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A Remarkable Confluence of Events

Recent entries on the Sandy Hook Massacre Timeline suggest how March 28, 2013 was an especially important date coordinated to bring together the United Nations-led campaign to address the conventional weapons trade and accelerate gun control-related public relations efforts directed toward the American people.

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Colorado Theater Massacre’s Phantom Shooter Suspects

On March 12 a judge entered a not guilty plea on behalf of James Holmes, the man Aurora Colorado police say single-handedly killed twelve theater-goers and wounded dozens more on July 20, 2012. On April 1 the prosecution will announce whether it will seek the death penalty in the case. Yet abundant witness testimony suggests Holmes likely had at least one other accomplice and may not have even been the shooter.

The following detailed article provides a wealth of information and analysis on this tragic and shocking incident that deserves a broad airing. Like the Sandy Hook School shooting, the Aurora episode has numerous peculiarities and unanswered questions. It is republished here with minor editing and the kind permission of original author Vera Blake.

Disclosure: Vera Blake wrote a piece in support of my writings and public statements on the Sandy Hook shooting that appeared on her blog in January.-JT Continue reading Colorado Theater Massacre’s Phantom Shooter Suspects

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“Extremist” Publicity and Historical Reality

Originally published on 3/14/13, this article highlights the intensified pace of probable false flag events within the U.S. from the early-to-mid 1990s.-JT 4/18/13

The Southern Poverty Law Center[1] is advising the US government of the alleged “domestic terror threat” posed by political conservatives, “conspiracy theorists,” and others skeptical of their government’s policies and behavior. A March 5, 2012 letter to the US Departments of Justice and Homeland Security points to the group’s recent report, “The Year in Hate and Extremism.” The study uses SPLC data to point to an almost one thousand percent upsurge in “militias and radical antigovernment groups … from 149 in 2008 to 1,360 in 2012.”

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Live Shooter Drill Hoax Played on Nation’s “Most Vulnerable” School Children

horamschoolOn the morning of December 18, 2012 administrators at New York City Public School 79 (the Horan School) in East Harlem conducted an entirely unannounced “active shooter drill.” The event, which took place just four days after the high profile Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown Connecticut, terrified the school’s 300 special needs adolescent and young adult students and the 100 teaching and counseling staff members. Ranging in age from 12 to 21, Horan’s largely Hispanic student body contends with an array of mental and emotional disabilities, including autism and cerebral palsy.

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9/11, Bin Laden and the Tyranny of the Corporate Media

This essay originally appeared on September 21, 2001 as an installment of my biweekly Daily Iowan column, “Firing Line.” The piece uses George Orwell’s 1984 as a basis to suggest how from the very beginning the corporate media played a central role in setting the stage for the prevalent Osama bin Laden-Al Qaeda myth, the related “blowback” thesis vigorously embraced by the progressive-left community, and the assemblage of rearguard actions defending such perspectives and reflexively labeling all accounts conflicting with government pronouncements as “conspiracy theories.”

An expertly orchestrated barrage of 9/11 propaganda in the weeks and months following the attacks had a devastatingly traumatic effect on a majority of the US population while simultaneously rendering many of the most legitimate and important questions to the sidelines. Together these discursive elements have helped to create an environment where, as Orwell envisaged, essential civil liberties have been forsaken and perpetual war has become the norm. -JT

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The Paranoid Style of American Governance

In 1964 Harper‘s magazine published the now famous essay, “The Paranoid Style of American Politics,” by historian and public intellectual Richard Hofstadter. Appearing in the wake of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater’s Republican presidential nomination, the tract remains emblematic of liberal anxiety toward serious and in many cases unresolved questions regarding the forces behind American governance. “The Paranoid Style” overall helped establish the term “conspiracy theory” as perhaps the most powerful epithet in the American political lexicon.  “American politics has often been an arena for angry minds,” Hofstadter wrote.

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