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    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/n...523-story.html

    https://www.nbcnews.com/business/bus...piracy-n876881

    Update 6 More Families and an FBI Agent Sues Alex jones for the Sandy Hook Rants.

    Six more families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims sued right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for alleged defamation Wednesday for claiming the shooting was a hoax and the relatives are paid actors.

    An FBI agent who responded to the shooting joined the families as a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed in Bridgeport Superior Court in Connecticut. The families of two other victims filed similar defamation lawsuits against Jones last month in Travis County, Texas, where his media company, Infowars, is based.

    A gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators at the Newtown, Connecticut, school on Dec. 14, 2012. The families say Jones' comments have tormented them and subjected them to harassment and death threats by his followers.

    "He knew his claims were false but he made them anyway to further a simple but pathetic goal: to make money by tearing away at the families' pain," said Josh Koskoff, a lawyer for the families. "This lawsuit seeks to hold Alex Jones and his financial network accountable for those disgraceful actions."

    Jones did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Wednesday.

    The lawsuit seeks monetary and punitive damages, attorney fees and other costs. It does not say exactly how much money the families are seeking.

    After the first two lawsuits were filed last month, Jones responded in a YouTube video, saying that the families are being used by the Democratic Party and the news media and that he believes Sandy Hook "really happened." He also invited parents who lost their children to his show to have a "real discussion" about guns, and said believes the lawsuits will be thrown out.
    The plaintiffs include the parents of four children killed at the school — Daniel Barden, Dylan Hockley, Ben Wheeler and Avielle Richman. Also suing are relatives of two slain educators — school Principal Dawn Hochsprung and first-grade teacher Victoria Soto. FBI agent William Aldenberg, one of the first responders to the scene, also is a plaintiff.

    Also named as defendants is Wolfgang Halbig, who the families say is a frequent guest on Jones' show who also questions whether the school shooting actually happened.

    Halbig, 71, a former police officer who lives in Sorrento, Florida, said Wednesday that he does believe people died in the shooting, but authorities have refused to answer his questions. He said police won't give him a copy of radio transmissions from a state police helicopter that responded to the shooting, won't say why paramedics and emergency medical technicians weren't allowed in the school and won't say who pronounced the deaths of all the children.

    In separate lawsuits filed last month in Texas, the parents of slain children Jesse Lewis and Noah Pozner sued Jones seeking more than $1 million in damages for alleged defamation.

    The lawsuit filed Wednesday cites actions by Jones' followers.

    It mentions Edgar Maddison, a North Carolina man sentenced to prison for shooting up a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant in 2016, believing a conspiracy theory that prominent Democrats were harboring child sex slaves there. The lawsuit says Maddison had watched an Infowars video about the "pizzagate" conspiracy theory.

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    Note this is running concurrently as the major Internet media distributors are boycotting Jones for the Sandy Hook Rants.

    Far-right agitator Alex Jones has been deleting social media posts about his conspiracy theory that the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting, which took the lives of 20 children and six adults, was a government hoax.

    A Friday court filing on behalf of the father of a victim of the attack claims the removal amounts to destruction of evidence. The deletion of content that reflects Jones' view of the tragedy as a manufactured story using actors means that evidence is lost, the motion for sanctions claims.

    Jones has been under pressure from critics who believe he and his ******** brand shouldn't have free reign to inflict pain on victims via social media platforms. Facebook, YouTube and Apple have taken steps to remove Jones and ********. Twitter put Jones' account on a seven-day timeout Tuesday after finding that a post linking to a video in which he told his listeners to get “battle rifles” ready was a violation of its terms.

    ********' reports and videos on Sandy Hook have blamed victims' parents, as well as the government, for manufacturing what it states was a hoax. Parents have been singled out by Jones, and his followers have issued threats against them.

    Jones said during an ******** broadcast last week that he instructed staffers to delete some social media posts in reaction to a news report the previous day that pointed out several posts appeared to violate Twitter's rules.

    " ... It is clear from Mr. Jones’ own admissions that relevant evidence has been lost," the filing reads. "As pressure mounted from pending defamation lawsuits and growing public indignation, Mr. Jones chose to destroy the evidence of his actual malice and defamatory conduct ... "

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    Here is the latest on the Sandy Hook Lawsuit Alex Jones is facing

    Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has failed to shut down a defamation lawsuit brought against him by the parents of a Sandy Hook victim.


    Judge Scott Jenkins of the 53rd District Court ruled in Austin, Texas, on Thursday that the ******** host must face claims from Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa. They’re seeking more than $1 million in damages for his repeated lies about the 2012 massacre. The ruling came after Jones attempted to get his case dismissed earlier this month.

    “After considering the arguments of counsel and the record, including plaintiffs’ declarations filed on August 2, the court ORDERS that defendants’ motion is in all respects DENIED,” the court filing said.

    Pozner and De La Rosa lost their 6-year-old son Noah when a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

    In the years since, Sandy Hook parents have received death threats and online harassment from followers of Jones’ ********, an online conspiracy outlet that has claimed the shooting was a hoax and the parents are “crisis actors.”

    Jones’ lawyer Mark Enoch argued the case should be dismissed under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, which protects citizens who have been sued for exercising their First Amendment rights. Jones had also been seeking more than $100,000 in court costs from the parents.

    This is one of a pair of related lawsuits filed in April. As first reported by HuffPost, Pozner and De La Rosa, along with Neil Heslin, the father of another child, became the first Sandy Hook parents to sue Jones. They claim Jones and ******** contributor Owen Shroyer have called the parents liars and sought to delegitimize their trauma.

    In one instance, Jones claimed that an interview between De La Rosa and CNN’s Anderson Cooper was faked.

    “So here are these holier than thou people, when we question CNN, who is supposedly at the site of Sandy Hook, and they got in one shot leaves blowing, and the flowers that are around it, and you see the leaves blowing, and they go [gestures]. They glitch,” Jones said, according to a transcript quoted in the lawsuit. “They’re recycling a green-screen behind them.”

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    Now Paypal has boycotted Alex Jones

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    You won't be able use PayPal anymore to buy fluoride-free toothpaste or a bottle of The Real Red Pill Plus from right-wing conspiracy promulgator Alex Jones.

    The digital payments company is the latest platform to ditch Jones and his ******** site, which along with conspiracy theories peddles "I Stand With Trump" T-shirts, Wake Up America coffee, dietary supplements and survival food.

    PayPal said Friday that it cut ties with ******** after a review found instances of it promoting "hate and discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions."

    ******** said the move is a ploy aimed at sabotaging the site just weeks before the midterm elections.
    This is happening ever since other groups boycotted him or were threatened with lawsuits over the Sandy Hook rants.

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    BUT, can you still go to Ebay and buy these items and pay for them thru your PayPal account? I suspect so.
    I would think companies like PayPal should focus on their core business and not get into the politics of it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kf4rca View Post
    BUT, can you still go to Ebay and buy these items and pay for them thru your PayPal account? I suspect so.
    I would think companies like PayPal should focus on their core business and not get into the politics of it all.
    But its not politics though its that Paypal and more notably Youtube feared getting sued for enabling the Alex Jones rants.

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    Whatever happened to freedom of speech (or freedom to rant)? Freedom of speech conversely implies freedom not to listen. (You are NOT forced to listen to him.)
    On this past weekend's show, Jones compares what's happening to him similar to what the Nazis did to the Jews. They took down their commerce first.

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    Freedom of speech does not apply here. Non-government organizations are free to deny service for any reason or no reason at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kf4rca View Post
    Jones compares what's happening to him similar to what the Nazis did to the Jews. They took down their commerce first.
    In that case it was the government. The first amendment clearly stations that "Congress shall make no law..." So if the government attempts to make laws regarding the use of social media, that is comparable to what the Nazis did. Companies are free to set rules or deny service. What troubles me (and should also trouble Jones) is the White House is talking about some kind of Executive Order that would punish social media companies for becoming too big. That sounds more like what Jones is talking about, because it involves the government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    In that case it was the government. The first amendment clearly stations that "Congress shall make no law..." So if the government attempts to make laws regarding the use of social media, that is comparable to what the Nazis did. Companies are free to set rules or deny service. What troubles me (and should also trouble Jones) is the White House is talking about some kind of Executive Order that would punish social media companies for becoming too big. That sounds more like what Jones is talking about, because it involves the government.
    Yes, that prospect should send shivers down anyone's spine.

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