I too noticed the potentially unusual MSM interest in the conspiracy theories, as well as their straw-man method of "debunking" them.
I personally have heard very little about a group called "Operation Terror" and would hope to not be included in such a group simply by visiting ATS
and seeking answers to questions that investigative journalism ought to have answered, and more importantly, wanted to answer themselves. A less
pessimistic side of me might be willing to believe that MSM is only posting these articles because they know how bad they look with the shoddy
reporting done on Sandy Hook.
The more pessimistic side of me sees some legitimacy in OP's point. Reminds me a bit of articles I read explaining that Anon hacktivists were really
just social outcasts potentially suffering from Aspergers. At that time, 4chan users were largely lumped by the media in with Anon and the
hacktivism. Could be seeing the same thing here in mentions of ATS et al.
Here's something interesting to lend to the references to mental health initiatives, Obamacare, etc:
Here we see that the DSM is being updated for the first time since 2009. Interesting changes include:
-Major Depression Disorder can now be diagnosed just 2 weeks after a major loss, ie a loved one
-New Diagnoses for "Complex PTSD" (like PTSD but apparently resulting from long-term low-dose trauma), "Depressive Personality Disorder"
(Worrying, gloominess, and general cheerlessness), and "Passive Agressive Personality Disorder" (Half my family could probably be diagnosed with
-Aspergers apparently no longer exists and will henceforth be known simply as mild autism
-Hypersexual disorder can now be diagnosed based on frequent masturbation
-Oppositional defiant disorder can now be diagnosed in children over 5 who are oppositional once per week
Could mean nothing at all, but googling "DSM 5 problems" led me to a number of articles about potential over-diagnosing of the general population
and a few interesting tidbits about the APA completely ignoring reasonable input and review and pushing this revision through.
I really hope all of this means nothing, and some of us are just seeing connections because we're looking for them. I really hope so.