I no longer think so. The three men pictured above— (L) Wolfgang Halbig, Photo: Jeff Reidel, New York Magazine (C) the late Robert David Steele, Photo: fak.dk (R) James Fetzer, Photo: Rollingstone.com— now seem to me to have worked hard at getting the truth but were defeated at every turn. But I still have not found enough to “close the case,” either for or against, to my personal satisfaction. In Part 4, I described the firing of conspiracy theorist James Tracy, a tenured professor, which itself makes the officials look dicey.
Here in Part 5, I will attempt the simple job of describing the quite empty barrel of evidence, especially photographic evidence, of the Sandy Hook massacre. I have collected this material from several sources, but the principal investigator — for almost nine years — has been Wolfgang Halbig. He leaves no FOIA stone unturned. I have to say that each time he is rebuffed, the conspiracy theory gains strength — as it certainly looks like they are hiding something.
The MSM Narrative
All three networks, plus PBS and CNN, came on strong within days of the massacre (December 14, 2012), and later the Encyclopedia Britannica provided a documentary. They tell it straight; there is no criticizing or questioning of officialdom, no sniffing around for foul play. For those of us who can remember the old TV show “77 Sunset Strip,” those days of crime-solving are gone.
In sum: a 20-year-old mentally ill boy, of diminutive build, wrecked his hard drive at home and shot dead his Mom. He — Adam Lanza — then drove to the rather hidden Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES). He crashed his way through a glass door, went into a classroom of first-graders and killed 14 of them, then went to another classroom and shot 6 more.
Lanza also shot 7 adults, but I have not got any data on how he did that. Per the media, he then killed himself (but a later Connecticut State Police Report said the police killed him). The Newtown Police Department was 2 minutes away, but it took them 20 minutes to get there, and they waited 6 minutes before entering the building.
One odd feature of the story was similar to the Dunblane event, where the parents of the deceased children were not allowed to go see their child for five hours. At Sandy Hook they were not allowed to see them at all. Late at night on Saturday, the bodies were removed.
The theme of this article is that one doesn’t have much to work with in trying to decide if the massacre really took place. So here is my inventory of what you might expect to have at hand to work with but, sorry, ain’t got:
*Interviews with eyewitnesses to the actual shooting,
*Videos of the parents entering the school,
*Videos of the full student population, almost 500, as they departed school that day,
*Names of the 20 kids, appearing in the Social Security Death Index (I don’t mean you get rebuffed, as Halbig does when he asks impertinent questions; the SSDI is public. The names of the 20 children are, however, not on it, nor on the Federal Master list.),
*Photos of blood stains on the floor
*Interview with the janitor who reportedly helped lock classroom doors
*Interviews with Peter Lanza who lost both his son Adam, the gunman and his ex-wife, Nancy Lanza. (It is rumored that such an interview did appear on YouTube but is now gone),
*Interviews with Ryan Lanza, Adam’s brother, whose ID was found in Adam’s pocket.
*Photos of the deceased children or adults
*Cell phone records of Adam Lanza
*Email history of Adam Lanza (maybe Wikileaks has it!),
*Videos of the kids running up the street (such as the 6 who ended up in the nearby yard of Gene Rosen),
*Hospital records of emergency care,
*Autopsy reports (these are under seal),
*Photos of bullets on the floor of the school, or bullet holes in the wall,
*Photos of the dead body of the gunman,
*DNA tests to prove anyone’s identity,
*Fingerprints on the gun or Lanza’s steering wheel,
*Interview with the school nurse
*Interview with the school principal or deputy
*Video from school surveillance camera
*Audio from anyone’s cell phone
*Evidence of bullets at Nancy Lanza’s house (since razed)
*Photos of the three wounded persons
*Trial transcripts (no trial)
The Iconic Photo
Although we have not seen the 27 things in the above list, many people think they did see a lot. They did in fact see videos of funeral processions, interviews with bereaved parents, commentators on the need for gun control, psychologists analyzing Adam Lanza (by proxy, as it were), and anything a TV show could think of to mark the event.
Most of all, people seem to remember that they saw the children running out of the school, crying. Here is the “iconic” photo, which was carried on the front page of newspapers around the world:
But it has since been learned that this was not taken on the day. We can be sure it was a photo-op arranged on some other occasion, as there is a simultaneous shot of these kids and the policewoman, taken from a few feet behind this cameraman. It shows parents standing, casually watching this photographing. (It is not known what caused the girl in the blue sweater to cry.)
Of course, I cannot conclude anything from the list in this article other than the fact that the paucity of evidence is itself remarkable. When there is a major car crash, news photographers are there fast to get a picture of the mangled cars. Here they may well have not wanted to show deceased children, but they could have grabbed the joyful scene of a parent reunited with a survivor child.
For now, the Sandy Hook case is unsolved. The FBI provided a report in 2013 but it is heavily redacted. It is up to American citizens to check out the story. This need not take the form of insulting the families, or “harassing” state officials.
It would help if some wealthy soul would offer a Reward for any significant whistleblowing. Or if some of the kids who were in the school that day would tell the public what they saw. Kids who were 10 years old then are 18 now. We would be grateful for their pluck.