More on conspiracy theories

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buddy who I noticed was signing his messages as RonL.  A few
months back, I was working for JRF, the Jewish Reconstruction
Federation and RonL very enthusiastically told me about a book he had
been reading,

Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion

Now I was
fully aware that the Protocols were a forgery with two centuries of
works that led up to it and finally put together by agents of
the Russian
(Tsarist secret police) in 1905, and that it incited
Russian peasants to carry out pogroms against the Jews in their midst.
It was also a work cited
by Adolf  Hitler
as he rose to power in the early 1930s. I
didn't remember RonL ever
demonstrating any bigoted attitudes towards anyone nor of his making
any anti-semitic remarks, so I suspected he wasn't referring to it as a
good source on how awful the Jewish people were.  Sure enough,
when I had cleaned up the coffee that I had spit out all over the floor
and then asked him why, oh why, was he referring me to such a book, he
replied that it was an excellent source on how conspiracies work, that
it was a good primer on how the current "Establishment" got into
and maintains power.  Having only a general knowledge of the book,
I believe that accurately characterizes some aspects of it.  

Lately, RonL has also been speaking of The Illuminati,
an account of 13 families that allegedly wield a disproportionate

"For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end
of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents to
attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim
we wield over American political and economic institutions. 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 of 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, 2002 -
- Hermes-Press.com -

Of course, the lawyer-blogger Glenn Greenwald has recently turned
a suspicious eye
towards a member of that very family, "AT&T's
personal Senator Jay Rockefeller":

"When Rockefeller smugly announces that he 'thinks we will
prevail,' the 'we' on whose behalf he is so proudly speaking is Bush
and Cheney, lawbreaking telecoms, and all Republican Senators. The only
parties whom Rockefeller is so happily 'defeating' are civil liberties
groups and members of his own party. That is what is making him
feel pulsating sensations of excitement and 'smugness.' "

This is also a most interesting comment:

Mandell House [Illuminati] Had This to Say in a Private Meeting with
Woodrow Wilson (President)

- “[Very] soon, every American will be required to register their
biological property in a National system designed to keep track of the
people and that will operate under the ancient system of pledging. By
such methodology, we can compel people to submit to our agenda, which
will affect our security as a chargeback for our fiat paper
currency..." -
- Freedompool.org -

Interesting because it sounds like an early draft of the warrantless
wiretapping that the Bush Administration has been engaged in since
very shortly after they took office
, long before

There's certainly plenty there that folks can raise
question about
. One very familiar phrase is that of the "New World
Order" that the elder Bush used shortly after
the collapse of the Soviet Union on, get this, 11 Sep 1990. The whole
concept appears to be bound up with the cult of
.  "Freemasonry has always, admittedly, held deep
occult secrets which it hides from the 'profane' and unworthy."

My own take on conspiracy theories is that I found the evidence
collected by cooperativeresearch.org (Since folded into 911Truth.org)
back in 2002 to be compelling, not because of any one element, but
because there were simply too many unexplained or
insufficiently-detailed elements for the official story to be
believable.  Captain Eric H. May is currently
how the Bush Administration attempted to follow up 9-11
with a small nuclear bomb on Texas City, within Congressman Ron Paul's

"Feb. 3,
: Texas City British Petroleum Employee Heard 'Strange
Abort Signal' on Local Radio Station The Morning Army Intel Officer
Predicted Nuclear Strike At Plant. BP employee also said 'other strange
events' occurred, leaving her 'nervous and on edge.' Galveston Daily
News follows up with story, finding WMD military support team was
conducting a training session at a location near Texas City."

I'm far from alone in my suspicions.  Zogby
that "51% of Americans Want Congress to Probe Bush/Cheney
Regarding 9/11 Attacks" and that "67% also fault 9/11 Commission for
not investigating anomalous collapse of World Trade Center 7." 
The PNAC plan to establish the US as the supervisor of a "benevolent
global hegemony
" is so uncontroversially true that Daily Kos, a website
that refuses to run "wild" conspiracy theories
, ran a 10th
anniversary piece on PNACs first letter  to President Clinton
urging the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

Now, as I pointed out in another piece, not every
conspiracy theory
works out as neatly as one might imagine.
Allegedly, Israel controls US Mideast policy, but 75% of Israelis think
Bush's recent trip there was just a photo-op. I'm willing to keep an
open mind on these matters.  Just about everything has a more
innocent possible interpretation. That's why we have courts where both
sides can present exhaustive arguments and where a jury of regular
citizens can weigh the evidence and ultimately render a verdict. 
Sunshine is, after all, the best disinfectant and the very best way to
deal with questions.