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.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook School shooting public incredulity with the official version of events led to numerous speculations on what really happened. In short order corporate media marshaled pundits to disparage such alternative interpretations as “conspiracy theories” and the work of deranged and even malevolent Sandy Hook “truthers.”
The now-prevalent phenomenon where only the narratives authorized by law enforcement and government authorities are worthy of serious consideration suggests the unmistakable extent to which public discourse has declined. In such an ideational system journalists and academics are expected to either fall silent or perform the rearguard action of deflecting criticism from the state.
Continue reading In Search of the Last Liberal Intellectual
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
“Sandy Hook: Do You Believe That America?” includes several important clips, many of which have been overlooked or disappeared from the web since December 14. The selection and sequence overall highlight the inconsistent and contradictory news coverage of that day.
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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 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.”
This article originally appeared on March 10, 2012 as the inaugural post on memoryholeblog.com (formerly memorygap). -JT
Where do you locate yourself on the political spectrum? Are you liberal or conservative? On “the left”, “the right”, or perhaps you’re a bit of both (“moderate”). It is no secret that American mass culture often blunts the capacity for civic engagement and political awareness. Yet those who pursue an identity in acceptable political dialogue are less aware of how the parameters of American politics have been carefully crafted to elicit vicarious and seemingly meaningful participation for the politically inclined.
On March 9, 1995 Edward Bernays died at the age of 103. His professional endeavors involved seeking to change popular attitudes and behavior by fundamentally altering social reality. Since he laid the modern groundwork for deceiving the public we are for better or worse living out his legacy today.
Updated March 7, 10:00PM
This article was originally received via email on March 5 and was posted on March 6. I have since observed enough inconsistencies with the piece and experienced enough disagreements with its author to remove it from the site and issue the following:
(Originally received January 22, 2013)
Dear Dr. Heather Coltman and Dr. Diane Alperin,
I have examined Professor James Tracy’s writings regarding the Newtown, Conn., massacre and I am briefly presenting a case-study to you on how a university can deal with this situation. I was awarded by the University of Toronto for my documentary entitled 9/11 in the Academic Community which examines how academia treats critical perspectives of media or governmental narratives.
This past week the Public Broadcasting Service presented its viewership with a flurry of reportage and commentary on the Newtown tragedy, taking special care to closely associate the incident with the issues of gun control, mental health, and school safety. Specific programs have included Washington Week, PBS NewsHour, NOVA, and FRONTLINE. This degree of coverage from an outlet with significant credibility among the educated professional class is especially unusual.
This letter was received from a reader in central Europe and relates provocative claims and insights on Sandy Hook, particularly with the backdrop of several new PBS-sponsored “documentaries” addressing the incident. The text is reproduced in its entirety below with minor editing. The name and other identifying information of the writer have been withheld to preserve their anonymity.
Updated February 24, 2013
(This post has also been appended to Dr. Fetzer’s Open Letter.)
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:18 AM
Subject: Reader Comment
Comment: Dear Professor Tracy,
It’s no secret that journalists working for the bulk of mainstream news outlets seek to uncover and exploit every facet of gruesome events such as ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner’s apparent rampage or the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown Connecticut. Such routinized reporting typically involves generating grist for the 24 hour news cycle by identifying and maximizing all possible video evidence while interviewing every witness willing to speak before the camera. This is exactly how coverage of the two incidents may be distinguished.