On the morning of March 3, 2014 Michael Cravey, a 28-year-old internet conspiracy researcher who worked under the pseudonym Thomas Brinkley, allegedly attacked a couple on the University of Florida campus. “Oh my God, he’s going to get me,” a woman whispered to a 911 dispatcher, before repeating it louder. “Oh my God, he’s going to get me.”
The woman claimed Cravey was laughing as he assailed her spouse, stabbing him in the neck with a knife. Cravey then led police on a high speed car chase that police eventually called off. Three hours later in a department store parking lot Cravey died in a hail of police gunfire after charging an officer with a hatchet. The press suggested that Cravey “espouse[d] conspiracy theories involving Aurora, Colo., mass shooting suspect James Holmes.” And tragically his preoccupations manifested in a spasm of crazed violence.
State Police Spokesman J. Paul Vance speaks December 16, 2012 following the Sandy Hook massacre. [Image Credit: Getty Images]
The Connecticut State Police is attempting to keep under wraps items it gathered at the residence of Nancy and Adam Lanza during its initial investigation of the incident. On June 26 it appealed a unanimous decision by the Connecticut FOI Commission to release the evidence following a request by The Hartford Courant.
Today Sociology and African American Studies Professor Saida Grundy officially joins the faculty at Boston University. As someone attempting to come to terms with my own identity I am delighted to welcome such a courageous colleague to the academy.
Boston U Prof. Saida Grundy [Image Credit: Twitter]
In May a controversy erupted when the vivacious incoming assistant professor “Tweeted” remarks construed as racist by some close-minded observers. For example, in January 2015 she wrote,
Every MLK week I commit myself to not spending a dime in white-owned businesses. and every year i find it nearly impossible.
On this week’s Real Politik we speak with Prof. Jim Fetzer about his recent termination at Veterans Today and his new volume And I Suppose We Didn’t Go to the Moon Either? The Beatles, the Holocaust, & Other Mass Illusions, co-edited with Mike Palacek and featuring chapters by Fetzer, Jim Marrs, Jay Weidner, Thomas Dalton, Zen Gardner, and several others. Fetzer is the Distinguished Knight Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at University of Minnesota Duluth.
The founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, he has authored and edited 30 books on the philosophy of science, artificial intelligence, and analyses of American political conspiracies, including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the plane crash of Senator Paul Wellstone, and the events of September 11, 2001. More…
I am a new contributor at Memory Hole that seeks to frankly address a variety of issues in American academe from what will be an often ironic liberal perspective that this blog may from time-to-time lack. Being a generally open-minded chap, Dr. Tracy has offered me a platform and I am proceeding under a pseudonym of my own choosing.
Professor Barclay Tweed
This is necessary because the academic community, perhaps surprisingly for some, is among the foremost holdouts to views and analyses that even modestly diverge from its own. In addition, contributing to a site like this using my real name could seriously torpedo my chances of ever receiving an NEH grant or obtaining weighty blurbs from established colleagues on future book projects.
In a democratic system where political leaders are purportedly responsive to public opinion a pretext must be presented in order to introduce policies that are seen by the majority as controversial or undesirable. News coverage of the Charleston Church shooting over the past several days suggests how a storyline is being shaped by corporate news media and political leaders to lay the groundwork for intensified government regulation of online speech.
On February 26, 2015 the Federal Communications Commission passed a substantial policy document increasing its authority over the web. Such control could potentially be imposed to circumvent First Amendment protections of free speech by targeting websites based on their political perspectives and content.
James is joined on this week’s Real Politik by Mickey Huff, director of the internationally-recognized media education and activist organization Project Censored,. Huff is professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay area. He is also co-host with former Project Censored director Dr. Peter Phillips of the Project Censored Show. The program airs weekly as part of The Morning Mix on Pacifica’s KPFA Free Speech Radio in Berkeley, CA. He is also on the steering committee of the Media Freedom Foundation, Banned Books Week, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, and the National Coalition Against Censorship. More…
Submitted by Derek Lancer
The following is a letter originally sent to the editor of Vail Daily concerning the unusual coverage of the Sandy Hook massacre. It never quite saw the light of day. Located in Avon Colorado, the Vail Daily is a small town paper with a staggering amount of every day hard copy readers and an online version read internationally.
I was once a columnist and frequent letter to the editor contributor. I wanted to respond to a piece that mentioned Sandy Hook and argued the event was a good reason not to over turn Colorado’s new bullet clip size limitation law. I was censored by the editor who had always published my letters. He thought it was ridiculous I didn’t buy the Sandy Hook Hoax. In his view, everybody knows it happened because it was “on the news!” and TV news would never be part of a hoax.-DL
Since at least the early 1960s television and major news media have been the primary platforms upon which the American public learns about and interprets its world. Indeed, journalism is the first blueprint of history. Yet to what degree have our news and history been censored? And how much of recent history is the product of propaganda, spin, and perhaps even the machinations of the US government.
Our guest on this fiftieth episode of Real Politik is Donald Jeffries. He is the author of Hidden History: An Exposé of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies, and Cover-ups in American Politics (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014). Jeffries has been researching the JFK assassination since the mid-1970s when he was a student volunteer on Mark Lane’s Citizens Committee of Inquiry.
People involved in the 2000 PNAC report include Vice President Cheney, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Cheney Chief of Staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby, UN Ambassador John Bolton, Image Credit: HistoryCommons.org
By James F. Tracy
“Doublethink,” George Orwell famously remarked, “means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
The corporate news media similarly tend toward selective recall when approaching and interpreting crucial facts of national and world history. A recent example involves John Ellis “Jeb” Bush’s tentative May 10 admission that he would not have embarked on the disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq had he possessed the information that his brother’s presidential administration willfully kept from the American public.
In fact, such information is but one small facet in an edifice of high crimes and subterfuge, including the George W. Bush regime’s complicity in the false flag terror attacks of September 11, 2001, or what one might otherwise term the Bush-PNAC-9/11-Iraq connection.