22 January 2020
Exclusive: FBI document warns conspiracy theories are a new domestic terrorism threat
“The new focus on conspiracy theorists appears to fall under the broader category of anti-government extremism. “This is the first FBI product examining the threat from conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists and provides a baseline for future intelligence products,” the document states.” Read it all here
Definition of conspiracy theory merriam-webster
: a theory that explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators
The “domestic terrorism” conspiracy theory arrives when the population is unhappy with the explanation given by the powerful conspirators – usually a government connection.
2nd Definition of a conspiracy theory by me
Something, given enough time, that usually turns-out to be true.
I was watching TV the day before writing this: In the morning the Syrian Douma chemical attack and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and a meeting of government officials. They were discussing a report by OPCW’s own scientists who said the attack never took place. An official of a western government said, “It’s just a personal opinion”. She was obviously supporting the official western line that the poison gas attack was carried-out on the orders of Syrian president Bashar Assad.
In the evening we saw president Donald Trump attacking the climate change doomsters and a reporter asking him if he denied the reports of scientists.
It appears that scientific data is now valid only if approved by a political consensus or by a president. Both the gas attack and climate change can therefore be looked upon as incitement to commit conspiracy theories on the basis of conflicting political opinion. All of the above is of course a conspiracy theory but backed by ample evidence and I certainly don’t see myself as a terrorist.
So called conspiracy theory is an opportunity to exercise the critical capability of our thinking. But critical thinking is taboo to paranoid security services. It’s notable that it’s not taught as part of a scientific education:
Critical Thinking and Science Education
It is widely held that developing critical thinking is one of the goals of science education. Although there is much valuable work in the area, the field lacks a coherent and defensible conception of critical thinking. As a result, many efforts to foster critical thinking in science rest on misconceptions about the nature of critical thinking.
He’s being kind, they don’t have a clue what it’s about. A clue: It’s when the pupil asks the science teacher an awkward question and gets suspended. OK? Do you want to teach that? No I thought not.
The Role of Critical Thinking in Science Education (in China)
…However, Science Education has been largely disregarding Critical Thinking, in turn, attaching more emphasis to traditional teaching ways such as content-based teaching and resorting to students’ memory for their learning. Nevertheless, it is quite few conceived CT as a matter attached or applicable to science or science education.
They don’t teach it and have no interest in doing so.
Critical thinking courses are advertised and I came across a website and a lady who had done the course and who was (I thought) prepared to share her experience. I asked her if she was prepared to apply her new-found skills to the education system that had taught her critical thinking. She blocked me from her website! I can only guess that she had lived with cognitive dissonance for so long that it had become a cherished friend?
Wiki: The earliest documentation of critical thinking are the teachings of Socrates recorded by Plato. Socrates established the fact that one cannot depend upon those in “authority” to have sound knowledge and insight. He demonstrated that persons may have power and high position and yet be deeply confused and irrational. He established the importance of asking deep questions that probe profoundly into thinking before we accept ideas as worthy of belief.
Critical Thinking as Defined by the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking, 1987
The phrase “Conspiracy Theory” has been so abused in recent times that a recipient seeing or reading it can be confident that what they are reading watching or listening to is a lie or has a lie embedded within it. The phrase conspiracy theory is now an embedded meme originally dreamed-up by those who themselves invent conspiracy theories as a false flag cover for their own activities. Victim-blaming comes in many forms and is often subtle and unconscious, used to reinforce some form of contrived guilt like in the article at the top of the page.
Definition of a false flag
Wiki: A false flag is a covert operation designed to deceive; the deception creates the appearance of a particular party, group, or nation being responsible for some activity, disguising the actual source of responsibility.
Basically it’s a lie used to blame someone else for the actions of of the true perpetrator.
Definition of meme
1 : an idea, behaviour, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meme
So it’s safe to assume that the -conspiracy theory – false flag – meme- is a behaviour changer imposed originally for nefarious purposes and now being criminalised and weaponised as guilt by proxy? Creating a problem and then appearing to be solving the problem is the stock-in-trade of government.
“We’ll Know Our Disinformation Program Is Complete When Everything the American Public Believes Is False.”
(Not only the American public it seems)
Despite Casey being under investigation by Congress for being involved in a major disinformation plot involving the overthrow of Libya’s Qaddafi in 1981, and despite Casey arguing on the record that the CIA should have a legal right to spread disinformation via the mainstream news that same year, this quote continues to be argued by people who weren’t there and apparently cannot believe a CIA Director would ever say such a thing.
But spreading disinfo is precisely what the CIA would — and did — do.
The CIA Coined the Term Conspiracy Theorist In 1967
zerohedge.com: …Specifically, in April 1967, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term “conspiracy theories” … and recommended methods for discrediting such theories. The dispatch was marked “psych” – short for “psychological operations” or disinformation – and “CS” for the CIA’s “Clandestine Services” unit.
The dispatch was produced in responses to a Freedom of Information Act request by the New York Times in 1976.
Summarizing the tactics which the CIA dispatch recommended:
Claim that it would be impossible for so many people to keep quiet about such a big conspiracy
Have people friendly to the CIA attack the claims, and point back to “official” reports
Claim that eyewitness testimony is unreliable
Claim that this is all old news, as “no significant new evidence has emerged”
Ignore conspiracy claims unless discussion about them is already too active
Claim that it’s irresponsible to speculate
Accuse theorists of being wedded to and infatuated with their theories
Accuse theorists of being politically motivated
Accuse theorists of having financial interests in promoting conspiracy theories
In other words, the CIA’s clandestine services unit created the arguments for attacking conspiracy theories as unreliable in the 1960s as part of its psychological warfare operations.
The Term “Conspiracy Theory” — an Invention of the CIA
from the Rev. Douglas Wilson, member of the Core Group of Project Unspeakable
paulcraigroberts.org: Having read JFK and the Unspeakable several years ago, I’ve been thinking about assassinations for quite a while and I’ve seen how “conspiracy theory” is used to shut off debate, to signal that we’re entering “the unspeakable” zone. So I began to wonder if the use of the term Conspiracy Theory might be a conspiracy itself.
So I went exploring, and surprise surprise, there is a 1967 CIA memo that puts forward a great many of the commonly heard rebuttals to the Warren Commission Report. The CIA owned over 250 media outlets in the 1960s, spent close to a billion dollars (in today’s dollars) spreading information, and had people doing its bidding in every major city in the world, so it is not surprising that they were able to disseminate this idea.
And the issue is contemporary, too, not just historical. Cass Sunstein is a powerful Obama Administration insider whose new book, Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas, is a sophisticated apology for the established order.
The last of this series of articles is the CIA 1967 memo itself.
Conspiracy theory is bad for your mental health – are you sure? – Yes, I’m a Wiki editor.
Wiki being a fully paid-up member has this to say: Research suggests that conspiracist ideation—belief in conspiracy theories—can be psychologically harmful or pathological and that it is highly correlated with psychological projection as well as with paranoia, which is predicted by the degree of Machiavellianism of a person. Conspiracy theories once limited to fringe audiences have become commonplace in mass media, emerging as a cultural phenomenon of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
So those who write and believe in conspiracy theories are likely to end-up in the booby hatch?
I start to wonder what goes on in the minds of Wiki editors when governments pay billions for security services to root-out conspiracies and contrive those of their own. That’s the sum total of what they do if you don’t count the occasional assassination and torture, but that’s a conspiracy theory. Do they recruit mad men? I was musing on this when I came across the following, reading it, it becomes evident that General Patton may well have been assassinated and this “conspiracy theory” comes from a well respected journal and backed by several academics.
The Unz Review:American Pravda: Was General Patton Assassinated?
Are these people pathological do they suffer from psychological projection or paranoia are they Machiavellian? I don’t think so but I have my doubts about those who wrote about their psychology.