This Thursday, a jury of USA imposed a fine of 4.1 million dollars against Alex Jonesradio commentator and one of the main propagators of conspiracy theoriesin compensation for damages caused to the parents of one of the victims of the school shooting Sandy Hookafter he assured that the massacre had been a “farce”.
Later, during the afternoon of Friday, the Justice imposed a second fine for 45.2 million dollars against the presenter.
Both sanctions come in response to a complaint filed earlier this year by the parents of Jesse Lewis, a 6-year-old boy who was killed in the shooting. In total, the attack recorded in December 2012 left 26 dead, most of them children between 6 and 7 years old.
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During years, jones He assured that said shooting was “completely false” and “dramatic actors” participated in order to promote gun control policies. The complaints filed by different families of the victims led Jones to change his speech, acknowledging that the shooting “really happened” but assuring that those who sued him were agents of the Democratic Party.
It should be noted that jones has been profiled as a member of the Republican extreme right in USAthe same group to which most of his followers belong.
jones It was even supported by the controversial former president Donald Trump. In 2015, when he was still a candidate for the Republican Party, the billionaire went to his program and did not hesitate to describe his reputation as “amazing” and promised “not to disappoint him” after Jones assured him that “90% of my audience supports you”.
Through its InfoWars program and platform, jones He dedicated himself for years to spreading an endless series of conspiracy theories that, even, would have motivated the perpetrator of a shooting.
The string of conspiracy theories spread by Jones have earned him the veto of the main social networks and video platforms, such as YouTube.
“THEY ARE TURNING PEOPLE AND FROGS GAY”
One of the wildest theories spread jones was that the government of USA he had developed a weapon that would turn people gay, called the “gay bomb.”
In 2010, the announcer assured that “the reason why there are so many gays” it was due to a chemical covert operation. jones claimed to have “government documents where they say that they are going to promote homosexuality with chemicals so that people do not have children”.
Five years later, the conspiracy theorist claimed that the government was “Putting chemicals in the water to turn frogs gay.”
“Most frogs in most areas of USA now they are gayhe said in 2017.
as sustenance, jones showed a Wikipedia page where the “gay bomb” is discussed. This article refers to a project proposed in 1994 by a laboratory in Ohio of the United States Air Force. USA that suggested research for a non-lethal chemical weapon that would produce “homosexual behaviors” on enemy soldiers.
In the same document, however, the laboratory acknowledges that there are no chemical products that can achieve this effect. There is no evidence that such a weapon has been considered for development.
Even in 2007 she was the winner of the Ig Nobel Prize, a parody of the Nobel Prizes that honors scientists who “first they make people laugh and then they make them think”.
ABOUT THE 9/11 ATTACKS AND OKLAHOMA
Although the theories of jones originating from the 1990s, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 represent an important point in his career.
The announcer is considered one of the main voices of the movement for the truth about 9/11, a group of people who assure that the 2001 attacks were planned and executed by the Government of USA.
In July of that year, jones announced on his show that he had accessed confidential information reporting that the government was preparing an attack on the World Trade Center for which they would blame Osama Bin Laden.
“Call the White House and tell them we know about their terrorist plans.”, Jones said as he showed a telephone number that corresponded to the presidential residence. “Bin Laden, a known CIA asset in the 1980s, is planning a mujahideen war…he is the bogeyman they need in their Orwellian plan,” he claimed.
July 25, 2001
Predicting the 9/11 hijacking’s and calling out Bin Laden by name as the “Boogey man they need” pic.twitter.com/J88e5M0NFU
— Mike Hanson Archives (@MikeArchives) July 2, 2022
The same day the Twin Towers were brought down, jones He appeared on his show saying that “They were controlled demolitions (…) they just saw the government blow up the World Trade Center”.
according to the same jonesthis theory led him to lose 70% of his audience, but kept 30% convinced that he was right.
And his arguments seem irrefutable, but what the announcer did not mention was that they were taken from a book published by a CIA analyst about possible attacks that he could suffer USA.
In 1999, University of California Professor Emeritus Chalmers Johnson published Backlash: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire. In the text, Chalmers warned that his country could suffer the consequences of its policy in the Middle East and that this could be in charge of Bin Laden, who had indeed collaborated with the CIA but who at that time was in charge of the terrorist group Al Qaeda.
Despite this, jones He capitalized on his success among his followers by publishing a series of documentaries in which he claimed to reveal the truth behind 9/11.
But this was not the first time -and in time we would see that it was not the last either- that jones blamed the government for being behind an attack on its own territory.
Before the Twin Towers, the deadliest terrorist attack in USA It was the Oklahoma City bombing. Far-right terrorists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols blew up an explosives-laden truck at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building downtown, killing 168, wounding 680 others, and destroying buildings and vehicles 16 blocks away. round.
“I understood that there is a kleptocracy that works with psychopathic governments: claws of evil that know the tricks of control”Jones said at the time.
According to the broadcaster, the government had planned the attack to help Democrat Bill Clinton win the 1996 election. In April 2018, during an interview with the Austin American-Statesman newspaper, jones confirmed that it was “a false flag attack. Hundred percent”.
In the framework of the 2016 presidential elections, in USA A new conspiracy theory emerged. This time it involved Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, a Washington DC pizzeria and an alleged pedophilia ring.
After the email of Clinton and her campaign manager, John Podesta, was hacked and the information published by WikiLeaks. Different far-right groups claimed to have found hidden references to a human trafficking and pedophile network that operated in the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria among the messages.
jones was one of them. “Hillary Clinton personally murdered, dismembered and raped (children)”he said in a program broadcast on November 4.
Almost immediately, the pizzeria and its owner, James Alefantis, began to be harassed both on social media and physically. However, the worst was yet to come.
On December 4, 2016, Edgar Maddison Welch, a 28-year-old man, entered Comet Ping Pong and fired his AR-15 rifle at the venue. The police managed to arrest him and during interrogation he admitted that it was an attempt to rescue the allegedly kidnapped children.
Maddison was sentenced to four years in prison. In 2017, jones he had to apologize publicly for having fueled this theory.
“In our commentary on what became known as Pizzagate, I made comments about Mr. Alefantis that, in hindsight, I regret and for which I apologize.”said the announcer.
“To my knowledge today, neither Mr. Alefantis, nor his restaurant, Comet Ping Pong, were involved in any human trafficking as was part of the Pizzagate theories that were being written in many media outlets and that we discussed.”he admitted before the InfoWars site removed all the articles he had on it.
But for jones Not everything is limited to terrorist attacks and trafficking networks. For years, the controversial announcer has assured that the Government has climate control weapons with which they would cause natural disasters.
In 2013, for example, he warned that “of course there are weather weapons on the march (…) We had floods in Texas about 15 years ago that killed more than 30 people in one night. Turns out it was the Air Force.”
That same year, when a tornado in Oklahoma left 24 dead, Jones – who acknowledges that “natural” tornadoes do exist – blamed the government for “being able to create and direct groups of tornadoes.”
More recently, in December 2021, Jones claimed on his show that the government had developed these weapons in 1950. The announcer quoted a talk given in 2016 by former CIA director John Brennan, in which he spoke about the risks of geoengineering and the costs of using it as a tool against climate change.
Geoengineering is a subject of open debate between engineers and researchers as it is proposed as a measure against global warming -by controlling carbon dioxide emissions, for example- but it would imply a large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climate system.