This man helped save six children, is now getting harassed for it

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“I don’t know what to do,” sighed Gene Rosen. “I’m getting hang-up calls, I’m getting some calls, I’m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I’m lying, that I’m a crisis actor, ‘how much am I being paid?’” Someone posted a photo of his house online. There have been phony Google+ and YouTube accounts created in his name, messages on white supremacist message boards ridiculing the “emotional Jewish guy,” and dozens of blog posts and videos “exposing” him as a fraud. One email purporting to be a business inquiry taunted: “How are all those little students doing? You know, the ones that showed up at your house after the ‘shooting’. What is the going rate for getting involved in a gov’t sponsored hoax anyway?”


“The quantity of the material is overwhelming,” he said. So much so that a friend shields him from most of it by doing daily sweeps of the Web so Rosen doesn’t have to. His wife is worried for their safety. He’s logged every email and every call, and consulted with a retired state police officer, who took the complaint seriously but said police probably can’t do anything at the moment; he plans to do the same with the FBI.

What did Rosen do to deserve this? One month ago, he found six little children and a bus driver at the end of the driveway of his home in Newtown, Conn. “We can’t go back to school,” one little boy told Rosen. “Our teacher is dead.” He brought them inside and gave them food and juice and toys. He called their parents. He sat with them and listened to their shocked accounts of what had happened just down the street inside Sandy Hook Elementary, close enough that Rosen heard the gunshots.

In the hours and days that followed, Rosen did a lot of media interviews. “I wanted to speak about the bravery of the children, and it kind of helped me work through this,” he told Salon in an interview.  “I guess I kind of opened myself up to this.”

The “this” in question is becoming a prime target of the burgeoning Sandy Hook truther movement, which — like its precursor that denied the veracity of the 9/11 terror attacks — alleges that the entire shooting was a hoax of some kind. There were conspiracy theories surrounding the shooting from Day One, but the movement has exploded into public view the past two weeks, and a Google Trends search suggests it’s just now picking up steam. It’s also beginning to earn the backing of presumably credible sources like a professor and a reporter.

Written By: Alex Seitz-Wald
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28 COMMENTS

  1. The Sandy Hook truther movement!!!!!!!!

    What the hell!!

    I read about this man and anyone who could twist this man’s action into some conspiracy bullshit is less than human. Cognitive biases and fallacies aside. If you can not control your conspiracy nuttery then at least keep it within your own sick little circle.

  2. In reply to #3 by sbooder:

    Sorry, I must be missing something here. What the hell could there be a conspiracy about?

    First I’ve heard of it. With a 20 minute google degree and expertise in my culture, I think this is Fox News runoff, mixed with a coordinated effort by Neo-Nazis, and always potentially fueled by trolls. Thar cummin fer arr guns!

    Just as exercising and developing rational thinking helps encourage the pattern, exercises in irrational thinking do the same. They believe in flying Jesus, Kenyan Muslim Obama, Kolob, Acorn rigged elections, and they get goofier and goofier. As a matter of assuring customer loyalty, Fox has cultivated its viewers into an alternate reality where nothing else makes sense.

    It’s times like this I like to revisit the video of Buzz Aldrin punching a truther in the face.

  3. In reply to #3 by sbooder:

    Sorry, I must be missing something here. What the hell could there be a conspiracy about?

    That’s the question isn’t it? What could they possibly be covering up?
    It must be too horrible to imagine!

    I’m being sarcastic, in case you couldn’t tell.

  4. In reply to #3 by sbooder:

    Sorry, I must be missing something here. What the hell could there be a conspiracy about?

    If you look on the internet you will find people who believe that any gun massacre is actually setup by the forces who are trying to establish the UN lead New World Order. The aim is to give an excuse for guns to be removed from the population at which point the UN can take over.

    I was trying to find information a couple of weeks ago about the Port Arthur Massacre in Australia and came across a bunch of these loonies.

    Of course I would call them loonies as I am probably a paid stooge for the UN spreading misinformation on the internet.

    I hope you’ve pulled your blinds down before reading this. Their everywhere you know.

    If I type Sandy Hook into my google bar the alternatives it offers me are

    Sandy Hook

    Sandy Hook hoax

    Sandy Hook conspiracy

    Sandy Hook elementary school

    Sandy Hook shooting

    Michael

  5. any gun massacre is actually setup by the forces who are trying to establish the UN lead New World Order. The aim is to give an excuse for guns to be removed from the population at which point the UN can take over.

    Well… duh.

    If I type Sandy Hook into my google bar the alternatives it offers me are

    Sandy Hook

    Sandy Hook hoax

    Sandy Hook conspiracy

    Sandy Hook elementary school

    Sandy Hook shooting

    People speaking the truth. I’m surprised the UN has let them get away with it this long. I’m sure the web sites will be blacked out soon and the people involved will be arrested in the night never to be seen again.

    You know. Standard procedure in the global conspiracy business.

    I wonder what’s taking them so long.

  6. With sick fascination I’m trudging through this slop. The Encyclopedia Dramatica is, as usual, the best place for info (all 9000+ articles are NSFW).

    I see the return of a trend I’ve seen elsewhere, people acting as experts in human behavior while observing some of the most exotic and extreme examples of it. For example, a man on a 9/11 plane phoned his mother and introduced himself by stating his full name. That’s odd, and some say evidence that the call was faked. Rather than wonder about a curious behavior in unimaginable circumstances, they feel they can explain it… because they watch television and know everything about people.

    The behavior of the Sandy Hook families is bizarre at times. The man focused on in the OP also behaves very strangely, especially right after the incident. Rather than learn something new from unexpected behavior, some would rather believe it’s a hoax and accuse the families of being actors.

    Some have unusual experience with the bizarre and tragic (cops, shrinks, firemen, African child soldiers, etc) but most people only know these things from television. I’ve never seen a parent after the loss of their child, but I have seen it enacted thousands of times on television and in movies. It just amazes me how people feel like experts on this kind of thing.

  7. Just shows you – being a decent, compassionate human being these days is the exception rather than the norm. These conspiracy theories usually begin in the bedrooms of bored, vindictive half wits anyway – probably masturbating over pics of agents Mulder and Scully.

  8. As an English man I’m not really qualified to comment I suppose, but it does appear to me that every attrocity in America is susceptible to becoming a conspiracy magnet.

    We, like any other nation, suffer inexplicable attrocities, but we tend to treat them as precisely that: something which cannot prima facie be explained.

    Anyway, this poor chap’s been given a terrible time and I just wonder why; could those carrying out this cruel nonsense simply be bored?

  9. In reply to #13 by Stafford Gordon:

    As an English man I’m not really qualified to comment I suppose, but it does appear to me that every attrocity in America is susceptible to becoming a conspiracy magnet.

    We, like any other nation, suffer inexplicable attrocities, but we tend to treat them as precisely that: something which cannot prima facie be explained.

    Less so than the US perhaps but trying googling “Dunblane” and “New World Order”. You might want to wrap tinfoil around your head before you do it. The phrase you are looking for appears to be “psy-op”

    psyop

    Intelligence agency term for “psychological operation”. A government or corporate-sponsored operation, usually taking the form of a “terrorist attack” or “crazed gunman on a spree”, with the intent of panicking the public into demanding more police and laws inhibiting freedom. Psyops are usually carried out by drugging a civilian or group of civilians with aggression-promoting drugs, psyching them up, arming them, and sending them out to commit mayhem. Government-sponsored terrorism.

    Michael

  10. In reply to #8 by susanlatimer:

    People speaking the truth. I’m surprised the UN has let them get away with it this long. I’m sure the web sites will be blacked out soon and the people involved will be arrested in the night never to be seen again.

    I think the UN and the Illuminati put up a lot of these websites so the really serious ones get lost in all the noise and dismissed as idiots.
    Then they send the drones in to take out anyone trying to tell the tr

  11. After thinking about it, Rosen decided that he had to speak out: “I talk to you about this because I feel that there has to be some moral push-back on this.” Rosen said he’s a staunch believer in free speech, and realizes there is little legal recourse possible unless he gets direct threats, so he had a different idea.

    “There must be some way to morally shame these people, because there were 20 dead children lying an eighth of a mile from my window all night long,” he said, choking back tears. “And I sat there with my wife, because they couldn’t take the bodies out that night so the medical examiner could come. And I thought of an expression, that this ‘adds insult to injury,’ but that’s a stupid expression, because this is not an injury, this is an abomination.”

    This guy has courage.

    Michael

  12. In reply to #3 by sbooder:

    Sorry, I must be missing something here. What the hell could there be a conspiracy about?

    The same thing as usual. Some bullshitter or self-deluder makes up a bunch of emotive stories that give them social power, be that by accident or design. They have access to “the truth”, and only those in their proto-cult can see it. Only they can “explain” their odd world view to people who, in a sufficient number of cases, become their followers. On the larger scale they get a radio show and book royalties. On the smaller scale, they can hold court at the pub. The motivation is similar to that for psychics, spirit healers, etc, with a similar mix of sincere confirmation bias, etc, and fraudulent manipulation for personal gain.

    I’d point out that some of these kooks show the problem with pure contrarianism. They choose to believe things principally because they are the opposite of what is widely believed. A kind of reverse argumentum ad populum. It shows they have the insight to see more than the common man, they suppose.

    In this case, though, I think it comes from the same place as the Kenyan Keynesian Muslim Socialist Nazi stuff. That is, it gets a boost (via media and donations) because some stupidly rich guys think it’ll be politically advantageous.

  13. To you Brits who think it’s just us Americans creating conspiracy theories…we will see how that London helicopter crash plays out. Also what is the real truth behind stonehenge? Hmmm?

    Regarding this story…some people just lack critical thinking skills and are socially immature.

  14. In reply to #19 by QuestioningKat:

    To you Brits who think it’s just us Americans creating conspiracy theories…we will see how that London helicopter crash plays out. Also what is the real truth behind stonehenge? Hmmm?

    Regarding this story…some people just lack critical thinking skills and are socially immature.

    we may not have quite the gun problem you have, but we have the same sort of percentage of seriously weird people per head of population.If you want a laugh take a look at one of our Government Ministers, one Eric Pickles ! I rest my case !

  15. Er no I don’t agree. If countries by nutters ratio was our football league, we’d be Barnsley. America and Australia would be Man united and Man City. At least judging by Youtube.
    I would say Michael Goves is the oddest cabinet minister. Show me a picture of him standing next to George Osborne and I don’t stop shivering for a fortnight.

    In reply to #20 by sunbeamforjeebus:

    In reply to #19 by QuestioningKat:

    To you Brits who think it’s just us Americans creating conspiracy theories…we will see how that London helicopter crash plays out. Also what is the real truth behind stonehenge? Hmmm?

    Regarding this story…some people just lack critical thinking skills and are socially immature.

    we may not have quite the gun problem you have, but we have the same sort of percentage of seriously weird people per head of population.If you want a laugh take a look at one of our Government Ministers, one Eric Pickles ! I rest my case !

  16. In reply to #15 by mmurray:

    In reply to #8 by susanlatimer:

    People speaking the truth. I’m surprised the UN has let them get away with it this long. I’m sure the web sites will be blacked out soon and the people involved will be arrested in the night never to be seen again.

    I think the UN and the Illuminati put up a lot of these websites so the really serious ones get lost in all the noise and dismissed as idiots.
    Then they send the drones in to take out anyone trying to tell the tr

    That was a true smart bomb…kills you but still manages to click the “submit” button!

  17. My guess is that some whacko gun nuts say the whole thing is staged as a hoax so Obama and his crew can come and take away god fearin’ white folks guns. Same as climate change is a hoax so the govt can ban them from driving SUVs……..

  18. BTW,
    This event was last MONTH. These same people are convinced we know exactly what occurred 2000 YEARS ago. Walking contradictions.

    Oh, And…. Kind sir, you are a hero. Thank you for being one of the good people in the world and actually reaching out and helping.

  19. I think you’re right, how many times do you hear someone interviewed and they say “it was like a dream” any more? It’s always “it was like it was on TV”

    In reply to #11 by This Is Not A Meme:

    With sick fascination I’m trudging through this slop. The Encyclopedia Dramatica is, as usual, the best place for info (all 9000+ articles are NSFW).

    I see the return of a trend I’ve seen elsewhere, people acting as experts in human behavior while observing some of the most exotic and extreme examples of it. For example, a man on a 9/11 plane phoned his mother and introduced himself by stating his full name. That’s odd, and some say evidence that the call was faked. Rather than wonder about a curious behavior in unimaginable circumstances, they feel they can explain it… because they watch television and know everything about people.

    The behavior of the Sandy Hook families is bizarre at times. The man focused on in the OP also behaves very strangely, especially right after the incident. Rather than learn something new from unexpected behavior, some would rather believe it’s a hoax and accuse the families of being actors.

    Some have unusual experience with the bizarre and tragic (cops, shrinks, firemen, African child soldiers, etc) but most people only know these things from television. I’ve never seen a parent after the loss of their child, but I have seen it enacted thousands of times on television and in movies. It just amazes me how people feel like experts on this kind of thing.

  20. I can tell you from experience that parents who’ve lost a child do and say all kinds of bizarre things. When my son was murdered in 2005, I fainted (don’t remember doing this, but others said I did) when I got the phone call, even though I’ve never reacted to anything else by fainting. I would not let anyone see his body until I’d seen it myself. Unable to cry “normally”, I screamed at random times from the pain. I obsessed over what the crematory would do with the titanium implants he had from his injury while in the service. I carried his urn around in my car and talked to it. There are whole weeks right after his death that I don’t remember except for the odd moment or two. I thought I was crazy…until I attended a support group for bereaved parents and found that I was in fact quite typical. There is no “wrong” or “right” way to grieve, and nobody who has not experienced this kind of devastation has any idea of how it really affects people, or how it would affect them. Police and other first responders see all kinds of reactions, and most will tell you there is no “normal” way to act after such a tragedy. These armchair analysts and “truthers” are so irredeemably full of bullshit I don’t even know where to start.
    In reply to #11 by This Is Not A Meme:

    With sick fascination I’m trudging through this slop. The Encyclopedia Dramatica is, as usual, the best place for info (all 9000+ articles are NSFW).

    I see the return of a trend I’ve seen elsewhere, people acting as experts in human behavior while observing some of the most exotic and extreme examples of it. For example, a man on a 9/11 plane phoned his mother and introduced himself by stating his full name. That’s odd, and some say evidence that the call was faked. Rather than wonder about a curious behavior in unimaginable circumstances, they feel they can explain it… because they watch television and know everything about people.

    The behavior of the Sandy Hook families is bizarre at times. The man focused on in the OP also behaves very strangely, especially right after the incident. Rather than learn something new from unexpected behavior, some would rather believe it’s a hoax and accuse the families of being actors.

    Some have unusual experience with the bizarre and tragic (cops, shrinks, firemen, African child soldiers, etc) but most people only know these things from television. I’ve never seen a parent after the loss of their child, but I have seen it enacted thousands of times on television and in movies. It just amazes me how people feel like experts on this kind of thing.

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