A recent article posted on popsci.com caught my attention with the interesting head-line, “Twitter Is The New Police Scanner” and briefly went on to explain how important Twitter has become to “get the word out” quite effectively to a mass audience. Considering the impact of the events last week across the Nation, the advantages Tweeting has over other ‘traditional methods’ to disseminate fast moving, emergency-related information, over a wide, demographic audience, proved itself once again by keeping just ahead of the news-media:
“In fact, the news broke on Twitter more than 10 minutes before national media began reporting on the explosions. This photo was tweeted just four minutes after the first bomb went off–” By Kelsey D. Atherton
Posted 04.16.2013 at 5:00 pm http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-04/twitter-is-the-new-police-scanner
During this same time-period I had been poring over the numerous Twitter posts relating to the Sandy Hook shooting, trying to make some sense out of the time factors, specifically, why so many were ahead of the official dispatch records. The easy answer is the Twitter posting time-stamp is in UTC time and cannot be used as a specific, local-time reference. Or it is in Unix code and this too prevents the time as posted as being a specific indicator of posting-of-event-local-time correlation. Most of these answers make logical sense when considering the Twitter poster, may not be physically located where the event is occurring, or is simply commenting on a post by interest of the subject. The Twitter posts that caught my attention where the ones from the same specific Date/Time and Geo-physical area, specifically posts from Newtown/Sandy Hook well before 10:00 am CT time or shortly thereafter.
A specific case involving a Twitter posting:
“On the morning of December 14th, 2012 I found myself scanning the redundant array of social media apps on my phone. Just as I was about to pry myself out of bed, I had come across a recent twitter post by one of my fellow graduates of Newtown High School. In just a few minutes I would learn that my former hometown elementary school had become the site of one of the most horrific school shootings that this country has ever seen.” http://petapixel.com/2013/03/23/my-experience-as-a-photographer-covering-the-sandy-hook-tragedy/
This photographer who had personal ties to the school and the area immediately went into action and drove to the location and subsequently chronicled that morning in pictures. If he had not seen the Twitter posting he may not have learned crucial details until much later… so he is a good example of how Twitter, as an information service, provided him with critical up-to-the moment information from other Twitter members. This is positive proof Twitter works quite well as an emergency information service.
In contrast, to the above example, there is this posting on GLP from much earlier which was seeking an answer to a question concerning Twitter time-stamps from Newtown being well before the official reporting of the incident:
“Sandy Hook Tweets / Day of shooting / Before the event ? First time posting but not new to GLP, so please forgive if this has been posted/addressed before.
Since Sandy Hook event, I’ve been searching for any information possible. I’m not on Twitter and not very familiar with it, so I have a question.
Through searching, I found a link to a woman’s Twitter account who lives in CT and says that she knew Nancy Lanza. She started tweeting about the shootings on the day of, December 14 at 7:12 am (“Is this real? A shooter at sandy hook elementary school in Newtown, ct?? All schools are in lockdown”) – at 8:15 am, she even tweets about the school principal being killed (“Principal shot & killed? Unconfirmed #NewtownSchoolShooting”). There are several other tweets around these times, as well.
My question is, would her tweets be eastern standard time (EST), since she lives in CT? If they are, then that’s very strange because that would have been before the shootings had even occurred. ”
This poster [01/11/2013 08:48 PM] asked a straightforward question which I thought was well worth an answer…. I also do not have a Twitter account nor do I follow any postings… as of today 4-20-2013 3:26 not a single answer to what seems a fairly basic question. What time was it specifically there in Newtown when the twitter poster in question sent out the Tweet at 07:12 am?
A possible match or re-Tweet to the Tweet in question:
[Principal shot & killed? Unconfirmed #NewtownSchoolShooting Reply Retweet Favorite More 1 Retweet 1 Favorite 8:15 AM – 14 Dec 12]
A quick search/check of the term #NewtownSchoolShooting does not fully answer the question: https://twitter.com/search/realtime?q=%23NewtownSchoolShooting&src=hash
So logically, the Tweet time as best as I can tell, is the local time reference. The UTC time standard is simply the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
The UTC time standard provides a top-level, time-keeping function in order to maintain, all geophysical time relationships, in the correct relational order, as the earth rotates upon its axis. Thus, a Tweet sent from Newtown will appear as a local time reference and for those in other time zones, either behind or in advance, of their own local time-frame. If I was up and around at 7:00 am that morning and I received a Tweet, from a local Newtown poster, the time on my clock will be three hours behind the time as posted on the Tweet. If I was up three hours earlier the Tweet is still three hours ahead, but as a receiver of the information I am in a more “direct relational time” window. One might call this time-parallel parity. Those that have a Twitter account do have a significant advantage over those that do not when it comes to receiving up-to-the-moment information and passing along by re-tweet subjects of interest not on any news broadcast or yet to be published web posting.
Considering the total lack of any subject response to the GLP poster the issue of Twitter posts[as a specific time reference] that morning was of zero interest, despite the fact, the poster had a legitimate question of specific importance. If the Headline posted on the Popsci page is to remain true, then the time reference of such Tweets, must be taken into account, as proof, such Tweets are accurate, for the purpose of evidence verification. If Tweets have no such verifiable function, in regards to such events, as they occur, this would significantly diminish the claim Tweets can supersede live scanner reports as a source of verifiable time records.
A quick ref. to a web-site…:
And out west:
[The] Pacific Time is the Pacific Time Zone of the United States of America (USA) and Canada. Pacific Standard Time (PST) is 8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-8).
Hence the difference of three hours between the two zones, as measured from the UTC standard. So for example, if I was tweeting a response to a Tweet(7:00 am) from Newtown CT. my Tweets will have a 10:00 am time ref. to their 7:00 am ref. using the same standard. There are no complications to this arrangement strictly along the lines of the relationships as time functions measured by the system. If a specific device as used has an internal clock error this might cause an issue for the user, but I see no specific evidence this would cause a gross discrepancy in the system time functions as provided as an integral part of the Twitter service.
The following examples are just a few of the many I came across while searching for specific time-based posts which were placed into the public domain by concerned parties or news outlets helping to pass along information about that morning and the incident itself.
This post provides a good example of the “information” which was shaping the perceptions of the public and encapsulated the elements of the official narrative before it radically changed later that same afternoon.
A Blog writer [Friday, December 21st, 2012 | Posted by Niall Bradley] wrote a very specific and well thought out response to this very same post which sums up quite well the natural questions which arise when comparing earlier media reports with later reports.
“Who exactly is this ‘law enforcement official’ that has access to the premier news agency in the country, and on behalf of which state agency does he/she work for?
How did they even know at this point that Ryan had a younger 20-year-old brother when there are no public records of Adam Lanza since 2009 and the two brothers had not seen each other since 2010, as claimed by Ryan? How could they have known on Friday morning that Ryan had a girlfriend and that she and another friend were missing in New Jersey? How did they even know that Ryan had any connection to New Jersey at all? The Lanzas’ mother was dead at this point and their father only found out later through a reporter asking him about Adam, who had by then become the ‘lone gunman’ in the official narrative.
Surely the first point on the timeline at which anyone can even begin to discover these things about Ryan is the moment he piped up on Facebook and said “Hi, I’m alive, I didn’t do it, and I live and work down here in New Jersey!” How could ‘law enforcement officials’ have pieced together details of his life but not known that he was actually still alive in the very location where they stated that his girlfriend had gone missing?
The only way they could have found out all this about Ryan Lanza was if they had 100% positively identified him as the ‘dead gunman inside the building’, then worked backwards from there by investigating who his next of kin were, then questioning family members, then discovering where he lived and worked, that he had a girlfriend and that she and a friend were missing, etc.
Such things take time to investigate, especially as they would involve cross-checking with police and other officials in New Jersey. And even before that, somebody there would first have had to receive local reports of two missing people before any connection could be made to the shooting in Connecticut.
Even if we granted these ‘law enforcement officials’ superfast detective powers, they would not have been able to travel back in time to rewrite the script regarding how they knew what they knew about the Lanza brothers, particularly Ryan. Because from the moment the official line was forced to deviate towards saying that Ryan Lanza was no longer the ‘dead shooter inside the building’, it became impossible for these ‘law enforcement officials’ who “weren’t authorised to speak” (but heck, were telling lots of people lots of things that morning anyway, and whose credentials enabled them to speak through the Associated Press and other media outlets) to have retrospectively discovered all these connections of Ryan.
The only logical conclusion I can draw at this stage is that somebody or some group with high-level media access had FOREKNOWLEDGE of the crime, foreknowledge that is revealed by their ‘anonymously’ leaking to the press things which they could not otherwise have known, foreknowledge that exposes their hand in originally planning to use both Lanza brothers as patsies.” http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/12/21/sandy-hook-massacre-evidence-of-official-foreknowledge/
The above AP post, By Pete Yost, The Associated Press, can also be found here as well: http://news.yahoo.com/ap-source-shooting-suspect-24-old-son-teacher-203706020.html
This is a good example of a Tweet which is connected to a video tribute which caused a great deal of argument about the date of the video upload:
And another example on the same video subject:
These anomalous dates might easily be dismissed as some kind of odd-ball glitch of a device being used, or a server error of some kind, but the correlation to photographs as found on the French media site SIPA by myself and many others, including swansong on Insanemedia, who posted an article— April 19th, 2013— detailing his findings. A specific reference to a photo of Olivia Engel in his article serves as a good example of why this time correlation is quite important:
“In the above compilation you can see that the photo for Olivia Engel has a date of 11/18/2012. It also says that this is when the photo was taken. At this point it would be easy to assume that the photo dates relate to when they were taken, not posted, that is until you look at the dates of the other photos. The photo of Victoria Soto is dated 11/23/2012 as is the corner photo of Dylan Hockley. Was Victoria’s photo coincidentally taken on 11/23/2012 too? ” swansong http://www.insanemedia.net/sandy-hook-evidence-strange-victim-photo-dates/3423
The posting of photographs prior to the incident itself raises more questions than answers and it is not as simple as many might believe to actually have photographs up-loaded to a commercial media site such as SIPA and other related firms[REX Features] who purchase photo’s thus have copyrights to said images.
From the REX features site: http://www.rexfeatures.com/suppliers.html
“Completing IPTC Fields for ‘Editorial’ images
(That’s general news and entertainment images.)
That’s the ‘IPTC Stationery Pad’ (Photo Mechanic) ‘File Info’ (Photoshop) or ‘Text’ (FotoStation)
We won’t ask you to jump through too many hoops but please complete these THREE fields – other fields can be completed or left blank as you wish.
Date Created: The date the photo was taken
Headline: The Event / Story title, with geographical location, set out like these examples: ‘Skyfall” film premiere, London, Britain
Kate Moss out and about in Los Angeles, America
Formula One Australian Grand Prix 2012, Melbourne, Australia
Celebrities at Mahiki night club, London, Britain
Caption/Description: A caption for that individual image within the set. It might be the name of the person pictured or a description of what is taking place in that individual image. Please do not add any other info; your name, date etc. to this field.
If the set is Exclusive, has published already, or if you wish to notify us of anything else please use the Special Instructions field.
Please type all content in mixed case.”
Interestingly enough most of the pictures I looked at were missing the three necessary fields.
This next example really is quite puzzling in regard to copyrights of a mis-identified girl who was never at SHE period:
If a parent was planning to have their kids do model related work it makes sense to have professional photo’s taken for that purpose. I can think of no simply reason why a parent would sell pictures of their children in advance of a serious, criminal tragedy, which they have no means of knowing will happen, much less, finding other pictures sold by parents on the same dates along with pictures of adult victims.
If such an individual was that psychic to start with one might expect they would be elsewhere that day, say at the horse races, where such amazing abilities would lead to becoming very wealthy. There is no explanation for why parents, or soon to be deceased adults, would ever sell personal pictures far in advance of a major, catastrophic, criminal incident. I also seriously doubt any of these commercial firms will be advancing any answers to the questions posed any time soon.
Another example of a Tweet specifically of the now quite famous picture of the students leaving the school:
The Tweet post time is 07:37 am Dec 14th 2012.
A close-up showing the 09:35 AM time as well:
[Brian Knox–NBC 5 Today Associate Producer, tracking news as it develops around the world. @northwesternu alum. Opinions are mine & usually revolve around tennis.]
A couple of examples responding to the Tweet:
[14 Dec Omg people are disgusting. I can’t believe someone would do such a horrible thing 😖. Collapse Reply Retweet Favorite More 7:38 AM – 14 Dec 12 · Details]
[Newtown is trending on twitter for all the wrong reasons right now…..
Retweeted by KT Collapse Reply Retweet Favorite More 7 Retweets 4
Favorites 7:51 AM – 14 Dec 12 · Details]
To check out specifics on the photo requires going here:
http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx? xslt=1p&st=k&showact=results&sort=creationdatelower: alphabetical&page=1&intv=None&cfas=__p,-1&sh=10&kwstyle= and&dbm=PY2012&adte=1363615966&rids= 86951e8bec3c4f1dacd409d1fe5af340&dah= -1&pagez=20&cfasstyle=AND&PHOTOGRAPHER_NAME=shannon%20hicks&
A screen shot:
With a creation date/time of 09:48 am it would be quite impossible for a Tweet to be sent with a photo, yet to be taken, much less, submitted for general circulation. So the photographer, or the Newtown Bee, had to be Tweeting the image in order for the next in line to re-tweet the same image.
A GLP post by emanuelG– Germany 04/07/2013 12:08 AM– made the following observations on this specific subject:
The photo was tweeted by ‘theNewtownBee’ at 10:35 but this tweet disappeared, only some retweets exist, eg.: this by @BKnox88 from 10:37 tweet: [link to twitter.com (secure)] photo: [link to twitter.com (secure)] xml with true time-stamp [link to api.twitter.com (secure)] quote: <status><created_at>Fri Dec 14 15:37:40 +0000 2012</created_at><id>279611117448339458</id><text>FIRST IMAGE: Kids walking out, crying as they evacuate Sandy Hook Elem. in #Newtown. #Breaking [link to t.co]
Fri Dec 14 15:37:40 +0000 2012 is 10:37:40 ET EXACTLY
How reached this photo the website of the Newtown Bee??
Shannon Hicks has a Canon Rebel XT 8MPx camera with memory-card.
She walked up to the SH-Firehouse and further on, took over 21 photos and in her own words ‘passed the button’ to her editor John Voket at 11:30 !!?? How that ??”
The two incongruent factors here are the “shadows-analysis by youtubere ‘Pat Jack’ taken before 10:00!” which would place the photographer at the scene before her own account suggests and the simple fact a memory card has to be inserted into a computer, photo’s processed and then up-loaded. If she did not go back to the Bee before 11:30 am it is odd her two pics, one much more famous than the other, apparently due to being a Tweet as well, were already sweeping the net. As for the Tweet—If Mr. Knox is on PS-time– and his clock says 07:37 am and the Tweet is referencing the ES-time 10:37 am post by the Newtown Bee— the time factor is relationally the same. The time of 9:35 AM might well be the cell-phone internal time, but only the user of that phone can say for sure what that means specifically.
Keeping these broader time-factors in mind here is another example:
The Governor posted his Tweet at 08:02 ES-time and is photographed later that morning at the scene by the very same individual cited as an example. There is no time difference for the various Tweets originating in CT that morning. Every Twitter post made from somebody living in CT has the same UTC time zone …. so the Gov. knew about the incident at 08:02 am or was he referring to another activity which lends to an assumption? The tweet below his own seems to be quite specific to the incident and time-wise correlates with the Hicks photo release.
Another interesting Tweet in the same hour or so time-frame:
The Tweet time is 09:36 am which is well before any reference can be logically made from the dispatch records. The police cannot have prior knowledge of the incident period. Any reference which alludes to or demonstrates such prior knowledge destroys the official narrative and proves a much different crime was in progress. Unless Adam Lanza Tweeted his intentions to the State Police, prior to his murderous rampage, there is no connection of a “suspect” yet to to be identified and certainly not at the Lanza residence.
The next set of examples demonstrate how effective the Twitter system is while pointing out the time of post issues:
The early Tweet at 07:08 am WFSB Channel 3 is a tough one to match up with dispatch records. The Newtown Patch is not too far behind at 07:14 and very close time-wise to the GLP posters “Tweet” in question. A 2nd gunman was reported taken into custody FOX 32 News 10:27 am… and the only Tweet I found in direct reference to the report of the kitchen at 07:38 am…. which does match a dispatch record, but with a three hour time difference to the minute. So I am assuming this specific Patch.com Tweet was in the PS-time zone. https://twitter.com/PatchTweet
Audio analysis courtesy of BelligerentPolitics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cxa24q81rFE
Even when certain elements from different sources indicate a match-up it is not that easy to determine the local time-reference and claim it as proof-positive accurate. What seems to be very clear is the Twitter system has to operate on a time-sensitive network which serves the purpose of its clients. I see no reason for this system not to be working as intended, or to be giving any false time records for one segment of the country, as opposed to any other. Those who live closest to the incident are Tweeting in real time by their clock time-frame and those posting to the subject are clocked in accordingly.
What makes no sense is why any Tweet is clocked into the system well before any factors of the incident can be in progress. If the students are not in school at 07:00 am there cannot be a shooter harming them. If the suspect does not arrive at the school prior to 09:30 am there can be no kids running from the school or hiding in closets prior to any real danger. The only way there can be such absurd differences in actions is if the “incident” was planned in advance and the elements of the incident were set in motion well before the police dispatch officially started. The consequences of specific actions not being in sequential order results in ambiguities and contradictions which cannot be solved with irrational elements to mask the resulting defects.
There is no resolution possible if certain key elements of the official narrative are simply false and the continuity factor was seriously compromised by these gross mistakes. At some point that afternoon whomever is sitting at the top of this nefarious planning had to realize the original story was falling apart faster than any prior planning must have indicated as possible. The irony here is Twitter may well have worked so well as a mass-media tool for information sharing that the story broke out of the intended scheme and simply deviated the entire result to an un-intended consequence. It seems very clear the control factor was meant to remain in a few hands and thus severely limit what information was to be released and by whom. The actual result defeated the control function as intended and the contingency plan went into effect instead to minimize the damage. The story drastically changed as a reflection of the extraordinary power such communication channels can exert especially when the people sincerely believe a horrific injustice has occurred and react accordingly.
I seriously doubt Adam Lanza played any role here except as the mad-goon patsy which is why I also suspect he was not originally intended as the lone bad guy. He was simply all that was left when the smoke cleared and the real perp’s realized they had a crime with no bad guys at all. If one were to take out Adam Lanza and simply replace him with suspect “A” nothing really changes in regards to the crime itself. He is oddly inconsequential due to there being no discernible motive to match him specifically to the crime.
Audio analysis courtesy of BelligerentPolitics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cxa24q81rFE :
The News Media makes mistakes as this photo proves so well:
This is a photo of Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler alongside J. Hensel.
This is a business ID photo of Mr. Wyatt:
With so many mis-identifications already I thought it might be best to help keep the record straight. Too bad the media tycoons act as if their mistakes are no longer questionable much like the authorities themselves.
One has to wonder who is wagging who.