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This is the beginning of a fairly dark, if intriguing journey for those unnacquainted with “Pizzagate” as it has been called in the media. Our end goal is to compile everything we know about the evolution of pizzagate, both on the internet and in the mainstream media, and put it into a book format. Given the sheer amount of data there is to process community contribution will be greatly appreciated.  It is critical that we keep all contributions objective and fact based. The media has called Pizzagate fake news, but a good unbiased research into pizagate is lacking, therefore our website tries to present the facts and perspectives from different angles instead of saying this is either fake news or true. We hope to accomplish that by presenting facts, not tin foil conjecture. If you would like to contribute whether it be infographs, or writing, email us at pizzapartyshutdown@gmail.com or go to our contact page.

Welcome to a great undertaking. Stay well, stay safe, and stay vigilant.

The James Alefantis interview with Megyn Kelly

At the 15th of December 2016, Megyn Kelly interviewed James Alefantis about Pizzagate in her show.

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They started talking about the Comet Ping Pong shooting by Edgar Maddison Welch and how Alefantis experienced it. He says how people accused him on his Facebook and Instagram. Then he says how people used pictures from his Facebook and Instagram.

He explains the picture with the girl with taped hands as being his Godchild, which was playing with her sister, who taped her hands, and the picture being put online with the permission of her parents. According to Alefantis, people started to spread lies and false things about innocent people, linking it to the image.

Megyn Kelly continues saying it was started by Alex Jones. She also said the police has said it’s fake.

The interview:

The interview got discussed in a thread on reddit.

Users were criticizing Megyn Kelly for not asking more and deeper questions.

One user criticized Megyn Kelly for asking a question which contained incorrect information: “do we even have access to James’ emails? WTF is this dumb cunt talking about:

“You have emails that talk about pizza, when you run a pizza parlour!”

lmao, no. Wikileaks released john podesta’s emails and they spoke of pizza in an extremely strange fashion and through a number of links it came back to J’aime Les enfants.”

Another user thought there was a peculiar coincidence in the shooting:

I just watched this and the intro to the video did bring up parts of the story no one has raised, like they actually showed a couple of the Instagram posts, one of the ‘kill room / refrigerator’ and one of the little girl with her hands taped to a table.

He said that the guy who came in with a gun fired a shot that just happened to hit their computer system, through a wall. Ho-lee-sheit. “Whoops the bad guy destroyed all the evidence… whoopsie!”

On Voat, some users suspect the interview to be scripted, Ninjakick666 said: “I watch the body language and intonation of speech… this interview was scripted and well rehearsed… but he is still really nervous about his future… he knows people can see thru his facade. He honestly doesn’t know how this is going to end.

Some users also criticized Megyn for some of her claims, one user said: “Kept saying DC police confirmed it is fake. Really? Are you aware of just how corrupt the DC police force is? https://www.scribd.com/doc/97224690/D-C-Police-Culture-of-Corruption

It was also said that it’s unlikely that a small girl had done the tape: “How could ANYONE believe that the little girl’s sister taped down her forearms and hands? Those piece of masking tape were perfectly and precisely cut with scissors, not something that a couple of little girls would do when playing.

Megan Kelly received a lot of criticism on YouTube too and many people are unsatisfied with her interview, disappointed with her journalistic skills in this interview.

 

The Shooting at Comet Ping Pong and Edgar Maddison Welch

Edgar Maddison Welch, a man from Salisbury, North Carolina, 28 years old at the time of the shooting, was the gunman who fired two shots inside of Comet Ping Pong at the 4th of december, 2016.

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Edgar Maddison Welch in a picture from his Facebook profile

According to Lee Elmore, an employee of Comet Ping Pong, everyone started to panic when he walked towards the back of the restaurant.

When he was arrested, Welch told police he was self-investigating the theory that Comet Ping Pong was a sex child-trafficking center.

After he found no evidence children were being harbored in the restaurant, he surrendered.

The police charged Welch with assault with a dangerous weapon.

After the shooting, James Alefantis, the owner of the pizzeria, said: “What happened today demonstrates that promoting false and reckless conspiracy theories does come with consequences,

Between Fessenden Street and Nebraska Avenue NW, Connecticut Avenue was closed that day, but reopened about 6 p.m. after the police found nothing hazardous in the area.

According to court documents, Welch drove from his home to Comet Ping Pong to see for himself what it was all about.  After arriving in the restaurant, he fired from a weapon, an AR-15 rifle, police said. In the restaurant a rifle and a handgun were found.

James Alefantis closed the restaurant for a few days after the shooting. Two days after the shooting the restaurant was reopened again.

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The criminal complaint filed in the Comet Ping Pong shooting

Download a PDF of the criminal complaint here

Friends of Welch said the shooting was out of character with how they know him.

He later said how he “regret(s) how I handled the situation“. Edgar Madisson welch gave an interview to Adam Goldman of The New York Times (which can be read here) as he sat in D.C. jail, in which he said he first planned to just take a closer look, but changed his plans later when he arrived, firing a shot. Court documents said he had come armed to the restaurant “to rescue children”.

About the fact that Welch discovered there were no children harbored in Comet Ping Pong, he told Goldman: “The intel on this wasn’t 100 percent,”.

Welch said he didn’t like the term fake news, because he thought it was ment to diminish stories outside the mainstream media, which he doesn’t trust. He also said he isn’t political and didn’t vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, but he said that he hoped Donald Trump would bring the US “in the right direction”.

Goldman said that Welch was soft-spoken and polite and cautious to speak about what happened, citing his lawyer.

He said he doesn’t believe in conspiracy theories, but thought 9/11 needs to be re-examined. He also said he likes to listen to Alex Jones.

On Tuesday the 24th of January 2017, ABC7 wrote that there was a surprising turn in the case. Prosecutors had offered Edgar Maddison Welch a plea deal when he would appear in Federal Court Tuesday the 31st of January 2017. Welch’s attorney said she received a call from prosecutors the 23th of January Monday in which they informed her of a plea proposal.

Welch’s parents believe their son underwent a personality change after he hit a 13-year-old boy with his car earlier in October 2016.

Maddison has a career in the film industry, as can be seen in his IMDB profile, which can be seen here.

He was a production assistent for the films “The Mill” and “A Tale About a Bootlegging”. He wrote the film “Mute” and was an actor in the film “The Bleeding”.

On social media, his past in the film industry led to theories that he is a “crisis actor”, hired to carry out a “false flag” at Comet Ping Pong, Heavy.com writes.

At December the 5th 2017, an alternative news website, called 70news, proposed the theory that the the Comet Ping Pong gunman story was published 10 hours before it happened. He referred to the article itself, and an archived version of a Google Search of the article. A Voat user, Omnipotent1, pointed out that this is a known Google bug, in the following part of a post in a related Voat thread:

You guys are embarrassing. It’s a known google bug to display times wrong. I believe google uses gmt by default and it messes with things like this.

Everyone is so quick to upvote without checking and confirming things. Not blaming the topic creator, he saw something odd and posted it.

The author of the thread said at his website that Omnipotent1’s account was just 22 minutes old, but that scepticism was nevertheless important.

In a Google discussion about a similar case of an article which showed up as being published about 10 hours earlier, StevieD_Web from Google explained this Google bug:

Google uses GMT in official documentation, such as the time reported in Google Cache.

I believe the reported time in the search results can come from various sources.

Obvious Googlebot GMT would be one of those sources.

Googlebot also reads the publication time from the server documentation. What is the reporting time of the server? Maybe the server is reporting the local time of the site owner. Or the local time of the server’s location. OR the server might be reporting GMT. In addition it is conceivable that the server published an incorrect time

Then there is the reported time on the page itself:
(. FEBRUARY 26, 2015 | 05:14PM PT )

In addition, you may be longed into your Google account, but your local time setting may be incorrect.

So now we got multiple times, none of which may match the others and some of them could be incorrect because of a faulty clock.

Bottom line, there are often errors in the reporting time shown in search results. After the first day, it doesn’t matter since 1 day is 1 day.

Caleb Stephen from We Are Change, an organization of independent investigators, also claims that the attack was a false flag. According to him it is suspicious that on the 2nd of December, Comet Ping Pong has increased its’ security and on the 3rd of December, the traffic camera was re-directed. According to Rachel Kurzius from DCist, a website about Washington D.C., the increased security was a result of harassment over pizzagate which harmed Comet Ping Pong. In a Voat thread the moved camera at the 3rd of December is discussed.

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User Fishy-business says: “Nothing seems coincidental anymore“.

User totesgoats908234 also thinks the new direction of the camera was strange: “Looking at gmaps, the camera is a dome camera, so you can’t see what direction its looking at. It is also the type of camera that can be controlled remotely in terms of pan and tilt. I am well familiar with surveillance cameras, specifically IP Cameras.

The direction it is turned at doesn’t really make sense to me because almost half of the screen is now recording just the post that is holding the camera up. If they wanted to record whatever that direction is originally, they wouldn’t have mounted it so that the view is so obscured.

Really fishy.

User EndThePizza thought the harassment of Comet Ping Pong might be an explanation: “an explanation for that could be that CPP is concerned about harassment

User Ninjakick666 speculated that someone might have taken over the camera because of bad security: “I remember a russian website that had a database of unsecured IP cameras that you could browse by geographic location… would you happen to know of an alternative? I had a blast just messing around on all those security cams on poles with their controls unlocked so I could pan and zoom all on my own.

Some other users believe it is proof for a false flag attack, Drunkenmoba said: “Congrats on the spot. You found the precursor for the false flag attack.

Who is James Alefantis?

James Alefantis is a recurring character in the tale of “Pizzagate”. He was listed as one of Washington DCs 50 most powerful people in GQ magazine. The following is what GQ said about him:

Liberal twentysomethings in khakis drink beer and eat pizza at Alefantis-owned Comet Ping Pong. More established progressives wine and dine next door at Alefantis-owned Buck’s Fishing Camping. Alefantis is also the board president of Transformer, the contemporary art gallery that shamed the Smithsonian for removing an installation offensive to right-wingers. When it comes to D.C. radical chic, Alefantis is unsurpassed. If you don’t know him, you aren’t wearing your scarf right.

He is a restaurant owner and a chef. At one time he was the General Manager for a restaurant named Johnny’s Half Shell, and owned a small art gallery in Georgetown Virginia. In 2003 he co-founded a restaurant with Carole Greenwood, it was called “Greenwood”. Later it would change to Bucks Fishing and Camping. He was listed as the owner, and Carole was the chef, though they collaborated on the menu choices. Bucks is known for its rustic charm and according to a food review, an “expensive tasting menu”

In 2006 Alefantis and Greenwood founded the now well known Comet Ping Pong. Alefantis is the Executive Chef of Comet. Comet is known for its pizza, live, all ages music, and the ping pong tables. Both Comet and Buck’s are on Connecticut Avenue, and quite close together.

In 2009 Greenwood and Alefantis parted ways with both citing different reasons. Alefantis said she had “other interests” while Greenwood cited “urgent family matters”.

Today Alefantis maintains his ownership of both restaraunts as well as being President of Transformer Art Gallery also located in D.C. He is an open homosexual, and at one time was in a relationship with David Brock, CEO of Media Matters for America and Correct the Record. Correct the record is a Super PAC that campaigned for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election cycle. Below is a picture of Brock and Alefantis.

He is also registered as the owner of Castellum Achilles LLC. Castellum, registered to him in June of 2014, it owns a museum called The Pegasus.

Researchers discovered the listing on Google Maps.

Ryan O’ Neal, also known as Pizzagategear, delved into the Museum in one of his videos and claims to have been threatened by Alefantis afterwards.

The museum is closed to the public. Below is an aerial shot of the Pegasus building.

I will update this as I do more research, both on the Castellum LLC and the museum itself. Thanks for reading, feel free to contact us or drop a comment if you would like to contribute.

Tony Podesta, and his owned artworks

In the following segment, we will be looking at art and artists enjoyed by Tony Podesta. In another article, it could be read that the Podesta brothers are old friends of Denny Hastert. In the following we’ll look at several artworks owned and liked by Tony Podesta, which are in some way related to pizzagate.
First up, a few by Biljana Djurdjevic


There is also “The Arch of Hysteria” by Louis Bourgeois:


James Alefantis posted this artwork on his Instagram as well.

Some independent pizzagate investigators have speculated that there is a passing resemblance to some of Jeffrey Dahmers home photos of his victims.


Tony’s brother John (Hillary Clintons chief of staff) has art hanging in his office as well.

 

Amy Merrill and Journey

In a thread on Voat, user EyesWideScared put forward a theory about possible connections with pizzagate of organizations related to Amy Merrill.

he user wrote:

Amy Merril was the Director of Partnerships & Business Development for anti-sex trafficking organization SMF. Amy was Chief Partnerships Officer at anti-sex trafficking organization Change Heroes. Change Heroes partners with Clinton Global Initiative partner “Free the Children” charity.

Amy developed partners like PBS’ Half the Sky, Girl empowerment organization. (who enjoys partners like swirl logo organization Seedlings: http://seedlingsct.org/.))

Amy is the co-founder of Journey. Journey is an organization that raises money for poor children in 3rd world countries. After donating several thousand dollars, these donors are encouraged to travel these countries to meet these children they’ve sponsored

Despite, having a long history in working in anti-sex trafficking organizations, Amy seems very naive about a few things. Among those, she chose to use the Triangular Swirl “Boy-Love” logo for the logo for Journey!

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The logo of Journey

There weren’t many responses to the theory which EyesWideScared proposed and there isn’t any concrete evidence that Amy Merrill has connections to pizzagate.

Ben Swann off air after Pizzagate item

On the 26th of January 2017, Rodney Ho from AJC.com wrote an article about the sudden disappearance of Ben Swann ( available here in archived edition )

He has been off air since late in the last week of January the 26th.

Sharon Reed is solo-anchoring, who is normally his co-anchor, sometimes joined by Tracye Hutchins, but according to Ho, even the staff doesn’t know what’s going on.

Swann hasn’t posted on his Instagram and Facebook since the item aired. He has only retweeted on his Twitter account.

On the same day, Swann sent out a tweet about fundraising for a story about ISIS, which would be created by the US according to Swann:

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Some followers on his Twitter asked him if this Tweet was related to his Pizzagate item.

On the 27th of January 2017, Rodney Ho from AJC.com wrote an updaye on the situation (which can be read here ), Ben Swann would return to CBS46 on Monday 30 January 2017.

Frank Volpicella told CBS46 staff at a morning meeting that he himself took full responsibility for the Pizzagate story and told staff of Swann’s imminent return.

About an hour after the post of Ho, Swann posted the following message on his Facebook page, which would be deleted on Tuesday, he said:

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Hey guys, everyone is asking if things are OK. They are. I will be heading back to CBS46 on Monday but there are going to be some changes. The biggest one will be that this social page will go dark f/n on Tzuday [sic], Feb 1. We’ve been building this project for 6 years and those who have come to know me.. I hope you have also come to trust me.

The same picture and a similar message were posted on his Twitter account

According to Ho, Swann was taken off air shortly after The Daily Beast published an article in which a tin foil hat was placed on top of Swann’s head.

Some of his Facebook followers thought it was because of the pizzagate item:

Jeffrey Davison: “the pizzagate story riled up the elites enough to bring Ben into their sphere of threats, therefore Ben has now become a target to be oppressed, potentially discredited and brought under the reign of their leash of permitted news.

ryan Watterson: “Golly, I hope he’s not suicidal or anything. Journalists who expose things about the Left often end up suiciding themselves and stuffing their own bodies into suitcases. Instead of “cancelled” it should rather say “silenced.”

Some commenters on the article of Ho are critical of Swann, Mr Fair said:

Swann is clearly attempting to launch himself as a bright new star on the conservative alt-right, fake news stage. The question is why is he being given air time on a local CBS affiliate to do this? I watch the local news to get local news, not to hear another smug, serious self-serving, self-appointed protector of the public giving me his biased opinions on imaginary national events. There are enough of these people already on all the 24 hour cable channels — we do not need to start hearing this biased misinformation on our local newscasts as well. CBS 46 needs to let him go to pursue his career in fake news and crackpot conspiracies on Fox News and the internet where he belongs.

Another commenter was critical of the author himself, vmstewart said:

Congratulations to Rodney on his FOURTH article about Ben Swann’s story about Pizzagate, and his subsequent mysterious disappearance from the airwaves. Even though Rodney has discredited Pizzagate and those who would like for there to be an actual criminal investigation into a possible child sex ring, he is more than happy to post repeated blog stories about the issue, probably hoping that some of Ben Swann’s 500,000 or so fans would click on the ol’ Radio and TV Talk blog.

I’m impressed that Rodney actually hit the streets and did some real reporting, going all the way to the CBS46 lobby. Too bad all his journalistic skills could muster was a brush off by the receptionist. Of course there is also the question as to how Rodney knows what was said by Volpicella at a recent staff meeting. Since Rodney didn’t state how he came to know what was said in the meeting, we can assume whatever we want because for all we know, Rodney just made up that quote.

Maybe now that Ben Swann will be back on TV he can do a “Reality Check” segment on the AJC and WSB staff. He could investigate all those juicy stories that neither Rodney nor anyone else at the Coxopoly would ever think about exposing in detail. Like Jovita Moore’s nasty divorce, or Tyisha Fernandes DUI arrest, or the former AJC music critic arrested for child abuse.

Anyone at WSB TV or the AJC want to spill the beans on the shenanigans and any criminal activity?

On Voat, it was speculated by users that Swann used a code in his message, referring to The Art of War by Sun Tzu (which would be why Tuesday is written as Tzuday and sun with a capital letter). One user pointed out that in a second Tweet, a symbol was added under February 1st:

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Another user said it looked a lot like the symbol of The Art of War:

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One user, itsdazzling, suggested the possibility that February 1 is a code to be interpreted as 2/1, and found the following:

“2 in section 1 is: “It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to

ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.””

Security cameras around Comet Ping Pong

On the 26th of January 2017, a thread appeared on Voat ( which can be found here ) by Karenrussell63 about a repositioning of the security camera which is normally aimed at Comet Ping Pong. At 8:54 am the camera was back in its’ old position again.

A screencapture was made of a user at 2017-01-25 8:25:22 AM EST

 

Some users speculated that the vehicles which can be seen are from the FBI. User CarolusRex posted an image of the model that is commonly used by the FBI, and pointed out the resemblance:

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One user speculated the FBI might have tried to give a secret message:”Might be the FBI just telling us that they are with us. If JA and crew dont know about this, then theyd sure AF would get nervous seeing this.

User crazimal had a possible alternative explanation for the camera switch: “Another thought; not sure how these cams networks are set up really… any chance this cam switching happens because for example the individual cams are dynamically addressed and renew occasionally and the network knows them by their dynamically assigned address, so when cams sharing a certain power circuit, group, or server all renew at once there is a chance (? 50% if two cams in group) that the net will show a different cam at the same location? Just a thought…

The switch before the Welch event was suspicious as could be but sometimes there are explanations other than conspiracy.

Even bad code or lazy technicians can play roles at times.

User bronwynne wondered if the cars are probably from other groups or organizations: “Kinda look like airport to hotel type vehicles to me… or some low level drug dealer wannabe-gangster from Surrey in BC.