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JOHN

It's been a while, Mike.

MIKE

It certainly has.

JOHN

Any regrets about your life changes?

MIKE

You mean my reversion to Islam?

JOHN

Predominantly, yes, I suppose.

MIKE

No, none. I'm very happy. I haven't left the ring, just swapped corners.

JOHN

Ring? Corners? That's fightin' talk, pardner!

MIKE

Well, the sceptics keep my juices surging.

JOHN

You were telling me yesterday that you're still struggling with your sleep disorders, narcolepsy and cataplexy.

MIKE

Mmmm...that's true. Its been tough, particularly over the last few months.

JOHN

How has this affected your work?

MIKE

Well, the quality of my writing is better than ever, but my output has slowed significantly. I  have to take a lot of breaks, otherwise my concentration begins to flag. I have no problem giving lectures, but I've pretty much abandoned on-site investigations. I find them too tiring.

JOHN

D'you miss them?

MIKE

Funnily enough, no. In Islam the study of the Unseen is much more knowledge-based, more academic. It involves the study of classical Islamic texts on the Jinn and related subjects. To be honest I find it more fulfilling than hands-on investigation, much more challenging in some ways.

JOHN

How different is the Islamic understanding of paranormal phenomena compared to what you were used to?

MIKE

There isn't any substantial difference over the facts...just how one interprets them.

JOHN

You're still working on new books?

MIKE

Sure...I'm working on a book about the alleged crucifixion of Jesus.

JOHN

I think you mentioned this the last time, but you'll have to refresh my memory. Why do you say "alleged crucifixion"?

MIKE

Because Muslims don't believe Jesus was crucified. The amazing thing is that the proof he wasn't crucified can be found within the Bible itself.

JOHN

But doesn't the Bible say he was crucified?

MIKE

Of course...on the surface; but if you study the text closely you'll see a different story emerges.

JOHN

Can you explain that in a little more depth?

MIKE

Yes. The Gospel writers and Paul of Tarsus had an agenda; to prove that the crucifixion really happened. However, the source material they used when compiling their works said the opposite. They edited out all of the anti-crucifixion narrative from their sources, but it was inevitable that inconsistencies would occur as they did so. Echoes of the truth survived in their distorted narratives…went unnoticed. The trick is to listen out for those echoes as you read. Once you know how to spot them, its like studying a palimpsest. The surface text says one thing, the hidden story lies underneath.

JOHN

That's going to ruffle a few feathers.

MIKE

You’ve said that before. Don't tell me you're surprised at that when its me writing the book!

JOHN

Of course not...how silly of me. Now tell me, you seem to be taking an interest in conspiracy theories right now. Why is that?

MIKE

That's an interesting question. It started with the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, when 20 year-old Adam Lanza was said to have shot and killed 20 children and 6 adult staff members. There are literally hundreds of holes in the story. Whatever happened, one deranged kid didn't massacre all those people - if they were massacred at all.

JOHN

You mean it didn't happen at all?

MIKE

Well, something happened, sure, but here’s what I’ve been drawn to conclude through my research: Some people might have died, but its not at all certain. It seems no one has been allowed to see the bodies - not even the parents. The town is filled with security people with links to the CIA, FBI and other agencies. Photos of the families have been digitally manipulated. Some of the alleged victims seem to be still alive. The behaviour of some of the allegedly bereaved parents has been bizarre, to put it mildly, and by this I don’t mean the way grief can make you behave oddly - which I admit it can. Some web pages relating to the tragedy were created before it actually took place; days before, in some cases. How could that be? I've been told some people who lived in the town were forced to move. One is said to have been forced to shut down a thriving business when the landlord inexplicably refused to renew their lease. Some witnesses have been identified as "crisis actors" hired to play the part of local people. Some photographs of the “crime scene” weren't even of the school, but another several miles away. The whole thing is crazy. A number of those who have tried to investigate the case have been threatened, warned off.

JOHN

Do you think anyone really died?

MIKE

To be honest, I just don't know. Maybe, and if they did then my heart goes out to the families.But whether they did or not there's no doubt something truly weird was going on that day. My take is that there's been a cover-up of gargantuan proportions. The inconsistencies I've pointed out are just the tip of the iceberg. 

JOHN

What sort of attention has this generated?

MIKE

Very little here, but in the USA it's been huge. Just go to YouTube and search "Sandy Hook conspiracy" and you'll see for yourself. The first book on the affair, by veteran researcher Victor Thorn, has now been released.

JOHN

How have the debunkers reacted to all this?

MIKE

Well, we’ve seen a typical response. “How dare you! You’re all sick! Have you no thought for the grieving families? What’s wrong with you people?”  There are a number of flaws in this type of thinking. First, its predicated upon the idea that the official story is true and that the killings really took place. Feeling compassion for the victims and their families is perfectly understandable, but its a purely emotional reaction. It does nothing to address the primary question; is the official story true? We can’t ignore the facts and refuse to address the questions simply because to do so would be reprehensible if the facts were bogus, the questions were based upon false conclusions and the event really took place as we’ve been told. That’s the whole point: Investigators have uncovered very solid inconsistencies that demand both examination and answers. Those who are casting doubt upon the official story aren’t against the grieving families if they really exist. They’re right behind them, all the way. The parents have a right to know the truth too. Conspiracy Theorists aren’t the enemy here. If I’d lost a child at Sandy Hook, I know that I’d want an investigation if there was even the faintest whiff that I’d been lied to regarding the circumstances surrounding my son or daughter’s death. This faux moral outrage that we see from some in the media just doesn’t make sense. Sure, some of the inconsistencies will eventually be explained away and some of the conspiracy theories debunked - you’re always going to get that in complex cases - but some won’t be killed off that easily.

JOHN

And this is what got you into the whole conspiracy theory thing?

MIKE

Sure. After Sandy Hook I then started to look at 9/11. for years I was convinced that the 9/11 disaster was truly the work of a handful of deranged terrorists. Now I don't. I believe that the destruction of the Twin Towers was possibly orchestrated by rogue elements within the US Government to justify the bogus "War on Terror".

JOHN

You know what conclusion your critics are going to draw, don’t you?

MIKE

Oh, I know; that I changed my mind about Muslims being responsible for 9/11 after I became a Muslim.

JOHN

But you say that's not true...

MIKE

Yes, I do, because it isn't. People who know me also know I’m better than that. For two years after I became a Muslim I still argued that it was a bunch of Islamic extremists who were responsible. But then after looking at the Sandy Hook case I revisited the whole 9/11 thing, by which time a lot more evidence had surfaced. There's no doubt that 9/11 was an inside job of some kind. Sites like Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth and Pilots For 9/11 Truth have completely shredded the official story. I remember seeing one poll in which 83% of American citizens said they believed the US Government had covered up the truth about 9/11.  I think its inevitable the truth will come out one day.

JOHN

Why would, say, the US Government orchestrate a cover-up over 9/11?

MIKE

The US Government knows that their global empire is crumbling, and its crumbling fast. Now of course they have to have someone to blame for this. Thich Nhat Hanh once said,  “In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them.  And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.” The enemy created by the West is Islam. Muslims have been demonised as terrorists to a man. So many people think that Muslims are all either terrorists or supporters of terrorism. Its just isn’t true. Sure there have been some people who claim to be Muslims who have done terrible things - the same can be said of Christianity and other religions. But you shouldn’t blame Muslims - you should blame the terrorists. Look; cast your mind back to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Did people blame all Christians for the bombings? No; they blamed small factions within the Catholic and Protestant communities. They actually felt sympathy for ordinary Catholics and Protestants, not hatred. They blamed the insurgents, not all Christians. Had anyone said, “All Christians are to blame for the Troubles!” they’d have been denounced as crazy. Yet when people blame all Muslims for the acts of a few, no one says a word. Why? Because we’re the necessary enemy. We’re going to be the ones to shoulder the blame as America starts to collapse. We’re going to be the ones they’ll blame when Martial Law is declared. By blaming us, and shifting the blame from themselves, they hope that people will still allow them to stay in power to sort the mess out because they won’t be seen as the enemy. We will. The main escape route for them will be to blame us for their crumbling economy and the implosion of the petro-dollar. They’ll say, “See? If we hadn’t had to fight this war, everything would have been fine, but now we’re in a state because of those evil Muslims. We aren’t to blame - they are.”  The nation will be asked to rally behind the Government against the perceived Islamic enemy, when in fact the real enemy will be the government itself.

JOHN

But where does Sandy Hook figure in all this?

MIKE

It isn't going to be too long before Martial Law is declared in the USA. Again, go to YouTube and search “Martial Law USA” and you’ll see how seriously the idea is being taken. The fabric of social order is already breaking down and there is a very real threat of massive riots on the streets. The only way they are going to be able to put down any dissent is by removing the right of the people to bear arms. I believe that is why the current administration is making desperate efforts to remove the Constitutional right of  citizens to bear arms. Sandy Hook is a tool to psychologically condition the masses with the idea that gun control should involve the removal of the inherent right of the people to carry weapons. Its simply a way of disarming the people before they revolt, as an armed revolt is far harder to contain. By the time the people wake up and realise they've been duped, it will be too late. 

JOHN

That’s a pretty depressing scenario, Mike. Do you really think this is how it will pan out?

MIKE

Well, there’s no doubt in my mind that they’ll try. They really don’t have a choice. The question is, will they succeed? Personally I don’t think so.  Alex Jones, Jesse Ventura and many others have exposed the lie about 9/11 and Sandy Hook too well, and the genie can’t be put back in the bottle, as they say. People like Jesse Ventura can’t be bought off and people respect them too much to ignore them. My guess is that when Martial Law is declared many people will finally wake up and we’ll see a huge uprising of the masses. The other possibility is that the uprising will take place even earlier, when the Government tries to take people’s guns away. That could well be a step too far. Americans are just too passionate about their right to bear arms.

JOHN

People like Alex Jones are intimating that America is slowly being turned into a Police State, Do you agree with him?

MIKE

Too right. There was a time when American police officers were the envy of law enforcement agencies around the world. Not now. Don’t get me wrong, there are thousands of good, decent officers still serving, but overall the system is is being turned around to the dark side. Officers are now routinely armed with military grade weapons. Now I don’t have problem with this as such, for I think law enforcement officers should be allowed to carry weapons at least as powerful as those owned by the criminals they encounter. However, now its almost impossible to differentiate between the police and the military in many places. The police look like soldiers and they patrol the streets in armoured cars. I think this is all part of the conditioning process…to get people used to seeing “soldiers” on our streets.

JOHN

You seem to be pretty passionate about this.

MIKE

Too right I am. Good, decent Americans have been cruelly hoodwinked to think that Muslims are their enemy. They aren't. The real enemy is their own Government.

JOHN

Do you blame ordinary Americans for falling for it?

MIKE

No! I feel desperately sorry for them. I also feel desperately sorry for the hundreds of thousands of Muslims and their families who have died as a result of this lie. Ordinary Americans are being made into our enemies, and we are being made into theirs. The tragedy is that it is completely unnecessary. The only purpose it serves is to shield the real criminals.

JOHN

 You seem to be focusing mostly on the USA…

MIKE

Well, that’s just because we were talking about Sandy Hook and 9/11. The UK is, I think, heading down a similar road. We have a way to go to catch up, and I don’t know if we ever will, but I definitely think we’re heading in the wrong direction.

JOHN

Will you be penning any books on conspiracy theories?

MIKE

No. I want to write about spiritual issues. There are already enough good writers taking up the cudgels in a literary sense on 9/11 and the other issues.

JOHN

How is your Gazette column going these days?

MIKE

Its just approaching it's 16th birthday. Its displaying the same traits as all 16 year-olds - its become an unruly teenager! Seriously though, its going fine. Since I embraced Islam I've had to modify the kinds of story I write up so that they don't promote ideas contrary to my faith - I think most readers will be broadminded enough to allow me me that luxury - but its had  little impact in real terms. In fact, I suspect the vast majority of readers won't have noticed any difference.    

JOHN

Thanks Mike, its been fascinating as always; I guess that will do till next time.

MIKE

My pleasure.                  

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