What is the point of this blog?
Conspiracy is not my obsession, nor my guilty pleasure. My interest lies in the multifarious ways in which we are, as a society and as a culture, being manipulated from behind the curtain. I became aware of social conditioning/culture manipulation whilst quite young and yet I still somehow failed to see how it had affected my own thinking until well into middle age.
Conditioning is everywhere in our culture and those who practice it in order to advance certain agendas are past masters at its many forms. I therefore offer the information presented within this blog as an overview of the many methods that the manipulators of our society can and do use, to their advantage and our cost.
I’m aware that many who read these posts will be coming to much of what is covered here cold. And so, I have compiled this brief glossary of terms as an aid to understanding the concepts here covered.
Disinformation: The dissemination of false data or the deliberate omission of part or all of the facts pertaining to important information.
Straw man argument: Focusing debate or attention on selected – cherry picked – points of the opponent’s thesis to give a false interpretation of their meaning, or bring their motives into question.
Cognitive dissonance: Mental conflict occurring when assumptions or beliefs are contradicted by new information.
Group think: A lazy form of thinking where the individual prefers to adopt the opinions of their peers rather than make the effort to figure things out for themself. Once an individual has made a commitment to group think, it can be difficult and even dangerous to challenge their paradigm.
MKULTRA: Note; there is much that we still do not know about this program. And there is no real evidence that it does not continue today (though most certainly under a different name). Note also that there were many sub projects under MKULTRA, such as MONARCH to name but one.
Hegelian dialectic: The dialectic, put simply, involves taking two opposing ideas; Thesis and Antithesis (eg. Capitalism and Communism, Left wing and Right wing, Theism and atheism) and putting them into conflict. After a time the two arguments begin to take on aspects of their opposite, in effect creating a third way, known as Synthesis. The blending of Capitalism and Communism creates a kind of collectivist fascism. The blending of Theism and Atheism creates New Age type quasi religions.
Agenda 21: Not what it appears to be, but rather the very epitome of the wolf in sheep’s clothing.
New World Order: This is not, I believe, the name of an organisation as is commonly claimed, but rather, a scheme that has been running beneath the surface of our society for well over one hundred years. It is the planned take down of the Nation State by a cabal of elitist Oligarchs. They have been working tirelessly for a world (radically reduced in population) collectivised and controlled by a global police state apparatus.
Illuminati: This name, which you will rarely find used on this blog, should be considered a general term intended to describe the more occult (hidden) aspects of New World Order conspiracy. I feel that it is generally used inappropriately and most often (though not always) by COINTELPRO operatives trying to discredit those who question.
Operation Gladio: Though the code name is only really relevant in Italy, it has come to refer to the top secret ‘stay behind armies’ which NATO put in place, in almost every European country, to act as a sort of behind the lines guerrilla force should the West be overrun by Soviet conventional forces. These largely right wing or Fascist groups had members reaching right up into governments, Police, Military and other Establishment organizations. When WWIII failed to materialise, these CIA backed fanatics began to use their resources and networks against Leftist groups, even going so far as to commit terrorist atrocities and blaming them on the Red brigade. These atrocities are even said to have included the bombing of the Bologna railway station and the kidnapping and murder of Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro.
Tavistock: The Tavistock Institute pretends to be a benign charitable NGO, but is actually a key component in the creation of social manipulation and mind control techniques.
What they claim to be.
What they are accused of being.
I will add more to this section as time permits.
Bibliography of essential texts
I would further wish to direct the reader’s attention to the following essential readings. If you have not had access to any of these books then you have little chance of understanding the world you find yourself living in.
John A Stormer: None dare call it Treason
Gary Allen: None dare call it Conspiracy
Dr Anthony Sutton: Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution
Carroll Quigley: Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time
Edward Bernays: Propaganda
Zbigniew Brzezinski: The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives
John Coleman: The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations
David Ray Griffin: The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Exposé
Michael C Ruppert: Crossing the Rubicon
Webster Griffin Tarpley: 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in the USA
Eustace Mullins: The Secrets of the Federal Reserve
Niki Raapana, Nordica Friedrich: 2020: Our Common Destiny and The Anti Communitarian Manifesto
Cathy O’Brien, Mark Phillips: Trance: Formation of America
David McGowan: Weird scenes inside the canyon
Other books of note: Confessions of an economic hit man by John Perkins, The shock doctrine by Naomi Klein, Debunking 9/11 debunking by David Ray Griffin, Cognitive Infiltration: An Obama Appointee’s Plan to Undermine the 9/11 Conspiracy by David Ray Griffin.
Hey man, what’s with all the wiki quotes?
I have occasionally been criticised for relying too much on a certain online encyclopedia. I am only too aware that Wikipedia is, in general, an unreliable source. Many of the moderators on there are in the employ of the Intelligence community and it has long been a vehicle for the dissemination of disinformation. That said, I made an editorial decision at the very beginning that I would make it as easy as possible for people to check any facts I use to back up my ‘opinions’ (after all, I’m not writing academic papers here, I’m trying to help speed the day that ‘hundredth monkey’ makes the connection).
This should in no way be taken to mean that I use Wikipedia as my primary research tool. I quote it when I know it is correct on a particular point simply because I’m only too aware that many people do use it and, in many cases, simply won’t bother to read anything that isn’t easy to access online. I fact check everything I print, to the best of my ability. And I have a large personal collection of well-thumbed books on history, science and politics to hand. This may only be a blog, but I take what I do here very seriously.
I would also ask that if, whilst using this site, you come across a dead or broken link, please let me know so that I can fix it promptly.
– Winston Smith
There are two worlds, separated by the merest of membranes. There is the world which I and those like me choose to inhabit and there is the other; more populous world of mainstream perceptions. Both are real to those who embrace them and they exist, one superimposed upon the other.
In the mainstream world, facts are fluid and ever flowing like water running over rocks in a river. What is real today; true today can quickly become insubstantial and irrelevant. What we call news is delivered in a constant stream of opinions and denudated statements, but context is rare. Acts and events are reported, but seldom connected to the twenty acts and events which preceded them and which give meaning to them.
Lies in this world have become so entwined in the narratives of life that the professional liars – politicians, the media and the like – no longer really attempt to conceal the fact that they are lying. A switch has seemingly been flipped and now constant lies and half-truths are the default setting. And if everything you say is a lie – to the point where nobody really even notices anymore – perversely, every statement then becomes the truth. At such a point, any deception – no matter how blatant – becomes possible.
In the world I have embraced there are certain ‘truths’ which can be perceived. The biggest truth is that almost everything we are told is a lie. You enter this world through a wound, some moment – a trauma usually – knocks you down and rends you. At first you barely react; continuing on as if nothing has altered, but eventually you notice the scab that has formed over the thing you do not wish to acknowledge. You try to ignore its nagging itch, but it is too insistent. The scab demands your attention and you begin, reluctantly, to pick at it.
Eventually, when the wound is exposed in all its painful, raw, bloody truth, there’s no longer any other choice left open to you. You climb through the wound and enter a different world. The Wachowskis bravely attempted to express this process in their seminal movie The Matrix, but in truth this was simply an updated (with guns, lots of guns) retelling of Plato’s allegory of the cave.*
Pearl Harbor, Gulf of Tonkin, Dealey plaza, MLK, the OKC bombing, Waco, 9/11, 7/7, the Boston bombings, Benghazi, all of these events – and so many others – are shadows that have been projected upon the wall in front of our traumatized eyes. However, all of them have alternative narratives that exist just behind us; in the light. The liars will not let us turn our heads and see the truth, but we must turn them all the same. Once you see what the light reveals, the entrance to the cave beckons. In that moment you will understand that the chains that hold you in place are as illusory as the shadows on the wall.
*Ever wonder why the media and the politicians made such a big deal of the fact that bin Laden directed the 9/11 attacks from a cave?
“[The New World Order] cannot happen without U.S. participation, as we are the most significant single component. Yes, there will be a New World Order, and it will force the United States to change it’s perceptions.” ~ Henry Kissinger, World Affairs Council Press Conference, Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel , April 19th 1994.
April 19 to May 1st seems to be one of those clusters of dates that get special attention from the New world order. Apparently in occult beliefs it’s part of the blood sacrifice period that runs from April 18th to May 1st (13 day satanic rituals of the Canaanite sun god Moloch). April 20 is also the 110th day of the year (111th on leap years) and that seems quite significant from a numerological perspective.
Below is just a small sample of events that have occurred during this period.
– 19 April 1775: the battles of Lexington and Concord mark the opening salvos of the American Revolutionary War.
– 20 April 1792: the French Revolutionary wars begin with France declaring war on Austria. (I think we all know what a huge role The NWO bankers, particularly the Rothschilds, played in that little conflict).
– 20 April 1889: Adolf Hitler is born.
– 20 April 1914: Rockefeller thugs slay 45 men women and children in what comes to be known as the Ludlow massacre. (This so incensed the ordinary citizens of America that Rockefeller had to invent philanthropy to spin his way back into the people’s good books).
– 20 April 1918: The Red Barron shoots down his 80th victim and then is himself in turn shot down the following day. (Someone with a better understanding of numerology than I should probably look into the significance of those numbers).
– 21 April 1926: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is born. (Pure bloodline NWO).
– 26 April 1937: The aerial bombing of the village of Guernica by German and Italian warplanes during the Spanish Civil War.
– 28 April 1937: Saddam Hussein is born.
– 20 April 1939: The first civil rights song ‘Strange fruit’ is recorded by Billie Holiday.
– 20 April 1939: Gro Harlem Brundtland is born (look into this woman. She’s pure NWO).
– 20 April 1945: Hitler’s last appearance outside his bunker.
– 28 April 1945: Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci are executed by a firing squad consisting of members of the Italian resistance movement.
– 28 April 1952: Dwight D. Eisenhower resigns as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.
– 19 April 1956: Actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco. (later sacrificed to the blood cult NWO)
– 19 April 1961 Failure(?) of the Bay of Pigs invasion (more blood sacrifice).
– 21 April 1963: the first Bahá’í World Congress takes place in London (seriously, look into these people).
– 21 April 1964: A Transit-5bn satellite fails to reach orbit after launch; as it re-enters the atmosphere, 2.1 pounds of radioactive plutonium in its SNAP RTG power source is widely dispersed.
– 20 April 1967: A few days before the general election in Greece, Colonel George Papadopoulos leads a coup d’état, establishing a military regime that lasts for seven years. (can you say CIA girls and boys?).
– 28 April 1965: United States occupation of the Dominican Republic: American troops land in the Dominican Republic to “forestall establishment of a Communist dictatorship” and to evacuate U.S. Army troops.
– 20 April 1968: Enoch Powell makes the provocative ‘Rivers of blood’ speech.
– 28 April 1969: Charles de Gaulle resigns as President of France.
– 20 April 1972: Apollo 16 makes the 5th touchdown on the moon. (more numbers?).
– 28 April 1977: The Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure is signed.
– 20 April 1978: Korean Airways flight 902 shot down.
– 20 April 1985: ATF agents raid the Covenant, the sword and the arm of the Lord compound in Arkansas.
– 26 April 1986: Chernobyl nuclear accident.
– 20 April 1987: The Tamil Tigers are blamed for a car bomb that explodes in the Sri Lankan city of Colombo, killing 106 people.
– 19 April 1989: An explosion aboard the USS Iowa kills 47 sailors.
– 20 April 1989: Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989: In Beijing, around 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen Square (and we all know how that ended).
– 19 April 1993: The Waco siege ends with the deaths of 81 people.
– 19 April 1993: South Dakota governor George Mickelson and seven others are killed when a state-owned aircraft crashes in Iowa.
– 19 April 1995: Oklahoma city Bombing kills 168.
– 28 April 1996: In Tasmania, Australia, Martin Bryant goes on a shooting spree, killing 35 people and seriously injuring 21 more.
– 20 April 1999: Columbine High school massacre.
– 20 April 2004: Five suicide car bombers target police stations in and around Basra, killing 74 people and wounding 160.
– 20 April 2007: Johnson Space center shooting.
– 20 April 2010: Gulf oil spill.
– 19 April 2013: Execution/ capture of the, alleged, Boston Bombers.
Make of all this what you will.
“If I were to choose the speech that gave me the most pleasure and satisfaction in my political career, it would be my Lakeside Speech at the Bohemian Grove in July 1967. Because this speech traditionally was off the record it received no publicity at the time. But in many important ways it marked the first milestone on my road to the presidency.” ~ President Richard Nixon, Memoirs (1978)
If you’ll permit me, I’d like to lay a little track for you; just a series of questions really.
Lately it seems, all the major awards shows and sporting events; from the opening ceremonies of the two most recent Olympics to last month’s Grammys and Super Bowl, have inexplicably contained strong occult imagery. In fact, they have come to more closely resemble ritual than entertainment; why?
What is the explanation for the sudden explosion in such dubious themes?
To what end are our TV screens suddenly being inundated with pentagrams, bizarre blood rituals, strange alters and horned creatures? And why does so much of it revolve around Madonna?
We tend to dismiss out of hand any mention of the occult. ‘That’s just a bunch of fringe weirdos acting out their juvenile fantasies,’ is the way most people perceive such things, but is that actually true?
There is now quite a lot of literature available on the subjects of Freemasonry and secret societies. It is clear, to anyone who is paying attention, that the elite members of our society are deeply enmeshed with these clearly occult* organisations. Should the rest of us, then, be so quick to dismiss such beliefs out of hand?
Many high ranking officials – including several US Presidents – have been members of the elite secret society known as Skull and Bones. We, the public, are asked to believe that this group is merely a harmless boys club with no real power or influence over the wider world. Why, then, does the CIA recruit from this ‘club’? What makes a Bonesman such a desirable catch for the Intelligence agencies?
Then there is the elite retreat known as Bohemian grove. For many decades – over a century in fact – the rich and powerful have met once a year for a week long sojourn which is marked by a ceremony known as the Cremation of care. This involves the participants (cowled and robed) gathering around giant statue of an owl which has an oven set in its belly. During the ceremony the effigy of a child is borne into the oven and ‘sacrificed'; perfectly normal behaviour, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Attendees over the years have included Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, the Bush’s and pretty much anyone who matters in Elite society; why? What would lead seemingly sane and normal people; people of considerable wealth and standing, to willingly participate in behaviours that the general public are taught to regard as bizarre and ridiculous?
The semi-secret society known as Freemasonry has been in existence for several centuries and draws its members from the most desirable strata of society.
That wasn’t a question, of course, it was a statement; a misleading one at that.
‘Semi-secret’ is the way most people choose to consider the Freemasons due to the fact that most of us feel we know quite a lot about the activities and goals of the organisation. Sure, their silly ceremonies are a little secretive and obscure, but in a twee somewhat harmless way. Many people know someone who has confided that they are a member and who, upon interrogation, has confessed that it’s all just a bit of fun and a good career booster, hence the belief that this is not a true secret society.
However, what many simply don’t get – are encouraged never to get – is that Freemasonry is hierarchal and that to ascend within its ranks at all requires a great deal of sacrifice, dedication and fidelity. Put simply, those in the lowest degrees rarely have access to the true nature of the brotherhood. Only after climbing to the top of the stairs is one invited into the secret mysteries of the true order.
At the 33rd degree, the occult nature of this global boys club becomes much more apparent.
Incidentally, should anyone tell you you’re ‘on the level’ they are not paying you a compliment. They are telling you (without telling you) that they are illumined and that they consider you well below them on the social tree. It is, in fact, a veiled insult.
The uppermost degrees contain high ranking dignitaries, captains of industry and even royals. Prince Philip has been involved in the craft for sixty years (As an aside; the inhabitants of some villages on an island called Tanna in Vanuatu worship Prince Philip as a god; the islanders proudly display portraits of the Duke and hold feasts to celebrate his birthday – true story).
Why would men of such status indulge in the practice of dressing up in aprons and invoking ancient gods? At what point does such behaviour stop looking like a bit of harmless silliness and begin to seem just a little – sinister?
Where does this strange disconnect come from? To the average person in the street, talk of occult rituals equates to little more than the crazy rantings of unhinged individuals. Do these same people simply fail to notice the growing presence of such rituals, beamed into their very living rooms via major broadcast events and pop culture?
What is more, read up a little on occult symbolism and then watch some ‘children’s’ television. If you’re paying attention, you’ll be shocked by the prevalence of said imagery in almost all of the various shows your children are consuming; again, why?
What could possibly be the reason for all this? If we are the progressive, technological society we claim to be; if we genuinely value science and rationalism over superstition and mere belief, what on Earth is going on?
I told you at the beginning all I had was questions for you. However, whilst writing this post I was put in mind of an interview from 2013 featuring the inimitable James Corbett. There are many themes discussed within which mirror those we have explored above. It’s well worth your time.
And so this little thought train pulls in to the platform. The tracks I’ve laid have brought you back home. I wonder, do you find it quite as comfortable and familiar as when you climbed aboard?
*I refer to the original definition of occult here, meaning hidden. I’m not implying that the elites live in some sort of Harry Potter world. I will say, however, that they appear to believe that they do.
This article, which appeared recently on the insanely popular underground blog-site Zero Hedge, is simply too good not to republish. It explains, very succinctly, exactly how the CIA, MI6, Mossad etc. control the minds of the foolish masses and convince the cattle to police the herd. The techniques here discussed are being deployed today more intensely than ever before, as the elites begin to realise that they are losing the battle for our minds.
In 1967, the CIA Created the Label “Conspiracy Theorists” … to Attack Anyone Who Challenges the “Official” Narrative
Submitted by George Washington on 02/23/2015
Conspiracy Theorists USED TO Be Accepted As Normal
Democracy and free market capitalism were founded on conspiracy theories.
The Magna Carta, the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and other founding Western documents were based on conspiracy theories. Greek democracy and free market capitalism were also based on conspiracy theories.
But those were the bad old days …Things have now changed.
The CIA Coined the Term Conspiracy Theorist In 1967
That all changed in the 1960s.
Specifically, in April 1967, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term “conspiracy theories” … and recommended methods for discrediting such theories. The dispatch was marked “psych” – short for “psychological operations” or disinformation – and “CS” for the CIA’s “Clandestine Services” unit.
The dispatch was produced in responses to a Freedom of Information Act request by the New York Times in 1976.
The dispatch states:
2. This trend of opinion is a matter of concern to the U.S. government, including our organization.
The aim of this dispatch is to provide material countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries. Background information is supplied in a classified section and in a number of unclassified attachments.
3. Action. We do not recommend that discussion of the [conspiracy] question be initiated where it is not already taking place. Where discussion is active addresses are requested:
a. To discuss the publicity problem with and friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors) , pointing out that the [official investigation of the relevant event] made as thorough an investigation as humanly possible, that the charges of the critics are without serious foundation, and that further speculative discussion only plays into the hands of the opposition. Point out also that parts of the conspiracy talk appear to be deliberately generated by … propagandists. Urge them to use their influence to discourage unfounded and irresponsible speculation.
b. To employ propaganda assets to and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose. The unclassified attachments to this guidance should provide useful background material for passing to assets. Our ploy should point out, as applicable, that the critics are (I) wedded to theories adopted before the evidence was in, (II) politically interested, (III) financially interested, (IV) hasty and inaccurate in their research, or (V) infatuated with their own theories.
4. In private to media discussions not directed at any particular writer, or in attacking publications which may be yet forthcoming, the following arguments should be useful:
a. No significant new evidence has emerged which the Commission did not consider.
b. Critics usually overvalue particular items and ignore others. They tend to place more emphasis on the recollections of individual witnesses (which are less reliable and more divergent–and hence offer more hand-holds for criticism) …
c. Conspiracy on the large scale often suggested would be impossible to conceal in the United States, esp. since informants could expect to receive large royalties, etc.
d. Critics have often been enticed by a form of intellectual pride: they light on some theory and fall in love with it; they also scoff at the Commission because it did not always answer every question with a flat decision one way or the other.
f. As to charges that the Commission’s report was a rush job, it emerged three months after the deadline originally set. But to the degree that the Commission tried to speed up its reporting, this was largely due to the pressure of irresponsible speculation already appearing, in some cases coming from the same critics who, refusing to admit their errors, are now putting out new criticisms.
g. Such vague accusations as that “more than ten people have died mysteriously” can always be explained in some natural way ….
5. Where possible, counter speculation by encouraging reference to the Commission’s Report itself. Open-minded foreign readers should still be impressed by the care, thoroughness, objectivity and speed with which the Commission worked. Reviewers of other books might be encouraged to add to their account the idea that, checking back with the report itself, they found it far superior to the work of its critics.
Here are screenshots of part of the memo:
Summarizing the tactics which the CIA dispatch recommended:
- Claim that it would be impossible that so many people would keep quiet about such a big conspiracy
- Have people friendly to the CIA attack the claims, and point back to “official” reports
- Claim that eyewitness testimony is unreliable
- Claim that this is all old news, as “no significant new evidence has emerged”
- Ignore conspiracy claims unless discussion about them is already too active
- Claim that it’s irresponsible to speculate
- Accuse theorists of being wedded to and infatuated with their theories
- Accuse theorists of being politically motivated
- Accuse theorists of having financial interests in promoting conspiracy theories
In other words, the CIA’s clandestine services unit created the arguments for attacking conspiracy theories as unreliable in the 1960s as part of its psychological warfare operations.
But Aren’t Conspiracy Theories – In Fact – Nuts?
Forget Western history and CIA dispatches … aren’t conspiracy theorists nutty?
In fact, conspiracies are so common that judges are trained to look at conspiracy allegations as just another legal claim to be dis-proven or proven based on the specific evidence:
Federal and all 50 state’s codes include specific statutes addressing conspiracy, and providing the punishment for people who commit conspiracies.
But let’s examine what the people trained to weigh evidence and reach conclusions think about “conspiracies”. Let’s look at what American judges think.
Searching Westlaw, one of the 2 primary legal research networks which attorneys and judges use to research the law, I searched for court decisions including the word “Conspiracy”. This is such a common term in lawsuits that it overwhelmed Westlaw.
Specifically, I got the following message:“Your query has been intercepted because it may retrieve a large number of documents.”
From experience, I know that this means that there were potentially millions or many hundreds of thousands of cases which use the term. There were so many cases, that Westlaw could not even start processing the request.
So I searched again, using the phrase “Guilty of Conspiracy”. I hoped that this would not only narrow my search sufficiently that Westlaw could handle it, but would give me cases where the judge actually found the defendant guilty of a conspiracy. This pulled up exactly 10,000 cases — which is the maximum number of results which Westlaw can give at one time. In other words, there were more than 10,000 cases using the phrase “Guilty of Conspiracy” (maybe there’s a way to change my settings to get more than 10,000 results, but I haven’t found it yet).
Moreover, as any attorney can confirm, usually only appeal court decisions are published in the Westlaw database. In other words, trial court decisions are rarely published; the only decisions normally published are those of the courts which hear appeals of the trial. Because only a very small fraction of the cases which go to trial are appealed, this logically means that the number of guilty verdicts in conspiracy cases at trial must be much, much larger than 10,000.
Moreover, “Guilty of Conspiracy” is only one of many possible search phrases to use to find cases where the defendant was found guilty of a lawsuit for conspiracy. Searching on Google, I got 3,170,000 results (as of yesterday) under the term “Guilty of Conspiracy”, 669,000 results for the search term “Convictions for Conspiracy”, and 743,000 results for “Convicted for Conspiracy”.
Of course, many types of conspiracies are called other things altogether. For example, a long-accepted legal doctrine makes it illegal for two or more companies to conspire to fix prices, which is called “Price Fixing” (1,180,000 results).
Given the above, I would extrapolate that there have been hundreds of thousands of convictions for criminal or civil conspiracy in the United States.
Finally, many crimes go unreported or unsolved, and the perpetrators are never caught. Therefore, the actual number of conspiracies committed in the U.S. must be even higher.
In other words, conspiracies are committed all the time in the U.S., and many of the conspirators are caught and found guilty by American courts. Remember, Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme was a conspiracy theory.
Indeed, conspiracy is a very well-recognized crime in American law, taught to every first-year law school student as part of their basic curriculum. Telling a judge that someone has a “conspiracy theory” would be like telling him that someone is claiming that he trespassed on their property, or committed assault, or stole his car. It is a fundamental legal concept.
Obviously, many conspiracy allegations are false (if you see a judge at a dinner party, ask him to tell you some of the crazy conspiracy allegations which were made in his court). Obviously, people will either win or lose in court depending on whether or not they can prove their claim with the available evidence. But not all allegations of trespass, assault, or theft are true, either.
Proving a claim of conspiracy is no different from proving any other legal claim, and the mere label “conspiracy” is taken no less seriously by judges.
It’s not only Madoff. The heads of Enron were found guilty of conspiracy, as was the head of Adelphia. Numerous lower-level government officials have been found guilty of conspiracy. See this, this, this, this and this.
Time Magazine’s financial columnist Justin Fox writes:
Some financial market conspiracies are real …
Most good investigative reporters are conspiracy theorists, by the way.
And what about the NSA and the tech companies that have cooperated with them?
But Our Leaders Wouldn’t Do That
While people might admit that corporate executives and low-level government officials might have engaged in conspiracies – they may be strongly opposed to considering that the wealthiest or most powerful might possibly have done so.
But powerful insiders have long admitted to conspiracies. For example, Obama’s Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Cass Sunstein, wrote:
Of course some conspiracy theories, under our definition, have turned out to be true. The Watergate hotel room used by Democratic National Committee was, in fact, bugged by Republican officials, operating at the behest of the White House. In the 1950s, the Central Intelligence Agency did, in fact, administer LSD and related drugs under Project MKULTRA, in an effort to investigate the possibility of “mind control.” Operation Northwoods, a rumored plan by the Department of Defense to simulate acts of terrorism and to blame them on Cuba, really was proposed by high-level officials ….
But Someone Would Have Spilled the Beans
A common defense to people trying to sidetrack investigations into potential conspiracies is to say that “someone would have spilled the beans” if there were really a conspiracy.
But famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg explains:
It is a commonplace that “you can’t keep secrets in Washington” or “in a democracy, no matter how sensitive the secret, you’re likely to read it the next day in the New York Times.” These truisms are flatly false. They are in fact cover stories, ways of flattering and misleading journalists and their readers, part of the process of keeping secrets well. Of course eventually many secrets do get out that wouldn’t in a fully totalitarian society. But the fact is that the overwhelming majority of secrets do not leak to the American public. This is true even when the information withheld is well known to an enemy and when it is clearly essential to the functioning of the congressional war power and to any democratic control of foreign policy. The reality unknown to the public and to most members of Congress and the press is that secrets that would be of the greatest import to many of them can be kept from them reliably for decades by the executive branch, even though they are known to thousands of insiders.
History proves Ellsberg right. For example:
- One hundred and thirty thousand (130,000) people from the U.S., UK and Canada worked on the Manhattan Project. But it was kept secret for years
A BBC documentary shows that:
There was “a planned coup in the USA in 1933 by a group of right-wing American businessmen . . . . The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George Bush’s Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression”
Moreover, “the tycoons told General Butler the American people would accept the new government because they controlled all the newspapers.” Have you ever heard of this conspiracy before? It was certainly a very large one. And if the conspirators controlled the newspapers then, how much worse is it today with media consolidation?
- 7 out of the 8 giant, money center banks went bankrupt in the 1980′s during the “Latin American Crisis”, and the government’s response was to cover up their insolvency. That’s a cover up lasting several decades
- Governments have been covering up nuclear meltdowns for fifty years to protect the nuclear industry. Governments have colluded to cover up the severity of numerous other environmental accidents. For many years, Texas officials intentionally under-reported the amount of radiation in drinking water to avoid having to report violations
- The government’s spying on Americans began before 9/11 (confirmed here and here. And see this.) But the public didn’t learn about it until many years later. Indeed, the the New York Times delayed the story so that it would not affect the outcome of the 2004 presidential election
- The decision to launch the Iraq war was made before 9/11. Indeed, former CIA director George Tenet said that the White House wanted to invade Iraq long before 9/11, and inserted “crap” in its justifications for invading Iraq. Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill – who sat on the National Security Council – also says that Bush planned the Iraq war before 9/11. And top British officials say that the U.S. discussed Iraq regime change one month after Bush took office. Dick Cheney apparently even made Iraqi’s oil fields a national security priority before 9/11. And it has now been shown that a handful of people were responsible for willfully ignoring the evidence that Iraq lacked weapons of mass destruction. These facts have only been publicly disclosed recently. Indeed, Tom Brokaw said, “All wars are based on propaganda.” A concerted effort to produce propaganda is a conspiracy
Moreover, high-level government officials and insiders have admitted to dramatic conspiracies after the fact, including:
The admissions did not occur until many decades after the events.
These examples show that it is possible to keep conspiracies secret for a long time, without anyone “spilling the beans”.
In addition, to anyone who knows how covert military operations work, it is obvious that segmentation on a “need-to-know basis”, along with deference to command hierarchy, means that a couple of top dogs can call the shots and most people helping won’t even know the big picture at the time they are participating.
Moreover, those who think that co-conspirators will brag about their deeds forget that people in the military or intelligence or who have huge sums of money on the line can be very disciplined. They are not likely to go to the bar and spill the beans like a down-on-their-luck, second-rate alcoholic robber might do.
Finally, people who carry out covert operations may do so for ideological reasons — believing that the “ends justify the means”. Never underestimate the conviction of an ideologue.
The bottom line is that some conspiracy claims are nutty and some are true. Each has to be judged on its own facts.
Humans have a tendency to try to explain random events through seeing patterns … that’s how our brains our wired. Therefore, we have to test our theories of connection and causality against the cold, hard facts.
On the other hand, the old saying by Lord Acton is true:
‘Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely.’
Those who operate without checks and balances – and without the disinfectant sunlight of public scrutiny and accountability – tend to act in their own best interests … and the little guy gets hurt.
The early Greeks knew it, as did those who forced the king to sign the Magna Carta, the Founding Fathers and the father of modern economics. We should remember this important tradition of Western civilization.
Postscript: The ridicule of all conspiracy theories is really just an attempt to diffuse criticism of the powerful.
We must judge each by his or her actions, and not by preconceived stereotypes that they are all saints acting in our best interest or all scheming criminals.
I’ve been sounding the warning bell for years now about the coming global police state. Some people get it; can see the writing on the wall, others just don’t and presumably never will. We’ve all been watching the police incrementally transform into soldiers before our eye’s, but with the aid of Hollywood and the media, the powers that shouldn’t be have managed to convince a somnambulist population that warrior cops are somehow heroic and to be admired.
In the US now, many of the police departments are hiring large numbers of Iraq and Afghanistan war vets. These are men who have been occupying foreign cities for years. They’ve cut their teeth on hostile populations and learned brutal methods of enforcement. These soldiers come home, put on a (slightly) different uniform and continue on with business as usual tactics in poor neighbourhoods that look not dissimilar to those they’ve been soldiering in overseas.
I’m focusing on America here, not because the problem is exclusive to that country, but because their system has allowed a rapid acceleration and escalation in violence and oppression. In many ways the UK is even further down the totalitarian road, just not quite as overtly.
Here is an article from the Guardian on a truly disturbing development that has recently come to light in Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago. I mention Emanuel’s name here, because I’m fairly certain that the two are strongly linked. The story involves a CIA style police ‘black site’ where people have been disappeared and tortured ‘off-the-books’. If you are not deeply offended by this, you are part of the problem.
The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.
Held for hours at secret Chicago ‘black site': ‘You’re a hostage. It’s kidnapping’
For emphasis, I’m going to include a small sample of articles – almost none reported in the main stream media – of incidents of police lawlessness that have been allowed to continue and expand unchecked. Almost no sanctions are ever placed upon the offending officers and the victims are usually given no recourse to either justice or compensation.
The number I have chosen to present here roughly represents a week’s worth of reports; that’s every week. Again, this almost never gets any serious main stream coverage and when it is covered it is usually presented without context as a one off incident rather than as part of a larger trend.
This site lists Corporate news reports of people killed by the police. It is only for the US.
I’d just like to mention this for the public record. Over the past 48 hours this blog has received a disproportionate number of hits originating from Israel.
In fact, there were twenty times more hits than from the next highest country. Oddly, the interest all seems to be focused on this one particular (quite old) article on the use by the US of depleted Uranium on the battlefield.
I have no idea what this means, if indeed it means anything at all. I just felt it best to acknowledge this anomaly publicly.
Remember pilgrims, there’s no such thing as too much paranoia.