CNN Don Lemon talks to Lenny Pozner


Lenny Pozner has been one of the few parents to speak openly about the tragedy and has even offered to dispel myths created and propagated by a small but obsessive cadre of conspiracy theorists known as Hoaxers. As the saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished.


The Abusive Side of Social Media disclosed by HONR Network

social-media-abuseThere is no question at this point that social media and the internet in general have been amazing inventions that have allowed all of us to connect with the rest of the world. This has made it possible for a lot of business owners to grow, for families and friends to communicate and for people to learn all sorts of things. The good things that can be said about social media are many, but unfortunately there are also many bad things that have come with it. This article is going to focus on those bad things and what kind of situations have come from them.


The first thing that we need to take into consideration is then fact that the internet is basically a virtual version of the real world and this basically means that you have good people and bad people in it. The biggest problem with the internet is that it can even encourage the most introverted person to become abusive and to be a troll. For those of you who are not familiar with the term “troll” this is the name that is given to people who like to instigate drama and debate for no good reason but the simple sake of starting something and creating drama. With that said we can start to talk about certain things that should be considered problematic and how to stop them.


Why are some people abusive on social media?


It seems like social media could be a little more personal than your regular internet forum as far as anonymity goes because most people use their real names, but the truth is that social media is also plagued with fake profiles and people who have profile photos that are not even of themselves. They create a fake name and take a photo from some stranger and they pretend to be this person. The reason why they do this is because they want to be able to insult celebrities, athletes and all kinds of people in the media without suffering any repercussions. In the real world you will have to face the consequences of treating people badly, but online you can avoid this by using a fake name to register to a popular network like Facebook and Twitter. Everyone knows that this goes against all social media terms of service but people break these rules because they do not fear any serious punishment from it.


Then you also have people who use their real names and don’t care about being insulting and antagonistic to others because they feel safe behind their keyboards. They feel secure about not having to deal with anyone face to face and they are insulting and downright childish just because they feel they can get away with it. This is a terrible problem and there is definitely the need to get rid of it before it becomes too serious.


Why do they think they can get away with it?


Those who are abusive online simply feel that nothing will ever happen to them. They don’t even consider online interaction to be real and this is why they believe that their actions are nothing but a way to kill time when they feel bored. They are also aware of the fact that in most places around the world there is no legal prosecution against any kind of racial comment or hurtful way of talking to others. We have seen many cases of athletes being harassed online because they are of a different race or sexual orientation and things can get very ugly when it comes to the kind of terrible things that people can say to others. There is no question that people feel that they can get away with this mainly because they are right. So far the internet laws have not become strong enough to make sure that no one is able to act this way without punishment. This is something that needs to be changed soon and many people are hoping for the internet to be regulated in order to stop this abuse.


Racism in Tweets can be a legal problem now


The good news is that certain countries in the world are taking this kind of issues into serious consideration and many of them have started to invest more time in the creation of laws that regulate the kind of content that people can post on Twitter, Facebook and other networks. There are some cases of people being sued for their terribly racist comments and this is definitely a step on the right direction. There is no reason to allow for this kind of abuse to continue and all the big networks are encouraging users to start reporting abuse, spam and any kind of behavior that seems to be wrong. Twitter has started to take action with his and has banned the user accounts to start giving people proper warnings of how this will not be tolerated.


Who are these abusive people?


There are many reasons why people are racist and abusive online, but this generally means that they lack proper education and they have very unfulfilled lives in the real world. They see the internet as the place that they can use to vent their frustrations and they believe they can continue to get away with this for as long as they want to, but things are starting to change and more cases of people being sued for their actions online are starting to be noticed.


There are still many things that need to be taken care of as far as internet laws go. Thousands of people still believe that the internet should remain anonymous, but this is definitely something that is mostly encouraged but those people who like to do things that are not correct. There is going to have to be a lot of regulation happening online because the virtual world has become an essential part of our lives and this makes it extremely important to find ways to make it better and safer for everyone.


Once this regulations start to occur we will probably see a large number of trolls and internet abusers who will have no choice but to stop doing this. Once anonymity becomes a thing of the past online, we will see an increase in great material and a decrease is worthless trolling. It might take a while for this to happen, but eventually the internet will probably be an extension of real life and everyone who goes online will have to be properly identifiable as an individual. This is unavoidable if the internet is to become a better place instead of going to ruin because of people using it carelessly.


We at HONR Network invite you to raise awareness when it comes to encouraging people to stop internet abuse and to report all kinds of behavior that you find to be improper. This is an excellent way to make small changes that can turn into huge steps to create a safer and more productive environment online for everyone who visits the web. All we need is more people to actively denounce this behavior and thing will definitely start to change. The internet should always be a great place to do business and interact with others. HONR Network is dedicated to taking necessary action, within legal parameters, to bring accountability to Abusive Hoaxers; whether social or legal.  The viciousness and cruelty visited upon those in trauma, pain, and grief by callous sociopaths cannot go unchallenged.  The legions of additional followers the slanderous rhetoric attracts to churn out even more recruits to the mass delusion, and subsequent harassment of innocents, must be abated.


HONR Network is currently undertaking the task of financially assisting Sandy Hook parent Leonard Pozner, who’s 6 year old son Noah was killed in his elementary school along with 19 of his classmates and 6 female educators, to civilly prosecute Wolfgang Halbig.


The father of the youngest child slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School Lenny Pozner is fighting back against conspiracy theorists who believe the massacre never happened.


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Lenny Pozner used to believe in conspiracy theories. Until his son’s death became one.

On December 14, 2012, Lenny Pozner dropped off his three children, Sophia, Arielle, and Noah, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Noah had recently turned 6, and on the drive over they listened to his favorite song, “Gangnam Style,” for what turned out to be the last time. Half an hour later, while Sophia and Arielle hid nearby, Adam Lanza walked into Noah’s first-grade class with an AR-15 rifle. Noah was the youngest of the 20 children and seven adults killed in one of the deadliest shootings in American history. When the medical examiner found Noah lying face up in a Batman sweatshirt, his jaw had been blown off. Lenny and his wife, Veronique, raced to the school as soon as they heard the news, but had to wait for hours alongside other parents to learn their son’s fate


It didn’t take much longer for Lenny Pozner to find out that many people didn’t believe his son had died or even that he had lived at all. Days after the rampage, a man walked around Newtown filming a video in which he declared that the massacre had been staged by “some sort of New World Order global elitists” intent on taking away our guns and our liberty. A week later, James Tracy, a professor at Florida Atlantic University, wrote a blog post expressing doubts about the massacre. By January, a 30-minute YouTube video, titled “The Sandy Hook Shooting — Fully Exposed,” which asked questions like “Wouldn’t frantic kids be a difficult target to hit?,” had been viewed more than 10 million times.


As the families grieved, conspiracy theorists began to press their case in ways that Newtown couldn’t avoid. State officials received anonymous phone calls at their homes, late at night, demanding answers: Why were there no trauma helicopters? What happened to the initial reports of a second shooter? A Virginia man stole playground signs memorializing two of the victims, and then called their parents to say that the burglary shouldn’t affect them, since their children had never existed. At one point, Pozner was checking into a hotel out of town when the clerk looked up from the address on his driver’s license and said, “Oh, Sandy Hook — the government did that.” Pozner had tried his best to ignore the conspiracies, but eventually they disrupted his grieving process so much that he could no longer turn a blind eye. “Conspiracy theorists erase the human aspect of history,” Pozner said this summer. “My child — who lived, who was a real person — is basically going to be erased.”


The Pozners moved to Newtown in 2005, partly to send their kids to better schools, but after Noah’s death they saw no choice but to leave. “What happened just weighed on the town like a Chernobyl-like cloud,” Veronique told me from her home in a state far from Newtown that the Pozners prefer not to identify, given the threats that conspiracy theorists have leveled against some Sandy Hook families. The Pozners’ marriage had been falling apart before the shooting, and though Noah’s death briefly brought them back together, the couple eventually divorced. They still co-parent their daughters, who developed a fear of the dark after the shooting and asked Veronique to find a home in a gated community.


Lenny, who has a goatee and a middle-aged paunch, lives by himself a few miles from Veronique. Since relocating, he has moved apartments four times and gets his mail delivered to a P.O. Box on the other side of the state. “It’s part of what I need to do to stay vigilant,” he said. After eight months in his newest home, the living room was sparsely furnished, save for a painting of Noah and a cluttered coffee table topped with his daughters’ Barbie dolls and a book called The Meaning of Life.


“I prefer the term hoaxer to truther,” Lenny said, kicking a pair of jeans and Adidas flip-flops onto the footrest of leather Barcalounger. “There’s nothing truthful about it.” There is no universal Sandy Hook hoax narrative, but the theories generally center on the idea that a powerful force (the Obama administration, gun-control groups, the Illuminati) staged the shooting, with the assistance of paid “crisis actors,” including the Pozners, the other Sandy Hook families, and countless Newtown residents, government officials, and media outlets. The children are said to have never existed or to be living in an elaborate witness-­protection program.


Conspiracy theories run deep in the American consciousness — 61 percent of Americans believe Lee Harvey Oswald didn’t act alone — but a mass shooting had never drawn the conspiratorial attention that Sandy Hook did. The modern internet is partly to blame, with hours of uploaded cable-news coverage and reams of documents to parse for circumstantial evidence.


The internet also made it easier to reach victims, and the Pozners became an early target for hoaxers. Veronique, who is a nurse, joined several parents in channelling her grief into vocal gun-control advocacy. One early conspiracy theory held that she was actually a Swiss diplomat named Veronique Haller, who once attended a United Nations arms-control summit. (Veronique is Swiss, and her maiden name is Haller.) Hoaxers quickly scoured family photos on Veronique’s online accounts and began dissecting them for odd shadows or strange poses, suggesting that she had been inserted into the family via Photoshop.


Lenny may have been the first Newtown parent to discover that conspiracy theorists didn’t believe his son had been killed, because he used to be a serious conspiracy theorist himself. “I probably listened to an Alex Jones podcast after I dropped the kids off at school that morning,” Lenny Pozner said, referencing the fearmongering proprietor of InfoWars. Pozner had entertained everything from specific cover-ups (the moon landing was faked) to geopolitical intrigue (the “real” reasons why the price of gold sometimes shifted so dramatically) and saw value in skepticism. But for him, the appeal of conspiracy theories was the same as watching a good science-fiction movie. “I have an imaginative mind,” he said.


When he first discovered the theories about Noah, Lenny, who grew up in Brooklyn, made only a half-hearted attempt to respond. “I feel that your type of show created these hateful people,” Pozner wrote in an email to Alex Jones, to which one of Jones’s employees replied that Jones would love to speak to him if “we confirm that you are the real Lenny Pozner.” Pozner declined, in part because he found himself unable to do much of anything.


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HONR Network Legal Fund by Lenny Pozner

The HONR Network believes that decent society should not tolerate those who exploit tragedies and prey on the victims of violent crimes. Americans who’ve lost their loved ones should be allowed to grieve in peace without being harassed, exploited or subjected to online defamation. Unfortunately, the publicity surrounding most high-profile tragedies makes these vulnerable people ideal targets for this kind of persecution.


HONR Network is committed to standing up in defense of victims and their families affected by incidences of mass violence.  With every tragic new incident, conspiracy theorists are renewed in their zeal to unleash torrents of abuse, harassment, defamation and hate towards survivors and their families. Some are driven by pure delusion that such incidences are staged hoaxes, while others simply for profit.  Whatever the reason, HONR Network is dedicated to taking necessary action, within legal parameters, to bring accountability to Abusive Hoaxers; whether social or legal.  The viciousness and cruelty visited upon those in trauma, pain, and grief by callous sociopaths cannot go unchallenged.  The legions of additional followers the slanderous rhetoric attracts to churn out even more recruits to the mass delusion, and subsequent harassment of innocents, must be abated.


HONR Network is currently undertaking the task of financially assisting Sandy Hook parent Lenny Pozner, who’s 6 year old son Noah was killed in his elementary school along with 19 of his classmates and 6 female educators, to civilly prosecute Wolfgang Halbig.


As Mr. Pozner and his family grapple to deal with grief and moving on with life without Noah, Wolfgang Halbig spreads slanderous and defamatory propaganda against Mr. Lenny Pozner and his family, as well as that of the other Sandy Hook victims. Mr. Halbig’s campaign of disinformation and hate speech has resulted in the escalation of harassment and death threats toward Mr. Pozner, and continues to recruit new foot soldiers to the Sandy Hook truth movement every day.  Recent history has demonstrated that some of these “truther” types are dangerous to society, and have committed a slew of crimes as a result of their mindset.


In the wake of recent mass murders such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Boston Marathon bombing, and the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. Conspiracy theorists have descended upon the bereaved like vultures, accusing them of being actors in elaborately staged government plots to deceive the public.


Then there are the emotionally disturbed and mentally ill individuals who are easily provoked by the false information spread by conspiracy theorists. They target the surviving family members and stalk them relentlessly, issuing tangible threats and often telling the victims that their loved ones didn’t die—or worse yet—never existed.

Also read: Lenny Pozner Made HONR Network Combating Conspiracy Theorists on Mass Shootings

Florida’s unhinged ‘truthers’ exacerbate Newtown’s grief

Tony Mead feels victimized. “I’ve been attacked online. My business has been attacked. My ex-wife has been contacted. Google my name, you’ll see blogs attacking me as a pedophile.”


Poor, befuddled Tony can’t understand why he has become the object of so much vitriol. After all, the Hollywood man told me, he’s only the administrator of the Sandy Hook Hoax Facebook page, where he hosts fantastic assertions about the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre of 26 school kids and teachers, where first responders and parents of the victims are characterized as cunning and mendacious “crisis actors” in a government-orchestrated hoax.


Mead seems shocked that others might stalk him with the same aggressive hostility that he and his followers employ against the grieving parents of massacred children.

The rest of us, meanwhile, wonder why the hell Florida has been stuck with the likes of Tony Mead.


Mead, who runs a Hollywood moving company, belongs to the Florida triumvirate who’ve become the nation’s leading promulgators of “false flag” theories about the Sandy Hook horror. Mead’s a supporter of James Tracy, the Florida Atlantic University professor who contends that the U.S. government was behind Sandy Hook, the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11, the Boston Marathon bombing, the San Bernardino attack and more. Mass shootings, in Tracy’s warped universe, were theatrical events contrived to dupe American citizens into accepting gun control.


Florida’s third great propagator of Sandy Hook madness is Wolfgang Halbig of Lake County. Halbig led a gaggle of Sandy Hook “truthers” and trollers to a Newtown Board of Education meeting in 2014 to demand that local officials investigate their deranged imaginings. Halbig and Mead have intimated that they won’t stop harassing the Newtown parents unless their theories are disproved by exhuming the bodies of slaughtered children.


Halbig had been crowd-funding his so-called investigation until both GoFundMe and PayPal kicked him off their domains — for obvious reasons. Of course, hoaxers saw that as further evidence of a sinister conspiracy to stifle the truth.


The Florida Three and their disciples have been relentlessly tormenting Sandy Hook emergency responders and parents. They stalk them on the Internet. They threaten. They picket Newtown. In November, a truther disrupted the Vicki Soto 5K Memorial Run, organized to honor the heroic Sandy Hook teacher killed while trying to shield her students. Last month, Amazon intervened after trollers en masse posted nasty reviews of a book by a Sandy Hook mother about coping with loss.

Lenny Pozner

For three years running, these unhinged freaks have insinuated themselves into Newtown’s anguish, insisting that the funerals were fakes, that the grieving is counterfeit. After an op-ed last month in the Sun Sentinel by Lenny Pozner, father of the youngest child killed at Sandy Hook, describing the “wave of harassment, intimidation and criminal activity” from hoaxers in general, and Tracy in particular, FAU finally began the complex legal procedure to fire a tenured professor.


Maybe FAU can rid itself of this embarrassment. The rest of Florida, however, has no such recourse. We’ll still be tarnished by our truther triumvirate and their vile fabrications. Perhaps no one knows this better than Lenny Pozner, whose life was turned upside down when his son Noah became the youngest child slaughtered at the Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) on December 14, 2012.

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