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Monday, December 22, 2014

BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT: THE "TRUTHER" CASE AGAINST THE SANDY HOOK OFFICIAL NARRATIVE

12/22/2014

When trying a criminal case in court, there are two sides to the case;  the Prosecution (which represents the "people" or the State) and the Defense (which represents the Accused person or persons).  These two sides will carefully and deliberately show standing, cause and action that the people they represent are either guilty or innocent of the crime.  The Burden of Proof, rests with the Prosecutor.  The Prosecutor must be able to show, in accordance with State and/or Federal Law (depending on which Jurisdiction the case is being heard in) and build a case against the Accused the specific elements as outlined by State or Federal Criminal Codes.  In Connecticut, for a charge of Murder, the following elements MUST be produced by the Prosecution:

1.  That a CRIME has been committed;
2.  That the ACCUSED intended to commit the crime;
3.  That the ACCUSED committed the crime, BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT.

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CT Criminal Jury Instructions:  5.1-1  Murder -- § 53a-54a (a)


The defendant is charged [in count __] with murder.  The statute defining this offense reads in pertinent part as follows:  
a person is guilty of murder when, with intent to cause the death of another person, (he/she) causes the death of such person or of a third person.1
For you to find the defendant guilty of this charge, the state must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:  

Element 1 - Intent to cause death
The first element is that the defendant specifically intended to cause the death of another person.  There is no particular length of time necessary for the defendant to have formed the specific intent to kill.  A person acts "intentionally" with respect to a result when (his/her) conscious objective is to cause such result.  <See Intent: Specific, Instruction 2.3-1.>
The intent to cause death may be inferred from circumstantial evidence.  <See Evidence of Intent, Instruction 2.3-2.>
The type and number of wounds inflicted, as well as the instrument used, may be considered as evidence of the perpetrator's intent, and from such evidence an inference may be drawn that there was intent to cause a death.  Any inference that may be drawn from the nature of the instrumentality used and the manner of its use is an inference of fact to be drawn by you upon consideration of these and other circumstances in the case in accordance with my previous instructions.2   [<Insert if warranted by evidence:> Declarations and conduct of the accused before or after the infliction of wounds may be considered if you find they tend to show the defendant's intent.]  This inference is not a necessary one; that is, you are not required to infer intent from the defendant's alleged conduct, but it is an inference you may draw if you find it is reasonable and logical and in accordance with my instructions on circumstantial evidence. 

Element 2 - Caused death
The second element is that the defendant, acting with the intent to cause the death of another person, caused the death of <insert name of decedent>.  
[<If transferred intent is applicable:>   It is not necessary for a conviction of murder that the state prove that the defendant intended to kill the person whom (he/she) did in fact kill.  It is sufficient if the state proves that, acting with the intent to kill a person, (he/she) in fact killed a person.]
This means that the defendant's conduct was the proximate cause of the decedent's death. You must find it proved beyond a reasonable doubt that <insert name of decedent> died as a result of the actions of the defendant. <See Proximate Cause, Instruction 2.6-1.

Conclusion
In summary, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that 1) the defendant intended to cause the death of another person, and 2) in accordance with that intent, the defendant caused the death of <insert name of decedent>.

If you unanimously find that the state has proved beyond a reasonable doubt each of the elements of the crime of murder, then you shall find the defendant guilty.  On the other hand, if you unanimously find that the state has failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt any of the elements, you shall then find the defendant not guilty.

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The above is provided for your reference when looking at Connecticut State law as it pertains to a person accused of committing the Crime of Murder.  That is the Crime for which Adam Lanza has been accused posthumously.  Since the accused is deceased, there is no need for a criminal trial, and therefore, this high level Burden of Proof will never need to be met.  This is convenient in the sense that there won't be anyone to charge, and no Defendant to state an alternate case or lodge a defense.  Why is this important?

Because there will NOT be a criminal trial, and because there is no alive person to be accused, we are left with whatever documents and narratives are provided by the State of Connecticut to lay out their case, without any opposition.  There is now a Civil case filed by several victims against the firearms maker "Bushmaster" in a "Wrongful Death" suit.  The standard of proof is LOWER in a Civil trial, in that the Plaintiff (those who are bringing forth the lawsuit) only need to show a "Preponderance of Evidence"which is generally described as JUST ENOUGH evidence to show that a wrongdoing has occurred and that the Plaintiff suffered a loss or injury (generally financially or emotionally).  Civil Court Trials may invoke "Clear and Convincing Evidence" which is a higher standard of proof, but still far less than "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt."

TAKING A LOOK AT THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT's CASE

This is the official case against the accused, Adam Lanza, who is accused of the crime of Murder against 27 persons:

1.  On the morning of December 14, 2012, the shooter, age 20, heavily armed, went to Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) in Newtown, where he shot his way into the locked school building with a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S rifle. He then shot and killed the principal and school psychologist as they were in the north hallway of the school responding to the noise of the shooter coming into the school. The shooter also shot and injured two other staff members who were also in the hallway.
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2.  The shooter then went into the main office, apparently did not see the staff who were hiding there, and returned to the hallway.

3.  After leaving the main office, the shooter then went down the same hallway in which he had just killed two people and entered first grade classrooms 8 and 10, the order in which is unknown. While in those rooms he killed the two adults in each room, fifteen children in classroom 8 and five in classroom 10. All of the killings were done with the Bushmaster rifle.

4.  He then took his own life with a single shot from a Glock 20, 10 mm pistol in classroom 10.
Prior to going to the school, the shooter used a .22 caliber Savage Mark II rifle to shoot and kill his mother in her bed at the home where they lived at 36 Yogananda Street in Newtown. 

This is the case, as stated by the State's Attorney, Stephen J. Sedensky, III, Judicial District of Danbury in his "Final Report" issued on 11/25/2013.  In this case, Adam Lanza is accused of committing the following crimes:

1.  In Sandy Hook Elementary School, the crime of Murder under Special Circumstances, in violation of C.G.S. Sec. 53a-54b, was committed twenty-six times and Attempted Murder under Special Circumstances in violation of C.G.S. Secs. 53a-49 and 53a-54b was committed twice as it relates to the two individuals who were shot by the shooter and survived. 

2.  The crime of Murder in violation of C.G.S. Sec. 53a-54 was committed by the shooter in killing his mother.

MOUNTING THE "TRUTHER" DEFENSE / RAISING REASONABLE DOUBT

Taking a look at the above charges as levied by the State's Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky, we see that there are 26 charges for Murder under Special Circumstances (because children were involved) and 2 counts of Attempted Murder under Special Circumstances.  An additional count of Murder was added for the death of Nancy Lanza.

Without using any "smoke and mirrors" (i.e. making wild assertions, or using conspiracy theories, etc) I will provide basic elements of "reasonable doubt."  This would be the most obvious and easiest defense to take regarding the narrative about Adam Lanza and are as such (going solely on the above counts):

1.  The STATE claims that Adam Lanza drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School, shot his way in through the front doors/windows and killed the Principle and School Psychologist.  
                ELEMENTS OF REASONABLE DOUBT:
                A.  Who witnessed Adam Lanza drive to the school?  No witness statements exist that name Adam Lanza as the driver of the vehicle;  no one saw Adam Lanza exit the vehicle despite contrary statements from "parents" who arrived right around the same time.  All statements provided allege that the car was in front of the school and the windows were already broken.    
                B.  Who witnessed Adam Lanza shoot the front doors / windows and enter the school?  No witness statements exist that place Adam Lanza at the front of the school shooting windows.  No witness statements exist that claim Adam Lanza shot and killed the Principal and School Psychologist.  There only exists firearm forensic evidence which "suggests" but does not prove, that the bullets found in the bodies of the Principal and School Psychologist were from the Bushmaster that Adam Lanza was stated to have carried into the school.  No witness statement exists that states anyone saw Adam Lanza carrying a Bushmaster rifle.
               C.  The "Final Report" includes several items regarding the GPS of the black Honda, up through 12/13/2012.  Yet on 12/14/2012, it appears that Lanza removed the GPS unit from the Honda.  Given "ritualistic" behavior of a person like Adam Lanza suffering from OCD / Autism, it is unlikely that the GPS would not have been used on 12/14/2012.

2.  The STATE claims that Adam Lanza then shot two other school employees (non-fatally) in the hallway.
           ELEMENTS OF REASONABLE DOUBT:
           A.  There are no witness statements that Adam Lanza was positively the gunman.
           B.   Firearm forensics "suggest" but do not prove, that the two staff members received their injuries from the alleged Bushmaster rifle.  The ballistic tests were inconclusive as to if the rounds were in fact fired from the Bushmaster rifle, although the probability is high, it is not definitive. 
           C.  When the shooting allegedly started, staff members called 911.  During these calls, we know that staff members reported more than one shooter.  During these calls, staff members reported seeing another person running outside the school.

3.  The STATE claims that Adam Lanza went into the main office, did not see anyone, and returned to the hallway.
         ELEMENTS OF REASONABLE DOUBT:
          A.  How can the STATE possibly know WHAT Adam Lanza saw, or did not see?
          B.  There are no witness statements placing Adam Lanza in the main office.  No one actually witnessed Adam Lanza enter the main office.

4.  The STATE claims that Adam Lanza left the main office, went back into the hallway where he killed 2 people, then went to classrooms #8 and #10 where he killed the remaining 24 victims using a Bushmaster rifle.
          ELEMENTS OF REASONABLE DOUBT:
          A. There are no witness statements to confirm this chain of events.
          B. No witness statements exist that place Adam Lanza in room #8.
          C. No witness statements exist that state anyone saw Adam Lanza shoot any persons.
          D. Firearm forensics "suggest" but do not prove, that the 24 victims in rooms #8 & #10 received their injuries from the alleged Bushmaster rifle.  The ballistic tests were inconclusive as to if the rounds were in fact fired from the Bushmaster rifle, although the probability is high, it is not definitive.
           E. The only items we can "reasonably know" (if we believe Dr. Wayne Carver, Medical Examiner) is that the body of Adam Lanza was found in room #10 with a single gunshot wound to his head.  There are no witnesses to the shooting of Adam Lanza.  There are no witness statements that Adam Lanza took his own life.  There are no law enforcement affidavits that Adam Lanza took his own life.  There are no law enforcement affidavits that Adam Lanza was killed by the police.
           F.  According to the CT State's Attorney Final Report, regarding the Bushmaster rifle and all forensic evidence regarding the firearm remains generally inconclusive.  To quote:

          "No positive identification could be made to any of the bullet evidence submissions noted ... ... in 5.56 mm caliber. The physical condition of the bullet jacket surfaces were severely damaged and corroded. They all lacked individual striated marks of sufficient agreement for the identification process. The test fires also exhibited a lack of individual striated marks on the bullet surface for comparison purposes. This condition can be caused by fouling in the barrel of the rifle and the ammunition itself. The Bushmaster rifle cannot be eliminated as having fired the 5.56 caliber bullet evidence examined,” quoting from the 6/19/13 Forensic Science Laboratory report."

         "Cannot be eliminated as having fired the 5.56 caliber bullet..." is significantly different than if it could be 100% confirmed that it did fire the 5.56 caliber bullet.

5.  The STATE claims that Adam Lanza, using a .22 caliber rifle, shot and killed his mother at their place of residence, 36 Yogananda Street, Newtown, CT.
            ELEMENTS OF REASONABLE DOUBT:
            A.  There are no witnesses to this murder.
            B.  Adam Lanza was not positively identified by any witness statements or affidavits as the murderer of Nancy Lanza.  There are no witness statements or affidavits that Adam Lanza was seen leaving the residence of 36 Yogananda Street, despite witness statements that claim to have heard "gunshots" around the early morning hours on 12/14/2012.  The garage door of the home is also heavily damaged, and would have made a loud noise, yet no witness statements are on file or affidavits that state Adam Lanza created said damage.
            C.  There was no motive proven by Psychologists and Psychiatrists in the Office of Child Advocacy Report for the killing of Nancy Lanza by Adam Lanza.
            D.  There are no affidavits from any family member, including Ryan Lanza (brother) and Peter Lanza (father) that Adam Lanza was a danger to himself or others.
            E.  There are no affidavits or witness statements from ANY PERSON that claims Adam Lanza was a danger to himself or others prior to 12/14/2012.
            F.  The home of Nancy Lanza appears to have signs of forced entry.
            G.  Firearm forensics can accurately match the bullet that killed Nancy Lanza to the .22 caliber rifle found on scene, but there is no connection that proves Adam Lanza was the shooter based on this information.
            H.  According to data forensics, Adam Lanza had plans to move with his mother to Washington State and was planning on attending a new school.  There was no evidence that Adam Lanza was upset about this information.
             I.  In the home of 36 Yogananda Street (Lanza's residence) DNA evidence exists of a third-party that is listed in the NY State Database of Convicted Offenders (left unnamed) on a letter addressed to Sandy Hook Elementary School.  This third-party DNA, puts into question a third person in either the home of Adam/Nancy Lanza at the very least. 
            J.  DNA issues arose in other areas as well as quoted from the Final Report:  
                       "Two of the items examined from outside the building of SHES, one from the shotgun in the shooter’s car and a second from 36 Yogananda Street yielded DNA profiles consistent with the DNA profiles of two victims killed in SHES, one in each. It is strongly believed that this resulted from an accidental transference as a result of the unique circumstances of this case."

                 The seriousness of the potential break in the chain-of-custody of evidence for DNA testing is a concern and calls into question all of the DNA sampling taken.

The above items numbered 1-5, are merely starting points in establishing the minimum requirements to meet "reasonable doubt."  This does not include the myriad of circumstantial evidence that would be equally important in establishing "reasonable doubt."  Additionally, there are likely several more defenses that could be applied to items 1-5 above, but in the interest of keeping this topic at a very basic and elementary level, more advanced legal defenses to establish "reasonable doubt" are excluded.  Again, the key point here, is that in order for this event to have occurred as outlined by the State of Connecticut, and the State's Attorney, there should be little doubt at all that Adam Lanza was the shooter, that he had intent to commit the crime, and that he did, beyond a reasonable doubt commit the act of Murder.  Looking at the above items, we quickly can determine that there is a level of Reasonable Doubt even on the most basic level of this case.

CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE & REASONABLE DOUBT

While the above merely looks at the charges and official chain of events as described in the official narrative of the Final Report from the State's Attorney Office, there are multiple, in the hundreds most likely, of circumstantial doubts that can easily be lodged.  While not as strong as hitting the main charges and narrative directly, combined, this partial list of items starts to create another full cloud of "Reasonable Doubt" independent of the Reasonable Doubts already listed above.

Remember, circumstantial evidence is just as critical as DNA, forensics, etc. and can be used to obtain convictions. With that said, the Supreme Court as well as nearly every State Court has recognized that while circumstantial evidence is important, it is only as strong as it's weakest link.  Therefore, an error anywhere in testimony, in forensic reports, DNA reports, firearm/ballistic reports all must be 100% accurate and must be consistent.  This is critical, as a case can be destroyed based on a small error that seems either inconsequential or so small that it causes a person to say "well, so what?"  

THE RESPONSE TO THIS IS SIMPLE:  If the police / investigators are capable of making significant errors on a small item, what else did they make errors on?  Did they make errors on possibly much larger / critical parts of the investigation?  How are we to know?

When looking at circumstantial evidence, Courts recognize the following as defenses and allowable areas to explore and aggressively defend:

1. Inconsistencies in a witness’ testimony and/statements 
2. Inconsistencies between the witnesses
3. Timelines that don’t make linear sense
4. Physical facts that don’t match the subjective testimony. 

5. Half-truths
6. White lies
7. The “CSI” effect.
8. What was the motive 


There is little debate among those who have reviewed the "document-dump" provided by the State of Connecticut that there are severe conflicts in statements, witness accounts, law enforcement affidavits and public statements made by family members, the Chief Medical Examiner Wayne Carver, MD, as well as the timeline of events.  I will outline just a few below, although there are literately hundreds of items in this case which, if taken collectively, would not bode well for the Prosecutor had this been a case that ended up in a trial by jury.

The main areas to look at can be broken down by either "Intent," "Cause" or "Character." For the crime of Murder, in the first instance, there must be Intent to Murder (meaning, with foreknowledge and the means to carry out the crime).  In the second instance, there must be Cause, meaning, Lanza's actions directly caused the death of 27 individuals on 12/14/2012.  Lastly, because this is dealing with circumstantial evidence, character of all witnesses, investigators, police, medical examiner, and all other persons who have provided sworn testimony all come into play.  

1.  INTENT:  There is no documentation anywhere within the investigation that is able to show that Adam Lanza had any intent to commit the crime of murder.  There are no statements obtained either in his personal affects or on his computer that he had any conversation with any person that he was planning to commit murder.  The STATE is resting its case on INTENT solely on the amount of ammunition found on scene and the type of weapon found.  None of this, actually amounts to the Intent of Adam Lanza as no one really knows if his intent was to kill anyone.  If we believe Wayne Carver's testimony as obtained from Lanza's autopsy report, we know Adam Lanza was found deceased in Room #10 with a single gunshot wound to his head.  Other than that, we do not definitively know that Adam Lanza was the shooter, nor that he killed anyone, nor that he definitively ended is own life.  We are to assume that all based on circumstantial evidence alone.

2.  CAUSE:  Due to the unknowns of item #1 above, it is impossible to actually prove Cause.  Since there are no witnesses stating positively that Adam Lanza definitively was the shooter, and since no law enforcement officers witnessed Lanza as the shooter, and since there is no video footage of Lanza as the shooter, it can not be definitively proven Lanza was in fact the one who committed this act.  It can be assumed he did, but again, this is all based on circumstantial evidence.  (Refer to ballistic evidence above when trying to put the murder weapon into the hands of Lanza... the ballistics were not conclusive).

3.  INTENT:  Internet searches on Columbine shootings in 1999 found on Lanza's hard-drive, as well as other information about school killings and firearms are all circumstantial, however, none rise to the level of beyond a reasonable doubt those searches proved intent.  There is legal precedence for this in the Casey Anthony case (no relation) in Florida whereby Casey Anthony was tried on circumstantial evidence for the death of her toddler daughter.  There was no direct evidence but the Prosecution did have internet searches for chloroform and other methods to suffocate a person.  In the Casey Anthony trials, the jury would not be able to convict based on searches alone.  Similar in this case.  While on the surface it would appear that the internet searches about firearms, school massacres and other violent acts would seem "smoking gun" evidence, there is nothing recovered from Lanza's hard-drive that indicated he had intent to act on anything he downloaded.  In fact, only days prior it appears investigators were able to determine that a conversation did take place between Lanza and another online friend, yet, nothing in that conversation led to any substantial evidence of what was about to happen on 12/14/2012.


This article will be continued once a further review of all circumstantial evidence can be reviewed....
Last copy: 12/22/14 18:09
-SA
      

Sunday, December 21, 2014

WE STILL NEED TO TALK ABOUT SANDY HOOK: CENSORSHIP SHALL NOT STAND

December 21, 2014

It's been a few weeks since the release of the controversial documentary "We Need To Talk About Sandy Hook" and efforts to suppress the film have been ongoing.  While I have my own opinions regarding the documentary and the facts it provides viewers, that isn't relevant to this article.  What is relevant, is the clear and steadfast action by a small minority with alleged connections to "big-media" to quell the documentary simply because this group doesn't like the content contained within the film.


Let's be clear about one thing;  this was a large, collaborative work, listed on a major film website with reviews and accolades.  This is not a singe-party production, and even if it were, that wouldn't change the view of this article.  Despite the controversy over this film and its collective body of work asking relevant and though-provoking questions during its nearly 3 hours of run-time, there is the undertone in the cyber-sphere that simply because the content itself is called into question, it should be banned world-wide.  Censored.  Forbidden to be seen or published on the largest video sharing platforms we all know and use (to avoid any conflict of interest, the specific names of the video sharing sites will be omitted for this article, however, it isn't hard to guess which ones I am referring to).

Much of this article, stems from an editorial / news article run by the Newtown Post-Examiner entitled "Sandy Hook:  HONR Trumps Hoaxer" on 12/6/2014.  In that article, the Newtown Post-Examiner (herein referred to as NPE) calls the producers' claims in the documentary "offensive, slanderous and grossly inaccurate content" and that the producers, affectionately called "Hoaxers" are up in arms over efforts to wipe the "content off the face of the worldwide web."

The article in the NPE assigns the label "Hoaxer" to anyone that believes that the "2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) massacre was actually a staged U.S. government plot designed to facilitate a strict gun control agenda. Although they prefer to be called “Truthers,” this lunatic fringe of conspiracy theorists has shown no interest in seeking the truth."  Whether or not one believes they are a "truther" or "hoaxer" really is irrelevant.  It is the method of censorship which is of particular concern.  The NPE article continues on to call truthers a "faith-based cult" and that they "believe in the "hoax" (referring to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School) and any evidence that suggests otherwise is regarded as blasphemy."
It is easy to attack those who are still seeking answers because the official narrative seems simple enough to follow-along;  a deranged, mentally ill Adama Lanza had access to his mother's legally purchased firearms and ammunition, he armed himself with over 30 pounds of guns and ammunition, and went on a shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School without warning, or any apparent reason.  Images released of Lanza depicted him as a wide-eyed psychopathic killer leaving no doubt in any "rationally thinking" person that the story happened exactly as it was reported in the mainstream media.

While it's true that ever since the event at Sandy Hook unfolded that fateful day in December of 2012 that a slew of videos and articles started to emerge questioning the plausibility of the official narrative, it is a fundamental right in a free and open society to be able to exchange ideas, question the news as it is presented and ask those in authority pressing questions so that the truth is actually borne to light.  Unfortunately, in the case of Sandy Hook, transparency has not been the model, and thus, the event became shrouded in mystery, and rightfully so.  After all much of the official narrative still appears to have more questions than answers, and any attempts to obtain factual evidence regarding the alleged crime are met with fierce resistance and redaction.  One only needs to look at the now infamous "document dump" of the investigation files which are for the most part unusable to obtain any real information due to heavy redaction practices.  Now while it is understandable, and even reasonable to protect the identifying features and actual crime scene images of the children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there are many items that truly don't bear this same level of necessary protections.  But before I go further, a few items need to be made clear:

1.  It is my opinion, that the victim's families should enjoy a certain level of privacy.  They should not be stalked, nor visited at their home or place of employment.  
2.  That said, like any journalist might do in circumstances like this, making contact for questions is not inappropriate.  However, if the family goes on record publicly that they will not be entertaining any media questions, then that is the end of it.  But that isn't the case for some families of the Sandy Hook event.  
3.  Some of the victim's families have been very public (for the most part; there are some families who have outright denied public comments, and their privacy should be respected).  Interviews on most major television news programs were done extensively.  Robbie Parker being the most notable, with other families not far behind in media appearances.  
4.  Persons also involved in the event, like Kaitlin Roig, have gone on speaking tours and enjoyed fairly high-level notoriety based on these speaking events such as being featured in Glamour magazine for instance.  
5.  Multiple family members of the victims have been on a gun-control crusade, visiting and providing testimony at Congressional Hearings, meeting with President Obama and having the unusual mode of transportation for the visit;  the President's own aircraft, Air Force One.
6.  There is presently a lawsuit filed against the manufacturer of the firearm allegedly used at the Sandy Hook event;  Bushmaster, among others, has been named by 5 of the 20 children's estates in what will be an attempt at a "Wrongful Death" and "Loss of Consortium" civil case.  This lawsuit was filed at nearly the 11th hour, two full years later,  keeping the tragedy at Sandy Hook alive, rather than allowing it to close and become a part of history (as dark as that history may be).
Having made the above clarifications and observations, there are significant arguments to be made that the narrative provided by the mainstream media as well as government officials in the State of Connecticut, are less than forthcoming with facts, leaving much in the way of speculation at times, while on other accounts, the statements from some of the victim's families and people like Kaitlin Roig have been conflicting in fact and content.  

Since the event multiple independent media outlets have made attempts to obtain factual information only to be denied access to interviewing relevant witnesses, viewing the scene, or speaking with first responders.  Further it still til this day is nearly impossibly to properly utilize the investigative process with the data and facts provided in the "Report of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury on the Shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and 36 Yogananda Street, December 14, 2012." And said inquiries aren't coming from average "Joe Six Pack's" sitting in their basements;  there are in fact active Law Enforcement personnel, medical professionals and other Emergency Responders who question the official narrative as well.

According to NPE, the author states that "although the Internet has been saturated with this nonsense for almost two years, it’s been largely ignored by most clear thinking Americans."  I tend to think this remark is overreaching and is meritless, and the statement is an opinion, not fact.  

The fact is, the event at Sandy Hook Elementary School has garnered a high level of attention likely related to the vast amount of conflicting and confusing information put out by officials and local / national media.  To look at it another way, if the Sandy Hook Elementary School videos and articles were such bunk, then why is there such an enormous audience for the information?  Certainly, if most "clear thinking American's" believe that the official narrative of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14/2012 was accurate, any and all videos and/or articles disputing or questioning the official narrative would in fact be simply dismissed.  The high number of views on such videos, the amount of conversations on alternative media websites, as well as mainstream / non-conspiracy-based websites indicate that there is a large segment of the United States and elsewhere, that simply don't believe the official narrative completely.  

Despite the large segment of citizens around the Nation who simply seek the most transparent revelations and facts regarding Sandy Hook, it appears that those who are asking questions about the official narrative are in fact being attacked themselves.  As the NPE reports, the main effort to scrub the internet of inquisitive videos and articles regarding Sandy Hook appears to be "one humble entity: the HONR Network." Further, NPE reports that one only needs to "simply click the link to one of dozen previously working Hoaxer videos on (social media / video sharing websites) and you may stumble across this notice:  This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by HONR Network."
Curious as to why "HONR Network" and those behind it would be filing copyright claims, we did visit their website.  It appears that on the surface, their mission is simple enough;  to allow those who have suffered a tragedy to grieve in peace, surrounded by an atmosphere of compassion.  However, upon looking at the website a little closer, the following excerpts in their mission statement gives the appearance of a group that doesn't want questions asked to anyone but Officials or "Authorities."  For example, the HONR Network states:

1.  "In the aftermath of such horrific tragedies as the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Aurora Theatre, Santa Barbara, and even the Boston Bombing, an offensive element of society, known as 'truthers' have seized the opportunity to advance their conspiracy theorist mindset upon the masses by posting a litany of various forms of speculation and disinformation on (video sharing) and social media sites."

2.  "We refer to these individuals as 'hoaxers', because the core of their belief is that these violent tragedies were simply hoaxes, perpetrated by the government in order to more easily limit civil liberties, especially those involving the second amendment."

3.  "Most members of society are allowed to grieve in peace, surrounded by an atmosphere of compassion. This has not been the case for many family members of victims who lost their lives to tragic, highly publicized mass killings. It isn't fair or acceptable. Action must be taken to restore peace and tranquility to those personally affected by the despicable cruelty cast upon them by individuals acting under the 'truth movement'."
The HONR website continues on about aggressively seeking out both criminal and civil legal prosecution on anyone who harasses or abuses any victim or family member of any high-profile tragedy in whatever capacity the law allows.

Now as I stated earlier, I agree that victims of any crime, should be given the appropriate space to have peace, grieve or seek appropriate counseling, etc. without fear of harassment.  I stand by that statement.  Additionally, the purpose of this article isn't to attack the HONR Network although I don't necessarily agree with their tactics, particularly as it applies to the documentary "We Need To Talk About Sandy Hook."  I watched the documentary, and found it to be informative, as well as though-provoking, without actually attacking or harassing any particular person specifically that wasn't already in the public spotlight.  

Additionally, while victims of crimes always have the right to privacy those rights fade somewhat once stepping into the mainstream media for repeated press briefings, network special interviews or exclusive highlight reels.  Further, appearing as a public speaker as a "victim" of any event, going on radio shows to provide details of the event or to take questions / answers, or appearing before Congress to lobby for any cause, or appearing as a "feature" or "cover" for any non-news magazine or publication also places that person into the "public" arena vs. private citizen.  Does that mean that the person/victim loses their rights?  Of course not, but it does change their status from "grieving victim" to more of a "personality," "lobbyist" or even "fashion model" in some rare instances.

Equally as interesting, is that while the current trend appears to slap a "copyright" violation against anyone who uploads the documentary "We Need To Talk About Sandy Hook" to popular video sharing sites, there is a bigger question to be asked:  WHY are the families not outraged at the high-exposure that this crime has received.  After all, if not for the 24/7 major news outlets running the story about Sandy Hook repeatedly for weeks, months, years, this event would have faded off.  Instead, it was pushed into America's homes via nearly every major network and cable news agencies.  Why is there no outrage there?  

Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was in everyone's faces for at least a month or more, it became obvious that there were flaws in the narratives being broadcast.  It is no small wonder that questions were going to be asked.  As long as there are watchdog groups protecting "victims and their families" out there, why not start at the source when the story is obviously being incorrectly reported?  (I don't think I need to go over the hundreds of mis-reported items; a simple search can yield hundreds of such examples)

I was not personally at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14/2012.  To that extent, when trying to make sense of a senseless story, all we have to go on are what the mainstream news outlets push to us initially, and ultimately, whatever documents are released by investigating agencies to the general public.  When those documents are heavily redacted for less-than-clear reasons, it again raises more questions than it does to provide answers.  And in the end, that is really what honest "truthers" are seeking;  factual answers of a senseless crime.  I take personal offense to the term "Hoaxer" as I have never stated that Sandy Hook was a hoax as fact.  I am in the majority of true-blooded Americans who expect transparency in criminal investigations so that all facts are out on the table (barring a few redactions for personal privacy).  Something happened at Sandy Hook... but exactly WHAT, is the unknown based on the evidence we all have in front of us.

And while yes, private video sharing sites have the right to authorize what ultimately is allowed on their websites, the filing of false or "questionable" DCMA claims, copyright strikes, or other aggressive actions that I will not mention for security reasons, is in fact quickly approaching attempted censorship.  I don't like every video, documentary or news article, yet, I have a choice whether or not to view it.  If you the viewer don't care for the content of a video you have a remedy;  DON'T WATCH IT!

Likewise, unless information is so grossly non-factual or damaging to a person, to the extent that it is libelous, there are civil tort remedies already in place.  Additionally, any group or organization that is self-appointed to "Police" the internet is crossing into dangerous territory as well; as already stated, persons who feel that there have been libelous statements made already have legal remedies available.  And there are already laws in every state that deal with "stalking" and other harassment type issues.  To add or create self-appointed "Morality Police" is a misguided venture at best, and Unconstitutional at worst.  

If you don't like a video, don't watch it.  But to paint every single person who questions publicly the facts of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14/2012 as "Hoaxers" is doing the very thing that groups like HONR claims to frown upon; in this case however, they are simply targeting a group THEY don't care for.
-SA

Monday, November 24, 2014

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CHUCK HAGEL HAS BEEN FIRED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA

November 24, 2014

UPDATE 12:30PM:  It has been reported by FNC that Secretary Hagel was in fact terminated by President Obama, regardless of what is being publicly stated.  Senior White House Officials speaking anonymously told FoxNews.com that Obama's dissatisfaction with Hagel, as well as a desire to shake up the cabinet following the devastating midterm elections, played a role in the president seeking Hagel's ouster.  

“Make no mistake, Secretary Hagel was fired,” a senior U.S. official with close knowledge of the situation told Fox News.   This same official discounted Pentagon claims it was a mutual decision claiming President Obama has lost confidence in Hagel and that the White House had been planning to announce his exit for weeks.

“The president felt he had to fire someone. He fired the only Republican in his cabinet. Who is that going to piss off that he cares about?"


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will officially resign amid growing pressure from the Obama administration over his handling of several international crises, Fox News has confirmed.
Hagel, 68, is expected to meet with President Obama at the White House at 11 a.m.
Hagel, a Republican, is the first member of Obama’s team to step down following the sweeping midterm elections where Republicans took control over the Senate. 
Hagel took office Feb.27, 2013.
A senior defense official said that Hagel submitted his resignation letter to Obama Monday morning and that the president accepted it. Hagel agreed to remain in office until his successor is confirmed by the Senate, the official said.
The official said both Hagel and Obama "determined that it was time for new leadership in the Pentagon," adding that they had been discussing the matter over a period of several weeks.
The president is not expected to nominate a new Pentagon chief Monday, according to one official.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Severe Weather Alert: Florida , Alabama , Georgia


MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 1941
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1120 AM CST SUN NOV 23 2014

AREAS AFFECTED...FL PANHANDLE AND ADJACENT SERN AL AND SWRN GA

CONCERNING...SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH POSSIBLE 

VALID 231720Z - 231815Z
PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE...40 PERCENT

SUMMARY...ISOLATED TORNADOES MAY DEVELOP WITH STRONGEST CONVECTION
AS IT SPREADS ACROSS THE NORTHEASTERN GULF COAST.  TORNADO WATCH IS
BEING CONSIDERED.

DISCUSSION...CIRCULATIONS WITHIN PRE-FRONTAL CONVECTION HAVE
GRADUALLY INTENSIFIED OVER WRN FL PENINSULA.  THIS ACTIVITY HAS
STRUGGLED PRIMARILY DUE TO WEAK BUOYANCY...SFC-3KM LAPSE RATES ON
THE ORDER OF 5.5 C/KM...THOUGH 1000 J/KG MLCAPE DOES EXTEND NWD
IMMEDIATELY AHEAD OF EVOLVING TSTMS.  WITH LARGE SCALE FORCING
MAXIMIZED WELL INLAND...FOCUS/VERTICAL SHEAR IS NOT PARTICULARLY
IMPRESSIVE ACROSS THE NARROW WARM SECTOR.  CURRENT THINKING IS
ONGOING CONVECTION WILL GRADUALLY INCREASE IN INTENSITY OVER THE
NEXT FEW HOURS AS SFC TEMPERATURES RISE THROUGH THE LOWER 70S. 
WHILE STRONGEST UPDRAFTS MAY EXHIBIT SUPERCELL
CHARACTERISTICS...IT/S NOT PARTICULARLY CLEAR MORE THAN ONE OR TWO
BRIEF TORNADOES WILL BE NOTED WITH MOST DISCRETE SUPERCELL
STRUCTURES.  WW IS BEING CONSIDERED.

..DARROW/THOMPSON.. 11/

Saturday, November 22, 2014

SEVERE WEATHER ALERT FOR SUNDAY: 11/23/2014

THE STORM PREDICTION CENTER IN NORMAN, OK HAS PLACED SIGNIFICANT AREAS OF THE EAST COAST AND SOUTHEAST / OHIO VALLEY / CENTRAL GULF COASTAL AREAS AND MS VALLEY AT SLIGHT -ENHANCED RISK OF SEVERE WEATHER FOR SUNDAY 11/23/2014



OFFICIAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST FOR THIS ALERT:


DAY 2 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK  
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   1258 AM CST SAT NOV 22 2014

   VALID 231200Z - 241200Z

   ...THERE IS AN ENH RISK OF SVR TSTMS FOR PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL
   GULF COAST STATES...

   ...THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS OVER PARTS OF THE LOWER MS
   VALLEY EWD TO NRN FL AND THE CAROLINAS...

   ...THERE IS A MRGL RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS PARTS OF ERN AR INTO THE
   LOWER OH VALLEY...

   ...SUMMARY...
   STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT WILL BE POSSIBLE FROM THE
   LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY EASTWARD ACROSS THE GULF COAST STATES AND
   NORTHEASTWARD INTO THE EASTERN CAROLINAS ON SUNDAY.  DAMAGING WIND
   GUSTS AND THE POSSIBILITY FOR A COUPLE OF TORNADOES ARE FORECAST TO
   BE THE PRIMARY THREATS.

   ...SYNOPSIS...
   A VIGOROUS LOWER-LATITUDE SHORTWAVE TROUGH OVER THE NWRN GULF COAST
   SUNDAY MORNING WILL RAPIDLY MOVE TO THE LOWER OH VALLEY BY EVENING. 
   CONCURRENTLY...AN INTENSIFYING MID-LEVEL SPEED MAX WILL STRENGTHEN
   TO 100 KT AS IT ROUNDS THE BASE OF A LARGER-SCALE TROUGH AND MOVES
   FROM THE SRN ROCKIES THROUGH THE LOWER MS VALLEY AND INTO KY/TN BY
   DAYBREAK MONDAY.

   IN THE LOW-LEVELS...A SURFACE LOW IS FORECAST TO DEVELOP/DEEPEN FROM
   OK TO THE MID MS RIVER VALLEY BY SUNDAY EVENING AND CNTRL GREAT
   LAKES EARLY MONDAY.  A WARM FRONT IS FORECAST TO ADVANCE NWD ACROSS
   THE LOWER MS AND TN RIVER VALLEYS DURING THE DAY AS A COLD FRONT
   MOVES EWD ACROSS THE MS VALLEY.

   ...LOWER MS VALLEY EWD INTO AL/GA/FL...
   SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS SHOWERS/THUNDERSTORMS IN A CONVECTIVE LINE
   WILL LIKELY BE ONGOING AT DAYBREAK SUNDAY OVER THE LOWER MS VALLEY
   AND NWRN GULF OF MEXICO.  THE NWD ADVANCING WARM FRONT FOLLOWED BY
   MIDDLE 60S DEWPOINTS INTO CNTRL MS AND AL WILL LEAD TO MARGINAL
   BUOYANCY /250-1000 J PER KG MLCAPE/ IMMEDIATELY DOWNSTREAM OF THE
   SQUALL LINE.  STRONG MID-LEVEL HEIGHT FALLS COMBINED WITH A
   STRENGTHENING LLJ /50 KT/ AND STRONG DEEP-LAYER SHEAR WILL SUPPORT
   THE POSSIBILITY FOR A STRONGLY FORCED LINE MOVING ACROSS THE LOWER
   MS VALLEY INTO PORTIONS OF AL.  AN ENHANCED RISK FOR DMGG WIND AND
   AN ISOLD TORNADO MAY ACCOMPANY ANY LONGER-LIVED EMBEDDED
   MESOVORTICES/SUPERCELLS AND BOWING SEGMENTS AS THE LINE MOVES EWD
   ALONG THE CNTRL GULF COAST STATES.

   DURING THE MORNING AND FARTHER E...A NWD ADVANCING WARM FRONT OVER
   THE NERN GULF STATES WILL AID IN FOCUSING LIFT AS 60S DEG F BOUNDARY
   LAYER DEWPOINTS MOVE NWD INTO CNTRL PORTIONS OF GA/AL.  ALTHOUGH
   MUCH OF THIS ACTIVITY MAY BE ELEVATED NEAR THE FRONT...AN ISOLD
   STRONG TO SEVERE STORM THREAT MAY ACCOMPANY A FEW OF THESE STORMS IF
   PARCELS CAN ROOT NEAR THE SURFACE.  

   ...ERN CAROLINAS SUNDAY NIGHT...
   THE SYNOPTIC WARM FRONT IS FORECAST TO MOVE NWD THROUGH THE
   CAROLINAS DURING THE PERIOD AND SERVE TO CONCENTRATE
   SHOWERS/THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE CAROLINAS.  A STRONG POLEWARD
   MOISTURE FLUX WILL PROBABLY LEAD TO APPRECIABLE MOISTURE
   INFILTRATING THE COASTAL PLAIN AND PIEDMONT DOWNSTREAM OF THE
   INTENSE MID-LEVEL JET MOVING INTO KY/TN DURING THE OVERNIGHT. 
   DESPITE MODEST MID-LEVEL LAPSE RATES...THE COMBINATION OF INCREASING
   BUOYANCY AND STRENGTHENING SHEAR PROFILES WILL SUPPORT PERHAPS AN
   INCREASING RISK FOR DMGG WINDS AND A FEW TORNADOES.

   ...LOWER TN/OH VALLEYS...
   CONSIDERABLE UNCERTAINTY REMAINS REGARDING THE DEGREE OF
   DESTABILIZATION THAT CAN OCCUR FROM NERN AR NEWD INTO THE LOWER OH
   VALLEY WITH EXPECTED WIDESPREAD SHOWERS/THUNDERSTORMS FORECAST
   FARTHER S.  NONETHELESS...THE PRIMARY SURFACE CYCLONE IS PROGGED TO
   REACH THE MID MS VALLEY BY LATE AFTERNOON.  A WARM FRONT WILL LIFT
   NWD THROUGH THIS AREA FOLLOWED BY RELATIVELY MOIST UPPER 50S
   DEWPOINTS.  YET...COOLER MID-LEVEL TEMPS IN CLOSER PROXIMITY TO THE
   LARGER-SCALE TROUGH AND DOWNSTREAM OF THE AFOREMENTIONED MID-LEVEL
   JET MAY RESULT IN A FEW STRONGER STORMS PRIMARILY CAPABLE OF AN
   ISOLD DMGG WIND THREAT.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NJSPCA / ANIMAL CRUELTY LEVEL ESCALATED: ANIMAL COPS DEMAND TO TAKE OVER

November 19, 2014
Helmetta, NJ

In a not-so-unforseen chain of events, the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) Law Enforcement Division has now stopped asking nicely to have the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter conform to public health and animal codes, and is now demanding the keys to the facility.

In a letter dated today by the Superintendent of the NJSPCA (Humane Police) the top level brass of this Law Enforcement Agency have clearly stated they have been fair, given the town enough time to correct their deficient practices and have clearly lost control of the facility, and likely the town.  The letter was aimed at the Mayor, Nancy Martin, directly as well as the Borough Council Members.

It should be noted that there are very likely Animal Cruelty Charges pending against many members of the Borough of Helmetta elected officials;  that part, remains to be seen.   Below is a copy of the letter we obtained today.  We are asking that other Animal Rights / Activist Groups / Reform Groups pass this letter on, in solidarity, for those who have been working diligently to affect massive change in what is clearly an INHUMANE and UNSAFE facility for any animal to be residing in, even if its only temporary.  Unconfirmed reports also indicate that there may be animals still held against their will despite proper owners reporting to the shelter to claim their pets.  We will be following this closely.

LETTER DATED 11/19/2014






Saturday, November 15, 2014

CDC: PULLS DOWN ENTEROVIRUS MAPS CITING INCREASE IN FLU AS REASON (NOT TRUE)

Enterovirus D68 in the United States, 2014

November 15, 2014
  • Over the last several months, the United States has experienced a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness.
    • From mid-August to November 12, 2014, CDC or state public health laboratories have confirmed a total of 1,116 people in 47 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.*
    • Reports from most states over the last five weeks have indicated reduced EV-D68-like illness activity. However, EV-D68 infections could continue through late fall. Over the last two weeks, some states have reported increasing respiratory illness activity. However, since other seasonal respiratory viruses, such as influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, are starting to circulate now, we are not sure if this increase is caused by these seasonal viruses or EV-D68. See Activity of Enterovirus D68-like Illness in States.

Reports from most states over the last five weeks have indicated reduced EV-D68-like illness activity. However, EV-D68 infections could continue through late fall. Over the last two weeks, some states have reported increasing respiratory illness activity. However, since other seasonal respiratory viruses, such as influenza and respiratory syncytial virus, are starting to circulate now, we are not sure if this increase is caused by these seasonal viruses or EV-D68. Therefore, CDC has removed the EV-D68-like illness activity map.



FNN NOTE:  THIS STATEMENT IS PATENTLY FALSE.  THE CDC HAS THE ABILITY TO DISTINGUISH ENTEROVIRUS D68 ILLNESSES FROM INFLUENZA ILLNESSES VIA LABORATORY TESTING.  THERE IS NO REASON TO PULL THE MAPS DOWN!  NOT TO MENTION, INFLUENZA, IS AT A RECORD LOW FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR:





  • Every year, enteroviruses and rhinoviruses cause millions of respiratory illnesses in children. This year, EV-D68 has been the most common type of enterovirus identified, leading to increases in illnesses among children and affecting those with asthma most severely. Other rhinoviruses and enteroviruses continue to be detected as well. 
  • CDC has received substantially more specimens for enterovirus lab testing than usual this year, due to the large outbreak of EV-D68 and related hospitalizations.
    • CDC has prioritized testing of specimens from children with severe respiratory illness. There are likely many children affected with milder forms of illness. 
    • Of the more than 2,300 specimens tested by the CDC lab, about 40% have tested positive for EV-D68. About one third have tested positive for an enterovirus or rhinovirus other than EV-D68. 
    • Almost all the confirmed cases this year of EV-D68 infection have been among children. Many of the children had asthma or a history of wheezing.
  • EV-D68 has been detected in specimens from 12* patients who died and had samples submitted for testing. CDC is reporting test results to state health departments as we obtain them.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

HELMETTA, NJ: LOCAL GOVERNMENT OUT OF CONTROL KILLING PETS / FAILS TO MAINTAIN HUMANE CONDITION

HELMETTA - The Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter was placed under quarantine after being raided by the New Jersey SPCA on Thursday, November 13th... the following includes our initial report (below) with most current updates listed above in red:

UPDATE 2:00PM 11/18/2014 -  FROM BRITTANY B., SISTER OF COUNCILWOMAN YVETTE BRUNO WHO HAS BEEN IN THE SHELTER SINCE THE RAID on 11/13/14:

"I would just like to let you all know the facts of what's really going on at HRSA. Yvette has been working diligently at the shelter every day since the raid from 6:00am-5-7:00pm (sick as a dog mind you) she does not even have time to deal with family issues that are currently happening because she is so dedicated to getting things straight at the shelter. As per the vet situation she has been trying to get Dr. Slade & Dr. Dubowy to work together at the shelter since the health department wants more than one vet there but the Mayor Nancy Martin and her back door bullshit continues. The current vet was at the shelter yesterday from 7:30am-1:30pm, and could not address every animal and thus is why Yvette is trying to get these other 2 vets in so all the animals can get addresses. As per the poor kitty that passed away, please remember the shelter is on quarantine and the animal there are very sick. The reason for the posts of sick animals is because the NJSPCA and Health Dept. told Yvette to take pictures of EVERY animal and post them. Yvette is only following orders from the authority's. As per the Memo, Yvette did not see or authorize that Memo, she did not even know it existed till later yesterday. Again she did not authorize it. She was up till 2:00am talking to everyone she possibly could and sending emails to the Attorney General, Health Dept, NJSPCA, and State Health Dept. to have it addressed immediately. The Health Dept and NJSPCA are furious over this and are working on correcting it. But yet again Nancy Martin and her back door BS. Please know Yvette is honestly and truly working on trying to get things right at the shelter. There is only so much she can do. She is new to all of this and is learning every day. She may be small but she is mighty and she will not rest till this shelter is running correctly. Please please have patients with her, for she is only 1 person fighting an army."

UPDATE 7:15PM 11/16/14 FROM NJSPCA (LAW ENFORCEMENT) -
Helmetta Shelter Update : Sunday 11/16 1930 Hours
NJSPCA (Capt + 4 Officers) and Middlesex County Health Department (Director and two Inspectors) were again at the shelter this afternoon. Discussed the plan being developed to start releasing animals to 501C3 groups this coming week, there will be a form available soon at the shelter and on the HRAS Facebook page that these groups will need to fill out and return. Once the information (including Vet info) is verified (48 Hours) the group will be able to make an appointment to pick up the animals after they have been Vet checked, certified by HRAS Vet and scanned for Microchip. Local community has been awesome with donations of supplies and support for the animals. My observations today......Disease Control Protocols now in place, kennels clean and fresh water (one pup ready any day to give birth), cat areas cages clean, litter boxes clean and fresh water available. There is much work needed at this facility to make this building a safe haven for animals. Six additional cats had been transported to Vet Hospital for medical treatment (none emergency) Today Councilwoman Bruno was the "Acting Shelter Director" Thank you to the Council for the past several days of cooperation and obviously the joint goal is to continue to make improvements, reduce the animal population through adoptions, fosters and rescue groups and to make this shelter a Regional Shelter once again that cares for and nurtures animals as a temporary haven until animals can be adopted / re-homed NOT leave through the BACKDOOR. NJSPCA Veterinarian submitted all findings from Thursday visit to NJSPCA Command Staff early this afternoon. HRAS Vet of Record returns tomorrow to the shelter to continue assessments of every single animal currently at the shelter, hoping to have 100% of the animals checked by mid week. Legal and Criminal Investigation updates will follow..........Capt Yocum

UPDATE 7:00PM 11/16/14 FROM COLLEEN WRONKO:

"As of right now the following agencies and/or individuals have been in the shelter doing investigations: The Attorney Generals Office, NJSPCA, the Middlesex County Board of Health, The NJ State Veterinarian, and the Prosecutors Office.
I at this point, have no more information or updates to give. I don't know anything more now than I did last night when I left the shelter. As far as Captain Yocums comment, I have no doubt that there is something going on somewhere, but where, and whom it's against is anyone's call at this point.
The Shelter is secure, locks and passwords have been changed. No one can get into the building without authorization. And it's my understanding that as of right now, no one can get onto the grounds at all. I believe this is being done for safety purposes.
Until further notice, and until we are aware of what is going on with Mayor Martin, we are going to put all protests on hold. If the situation rectifies itself we will not need to protest, however, if the Mayor remains in office, or the conditions at the shelter become a problem again, we will be protesting.
By the order of the Health Department, we had to move the food into the building behind the Borough Hall. I have been assured, by individuals I trust, that the food will not be touch by anyone. And it is being guarded by the police.
The control substance key has been moved from the shelter to the police department, and is currently locked away. Currently there are no controlled substances in the facility. 
I have been assured that the facility is clean, that the animals are being fed appropriately, that they all have water, and clean litter boxes. The animals have been vetted, and as soon as the health certificates are signed off on, rescues will be able to start pulling. YOU MUST HAVE 501(c)3 paperwork or you can NOT pull."

UPDATE 7:00PM 11/15/14 FROM NJSPCA LAW ENFORCEMENT:


"Saturday NJSPCA and Middlesex County Health Department onsite today at shelter. New Vet of Record for shelter is Dr. Chiosi DVM a respected Sayreville Veterinarian. Vet Tech's from Sayreville Veterinary Hospital onsite at shelter this afternoon and evening. Building security issues being addressed and hopeful that very soon animals can be released to qualified rescues after they are certified disease free. Obviously plan needs to include any animal released to be scanned for microchip and photographed so identity can be verified. Donations from the local community far exceeded the needs of the shelter and the excess donated items have been moved to the Helmetta DPW garages. The Helmetta Shelter is still under Quarantine at this time. Two phone call updates today were held with the Middlesex County Health Department. NJSPCA and the Middlesex County Health Department will be back at the shelter tomorrow. Thank you to the dedicated staff and Director of the Middlesex County Health Department. Discussions will continue with the town of Helmetta on the future management of this facility..........The animals right now remain the priority and moving forward the human issues will be addressed................Should be an interesting week next week. There will also be some BREAKING NEWS very soon about ANOTHER RAID that JUST occurred that is related to the Helmetta Shelter case, can not disclose those details here but will be released in the very near future. -Capt Yocum"

UPDATE 10:00AM 11/15/14 - From Beth inside the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter:

"Rescues are allowed to come in and pull animals. Please call the shelter directly as we have nor further info on this new development!
As per Councilwoman Bruno's request "We will be allowing rescues to come in and pull! All animals MUST be seen by a vet and then can go to a true rescue. All rescues must bring proof 501C3. My goal is to have some pulled tomorrow!"

ADDITION:  Dr. Dubowy, DVM, has also confirmed that the animals left in the isolation room endured extreme temperature conditions, and prior health assessments / treatment records were discovered "missing" on 11/13/14 when Dr. Dubowy was allowed to re-enter the HRAS.  Dr. Bubowy has stated that his official documentation was not to be found, and NEW records were created.  This would be a clear violation of practice by the shelter (not by Dr. Dubowy).

UPDATE 11:00PM 11/14/14 - www.MyCentralJersey.com reporting the following regarding the newly appointed HRAS Administrator:

An interim shelter administrator and a new veterinarian have been appointed for the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter, which was placed in quarantine by the Middlesex County Department of Health on Thursday and remained closed Friday as officials mulled potential animal cruelty charges.
Matt Crane, 26, of Edison, will handle the administrative functions of the shelter, Borough Business Administrator Herbert Massa said.
RESUME OF MATT CRANE Pg 1
RESUME OF MATT CRANE Pg 2


Massa, who has resigned from the position as part time business administration, said he did so because he thinks the borough needs "faithful time presence of administration in the borough, with a concentration on the animal shelter."
Massa said the appointment is for 30 days, which will be followed by a review by the governing body.
"I think it's going to change the image of the animal shelter," Mayor Nancy Martin said. "We're looking forward to (Crane) taking over this position."
Martin said Dr. Joseph Chiosi of the Sayrebrook Veterinarian Hospital in Sayreville was appointed the shelter vet.
Michal Cielesz will remain the shelter's director.

UPDATE 9:00PM 11/14/14 -  According to one of the coordinators of REFORM HELMETTA REGIONAL ANIMAL SHELTER, the shelter is now 100% clean, and all animals have been fed.  

On a somber note, we have received confirmed information that  Veterinarian, Dr. Dubowy, has AGAIN been terminated from the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter by the Mayor (Nancy Martin) or one of her employees... we are attempting to confirm which person actually issued notice of termination of services at this time.

We also have learned that the Spotswood Shoprite, has set up "Donation Bins" at that store location for anyone that wants to make a donation (according to Spotswood Mayor Nicholas Poliseno).  

The NJSPCA has confirmed that temperatures in the isolation room where 4 dogs were rescued was in fact over 100-degrees!  This now confirms initial reports from the scene last night that many have questioned.





UPDATE 3:15PM 11/14/14:  Reports from those on the ground as well as local news outlets indicate the following:
1.  9 Townships that had contracted with Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter have now PULLED their agreements, and are making alternative arrangements to shelter their animals.  Those towns are reportedly Spotswood, Monroe, Milltown, Hazlet, North Brunswick, Marlboro, New Brunswick, Freehold and Millstone.  Spotswood and Monroe had been confirmed as canceling as of yesterday.  

2.  An outpouring of support from the State of NJ residents has been ongoing;  photos of massive food and supply donations have been coming in.  Collen, a local group Activist for the shelter reports that ALL donations are welcome, and needed.  The link for the Facebook page to donate is: REFORM HELMETTA REGIONAL ANIMAL SHELTER.

3. Four dogs, who were reported to be in the isolation unit, have been transferred to other local shelters for treatment and housing.  Videos of the animals showed them to be in capable hands of other Animal Control Officers from Perth Amboy and Woodbridge Township.  The animals appeared to be somewhat frightened but at least in the clips we reviewed, they appeared to be getting the necessary care and housing they need.

UPDATE 12:15PM 11/14/14:  FROM THE NJSPCA (Capt. Yokum) - 
FNN COMMENT: ATTORNEY GENERAL OFFICE IS NOW ON SCENE
"Following the Joint NJSPCA / Middlesex County Health Department Operation / Inspection yesterday. MCHD Director returned to the shelter last night after the Helmetta Council held an Emergency Meeting and took control of the shelter. One of the Council Members has been named Interim Executive Director of the shelter and the Veterinarian (twice fired !! for NO reason) was allowed to return to the shelter with Vet Tech and start treating the sick animals there. Several more animals were removed and sent to Veterinary Clinic for treatment. As we move forward both the NJSPCA and the Middlesex County Health Department will continue to work with the Town of Helmetta to ensure compliance. We are far from the end of this story and there are many things being worked on behind the scenes legally. Please right now continue to focus on the animals involved and allow the NJSPCA and the County Health Department continue their work on the complex legal issues involved. The shelter remains under quarantine so no new animals can arrive and no animals (except those being taken for Vet care) can leave this facility. The cats that passed away yesterday were taken to Trenton for Necropsy and after we have those results we will release information. Also today representative from NJ Attorney General's Office and State Department of Health are at the shelter. I will release more information as things move forward."

UPDATE 10:00AM 11/14/14:  FROM NEWS 12 NJ, WALT KANE REPORTER:

"Massive change in the works at the #Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter. Councilman Christopher Slavicek has been named director of the shelter. Current management remains on staff for now but reports to him. On his orders, vets and political leaders are allowed in to treat animals. Building still closed to general public under quarantine. Helmetta Council met in emergency session to name Slavicek last night. Considering permanent changes. It has jurisdiction and can fix easiest. If it doesn't, I'm hearing NJSPCA is prepared to act. But state's only option, "receivership mode", is essentially a state takeover, a complex process that requires a court ruling and takes time, so town action is greatly preferred. I'll be live later on News 12 New Jersey"

UPDATE 09:00AM 11/14/14:  FROM "LIBBY" INSIDE THE HELMETTA SHELTER -  
"First, CAT AND KITTEN FOOD, dry and wet, more than anything else right now, is needed! Dry kitten food situation is dire. Can be dropped off at the shelter at 58 Main Street, Helmetta, NJ. 

No monetary donations at this time. This is a municipal shelter, a taxpayer-funded facility, not a private shelter run on donations. Let the town cough up funding for their facility. 

A group of 2 vets and their assistants and half a dozen vet techs (and experienced volunteers) worked until the wee hours of the morning.

Dog ISO(LATION) room:

Four dogs with ringworm are doing “okay.” Room was very hot. All four dogs have severe diarrhea, one has bad tapeworm (caused from fleas). Tapeworms were so bad that the vet tech who handled the dog had tapeworms all over her arms.

One dog, a black pit-bull mix, has severe bilateral entropian, a PAINFUL genetic or congenital defect where the eyelids turn inward, causing the eyelashes to constantly rub against the corneas. Dr. Dubowy took this dog into his mobile van and examined him. Surgery is required to correct this.

Cat rooms were deplorable, as expected. Alex Klinger of Carteret Animal League, wrote this: “Scrambling to find any food to no avail. Spotswood Mayor Nick Poliseno was in there at 1 am with us getting hands dirty. Nick went to Spotswood ShopRite too purchase food. After the night manager found out the urgency he donated 10 bags of dry 1 case of wet and 1 case of wet kitten. We fed them very well. Out of respect I'm not posting cat room videos till I confirm ok. Fed 167cats. They are cleaning and scrubbing. HORRIBLE!!!!”

Two wonderful volunteers (Nicole and Nicole) cleaned all the small dog runs. Others were able to clean ¾ of the larger runs working as best they could with the tools that they had.

COSMO, the African Gray parrot is still there, but needs to get out. Helmetta was feeding this exotic bird WILD BIRD SEED!!! He needs a special diets and parrot food is needed today! One of the vet techs cleaned his cage and said his water and food bowls looked like they hadn’t been cleaned in a week! She had nothing to give him but small dog kibble. African Grays NEED a variety of parrot food and veggies and fruit! It is our opinion he will die if left there, and we are requesting a vet sign a waiver to get him out of there. We have been contacted by an experienced Parrot rescuer who will take him if we can spring him from this place.

To all the volunteers, named and unnamed, from this page, the Reform group, Homeless Animal Lifeline, Carteret Animal League, thank you from the bottom of our hearts! "


UPDATE 2AM 11/14/14:  FROM THE MAYOR OF SPOTSWOOD (Surrounding Town from Helmetta) - "I can't say Thank You enough to Spotswood Shoprite and especially the night manager George Koutas. I walked in the store at almost 1am and told him I'm Mayor Nicholas Poliseno from Spotswood and in desperate need of help. The Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter has 167 cats that are dying from starvation and have no food to feed them. To make matters worse it was shut down today by the Middlesex County Health Department. Most cats looked like they haven't eaten in days. George asked how much food can he donate with no hesitation. 10 bags of dry food and 1 case of wet kitten food later, the cats can finally eat. It's caring people like George who didn't hesitate when this stranger came begging at 1am that makes me so Proud to be the Mayor of Spotswood. I also want to thank Senator Linda Greenstein for calling me at 11:30 pm and asking can she come over to HRAS now snd help clean cages. Senator Greenstein has been a huge advocate to reform the HRAS from the start and wanted to come out at midnight to help. That's a true Elected Official, others wouldn't be bothered to help, especially on the level of Senator. I'm proud she is our Senator in Spotswood. I can't Thank the Veterinarian's, Veterinarian Technician's, Animal Rescue Group's and the dozens of people who were their hoping to be able to help. It's a shame it took Lester Jones from the Middlesex County Health Department and the NJSCPA to do something only after News 12 Kane on your side did a multi day segment of the deplorable conditions, dead animals and disease infested place for them to act. I can't understand how you can put your head down at night and sleep."

UPDATE: 01:00AM 11/14/14:  Coleen F.W. who was on scene at the HRAS reported this just now: "PLEASE I AM ASKING EVERYONE....The shelter is in desperate need of cat food. Canned and dry. You can just drop it off at the shelter tomorrow right in front of the door. There was not enough food to feed the animals tonights, and a special thanks to Mayor Nick Poliseno from Spotswood for going to Shop Rite, and a special thank you to the manager of Shop Rite for supplying the shelter with donated food tonight so they had enough to feed all the cats. PLEASE IF YOU CAN, bring cat food to the shelter tomorrow."  This of course leads us to the big question;  WHY IS THERE NOT ENOUGH FOOD AT THIS SHELTER?  It would appear, the claims of animals not being fed, would be accurate based on one day of reporting from the inside.

UPDATE: 11:55PM - Walt Kane (News 12 NJ) reporting that Dr. DuBowy, DVM (Veterinarian) was ultimately allowed in after an "Emergency Council Meeting" was held.  Certain other workers were allowed back in as well, reportedly Councilwoman Bruno was among those allowed to re-enter the facility.

UPDATE: Update, 7:40 PM

From Maria Stanley, Dr. Dubowy's assistant: "four (4) dogs are in the ISOLATION room, and it feels like it's 100 degrees in there, they have no food or water, and they'll probably be dead by morning. None of the animals are being fed or watered tonight." 

From Jen Razzano: Rick Yocum said he "can't do anything about any of them being kicked out of the shelter. It's the decision of the mayor and council members."

Michal (DIRECTOR) and Rich left the building and drove away. 



 


UPDATE 7:40PM - Things are getting strange in the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter.  According to a trusted source, "Borough Councilwoman Yvette Bruno called the vet and known rescues to come in to assist with the cats in the back rooms. Only vet techs were allowed in. Boro Police Officer Gannon just ordered everyone out of the shelter, including the vet, Dr. Alan Dubowy, his assistant Wendy, a shelter employee, Sandi, and Yvette Bruno, and Jen, on order by the “police director.”  

He said the vet is fired, that he is “no longer employed by the boro.” Not sure what is going on but this means that the animals are not getting any exams or care right now.

The New Jersey SPCA and Middlesex County Health Department raided the facility at 11 a.m. Thursday to conduct an unannounced inspection, after weeks and months of local residents have been creating a stir with protests, video uploads and a recent Kane in Your Corner investigation exposed the conditions alleged by the local residents in two segments broadcast on News 12 NJ.

Large Video Portions Courtesy of: Steve Wronko

Chief Frank Rizzo of NSPCA says that no animals will be allowed in or out of the shelter until the facility is certified by a veterinarian that it is disease-free.  In order to maintain sanitary conditions, all employees and those helping to treat the sick animals in the shelter, workers must use disinfection techniques on their footwear prior to leaving the facility as there have been many identified severely ill animals on-site.
The Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter provides full animal control services for the following towns: Aberdeen, Cranbury, Hazlet, Helmetta, Holmdel, Matawan, Milltown, North Brunswick, Plainsboro, South River and Sayreville. The shelter provides animal impound services for the following towns, which use their own animal control officers: Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Highland Park, Manalapan, Marlboro, Millstone, New Brunswick and South Brunswick.  
Two area Townships / Boroughs recently withdrew their contract with Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter:  Spotswood and Monroe Twp.  Rumors are that several other towns may be seeking alternative Animal Shelter services given the reports broadcast on News 12 NJ and other media outlets.  
In September, the NJSPCA issued a warning to the shelter after citing several violations, including two cases of "failure to supply an animal with necessary care." Some issues, like flooring that is not impervious to water, have been raised in virtually every inspection for the past three years, although inspectors have always given the shelter at least a "conditionally satisfactory" rating, allowing it to remain open.
Those residents who have expressed concern about the conditions of the facility have stated and have photographed or video recorded multiple instances of animal cruelty including multiple large dogs in one cage, dogs/cats being imprisoned in cages covered in their own urine / feces, not being fed for days at a time, outdoor enclosures not being waterproofed or able to be appropriately cleaned, and the allegation of the unlawful killing (euthanasia) of nearly 500 cats and about 65 dogs in 2013.  The shelter, claims to be a "low-kill" shelter, meaning that all measures are put into place to either reunite lost animals with their owners, find foster homes or "forever homes" for misplaced pets.  Many claim that the Shelter rarely makes any attempts to make any reunions with family members, nor keeps appropriate records for the animals upon intake.  Records are not kept for euthanasia which is particularly disturbing given that lethal drugs are being used.
Four dogs and a cat were rushed to an animal hospital following the raid, but two of them did not survive.

TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, HERE ARE THE CONTACTS:

NJ STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL OFFICE / DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE:
DCJ Headquarters
609-984-6500
Report Crime and Corruption
800-277-2427

NJ STATE LEGISLATORS:


District 18


Senate

Senator Peter J. Barnes III (D)
(D)
Senator
Peter J. Barnes III
BORN: April 26, 1956
EDUCATION: B.A. Gettysburg College (Political Science), M.B.A. Fairleigh Dickinson University (Management), J.D. Widener University School of Law
OCCUPATION: Attorney, Law Offices of Peter Barnes
PUBLIC/PARTY SERVICE: Township of Edison Municipal Council 1996-2007, Planning Board 2001-03
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Senate 2014-present; General Assembly 2007-13, Majority Whip 2010-13
COMMITTEES: Economic Growth - Vice-Chair;  Budget and Appropriations;  State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation  

3 Stephenville Pkwy., Suite 2D, Edison, NJ 08820
Phone: (732) 548-1406


Assembly

Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. (D) 
(D)
Assemblyman
Patrick J. Diegnan Jr.
BORN:March 19, 1949
EDUCATION: B.A. Seton Hall University (Political Science/Government), J.D. Seton Hall University School of Law
OCCUPATION: Attorney
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: General Assembly 2002-present, Deputy Speaker 2008-present, Parliamentarian 2006-present
COMMITTEES: Education - Chair;  Consumer Affairs - Vice-Chair;  Regulated Professions  

908 Oak Tree Ave., Unit P, South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Phone: (908) 757-1677
Fax: (908) 757-6841
Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D) 
(D)
Assemblywoman
Nancy J. Pinkin
BORN:August 4
EDUCATION: A.A.S. Middlesex County College (Applied Science), B.S. Rutgers University, M.P.A. New York University (Public Administration/Health Administration), University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Health Policy and Research)
OCCUPATION: Health Consultant & Association Management, Pinkin Associates, Inc.
PUBLIC/PARTY SERVICE: East Brunswick Township Council 2005-14, President 2006-08; East Brunswick Planning Board 2005, 2008-09
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: General Assembly 2014-present
COMMITTEES: Higher Education;  Homeland Security and State Preparedness;  Law and Public Safety  

3 Stephenville Pkwy., Suite 2D, Edison, NJ 08820
Phone: (732) 548-1406

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Booker, Cory A. - (D - NJ)Class II
141 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
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Menendez, Robert - (D - NJ)Class I
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