Several items have come to my attention through emails and the web. I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but they are interesting to read. There are several concerning the Sandy Hook shooting and also several concerning the relieving of four star generals before their assignments are finished.
One theory on the generals is: 'The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not.' Those who will not are being removed.'
The Examiner article discusses the source of this claim and concludes with this:
This comes on the heels of Sunday's report in the Washington Free Beacon (WFB) that the head of Central Command, Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis is being dismissed by Obama and will leave his post in March.
The WFB article states:
“Word on the national security street is that General James Mattis is being given the bum’s rush out of his job as commander of Central Command, and is being told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned.”
Did Gen. Mattis refuse to "fire on U.S. citizens?"
Family Security Matters has this article today: Obama Ousts Another General, This Time, The Head Of Central Command, originally printed at Foreign Policy.com.
Word on the national security street is that General James Mattis is being given the bum's rush out of his job as commander of Central Command, and is being told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned.
Why the hurry? Pentagon insiders say that he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way -- not because he went all "mad dog," which is his public image, and the view at the White House, but rather because he pushed the civilians so hard on considering the second- and third-order consequences of military action against Iran. Some of those questions apparently were uncomfortable. Like, what do you do with Iran once the nuclear issue is resolved and it remains a foe? What do you do if Iran then develops conventional capabilities that could make it hazardous for U.S. Navy ships to operate in the Persian Gulf? He kept saying, "And then what?" [snip]
TIMING: If Mattis leaves in March, as now appears likely, that means there will be a new person running CENTCOM just as the confrontation season with Iran begins to heat up again.
SERVICE RELATIONS: The Obamites might not recognize it, but they now have dissed the two Marine generals who are culture heroes in today's Corps: Mattis and Anthony Zinni.
A couple of conspiracy theories on Sandy Hook:
Fringe conspiracy theorists have suggested that the Sandy Hook school shooting was staged to advance an anti-gun agenda. Does covering the conspiracies—even to debunk them—diminish them, or simply do more damage?
That Sandy Hook was a hoax to force the anti-gun agenda can be found with any internet search.
Policy Mic has this:
Due to many discrepancies and inconsistencies of the reports that came out soon after, it is entirely reasonable to be skeptical of what the media was telling us. First they said Adam Lanza's mother was killed at the school, but then it turns out she was killed at her house. It was initially and mistakenly reported that police arrested Adam Lanza's brother, despite the fact that he was in a different city at the time. They reported that he used a rifle, but his rifle was in the trunk of his car. If Adam Lanza was the lone gunman, then why were there multiple reports of police arresting a man in the woods outside the school?
Because of these inaccuracies, the alternative media jumped all over it and quickly began trying to fill in the holes. The theory that gained the most traction was a supposed tie between the fathers of both Lanza and Aurora, Colorado gunman James Holmes. Both of their fathers were set to testify in the U.S. Senate on the recent LIBOR scandal. There were even accusations that Holmes' father, who works for a risk-analysis company in Minnesota, had helped devise the algorithm that allowed the manipulation of interest rates behind the LIBOR scandal.
What kind of conspiracy theories are out there? One contends that something is amiss because the adults in Newtown — particularly Robbie Parker, who lost his 6-year-old daughter Emilie in the shooting — haven't grieved hard enough. According to this theory, many of the shattered adults you've seen on camera are actors. Another claims that Emilie is still alive, appearing in a photograph with President Obama (the person in the photo is Emilie's sister). Yet another claims that there were other gunmen besides Adam Lanza. For a comprehensive list, as well as a thorough debunking (not that you'd need one), check out this article from Salon.
The thread that connects the various theories is gun control. "The underlying theme in all the theories is that the media, the government, and the Obama administration specifically either manipulated or orchestrated the shooting to move political opinion on gun control," says Laura Edwins at The Christian Science Monitor. Analysts say the theories may be a way to deflect blame from guns to imaginary culprits.
Of course, conspiracy theories abound on the internet. But the Sandy Hook variety are gaining traction, approaching Obama-was-born-in-Kenya ubiquity. One YouTube video, "The Sandy Hook Shooting—Fully Exposed," has been viewed more than 10 million times. Gene Rosen, a Newtown resident who sheltered six children during the shooting, has reportedly received creepy phone calls and emails from those who believe he is an actor. And it's all over social media, according to Ben Smith and CJ Lotz at BuzzFeed: (continue at The Week)
As to the premature movement of generals in our military, I would love for the truth to come out, whatever it is. As to Sandy Hook and the suffering families, I don't buy any of the conspiracies out there.