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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