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Would the American Revolution have been fought sooner if colonists had tweeted from the scene of the Boston Massacre? Would Madame Guillotine have survived for more than a day if there had been live streaming from the Place de la Revolution?Would the American Revolution have been fought sooner if colonists had tweeted from... more
Interviews with witnesses who reported other gunmen at the Columbine shooting.
As you can see in this media interview from 20 April 1999 with Columbine High School sophomore Chris Wisher, some witnesses to the Columbine shootings reported gunmen other than seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold as having been involved as active participants in the now-famous massacre we all know as "Columbine."
I've documented some of the many, and by many, I mean, in some cases, dozens of witnesses who independently corroborated specific witness reports of other gunmen at Columbine, many of whom named the non-Harris/non-Klebold suspects by name, in a 2007 video called "The Columbine Cause" and subsequent pieces. These other suspects included current and former CHS students Chris Morris, Robert Perry and Brian Sargent, as well as at least one unidentified adult who was reportedly witnessed prowling the science areas with a sawed-off shotgun.
I recently managed to get in touch of with some of the witnesses who had reported some of this information to ask them what they had to say about the way that the "investigation" ultimately turned out and how they felt about the overall state of the history of Columbine, since, in their police interviews, it seemed that many of them had indicated that they were very sure based on their own observations that others had been involved, others who, in some cases, were known to the witnesses on a personal basis. Six of the witnesses responded to my inquiry and none of them gave me permission to identify them so I will not disclose any personal information about them. You can find my full report on what they told me at http://www.EvanLong.net, and I will give a brief summary with some additional information here.
Two of witnesses did not answer any questions. One turned silent immediately after I explained what my interest was and the other told me that he would only comment for money. I didn't take him up on this offer because I did not believe that I would necessarily be getting accurate information.
The next two witnesses were more open but explained that the shooting had really bothered them and that it had taken a long time for them to feel at all normal again even years after the fact. One said he would watch "The Columbine Cause," think about my questions and then reply. He didn't reply, and follow-up questions went unanswered. The fourth witness told me that he had blocked out a lot of memories, was still shaky when recalling the shooting and probably wouldn't be able to answer any questions, even though he had no ideological opposition to doing so. I thanked him and suggested that if he ever did feel like talking about it, there are people who are interested in listening.
The fifth witness agreed to speak with me on the phone, telling me that he was, quote, "willing to talk." Once on the phone, the witness turned combative and heavily critical almost immediately, but continued to talk for about fifteen minutes. our conversation is too long to share in this video, but you can read the full transcript at http://www.EvanLong.net.
The sixth and last witness was, by far, the most forthcoming. He, too, had suffered emotional trauma but this did not hinder from from making a statement. He told me that he had definitely seen at least one non-Harris/non-Klebold gunman and had been put under a lot of pressure to change his story and back the official version of events which held that a pair of "lone nuts" perpetrated the shooting on their own, completely unaided in any way and without the foreknowledge of anyone else at all. The witness told me, quote:
"I have a hard time watching your entire video. I watched 5 min. I saw too much that day, plain and simple. I have been told I could and would easily disappear if I tried to expose what happened that day. I was locked inside that building [for hours] with the teacher [Dave Sanders] that died, risked my life to save him and he still died. I lost [...] friends [...] and had many friends seriously injured. [...] I was O. C. D. trying to save myself from death at [such a young age]. I was also told by the police and investigators that I [...] was the most credible witness that day: However, I did not see [...] this and [...] that! [...] Everything I said happened in those 4 hours, the police have evidence of happening within 2 minutes of when I say it happened. They only denied my credibility after celebrating my accounts as true and belittling me and my mother to our faces! My mom taught me to “Pay attention to time, location, and description.” She taught me that it pays to pay attention. This time it didn’t pay it cost me. I am a potential threat to those guilty and still living. They cannot make up their minds of what is right and wrong, they’ve been sucked into to the evil [...]. I want to write a book, and have since it happened, but know too many reasons not to [publish it], like my family saying it risks my life. It still plagues me that my friends were forced to leave me while those sickened minds who killed them still walk [among] us. I want peace without being a martyr! I love and so I am lovable! What makes that so hard?!!! My protectors betrayed me, deeply. Would die for the truth, but want to live for the beauty of my lost friends memory and most important power of LOVE!”"
Returning to Chris Wisher with whom this video opened, this last witness' statement to me echoes almost exactly the sentiments that independent reporter John Quinn conveyed in a series of articles from 1999 in which he interviewed Wisher and Wisher's parents over the telephone in the weeks following the shooting. Quinn wrote that Mrs. Wisher, quote,
"told me that so many Columbine students know of other assailants being involved that she sees no way the truth about this could be covered up. [...] In my conversation with Mrs. Wisher I brought up the fact that Chris said he knew personally a girl who was coerced into changing her testimony by Sheriffs investigators, and made to say that she had only seen Harris and Klebold. Mrs. Wisher replied: “Oh, I know the girl. She was over here right after...” (the questioning). She told us all about it, but you know, this was right after the massacre....”
There is really no telling at this point exactly how much of the official story of Columbine and the background surrounding it is myth and misdirection. However, there is some precedent for the staging of mass shootings like Columbine by groups based within the State for political ends, the Gladio shootings in Western Europe being a prime example.
You can find out more about this and other shootings through materials on my web site, http://www.EvanLong.net, which is also accessible by the shortcuts, http://www.EvanLong.tk and http://www.TheColumbineCause.tk.Interviews with witnesses who reported other gunmen at the Columbine shooting.... more
In his weekly roundup of the crazy world of 24-hour media madness, Conor Knighton looks at Megan Joy's awful version of 'Rockin Robin' on American Idol. This week he also looks at Joe Jackson's classy intro to his new record company, the BET Awards' tribute to the King of Pop, T Pain' s Big Ass Chain, Corey Haim's weird trip to Neverland Ranch, a sweet car chase in Dallas, Mark Sanford's Twitter apology, and the kinky sex lives of our Founding Fathers.
infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Sarah Haskins, Ben Hoffman, and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 10 pm Eastern and Pacific Times and can be found online at http://current.com/infomania/ or on Current TV. And make sure to check out our facebook profile for special features at http://infomaniafacebook.com.In his weekly roundup of the crazy world of 24-hour media madness, Conor Knighton... more
This is a collection of the initial breaking news responses of the US TV networks on 9/11. Nobody quite sure what is going on, bits of news coming out all the time and then the dramatic moment the second plane hit as it went out live across the world on TV.
Gripping stuff still.This is a collection of the initial breaking news responses of the US TV networks on... more
MSNBC counts down the top 10 worst news stories from Campaign 2008 -- highlighting how overly commercial "junk news" can trivialize our democracy.
Can you think of any news stories that are not on this list that should be?MSNBC counts down the top 10 worst news stories from Campaign 2008 -- highlighting how... more
Hard-hitting journalism is nearing extinction on television, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just threw another shovel-full of dirt on its grave when it recently ruled that Rupert Murdoch's TMZ and Pat Robertson's 700 Club meet the test for "a bona fide newscast."
Media companies get their broadcast licenses for free. In return, the FCC says that if a TV show is not a bona fide newscast, and it airs a story about a political candidate, "it must afford equal opportunities to other such candidates for that office."
This is supposed to keep ideologues like Pat Robertson and Rupert Murdoch in check. But instead the FCC let them off the hook by adding TMZ and 700 Club to the list of bona fide newscasts; even though Congress defined bona fide as newscasts as those that hold "genuine news value" and are not intended to boost or aid any particular political candidate.
We need a lot less 'cheap junk news' and a lot more real news. Junk is not good for you. Keep the government out of the news as much as possible.Hard-hitting journalism is nearing extinction on television, and the Federal... more
The three major news network are not talking about some very major news stories that are happening in Iraq right now.
Major networks spend only 2 minutes per week on Iraq war coverage.The three major news network are not talking about some very major news stories that... more
On several occasions, McCain has said he "really didn't love America until he was deprived of her company." Yet the news media hardly says anything about his comments, instead they continue to focus on Michelle Obama's comment when she said, "for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country." The comments really aren't all that different, are they?On several occasions, McCain has said he "really didn't love America until... more
Dan Rather addresses the National Conference for Media Reform in Minneapolis, on June 7, 2008.
He talks about freedom of the press, big media, and news coverage.Dan Rather addresses the National Conference for Media Reform in Minneapolis, on June... more
The 3 major news anchors, Brain Williams, Katie Couric, and Charlie Gibbsons, discuss the coverage of the run up to the Iraq War. All 3 had different opinions.
The questioning stemmed from the release of the new book by former press secretary Scott McClellan where he says that journalists were remiss from asking the hard questions prior to the war.
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The 3 major news anchors, Brain Williams, Katie Couric, and Charlie Gibbsons, discuss... more
An eye-opening article on public awareness of the war in Iraq - the news coverage we never see and the casualties we never hear about.
A study at the Pew Research center found that in its most recent polling only 28% of people polled accurately answered the following question regarding US casualties in Iraq -
"Since the start of military action in Iraq, about how many U.S. military personnel have been killed? To the best of your knowledge have there been 2000, 3000, 4000 [or] 5000 troop deaths?"
The correct answer would have been 4000. The Dept. of Defense has confirmed 3,974 deaths - 13 are pending confirmation.
So... what would you have said???An eye-opening article on public awareness of the war in Iraq - the news coverage we... more