Once again, conspiracy believers are the target of inquest while the reality of conspiracy is ignored. And this time it comes from the Science News web site (sciencenews.org). Too bad it is the same old tired arguments and issues being passed around again.
THE INNER WORLDS OF CONSPIRACY BELIEVERS by Bruce Bower deals with the thoughts and attitudes of people that believe in conspiracy theories. The piece begins psychologist Viren Swami of the University of Westminster in London analyzing the need of people to believe in conspiracy. As Swami states, “Often, the proof offered as evidence for a conspiracy is not specific to one incident or issue, but is used to justify a general pattern of conspiracy ideas.”
Nothing but psycho-babble. Swami shows himself to be ignorant of the basics of how people in the real world view life. Of course people are suspicious of their government. They have been lied to hundreds of times. Why believe anything they say at this point? The very Founders of our government told us to be vigilant because the natural inclination is towards tyranny. With the misnamed Patriot Act and the later, Military Commissions Act, we see this dark cloud looming closer.
Bower makes the observation that the mindset of a conspiratorialist is, “A belief that the government is covering up its involvement in the 9/11 attacks thus feeds the idea that the government is also hiding evidence of extraterrestrial contacts or that John F. Kennedy was not killed by a lone gunman.”
Here Bower uses two issues central to American’s distrust of government—the Kennedy assassination and the attacks of 9-11. Take this point made by John Farmer, Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission:
"At some level of the government, at some point in time...there was an agreement not to tell the truth about what happened."
"I was shocked at how different the truth was from the way it was described...The tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public for two years...This is not spin. This is not true."
Thus, we have the Senior Counsel to a government investigation alluding to a conspiracy.
Bower, in mentioning delving into the Kennedy assassin, has waded into foreign waters. Because the last official government investigation, The House Select Committee on Assassins concluded in their final report: "The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The committee is unable to identify the other gunman or the extent of the conspiracy." For some reason this little fact is ignored. (Please review my article, The Little Girl and the Missing Train to see how conspiracy is not such a kooky idea after all.)
How about the idea that people believe in conspiracies because they actually happen? Was not Abraham Lincoln killed as a direct result of a conspiracy? Did not John D. Rockefeller conspire to control all oil production in America? Did not Andrew Carnegie scheme to control all steel production in this country? Was not Watergate a conspiracy that forced the first and only presidential resignation? Even the 9-11 attacks were based on a conspiracy created by an evil genius Saudi millionaire brooding in his mountain lair in Afghanistan. (Interestingly enough, rarely defined as a conspiracy by the coincidence-is-all crowd.) But it’s the “official” story as told to us by our alleged “betters.”
Quoted in the article is sociologist Ted Goertzel of Rutgers–Camden of New Jersey. “Arguments advanced by conspiracy theorists tell you more about the believer than about the event,” Goertzel said.
Which of course is hogwash. Tell that to the lead Watergate investigators or the lead investigators for the HSCA. These people deal in evidence to determine the truth. Goertzel then goes on to lamely accuse conspiratorialists of not needing much in the way of facts to support their suspicions. Seems a lot of what Goertzel is inclined to do in his reasoning.
People like this cannot admit that belief in conspiracy is good thing. What does he do when real intrigue comes along?
As usual this group of wise men never look into the needs and minds of people like themselves who deny conspiracies exist at all. Why not look into the psychological traits of people that want to believe a government that lies to them constantly? Or, that most events in life and history are merely coincidence?
Once again, we are being told that conspiracy is the domain of kooks. I would attest that anti-conspiracy is the domain of those that cannot handle the truth.
Sciencenews.org; Fonzi, Geaton, The Last Investigation; Gaffeny, Mark H., The 9/11 Mystery Plane; history-matters.com
John Farmer's book, The Ground Truth: The Story Behind America's Defense on 9/11, will be published in 1/10.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
I got this interesting story from Len Hart, journalist of the award winning Existentialist Cowboy blog. He related to me an interview he had with Rosemary Willis. She is the little girl in the red dress seen skipping along Elm Street at the beginning of the Zapruder Film. Her parents and sister were all in Dealey Plaza that day. They were witnesses to that historical day in Dallas (who all claim they heard a shot fired from the grassy knoll). Her father Philip was there with his 35mm camera shooting slides (transparencies) of the plaza area, including the limousine as it turned on to Elm Street. Some of these images were published in Look magazine. Shortly thereafter, they were contacted by the FBI who wished to examine the slides. Some years passed before they got them back.
At first glance they noticed something wasn’t right with the returned photos. After careful examination of one slide in particular, the one that was published in the Look article, they found what was different. A train, visible in the Look photo behind the pergola was missing from the slide. Len Hart was shown both slide and the Look magazine photo when he was visiting with Rosemary Willis and verified the discrepancy to me. He estimates the photograph in question was taken around frame 190 of the Zapruder film.
This is an amazing find and one not widely reported in the annuals of JFK assassination research. Somebody apparently altered the original photograph, using the imaging technology of the day and removed the train from the background. They were a bit late as the original was by then published. If so, we have the government itself (in this case the FBI) performing the destruction of evidence in a murder investigation. A high crime and an act of treason.
What then, is the purpose of this? Was the train utilized in a conspiracy to assassinate the President? Could the train boxcar be used as a shooter’s platform? Perhaps a way of offering transportation, concealment, or escape for possible shooters?
A more careful examination is required on what was going on in the train yard at Dealey Plaza, what boxcars were positioned where, and what line-of-sight is available to the presidential limousine. Importantly, somebody somewhere, doesn’t want us to know what is going on here. But why?
The main component of this story is that it offers us something real. This is not triangulating shots in Dealey Plaza from hypothetical shooters who can never be named. This is something tangible you can hold in your hands and examine. You know something is not right here and the proof is right before your eyes. No sir, your jokes about me putting on my tin foil hat don’t make me feel small this time and only illustrates how you cannot handle the truth.
The truth is, evidence was destroyed while in government control. And that is a conspiracy.
Once again we can see that something is not quite right here with the official story. No wonder Richard Nixon said, when questioned about what he knew about the assassination by Senator Howard Baker, he replied, “You don’t want to know.”
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The essential myth of the Kennedy assassination is that it is a random event—a random killing. But this myth denies an important factor and that is, as Peter Dale Scott asserts, the “deep politics” behind the assassination. A careful examination of John F. Kennedy’s policies shows that he defied the various fiefdoms that most people are unaware of in their daily lives. These fiefdoms are an odd combination of corporate businesses, organized crime lords, government agencies, and intelligence organizations. You can throw in a general group of overseas nation state enemies as well. The main nexus seems to be a cabal of corporate and intelligence entities. That’s why it’s hard to figure it out a conspiracy—there are so many suspects here it is difficult, if not impossible, to pin the crime on any one party.
It is undeniable fact that the death of John Kennedy resulted in numerous policies changes in our government. His death would benefit many and his death did benefit them all in the end. Within days of his death Lyndon B. Johnson was firing off one executive order after the other making numerous reversals of Kennedy administration policy.
So, a lone nut gunman shows up and kills a man with a legion of enemies. What do these men do now, sit back, smoke their cigars, drink their brandy and celebrate their good luck? I think not.
At the death of the King the other Kings had their wishes come true. And here are just a few:
The Texas Oilmen. JFK was in the process of getting rid of the Oil Depletion Allowance. His death put that off for years till it was finally ended in the early 1970’s.
The Mob. The death of JFK ended brother Bobby’s rein of terror on them. It was business as usual. Not even Hoover would return Bobby’s calls after that.
The Federal Reserve. Shortly after the assassination, LBJ signed the executive order taking all of the Treasury notes Kennedy issued, backed by silver and not credit (as under the Federal Reserve banking system) out of circulation. JFK remains the last President to issue currency through the Treasury (i.e., Constitutional money) backed by hard assets.
The Pentagon/National Security State. LBJ reverses Kennedy’s National Security Action Memorandum 263, which keeps troops in Vietnam indefinitely and ultimately escalating the war.
Brown and Root (Halliburton). Got the war they wanted to profit from.
The CIA. Didn’t have to ever have to worry again about Kennedy dismantling them.
Israel. Got the green light from LBJ to build nuclear weapons. JFK opposed this idea thinking it might lead to a Middle Eastern nuclear arms race.
Anti Castro Cubans. They get their revenge for the Bay of Pig fiasco and an end to behind the scenes secret talks with Castro.
Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover. Both men hated JFK and his brother deeply. Johnson got his dream job he had long lusted for in the Oval Office and Hoover got from Johnson an Executive Order that exempted him from Federal retirement regulations and made him basically FBI Director for life.
Scott, Peter Dale, Deep Politics and the Death of JFK; Newman, John, Oswald and the CIA; Mars, Jim, Crossfire