Public Statement via CNN 315

The producers of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° have invited me to appear on tonight’s broadcast to discuss this week’s controversy surrounding my articles on the Sandy Hook tragedy. Unfortunately, I am at present unable to accommodate this request. CNN has asked for a written statement from me to present in my absence. This statement, issued to a CNN representative late this afternoon, appears in its entirety below.

Link to January 11, 2013 Anderson Cooper 360° episode.

In my analyses of news coverage on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting I am confident I have put forth questions befitting any decent and reflective citizen, journalist or scholar. My research has led me to conclude that the nation’s media failed to provide an accurate, in-depth and sustained investigation of what took place at the school on the morning of December 14. Unfortunately, most of my observations and their nuance have been reduced to headlines and sound bites that have placed my person and intent in a severely negative light.

The press is not solely at fault, however. A significant portion of the public has chosen to base its judgment of my queries on narrow preconceptions of what they believe intellectual or academic inquiry should consist of and be directed toward. Such individuals have also been quick to judge me personally based on how I have been framed by such media instead of affording my arguments related to the tragedy a less prejudicial hearing.

I maintain that many questions I raise about the Sandy Hook tragedy remain unanswered and that the American public has been underserved by the press in this important regard. I apologize for any additional anguish and grief my remarks—and how they have been taken out of context and misrepresented—may have caused the families who’ve lost loved ones on December 14. At the same time I believe the most profound memorial we can give the children and educators who lost their lives on that day is to identify and interrogate the specific causes of their tragic and untimely demise.

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315 comments

  1. I sir, took the time to read your posts on Sandy Hook, and I agree with you on pretty much all points. I too want some of the changes in the story explained, I too want to know who those two guys running through the woods are. I too want to know how we have video of a police officer taking the rifle out of the trunk of a car – yet the police coroner says everyone was shot with a rifle – while the earliest reports from witnesses said ‘two pistols’ were the only weapons carried. And there are other questions too that remain unanswered.

    There is also the fact that everyone is rushing to craft ‘solutions’ to the problem, while the CT State Police have yet to conclude their investigation and release what in the end will be ‘the evidence’. That will be the official story, and we don’t know squat until it’s out and all those ‘facts’ can be tested in court. At that point there may still be ‘unanswered questions’, but the story must remain ‘fixed’ then. Meanwhile, they are still honing the versions. It’s pathetic.

    Keep up the good work Professor!

  2. no one, not even prof tracy is saying it didn’t happen. we’re just saying it didn’t happen as reported. any human with a brain can see that it wasn’t.

    but just like Anderbuilt Cooper all of the MSM supporters have ignorant, select hearing.

    who was the guy arrested and detained outside of the school? answer that question and then we’ll move on to why there’s practically no pictures of the scene from ground level. we have picture of a topless duchess but not one photog took out his zoom lens and snapped a pic of some broken glass or a busted out door? the front door the shooter supoosedly busted-in through. and don’t tell me the news media suddenly grew a conscience that morning.

    just ask yourself, compare this tragedy to every other one you’ve ever seen covered in the news and if you see no difference then you and i have nothing to talk about. but i think it’s pretty obvious that something is being covered up here. whether it be the govt just piggy backed on this thing so they could get the guns and hushed whatever facts didn’t fit the narrative, whether they staged the whole thing and nothing actually happened, or if the town of sandy hook has something to hide, something is fishy about this whole thing. and whatever it is has little to do with Adam Lanza.

    During the first two days of this event everyone wanted to know about the killer and people were like “let’s make it about the victims, they’re the real heroes here!” then as soon as we do make it about the victims a number of red flags pop up and then everyone is like “why don’t we just leave them alone to grieve.” you can’t have it both ways. especially when MSM and US Govt are trying to change policy in the ENTIRE COUNTRY. if the US Govt and every Soccer-Moms-Against-Guns group were strictly trying to regulate freedoms in CT then you probably wouldn’t be hearing much from us “conspiracy-nuts” but since they want to make it the entire country’s problem then this is what needs to happen.

    who was the guy arrested outside the school?

    • I think part of the problem is that CNN is one of the news outlets that has changed it’s stories to match the official versions, while not bothering to explain the inconsistencies between their reporting on that day and the version they present today. In other words, I suspect they’re indignant at being called out on their slackness and lack of journalistic integrity.

      I also suspect it’s all a White House hatchet job on the professor. This ‘story’ broke on all the media news on the same day, with the same agendas. Coincidence? I think not. Ask Connie Chung.

      • good comment rev Dave. on a different note; just looking back at some of the helicopter footage (since that is all we have), and granted i get that if you look hard enough for something you’ll find it, but man, it doesn’t even look like anyone even went to that school. the students of Sandy Hook were moved to a vacant (as of 2010-2011) school called Chalk Hill. The only reason i bring that up is to point out that there was an empty school building in the area. for someone over 2000 miles away that just means that Sandy Hook could have just as easily been empty. again just looking at the footage from above i don’t see any toys, balls, playgrounds, chalk drawings, or anything that might entertain kids at recess. not to mention that school just looked kind of run down. all those rich white parents and THIS is the school they go too? i understand i only saw it from the sky but i’m just putting an idea out there. if anyone wants to show me a picture of the front door, or of a window with some artwork in it LIKE EVER OTHER SCHOOL EVER then i’ll be happy to concede that the school was, in fact operational at the time of the event.

        During the entire event not one emergency vehicle had their lights on. not to mention ambulances and fire trucks double parked and parked in all over the place. no flow of traffic to or from the “firehouse” – i guess all the kids just walked home with their parents.

        MSM have no problem sticking a microphone in some kid’s face who allegedly just heard/saw/didn’t see/DIDN’T HEAR their friends and teachers just get murdered. but Prof Tracy is the jerk for questioning their official version of the events. “Yeah, and monkeys might fly out of my butt!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lItS6RoJXLY

        Oak Ridge, Tennessee. an entire town owned an operated by the US government in the 40’s. it’s where they built the atomic bomb. so in 70 years the government never did it again? they never got better at it? they never needed an entire town for anything ever again? it didn’t work out for them? is Newtown a CIA town or Witness Protection town where these people could all live together without fear of their covers being blown while also being complicit in government plans? so far i’ve seen just as much evidence of that as i have for a shooting perpetrated by Adam Lanza. nothing is off the table. QUESTION EVERYTHING especially when they’re going after the constitution.

        if Adam Lanza were capable of doing something like this then i shutter to think what those who have the power to get away with it are capable of.

  3. Click on the firehouse picture in the blog and check the time…thought you may have missed it. Keep up the Good Work!

    • Depending on a persons camera settings (phone, actual camera etc.) and where and how the photo is uploaded the timestamp on the twitter picture can be affected by the server time in which it was uploaded to. Chances are the server could be in CST or MST – so while it may be suspect, as a programmer it does not ring of foul play to me. I clipped the picture from the blog and saved it to my computer for closer inspection – the properties of the picture showed a modifed day of 1/12 and a created date of 1/15. So for me that’s not a reliable ‘clue’.

  4. This is going to sound ridiculous, but bear with me. When my cat died, I cried for three weeks–for a CAT, for heaven’s sake. If I were a child whose sister were viciously murdered (emily parker) I would NOT be whooping it up with some strange man at a photo op. If I were the parent of such a child, I sure as hell would not be smiling before going on camera. I would be an emotional mess, crying constantly for months. I have seen the robbie parker clip and the interview with the principal’s family. They are simply not credible. Fa’gedaboutit. And I haven’t even touch on the other clues that make it obvious that the official story is not true. People like MRG with his list of questions are missing the point entirely. It is not our position to say what happened. We can only know what we are told in news reports, and it is always through leaks/statements from the official agencies, have you noticed. But when told a story that simply doesn’t add up, we have the right and the obligation to say, “That isn’t credible. We need more information and more evidence.”

    Frankly, you’d have to be asleep or brainwashed to believe this official story. Do I know what really happened? Of course not and I don’t claim to know. But I do know they are lying, covering up and using this for a gun grab. I don’t need to know more.

    • No doubt,Ive watched that clip of robbie parker so many times,his cocky arrogant walk over to the camera,smirking,and then wham he pulls some tears out of his rear end, on CUE!It is sickening to see that ,and we can only wonder WHY they are obviously acting.To be honest I never saw any actual tears,I see people manipulating their facial expressions but never any tears,ALLIGATOR tears,just like Obama.This whole scenario makes me so sad.

      • With all due respect, ‘obviously acting’ is your opinion. How people grieve is not a measure of sincerity. How can you be sure that later that night when he had more alone time (this is me speculating other options based on life eperience) he didn’t fall apart? We don’t know for sure, anymore than we know what was being said prior to him coming to the camera. These observations are speculative and taken from context that does not fully represent what happened before or after. It is very plausible to have widely varied reactions that sometimes seem disproprtionate to the circumstances. Someone here mentioned they cried for 3 weeks after their cat passed away. I get that – my sister had her cat cremated and put in an urn – that was several years ago, she stil misses him. I cried months later (it was a bit of a breakdown) after my divorce over not being with my children everyday. I have friends in Newtown and they lost friends and attended funerals. So far I haven’t heard anything from them indicating foul play. I do find the gun mix up to be odd. Maybe a very distraught official messed around. The scene may have been very upsetting which could drive people to do extreme things they ordinarily wouldn’t do. By the way, the people I know have been in Newtown for as long as 10 years or more and I’m pretty sure they aren’t crisis actors.

        • Manny you obviously believe what you believe,if you are fine with all of the incongruent data,that is fine with me I dont care what you think sir,stop trolling my comments pls.

        • Hmm, why such a reaction – are you so convinced in your own mind that you won’t evaluate other options or information, how is that objective thinking. I’m not sure why my response to you is trolling but your responses to others aren’t. Little confused about your response. Are you afraid of something?

      • Your pretty infatuated with that person arent you, thats scarry. Why dont you work on yourself esteem?

  5. Go find someone who shares your beliefs and start a conversation of your own, why dont you?Why are you on a campaign to change others beliefs?If others want to question the things that are not adding up it is their right along with Tracy, now do everyone in here a favor a fuck off.sincerely.

    • Beliefs aren’t truths. And why does it matter to me? Because my friends are experiencing real pain and out of respect for them i want to try and fill in gaps where I can to yes, enlighten. Staying with like minded people creates a closed system of thought. I would love to sit with this group and others to have a real conversation about how to deal with this epidemic. I’d be happy to create a group on Yahoo or somewhere to carry on the conversation if anyone is interested. I feel bad continuing here as Mr Tracy maybe wants some peace himself.

      • yes please go somewhere else,people in here are exploring options,people like yourself think you have it figured out and no need to investigate any further,yes go to yahoo pls and continue your convo with like minded people who also feel all is well,nothing to see here mentality.Truth is, there are probably always going to be questions.You would not make a very good detective sir,so quit while youre still ahead.

        • For the record, I do not claim to have it figured out, just the parts that I am exposed to. I agree there are unaswered questions which I will use my proximity and resources to find out what I can. I do believe there will always be unanswered questions but the deaths for me are real. You react so threatened, is it because you are a gun owner who is afraid your gun rights will be revoked? I think you’re just going to yell at me again so I’ll stop bother you.

    • your a fuck off and so is your hero here. Whacko, dellusional, histerical, laughable, and totally fake. Rewrite the truth to your own likind. Grow up!!!!!!!!!

  6. It is very encouraging to see someone standing up for what they believe in no matter what anyone else says. I have read your blog, and I can see that you have done a lot of research. I agree with your concern on this matter.

  7. The media (e.g., CNN) spoon-feeds us the version the producers seem fit for the consumption of the unsophisticated!

    A good journalist will question the events in a professional timeline as did Dr. Tracy and I commend his actions.

    Tough questions needs to be asked; however, it appears (In my opinion) the CT state police are in the midst of a cover-up!

  8. Newtown Bee article 12/27/2012 – Man in woods with a gun was an off duty tactical squad officer from another town. WTF WTF WTF ?

    I want the surveillance video and all 911 calls

    http://newtownbee.com/News/2012-12-27__14-58-27/Police%20Union%20Seeks%20Funding%20For%20Trauma%20Treatment

    By Andrew Gorosko

    As police this week continued their probe into the December 14 incident involving 28 shooting deaths, including 20 first-graders and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the lawyer who represents the Newtown Police Union is seeking help from the town, state, and federal governments to extend paychecks for “three to five” town police officers who were so traumatized by the incident that they have not yet been emotionally able to return to work.

    Police union lawyer Eric Brown said this week that three to five of the town police officers who responded to the crime scene have been off work and collecting sick time pay in light of their being traumatized by the school shooting incident.

    However, because the town provides only ten sick days for an officer annually, those police now face the prospect of being off work without pay, Mr Brown said.

    The town police department has 45 members. Mr Brown said he expects that potentially 15 town police officers could be clinically emotionally affected by their response to the incident.

    Mr Brown said that workman’s compensation is keyed to providing funds for people with physical injuries, not emotional injuries such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    The town government has been receptive to the plight of the police officers who have not returned to work, but the town does not have paycheck funds designated for such situations, Mr Brown said.

    PTSD is an insidious long-lasting emotional condition, Mr Brown said.

    Police face serious, intense situations on a daily basis, he said. But what occurred at Sandy Hook School on December 14 was something on a magnitude that could not have been imagined, he said.

    Twenty first-graders and six school staff members were killed after a 20-year-old gunman shot his way into the K–4 school on Dickenson Drive and went on a shooting rampage with a military-style assault rifle.

    State police, town police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the US Marshals Service this week continued their methodical probe into why Adam Lanza of 36 Yogananda Street, Sandy Hook, committed the horrific crime.

    Adam Lanza had shot and killed his mother Nancy Lanza, 52, in her sleep at their home before driving to the school and going on the gunfire rampage. After police encountered him at the school, Lanza shot himself to death, bringing the total number of the dead to 28.

    State police this week declined comment on their investigation into the mass murder incident. An investigatory report on what occurred, including a possible motive for the gunman’s actions, is expected within several months.

    Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe said he supports the police union’s drive to have financial compensation provided for the police officers who are off work due to their emotional reaction to the shooting incident.

    Since the shooting incident, police from other municipalities have aided Newtown police with local patrol work.

    “They [other police] are done, but can be called in, as needed,” he said of Newtown’s ability to have other police cover local patrol work, as needed.

    On Christmas, local police patrols were fully handled by police from other towns and cities, allowing town police to have the holiday off.

    Chief Kehoe declined to answer questions about the police probe into the shooting incident, referring such queries to state police.

    Investigation Progresses

    As the police probe has progressed, some facts of the case have become clear.

    According to a reliable local law enforcement source, Adam Lanza attempted to destroy all his computer equipment to prevent any tracing of his Internet usage and his electronic correspondence. It is thought that “some or most” of the computer data will be retrieved from the damaged equipment.

    The source confirmed that Lanza used a Bushmaster-brand military-style semiautomatic assault rifle to kill all victims at the school. Lanza also carried two pistols.

    Also, Lanza used a different rifle to kill his mother by firing four shots at her while she was in bed at home, according to the source. Adam Lanza left that rifle at Lanza residence.

    Also, Lanza shot more than 100 rounds and possibly hundreds of rounds of ammunition at the school, according to the source.

    Lanza was not wearing any “body armor” when the school incident occurred.

    Additionally, a teacher at the school who realized what was occurring during the shooting incident crowded all of her students into a rest room adjoining her classroom and then pulled a bookcase in front of the bathroom door to obscure it from view. The people hiding in that bathroom survived.

    A man with a gun who was spotted in the woods near the school on the day of the incident was an off-duty tactical squad police officer from another town, according to the source.

  9. Misrepresented, misunderstood? You accused a father who just lost his child a liar and fraud. That’s not academic rigor, that’s not questioning authority, that’s a baseless defamation of a devastated victim. I live in CT and know people friendly with the families.

    You’re a fraud and coward, hiding behind academia and the principle of critical thinking to peddle your nonsense. Start looking for work!

  10. Thank you for the courage to ask tough questions during a time when we are being intimidated into silence…..just like 911. There are many who do not have a platform who are aware the media is spinning lies, we are watching and are supporting you and others like you who are asking the questions media won’t go near. For those who buy into the false reality that is fed to us and who can’t handle free speech and a free press, maybe you should move to China. Google “the attack on the USS Liberty” if you don’t believe false flags happen….they do and the guys that carry them out kill children too. Wake up.

  11. Had you ever seen a discussion denigrate into absurdity? More often than not it is due to the volume of alcohol consumed.
    You have to wonder whether it’s in our nature to be asshole or we want to act like assholes. On the surface it amounts to the same thing. Underneath it all, we have a very serious problem. Many think there isn’t much worth saving. Some believe given the same playground we weren’t really that bad.

  12. Have you seen the Crisis Actors page on Facebook. It is all about you James Tracey. It is weird. It is weird that there is nothing about acting – it is just about articles about you and Sandy Hook. It is weird that as many “conspiracy theories” as I have heard in my lifetime that you would be picked on for asking a couple questions. Your questions were too close for comfort…. before you- know one knew about Crisis Actors. Now the world knows. Excellent job. It won’t be so easy on the next event. People are paying attention.

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