The Conspiracy Theorist Label

The conspiracy theorist label is the cleverest tool the conspirators have come up with to deter the people from investigating and questioning their (the people’s) own government.

The truth is, the greatest threat to our national security is not an external foe, but the secrecy of our own government. Secrecy mis-justified by the claim that it is in the interest of national security. How convenient for the profiteers of the national security state.

The threat obtains in two fundamental ways: direct subversion of our constitution and the will of the people, and blowback.

Subversion is on clear display not just with Bushco, but the entire congress’s passage of the Patriot Act and their failure to retaliate against the tapping of our phones by the Bush NSA and ATT.

Blowback is also on clear display throughout the world, not just with terrorism, but severe geopolitical realignments as a result of the neocon pax Americana agenda.

The American people have been brainwashed into thinking that secrecy is required to keep us safe. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The 50th anniversary of the 1947 National Security Act just passed us (July 26, 1947). These last fifty years have seen this establishment of what Bill Moyers called the “Secret Government” bring, not expanded peace and security in the world, but the exploitation of this secrecy to effectively subvert the institutions of democracy and the rule of law.

The release of a few of the CIA’s “family jewels” is testimony to a mere glimpse of this secret government in action.

And so concerned Americans attempt to investigate.  With scant information they attempt to connect the dots. They dig out documents with FOIA requests, datamine MSM reports, and catalog whistleblower accounts to try to get an accurate image to emerge.

And for this they get mocked and ridiculed, venomously attacked, lied about and even their rights violated. Some, indeed, go to prison. Sadly, these attacks come from the left as the cowards who don’t have the courage to fight, bow to the “conventional wisdom” of the corporate controlled media – the big infomercial for the status quo – that citizens investigating their own government are “conspiracy theorists” who are somehow not credible.

Indeed, there is a certain segment of the population that will believe almost anything, from bigfoot to alien abductions. Serious evidence is an obstacle for these folks because they want to believe in the extraordinary, the supernatural, a myth.

But the use of these people to discredit serious, objective citizen researchers is nothing but a propaganda technique. And the cowards on the left who cry “tinfoil” and mock legitimate research are accomplices. They, through their weakness of mind, are enemies of the people’s right to question their government.

They would have you believe that powerful people never conspire and that trying to piece together the speckled evidence of these conspiracies is only  for the realm of nuttery.

But they are fools. We know for a fact that powerful people conspire constantly and in secret. US Attorney-gate was a conspiracy. Iran Contra was a conspiracy. Watergate was a conspiracy. The plan to take our country to war in Iraq was a conspiracy. The program to illegally spy tap America’s phones was a conspiracy.

Hell, the entire Bush administration agenda was a conspiracy.

But we are somehow supposed to believe that these are aberrations. That when Dick Cheney and his pals in the oil cartel get together, they talk about the Yankees.

But secrecy creates a vacuum of hard evidence. And whenever there’s a vacuum, people tend to fill it in with imagination. This is not the X-Files. There is no freakin Illuminati pulling all the strings. The best way for us plebes to visualize the networking structure of conspirators of the national security state, the corporatist class, and the wealthy and powerful in general is the the mafia. Complete with crime families and godfathers. Feudal lords works too but most people don’t know what the hell that means. We know a lot more about the mafia because, at various times, our government has chosen not to protect them.

Of course, you can take the analogy only so far. But one analog is persistent – they’re all a bunch of murdering, thieving criminals. And they all conspire. In fact, one of the most successful prosecutions for mobsters is conspiracy.

Personally, I somewhat support the ban on CTs at this site. But only because I have no interest in anyone’s theory about anything. I want facts.

But the greatest failure of Democrats and the progressive left in the last 8 years has been to allow the delusional ravings of a few to inoculate the Bush junta on 911. Just because some think that space beams destroyed the Twin Towers is no reason to believe the depiction of 911 presented by Bush/Cheney or the fraud that is the 911 Commission. There’s nothing realistic about believing the Bush administration has lied about everything except 911.

One doesn’t need to to theorize about 911 to prove that the story we’ve been told doesn’t ad up. And if we can invest 1000 man-hours investigating Jeff Gannon, don’t you think the sole source of Bush’s power to destroy our nation deserves a little attention?

Watch ‘9/11 Press for Truth’. This fact based, high quality documentary doesn’t propose a conspiracy. But it raises some serious freakin questions. And it’s all the result of data mining MSM reports.

Watch the BBC’s ‘Power of Nightmares.’ It shows how the neocons needed a new devil after the fall of the USSR. It has nothing to do with 911 conspiracy theories. But it will probably completely change your view of al Qaeda and all these terror hypes the Big Infomercial is always selling.

Over 40% of the public doesn’t believe Bushco on 911. That doesn’t mean they all think it was an inside job. But if you think that doesn’t help Democrats politically then you should keep your day job. If those numbers got up to 65%, I’m not sure a Republican could ever be elected again.

I just want people to understand they let it happen. Because that is the proven truth, so far. Whether they let it happen on purpose is a legitimate line of investigation. But because of the left’s phobia with 911, we can’t even get the message out that Bushco let 911 happen through incompetence. And that pisses me off.


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    • on September 11, 2009 at 18:21

    which is meant to be followed by all those involved.  

    • Inky99 on September 11, 2009 at 18:27

    I was just perusing today’s headlines, hoping to see something to this affect, somewhere.

    Glad to see it here.

    Instead we see the usual tripe about how the 9/11 anniversary has “galvanized” our heroic troops fighting (fighting what?) in Afghanistan.

    From the AP of course.

    If this is a sad day (and it certainly is), it’s because of this deliberate, self-imposed blind spot.   It’s a big one.  

    I was hoping John Farmer’s new book was going to come out before today.  It was originally supposed to, but now it’s being put off indefinitely.  And he was only one of the 9/11 commission insiders, now saying the whole thing was an “agreement to lie” about what happened.

    Of course when I wrote about it at DK, I was banned.   Just for passing along info about a book published (or it was GOING to be published) by a major publisher, written by a 9/11 Commission insider.   Just passing that info along gets you banned from a “progressive” web site.


    • publicv on September 11, 2009 at 18:32
  1. “conspiracy theories”, which is indeed a testament to the planned use of the term to disrupt investigation or even thought.  The simple fact is that new evidence is always being uncovered in everything.  They will watch the “Cold Case files”, yet can’t correlate that to the fact that there could be new evidence concerning 9/11.

  2. to even speak of this, your told your threatening the reputation of the reality based community. LOL. Today I was reading a thread on Orange and someone reprimanded another poster for uprating a comment on another diary that was about architects who are studying the towers. So insane the scary part to me is that this mind set does not just apply to 9/11 but to all speech and thoughts that do not adhere to the official reality of the pols and the status quo.

    The worst thing about it is it’s illogical. I criticize Obama’s health bill from hell and I am a Nadarite, even if what I’m saying might be the truth. A closed fictional reality that is operating on total blind acceptance of the gospel according to the pols and the powerful. Even history is filtered through the lens of the status quo and politics of now, progress is measured by the story line official. CT is more believable then the reality that says your not allowed to look.        

    • Joy B. on September 11, 2009 at 19:24

    When did that happen? Is it just about 9-11, or is the entirety of conspiratorial history banned?

  3. Just ask Van Jones.

  4. YES. Republican “incompetence” is, excuse the pun, the elephant in the room, for God’s sake Sarah “Lipstick” Palin is a Republican “PRESIDENTIAL” contender & was a Republican Vice-Presidential candidate!

    When a Strom Thurmond protegee, a South Carolina Congressman, yells at the President & says “You lie.” What irony, because the entire Republican Party is a MONUMENT to LIES!

    Is there anything more dangerous to America than the LYING, INCOMPETENT ancestors of the Confederacy of the South, people that fought & died for THE RIGHT to “own” HUMAN BEINGS!

    YES. It is long past time to address the “elephant” in the room.        

    • TMC on September 12, 2009 at 01:17

    Considering the evidence that is already public about how the intelligence community was ignored by the Bush/Cheney cabal regarding Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, it is not hard to believe that 9/11 happened because Bush was incompetent. He was surrounded by people who hated anything “Clinton” and neo-con hawks who were looking for a a war with Iraq by any means possible. Is that a conspiracy theory? No. It’s the truth.

    • Miep on September 12, 2009 at 02:52

    after you linked to it on DK, TD. Thanks for that. It is indeed an amazing documentary, that changed my perspective on terrorism substantially.  

  5. Here’s a radical idea: (1+ / 0-)

    Free Speech.

    No troll ratings, and therefore no endless arguing about it.  

    No ridiculous bans on various topics.  

    There’s an obsession here with trying to be the same as everyone else–and to enforce that point of view, and it’s become quite unhealthy.

    “The military industrial complex not only controls our government, lock, stock and barrel, but they control our culture.” – Mike Gravel

    • banger on September 12, 2009 at 14:44

    The left, as a whole, is not the Left. In other words–there is no opposition movement in this country other than that on the populist right. Some have said that since the left is primarily dominated by the upper-middle class intelligencia, they have a class interest in maintaining the current arrangements and are as scared of major change in the status quo. At the same time they want to be the inheritors of the leftist/progressive tradition so they talk the talk but avoid walking at all costs–I’m including here most of the “radical” left and nearly all the left blogosphere.

    The fact that 9/11 was passed off as a conspiracy made up by Osama Bin Laden and his relatively tiny group of operatives is one of the most appalling stories in modern history. The facts stare you right in the face–there is now way the gov’t story can be true. If you believe the story then you are incapable of logic. That the cream of America’s intelligencia has accepted as Gospel the official story in itself is a more important story than 9/11 itself. It is the left collectively that is responsible for the rightward drift in this country because they have flat out refused to do their jobs as being in opposition to the status-quo.

    The financial crisis, the health care crisis is not separate from “foreign” (actually imperial) policy. The left (exept on the fringes) has refused to identify the real political arrangements in this world. I’ve seen very little work on a comprehensive analysis, for example, of the link between international crime syndicates and intelligence agencies–the links are very obvious and have been for some decades. People, for example, don’t make the connection between the availability of drugs and the real function of those that claim to be “fighting” drugs. They don’t, in a society where money = stauts posit that relatively those with relatively low pay in the agencies that deal with the drug trade might not be corrupted by the trade–though this meme is quite common in movies. From my experienc on the “street” in the old days, I know that cops at all level are often and maybe even usually on the take yet the intelligencia act as if they had never heard of such a thing–and when something gets uncovered they act “shocked”. You get my meaning.

    To put it bluntly, the majority of people who call themselves progressives or leftists are full of shit. They aren’t serious about change or about confronting the realities of the end of the Republic. I give props to the populist right–deluded thought they are they have passion and don’t trust the government. I had a talk with someone like that who just asked me (about health care reform) do you trust the government? I had to say that I did not. And because I do not I don’t trust the government as currently constituted to do anything but enrich the oligarchy. And the analysis here on this blog tends to echo that. This is one of the few blogs that has real leftists as contributors.

  6. Just because some think that space beams destroyed the Twin Towers is no reason to believe the depiction of 911 presented by Bush/Cheney or the fraud that is the 911 Commission. There’s nothing realistic about believing the Bush administration has lied about everything except 911.

    First off a comment from a thread over at that other blog from me last night in response to a diarist’s pesonal recollection of being in NY on 911

    from one who has lived in CA for so many years … but i was home that day in my ‘real body’ …. the WTC has some very personal meaning to my family. My father, was a partner in one of the construction companies that built the WTC …. I can remember the day his company won the contract, sitting around the dinner table on Long Island and him talking about these 2 towers, the tallest in the world … it seemed so amazing for someone who grew up awed by riding to the top of the Empire State Building. My older brother worked for 2 summers as a laborer on the towers. And back in the 70s, well I would take my sheepdog Willie Whitepaws for long walks from w. 10st to ‘ground zero’ and we would walk under the shadow of the towers, along the plaza. Everytime I returned to NY when we drove with all the kids anywhere near NYC over the Triboro say or heading into NYC … ANYWHERE where the skyline of Manhattan was visible, the kids would point to the towers and say “Grandfather built that building.”

    That night the crowning achievement of my dad’s life crumbled into nothing. I don’t think he has ever recovered. None of us have.

    Ive mentioned one or two of these reflections in previous posts here and there… But it felt fitting to add them to your powerful personal story. I was there with you that day. I was barefoot in the streets. I was pulling people from the wreckage, my fingers burned, singed, almost crippled. Someone has to be there, you cant all be just …. incinerated???? I was desperate searching blindly for loved ones. I was wiping the disbelief from my eyes as the huge concrete-smoke-cloud ball parted just enough to show the world the truth … nothing remained.

    Thank you for sharing this memory with us.

    So late last night i receive a phone call from my younger brother, (we have just recently reconnected after 9 years of me being banished after he remarried a republican) & keep in mind where im coming from here, the intimate connection, the father who buys the whole nine yards of the govt story because not too is beyond his capacity to conceptualize) when he mentions 911 and we finally get to talk about that day.

    He had been in the bronx that morning on a construction job with a perfect vantage point so he saw the whole thing. He knew firemen who died. A neighbor of his was working one floor up from the floor the 2nd plane hit.  

    Then I can feel him sorta feeling me out and we’re both feeling each other out (and keep in mind here that the 2 of us are like soulmates) when he says “I never believed it for a minute. I watched it happen and I knew, I just knew…. ”  what ensured was some 20 minutes of note comparing …. but what was interesting towards the end was his comment that for years it was just not ‘safe’ (meaning ‘kosher’) to interject ANY sense of doubt about the truth behind 911 when you were a NYer and you’d been there, but that now there isn’t a person he talks to whose eyes haven’t finally opened.

    Long screed to make a point. But it made me think of Van signing that document and beck using it to hang him out to dry. And it makes me wish there were enough of us to stand en mass with VAN and say “I signed too! And Im proud of it.”

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