From time to time, Deep State operatives simply cannot resist speaking out in ways that reveal who they are and what they are really about. The case of Jefferson Morley, who recently posted about my Sandy Hook lawsuit on a blog he calls JFKFACTS, is a case in point. Facts, of course, differ from opinions insofar as opinions can be true or false and held on flimsy or non-existent evidence, while facts are understood to be assertions that are both true and verified. Hence, the familiar saying, we are all entitled to our own opinions but are not entitled to our own facts.
Morely regards himself an investigative journalist, who digs beneath the surface of stories to ferret out the facts, for which he has received intermittent praise. I have been less of a fan of Morley, based upon my own research about some of his RFK reporting published in an article, “RFK: Outing the CIA at the Ambassador” (30 September 2015), where I laid out the case–one fact after another–that he and his colleague David Talbot had committed an elementary fallacy in attempting to debunk the identification of three CIA officials at the Ambassador Hotel the evening Bobby was shot.
The fallacy, special pleading, occurs when you cite only evidence favorable to your side and ignore the rest. (It has sometimes been called selection and elimination: select the evidence that supports your side and eliminate the rest!) It violates the fundamental precept of scientific reasoning specifically and of critical thinking generally, specifically, that conclusions must be based upon all of the available relevant evidence. Special pleading is widely embraced by politicians, editorial writers and used-car salesmen. It is not the common practice among investigative journalists.
Here is the totality of what Jefferson Morley has published on his blog about the $450,000 in damages awarded by a Madison jury during the trial that followed Circuit Court Judge Frank Remington’s Summary Judgment ruling that I and my colleague, Mike Palecek, were liable for having defamed Leonard Pozner, who has become the face of Sandy Hook for his extraordinary efforts to take down reports from citizen journalists about Sandy Hook, including (by his own account) 1,555 YouTube videos and “tens of thousands of content items” from the Internet:
Now you might think that Jefferson Morley and I have actually met, but that is not the case. He is complaining about my research concerning him and David Talbot, which I have linked above. The only citation he provides is to a story in The New York Times (16 October 2019), “Sandy Hook father Is Awarded $450,000 in Defamation Case”, where The Times (which I cite as “The Langley Newsletter”) has been exposed as a disinformation venue for the CIA. Investigative journalists, presumably, dig into stories like this to expose the facts. But not Jefferson Morley.
According to its author, Emily S. Bueb, Jim Fetzer and Mike Palecek authored a book, Nobody Died at Sandy Hook, claiming that Leonard Pozner faked the death certificate of his son, Noah:
On Tuesday, a jury in Dane County determined the amount that Leonard Pozner, whose son, Noah, was the youngest of the 26 victims killed in the massacre, should be awarded after a judge ruled that the book’s authors, James Fetzer and Mike Palecek, had defamed Mr. Pozner. In their book, Mr. Fetzer and Mr. Palecek claim that Mr. Pozner faked his son’s death certificate as part of a hoax staged by the government to take guns away from Americans.
These claims have been widely published, so if frequency of repetition is a measure of truth, they must be true. Emily, alas, is no more of an investigative journalist than Jefferson Morley, because the book is not authored but edited and neither Mike nor I claimed that Leonard Pozner faked the death certificate for Noah but only that the death certificate is a fabrication. We did not claim that he faked it, but we do both endorse that it was a FEMA drill presented as mass murder to promote gun control, for which we present extensive and detailed evidence. She got that part right.
One might have thought that an investigative journalist would at least review the most basic documents in the case, such as the Complaint, the transcript of the Oral Hearing at which the Summary Judgement was rendered in favor of the Plaintiff (in spite of the authenticity of the death certificate being in dispute), and other basic evidence, but not Jefferson Morley. Clearly, his mind was made up and he did not want to be bothered with facts. If someone qualifies as “unhinged” when they show utter disregard for evidence, then that would be Jefferson Morley, not me.
One of the most effective ways to assess the credibility of unknown sources, even those who pose as “investigative journalists”, is to find out what they have had to say about subjects about which you yourself know the score. For him to have come after me about Sandy Hook was a blunder, because he doesn’t know anything at all about the case, yet he doubles down. Notice that Morley responds to a question about what really happened with the claim, “I looked into Sandy Hook. There is zero evidence to support Fetzer’s libelous and vile claims”. But that’s simply absurd.
The book actually has 13 contributors, including 6 Ph.D. professors, where we established that the school had been closed by 2008, that there were no students there and that it had been a FEMA drill–strictly speaking, a mass casualty exercise involving children–presented as mass murder to promote gun control. We even have the manual, which I included as Appendix A. It was a two-day event, with a rehearsal on the 13th, going live on the 14th (of December 2012). Events on the ground confirmed the elements of a FEMA drill, one after another, following FEMA protocols.
Indeed, another of our contributors, Paul Person, who, as a school administrator himself, has supervised drills of this kind, reached out to his contacts in the Obama Department of Eduction, all of whom confirmed that it had been a drill, that no children had been harmed and that it had been done to promote gun control. Even the FBI (in its Consolidated Crime Report for 2012) stated that the number of murders in Newtown that year–where Sandy Hook is a subdivision–was zero. Jefferson Morley knows none of these things because he never bothered to read the book.
If we take a poseur to be someone who feigns to be someone they are not, then Jefferson Morley qualifies as a Sandy Hook poseur. I am reminded in this context of Alex Jones, who knows a great deal about Sandy Hook but has been on all sides of the issues, claiming (at one point) that it was a fake and nobody died but (at another) that it was real and kids died. I was floored when, during his video deposition in the case filed against him in Connecticut, he said he had never read the book, which demonstrates, as in the case of Morley, that he was never serious about Sandy Hook.
Having been backed into a corner for having made indefensible claims, Jefferson Morley, the investigative journalist, even resorts to supporting violations of the First Amendment, which one would have thought to be sacred, not just to investigative journalists specifically, but to journalists generally and, indeed, to the American people. Without freedom of speech and freedom of the press, we the people are severely constrained in discovering the truth, even about matters of enormous significance, which is why independent journalists are so important today.
His allegations against me were insubstantial and unwarranted from the beginning. Notice that he does not cite anything I have written or published but only a provably false report from a mainstream media source, widely acknowledged to be a conduit for disinformation on behalf the CIA. As I have observed on multiple occasions, it has become the common practice among agents of the Deep State for one to cite another as though they were independent sources. It looks to me as though this is an example thereof, where neither source turns out to be credible.
While I welcome critics and thrive on criticism–we cannot learn from those who agree with us!–I ask for specificity: What have I claimed and why have I claimed it (with regard to issues about which I may be mistaken) and how do you know you are right and I am wrong? After all, it would be rather surprising for someone who has received many awards, honors and other forms for recognition for his research and scholarship should suddenly abandon the standards for which he has been recognized and embrace shoddy research. And, indeed, subsequent research has confirmed our original findings.
Indeed, since my first foray into the treacherous territory of sorting out politically controversial events to ascertain what really happened (which entails separating authentic from fabricated evidence), I have specialized in bringing together the best experts on different aspects of each case in order to create a repository–an historical record–for the benefit of the American public, which is entitled to know its own history. Perhaps the most stunning proof that we have been right–again and again–is that amazon.com has now banned six books that I have edited for moonrockbooks.com. Jefferson Morley has discredited himself.
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS, Who Remembers The Sandy Hook School Shootings?
CARL HERMAN, The Sandy Hook “Show Trial”: Judge Violates Right For Jury to Determine Disputed Facts
Jim Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, is McKnight Professor Emeritus on the Duluth Campus of the University of Minnesota and co-founder of moonrockbooks.com.