Women love to gossip, or so it is said, but that is simply not true. Men also love to gossip, but they don’t call it that. It’s sharing information.
So it’s fair to say that people love to gossip and, we can say it’s not malicious, but in our hearts we know it is. It’s why we fall silent when that person enters the room. Gossip is idle and often harmful, but there is little to match a good conspiracy when it comes to gossip, for now we have right on our side!
And we love to discuss conspiracies: it’s human nature to do so. Conspirators have proliferated since the beginning of time and are not going to go away any time soon, for secrecy and a lust for power rules the human heart to an unquenchable degree.
Adding fuel to the fire are the conspiracy theories that abound, such as the one where George W Bush and his administration orchestrated 9/11, or knew of the plans beforehand and purposely ignored them giving them an excuse to invade Iraq.
Of course, film makers like Michael Moore add fuel to that particular fire with movies like Fahrenheit 911 and, although it was a well-made movie, it was extremely emotive and meant to be so. Michael Moore is an avowed liberal and makes his agenda clear. He does not like the Republicans and says so. He particularly does not like George W Bush, and says so and the image he shows of Bush receiving the news of 9/11 was manipulative, to say the least.
In case you haven’t seen the movie, I’ll describe it to you. Bush is sitting in a kindergarten class, reading to the children, when a Secret Service agent comes in, leans over and whispers the news in the President’s ear. He sits frozen, with a look of puzzled shock on his face, for all of thirty seconds, which is a lo-o-ong time on screen. Then he gets up and excuses himself. Showing Bush in that light, makes him look stupid and indecisive. He’s just heard news that the continental United States has been attacked for the first time in its history! The picture is manipulative, that’s what it is.
What it enabled the Bush administration to do was to clamp down on anything deemed anti-American and create a form of police state. It was not quite McCarthy era tactics, but they approached it at times. So the end result of a conspiracy theory in this instance, turned into an excuse for a poor administration to clamp down on its citizens and severely limit their freedoms.
Of course this is just one in a long line of conspiracy theories and, as long as there’s a chance for people to conspire on any issue, there will be conspiracy theories. Mel Gibson, in the movie Conspiracy Theory, has a memorable line, ‘Just because there are a lot of crackpot conspiracy theories, doesn’t mean there aren’t conspiracies.’
The moon landings are still thought by many people, to be fake, that NASA conspired with the US Government to make the world believe American astronauts had landed on the moon and put forward hundreds of theories and proofs of this conspiracy.
Of course, if it had been a fake, the first people to expose it would have been the Russians, and they accepted it. The other proof that the landing was genuine is the fact that they put a mirror up there and later reflected laser beams from it back to earth. It doesn’t stop the crackpots though.
Another staple of these theorists is the alien spacecraft at Roswell, New Mexico or, as it is known amongst UFOlogists, Area 51. These people are absolutely convinced that the Government has alien spacecraft held in hangars there and are trying to access the technology for mostly military reasons, but they insist it’s the real deal.
For many years, Americans could tell you exactly where they were when they heard the news that John F Kennedy had been assassinated. It’s a long time ago, so people cannot tell you with any certainty any longer, but it was Friday, 22nd November 1963 and it happened in Dallas, Texas at 12:30 pm.
The Warren Commission was appointed to find out exactly what had happened and why and established that it was carried out by Lee Harvey Oswald, working alone, with no outside help of any sort. This one does bear some investigating however, as Jack Ruby’s subsequent shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald smacks too much of a cover-up to be coincidental.
Theorists blame various agencies such as the FBI, the CIA, the Mafia, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Castro and various other disaffected groups. In 1991, Oliver Stone made a movie, JFK, which immediately became embroiled in controversy. Many major newspapers ran editorial pieces accusing Stone of taking liberties with historical facts, including the implication that Lyndon Johnson, Kennedy’s Vice-President, engineered it as a way to keep the Vietnam War alive.
Global warming has its many detractors and a theory exists that there is a global conspiracy to promote the idea of global warming as a way to fill the vacuum left by the Cold War and authors such as Michael Crichton in State of Fear, believe there is a sinister agenda to promote this.
Global warming has since been abandoned in favour of Climate Change, something with which no-one can argue. The fear still exists that it is a way to install a one-world government which would then have everyone under its thumb.
Of course, all conspiracies are neither fake nor imaginary. Here’s a list of some genuine conspiracies that were truly sinister.
Perhaps the greatest President the United States has ever had and the only one to be elected for a third term was Franklyn Delano Roosevelt. Not only did he pull America out of the Depression and get them back to work, but he managed to stay out of the Second World War while supplying Britain and Russia with much-needed supplies in order to continue functioning instead of collapsing.
Yet it was against this hugely popular and effective President that a plot was hatched, commonly called the Business Plot.
In 1933, a group of wealthy businessmen headed up by Senator Prescott Bush and supported, allegedly, by the heads of Chase Bank, General Motors, Standard Oil and the Du Pont family, amongst others, attempted to recruit Major General Smedley Butler of the US Marine Corp to arrange a coup and install a fascist government in the US.
This was the same Prescott Bush who was the father of one President and the grandfather of another. That may be why the name seems familiar.
General Smedley Butler was the wrong man for the job and revealed the entire plot before a Congressional Committee in 1934.They all denied it, surprise, surprise and none of them was ever brought up on criminal charges, but the House McCormack-Dickstein Committee at least recorded the existence of the conspiracy. These people continued doing business with Nazi Germany until the United States entered the war.
In the 1950s, the CIA indulged in a series of experiments called Project MKULTRA, a mind-control experiment. This was as a result of the mind-control experiments being conducted in the USSR, which they believed had been successfully conducted against American prisoners during the Korean War.
Here, however, is where the experiment differs somewhat: they didn’t experiment on enemy soldiers or prisoners; that would have been too inconvenient. They decided instead to experiment with unwitting US citizens, which was a whole lot easier and probably more fun. They drugged unsuspecting people who had minor psychological issues like anxiety and often induced permanent comas and sometimes a lifetime of incontinence. At least one person died. The CIA plot was eventually uncovered and they were given a stern dressing down.
However, these are just some examples to show that not all conspiracy theories are the work of crackpots. Two organisations spring to mind and one is quite open in its aims, although the second is not at all open and very little is reported on its activities.
First, the Trilateral Commission: founded by David Rockefeller in 1973, it is a ‘non-governmental, non-partisan discussion group founded to foster closer cooperation between the US, Europe and Japan’.
Noam Chomsky, one of the most celebrated and frequently quoted academics in the US describes the Trilateral Commission in less flattering terms: ‘essentially liberal internationalists from Europe, Japan and the United States, the liberal wing of the intellectual elite. That’s where Jimmy Carter's whole government came from. The Trilateral Commission was concerned with trying to induce what they called “more moderation in democracy” – turn people back to passivity and obedience so they don’t put so many constraints on state power and so on.
In particular they were worried about young people. They were concerned about the institutions responsible for the indoctrination of the young (that’s their phrase), meaning schools, universities, church and so on – they’re not doing their job, [the young are] not being sufficiently indoctrinated. They’re too free to pursue their own initiatives and concerns and you’ve got to control them better.’
No-one can dispute the beneficial aims of the Trilateral Commission if you look at their Charter:
Growing interdependence is a fact of life of the contemporary world. It transcends and influences national systems...While it is important to develop greater cooperation among all the countries of the world, Japan, Western Europe, and North America, in view of their great weight in the world economy and their massive relations with one another, bear a special responsibility for developing effective cooperation, both in their own interests and in those of the rest of the world.
To be effective in meeting common problems, Japan, Western Europe, and North America will have to consult and cooperate more closely, on the basis of equality, to develop and carry out coordinated policies on matters affecting their common interests...refrain from unilateral actions incompatible with their interdependence and from actions detrimental to other regions... [and] take advantage of existing international and regional organizations and further enhance their role.
The Commission hopes to play a creative role as a channel of free exchange of opinions with other countries and regions. Further progress of the developing countries and greater improvement of East-West relations will be a major concern.
The purpose of this commission was to foster peaceful and harmonious relations between the nations of North America, Europe and Japan. In a nutshell: world peace.
The Trilateral Commission initiated its first Bi-annual meeting in Tokyo in September 1973. In May 1976 the first plenary meeting of all the commission’s regional groups took place in Kyoto. This was one of the reasons for Japan’s rise to international prominence in the 1980s and 90s. Since its founding, the discussion group has issued an official journal called a Trialogue. Still all nice and innocent and well-meaning.
In spite of their noble aims, they have drawn criticism from both liberal and conservative politicians and commentators in the US and abroad, who see their aim as stifling any true dialogue and pushing their own agenda at the expense of personal freedom.
On 11th September 1990, President George Bush gave a speech to Congress where he outlined the goals of his administration; amongst those was military intervention in the Middle East, with a number of goals set forth:
· The immediate and complete withdrawal of all Iraqi troops from Kuwait
· The restoration of the Emir of Kuwait to his throne
· A permanent commitment to the security and stability of the Persian Gulf
· Protection of American citizens living abroad
· Here’s a quotable quote: ‘Out of these troubled times, our fifth objective - a new world order - can emerge...We are now in sight of a United Nations that performs as envisioned by its founders.’
· And…’The United Nations can help bring about a new day...a new world order, and a long era of peace.’
Strangely enough, both Bush and his Successor, Bill Clinton, served actively on the Trilateral Commission. George Bush was a founding member of the Trilateral Commission and Bill Clinton and George W Bush also served on the Commission. The rest of the Commission reads like a who’s who of American politics. Which brings us rather neatly to another, and more powerful international organisation, whose aims are not quite as noble.
The Bilderberg Group
See if any of these names ring a bell: David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Gordon Brown, Angela Merkel, Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, Larry Summers, Tim Geithner, Lloyd Blankfein, George Soros, Donald Rumsfeld and Rupert Murdoch. This is aside from other parliamentarians and heads of state, NATO and Pentagon officials, along with members of European royalty. See the overlap?
Always present are key figures from the Council on Foreign Relations, the IMF, the World Bank, The Trilateral Commission, European Union and the powerful central bankers such as the Federal Reserve, the Bank of England and the European Central Bank. All meetings are completely secret.
Daniel Estulin… ‘a Russian expatriate who was kicked out of the Soviet Union in 1980. My father was a dissident who fought for freedom of speech who was jailed, tortured by the KGB. Suffered two political deaths. When these people got tired of us they threw us out. We moved to Canada and 12 years ago I came to Spain. My grandfather was a colonel in the KGB and the counter-intelligence in the 1950s, so I am privileged somewhat to get a lot of the information from secret service which are our best sources of information. Not only the KGB people but the MI6 people, the CIA because most of the people who work for the secret service as you probably know are patriots and they love their country and they’re doing it for the good of the nation and they’re the first ones absolutely terrified of the plans of the Bilderbergers.’
‘Slowly, one by one, I have penetrated the layers of secrecy surrounding the Bilderberg Group, but I could not have done this without help of “conscientious objectors” from inside, as well as outside, the Group’s membership.’ As a result, he keeps their names confidential.
Extract from The True Story of the Bilderberg Group, Daniel Estulin.
This group, with many of the same members as the Trilateral Commission, does not have any stated aims, but it is believed that their purpose is largely the same as the Trilateral Commission: world peace through a one-world Government. They insist there be no publicity for their meetings and the press agree to this. Perhaps because Rupert Murdoch is a member?
‘Imagine a private club where presidents, prime ministers, international bankers and generals rub shoulders, where gracious royal chaperones ensure everyone gets along, and where the people running the wars, markets, and Europe (and America) say what they never dare say in public.’
Extract from The True Story of the Bilderberg Group, Daniel Estulin.
Paul wrote to Timothy that the love of money was the root of all evil. Was he wrong? Listen to what Amschel Rothschild once said: ‘Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws.’ He was the head of the Rothschild family, who controlled banking in Europe for many years.
And we know that money buys political and military power and that is something the Bilderbergers actively seek. Again, with a seeming nobility of purpose, for they look at the state of the world and decide, quite correctly, that man is not able to properly govern himself. So right from the beginning they decided to create an ‘Aristocracy of Purpose’ between Europe and the US to reach consensus on such vital matters as governmental policy, finance and overall strategy, with NATO being a vital part of the schemes. This was in order to keep the world teetering on the brink of war and nuclear blackmail which, as we saw earlier, they’ve managed to achieve in spite of all the treaties signed.
Bilderbergers is the most exclusive club on the planet and there is only one way in: by invitation. The Group’s Steering Committee decides whom to invite and in all cases invitees are already subscribers to the idea of one world government.
According to the Steering Committee Rules:
The invited guests must come alone; no wives, girlfriends, husbands or boyfriends. Personal assistants (meaning security, bodyguards, CIA or other secret service protectors) cannot attend the conference and must eat in a separate hall. (Also) The guests are explicitly forbidden from giving interviews to journalists or divulge anything that goes on in meetings.
Host governments provide overall security to keep away outsiders. One-third of attendees are political figures. The others are from industry, finance, academia, labor and communications.
Meeting procedure is by Chatham House Rules letting attendees freely express their views in a relaxed atmosphere knowing nothing said will be quoted or revealed to the public. Meetings ‘are always frank, but do not always conclude with consensus.’
Membership consists of annual attendees (around 80 of the world’s most powerful) and others only invited occasionally because of their knowledge or involvement in relevant topics. Those most valued are asked back, and some first-timers are chosen for their possible later usefulness.
Arkansas governor Bill Clinton, for example, who attended in 1991. ‘There, David Rockefeller told (him) why the North American Free Trade Agreement….was a Bilderberg priority and that the group needed him to support it. The next year, Clinton was elected president,’ and on January 1, 1994 NAFTA took effect. Numerous other examples are similar, including who gets chosen for powerful government, military and other key positions.
Extract from The True Story of the Bilderberg Group, Daniel Estulin.
The Group’s grand design is for ‘a One World Government with a single, global marketplace, policed by one world army, and financially regulated by one “World Bank” using one global currency.’ Their ‘wish list’ includes:
· one international identity observing one set of universal values;
· centralized control of world populations by control of the world’s media, thus manipulating public opinion
· a New World Order with no middle class, and, of course, a form of democracy which is no democracy at all;
· a zero-growth society, with the illusion of prosperity and progress, creating greater wealth and power for the rulers;
· manufactured crises and perpetual wars;
· absolute control of education to program the public mind and train those chosen for various roles;
· centralised control of all foreign and domestic policies; one size fits all globally;
· using the UN as a de facto world government imposing a UN tax on ‘world citizens;’
· expanding the North American Free Trade Agreement and World Trade Organisation globally;
· making NATO the military police of the world;
· imposing a universal legal system; and
· a global welfare state, such as has been put in place in Europe, with disastrous consequences. With this tool they mean to control the masses.
Henry Kissinger had this to say:
‘Today, Americans would be outraged if UN troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow, they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all people of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil….individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by their world government.’
Former CBS News president Richard Salant (1961 – 64 and 1966 – 79) explained the major media’s role: ‘Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have.’
So you can see how the media’s role is defined, and most people believe what the news media report; why not, it’s how we’ve grown up and how we receive our news. News is slanted politically to make someone or something look good. We think it’s only in places like the USSR where it happens, but it’s a lot more subtle here.
‘What most Americans believe to be ‘Public Opinion’ is in reality carefully crafted and scripted propaganda designed to elicit a desired behavioral response from the public.’
The three most important developments of the Twentieth Century are…’The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.’
‘Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States characterizing my family and me as “internationalists” and conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.’
David Rockefeller: Memoirs, page 405
The reason for my writing this is quite simple: the freedoms we enjoy are being encroached upon in exactly the same way they are in the USA. And it’s not only there, it’s happening in Europe as well. Take the following cases.
The Irish people voted against the Treaty of Nice in June 2001. After a year of intense government lobbying, they ratified it in October 2002. This followed the Danish example, in which the Danish people voted down the Treaty of Maastricht in June 1992 and then approved it in a May 1993 referendum. Of course, neither the Irish nor the Danish people have been given an opportunity to change their minds again. The Swiss people have rejected the EU twice already, but who knows if they can continue resisting.
A Canadian journalist named David Warren warns: ‘The most frightening proposal is the one least appreciated: to create a European “charter of fundamental rights” that will accomplish the precise opposite of what it claims. It will swing the iron claw of “progressive thought” through the soft flesh of human variety, enterprise, and freedom, on an unprecedented scale. . . . It is time people realized that “human-rights codes” are a weapon employed by the state to suppress disapproved behaviour by the individual. They cannot be wielded by the individual against the state, as independent civil and criminal courts could be.’
So while the European Union has not formally adopted the European Convention on Human Rights, some of its member states are already exploiting the aforementioned caveats, violating the right to respect for private and family life, freedom of thought, conscience and religion and freedom of expression, all of which are critical to a democratic society. Yet here they are blatantly ignored for ‘the greater good’.
On September 11, 2007, Belgian police beat up two Flemish politicians protesting the pro-immigration policies in Brussels. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe announced, ‘The freedom of expression and freedom of assembly are indeed pre-conditions for democracy, but they should not be regarded as licence to offend.’
So freedom of speech is allowed and encouraged as long as it doesn’t go against what they deem acceptable. Just look at the case of Julian Assange. What did Julian Assange actually do? He founded WikiLeaks, which was responsible for many terrible Government secrets being leaked to the world at large.
Because of freedom of the press and freedom of expression, and because these secrets were of such a heinous nature that he couldn’t be charged with revealing these secrets, they trumped up charges of sexual abuse against him: charges which would not stand up in any court of law in the world.
His fear, a very real fear, by the way, is that he’ll never get to court. He’ll be extradited to the US and tried there, and of course we know he’ll get a fair trial there.
He is currently a guest of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and has been told that, should he set foot outside the Embassy, he’ll be arrested. Now according to International Law, the pathway outside the Embassy is Ecuador and not Britain and the car that takes him to the airport is Ecuador and not Britain. Yet they are prepared to break international protocol in order to hand him over to the US, whose image suffered the worst damage as a result of these leaks.
Democracy? I think not. It smacks of Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany except for one small detail.
They respected the embassies.
Edward Snowden is on the run, moving from airport to airport around the world. He is currently in the transit section of Moscow Airport and who knows how long he’ll be there. The land of the free and the home of the brave?
The problem is that it’s not only the USA. It’s becoming a world-wide phenomenon. We’re next in the firing line, of course, as we well know. I saw a cartoon this morning, a little boy asking Barack Obama why he’s bugging his father’s e-mail. Barack Obama answers: ‘He’s not your father.’ It’s a joke, but it’s scary, and suddenly conspiracies are not quite as crackpot as they seem.
Am I being paranoid? Just a little, but with good reason. This country fought a long, hard battle to achieve its freedom; first from Britain, then the majority from the National Party, so why do we, the majority, sit silently by and let this new Secrecy Bill pass into law? I know we have to wait until next year, but when it comes, use your vote wisely, and do not allow South Africa to join the rest of the so-called free world in their clamp-down of media freedom.
Only you can protect your rights because I can guarantee the Government won’t.