CDE Official Who Peddled Conspiracy Theories is Placed on Leave

An official with the California Department of Education’s charter schools division has been placed on leave amid revelations that he has peddled bizarre conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic beliefs.

The Sacramento Bee first reported on Craig Heimbichner’s history of outlandish claims. According to the Bee, Heimbichner has alleged “that the 9/11 terrorist attack was an ‘inside job’ and Holocaust memorials are part of a deep-state plot led by a cabal of secretive, murderous Freemasons…”

Heimbichner co-authored a book, available on Amazon, called Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society. The introduction states that the United States was “founded in conspiratorial ferment” and that evidence of this conspiracy can be found in the “rituals” the Founders engaged in, as well as symbols on DC monuments and even in historical events like the JFK assassination. Even baseball is said to be a diabolical Masonic creation (hence, the diamond-shaped field).

In an article for Paranoia Magazine, Heimbichner accused the education system of being part of a conspiracy to promote a “permanent Jewish state.” The Bee also found that someone using his email address had subscribed to newsletters by an infamous Holocaust denier.

After the Bee published its story, Heimbichner was placed on leave. A third party will conduct an investigation into the matter, CDE Spokesman Daniel Thigpen said. That investigation may extend into a broader review of how the department makes hiring and promotion decisions, as well as its background check process.



Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 06:59

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