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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 04:57 PM

Meet the Sandy Hook truthers: Theorists think they've found “absolute proof” that Newtown was a hoax

Have they no shame?


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By Alex Seitz-Wald for salon.com

In the crazy world of Sandy Hook conspiracy theories, this one may be the worst yet. (Maybe you’ve already heard some of the others, like the one about fantasy ties between the gunman’s family and the LIBOR banking scandal and a related theory about the Aurora shooting and the “Dark Knight Rises.”) Most of the theories are really pieces of a larger meta-theory: that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax, perhaps by the Obama administration, designed to stir demand for gun control.

In the latest angle, theorists think they have found “absolute proof” of a conspiracy to defraud the American people. “You reported in December that this little girl had been killed,” a reader emailed Salon in response to a story. “She has been found, and photographed with President Obama.”

There are dozens of websites, blog posts and YouTube videos extolling the Emilie Parker hoax theory. If you Google her name, the very first result is a post mocking her father for crying at a press conference after the shooting. One popular video, which already has 134,000 views, was made by the producers of a popular 9/11 Truther film. “Just as the movie ‘Operation Terror’ shows the 9/11 attacks were a made-for-TV event, so too were the mass shootings … There can be no doubt that Sandy Hook was a staged event,” the narrator intones. He goes on to say that the adults who participated in the media coverage of the shootings “should be prosecuted as accessories after the fact in a mass murder” — i.e., the parents whose children were murdered in the massacre should be thrown in prison.

But the hoax theory has even earned the backing for some presumably more credible sources. James Tracy, a tenured professor of communications at Florida Atlantic University, sparked controversy this week after he wrote a blog post suggesting the parents were “crisis actors.” “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,” he wrote.

Websites owned by Alex Jones, the conspiracy theory pundit who helped start the 9/11 Truther movement and has millions of readers, are a virtual one-stop shop for Sandy Hook “false flag” miscellanea. So far, mainstream conservative figures haven’t hopped on board, though Gun Owners of American head Larry Pratt told Jones this summer that he thought there was a good chance the Aurora massacre was perpetrated by government agents.

http://www.salon.com/2013/01/09/the_worst_sandy_hook_conspiracy_theory_yet/

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Reply Meet the Sandy Hook truthers: Theorists think they've found “absolute proof” that Newtown was a hoax (Original post)
Douglas Carpenter Jan 2013 OP
Drunken Irishman Jan 2013 #1
Kalidurga Jan 2013 #2
Sheldon Cooper Jan 2013 #7
tosh Jan 2013 #3
Douglas Carpenter Jan 2013 #4
Marrah_G Jan 2013 #11
Blue_Tires Jan 2013 #6
KamaAina Jan 2013 #5
Jennicut Jan 2013 #8
KamaAina Jan 2013 #9
Dpm12 Jan 2013 #10
Dash87 Jan 2013 #12
JHB Jan 2013 #14
JaneyVee Jan 2013 #13
Zoeisright Jan 2013 #15
Jefferson23 Jan 2013 #16

Response to Douglas Carpenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 05:04 PM

1. Emilie Parker's family is from Utah. We've got a lot of her story here...

Many, many, many people here know the family. This is absolutely bat-shit insane! I mean, offensive and insane.

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Response to Douglas Carpenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 05:06 PM

2. This is sad on so many levels.

The worst thing is those people who say it is a hoax so they can be ok with just about anyone having access to WMD in the form of semi automatics.

But, then there are those that have to believe it. They have to believe the children were moved somewhere and are safe, ripped from their communities and families but safe so that someone can promote an anti-gun agenda. What is going on with them is painful. The really don't want innocent children murdered and the thought has caused a mental breakdown of sorts. They also want to be able to own any kind of gun they can afford or get their hands on. It's like that Star Trek episode when they killed the robot women with illogical phrases and questions. They can't figure out how to deal with these two competing ideas. That innocent people are killed by guns that were purchased legally by a presumptively responsible gun owner. And that this is a good reason to have more gun control and perhaps to ban a large amount of guns.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:35 PM

7. ^^This^^

It's a cognitive disconnect for them.

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Response to Douglas Carpenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 05:35 PM

3. I have to question

the mental stability of anyone who believes this assanine garbage.

These very well may be the ones who should NOT have access to weapons.

I am ashamed to admit that someone I actually know has posted this stupidity on social media today.

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Response to tosh (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 05:52 PM

4. until recently I have not had very much right-wing crazy stuff showing up on my Facebook timeline

but I recently joined a couple of Facebook group of current or former residents of Corry, PA - my old hometown and I am now seeing one of the reasons why I left that part of America decades ago --- guns and Jesus - it's all about guns and Jesus. Now how that hell did those two get mixed together?

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Response to Douglas Carpenter (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:07 PM

11. I've had NON rw friends posting this stuff

Always with some sentence like " I don't want to sound like a nut but" or "It makes you think".

I've taken to just hiding the posts and I'm sure the nuttery will pass eventually.

I have been tempted to say that if you think all these people are actors, go knock on their fucking doors and ask them.

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Response to tosh (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:18 PM

6. It's just a predictable result of what happens when people spend

WAY too much time on the internets instead of occasionally going outside and interacting with real flesh-and-blood people...Psychologically, they just sort of "remake" their own reality...

I saw some pretty good research in some academic journal years back predicting this phenomenon...If the "Information Age" is the renaissance, then this distorted mindset will be the Black Plague, imo

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Response to Douglas Carpenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:07 PM

5. Newtown is and always has been a hoax.

There has never been anything between Bethel and Southbury except dark matter.

The flagpole is merely the transmitter for the dark matter.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:49 PM

8. Ha.

The flagpole is the flagpole of EVIL. I am telling you, I know this since I have driven past it many times being a resident of the fine state of Connecticut. Or Hell, as we in the know refer to it.

Is there anything IN Southbury? Or is that Woodbury? There is a Masonic Temple in Woodbury, proof that CT really is hell.

These people are truly nuts, aren't they?

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Response to Jennicut (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 07:01 PM

9. Sadly, one of the nation's largest institutions for people with developmental disabilities

the Southbury Training School. Most DD advocates wish it would simply be sucked into the vortex across the Housatonic and its residents resettled in community settings, as in many other states.

Ironically, the other thing there is Heritage Vilage, where Temple Grandin and I stayed the night before addressing an autism conference up the road in Waterbury.

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Response to Douglas Carpenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:04 PM

10. Sad, sad, sad

Fuck the idiots who have no hearts.

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Response to Douglas Carpenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:11 PM

12. The one fatal problem with this CT.

The shooter's father had absolutely nothing to do with LIBOR. Idiots.

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Response to Dash87 (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:19 PM

14. There's no such thing as a "fatal problem" with a CT that has willing belivers

Mere facts have never impeded belief for those who want to believe.

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Response to Douglas Carpenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:15 PM

13. INSANELY using the 1st Amendment rights to INSANELY defend your 2nd Amendment wrongs.

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Response to Douglas Carpenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:19 PM

15. I wish there was a hell so those assholes

could burn in it.

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Response to Douglas Carpenter (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:25 PM

16. I would like to see these individuals and especially the groups, sued.

They're harassing people with this insanity government is behind all this..it's sickening.

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