FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A communication professor known for conspiracy theories at Florida Atlantic University claims that last month's Newtown, Conn., school shooting did not happen as reported -- and may be the work of the Obama administration.
James Tracy asserts in radio interviews and on his memoryholeblog.com that trained "crisis actors" may have been employed by the Obama administration in an effort to shape public opinion in favor of the event's true purpose: gun control, The Sun Sentinel reported this week.
"While it sounds like an outrageous claim, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place -- at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the nation's news media have described," he wrote in one post on his blog.
On Sunday, the professor's blog at memoryholeblog.com posted a timeline written by Tracy which purports to show how federal and local police agencies, abetted by "major media," conspired early in the Sandy Hook investigation to construct a scenario pointing to Adam Lanza as " the sole agent of the massacre" when others may have been involved.
Tracy said he believes the deaths at Sandy Hook may have resulted from a training exercise.
"Was this to a certain degree constructed?" he said. "Was this a drill?"
He said "something" most likely took place and that "one is left with the impression that a real tragedy took place."
But, he added, he has not seen bodies, nor photos of bodies.
"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."
The Sandy Hook shooting is not the only event Tracy disbelieves. He has doubts about the official version of the Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and the Aurora, Colo., theater mass murders.
In another blog post, Tracy said the medical examiner in the Sandy Hook investigation may have been an imposter.
Reaction to Tracy's comments came from the top elected official in Newtown, Conn.
Newtown First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra has called on Florida Atlantic University to fire Tracy over his assertions.
In an emailed comment to The Sun Sentinel, Newtown First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra called Tracy an "embarrassment" to FAU and all educators for espousing what she called "his outlandish conspiracy theories."
She continued, "I can assure you, sadly, that the events here in Newtown unfolded exactly as are being reported, with the horrible outcome of the violent death of 26 innocent people, including 20 children."