Two University Professors Wild Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theories

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Israel’s Mossad death squads are likely responsible for the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. last month, according to a professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD).

Dr. James H. Fetzer, in an op-ed published in an official Iranian state news outlet late last month, wrote that members of Israel’s security force known as the Mossad had carried out the shooting to “strike fear in the hearts of Americans.”

“The killing of children is a signature of terror ops conducted by agents of Israel,” he wrote. “[W]ho better to slaughter American children than Israelis, who deliberately murder Palestinian children?”

The Leadership Institute’s Campus Reform has more:

Fetzer, who recently retired but still maintains a website, email, and an honorary title with the university, went on to claim the massacre was part of a greater U.S. Government plot to wage violent war against Americans.

“When [the Department of Homeland Security] DHS is gearing up to conduct a massive civil war against the American people, what better excuse could there be for banning assault weapons than the massacre of 20 innocent children at Sandy Hook Elementary School?” he wondered.

The article appeared on Press TV’s website. The news organization is funded by Iran’s state run media empire, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a vocal proponent of the news agency. When Press TV launched in 2007, he reportedly told staff that “broadcasting the truth immediately, providing precise analysis and exposing the plots of propaganda networks of the enemy is among your duties.”

Fetzer is reportedly a regular contributor to Press TV. He previously called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the “Chicken Little of the Middle East” in a column last year.

The University of Minnesota Duluth did not respond to inquiries made by Campus Reform.

Another current professor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), James Tracy, alleges a massive conspiracy involving law enforcement, the federal government and the mass media. In fact, he isn’t entirely convinced that the massacre that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults even occurred at all. In radio interviews, Tracy mentions “crisis actors” that may have been deployed by the Obama administration to stage the attack in order to further gun control measures.

He cites Infowars.com, obviously, to add credibility to his claim. From his personal blog:

Several independent researchers and most recently Infowars.com reporter Rob Dew have over the past few days pointed to evidence strongly suggesting how two additional Sandy Hook shooting suspects were apprehended by police in the minutes following 9:35AM when officers were dispatched to the elementary school.[2]

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Journalists capable of exercising a modest degree of autonomy and personal insight would have clearly recognized such leads, thereby extending them to a more rigorous examination of law enforcement spokespersons and the broader Newtown community. Instead, the news media once again wholly abdicated any such responsibility to serve the public by unquestioningly parroting official pronouncements and carefully instructing their audiences on exactly how to interpret the event.

In a later interview, Tracy clarified his allegations, saying “One is left with the impression that a real tragedy took place.” However, he added, no one has seen pictures of the bodies and other information has been kept from the public.

“Overall, I’m saying the public needs more information to assess what took place. We don’t have that. And when the media and the public don’t have that, various sorts of ideas can arise,” he said.

“Tracy said also has doubts about the official version of the Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma City bombing, the 9-11 terror attacks and the Aurora, Colo., theater murders,” the Sun-Sentinel reports.

FAU released the following statement regarding Tracy’s rantings:

“James Tracy does not speak for the university,” Lisa Metcalf, FAU’s director of media relations, told FoxNews.com in an email. “The website on which his post appeared is not affiliated with FAU in any way. As for any previous disciplinary actions at FAU, we do not comment on personnel matters.”

 

(H/T: Gawker)