It turns out that rampant corruption, corporate greed, endless war, and constant surveillance are not having any harmful effects on democracy! It's us conspiracy theorists that are ruining it. Or so says the BBC and Cambridge University professor "Sir" Richard Evans. The BBC piece asks the hard-hitting question "Are conspiracy theories ruining democracy," the answer to which is "What are you, stupid or something?" The author and Evans never offer up anything even remotely close to a justification for their statements, and they use the end of the article to make an argument AGAINST the government being open with its citizens. Evans refers to conspiracy theorists as people who are "on the whole paranoid and crazy," which is the closest thing to a point that he makes: i.e. conspiracy theories are BAD because BAD people believe them. I'm guessing that Sir Evans doesn't teach logic or Latin, because he seems ignorant of what ad hominem means.
But all this is nothing new. As I pointed out in my articles on Operation Mockingbird and the discussion of the upcoming JFK anniversary, the western media is as guilty as any conspirator, either through willful obfuscation of the truth or outright lying. Take a look at CIA Document #1035-960 which was produced just after the Warren Commission Report was released. The document is a guide for all CIA offices to help sell the official version of the assassination, with a list of talking points at the end. I'll draw your attention to item 3b:
To employ propaganda assets to negate 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.
This has been the formula since 1964 and it is still in use today. Actually, the CIA plan is a little bit nicer than the approach taken by many modern "journalists" who can't resist slipping in some variation of the word crazy into any article on someone who commits the unforgivable sin of not believing the government.
While I was writing this article, the shooting at LAX took place. The gunman has been identified as 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia, who reportedly has a history of mental problems and had threatened suicide as recently as earlier in the week. By some bizarre coincidence, LAPD was actually at Ciancia's residence while the shooting took place. They were doing a "welfare check" on him because they received word from his parents (via the NJ PD) that he may be suicidal. Not much is known about the shooting/shooter at this early stage, but one wonders if the chief gives the plot away during this news conference. The looks on the faces of the men behind him give that impression.
Ciancia's mental instability is buried several paragraphs deep in any article on the subject, however. The headlines regarding Mr. Ciancia are reporting that he wanted to kill "pigs and the TSA" and that he was "anti-government." It is now (at the time of this writing) surfacing that the note found on the shooter mentioned the NWO, or the New World Order. The linked article states that the pamphlet also made reference to "racial minorities." This makes the prime suspects the John Birch Society, or whatever neo-Conservative group has taken their place.
As I mentioned in Stop Me if You've Heard This One Before, the JBS is one massive intelligence operation by the far right. VISUP is doing a good series on the neo-fascists and the alleged Patriot Movement that you should read, but the short version of all this is that JBS/Posse Comitatus/The Tea Party/et al. are essentially the same "NWO" that they are trying to warn everyone about. It only takes a small amount of digging to discover that they don't really mind big government or violations of Constitutional rights as long as they are the ones doing it.
Other articles have made reference to Ciancia having "libertarian" views, so while we're on the topic, the Libertarians are a fascist intelligence front-group as well. Since libertarianism is a hugely popular sub-group of Internet users, I'm sure half of my readers just stopped reading, but I'll go into more detail for the rest of you. The US Libertarian Party was founded by David Nolan, who was a member of the Young Americans for Freedom in the 1960s. The YAF was founded by William F. Buckley Jr., who was a CIA Agent. Buckley is well-known as an arch-conservative, and was critical of both Nixon and Reagan for being "too liberal." Buckley's National Review is a cornerstone of CIA propaganda and has long supplied the talking points for the far-far-right. Buckley hasn't been too forthcoming about his CIA days, but his superior was E. Howard Hunt, Watergate plumber and the man who confessed to orchestrating the murder of JFK. Hunt's specialty was overthrowing governments (Guatemala, the Bay of Pigs) so it isn't much of a stretch to assume that Buckley -- and by extension the YAF -- learned a thing or two from him.
We'll come back to that issue later, but first back to the Libertarians: Even Libertarian Lew Rockwell admits that many of the people that shaped the views of Libertarianism were CIA employees. A major plank in the Libertarian platform is getting rid of the CIA and FBI, but what they don't publicly state is that they still want these agencies, just privatized versions of them. For people who hate the CIA so much, the Libertarians can't seem to get away from them. Their 2008 Presidential candidate Bob Barr was a former CIA analyst.
I'll pick up of the story of the YAF next time in the next chapter of JFK50.
The NSA was apparently trying to steal whatever information they couldn't collect.
This included trying to "hack" into Google and Yahoo to get their hands on their caches of user information. This is over and above the information that the NSA "legally compels" the companies to turn over, and amounts to the most blatant violation of US law yet. According to the article, Google is rushing to encrypt this data, which probably will slow the NSA down for a few hours, tops.
This article, like others, acts as if this is somehow a "new" thing, and that the NSA hasn't been spying on everyone since they were founded. The Church Committee Report dedicated several hundred pages of Vol III to explaining how the government has intercepted almost all electronic communications (without a warrant) since the early 1940s. So, like the other so-called revelations of the existence of Area 51 and the CIA's involvement in coups, this is old news. Any reasonably well-informed person knew everything Edward Snowden has to say four decades ago, and the only thing I'm suspicious about is why this is being told now and for what purpose.
Just as further proof that sometimes the gang gets up to their old tricks: We Are Change's Luke Rudowski was the victim of a "sneek & peek" job. This is the second or third time this has happened to him. Check the video out and see for yourself.