nancy and Adam Lanzas’ residence and vehicles for an additional ninety days. [1]

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The $1.3 Million Lanza Home in Sandy Hook - Newtown Connecticut

The Lanza family residence, home of Nancy and Adam Lanza.

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Car driven by Connecticut school shooter Lanza is towed from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown,

Close-up of the suspect vehicle recovered from the Sandy Hook Elementary School parking lot. 

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At the same time what has been revealed and captured in press reports suggests how from missing suspects and evidence to unrevealed corpses much is still unknown and mainstream news outlets have been at least complicit in what could conceivably be described as the Sandy Hook massacre’s constructed reality. In this way unseen and largely unaccountable authorities set the agenda of the reportage through a titillating storyline reliant on an unsettling symbolic landscape to further develop and cultivate audience credulity.

The spectacle came complete with its own features specially designed for those with a penchant for pointing to intrigue. Shortly after the shooting prominent Arizona political figure and former gubernatorial aspirant Michael Harris opined that the shooting was carried out by an Israeli paramilitary team. Veterans Today  Editor Gordon Duff amplified this speculative assertion through a brief article carried by Iran’s PressTV that went viral, becoming the Iranian news outlet’s most read item ever. [2]

Despite compelling geopolitical and diplomatic conditions the claim cannot be verified because the identities of the two-to-four additional suspected gunmen apprehended by Newtown and Connecticut state police remain undisclosed while almost all identity-specific references to these suspects were scrambled on the audio recording of the emergency dispatch-responders exchange. Were these men possibly playing roles in an emergency drill?

Much can still be gleaned from the press coverage of Sandy Hook. Most importantly, as with the events of 9/11 that ushered in the interminable “war on terror” and police state, the techniques that have emblazoned Sandy Hook in public consciousness require continued scrutiny if only for the fact that they will almost certainly be deployed to create similar disaster scenarios, likely in the near-term.

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TSA Backscatter X-ray Scanner - Barney Fife and Sheeple

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Was Sandy Hook a Relocated Emergency Drill?

At 9:53AM, no more than ten minutes after the reported shooting ceased, the Associated Press published a story, “Official with Knowledge of Connecticut School Shooting Says 27 Dead, Including 18 Children.” AP and the Washington Post have since removed the story from their websites in lieu of subsequent reports that took their cue from a press conference scheduled for later that day.

Indeed, aside from internal police accounts of what took place inside Sandy Hook Elementary there is little information available to piece together what may have actually transpired inside the school. No photographic or video footage of the crime scene have been made publicly available and major media have to a large degree based their conclusions on Connecticut Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver’s verbal account of the postmortem which is at best ambiguous. [3]

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Connecticut Medical Examiner H.Wayne Carver

Connecticut State Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver, appearing at a press conference on December 15, 2012. 

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Two weeks after the incident an attorney representing the family of one six-year-old Sandy Hook student came forth with a $100 million lawsuit because their child “sustained emotional and psychological trauma and injury” when she, like several other children and staff, heard “‘cursing, screaming, and shooting’ over the school intercom.” The suit has since been withdrawn. [4]

Coverage of the event by the modest local weekly the Newtown Bee is most revealing in its combined discrepancies, vagueness, and brevity. In a December 14 article unidentified school personnel were floridly commended for their courage. Among them were school principal Dawn Hochsprung, who recounted to Bee Editor John Voket [5] how “a masked man entered the school with a rifle and started shooting multiple shots – more than she could count – that went ‘on and on.’”

The problem with the account was that it conflicted with a subsequent storyline where Hochsprung was the first to be killed by the gunmen. Three days later the paper issued a retraction and revised the story further. [6]  No additional explanation was provided concerning what party Volkert spoke to and quoted at the crime scene, suggesting from the onset a partly botched attempt at establishing a well-worn storyline.

Along these lines the same article relates what under the circumstances seems like an odd exchange between law enforcement and the school’s staff. Shortly after the incident an unidentified woman wearing a Connecticut State Police jacket addressed the group of teachers and staff who were consoling each other in the empty Sandy Hook apparatus bays. She complimented them on their individual and “exemplary” efforts following the procedures they were taught to ensure the protection of as many children and colleagues as possible. [7]

In the immediate aftermath of a bloody massacre where 27 lay dead or dying is this the appropriate time for a “post-game pep talk” and slaps on the back? What this closely resembles is the breakdown of a shooting drill, one that proceeded with violent sound effects broadcast through the school’s intercom system. In fact, on the same day the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection in association with the Federal Emergency Management Agency were carrying out a “Planning for the Needs of Children in Disaster” drill in nearby Bridgeport. [8]  Was the exercise location changed to Newtown at the last minute?

Close analysis of circumstances surrounding the event including unusual emergency procedures and news outlets’ interactions with alleged victim families following the shooting reveals important recurrent features and figures that further call the official account into question.

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A Phantom Evacuation?

Additional facets of coverage and maneuvers suggesting the possibility of an at least a partially staged event include the choice of the Sandy Hook Fire and Rescue Company’s headquarters as an evacuation point for the school’s students. This is accompanied by a lack of photographic or video evidence of such a widespread evacuation, bizarre interview footage of idle and wandering families alongside an emotional man who just happens across a half dozen Sandy Hook first graders in his front lawn who apparently witnessed their teacher’s murder.

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Newtown Bee

Associate Editor Shannon Hicks asserts that she was among the first on the scene at Sandy Hook, driving behind police and “taking photographs immediately through the windshield of her car, with one hand on the steering wheel and one holding her camera.” [9] Strangely, however, at best only two of Hicks’ photos actually emerge from the series—the famous shot of about fifteen students in conga line formation evidently moving across the parking lot en route to the fire station and a second of state police officers appearing in the December 14 Bee report that is later expunged.

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Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings

The image that wrenched a nation… but this is it, there’s nothing else we’re ever shown that would reflect a panicky mass exodus of some 600-odd  students and staff. Strangely, a couple of kids toward the rear of this conga line appear to be actually having fun, while others hardly seem concerned at all, given the extreme nature of their situation.

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Hicks’ ferocity and determination to capture the scene only yields a few published photos at a time when corporate media outlets were very eager for such documentation, while no other photo or video evidence have emerged indicating such a widespread exodus from the school.

Nor is there any rationale provided in reportage on exactly why the fire station is even designated as an evacuation point. The choice is unusual because the school has only one route in and out of the facility—Dickenson Drive—and in the event of an actual emergency children are forced to parade down a street as police cars, fire engines, and ambulances race the other way. Many schools use their adjoining parking lots as a rendezvous point, and Sandy Hook’s is particularly capacious.

Despite this dangerous and untenable set of conditions Sandy Hook students rehearsed this very scenario less than two months prior, as revealed in a photo Tweeted on October 17 by Principal Hochsprung. The image depicts a much larger assemblage of students in the lot behind the Sandy Hook fire station.     

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Sandy Hook School Annual Safety Drill-October 17, 2012 - Fire Station Parking Lot

A photo of the annual Sandy Hook Elementary School safety drill, taken on October 17, 2012, in the parking lot behind the Sandy Hook fire station.

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Itinerant “Crisis Actors”?

Following an evacuation of such magnitude the Sandy Hook fire depot would have been bursting at the seams with over six hundred children and staff, and at least as many family members, in addition to police, fire and medical personnel. Yet apart from a large array of emergency vehicles at the site no aerial footage indicates activity on this scale at any point following the shooting.

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Sandy Hook Emergency Medical Response Units

The scene at the Sandy Hook fire station during the aftermath of the shootings.

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Instead, there are numerous strange encounters between broadcast journalists and small and sporadic group of wandering parents and children, some of whom are at best moderately curious and far from grief-stricken or hysterical at the prospect that their child may have been caught in the deadly assault. After such a harrowing event why are select would-be family members and students lingering in the area and repeatedly offering themselves for interviews? A possible reason is that they are trained actors working under the direction of state and federal authorities and in coordination with cable and broadcast network talent to provide tailor-made crisis acting that realistically drives home the event’s tragic features.

One organization providing such services is the Colorado-based Vision Box’s acting troupe Crisis Actors. The entourage’s personnel are “available nationwide for active shooter drills and mall shooting full-scale exercises.” Crisis Actors “develop and portray characters in emergency training scenarios,” Vision Box’s website reads.

The intensity at which they work recreates real life pressures that first responders going through the training must cope with … This special group has sessions with police officers, 911 operators, school administrators, mall security, radio experts, and school safety training professionals. There is an endless amount of scenarios this group can tackle, which range anywhere from weather issues, to a missing child, to an unknown intruder.

According to Crisis Actors website group members work in association with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and “can play the part of the shooters, mall employees, shoppers in the mall, shoppers who continue to arrive at the mall, media reporters and others rushing to the mall, and persons in motor vehicles around the mall.” They are also trained to “play the role of citizens calling 911 or mall management, or posting comments on social media websites.”

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Soldier Detaining Civilian

A US soldier subdues and detains an actor playing the role of an American citizen during a mock training exercise. 

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 Is it possible that such actors were utilized in Newtown to control the event’s depiction and magnify its effect on public opinion? With the exception of police and government officials, the shocked and grief-stricken students, family members and pedestrians captured in photos from the shooting’s aftermath are almost entirely anonymous. Further, the suggestion of collaborative efforts between journalists and families is evident in many of the interviews with family members, such as this surprisingly aborted exchange between a would-be parent and journalist.

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Reporter: Sir, can I talk to you a second here? We’re Channel Two in New York. How did you find out about this, uhm, terrible tragedy?
[Reporter approaches family of three with third grade daughter and apparent Sandy Hook student accompanying them.-JT]
Unidentified Mother: OK. My daughter’s in third grade. We got, uhm, an automated call from, uhm, from the town—
Reporter: Yeah?
Mother: –that there had been a shooting.
Reporter: Sure.
Mother: Uh, nothing about where the shooting was, and that the schools were on lock down.
Reporter: So you were assuming it was probably the high school at first, right?
[Note that the mother has yet to say anything about having a son attending the local high school.]
Mother: Of course, and my son’s at the high school and I text him. He said, “Everything’s fine here.”
Reporter: Yeah.
Unidentified Mother: And then I got another text from, uh, CBS.

With virtually hundreds of students, faculty, staff and their families looking for each other and being reunited around the scene one would think journalists would have a broad range of interviewees from which to choose. Yet the same mother and daughter are again captured the morning of the shooting by an NBC affiliate.

Unidentified Mother: Another friend of mine said that, uhm, there was a man—masked man came in and just started shooting.
Unidentified Daughter: When we were gone doing morning meeting [sic] like, we heard like, shots and everybody went on the ground and Ms. Martin just closed the door and we went to the corner.

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In the same news clip another male child describes in unusual detail how he narrowly escaped the gunman’s hail of bullets.

Unidentified male student: I heard something like a person was kicking on a door. Then I turned around and I saw smoke and I smelled smoke. Then (pause) Then bullets whizzed by. Then—then a teacher pulled me in to her room.

Here is the same student speaking to another journalist.

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Unidentified male student: I saw some of the bullets going past the hall [sic] that I was right next to and then a teacher pulled me into her classroom.
Reporter: You heard sounds?
Male student: Yes.
Reporter: What did it sound like to you?
Male student: It sounded like someone was kicking a door.

The frequent hesitancy with specific words in this children’s deliveries, combined with a parent allowing their child repeatedly recount such an event and the unemotional, almost identically-worded delivery, suggests how they have been coached to present memorized lines.

Another child by the name of “Alexis Wasick” also makes at least two appearances and, following the unscripted lead of one journalist, recites similar lines in each interview.

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CNN Reporter: Joining me is the Wasick family. We have Alexis who is in third grade. You told me you were sitting in class this morning and you saw a lot of police. Tell me-tell me how you found out what was going on.
“Alexis”: Well, we found that there was all these people and we found that [unintelligible] because we were right near the window in our classroom. And like, we saw like police officers and we heard them [directly addressing camera] on the roof and in our building.
[At this point “Alexis” receives some cues from CNN’s reporter.]
Reporter: Was everybody crying, scared, wanting their parents to get them?
“Alexis”: Yeah, they were. And some people were even like, they kind of wish that they got a stomach ache [sic].

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On the same day “Alexis” gives a somewhat different account with similar verbiage to an entirely different reporter.

Reporter: What happened?
“Alexis”:[Addressing reporter offscreen] Nothing really [unintelligible] We heard like an ambulance and a police officer come and everybody was a little scared crying and I felt actually a little sick, and I felt like I was going to throw up and [glances at camera] did my teacher too [sic]. [The garbled line, “My teacher did too,” suggests a canned delivery.]
Reporter: How did you get out of there?

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Gene Rosen - The Sandy Hook Hero

Gene Rosen, of Newtown, Connecticut: “The Hero of Sandy Hook”

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The performance of Sandy Hook resident Gene Rosen suggests how the community members might become intimately enveloped in the unfolding tragedy. Despite the overwhelming federal, state and local police presence blanketing the community on December 14 Rosen explains several days later how while feeding his cat he receives an unexpected visit from six mislaid and forlorn children whose classmates and first grade teacher Victoria Soto were killed in the shooting. “The six who turned up at Rosen’s home apparently ran out of the school past her body,” the New York Post amazingly asserts. [10] Instead of calling the authorities to properly reunite the children with their parents Rosen bizarrely invites them inside his home for 30 minutes to jostle with stuffed animals and describe their ordeal.

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In an initial interview Rosen is standing in the driveway of his home and appears overcome with emotion, taking off his glasses while turning away from the camera and wiping eyes. He then proceeds down the driveway toward the front of his house, pointing to where he first spotted the children.

Rosen: Six children, and they were sitting there. They were sitting there, and I had no idea why they were there. And I went down there.
[Cut to Rosen’s hands clutching reading glasses, then back to Rosen.]
Rosen: There’s a school bus driver and she says, “There’s been an incident. And I said, “Just come in the house.” And that’s how it started and I—I brought them in the house.
[Cut to stuffed animals inside Rosen’s house, then back to Rosen.]
Rosen: And then over the next thirty minutes they just described what happened, little-by-little. These two boys kept saying, “We can’t go back to school. We can’t go back to school. Our teacher’s dead—Mrs. Soto. We don’t have a teacher.” And I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t take that in. I had no idea what had happened. A woman came to my house at twelve o’clock
[Cut to dimly-lit interior of house where Rosen stands before stuffed animals on floor.]
Rosen: Her face—her face looked frozen in-in terror. I’ve never seen a face look like that. She said, “Is my boy here? I heard there were six kids here.” And she said the name of the child. I thought that if she’d been to the Sandy Hook school she thought maybe a miracle from god would have the child in my house. And I looked at the casualty list at six o’clock.
[Hand to eyes and weeping, then shaking head]
Rosen: His name was on it!

Time and again in the wake of the incident Rosen is brought before network cameras to present his maudlin recounting of the surreal and implausible encounter.

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The Funeral Procession of Victoria Soto

The funeral procession of one Victoria Soto, around whom anomalies abound, and who serious researchers believe may not even exist except in theory or as an actress.

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Continued Postmortem Uncertainties

To properly identify each victim would have required weighing, measurement, de-robing, washing, with all identifying features such as scars or birthmarks noted. Such standard postmortem procedures, the public is asked to believe, were accomplished at the school as no more than three were treated at the well-prepared Danbury Hospital. [11] According to Carver’s December 15 press conference remarks the teachers and children were processed by the state coroner and his staff at an onsite mobile facility the night of the shooting.

Yet at least one family was not even allowed to see the body of their loved one. “They told me, ‘You can’t see (the body),’” Gilles Rousseau remarked to Radio-Canada, the French-language arm of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “Because most people he shot, it was two or three shots in the face, point-blank.” [12] If this were the case it puts further pressure on the uncertain notion that Lanza was an expert shot who had the opportunity to uninterruptedly fire at almost inanimate subjects.

Further, without explanation Carver postponed examination of Adam Lanza’s body until two days after the shooting. Jean Henry, a processing technician in Carver’s office, was recently placed on leave when she allegedly brought her husband, an unauthorized party, in to the state morgue to view Lanza’s corpse.

They went to the gurney where Lanza lay, then Henry unzipped the bag so her husband could look at him for a moment, and she closed the bag and they left the room, sources familiar with situation told The Courant Wednesday. [13]

The refusal for at least one family to view the body of their loved one and Henry’s informal intervention both contribute to the uncertainty and ambiguity surrounding what appears as a severely compromised postmortem operation, the gross inconsistencies of which major media have presented to the world as established fact.

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ADAM LANZA-SANDY HOOK SCHOOL MASSACRE

Adam Lanza: the most grievously injured of all of the “victims”?  If Sandy Hook didn’t go down as advertised, he may very well be… 

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Conclusion

As transcribed and analyzed in Part I of this analysis, the unusual testimony of Connecticut’s chief coroner H. Wayne Carver II, ostensibly placed in charge of the Sandy Hook school postmortem. Carver’s December 15 behavior and remarks before the press suggests his clear discomfort and demonstration that he knows very little about the shootings or autopsies themselves. In light of the above the physician’s hesitant performance in Sandy Hook’s tragedy is perhaps not so difficult to explain. At one point Carver even indicates his disapproval of the proceedings by expressing his wish that his staff and “the people of Newtown don’t have it crash on their head later.” Is Carver referring to an embellished event that he has been an unwilling participant in?

As indicated on the Crisis Actors website, performance of this type is now a commonplace feature of widely prevalent “live shooter drills” and may be infused throughout such an event and its aftermath to augment and control a broader narrative intended for public consumption. “The power to make a reportable event,” historian Daniel Boorstin writes, is “the power to make experience.” [14]

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Anguished Family Member at Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings

One of a handful of images which shook the nation to its roots. But again, this is it for anguished relatives on scene that day… there is nothing else. We’ve yet to see a single additional photo that could lend proper credence to this one… not one. A shill, or “crisis actor”, planted in the middle of the confusion? How hard could that be? Another anomaly frequent to Sandy Hook interviewees: no tears… a look of total anguish, on a perfectly dry face.

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Along these lines and despite countervailing facts and inconsistencies the official story of the Sandy Hook shooting is now part of the nation’s collective experience, consciousness and memory. To declare that the shooting “never took place” is cause for intense opprobrium in most polite circles where, in familiar Orwellian fashion, the media-induced trance and dehistoricized will to believe maintain their hold. Similarly, an individual who contends that Timothy McVeigh was an accessory in a much larger operation at Oklahoma City, Osama bin Laden was not responsible for the events of 9/11, or the World Trade Center Towers were brought down by controlled demolition is vigorously condemned for thought crimes against the state. Such are the immense dimensions of mass manipulation where fact and tragedy may be routinely revised and reinforced to fit the motives and designs toward a much larger apparatus of social and geopolitical control.

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Fraudulent War on Terror

The most distinguished fighting Marine that ever lived, General Smedley Butler, with two Congressional Medals of Honor, quit in disgust one day and authored a book entitled: “War is a Scam”.

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Notes

[1] Michelle Tuccitto Sullo, “Newtown Search Warrants for Adam Lanza’s Home, Vehicles Still Sealed,” New Haven Register, December 29, 2012.

[2] Gordon Duff, “Israeli Death Squads Involved in Sandy Hook Blood Bath,” PressTV, December 18, 2012.

[3] James F. Tracy, “The Sandy Hook School Massacre: Unanswered Questions and Missing Information,” Global Research, December 25, 2012.

[4] Mary Ellen Godin, “Claim Seeks $100 Million for Child Survivor of Connecticut School Shooting,” Reuters/Yahoo News, December 28, 2012. The suit was tentatively withdrawn shortly thereafter. Michael P. Mayko, “Lawyer Withdraws Sandy Hook Suit, May Refile,” Connecticut Post, December 31, 2012.

[5] John Voket, “Stories of Heroism Emerging From School Tragedy,” Newtown Bee, December 14, 2012.

[6] “Retraction and Apology,” Newtown Bee, December 17, 2012. See Niall Bradley, “Sandy Hook Massacre: Official Story Spins Out of Control,” Veterans Today, December 20, 2012.

[7] Voket, “Stories of Heroism.”

[8] “FEMA Was Running a ‘Drill’ Between 9AM and 4PM on December 14th, in Connecticut!” DailyPaul.com, December 26, 2012.

[9] Julie Moos, “How the Newtown Bee is Covering Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting,” Poynter.org, December 15, 2012.

[10] Reuven Fenton, “Children at Door: Teacher is Dead,” New York Post, December 18, 2012.

[11] Joe Van Brussel, “Danbury Hospital Prepared for School Shooting Massive Casualties, Got Few,” Huffington Post, December 14, 2012.

[12] Lise Millette, “Lauren Rousseau, Teacher killed in Newtown Shooting, Mourned by Canadian Family,” Canadian Press via Huffington Post, December 18, 2012.

[13] Jon Lender and David Altimari, “State Worker Placed on Leave After Showing Husband Adam Lanza’s Body,” Hartford Courant, January 2, 2012.

[14] Daniel J. Boorstin, The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, 25th Anniversary Edition. New York: Vintage Books, 1987 [1961], 10.

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Professor James F. Tracy

Special Thanks to Professor James F. Tracy

An Associate Professor of Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University, James Tracy’s work on media history, politics and culture has appeared in a wide variety of academic journals, edited volumes, and alternative news and opinion outlets.

Tracy is editor of Union for Democratic Communication’s journal Democratic Communiqué and a contributor to Project Censored’s forthcoming publication Censored 2013: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2011-2012. Additional writings and information are accessible at memoryholeblog.com, or:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/author/james-f-tracy

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Doctor James F. Tracy

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“If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter.” — George Washington

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“I begin to feel like most Americans don’t understand the First Amendment, don’t understand the freedom of speech, and don’t understand that it’s the responsibility of the citizen to speak out.” — Roger Ebert

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A communication professor known for conspiracy theories has stirred controversy at Florida Atlantic University with claims that last month’s Newtown, Conn., school shootings did not happen as reported — or may not have happened at all.

Moreover, Doctor James F. Tracy asserts in radio interviews and on his memoryholeblog.com. that trained “crisis actors” may have been employed by the Obama administration in an effort to shape public opinion in favor of the event’s true purpose: gun control.

“As documents relating to the Sandy Hook shooting continue to be assessed and interpreted by independent researchers, there is a growing awareness that the media coverage of the massacre of 26 children and adults was intended primarily for public consumption to further larger political ends,”  writes Tracy, a tenured associate professor of media history at FAU and a former union leader.

In another post, he says, “While it sounds like an outrageous claim, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place — at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the nation’s news media have described.”

FAU is distancing itself from Tracy’s views.

“James Tracy does not speak for the university. The website on which his post appeared is not affiliated with FAU in any way,”  said media director Lisa Metcalf.

Tracy said he knows he has sparked controversy on campus. In one of his courses, called “Culture of Conspiracy,” Tracy said some students have expressed skepticism about his views.

“But I encourage that,”  said Tracy, 47, a faculty member for 10 years. “I want to get students to look at events in a more critical way.”

In the Internet age, “We see more and more professors getting into trouble for what they’re posting on Facebook, or Tweeting,”  said Gregory Scholtz, director of the department of academic freedom at the Association of University Professors. “And administrations are sensitive to bad publicity; they don’t like things that public might find obnoxious or reprehensible. But most reputable administrations stay above the fray and give latitude.”

Robert Shibley, an official with the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, said Tracy is well within his rights of free speech, especially when teaching a course on conspiracy theory.

“The only way that a university would have a right to tone it down, or insist he stop talking about it, is if students come to him and say they find it disturbing,”  said Shibley. “People are allowed to talk about things that are upsetting — for example, abortion.”

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On Monday, January 7, the website Global Research posted a timeline written by Tracy which purports to show how federal and local police agencies, abetted by “major media,” conspired early in the Sandy Hook investigation to constuct a scenario pointing to Lanza as ” the sole agent of the massacre” when others may have been involved.

In one of his blog posts, “The Sandy Hook School Massacre: Unanswered Questions and Missing Information,” Tracy cites several sources for his skepticism, including lack of surveillance video or still images from the scene, the halting performance of the medical examiner at a news conference, timeline confusion, and how the accused shooter was able to fire so many shots in just minutes.

In an interview Monday, Tracy said “while it appears that people lost their lives” at Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14, he is not ready to buy that a lone gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, entered the school and methodically shot 20 children and six adults before killing himself.

Lanza is also suspected of killing his mother at their Newtown home before arriving at the school.

Asked if he has been accused of promoting fringe theories, Tracy said, “I do get that sense, from emails and otherwise.”

Tracy said he believes the deaths at Sandy Hook may have resulted from a training exercise. “Was this to a certain degree constructed?”  he said. “Was this a drill?”

“Something most likely took place,”  he said. “One is left with the impression that a real tragedy took place.”

But, he added, he has not seen bodies, or photos of bodies. “Overall, I’m saying the public needs more information to assess what took place. We don’t have that. And when the media and the public don’t have that, various sorts of ideas can arise.”

Tracy said also has doubts about the official version of the Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma City bombing, the 9-11 terror attacks and the Aurora, Colorado, theater murders.

“I describe myself as a scholar and public intellectual,”  he said, “interested in going more deeply into controversial public events. Although some may see [my theories] as beyond the pale, I am doing what we should be doing as academics.” (Sources: Mike Clary, The Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel )

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Dr. James F.Tracy in a Nutshell:

Title: Florida Atlantic University associate professor, media history and analysis, political economy of communication.

Age: 47

Born: Hornell, N.Y.

Education: Undergraduate: San Jose State, communication, 1995

Master’s degree: University of Arizona, media studies, 1998

PhD.: University of Iowa, 2002.

Activities: editor, Democratic Communiqué, journal of the Union for Democratic Communications.

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DebraLee Hovey

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Tuesday, January 8. 2012

A Connecticut state representative is apologizing for a Facebook post warning Gabby Giffords to stay away, ahead of the former Arizona congresswoman’s visit with Sandy Hook Elementary victims’ families last week in Newtown.

“Gabby Giffords stay out of my towns,”  the post on the Facebook page for State Rep. DebraLee Hovey, a Republican who represents Newtown and Monroe, said last week.

Former U.S. Rep. Giffords survived a shooting in Tuscon, Ariz., in 2011 that killed six people, including a judge and a young girl. She and her husband have been advocates for stricter gun laws.

In the days after, there were several blogs and opinion pieces criticizing Hovey. On Monday, she issued an apology for the comments she posted online:

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“The remarks I made regarding Congresswoman Giffords’ visit were insensitive and if I offended anyone I truly apologize.

“My comments were meant to be protective of the privacy of the families and our community as we work to move on, and were in no way intended as an insult to Congresswoman Giffords personally.

“Our community has struggled greatly through this tragedy, and we are all very sensitive to the potential for this event to be exploited for political purposes. This is what I wish to avoid.”

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Hovey was in Florida last week to attend a board meeting of the Women in Government national organization when Giffords visited.

“The events of Dec. 14 affected all of us deeply and like many others I am still working through my grief and trying to come to terms with what happened, how we as a community and a state move forward and how we can prevent horrific events like this from occurring in the future,”  Hovey said.

“My deepest condolences continue to go out to the families, the community of Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown and Connecticut,”  she continued.

Hovey’s office said she has been a strong advocate for her district and has called for a dialogue on mental health issues, improving school safety and gun control. (Sources: LeAnne Gendreau, NBCConnecticut.com)

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Gabrielle Giffords

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A national initiative aimed at curbing gun violence was launched by former US. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, on Tuesday, Jan. 8 — the second anniversary of the shooting in Tucson that killed six people and left her critically injured.

A new campaign website: Americans for Responsible Solutions, promised to “launch a national dialogue and raise funds to counter influence of the gun lobby.”

The couple last week visited Newtown, Conn., where a gunman opened fire in an elementary school, killing 20 children and six adults in December. They also met with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a gun control advocate.

“In response to a horrific series of shootings that has sown terror in our communities, victimized tens of thousands of Americans, and left one of its own bleeding and near death in a Tucson parking lot, Congress has done something quite extraordinary – nothing at all,”  the pair wrote in an editorial published Tuesday on their site and in USA Today.

“Achieving reforms to reduce gun violence and prevent mass shootings will mean matching gun lobbyists in their reach and resources,”  they wrote in the column.

“This country is known for using its determination and ingenuity to solve problems, big and small. Wise policy has conquered disease, protected us from dangerous products and substances, and made transportation safer. But when it comes to protecting our communities from gun violence, we’re not even trying — and for the worst of reasons.”

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In an interview with ABC News, the couple said the visit to Newtown brought back a lot of memories of their own ordeal two years ago.

“And you hope that this kind of thing doesn’t happen again. But you know what? It does happen again,”  Kelly said.

Kelly and Giffords said they are both gun owners and strongly support the Second Amendment, but they acknowledge the need to prevent guns from ending up in the “wrong hands.”

The couple hope to work with politicians to take gun lobbyists head-on and engage the country in a discussion about preventing gun violence.

They also hope to establish a requirement for a comprehensive background check for the private sale of guns, and address the issue of the treatment of mentally ill people in the United States. Another issue they hope to tackle is that of high-capacity magazines.

“An extended magazine is used to kill people,”  Kelly, a veteran of Desert Storm, told ABC, “lots of people.” (Sources: Alastair Jamieson, Becky Bratu, NBC News )

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Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings

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“[My staff] and I hope the people of Newtown don’t have it crash on their head later.” — Connecticut Medical Examiner D. Wayne Carver II, MD, December 15, 2012

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Inconsistencies and anomalies abound when one turns an analytical eye to news of the Newtown school massacre. The public’s general acceptance of the event’s validity and faith in its resolution suggests a deepened credulousness borne from a world where almost all news and information is electronically mediated and controlled. The condition is reinforced through the corporate media’s unwillingness to push hard questions vis-à-vis Connecticut and federal authorities who together bottlenecked information while invoking prior restraint through threats of prosecutorial action against journalists and the broader citizenry seeking to interpret the event on social media.

Along these lines on December 19 the Connecticut State Police assigned individual personnel to each of the 26 families who lost a loved one at Sandy Hook Elementary. “The families have requested no press interviews,” State Police assert on their behalf, “and we are asking that this request be honored.[1] The de facto gag order will be in effect until the investigation concludes—now forecast to be “several months away” even though lone gunman Adam Lanza has been confirmed as the sole culprit.[2]

With the exception of an unusual and apparently contrived appearance by Emilie Parker’s alleged father, victims’ family members have been almost wholly absent from public scrutiny.[3] What can be gleaned from this and similar coverage raises many more questions and glaring inconsistencies than answers. While it sounds like an outrageous claim, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place—at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the nation’s news media have described.

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The Accidental Medical Examiner

An especially important yet greatly underreported feature of the Sandy Hook affair is the wholly bizarre performance of Connecticut’s top medical examiner H. Wayne Carver II at a December 15 press conference. Carver’s unusual remarks and behavior warrant close consideration because in light of his professional notoriety they appear remarkably amateurish and out of character.

H. Wayne Carver II has an extremely self-assured, almost swaggering presence in Connecticut state administration. In early 2012 Carver threatened to vacate his position because of state budget cuts and streamlining measures that threatened his professional autonomy over the projects and personnel he oversaw.

Along these lines the pathologist has gone to excessive lengths to demonstrate his findings and expert opinion in court proceedings. For example, in a famous criminal case Carver “put a euthanized pig through a wood chipper so jurors could match striations on the bone fragments with the few ounces of evidence that prosecutors said were on the remains of the victim.”[4] One would therefore expect Carver to be in his element while identifying and verifying the exact ways in which Sandy Hook’s children and teachers met their violent demise.

Yet the H. Wayne Carver who showed up to the December 15 press conference is an almost entirely different man, appearing apprehensive and uncertain, as if he is at a significant remove from the postmortem operation he had overseen. The multiple gaffes, discrepancies, and hedges in response to reporters’ astute questions suggest that he is either under coercion or an imposter. While the latter sounds untenable it would go a long way in explaining his sub-pedestrian grasp of medical procedures and terminology.

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With this in mind extended excerpts from this exchange are worthy of recounting here in print. Carver is accompanied by Connecticut State Police Lieutenant H. Paul Vance and additional Connecticut State Police personnel. The reporters are off-screen and thus unidentified so I have assigned them simple numerical identification based on what can be discerned of their voices.

Reporter #1: So the rifle was the primary weapon?

H. Wayne Carver: Yes.

Reporter #1: [Inaudible]

Carver: Uh (pause). Question was what caliber were these bullets. And I know—I probably know more about firearms than most pathologists but if I say it in court they yell at me and don’t make me answer [sic]—so [nervous laughter]. I’ll let the police do that for you.

Reporter #2: Doctor can you tell us about the nature of the wounds. Were they at very close range? Were the children shot at from across the room?

Carver: Uhm, I only did seven of the autopsies. The victims I had ranged from three to eleven wounds apiece and I only saw two of them with close range shooting. Uh, but that’s, uh y’know, a sample. Uh, I really don’t have detailed information on the rest of the injuries.

[Given that Carver is Connecticut’s top coroner and in charge of the entire postmortem this is a startling admission.-JT]

Reporter #3: But you said that the long rifle was used?

Carver: Yes.

Reporter #3: But the long rifle was discovered in the car.

State Police Lieutenant Vance: That’s not correct, sir.

Unidentified reporter #4: How many bullets or bullet fragments did you find in the autopsy. Can you tell us that?

Carver: Oh. I’m lucky I can tell you how many I found. I don’t know. There were lots of them, OK? This type of weapon is not, uh … the bullets are designed in such a fashion that the energy—this is very clinical. I shouldn’t be saying this. But the energy is deposited in the tissue so the bullet stays in [the tissue].

[In fact, the Bushmaster .223 Connecticut police finally claimed was used in the shooting is designed for long range field use and utilizes high velocity bullets averaging 3,000 feet-per-second, the energy of which even at considerable distance would penetrate several bodies before finally coming to rest in tissue.]

Reporter #5: How close were the injuries?

Carver: Uh, all the ones (pause). I believe say, yes [sic].

Reporter #6: In what shape were the bodies when the families were brought to check [inaudible].

Carver: Uh, we did not bring the bodies and the families into contact. We took pictures of them, uhm, of their facial features. We have, uh, uh—it’s easier on the families when you do that. Un, there is, uh, a time and place for the up close and personal in the grieving process, but to accomplish this we thought it would be best to do it this way and, uh, you can sort of, uh … You can control a situation depending on the photographer, and I have very good photographers. Uh, but uh—

Reporter #7: Do you know the difference of the time of death between the mother in the house and the bodies recovered [in the school].

Carver: Uh, no, I don’t. Sorry [shakes head excitedly] I don’t! [embarrassed laugh]

Reporter #8: Did the gunman kill himself with the rifle?

Carver: No. I—I don’t know yet. I’ll-I’ll examine him tomorrow morning. But, but I don’t think so.

[Why has Carver left arguably the most important specimen for last? And why doesn’t he think Lanza didn’t commit suicide with the rifle?]

Reporter #9: In terms of the children, were they all found in one classroom or—

Carver: Uhm … [inaudible] [Turns to Lieutenant Vance] Paul and company will deal with that.

Reporter #9: What?

Carver: Paul and company will deal with that. Lieutenant Vance is going to handle that one.

Reporter #10: Was there any evidence of a struggle? Any bruises?

Carver: No.

Reporter #11: The nature of the shooting; is there any sense that there was a lot of care taken with precision [inaudible] or randomly?

Carver: [Exhales while glancing upward, as if frustrated] Both. It’s a very difficult question to answer … You’d think after thousands of people I’ve seen shot but I … It’s … If I attempted to answer it in court there’d be an objection and then they’d win—[nervous laughter].

[Who would win? Why does an expert whose routine job as a public employee is to provide impartial medical opinion concerned with winning and losing in court? Further, Carver is not in court but rather at a press conference.]

Reporter #12: Doctor, can you discuss the fatal injuries to the adults?

Carver: Ah, they were similar to those of the children.

Reporter #13: Doctor, the children you had autopsied, where in the bodies were they hit?

Carver: Uhm [pause]. All over. All over.

Reporter #14: Were [the students] sitting at their desks or were they running away when this happened?

Carver: I’ll let the guys who—the scene guys talk—address that issue. I, uh, obviously I was at the scene. Obviously I’m very experienced in that. But there are people who are, uh, the number one professionals in that. I’ll let them—let that [voice trails off].

Reporter [#15]: How many boys and how many girls [were killed]?

Carver: [Slowly shaking his head] I don’t know.

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More Unanswered Questions and Inconsistencies

In addition to Carver’s remarks several additional chronological and evidentiary contradictions in the official version of the Sandy Hook shooting are cause for serious consideration and leave doubt in terms of how the event transpired vis-à-vis the way authorities and major media outlets have presented it. It is now well known that early on journalists reported that Adam Lanza’s brother Ryan Lanza was reported to be the gunman, and that pistols were used in the shooting rather than a rifle. Yet these are merely the tip of the iceberg.

When Did the Gunman Arrive?

After Adam Lanza fatally shot and killed his mother at his residence, he drove himself to the elementary school campus, arriving one half hour after classes had commenced. Dressed in black, Lanza proceeds completely unnoticed through an oddly vacant parking lot with a military style rifle and shoots his way through double glass doors and a brand new yet apparently poorly engineered security system.

Further, initial press accounts suggest how no school personnel or students heard gunshots and no 911 calls are made until after Lanza begins firing inside the facility. “It was a lovely day,” Sandy Hook fourth grade teacher Theodore Varga said. And then, suddenly and unfathomably, gunshots rang out. “I can’t even remember how many,” Varga said.[5]

The recollection contrasts sharply with an updated version of Lanza’s arrival, where at 9:30 a.m.  he walked up to the front entrance and fired at least a half dozen rounds into the glass doors. The thunderous sound of Lanza blowing an opening big enough to walk through the locked school door caused Principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Scherlach to bolt from a nearby meeting room to investigate. He shot and killed them both as they ran toward him.

Breaching the school’s security system in such a way would have likely triggered some automatic alert of school personnel. Further, why would the school’s administrators run toward an armed man who has just noisily blasted his way into the building?

Two other staff members attending the meeting with Hocksprung and Scherlach sustained injuries “in the hail of bullets” but returned to the aforementioned meeting room and managed a call to 911.[6] This contrasted with earlier reports where the first 911 call claimed students “were trapped in a classroom with the adult shooter who had two guns.”[7] Recordings of the first police dispatch following the 911 call at 9:35:50 indicate that someone “thinks there’s someone shooting in the building.”[8] There is a clear distinction between potentially hearing shots somewhere in the building and being almost mortally caught in a “hail of bullets.”

How Did the Gunman Fire so Many Shots in Such Little Time?

According to Dr. Carver and State Police, Lanza shot each victim between 3 and 11 times during a 5 to 7 minute span. If one is to average this out to 7 bullets per individual—excluding misses—Lanza shot 182 times, or once every two seconds. Yet according to the official story Lanza was the sole assassin and armed with only one weapon. Thus if misses and changing the gun’s 30-shot magazine at least 6 times are added to the equation Lanza must have been averaging about one shot per second—extremely skilled use of a single firearm for a young man with absolutely no military training and who was on the verge of being institutionalized. Still, an accurate rendering of the event is even more difficult to arrive at because the chief medical examiner admittedly has no idea exactly how the children were shot or whether a struggle ensued.

Where is the Photo and Video Evidence?

Photographic and video evidence is at once profuse yet lacking in terms of its capacity to demonstrate that a mass shooting took place on the scale described by authorities. For example, in an era of ubiquitous video surveillance of public buildings especially no visual evidence of Lanza’s violent entry has emerged. And while studio snapshots of the Sandy Hook victims abound there is little if any eyewitness testimony of anyone who’s observed the corpses except for Carver and his staff, and they appear almost as confused about the conditions of the deceased as any layperson watching televised coverage of the event. Nor are there any routine eyewitness, photo or video evidence of the crime scene’s aftermath—broken glass, blasted security locks and doors, bullet casings and holes, bloodied walls and floors—all of which are common in such investigations and reportage.

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Why Were Medical Personnel Turned Away From the Crime Scene?

Oddly enough medical personnel are forced to set up their operation not at the school where the dead and injured lay, but rather at the fire station several hundred feet away. This flies in the face of standard medical operating procedure where personnel are situated as close to the scene as possible. There is no doubt that the school had ample room to accommodate such personnel. Yet medical responders who rushed to Sandy Hook Elementary upon receiving word of the tragedy were denied entry to the school and forced to set up primary and secondary triages off school grounds and wait for the injured to be brought to them.

Shortly after the shooting “as other ambulances from neighboring communities rolled up, sirens blaring, the first responders slowly realized that their training would be tragically underutilized on this horrible day. ‘You may not be able to save everybody, but you damn well try,’” 44 year old emergency medical technician James Wolff told NBC News. “’And when (we) didn’t have the opportunity to put our skills into action, it’s difficult.’”[9]

In light of this, who were the qualified medical practitioners pronounced the 20 children and 7 adults dead? Who decided that none could be revived? Carver and his staff are apparently the only medical personnel to have attended to the victims—yet this was in the postmortem conducted several hours later. Such slipshod handling of the crime scene leaves the State of Connecticut open to a potential array of hefty civil claims by families of the slain.

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Did a Mass Evacuation of the School Take Place?

Sandy Hook Elementary is attended by 600 students. Yet there is no photographic or video evidence of an evacuation on this scale. Instead, limited video and photographic imagery suggest that a limited evacuation of perhaps at most several dozen students occurred.

A highly circulated photo depicts students walking in a single file formation with their hands on each others’ shoulders and eyes shut. Yet this was the image of a drill that took place prior to the event itself.[10] Most other photos are portraits of individual children. Despite aerial video footage of the event documenting law enforcement scouring the scene and apprehending one or more suspects in the wooded area nearby the school,[11] there is no such evidence that a mass exodus of children from the school transpired once law enforcement pronounced Sandy Hook secure. Nor are there videos or photos of several hundred students and their parents at the oft-referenced fire station nearby where students were routed for parent pick up.

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Outside of a handful of citizen journalists and alternative media commentators Sandy Hook’s dramatically shifting factual and circumstantial terrain has escaped serious critique because it is presented through major media’s carefully constructed prism of select sound bites alongside a widespread and longstanding cultural impulse to accept the pronouncements of experts, be they bemused physicians, high ranking law enforcement officers, or political leaders demonstrating emotionally-grounded concern.

Political scientist W. Lance Bennett calls this the news media’s “authority-disorder bias.” “Whether the world is returned to a safe, normal place,” Bennett writes, “or whether the very idea of a normal world is called into question, the news is preoccupied with order, along with related questions of whether authorities are capable of establishing or restoring it.”[12]

Despite Carver’s bizarre performance and law enforcement authorities’ inability to settle on and relay simple facts, media management’s impulse to assure audiences and readerships of the Newtown community’s inevitable adjustment to its trauma and loss with the aid of the government’s protective oversight—however incompetent that may be—far surpasses a willingness to undermine this now almost universal news media narrative with messy questions and suggestions of intrigue. This well-worn script is one the public has been conditioned to accept. If few people relied on such media to develop their world view this would hardly be a concern. Yet this is regrettably not the case.

The Sandy Hook tragedy was on a far larger scale than the past year’s numerous slaughters, including the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting and the Batman theater shooting in Colorado. It also included glaringly illogical exercises and pronouncements by authorities alongside remarkably unusual evidentiary fissures indistinguishable by an American political imagination cultivated to believe that the corporate, government and military’s sophisticated system of organized crime is largely confined to Hollywood-style storylines while really existing malfeasance and crises are without exception returned to normalcy.

If recent history is a prelude the likelihood of citizens collectively assessing and questioning Sandy Hook is limited even given the event’s overtly superficial trappings. While the incident is ostensibly being handled by Connecticut law enforcement, early reports indicate how federal authorities were on the scene as the 911 call was received. Regardless of where one stands on the Second Amendment and gun control, it is not unreasonable to suggest the Obama administration complicity or direct oversight of an incident that has in very short order sparked a national debate on the very topic—and not coincidentally remains a key piece of Obama’s political platform.

The move to railroad this program through with the aid of major media and an irrefutable barrage of children’s portraits, “heartfelt” platitudes and ostensible tears neutralizes a quest for genuine evidence, reasoned observation and in the case of Newtown honest and responsible law enforcement. Moreover, to suggest that Obama is not capable of deploying such techniques to achieve political ends is to similarly place ones faith in image and interpretation above substance and established fact, the exact inclination that in sum has brought America to such an impasse.

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Notes

[1] State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, “State Police Investigate Newtown School Shooting” [Press Release] December 15, 2012.

[2] State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, “Update: Newtown School Shooting” [Press Release], December 19, 2012.

[3] CNN, “Family of 6 Year Old Victim,” December 14, 2012, “Sandy Hook School Shooting Hoax Fraud,” Youtube, December 17, 2012.

[4] Hartford Courant, “Finally ‘Enough’ For Chief Medical Examiner” [Editorial], January 30, 2012.

[5] John Christofferson and Jocelyn Noveck, “Sandy Hook School Shooting: Adam Lanza Kills 26 and Himself at Connecticut School,” Huffington Post, December 15, 2012.

[6] Edmund H. Mahoney, Dave Altmari, and Jon Lender, “Sandy Hook Shooter’s Pause May Have Aided Escape,” Hartford Courant, December 23, 2012.

[7] Jaweed Kaleem, “Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting: Newtown Connecticut Students, Administrators Among Victims, Reports Say,” Huffington Post, December 14, 2012.

[8] RadioMan911TV, “Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Newtown Police / Fire and CT State Police,” Youtube, December 14, 2012. At several points in this recording audio is scrambled, particularly following apprehension of a second shooting suspect outside the school, suggesting a purposeful attempt to withhold vital information.

[9] Miranda Leitsinger, “You Feel Helpless: First Responders Rushed to School After Shooting, Only to Wait,” US News on NBC, December 20.

[10] http://thenetng.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Sandy-Hook-Elementary-School-600×400.jpg

[11] Rob Dew, “Evidence of 2nd and 3rd Shooter at Sandy Hook,” Infowars Nightly News, December 18, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nCFHImNeRw. A more detailed yet less polished analysis was developed by citizen journalist Idahopicker, “Sandy Hook Elem: 3 Shooters,” December 16, 2012. See also James F. Tracy, “Analyzing the Newtown Narrative: Sandy Hook’s Disappearing Shooter Suspects,” Memoryholeblog.com, December 20, 2012.

[12] W. Lance Bennett, News: The Politics of Illusion 9th Edition, Boston: Longman, 2012, 47.

Andrew Whooley provided suggestions and research for this article.

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Special Thanks to Professor James F. Tracy

An Associate Professor of Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University, James Tracy’s work on media history, politics and culture has appeared in a wide variety of academic journals, edited volumes, and alternative news and opinion outlets.

Tracy is editor of Union for Democratic Communication’s journal Democratic Communiqué and a contributor to Project Censored’s forthcoming publication Censored 2013: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2011-2012. Additional writings and information are accessible at memoryholeblog.com, or:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/author/james-f-tracy

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Rampage ShootingsLet’s face it, guns have been around forever, rampage shootings haven’t: why here and now?

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Multiple eyewitness accounts of additional participants in the Columbine, Aurora, and Newtown rampage shootings have been systematically scrubbed from mainstream media reports, in order to bring them in line with the official versions of these events as provided by authorities…

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Columbine High School: April 20, 1999

Numerous bystanders at the scene of the original Columbine High School shootings recounted afterwards — both on-camera to the national news-gathering agencies, as well as to any law enforcement and investigative agencies on hand — that there was at least one additional shooter involved in the hallmark massacre, and possibly up to half a dozen or more participants altogether.

In addition to this, other suspicious individuals were spotted at the time on foot within close proximity to the school. One of them had apparently set a bomb off nearby as a diversionary ploy, and another one was carrying a shotgun. 

And that’s just the proverbial tip of the iceberg.

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This case reeks. It’s full of holes, lies, negligence on the part of every institution involved, staging and suppression of evidence, conflicting eyewitness and law enforcement agency accounts, and so forth. It would require a massive volume to explore it all in depth, with at least 15,000 pages of documents on file to examine. The primary Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigative report alone, released to the public on November 21, 2000,  contains 11,000 pages. This is available on CD through their office for $30. They also have many other documents related to the case available for sale, including FBI reports, 911 transcripts, etc.  

But we’re just talking extra shooters here, so let’s take a look at some of the transcripts to get just a glimpse of what really went on that day…

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Then-student Erin Walton said on page 2,242 of the report, “I was in the science room, heard gunshots (thought it was [a] senior prank). We heard gunshots getting closer. We saw two guys standing in the doorway, backs to us — heard them fire 2-3 shots — don’t know where (poss[ibly] towards the science teacher’s room) then they left […]. One of the guys was tall, blk. hair wearing all black. The other one had short bln. hair (like he was going bald). He looked like he was in his late 30′s.”

Then-student David Eagle said on page 1,781, that he “was sitting behind one of the turned over desks [in the “Science room”]. He could see out the window in the door. Through it he saw “the killers.” He said that one was holding a sawed off shotgun. [Eagle] described this person holding the gun as someone with black shaved hair with blonde streaks. The hair was longer on the top than it was on the bottom […]. [Eagle] said that the person he saw did not look like the people [Harris and Klebold] he’s seen on television.”

And then-student Jennifer Smull reported on page 2,183 that after a science teacher instructed her to take cover, she “saw a senior standing outside [her] classroom door. [She] knew he was the shooter. Then [she] saw an adult (blonde, short, spiky hair, thought he was in 30′s). [She] thought he was a cop until he held up a sawed off shotgun. Then he and the senior tried to break into the room where a shot teacher went.”

Detective Terry Demmel, assigned with the Columbine Law Enforcement Task Force, included the following in his report of a May 3rd, 1999, interview with Jason Brehm on page 719: “Jason reported that on Tues. the 20th […] he observed a party wearing a trench coat and black hat turned backwards who was leaning against a green post that was anchoring a tree […]. [Jason] stated that the person was a little shorter than himself, [Jason] is 5′ 11″ or 6′, and that he was wearing a black pair of boots […].”

“Det. Demmel showed Jason photographs of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold at that time with Jason reporting that the party he observed wearing the trench coat had a very round face and was neither Harris or Klebold […].” “Jason added that the party had a black nylon bag with straps at his feet. Jason described the bag as being approximately 1 1/2 to 2 feet long and appeared full.”

“While playing [soccer] Jason heard what he thought sounded like a string of firecrackers going off and saw smoke coming up from next to the guy in the trench coat. He stated that the person in the trench coat was the same party that he had observed when he walked out of the door. Jason stated that the guy in the trench coat was alone. The party in the trench coat began shooting randomly as he walked down the stairs […]. The gunman then started shooting into windows of the Library. The individual then lob[b]ed several devices up onto the roof that caused explosions. He then ran back down the stairs to the bottom and fired off what Jason thinks was a shotgun that was louder than anything else that had been going off.”

And, in great detail, Jonathan Cole recounted to investigators writing on page 750 that he “[met] up with Jack Abodaca and Chris Wisher when he noticed two males in trench coats. One was wearing a ski ma[sk] with one large hole in it. He recalled that one had brown “puffy” hair. He recalled seeing a third male who was wearing a white tee-shirt that had either short sleeves or no sleeves and blue jeans exit the building behind the two trenched males. He next remembered that the male in the white shirt yelled at the other two males in trench coats to “GO!! GO!!”

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On top of that, more than one eywitness identified two other Trenchcoat Mafia members, Robert Perry and Chris Morris, as having participated in the attack.

On pages 5247-5268, Ashley Egeland places Chris Morris at the scene with Eric Harris, with Morris carrying a handgun. The police did arrest Chris Morris after the shooting stopped and took him away in handcuffs.

Two witnesses, Jake Apodaca and Chris Wisher, told investigators that they spotted another gunman in the bushes in nearby Weaver Park, “ducked down with a shotgun.” Wisher later told classmates that his reports were blown off by the police.

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Special thanks to Evan Long, located at:  http://evanlong.net

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Aurora Theatre: July 20, 2012

In this example, we have multiple eyewitnesses stating that a lone male walked into the theatre ahead of the acknowledged shooter and sat down to watch the movie. Not long afterwards, he apparently received a cellphone call and went over to a side exit that led straight outside the building to take the call.

One of the eyewitnesses considered this unusual, stating that anyone he’d ever seen receive a call in the theatre before had always gone to the lobby to take it instead, and never to the door which led outside.

So he proceeded to keep the subject under loose observation, and watched as the man opened the exit door and milled around in the entranceway for awhile, apparently talking on the phone. At one point the subject appeared to be gesturing to someone outside the building, “as if beckoning them to approach”. Then he obstensibly closed the door and returned to his seat to watch the film.

According to the eywitnesses, around 10-20 minutes after this happened, a lone gunman later identified as James Holmes burst through that very same door and into the theatre, first tossing a tear gas cannister into the seats, then opening fire on the moviegoers, which created instant pandemonium.

But it is here the eyewitnesses recount apparently more help from an unknown accomplice at the scene, in the form of a second tear gas cannister  which flew into the seats from another direction at about the same time the shooter was popping his own gas grenade and opening fire onto the crowd.

The eyewitnesses in question stated no doubt they observed an additional cannister being thrown into the crowd from “the other side of the theatre”, the side opposite the exit where the shooter made his entry and the apparent accomplice had “taken his phone call” prior to that. 

None of the eyewitnesses observed the precise point of origin of the second tear gas cannister, so it is impossible to say if it was thrown by the same individual they’d seen open the exit door earlier.

This fact by default paves the way for the possible existence of yet another accomplice in the operation, raising the total number of possible participants to at least three.

Although it is most likely in this reporter’s mind, that the same man who was tasked with rigging the exit door in preparation for the shooter’s entry and giving him the “all clear, come on” signal, was also responsible for hurling the second gas grenade at the point of entry, and then “getting the hell out of Dodge”.

If I had been tasked with this investigation I would have checked the theatre’s surveillance system to see who came running out of the entranceway first. It would almost necessarily be this same accomplice. The chances are good he made his escape into a waiting getaway car, whereupon he was probably shot through the head soon thereafter and made to promptly disappear…

Basic logic, as well as ample eyewitness testimony, lead me to conclude that James Holmes was not the only participant in the landmark attack.

And I have other reasons, of course, but again, we’re only talking additional on-scene participants in this article.

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Aside from this, at least one police radio broadcast mentions the existence of a possible second shooter at the scene, wearing a blue and white plaid shirt.

Watch the videos, it’s all on there…  

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Newtown, Connecticut: December 14, 2012

Several independent researchers and most recently Infowars.com reporter Rob Dew have over the past few days pointed to evidence strongly suggesting how two additional Sandy Hook shooting suspects were apprehended by police in the minutes following 9:35AM when officers were dispatched to the elementary school.

Recordings of the 911 dispatcher and first responders to the campus all but wholly corroborate initial reports of at least two persons attempting to flee from the scene, with audio evidence of law enforcement officers actually encountering the suspected assailants at around 9:40AM. Excerpts were replayed on Fox News the evening of December 14.

Dispatcher:All units: The individual that I have on the phone is continuing to hear what he believes to be gunfire.”
Dispatcher:All units are responding to Sandy Hook School at this time. The shooting appears to have stopped. It is silent at this time. The school is in lockdown.”
Dispatcher:I have reports that the teacher saw two shadows running past the building, past the gym, which would be rear ([inaudible] … to the shooting.”
Officer: “Yeah. We’ve got him … [Voice quickening] They’re coming at me [inaudible] … down the left side.”

In the above encounter, one suspect is apparently detained by police outside the school and subsequently referenced in an Associated Press interview with a Sandy Hook student who briefly sees the detained man while being evacuated from the school building:

Unidentified student:And then the police like were knocking on the door, and they’re like, ‘We’re evacuating people! We’re evacuating people!’ So we ran out. There’s police about at every door. They’re leading us, ‘Down this way. Down this way. Quick! Quick! Come on!’ Then we ran down to the firehouse. There’s a man pinned down to the ground with handcuffs on. And we thought that was the victim [sic]. We really didn’t get a good glance at him because there was a car blocking it. Plus we were running really quick.”

We also have aerial footage depicting officers pursuing another suspected shooter in a wooded area outside the aforementioned gym and behind school grounds. They apprehend him and he is seen prone and surrounded by police before being escorted in front of students’ parents to a squad car, an episode recounted by one anonymous bystander interviewed on a local CBS affiliate.

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