January 27 2013
This article is a response to an interview by Joyce Riley of Mike Powers regarding the shooting at Sandy Hook. I am going by the transcript put out by insanemedia. It isn't word for word, but is for the most part pretty close. It was getting long so I am going to split it up into two parts.This is Part I. And here is Part II.
When a name isn't supplied with a quote, the speaker is Mike Powers.
CAUTION: I have not suffered a personal loss from this tragedy and so at times speak about some of these issues very bluntly. More so than someone might if they were affected by the shooting. Please keep that in mind. I in no way want to cause anyone additional grief.
Adam Lanza doesn't exist
"...up on to this point there is nothing solid about Adam Lanza...There is no conclusive evidence that Adam Lanza ever existed..."
Actually, there is a LOT of evidence that Adam Lanza existed, which includes, among other things, photographs of him, and a multitude of accounts from family members, neighbors, classmates, etc. Not accepting this evidence or not believing in it does not mean it does not exist. Mr. Powers is not a magician and can't simply make it disappear. If he would like to establish that the evidence is incorrect or not genuine than he has to actually provide counter-evidence to support that claim.
"...on multiple public record resources sites, we had no luck whatsoever in locating anything to indicate that he was actually a real person."
Not a very useful claim. What "public record resources" where used and how hard of an effort was put into it? If he means online public record resources such as Peoplesmart, than it shouldn't be surprising to find little information on Adam Lanza. These records tend to have information easily gleaned from sources such as credit reports and social media sites, but based upon what we know about Adam Lanza, he had no social media profiles and had little if any activity that would show up on a credit report. He didn't own any property, likely had no credit cards or bank accounts, and didn't have a job (at least not reported). There's no reason he would show up on one of these sites. The only public activity he did have (that we know of) is attending college, but college records are relatively private and also wouldn't show up in the record.
"We found tons on his brother Ryan Lanza, but nothing on Adam himself."
As would be expected considering his brother lives on his own, has a job, presumably owns a vehicle and has credit cards, bank accounts, pays taxes, etc.
"There is an interesting anomaly that takes place in 2009, where Adam Lanza, according to the media drops right off the face of the planet..."
It is only an anomaly if there is no explanation for it or if that behavior was out of character. In this case, every one who has spoken of knowing Adam has described him as being very socially withdrawn. Him withdrawing into the seclusion of his bedroom at his house is therefore not really unusual. Additionally, around that time, he was dealing with the divorce of his parents and his brother moving out. These events could have been traumatic for him which would account for further seclusion.
"...he has no electronic footprints."
He has no electronic footprints that you know of. It isn't unusual for people to use aliases online (Mike Powers seems to be an alias so this shouldn't really be surprising to him). Especially in the gaming communities, where no one uses their actual name. And for someone who is socially withdrawn it also wouldn't be unusual to hide behind fake identities.
“Adam is an enigma, at best. The individual just completely has no indication of ever having been anywhere."
I suppose anyone is an enigma when you completely ignore everyone with a relationship to him, such as his former teacher, Jennifer Huettner, his barber, Bob Skuba, the family plumber, Peter Wlasuk, the advisor to the technology club Adam belonged to, Richard Novia, neighbor Jim McDade, Mother's friend, John Bergquist, family members, Ryan Lanza (brother), Marsha Lanza (Aunt), and Dorothy hanson (Grandmother), former classmate, Joshua Milas, Mother's friends, Louise Tambascio, Mark Tambascio, Amanda D'Ambrose, Russ Hanoman, and Police Chief Donald Briggs Jr., former classmates, Alex Israel and Alan Diaz, ...
I could go on but it is getting tedious and I think the point is made.
“Adam Lanza’s picture started coming out. It’s just so peculiar. I have friends in the photo analysis industry who have taken the official photos of Adam and have explained to me how photoshop works, and have indicated that they have discovered layers in all of these official photographs. There is a black and white version, there is a color version that is exactly the same, the image of itself is peculiar."
Even were we to accept Powers' claim that he knows people who have acquired an official photo, the existence of layers wouldn't mean anything. Having different versions of a photo depending on how it is to be used is standard practice. There isn't any reason not to have these different versions as different layers in the same file. What exactly is layers supposed to prove regarding an alleged conspiracy?
As to it being an "official photo," I have been unable to find any reference to the authorities ever releasing one. Photos of Adam Lanza where available before the police even officially identified Adam Lanza as the shooter, so it seems unlikely that these photos are "official photos" at all. They are probably just the same photos everyone else has and their origins are at best murky. Any analysis of such photos is essentially useless. Those photos could have been downloaded, uploaded, and manipulated many times by anyone. Without a clear chain of evidence, this assertion is meaningless.
"I was talking to Dr. C. who was investigating this also, and he made a statement, he told me that they had taken a picture of Adam Lanza. You know there is always some weird photograph that they put out there, this one appears to be a school picture of Adam Lanza, and he they had their IT department go over this and it is definitely Photoshopped without doubt.”
Again, without knowing the history of the photo, the claim of being photoshopped means nothing. Even if they are correct, it could have been photoshopped by anyone, anytime, anywhere. It could have been photoshopped by the original photographer. Photoshop is not an exotic or rare tool. Finding a photo that has been manipulated is like finding a car with dirt on it. Photos, like cars, get dirty as they move through life. Unless you get one straight off the assembly line, it's unlikely to find one that is pristine.
More Adam Lanza isn't real stuff
“The statistically and categorically bizarre thing about this is, by this time, several family members would have historically appeared on shows like..."
Firstly, there have been too few events such as this to draw any statistically meaningful conclusions. Even if there were, this particular event is, in my opinion, unprecedented, both because of the overwhelming media attention and the unique abuse being levied by conspiracy theorists. Additionally, I'm not sure his claim is right at all. I don't remember the Loughner, Holmes, or the Choi family ever showing up on these shows. I could be entirely wrong, but I'm curious which families he is talking about.
It is also important to point out that neither Adam or Nancy seemed to have any strong family connections. The two closest family members (father Peter and brother Ryan) seemed to mostly be estranged from them, so who exactly was supposed to show up?
"...shows like Today, Good Morning America, The View, all the hard leftist outlets that in my estimation force feed the opinion to the American People and then tell them what to think and how to think..."
Well, I guess now we know what Mr. Powers' agenda is.
"You know, the sheer lack of information, when you use resources like Spokeo, you will see that there is Peter and Nancy Lanza, you can see the family tree with one son, Ryan. There is nothing of Adam Lanza. The most bizarre part of all this is, that somewhere somehow everybody pops up."
“It doesn’t matter if you have an electronic footprint or not. If you go to the Dr. when you have the sniffles, if you have a bank account..."
This has already been discussed. Based upon what we know of Adam Lanza, it seems unlikely that he had any credit activity at all that would show up. Going to the doctor is also confidential information that should not show up on sites like Spokeo (or any site, for that matter).
"...if you have a cell phone which obviously they did, because these officials reported to have found multiple cell phones which i found bizarre in a household that only has 2 people.”
Mr. Powers needed photoshop explained to him, so perhaps he is simply a technological dinosaur. I literally have 4 cell phones sitting on my desk at this very moment. Only one is active, but still, there is nothing unusual about having old ones sitting around. Plus, even if Adam had a phone, that doesn't mean it was in his name, so that still wouldn't show up anywhere.
“The computers that he had the foresight of to smash the hard drives up. The FBI Forensics weren’t able to pull anything from it. These are all things that draw suspicion."
All reports state that Adam was both very smart and knowledgeable about computers, which would suggest he would be fully aware of the need to destroy his hard drive to prevent any data recovery. Nobody wants strangers going through their stuff. Mass murderers, probably, especially so. Nothing about that seems suspicious to me.
The mysterious Nancy Lanza
“As far as the mother Nancy Lanza is concerned, it has been nothing but lie after lie after lie about her. Well, she was a Kindergarten teacher here and everybody knew and loved her. Well ooops, the players didn’t back that play. Now it’s, oh we don’t know who she is, she never worked here. We have not been able to locate any evidence to suggest that she ever had a teacher certificate on file with the State of Connecticut.”
Bad reporting does not a conspiracy make, and doesn't really count as "lie after lie after lie." Maybe mistake after mistake after mistake...
“These schools staff themselves and admitted that no one knows who she is. Then we find conclusive data to proof that Nancy Lanza was indeed in fact an employee of Morgan Stanley."
Nancy Elaine Lanza
Registered Titles: Broker-Dealer Agent
Individual CRD #: 2181808
Works for Advisor Firm: Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Current Office Employment Dates: 06/01/10 – Present
Office Details: Cityplace 1-185 Asylum St-21st Fl, Hartford, CT 06103, United States
No, what you have found is that some person named Nancy Elaine Lanza works for Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Powers specifically mentioned Spokeo so I used that to search for Nancy Lanza in Connecticut. The results, seen to the right, seem to clearly show at least two Nancy Lanzas living in Connecticut. One is a Nancy E. Lanza in her 60s with multiple addresses and the other is Nancy J. Lanza in her 50s with an address of Sandy Hook.
We know from reports that Nancy Lanza lived on Yogananda St in Sandy Hook. Also the age of 50s would fit well with the age of her children. Furthermore, numerous news reports identify her as Nancy J. Lanza, and her obituary states her name as Nancy J. Lanza, age of 52, so this listing would seem to be the correct one. Clicking on the listing we find the family tree that was earlier mentioned by Mr. Powers (seen below).
Clicking on the profile of the Nancy E. Lanza in her 60s, however, gives an entirely different family tree. How exactly is Mr. Powers confused about this? There is no way he could have looked up Nancy Lanza on Spokeo and not recognized that these two Nancy Lanzas are entirely different people.
A check on Intellius confirms the two Nancy Lanzas. It can't really be any clearer than that.
Property tax records confirm that a Nancy J. Lanza lived on Yogananda St. in Sandy Hook (seen below).
I am not going to post it here, but Nancy E. Lanza also has a Facebook page which confirms the family relationships identified by Spokeo and her employment with Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Powers could argue that he has simply made a mistake. I don't really see how he would make it in this case, but still, it does happen. The real problem is with the way he has presented the information. He didn't just say it is a possible lead which needs further investigation. His exact words were "conclusive data to pro[ve]." With such strong wording, he had better be absolutely certain of his findings. To try to pass of rubbish research as if it were gold-plated is very telling, in my opinion. This alone drops his credibility to near nothing.
Adam Lanza motive
Joyce Riley:“Ok, let’s move to the motive of Adam Lanza, to go to a school and allegedly killed 20 children. What do we know about that?”
Mike Powers:“Simply put, none existent...it’s highly suspect and questionable, that he would harbor any kind of ill feelings from his Sandy Hook Elementary school days all the way up to his 20′s..."
Really? Seems to me that traumatic events in our formative years is a major reason why people do the things they do. In fact, it seems like a traumatic experience as a child would be one of the likely possibilities for his behavior.
Lauren Rousseau's car
"...it was [Lauren Rousseau's] car out in the parking lot that also sustained massive amounts of gunfire, which indicates there was gunshots fired outside in the parking lot."
Videos and photos of Rousseau's car show 3 bullet holes. That hardly constitutes "massive amounts of gunfire." Why the exaggeration? Who knows. Additionally, it indicates nothing but that it was hit by bullets. The shootings took place in classrooms that face the parking lot so the only barrier between Lanza and the parking lot were windows, and considering the number of rounds allegedly fired, it isn't surprising that vehicles were hit.
Powers doesn't mention it but around the web there are additional questions raised about Rousseau's car, so I might as well address them while I am at it.
Some people have suggested that Lanza couldn't have hit Rousseau's car because other vehicles would have been blocking any possible lines of fire. The people making these claims, however, base their trajectories off of the footage from the helicopter, which will not be accurate due to the angle of the helicopter. Below is an example.
The text that went along with the photo:
"Now with your knowledge of the angle her car would have been parked at in relation to the shooter, how is it possible for a bullet hole to penetrate the side of her car at the trajectory shown above? Was there no car beside her? This is just one of the many mysteries about the official story. More research coming in different articles, stay tuned."
From above, however, we can see two possible angles by which Lanza could have hit Rousseau's car.
For Rousseau's car to be the only one hit at random would be surprising, considering the tight angles. However, there is evidence of other cars being hit. First a photo showing other cars in the parking lot taped off. It shows 3 cars next to Rousseau's taped off and the vehicle in the front row parked in the 7th spot.
It has also actually been reported that shots fired by Lanza passed through the classroom windows and struck vehicles in the parking lot. The Hartford Courant also mentions three cars in the parking lot being hit by bullets.
Car wet, rust formation, changed position?
Some have also speculated as to why the car was wet, why rust had already started to form, and why the vehicle was apparently moved. Those are reasonable questions. The reasonable answer is that the car was filmed several days after the shooting. The first appearance I have found of the car is in a story by CBC of Canada on December 18th. Checking weather conditions for December 17th and 18th we find that it rained a little bit on both of those days.
"This draws another question, why was there only one call to Sandy Hook dispatch?"
Speculation. We do not know how many calls came in. One witness, Shari Burton, a teacher's aide, describes calling 911 directly after Lanza shot his way into the building and the operator telling her that several calls had already come in.
“None of the neighbors heard massive amounts of gunfire, from all these enormous weapons?"
"[M]assive amounts of gunfire" and "enormous weapons" are again unnecessary exaggerations. outside of the building it was only been reported that a small number of shots were fired, which has been mentioned by some neighbors. Both Gene Rosen, and Mergim Bajraliu reported hearing shots.
"The typical AR 15 Rifle has a 16 inch barrel, and in States where it is not legally prohibited, comes with a muzzle break. Anybody who has any education in the firearm industry will tell you, that this combination of the 5.56 millimeter rounds with the muzzle break and the short barrel, produces a much more loud then average hyper-sonic snap. They’re consistently known of being louder.”
"...how could this individual walk into an enclosed space, with an un-suppressed carbine and fire, again to Connecticut State Police LT. Paul Vance, 100 of rounds. He fired hundreds of rounds in the school, and was still carrying on his person hundreds more that he had not discharged. Essentially you are talking about 165 decibel or better percussive impact on the human nervous system, inside of an enclosed space like that. That’s simply just not possible.”
With all of the technical jargon, this sounds like an impressive question. Unfortunately for Mr. Powers it is so ridiculously simple to answer that it requires only a single word: earplugs.
Adam Lanza home-schooling
“There is also no documentation that Adam Lanza was ever home schooled. According to accredited home schooling, Nancy would still have to submit his tests scores in order to be accredited, there will be materials provided by the state boards of education.There has been absolutely none of that.”
According to a former teacher, Jennifer Huettner, Adam was home-schooled in 7th and 8th grades, then attended Newtown High School from 9th to 11th. From there he went to Western Connecticut State University where he received his GED and took additional classes.
I'm not sure where Mr, Powers gets his information about home-schooling in Connecticut. Their law only requires that a student receive equivalent education to what would be received in a public institution, but there don't seem to be any mandatory requirements for determining or documenting that equivalence. The only thing which does exist is suggestions which include filing paperwork with the local school superintendent, but even that only mentions including "basic information about their educational program." Nowhere have I found any requirements about testing, submitting test scores, or acquiring specific learning materials.
Furthermore, its entirely possible that there are existing records regarding Adam's home-schooling. Seems to me these records aren't protected the same as public education records, but that doesn't mean a superintendent would just hand them over to anyone.
Adam Lanza weapons kit
"...even basic infantry operators these days, will carry a minimum of 210 rounds, on a standard combat level, which is 7 magazines, one in the weapon and six on the kit, but what they alleged him to have had was 100 of rounds that he shot, hundreds of rounds that he didn’t."
It sounds like Mr. Powers is suggesting that the amount of rounds Adam allegedly carried is somehow an impossibility. For all we know he was carrying a back-pack or satchel with 20 loaded magazines in it (600 rounds worth). That would only be 20 pounds, which is not even remotely an impossibility. Of course that is purely speculative. There are hundreds of different gear options we could imagine. My point is only to say that carrying a large number of rounds is not even remotely close to an impossibility (or really even terribly challenging).
"Now in order for him to be in full compliance with the story and actually carrying those hundreds of hundreds of rounds, what that indicates to me is that he would have had to have pockets on both sides of the vest."
Yes, that's pretty standard stuff. I really don't know what point he is trying to make.
"So Adam Lanza is about 120 pounds, they say he came into the building approximately carrying his ammunition and body weight in kit.”
This is another credibility destroying statement by Mr. Powers. That he was carrying that much weight is beyond absurd and into the realm of asinine. Since Mr. Powers has gone on so long about this, let's put together one hypothetical outfit: a tactical vest (or agglomeration of pieces) which includes a chest element with 4 pockets for AR-15 mags, a waist element with 4 double pockets for AR-15 mags, two large side pouches (or series of small pouches) that may wrap around partially to the back and can each hold 4 pistol mags, and two drop leg holsters for the handguns.
There are a lot of assumptions in this theoretical load-out. The guns are probably pretty close, but we don't know if he had any accessories on the AR-15, and they specified only that the Glock was a 10mm (I have assumed the specific model was a G20 SF). And of course the number of magazines and how he had them strapped on is largely speculative. My point is simply to show a kit which is well within the realm of possibility. Would it be relatively bulky and heavy? Sure it would. I wouldn't want to go hiking with it, but in a 'combat' situation and dosed with adrenalin, it wouldn't represent much of an impairment at all.
There are of course lots of other possibilities. It is possible he was wearing a relatively light and clean rig and was carrying backup ammo in a satchel or backpack.
So, where does Mr. Powers get the additional 88 lbs of gear? I have no idea. It is a bewildering claim.
“As far as the weapon is concerned, gaining access to the school. I have a picture that shows the front of the school, with all the glass being intact."
Once again, Mr. Powers is completely incorrect. What he has is a photo that only shows the very top of 5 panes of glass. More importantly it is clear that there is a part of the entrance wall which is hidden from view (3 whole structural bays in fact). You can see those extra bays, which contain the doorway, in the photo below. In one interview with authorities, Lt. George Sinko, Newton Police, states that Adam "shattered the glass adjacent to the doors." The pane in question is in the 6th bay and is not visible in the photo offered by Mr. Powers. The account of Barbara Sibley confirms the glass next to the door being shattered. Adam could have fired at the glass pane as we walked up to it and not even broken stride to breach the building.
UPDATE: January 30, 2013
And here we actually have an image of a hole in the pane of glass adjacent to the doors.
“As far as access to the building is concerned, you are talking about a 120 pound mentally disabled kid..."
He was not by any reports "mentally disabled." It is rumored that he may have had Aspergers, but those with Aspergers are generally high-functioning and quite bright.
"..who’s carrying an immense amount of weight and equipment..."
It is "immense" only when you imagine him carrying far more than he reportedly was.
"..btw one thing that I do wanted to point out is, that if he was wearing a tactical vest with all these magazines on them, a tactical vest is made for heavy set guys, he is a skinny lanky kid. He would have a very difficult time locating equipment properly."
There is an enormous number of options available when it comes to tactical vests/rigs. While he may have had fewer choices and may have had to have been more creative than a burlier man, it certainly isn't an impossibility for a smaller framed person to find appropriate gear. Once again Mr. powers is presenting mildly challenging as if it were a virtual impossibility.
“This again presents the problem of dynamic flow, first, how did he compromise the door? All security doors are hinged on the inside. If it was glass, it would have been made of sufficient thickness to sustain weather conditions, slamming of doors, so you’re not talking about a single pane of glass here."
While the doors might have sturdier glass, it would not be surprising if the side glass panels are single panes. Either way, ordinary glass doors and windows aren't going to withstand a .223.
"The particular round he used is also very well documented for fragmentation, when it strikes its target, it tends to fragment apart and create a type of form, where it bounces off and goes in different directions.”
The only official comment I have seen about the ammunition used is a comment made by the ME, Dr. Carver, who said that the bullets were designed so that "the energy is deposited in the tissue and so the bullet stays in." Does that necessarily mean fragmenting? I don't know. Even if it does, that doesn't mean the overall vector of energy doesn't remain pushing through the glass.
Below are some ballistic gel results of a variety of .223/5.56 cartridges shot through safety glass and you can see that even with safety glass they all have plenty of energy to penetrate well past the initial barrier. Also, not all of them fragmented.
"This also leads to yet another problem. They are saying he piled all these kids up in the corner and just started shooting."
Who is saying that exactly? I've never heard anyone say he piled them up. There do seem to be reports of them being huddled in corners and such, but I haven't heard anything officially. And even if they were relatively bunched up that doesn't mean they were somehow perfectly aligned several bodies deep relative to the angle of fire.
"Statistically and physically speaking I’m not convinced that this round would have the ability to penetrate through that thick off a wall of meat, I apologize for further grotesque reference, but it’s necessary to explain it so people can understand. Penetration is everything, for every inch of flesh that this round penetrates, it looses energy.”
“So for it to have enough energy to get all the way through to the end of the pile, for lack of better terms is rather unbelievable in my opinion?"
I'm not really sure where this whole kid pile theory came from but it is very speculative and to me really doesn't make much sense. Which exact round was used and what the ballistic performance of those rounds was is also very speculative. Even a bullet which can leave a lot of its energy in a target can still have deep penetration. Its really not that simple of an analysis.
We do know that one girl survived the first classroom, but we don't know if that was from being underneath others. It may have been, in which case, perhaps Mr. Powers is right about the lack of penetration but completely wrong about how bunched up the children were.
"Why did you not push to children out the window? You heard somebody shooting outside in the hallway, or in another classroom, why would you huddle up in the corner and read the children Christmas stories. Why wouldn’t you open the Windows, push the kids out the window and tell them to run to the fire-station, which was just up the end of the driveway.”
It's called a lockdown procedure for a reason. The point is to lock the building down. Everyone gets in a room, secures the room and waits. Whether that is really the best procedure or not is worth debating, but it can't really be evaluated based upon a single incident.
Emergency procedures need to be relatively simple and repeatable and appropriate for a variety of situations. It is easy to look back at a specific situation and say that teachers should have done something else, such as tossing the kids out the window, but there just as easily can be situations where tossing kids out the window is the wrong choice. If teachers are in a relatively safe and secure location, it makes sense to stay put rather than to evacuate into an unknown.
Also, in terms of police responding to a situation, a lockdown makes sense. It reduces the chaos of innocents being all over the place and narrows the search for a hostile element.
911 calls (again)
“At this point in time I can tell you that we have not located anything other then the initial single call to Sandy Hook dispatch. There has been no reference, radio reference.com is one of the most reliable sites out there as far as recording off these things there has not been any subsequent calls in, and that’s really what kind of takes us by shock and surprise here."
Radio reference monitors radio traffic, not telephone calls. We don't know how many calls came in, and it is not surprising that that information has not been released.
Adam couldn't have done it
"Depending on the next couple of weeks, what happens to this nation we are going to conduct some of these scientific experiments. We are attempting to obtain the door of similar size and mass, we will be shooting a 223 caliber round at it in different locations to see what results it will produce and we will know exactly how much the door will weigh, and whether it is believable that 120 pound weakling kid who is not an athlete, could have managed this.”
It's really easy to call Adam Names, such as "weakling," considering the terrible thing he has done, especially, since the only photos we have of him were as a boy/young man. It really isn't helpful, though. So far I haven't really heard any descriptions of his recent physical stature or capabilities. The reality is that he was a fully grown man, small or not, and for all we know he did had some level of physical fitness.
As for conducting "experiments" on a similar door, I would like to propose one for Mr. Powers. Find a 60 pound 10-year-old kid and offer them 20 bucks to get through the door. After thinking about it for 3 seconds, they will pick up a rock, throw it through the window and happily walk away with your money. An average glass door or window is quite simply not a very challenging barrier for a human being. However, it seems highly likely, based upon testimony and what would make the most sense, that Adam breached the glass adjacent to the door and not the doors themselves, so any door experiments would be pointless.
“A 120 pound developmentally disabled kid, to suddenly reach the exact same peak of operational performance and pull off a stunt..."
Once again, he was not "developmentally disabled" and his weight does not make effectively operating a firearm an impossibility.
"...within the first 3 min. he discharged hundreds of rounds which as we discussed earlier would have beat him senseless physically."
It is easy to say things like hundreds of rounds in under 3 minutes and have that sound like a lot, but its really important to put that into perspective and so I am including a couple of videos of expert (or at least very good) shooters so we have a point of reference. The first video is of an operator doing a VTAC 1-5 drill. An expert shooter can do this drill in 3 seconds. This drill, using three targets, requires the shooter to accurately fire 1 bullet into the first target, 2 into the second, 3 into the third, and then 4 back into the second, and 5 back into the first. To put that into perspective, that shooter would have finished his drill in less time than it takes to read the previous sentence which explained it.
And here's a video of a guy doing a speed reload. Notice the time between bullets is about a 1.5 second pause.
Considering these two examples, we could then ask the question of how long it would take to fire 90 rounds into a room at multiple targets. If 15 bullets takes 3 seconds than 90 takes 12 seconds. 90 bullets is three magazines so there would be two reloads which adds 3 seconds for a total of 15 seconds. That of course is with an expert shooter and it is unlikely that Adam was near that proficiency, but he could have been a decent or even good shooter. It's important to point out that he could have done a lot of practicing at home in his room. Practicing dry is very common. While it of course doesn't prepare one for managing the recoil of live fire it absolutely can very effectively develop muscle memory for critical movements such as reloading.
As for the weapon beating him senseless, well let's take another look at this body-destroying weapon in action.
Did you see that kids arm break off from the ginormous recoil? Ya, me either.
January 30, 2013 Section "Building Entry"
Added photo of hole in glass.
junkseller (author) from Michigan on February 24, 2014:
Tony, Saying I didn't provide facts is just plain asinine considering that the facts are clearly there for anyone to see. And if they are wrong than you would have to actually show they are wrong, not just say so.
Frankly, I am tired of guys like you coming in here, insulting me, and saying I haven't done anything. A lot of work went in to this, so yes, I would hope people take me seriously. That doesn't mean I am the all-knowing wonder of the universe, and I am happy to have an actual conversation about the topic. Insults don't really do much except suggest that you really have nothing intelligent or useful to say.
Tony on February 24, 2014:
You call this debunking Mike Powers? You are providing no facts at all and disproving actual facts. I only read the first ten statements, it's laughable actually. The site name describes what you are selling here, junk. I hope people don't take you seriously.
junkseller (author) from Michigan on January 14, 2014:
Joethecuckleburr, I am in no way "attacking the messenger". Attacking the messenger would simply be calling someone a name or otherwise trying to discredit them without providing any sort of support. I have written a lengthy article critiquing Mike Powers' argument and have very clearly and carefully identified what I believe to be the serious and unforgivable deficiencies of his argument. You ignoring all of that and simply saying that I am "attacking the messenger" is just you being unfair and dishonest.
Telling me to put something on the table in the comment section of a 12,000 word article I wrote about a topic is just plain asinine. Especially being that you have put NOTHING on the table. Actually why am I talking to you any more. You don't want to actually talk about anything I have written. You don't want to offer anything to support your conspiracy claim, so what? You simply want me to become a true believer? That's not going to happen.
Actually don't answer that. I gave you a chance. This is a place for serious people and I don't really plan on spending more time on your clown act.
Joethecuckleburr on January 14, 2014:
Junkseller, it is the unsubstantiated claims of the official line (aka fairytale) that is the subject of Powers, and many others', position. IMHO your efforts to substantiate these claims fall way short. I'm confident that you understand that the further you go in attacking the messenger, the more it looks like to others that you are incapable of discrediting the message. I, and Powers, and many others are calling "bullshit", and we aren't going to chase our tails trying to prove a negative. It would be a good time for YOU to "actually put something on the table."
junkseller (author) from Michigan on January 14, 2014:
Joethecockleburr, Please go back and read the title of the article. It is an article about Mike Powers, in which I talk about Mike Powers. Makes sense, no?
What you call draconian, I call minor and moderate. Even so, of the many gun laws passed across the nation (which there have been a lot), a large majority of them have loosened, not tightened, restrictions. And gun sales have gone up, so when you balance everything out, yes, I would say that not much has changed.
I think I've been fair in my responses to you so far, even with your cheap shots, but this is the last time. So far all you have done is toss out unsubstantiated claims (which is pretty much the MO of most conspiracy theorists), and insults. Adam wasn't near the school (no evidence provided), no one died (no evidence provided), Adam and Ryan are the same (no evidence provided). You ask about divorce records as if that supports your position and yet you haven't evidently bothered to read them to see for yourself that both sons are in fact mentioned plain as day. Of course to you that would just prove they are faked right? You mention "overwhelming circumstantial evidence" but don't even offer a single piece. You suggest I am ignorant but can't point to something actual that I don't know, etc, etc.
Frankly, this whole conversation is bizarre. You suggest I'm the one without an open mind, yet, I'm the one who has written a very lengthy article considering the perspective and points of an alternative view, while you are the one who classifies everything and anything "official" as being a fairytale. And as for fairytales, it is worth repeating, that I have proclaimed no belief in anything other than that Mike Powers' line of reasoning is worthless. And I not only stand by that, but have an extensive body of work to substantiate my position. You, however, come in here talking about grand conspiracies and lies, but offer nothing to substantiate such a position, and then have the gall to claim others believe in fairytales? Do you not see how ridiculous that is?
Sooner or later you have to actually put something on the table. Tin-hats and arm-flapping really have no weight here.
Joethecuckleburr on January 14, 2014:
Junkseller, why are you so focused on the messenger? Where have you been? Do you just cast about for something to write about even if you're ignorant of the subject? And how can you in good conscience write that nothing has changed. Are you not aware of the unconstitutional draconian laws (Rules) that were enacted in NY and CT? The only reason nothing major was changed on the national level, even though all the usual SUSPECTS (My own generosity overwhelms me) played every card, called in every IOU, and wasted tons of political capital in their efforts at victim disarmament, even to the point of hauling actors to DC on Air Force One, to see their hopes dashed by the GOA and 100,000 members (Like me).
Again, did the Lanza divorce docs refer to TWO sons. Put us up an un-photoshopped pic of Adam and Ryan together. Hell, this is a waste of time. I would just invite anyone with some life experience and an open mind to look at the official fairy tale that relies on a crew of "debunkers" instead of supporting facts, and also listen to Mike Powers(It doesn't matter who or what he is unless you know so little that you must either take his word or not) and others and decide for yourself which is the more plausible and makes the most sense.
junkseller (author) from Michigan on January 13, 2014:
Joethecuckleburr, You should care about his creds, because he uses his creds to partially validate his points. Still, I don't disagree with him simply because of who he is or isn't. If I did, my article would have been a paragraph long and would have said "this guy is a nobody, there is no reason to listen to him". I didn't do that until the very end and until after picking through most everything he had to say. Regardless of who he is or isn't, his points are bunk. He is factually wrong on every fact he brings forward, cherry-picks possibilities (when there are many) to fit his pre-determined narrative, ignores everything which contradicts his pre-determined narrative, AND has absolutely no apparent expertise or authority.
As to me being duped, I think you are confused. I have made no claim other than that Powers' argument is worthless. That doesn't mean I believe or accept the official narrative. You are assuming. What I don't believe are any of the conspiracy theories presented. None have been credible. None have had any evidence whatsoever. Many are foaming with borderline, or actual, insanity, and the notion of the whole thing being staged just doesn't make any sense. Staging something that massive would quite simply be impossible. There are just way too many points of failure and there wouldn't be any reason for it. The Evil Government, if it exists, wouldn't need a massive staged event. All they would need is one whacko willing to shoot kids. It'd be like building a room sized mousetrap contraption in order to light a candle when all you need is a lighter. Also, nothing really at all has changed since Sandy Hook. In fact there are probably more guns out there than there were before. So am I supposed to believe there is some grand and super-capable shadow organization out there able to pull off this massive conspiracy but are then unable to affect even a single simple policy shift? It defies belief.
Is a lesser conspiracy possible? They planted his body and had a professional shooter? They blasted crazy waves into his brain with HAARP? Or heck, maybe it really was the lizard people. Fine, let's say hypothetically I completely agree with you. So what? What do you want after that point? Outrage? Great, I'm outraged, now what? I've been outraged for awhile now. Not sure you've read anything else I've written, but I think we have for the most part completed abrogated our responsibilities as citizens (and it shows). We are astonishingly uneducated, far too motivated by emotionality and superstitions, clueless about the world outside our borders, have let our politicians be bought, and our journalists become entertainers. What else could be expected. All I can really do about that is try and educate myself and try to have constructive conversations with others, so that is what I do. Now if you really think Powers is an educator, than I think you are the one letting yourself be duped. Conspiracy or not, he is a charlatan. Of that much I am certain.
Joethecuckleburr on January 13, 2014:
Junkseller, that name would actually fit yours truly pretty well, but I digress. I don't care who Mike Powers is or what his creds really are. I don't accept anything he says because of who he might be. What he says makes the most sense to me. I've closely followed the Sandy Hoax from the beginning. This could turn out to be a watershed event in the devolution of our grandest experiment in human liberty. I see overwhelming circumstantial evidence that the official story is possibly the most elaborate lie TPTB have yet told, and the Fedgov (People) have brazenly lied or hid truth concerning every significant historical event since Lincoln's War to Prevent Southern Independence. Without calling into question your motives, I must admit surprise that someone who writes as well as you could so easily, and effectively, be duped.
junkseller (author) from Michigan on January 13, 2014:
Joethecuckleburr, If there is a lot of "maybe this or maybe that", it is because there is an awful lot we just don't know. The only difference between me and Mike Powers, is that I am not pretending to know. Mike Powers, on the other hand (and others like him) have chosen to believe in a particular possibility. I have merely tried to offer alternative explanations. When dealing with an unknown, the only debunking that can be done is to offer alternatives and have people decide what seems most likely and logical.
The majority of what Powers says has no supporting evidence, so there can be no evidence-based debunking. Even so, you are being very unfair. There are a multitude of instances where alleged factual information was provided and it was criticized with counter-evidence.
When someone makes a claim, it is up to them to support their claim. That seems pretty simple to me. I am not the one making a claim. I have nothing to prove. Mike Powers made a claim and I criticized it. When he offered actual evidence I offered counter-evidence, but mostly I just presented alternative, and in most cases, more likely and logical explanations for unknowns.
Mike Powers found a stack of stones on his lawn and is swearing up and down that it proves aliens exist. He is welcome to it, and so are you, but the reality is that it was most likely just humans. Just like a "guy in the woods" ends up being a second-shooter (or only shooter) working for the CIA as part of a false flag operation whose intent is to take all our guns away so that Obama is free to be the Muslim communist anti-christ he truly is...Or, it was just a guy in the woods.
As for Adam being Ryan, again, that is YOUR claim. YOU prove it. you can't, of course, because there is absolutely no evidence in the universe to support such a claim. It is pure fiction. Evidence to the contrary includes photos, a massive pile of accounts from people who knew both of them, and the divorce records, that for some reason you are asking me to read for you.
Being that you characterize the official claims as "lame" and "outrageous," I think it is unlikely you will accept any evidence or alternative narrative to what you want to believe, but it is there nonetheless.
I'm all for questioning official narratives. Heck, I'm all for questioning everything, so here is a question for you. If you are perfectly willing to completely reject the entire media and all official sources regarding this story, then why don't you turn that same level of suspicion towards Mike Powers? This is a guy who alleges to be an expert, yet doesn't seem to exist. I challenge you to find out any information about this guy beyond his single appearance on that show. And how could someone with his alleged experience make such ridiculous and wrong claims, such as that the weapon used wold have been illegal in Connecticut or that Lanza was wearing his body weight in kit? These are plain stupid comments and from an expert? I don't think so. Even if you want to believe Sandy Hook was a conspiracy, this guy simply is not believable or trustworthy.
Joethecuckleburr on January 13, 2014:
Heard two Mike Powers interviews and read your "answers" and what I kept reading from you is "maybe this or maybe that" was why or how something strange happened. Weak. The nearest you came to any actual debunking involved the question of whether Adam(?) Lanza was physically capable of the logistics he was accused of pulling off, which is a feat that I'm not fully convinced would be impossible. However, even this is a moot point, since I don't believe Adam Lanza was anywhere near the crime scene on that day. Furthermore, I don't believe anyone died there on that day. Due to the lack of any evidence to the contrary, it seems that Adam Lanza and Ryan Lanza are one and the same. If you have any evidence to prove that they are not one and the same (not maybe this or that) I would sure like to see it. A very pertinent question would be: Did the divorce document mention two sons, Adam AND Ryan. It seems to me that bending over backward (Or forward) to make lame excuses for the outrageous "official" claims is the actual Conspiracy Theorizing and that the real "debunkers" are folks like Mike Powers.
junkseller (author) from Michigan on November 16, 2013:
Hm, evidence regarding the purple van was always scant, vague, contradictory, etc. It never seemed like a useful lead to go after. That's why it was downgraded in importance. And it also seemed silly. Purple van with nuns... At any rate, there was no willingness to exclude facts. At this point, after going through dozens of bogus conspiracy theory claims, I wouldn't look at facts regarding the purple van, even if they existed, which as far as I know, they don't.
Hm on November 15, 2013:
The purple van story makes you smile, so you downgrade it in importance. Looks like you caught a case of Mike Powers' magician abilities.
You don't get to exclude facts any more than he does.
vern on April 23, 2013:
You make some good points, but the truth seems to lie between you and powers.
Mike on March 07, 2013:
Where is the video or pictures that shows us the shooter
junkseller (author) from Michigan on February 26, 2013:
@Shyron E Shenko,
Sorry, I missed your comment originally. Mr. Powers doesn't have A reason, he has piles of them. And that really is his strategy. Throw enough points at people quickly enough and it starts to pile up and give his theory credibility.
When you actually start to address his 'evidence' piece by piece, like I did, however, you find that it amounts to a bunch of nothing.
As to who he is, I have no idea, which is ironic considering how much time he spends questioning who others are. I could find no reference to him outside of this interview, which is odd considering his bio. I guess he is using a fake name, but why? Putting others under a microscope is fine, but he gets to hide in anonymity? Just doesn't seem right to me.
He sounds like he does have some actual experience in the military or police, but he also says some things which, to me, call in to question his alleged experience.
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on February 18, 2013:
What is Mr. Powers reason for his theory?
Who is Mr. Powers?
junkseller (author) from Michigan on February 01, 2013:
The whole reason why I am writing about this issue is because I think it is indicative of many of the problems we face in this country. Primarily the over-willingness to allow emotionality and personal agendas to trump reason, evidence, and treating our fellow human beings with basic decency and respect, and as you say, extremism rather than negotiation. I could probably go on, division vs. commonality, sensationalism vs calm, entertainment ratings-chasers vs. actual journalism, etc.
I don't think we are saying the exact same thing, but I do think it is similar. That being that what matters is how we treat one another.
I agree, we shouldn't need any more material for this to be an agenda, but than we aren't really reasonable or rational and we only seem to move, unfortunately, with a pretty hefty emotional push.
Sanxuary on February 01, 2013:
My obvious conclusion on if this was a hoax or not is that it really would not matter. The number of crimes committed by guns each day requires no hoax to make this an agenda. Still no amount of control will limit murder by proxy. A society that does not negotiate on divorce, job disputes and equal treatment will still create people who lose faith in themselves to over come adversity in their lives. The problem is a culture that believes that extremes will prove their point, rather then real activism and change by calling out the lies of terrible systems. If you our a part of the problem you only lived the lie.
junkseller (author) from Michigan on January 30, 2013:
I'm still trying to get through the Mike Powers interview. I might switch over to the purple nun van because that at least makes me smile.
I suspect they mentioned the AR-15 magazine size because it was the primary weapon. It might have been better to be consistent. All mags listed or none. They definitely should have correctly translated Сайга-12 as Saiga-12. No reason to introduce that confusion (and it doesn't really take much effort).
KennedyRay on January 30, 2013:
Junkeseller, I agree some conspiracy theorists stick to their view no matter what, even if new evidence come along like the divorce records, which clearly state that Adam existed. However, regarding the purple van and nun outfits, like you I just dismissed this, as it too seemed so ridiculous to me.
It was only after reading about this over and over again, and the comments from Mark Mann, the CT cop, that I looked into this again. I spend some time with the later audio, that contains the chase of the purple van. I have posted the audio and timeline entries here:
Also, the latest update from LT Paul Vance, regarding the weapons. He failed to mention the "high capacity" magazine that was taking from the trunk. It was mistaken for a second weapon before, and can be seen in the new video, included update in link above.
There are some other things we would like to point out, as we came across new footage. We will post an update later. Hope to hear from you again, and hopefully you will also update your article, if things do turn out to be heading more towards a conspiracy.
junkseller (author) from Michigan on January 29, 2013:
Thanks for stopping by. You have a bit more faith in people than I do if you think everyone is trying to come to the truth. I've come across quite a few who seem to want to believe in the conspiracy no matter what (and I suppose some who would never even consider the possibility). Your mentality is probably the better way to go, and you at least seem to be one who does want the truth and I appreciate that.
I'm not convinced the guys in the woods is good evidence of anything. If it was a second shooter who was an accomplice I don't see why they'd hide that and if it were some sort of government operative than I suspect he'd be the type of guy who'd never get caught.
Haven't looked into the purple nun van yet. It just seemed so silly. And with so much to dig into, hasn't seemed like a priority.
I noticed you had a couple pieces of evidence I hadn't seen--the divorce records and the hole in the window. The divorce records in particular are a pretty solid piece of evidence. Good job on those.
Kennedy Ray on January 28, 2013:
I think everyone is just trying to get to the truth. I'm posting updates as I find them . I'm not saying nobody has died. But there are so many unanswered questions. I'm still not convinced Lanza carried this out by himself.
The multiple shooter theory, the suspects detained in the woods, why is this completely ignored by the MSM? The Connecticut police officer Mark S. Mann talks about 3 men that have been detained . In the video you see another individual or in the latest update even 6 individuals can be seen in the woods who have not been arrested.
The purple van with serveral people wearing ski masks and nun outfits...
sooooo many inconsistencies and questions.
I do appreciate your view!
Kennedy Ray on January 28, 2013:
Hi there! Great article :) Thanks for linking back! I actually came across the divorce records and posted an update today.
Adam Lanza is listed in the divorce records!