#10 – “There Was An Emergency Preparedness Drill/Exercise Nearby”
Mentioned at least three times in “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook”, FEMA’s “Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters” is alternately mischaracterized as a “drill” or an “exercise”. In reality, “Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters” is a six hour independent study course, based on material taken from this document by Save The Children. While FEMA offers the course online, some state organizations also teach it in a classroom environment, which means that it ends up looking a bit more like this:
If you’ve got a sharp eye, you may be able to spot a couple of differences!
Obviously the claim that Sandy Hook Elementary School ceased all “Internet activity” between 2008 and “all of 2012” – all part of a larger theory that the school permanently closed its doors in 2008 – is nothing but pure fantasy; the net result of some shamefully incompetent research conducted by a couple of desperate space cadets who have chosen to spend their golden years chasing windmills (as well as harassing grieving families). In addition to the undeniable technical explanation provided in “Why The Most Compelling Evidence In Nobody Died At Sandy Hook Is A Total Bust”, there’s also actual demonstrable activity on Sandy Hook Elementary School’s website during that contested (though only by idiots) five year period. One noteworthy example of this is Sandy Hook’s “scrapbook” from the 2011-2012 school year: a series of sixteen online photo albums, all of which show plenty of busy students, faculty, and guests participating in a number of school activities. These photos – and there over 200 of them – are yet another superfluous nail in the coffin of con men like James Fetzer, Wolfgang Halbig, and their absurd charade.
If you’re interested in viewing the albums for yourself – and I would recommend you do, especially if you’ve ever given any level of thought to denier nonsense – you can do so here, courtesy of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. I’m only going to highlight a handful of those photos, focusing my attention on those that I believe are the most significant and instrumental in corroborating the “official” (i.e. correct) story.
In my previous entry, I was able to objectively demonstrate not only that the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine (“The Wayback Machine”) is a thoroughly worthless tool for measuring a public school’s “Internet activity” (let alone its actual operation), but that in using outdated information as part of their “research”, the ghouls responsible for “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook” have shown themselves to be totally inept, if not intentionally deceitful. But there’s still a bit of life left in this horse (and I’m not talking about James Fetzer).
One of the more pervasive zombie myths still being propagated by the Sandy Hook denialist cult is the lie that Sandy Hook Elementary School quietly closed in 2008 and was therefore empty when Adam Lanza (who may or may not have even existed, depending on which wackadoo you’re dealing with) carried out his deadly attack on December 14th, 2012. This alleged closure was so quiet, in fact, that not a single local media outlet covered it.
This absurd fantasy seems to have originated with professional conspiracy theorist James Fetzer, a bloated carny who has been supplementing his retirement income with a series of increasingly insane (and lazy, based on the fact that nearly every word in “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook” was lifted from a pre-existing blog entry) books declaring everything that has ever happened – from the moon landing to the Boston Marathon bombing – to be an elaborate fake. And despite the mountain of evidence to the contrary (including numerous photographs depicting a bustling school, years worth of PTA meeting minutes, school facilities surveys, news articles, job listings, etc.), Fetzer has seemingly based this outrageous claim entirely on a combination of outdated information and a total – and possibly intentional, though that may be giving him too much credit – misunderstanding of how the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine functions. That’s it.
“Nobody Died At Sandy Hook” Chapter Three By: James Fetzer
It bugs me to present these chapters out of order, but Wolfgang Halbig was in the midst of his second FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) hearing on my original run-through, so I wanted to wait until the dust settled before tackled this one, just in case anything interesting popped up. Ultimately nothing really did (outside of Halbig’s usual lies), and I’ve included some information in regards to that hearing at the end of this article.
Wolfgang Halbig’s spent about $20,000 raised through his charity, Sandy Hook Justice, for two days worth of hearings. He was awarded no documents and the majority of his complaints where dismissed in their entirety. It should also be noted that the documents Halbig obtained at a cost of about $20,000, Sandy Hook Facts obtained for under $100.
Let’s say – and this strictly hypothetical here, so please don’t get offended – that you’re a Sandy Hook denier, also known as a Sandy Hook hoaxer. Maybe you’re a lifelong conspiracy crank looking for your next hustle, or maybe you just don’t want to believe what took place that day actually happened (which is, in a way, perfectly understandable), but you’re having a very difficult time coming up for an alternate explanation for something so many people experienced firsthand and so many more saw play out in the media. And while it barely makes any sense whatsoever, the story you ultimately bet the farm on involves Mossad death squads a FEMA “Active Shooter” drill taking place at an abandoned school. But there’s a problem: there isn’t really any evidence that supports your claim. Not only does FEMA not host “Active Shooter” drills (let alone at abandoned schools), but this imaginary drill does not appear anywhere on their calendar. So what do you do? You fake it. It’s so easy, a Florida scumbag could do it!
“Nobody Died At Sandy Hook” Appendix C By: James Tracy
At 108 poorly written pages (nearly a quarter of the book!) and comprised almost entirely of out-of-context snippets from mainstream news articles presented in roughly chronological order, disgraced former college professor Jame Tracy’s sole contribution to this shitpile – and likely one of the major contributing factors to his dismissal from Florida Atlantic University – still manages to stand out as being the laziest entry in a book full of chapters that were literally copied verbatim from old blog posts. That’s pretty impressive!
Since he doesn’t editorialize much, I’m a bit confused as to what crybaby James Tracy believes actually happened at Sandy Hook. Based on this chapter appendix, I can only infer that he subscribes to a multiple shooter theory… though he also appears to simultaneously accept the “FEMA drill” narrative. And that’s probably for the best, because titling your book (seriously, this is the whole title) “Nobody Died at Sandy Hook: It was a FEMA Drill to Promote Gun Control” doesn’t leave a lot of room for competing hypotheses, does it?
As we’ve seen a number of times already, deniers gave gotten a lot of mileage out of not understanding how the Internet works. The net result of this ignorance is usually a claim that a website memorializing one (if not all) of the Sandy Hook victims appeared either before or too soon after December 14th, 2012. An ugly variation of this claim incorrectly states that The Avielle Richman Foundation – named for one of the child victims and established by her parents – was founded on the day of the shooting. It makes an appearance in “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook”, courtesy of the very anti-Semitic Nick Kollerstrom in Appendix B: