James Tracy, Boston bombing hoax? FAU professor defends questioning if Boston bombs were staged

Professor discusses possibility of actors

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy is defending his controversial blog posts that question whether the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown and Boston Marathon bombings were staged events.

Tracy, who teaches courses on communication and conspiracy theories at FAU, wrote on his blog "  Memory Hole" that he questions many aspects of what happened the day of the bombings.

"We have the official narrative that this was carried out by two individuals, two Chechen immigrants, but it could be more complex than that," Tracy told NewsChannel 5. "The government was carrying out drills on that day. We don't know exactly what was taking place, what the dynamics were."

In his blog, Tracy states he believes there is evidence that contradicts what is being reported about the bombings. He even dissects the force and direction of the explosions, questioning the amount of damage they could have caused.

"What exactly took place on April 15 at the Boston Marathon is unclear, yet what is now evident is a stark divergence between the narrative description of excessive carnage meted out as a result of the explosive devices and at least a portion of the video and photographic documentation of the bombing itself," Tracy wrote.
Tracy said he is skeptic of the way the media has portrayed the suspects involved.

"Look at the way that it has overall been handled," he told NewsChannel 5. "We have really a breakdown of due process. We've got a public lynching of these individuals. It's very serious."

Tracy goes on to discuss the possibility of witnesses being "play actors" and how the event resembles a "mass-casualty drill" with victims using prosthetic legs to portray carnage.

"Photographic evidence of the event suggests the possibility of play actors getting into position after the detonation of what may in fact have been a smoke bomb or similarly benign explosive," Tracy said in his blog.

He also adds, "the event closely resembles a mass-casualty drill, which for training purposes are designed to be as lifelike as possible."

Tracy spoke to WPTV after his comments on the Sandy Hook shootings went viral in December, and backed up his statements then as well.

"I said that there may very well be elements of that event that are synthetic to some degree, that are somewhat contrived," he said. "I think that overall, the media really did drop the ball. I don't think that the media have gotten to the bottom of some of the things that may have taken place there."

Tracy's words about Sandy Hook had people from across the country, including a Newtown city official, calling for his dismissal.

Letters from FAU show Tracy was reprimanded for his posting about Sandy Hook in the past, but Tracy said there is more to the story on how the college is dealing with the controversy.

"It's a matter that's being taken up by the faculty union," Tracy told NewsChannel 5. "And it's a free speech issue as well. So it's something that could eventually end up in court.

Marissa Bagg WPTV contributed to this report.

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