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America – and Western Civilization As a Whole – Was Founded On a Conspiracy Theory

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The Constitution, Magna Carta and Democracy Itself Are Based on the Idea that – Without Checks and Balances – Those In Power Will Take Advantage of Us

America was founded on a conspiracy theory: that Britain’s King George and his men were conspiring against the colonists.

The Declaration of Independence recites a series of conspiracies:

When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism … The history of the present King of Great Britain [and others working with and for him] is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

 

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He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

 

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He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

 

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He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

 

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

 

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

 

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He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

 

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For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

 

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For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

 

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For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

 

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He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

 

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

The American concept of “separation of powers” is also based on the conspiracy theory that those with unchecked power will abuse it. By creating 3 branches of government, the Founding Fathers hoped to reduce abuse of power.

Political science professor Lance deHaven-Smith has documented in a soon-to-be-released book that conspiracy theories were considered as American as apple pie all through American history … up until very recently.

The father of modern economics – Adam Smith – also believed in conspiracy theories. As the New York Times notes:

Smith railed against monopolies and the political influence that accompanies economic power …

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He saw a tacit conspiracy on the part of employers ”always and everywhere” to keep wages as low as possible.

But the centrality of conspiracy theories in Western civilizations goes back much further …

The Magna Carta – signed in 1215 – was based on the conspiracy theory that the claim of the “Divine Right” of the king and his men to do whatever they wanted was false and oppressive.

Indeed, the entire idea of democracy – going back to ancient Greece – is based on a conspiracy theory as well: that leaders who make decisions without input from the public will not treat the people as well as if they have a chance to vote. This is another form of “separation of powers”, as it creates checks and balances between the decision-making power of the government and that of the people.

Arguably, Western civilization would never have gotten off the ground with the core idea that those in power need to be checked and reined in, or they would abuse the people.

But Aren’t Conspiracy Theories Nutty?

You may have heard that conspiracy theories are nutty. But the truth is that conspiracies are so common that judges are trained to look at conspiracy allegations as just another legal claim to be disproven 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.

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 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:

  • 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?

  • 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 idealogue.

Conclusion

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.

The wealthy are not worse than other people … but they are not necessarily better either. Powerful leaders may not be bad people … or they could be sociopaths.

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.

 

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Tue, 09/25/2012 - 02:55 | 2827064 jmc8888
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It's funny, the past while I've been mentioning when I find someone use the tired old line 'conspiracy theory' that conspiracies are and always have been quite common place.

Many of the biggest events of human history spanning thousands of years have been conspiratorial in nature.

Some people might counter, well that was a long time ago, we've evolved since then.

Then you just point out that in every courthouse in the nation (and probably most of the world where they exist) that just about every day M-F there are court cases that involve conspiracies.  Conspiracy to defraud. Conspiracy to commit murder.  Conspiracy x, y, and z.

The whole USA is born out of a conspiratorial thinking fits quite well.  Usually it's described from the vantage point of what was already secured, so you don't think about it from the 'before it was all certain and attained' perspective.  But enitrely right.  Good insight.  Another great point to add to the list.

Of course, the pseudo 4th branch, the media, is of course, just as corrupt, degraded, off track, etc.

Glass-Steagall

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 14:00 | 2825116 AurorusBorealus
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The most wild-eyed conspiracy theorists work for intelligence agencies.  Most of the people who work for these secret organizations are paranoid to the point of being mentally ill, yet we never hear a word about their outrageous theories.  To these people "right-wing" racist groups of skin-heads are preparing at any moment to coup d'etat the government and sieze control of the entire nation.  In the past, these people believed that communist groups were conspiring across the country to topple capitalism.  Now they believe that libertarians, everyone who voted for Ron Paul, skin head nazis, gold bugs, devout Christians, young people occupying Wall Street, unibombers living in cabins, former military veterans, militias, gun owners, internet hackers, and people who fly confederate flags on their pickup trucks have all joined together in a massive, secret conspiracy to commit acts of terror and commence civil war in the United States.  As GW has documented (and my cousin who is a police officer in the U.S. has confirmed), the FBI routinely warns local police departments that all these people may be conspiring together to destroy the government.  If this is not complete madness, and paranoia worthy of any mental hospital, I do not know what is.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 11:34 | 2824445 areopagetica
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Nice try, GW.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 13:42 | 2825029 TSA gropee
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Okay, so you don't like GW's article. What don't you like and why? Posts like yours do nothing to contribute to the debate on whether an article has merit or not. So grow a pair and put it out there, if you get some negatives, so what. Learn from them and move on.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 11:25 | 2824404 stiler
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I don't really want to get into it, but just a question; what about the "fact" that elite men are controling everything, is this a true fact or could somehow these mysterious entities be part of it all? There are levels of authority and men are not the ones in control as much as we think; this I know.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 11:08 | 2824329 boiltherich
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One mans conspiracy is another mans bible.

One very famous conspiracy theory (I am surprised was not mentioned by GW) is the assassination of Kennedy, the idea that a lone gunman could have pulled it off is so off the wall, and parts of the government investigation are so absurd that it only leaves us with alternate theories of conspiracy. And the more painful an event the more likely the public will consent to bury it on flimsy evidence.

It only takes two to conspire and we all have done it so we all know it is possible. In law it requires two or more people collude to break laws, there is no legal conspiracy where no law is broken by the collusion.

Conspiracy is essentially secrecy or the intentional lack of clarity, either stonewalling or provable outright lies to cover the tracks of the conspirators, though I am thinking there are conspiracies that have had immense impacts that we know nothing of because they were so successful nobody ever caught on, it has been the ones that were unsuccessful that have fueled the imaginations of the conspiratorial minded, and some of whom can be annoying by going on and on about a totally baseless or ultimately improvable claim, but where would we be without them? True believers have been the ones that have brought us truth about many important conspiracies that otherwise would have lain secret forever. Christopher Columbus could well have claimed that the pope was conspiring to hide knowledge of a vast rich new world by circulating false information about the planet being flat.

In most theories it is not about if something happened or was planned, it is about motive. For example, the meeting that hatched the idea of a Federal Reserve on Jekyll Island, we all know it happened, but, if the participants who were then the only stewards of our banking and financial responsibilities recognized there had to be a better way of functioning in an economy grown too large for the status quo, did they think they were acting as responsible stewards of the industry because congress in whom that power was supposed to be vested had abdicated their duties? Were they as they would claim safeguarding our economic future? Or, were they conspiring to illegally profit at our expense through a fraud of immeasurable magnitude? The results 100 years later point to the latter, though at the time had you been present you might not agree. There is evidence for both cases, though I am very suspicious when money and power, large sums of it, are involved and feel that in any such case the burden of proof is on the conspirators to prove they were not colluding to commit crimes.

I personally do not think there is a conspiracy involving the dispersion of chemicals via the exhaust of jetliners, and I do not think that HAARP is anything like what the theorists claim, but I do not make fun of those that do believe in them because if they are wrong then no harm done, if they are right it could save our lives, and it keeps many potential conspirators from attempting their crimes. Besides, I was brought up to respect people, and that it is just plain rude to make fun of people for their beliefs no matter how batshit crazy they sound, provided those people are not acting to harm or threaten harm to others based on those beliefs. You may believe the government keeps aliens in the basement of the White House for all I care, but when you decide to kill people because they do not respect your "prophet" you have earned a one way ticket to go visit him.

And then there are real life experiences that tell me that conspiracy is fact, though in the absence of truth about them motive cannot be discerned. Most of us know that the government's final statement of 9/11 would never stand up in court, parts of it are laughable, most of it implausible, and there are details that simply do not match what people like me saw with our own eyes, if I tell people what I saw, though it is a small piece of the puzzle, does not match what the final report said happened then people will think I am a nutty conspiracy theorist. This line of thinking is what lead Occam to invent his razor. The more elaborate the theory of any event the less likely it is to be true. But, no matter how elaborate an explanation the simple fact that it is complex does not by itself make it untrue. The example of Watergate is good because the actual break in is very simple, it was the cover-up after the break in that got so complicated.

I believe in flying saucers. I did not say UFO's which can be anything in the sky that seems not to belong or which can't be explained, but actual metallic disc shaped objects, noiseless and capable of inexplicable feats of speed and maneuverability, that clearly are under intelligent control. Many people think that is just plain nuts, but I believe in them because with my own eyes I saw one up close in the presence of other people while sober and of sound mind. I cannot claim to know what intelligence was controlling it, and I do not know why our government denies the existence of such craft in light of the overwhelming reliable reports of such vehicles. And given the possible threat these objects represent the stakes are high for those that are aware of them.

This is where conspiracy theories start, rather than simply stating the known facts that you have and stopping there till more facts become available most people go on to formulate suppositions based upon speculation, before long you have a whole Christmas tree of a story decorated with ornaments of imagination where there really is only a small Scotch Pine.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 11:00 | 2824288 rustymason
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The reign of King George III is looking better all the time.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 12:33 | 2824699 Diogenes
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"The reign of King George III is looking better all the time."

You think Canada got it right after all?

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 11:10 | 2824344 PatientZero
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The Kings and Queens of Great Britain have been nothing but figureheads since before King George III's time. You need to look at who was running Parliament and what their interests were.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 11:42 | 2824474 AnAnonymous
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King George the third had to deal with the rise of the burgeoning middle class, later to cristallize in their 'american' ambitions.

The 'american' middle class is running the show...

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 13:47 | 2825051 PatientZero
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The middle class had existed long before then. In fact, true feudalism never took off in England like it did in continental Europe. The middle class always had a good deal of power in England.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 13:37 | 2825001 TSA gropee
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"The 'american' middle class is running the show..." Really? Bwahahaha. That's why the burgeoning numbers of middleclass I suppose? /sarc off

http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/america-middle-class-crisis-...

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/us/middle-class-areas-shrink-as-income...

 

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 13:37 | 2825000 TSA gropee
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Dupe, sorry.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:55 | 2824266 PatientZero
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It really comes down to one single group of people in the entire world that are have their hand in EVERY issue facing humanity.

 

I think you know of whom I am speaking.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tFsgo7S8n4

Everything else --every other perceived enemy -- is just a RED HERRING. WAKE UP.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:48 | 2824240 Dr. Bonzo
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Sorry GW... you did it now baby. Citing the Constitution or Declaration of Independence or any other such incendiary document is grounds for an FBI criminal investigation.

 

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:26 | 2824183 Stuck on Zero
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Great work. 

Remember the Maine.  Remember the Lusitania.  Remember the Gulf of Tonkin.  Remember the weapons of mass destruction.  Remember 9/11.

 

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:21 | 2824143 diogeneslaertius
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War By Other Means Directed by John Pilger

http://vimeo.com/16366942

The elite are the true parasites of humanity

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:18 | 2824142 stiler
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You mean the politically-correct term "conspiracy theory", used by our own govt, as in the conspiracy theorists whose front door the FBI knocks on. The US govt is working agst those who are agst the conspiracy agst our freedom.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:06 | 2824098 SAT 800
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Barry Soetoro and Hilary Clinton; guilty of conspiracy. Timmy Geithner and Ben Bernanke; guilty of conspiracy. Jon Corzine and the SEC; guilty of conspiracy. George Soros and Hilary Clinton and Barry Soetoro; guilty of conspiracy.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:06 | 2824097 kevinearick
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N othing new about the something for nothing perpetuation of false assumptions by legacy capital, nor the middle class waking up to find out that santa claus, the republic, is a fiction.

look at apple or gold. on what planet does it make sense for me to work for either. when the machine crashes, who do they call to fix it? War is just more misdirection, a gag order.

it's wakey wakey time...

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:09 | 2824094 “Rebellion to t...
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Thomas Jefferson was a voracious reader and collector of literature.  The man had a vast quantity of books and pamphlets dealing solely with leadership, tyranny, autocracy, and abuse of power.  When he wrote the Declaration of Independance, certainly many of the philosophical and political problems he had read about were revealed to the world.

As far as the Magna Carta... sailors for millennia had the nasty habit of sending their tyrannical, autocratic ship captains overboard when they got too out of line.  Eventually, an agreement was reached where any ship's captain allowed the crew some very basic rights that all men must be provided. This unwritten but widely accepted practice was eventually drawn up as a document in the early 1200's and presented to the King of England at the time.  

Good ideas tend to last. When a perceived ruler gets too out of line, he needs to be kept in check, plain and simply.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 11:02 | 2824295 DaveyJones
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He was also a hell of a farmer.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:27 | 2824057 SAT 800
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My God, George, you actually said something that made sense. Although at the time of the framing of the Consitution it wasn't so much a theory as a simple observation of the nations surrounding them, (the founding fathers; God Rest Them). "And if a man trades his birthrightl for a mess of Pottage; what hath he gained?" Well, we have a lot of nice pottage; but I'd rather have our Constitution back. Unfortunately, it can only be purchased in Blood.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 09:52 | 2824046 Bringin It
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George, some of your best work yet. The Ellsberg statement/ quote on dc secrets. The Manhatten Project example. the busnessman's plot. 

Thank you for making this available to a wider audience.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 09:39 | 2824012 shovelhead
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Jeez,

Mr. Galactic Federation Guy needs to weigh in on this one.

Bad enough with the banksters conspiring to rob you blind but now we got friggin aliens cooking up some "top secret"

agenda.

I think it has something to do with wanting our pink slime.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 09:49 | 2824038 SAT 800
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@shovelhead; Panheads Forever. (a true Hemi combustion chamber).

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 09:35 | 2823994 proLiberty
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When people presume a problem must be solved and they think it can only be solved by government, even in the west they envision it will be done by people who only have the most noble of motives, who will be efficient and thorough, and who will show the greatest care and concern for their fellow citizens.  Yet the very nature of government is quite the opposite and can sometimes be shockingly destructive of the wealth and liberties of its citizens.  The issue then becomes how difficult (and expensive) it often is to even begin the effort to force government to obey its own rules, let alone force it to stop a destructive activity.  But this is all caused by the nature of government and human nature itself, both of which cannot be changed in this present age. 

This is made far worse by a relatively new invention: fiat money which enables perpetual debt and self-funding government.  Now we have the Leviathan State that, at least for periods lasting several years, does not have to beg or coerce enough funds from the tax paying public.  It can embezzle their wealth by diluting the currency it induces them to use.  The State can wage war, both foreign and domestic against whomsoever it pleases and at the same time buy votes from the growing proportion of its voters who have made themselves economically dependent upon that State.

Of course, as von Mises said, because it cannot really change the amount of economic resources, inflating the currency only produces a mirage of prosperity and it must eventually fail.  But such a Leviathan State can soar for a time and do great damage to liberty and prosperity in the process.

 

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 09:27 | 2823975 kaiserhoff
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Blah, Blah, Blah.   At least no one is chopping down trees for this.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 11:44 | 2824487 AnAnonymous
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Running electric generators maybe?

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 09:00 | 2823880 ATM
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Not conspiracy... human nature.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 08:49 | 2823837 blindman
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George W. Bush on 9/11 Conspiracy Theories
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-Hj-Y6o6ec

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:01 | 2824060 Bananamerican
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boy, W was dumb as a bag of shit wasn't he?

Just magnificently, malevolently stupid...as were all those who actually voted for the poor dumb bastard.

I knew the u.s. was screwed when W. got shoehorned in there....for EIGHT years....

as I knew unelected powers worked the levers of amerika when, right on cue, a "cool, black man, brutha" Democrat was trotted out to "work it fo' the lil' man, uh yeeuh"...as he bailed out anything that smelled like Money.

TPTB don't even try anymore when it comes to candidate selection....

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:17 | 2824140 SAT 800
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The second term was obtained thru an "October Miracle" which you should research; an election preventing factual news report was on the desk of a TV Station in the US; but it was overtaken by a new video from Osama Bin Laden, (or whomever), threatening more attacks. The manipulators were well-aware that the public won't change "leadership" in the midst of on-going foreign attacks. Barry Soetoro, Indonesian foreign exchange student, and pot smoking Marxist; was their crowning achievement in the "marketing of the product to the mass mind". Vote him out; they will experience this as a slap in the face and will temporarily back off. They assume the grin and the BS will give them the final four years; prove that you're not asleep.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:09 | 2824110 SAT 800
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A famous Neurologist diagnosed him as having specific brain damage; from his speech patterns; not everyone can tolerate binge alcohol drinking and Cocaine without consequences. George W. was quite used to both of these situations as a "college student".

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 09:02 | 2823786 JustObserving
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Governments and their lapdogs, the media, have appropriated the term conspiracy theory.  Anything that does not fuel the interest of those in control is derisively labelled "conspiracy theory."

The truth is that theories promulgated by those in power are conspiracy theories too.  The ridiculous official theory that 19 hijackers (at least 6 alive after 9/11) successfully hijacked 4 jets with boxcutters and then could fly them accurately while Norad slept causing free-fall collapse of 3 buildings is a conspiracy theory.  But no one in the media calls it that.  

This control of language is not a power that can be granted to the governing elite if we wish to maintain our freedoms and liberties. Not that there are many left in the land of the free.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 08:26 | 2823785 blindman
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conspiracy mid-14c., from Anglo-Fr. conspiracie, O.Fr. conspiracie "conspiracy, plot," from L. conspirationem (nom. conspiratio) "agreement, union, unanimity," noun of action from conspirare (see conspire); earlier in same sense was conspiration (early 14c.), from Fr. conspiration (13c.), from L. conspirationem. An O.E. word for it was facengecwis. As a term in law, from 1863. Conspiracy theory is from 1909.
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conspire late 14c., from O.Fr. conspirer (14c.), from L. conspirare "to agree, unite, plot," lit. "to breathe together," from com- "together" (see com-) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit). Or perhaps the notion is "to blow together" musical instruments, i.e., "To sound in unison." Related:
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Conspired; conspiring.conspirator c.1400, conspyratour, from O.Fr. conspirateur, from L. conspiratorem (nom. conspiratorio), noun of action from conspirat-, pp. stem of conspirare (see conspire). Fem. form conspiratress is from mid-18c. Related: Conspiratorial; conspiratorially; conspiratory.
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conjure late 13c., "command on oath," from O.Fr. conjurer "invoke, conjure" (12c.), from L. conjurare "to swear together;
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conspire," from com- "together" (see com-) + jurare "to swear" (see jury (n.)). Magical sense is c.1300, for "constraining by spell" a demon to do one's bidding. Related: Conjured; conjuring. Phrase conjure up "cause to appear in the mind" (as if by magic) attested from 1580s.
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so it has a lot to do with breathing and blowing
and making sounds , words and narratives. telling
stories which may or may not stand the light of day.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:28 | 2823773 Revert_Back_to_...
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Speaking of spilling the beans.

http://tinyurl.com/coj3cal

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1453642757

Read the reviews for her book.

Edit: To whoever junked me; here are a few other topics of interest.

Oil for food (and associated accounts)

Aramco & Nationalization of the oil fields.

Aramco Gold Coins

SEC Records that were destroyed in building seven.

Records that were destroyed in WTC related to the mortgage pools.

Enron (first effort at cap and trade and carbon tax)

Maiden Lane Accounts

Part of the pentagon that was hit on 9/11 and (what records did it contain)

hint...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kpWqdPMjmo

 

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 13:00 | 2824841 tip e. canoe
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add:

records contained @ Cantor Fitzgerald related to UST-Bond Auctions.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 08:16 | 2823764 dolly madison
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Yep, people do conspire.  The more checks and balances, the better.  That is why I want participatory democracy added to our system.  The people need a veto.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:34 | 2824209 SAT 800
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Register and vote; press the reject button on the most perfect puppet the conspirators have ever had; they'll get the message. If you just keep congratulating yourself on how smart you are; and don;t participate you;re going to get the second four years; and you won;t like them.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 12:20 | 2824646 piceridu
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Voting is an illusion that we have a choice... maybe this will clear it up for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NXhoP5bQ2M&feature=player_embedded#!

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 08:18 | 2823763 KickIce
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Where to start George.

The Constitution was setup so that the people could retain as much power as possible.

We have since lost this freedom/power by:

1.  Taking our freedoms for granted.

2.  Allowing ourselves to be bought with our own money.

3.  And by much of the populace demanding that government be the solution to their problems.

If you will read the words of our Founders they will openly tell you of our government's design as well as what would be required by the people to keep it.  There's nothing secretive about it.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 10:59 | 2824285 DaveyJones
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"allowing ourselves to be bought with our own money" - very nice

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 08:08 | 2823746 Benjamin Glutton
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Our system is totally reliant on conspiracy at this point...

 

Some question treatment of SD police captain's son The Associated Press Published: Sunday, Sep. 23, 2012 - 11:22 am Last Modified: Sunday, Sep. 23, 2012 - 3:46 pm

Some San Diego police employees are questioning the treatment of a police captain's son who was not taken to jail after allegedly groping two women, punching another in the face, and drunkenly smashing a car window in Pacific Beach last month.

Alex Guaderrama, 23, was shuttled by officers to a hospital for treatment of cuts to his hand and then turned over to his mother following the Aug. 21 incident outside a taco shop, according to UT San Diego ( http://bit.ly/UDVJ2o).

Police officials told the newspaper Guaderrama was treated like any other suspect and issued what's called a notify warrant, which means he was alerted that he may or may not face criminal charges in the future.

"This kind of thing happens," Lt. Andra Brown told the newspaper. "It doesn't just happen in Pacific Beach, and it doesn't just happen to 23-year-old sons of police captains. Many times a month, we take the exact course of action."

But several other police employees told UT San Diego they believe Guaderrama received special treatment. They said after Guaderrama was issued a notify warrant, officers had no reason to follow him to a hospital, wait through the treatment and then drive him to a parking lot in La Mesa, where his mother was waiting.

Capt. Manny Guaderrama and Alex Guaderrama both declined to be interviewed, Brown said.

Brown said the investigation was closed Sept. 5. A spokesperson for the city attorney said no decision about criminal charges against Guaderrama has been made.

Guaderrama was accused of grabbing a woman's buttocks while waiting in line at the taco shop, the newspaper reported. A fight broke out between Guaderrama and a group the woman was with, witnesses told police, and in the scuffle Guaderrama grabbed another woman's breast and struck a third woman in the face.

The three women, ages 21 to 25, called a friend to pick them up and when he arrived, Guaderrama smashed the back window of the car and cut his hand, police said.

Chief Bill Lansdowne said the department will take a second look at the events after prosecutors file or reject charges.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/23/4846752/some-question-treatment-of-sd.h...

 

Let's not forget the mortgage securities counterfeiting fiasco that dare not be acknowledged by our current administration. Though Justice takes full credit for this prosecution it was Mr. Neil Barofsky who pushed the case into their laps.

 

 

Mr. Farkas took the stand during the trial to defend this reputation and deny any wrongdoing.

But a federal jury in Virginia was unmoved. In April, after a 10-day trial and little more than a day of deliberations, the jurors found Mr. Farkas guilty on 14 counts of securities, bank and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Mr. Farkas’s $2.9 billion scheme began in 2002, prosecutors say, when Taylor Bean was facing mounting losses. To hide the losses, Taylor Bean executives secretly overdrew the firm’s accounts with Colonial Bank. The lender, aiming to cover up the overdrafts, sold Colonial about $1.5 billion in “worthless” and “fake” mortgages. The government, in turn, guaranteed the bogus loans.

When Colonial started to struggle, Mr. Farkas helped convince the bank to apply for more than $550 million in taxpayer bailout funds. The Treasury Department initially approved the rescue loan, but ultimately withdrew the offer.

Colonial filed for bankruptcy in August 2009, making it the sixth-largest bank failure in history.

Mr. Farkas, meanwhile, diverted more than $40 million from Taylor Bean and Colonial to “finance his lifestyle,” prosecutors said. He used the money, according to the government, to buy a private jet, vacation homes and a collection of vintage cars.

“He did this to live like a king, and now justice has come to bear,” Mr. Breuer said.

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/06/30/mortgage-executive-receives-30-ye...

Neil Barofsky September 22nd, 2012 at 2:09 pm 15 In response to emptywheel @ 11

"I’m not sure. But DOJ always claimed credit for our cases, and to be fair, they were the ones that ultimately prosecuted them once we gathered the evidence. What was really hilarious, though, was when the FBI started leaking to the Post that we weren’t “really” driving the Farkas case (the only major CEO to go to jail out of the crisis), when we found it, pushed it, and were responsible for it. But that’s DC!"

 

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 07:59 | 2823736 Smiddywesson
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In general, most conspiracy theories are untrue.

HOWEVER,

Most conspiracy theories about money and power are founded in truth.  It's too difficult to make an honest buck, so people unwilling to do the work to earn an honest living, along with those whose thirst for money and power eclipses anything an honest individual can earn, form conspiracies to get ahead of everyone else.  

To think otherwise is to ignore human nature, and to tacitly assert that the world is fair.  Good luck with that.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 07:58 | 2823735 Pseudo Anonym
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damn right that:

America was founded on a conspiracy theory: that Britain’s King George and his men were conspiring against the colonists.

that's why it is the con[stitution] http://tinyurl.com/dfztye

http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 11:19 | 2824363 tip e. canoe
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it should be obvious to everyone by now that

"We the People" does NOT = we the people

http://www.educationbug.org/a/capitonym.html

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 07:57 | 2823734 Miss Expectations
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George,

Here's a press conference that indicates that there are some who are fighting for what America is supposed to be...

Congressman Walter B. Jones (R-NC) held a press conference on Sept. 21, in Washington DC to discuss House Concurrent Resolution 107. Rep. Jones was joined by Bruce Fein, Associate Deputy Attorney General under President Reagan, author, "American Empire: Before the Fall", Lt. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson (USA.Ret), former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell (2002-05) & Lt. Colonel Anthony Shaffer, author of "Operation Dark Heart".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QUl_N66HRI4#!

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 11:29 | 2824419 tip e. canoe
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thanks for this...these guys are cutting to the bone and pulling no punches.

too bad no one's listening.

Mon, 09/24/2012 - 07:47 | 2823722 Fix It Again Timmy
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K-Street, Konspiracy, Kongress - that's our current state of the union...

The dearly departed Gore Vidal grew up in the lap of luxury. Years ago in an interview, he said that if you heard the way the wealthy talked among themselves about the common man, you would never vote for one of them. Some things never change...

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