Debunking the Sandy Hook Conspiracy Conspiracy PT 1
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Being an activist — who happens to be well versed in Government conspiracies, I am appalled by the irresponsible and illogical outcrop of conspiracy theories surrounding the cold blooded murders of 27 people. Yes 27, I count Nancy Lanza in this since nobody else seems to want to — she too was murdered in Newtown Connecticut by the same gunman after all. Conspiracies are real however, not everything that happens in our country is a conspiracy. I don’t have all of the answers, but I do have a few with regard to some of the ridiculous pieces of this puzzle conspiracy theorists across the country are calling “smoking gun evidence” of a Government False Flag attack which they say was created to un-arm our nation.
There are countless “points” being made and circulated online; all are labeled as “evidence”. This includes photographs, video, social media posts, and more. These are things said to “prove” an alleged Government conspiracy surrounding the Sandy Hook events. I am going to address a few of these and hope in doing so it will teach people to be more responsible in their so-called “research” and “reporting”. Any activist movement caught participating and perpetuating the very things they supposedly fight against do a great disservice to their movement as well as the underlying mood of the country.
1. Sandy Hook Fundraising Page in Google Search
Natural News reported that the United Way launched a fundraising page for the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting days before the actual event. Their brief meme on this gives you a link to click to show you the search they did and warn if the date is now missing, it has been changed.
In clicking the link provided by Natural News (as of today Jan. 15th, 2012) there is indeed a page that comes up top that has the date of Dec. 11, 2012 — which is in fact three full days prior to the shootings.
Google Search Screen Shot Via Natural news
However, if you use the same terms in a Google search – both with and without their suggestion to add a parameter of “as_qdr=y15” to the end of the URL, a different page comes up that shows no date whatsoever.
Google Screen Shot Via CheriSpeak
So the question begs, is the alleged original Google search a hoax? Was the first image doctored to show a false date for an agenda? I believe it’s possible, and if you ask any hacker or Photoshop expert they will tell you this is not impossible to do. As a reader of Natural News I believe they do a great service for the most part although some of their articles are a bit irresponsible, as I believe this one is. In fact, I would go so far as to encourage you to read the “About the author” of this story and come to your own conclusion as to what he may have to gain in posting such a reckless story considering who the stories followers are.
“About the author: Mike Adams is a natural health author and award-winning journalist with a mission to teach personal and planetary health to the public He has authored and published thousands of articles, interviews, consumers guides, and books on topics like health and the environment, and he has published numerous courses on preparedness and survival, including financial preparedness, emergency food supplies, urban survival and tactical self-defense. Adams is an independent journalist with strong ethics who does not get paid to write articles about any product or company. In 2010, Adams launched TV.NaturalNews.com, a natural health video site featuring videos on holistic health and green living. He also launched an online retailer of environmentally-friendly products (BetterLifeGoods.com) and uses a portion of its profits to help fund non-profit endeavors. He’s also the founder of a well known HTML email software company whose ‘Email Marketing Director’ software currently runs the NaturalNews subscription database. Adams volunteers his time to serve as the executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and enjoys outdoor activities, nature photography, Pilates and martial arts training. Known by his call sign, the ‘Health Ranger,’ Adams posts his missions statements, health statistics and health photos at www.HealthRanger.org” — FAIR USE
A journalist’s rule of thumb in reporting “facts” is to have at least three credible sources to back it up. This author is the only source for this image and link. In fact, if you click on the link he provides you will see the search as he professes it to be, however if you do the same search yourself it shows otherwise. This in itself is highly questionable. For someone who is an “award winning journalist” who was allegedly completely shocked at seeing this pre-rampage date why did he not corroborate his findings with anyone else on any other computers with screenshots to prove it? His story has become widespread and continues to grow momentum across the internet and is one of the main pieces of “evidence” conspiracy theorists are pointing too to prove that a False Flag operation has occurred in Newtown.
2. The Emilie Parker Christmas Dress
I hate that I even need to address this one, but it is one of the biggest and most widely circulated pieces of controversy that began immediately after President Obama attended the Newtown Inter-faith Memorial service. Believers in the conspiracy point to the dress worn by one of Emilie’s younger sisters while sitting on the lap of the president after the Inter-faith Memorial in Newtown, CT. It appears to be the same dress worn by Emilie herself in a Parker family photo from a couple of years ago.
Have people not heard of hand-me-down clothes before? I grew up wearing them. It is a common practice in households – even those who do not financially need to practice it. Some pieces of clothing become favorites plain and simple. In addition, I wear something of my deceased Mom’s on occasion because it makes me feel close to her.
There is a video that takes the time to explain the similarities between Emilie Parker and her younger sister Madeline (the middle sister) and reminds us how much time has passed between both images. This video shows pretty clearly that the child in question is not Emilie Parker. The image with Obama is obviously the younger sister of Emilie Parker and anyone that thinks differently needs a time-out.
In the following video YouTuber Jeremy Feit tries to further point out that Emilie Parker is still alive and goes so far to create this video addendum. Apparently he doesn’t realize he contradicts himself. Notice in this video Jeremy seems to forget one picture when he moves to another and asks who the little girl in the white dress is on the left. It is obvious she is the same little girl in the previous picture which is the youngest of the three Parker girls. Same white dress, same red shoes of the girl in previous pick he is accusing of flashing a “devil” sign. Again, it is disgusting that I even need to debunk this lunacy, but as a mother and responsible activist I cannot help myself.
3. School Shooting Drill in Newtown on the Same Day as Sandy Hook Shooting
Another piece of “evidence” being passed around to influence the spread of a so-called conspiracy in Newtown is that it has now come out that there was a school shooting drill in Newtown on the same day (different school) as the Sandy Hook massacre. It should be weighed with the fact that we live in a violent society and such drills are frequently held at schools across the country and have been long before this incident.
If you do a Google search with the terms “school shooting drills in the United States” you will see an endless list of these drills all over the United States going back many years.
Google Search Via Cheri SpeakVicki Soto and her “Sister”
4. Vicki Soto IS her “Sister”
Another so-called anomaly going around is whether the woman crying in this infamous photograph is actually Vicki herself and not her sister reported to be named both Carly and Jillian (news outlets have reported both names).
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In the following video YouTuber Jeremy Feit insists that the real Vicki Soto is alive and well and is in fact the same person reported to be her sister Vicki Soto. Jeremy’s self-proclaimed “facts” are nothing more than his warped opinion and conjecture with zero factual basis however, the video now has more than 89,000 views and is being widely circulated and referenced. His efforts are un-American and reckless and when you listen to his rhetoric it is clear he is one who labels himself as part of the “Liberty Movement” which is a spin-off mix of disgruntled Ron Paul and Alex Jones followers.
5. Tearless Families
Many people are pointing out that family members of those killed did not cry in television interviews and media pictures. They call this “smoking gun #1”. Apparently the picture of Carly Soto above as well as many others we have seen don’t count. In addition, would you not try to remain composed on national television? Most people would because they want to get their message across and their time is limited. In addition, often times grieving people feel obligated to tell their story and do not necessarily want to be on TV. I myself have been on-camera during extreme circumstances and have in fact had to hold it together to do so even though i wanted nothing more than to bawl my eyes out.
It takes great courage to come forward and talk when you are being hounded by countless media types shoving cameras in your face and greater courage to suck it up and agree to talk. Regardless of the reason for being on camera, no one wants to look terrible. And although that is ego, it is an unfortunate fact. Composure is also a measure of one’s maturity in handling a situation.
Gene Rosen is now being harassed and threatened by some of these conspiracy theorists. One has to wonder how many others have received calls, e-mails, or letters. It’s rather sickening to think about. This town’s residents and the victim’s families have been through something most Americans will never have to experience and these self-proclaimed “Patriots” are being more un-American and irresponsible than the Government they have risen against.
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The common denominator of many of these websites and entities that are promoting a Sandy Hook conspiracy is they are all making money from “survivalist” type businesses. By pushing their conspiracy agenda they are generating more and more fear – especially regarding gun control and a coming police state, they are able to increase traffic to their sites and to their clients. This is called an agenda.
As an activist and journalist it is my job to tell the truth, to fact check and credibly source the information I pass off as “news”. Social media has allowed people to play investigative journalist with little to no regard for the damage these people do. Our country is in a very tumultuous time and violence and uprisings should not be incited over falsities. If you have gotten caught up in the Sandy Hook insanity you need to take a good hard look at your contribution to humanity and check yourself to be sure that what you propagate is real and not just something to hit the “share” button on.