[The case of Adam Heller signals a dangerous precedent in the US where federal law enforcement authorities are implicated in subjecting individuals to psychiatric evaluation and financial hardship merely for harboring unconventional thoughts on controversial topics.-JFT]
“Adam Heller, shown in this 2009 yearbook photo, was an English teacher at Fox Lane High School in Bedford, New York before school officials, worried he was mentally unstable, fired him in May”–USA TODAY
The anti-gun agenda of the Obama administration is being advanced on several fronts, some of which are blatant and absurd, others more subtle and deceptive.
A tenured teacher has now been fired for expressing the opinion that the government may have been behind the shooting–in private email correspondence–and for his ownership of legal firearms, undermining the 1st, 2nd and 4th Amendments.
The target, Adam Heller, has had an exemplary record but was removed for his expression of beliefs at variance with the “official account” of what happened at Sandy Hook on 14 December 2012.
This case illustrates the ominous consequences of the “mental health” dimension of the anti-gun agenda that Eric Holder and Barack Obama are so aggressively pursuing. Adam Heller is an ordinary, hard-working and dedicated American, who could be you or me.
Some background on Sandy Hook
Press TV contacted me to do an interview about an article on huffingtonpost.com, which provided an opportunity for me to explain some of the elements of the Sandy Hook hoax for an international audience. For those who may not be current with the latest research on Sandy Hook, it offers a concise summary:
The article even includes a live link to “Sandy Hook Redux: Obama officials confirm that it was a drill and no children died”, which brings an important study about what actually happened and how we know to a world-wide audience who might otherwise have missed it. But there is new and ominous development.
Teacher fired over Sandy Hook
The ultimate exemplification of the Holder/Obama gun-control/mental health agenda is the recent firing of a high school English teacher, Adam Heller, who had an exemplary record, but who incurred the wrath of the School Superintendent, Jere Hochman, who concluded he suffered from “mental illness” for believing the government was involved in Sandy Hook:
“Due to an apparent mental illness, it would create an undue risk to the safety of the students and faculty of the Bedford Central School District if you were permitted to return to your duties,” wrote Hochman.
According to court documents, Heller, a Pound Ridge, New York resident, acquired a Russian military rifle on Dec. 14, 2012, the day Adam Lanza gunned down 20 elementary school children and six adults at the Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut.
That same month, Heller began having online conversations with Georgia O’Connor, described in court documents as a “medium,” about government conspiracies.
During these conversations, Heller expressed “concerns about government power and corruption, including the potential use by the government of technology to effect weather patterns and nationwide conspiracies,” according to court documents.
USA TODAY reports that O’Connor, with whom he had exchanged some 540 emails, became concerned about his well-being and contacted the FBI, which in turn contacted Bedford Police Chief William Hayes, who subsequently confronted Heller but with whom Heller was cooperative and cordial.
The evidence does not appear to support the decision to terminate Heller’s position as a tenured teacher at Fox Lane High School in Westchester County, New York, among the nation’s wealthiest counties. Consider, for example, the result of a mental health investigation, which was reported in a lengthy article about this case:
Heller was charged with misconduct, conduct unbecoming of a teacher and incompetence due to mental illness. But, while his beliefs about Sandy Hook may not be shared by others in the school system, his conclusion the government was involved appears to be justifiable based upon the available evidence.
His attorney, Michael Sussman, has filed suit on behalf of Adam, contending that the decision to fire him should be vacated because of the decision maker’s “evident partiality” and the imposed penalty “is not proportionate and is otherwise arbitrary and capricious”. He seems to have a point.
Thought control is the new standard
One of the more intriguing aspects of this case is that, while USA TODAY claims that the initial notification came from O’Connor to the FBI, she denies that she provided any such information about her private email exchanges with Heller. Officials have been unwilling to be more specific, but I strongly suspect that they came from the NSA’s surveillance.
Since a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs reported on 3 October 2012 that, based upon its review of 680 fusion center studies, where “fusion centers” merge federal, state and local anti-terrorist activity, gathered between 2009-10, had yielded not a single instance of domestic terrorism, officials have been at their wits end to justify the surveillance program.
That appears to be the explanation behind the spate of contrived and fabricated events, including the Sandy Hook hoax and the Boston bombing as well as more recent incidents in Santa Barbara, Seattle and Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, which affords a nice example of what is going on:
A chilling portrait of a man obsessed with guns and anti-government rhetoric began to emerge as people in this eastern Canadian city struggled to reconcile the knowledge that the person charged with murdering three Mounties was the same one who had seemingly lived quietly among them.
Justin Bourque, 24, was caught and charged with three murders and two attempted murders Friday, ending a 30-hour manhunt that closed schools, forced residents to hide inside their homes and paralyzed Moncton with fear. He appeared briefly in court Friday after he was charged in the second deadliest attack on the Royal Canadian Mountain Police nearly 130 years.
But as neighbors of his parents and others who knew Bourque spoke of a quiet man from a well-liked, religious Catholic family that home-schooled its children, recent posts on social networks told a very different tale – a litany of paranoid conspiracies that included statements on Russia being a threat to Canada and deep animosity toward authority figures.
A friend, Trever Finck, said he noticed changes in Bourque’s behavior over the last year, particularly after he created a new Facebook page for himself in February and filled it with anti-police messages and conspiracy theories.
Notice how mental health criteria are being expanded to encompass anti-police messages, criticism of the government and conspiracy theories, where no consideration is given to the possibility that the individual in question might be right, his conclusions true and his opinions better supported by logic and evidence than more conventional beliefs.
Prof. Fetzer conducted a 25 minute interview with attorney Michael Sussman on the June 25 episode of his Real Deal podcast.
As Michael Sussman explained to me, in America, we are supposed to have the right to think our own thoughts and to express them without fear of punishment for disagreeing with what others may think. This case represents the intersection of profound issues about the 1st, the 2nd and the 4th Amendment.
So far as I can see, Adam Heller is an ordinary guy who has given more thought to Sandy Hook than most Americans–and for that he should not be punished. But this case shows how far we have gone in abandoning the principles upon which this once-great nation was founded. 1984 has arrived 30 years late.
Jim Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, is McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
This article originally appeared at Veterans Today.