UNZ REVIEW: Jim Fetzer, What’s Wrong with Conspiracy Theories?

Jim Fetzer

The public has been fed an endless stream of attacks upon conspiracy theories, which, we are told, are supposed to be very bad for human beings and other living things. But precisely why is almost never explained. And when you consider that our political parties and the mainstream media indulge themselves in conspiracy theories, such as the claim that Russia interfered with the 2016 election (otherwise Donald Trump could never have been elected) or, alternatively, that Dominion voting machines were used to steal the election of 2020 (and otherwise could not have been defeated) are, in the first instance, promoted by the media (in spite of virtually no evidence at all) and, in the second, denied thereby (in spite of massive supporting proof). Both are conspiracy theories, where one appears to be true and the other appears to be false.

Since at least some conspiracy theories thus appear to be true, we need to be able to tell the difference. Even university professors have shown a decided aversion to conspiracy theories, buying into the stereotypical conception that the key characteristic of conspiracy theories is that they are unfalsifiable. A “tip sheet” for one college, for example, makes the declaration that “The main problem with any particular conspiracy theory is not that it’s wrong, but that it’s inarguable; not that it’s false, but that it is unfalsifiable. Because it is unfalsifiable, a conspiracy theory is not provable or disprovable.” If that were true, it would certainly count against them, making them akin to theoretical affirmations about the existence of God (as a classic case) or the existence of a universal “Force” a la Star Wars (more contemporary). But is it actually true?

A study published in Frontiers of Psychology“’What about Building 7?’ A social psychological study of online discussion of 9/11 conspiracy theories” (8 July 2013), for example, suggests that those often characterized as “conspiracy theorists” are more skeptical of what they are told by the government (“official accounts”) than they are enamored of specific alternatives and are more open-minded in the interpretation of evidence. They are less inclined to defer to officials as authorities and more inclined to look at the evidence, which even hints that the study of alternative theories of events like 9/11 might be an effective method to teach critical thinking.

Since conspiracies only require two or more persons acting in concert to bring about an illegal end (and turns out to be the most widely prosecuted criminal offense in America), why should conspiracy theories be all-but-banned from public discourse? We know the criteria to employ in the evaluation of scientific theories; why should they not be evaluated by the same standards (or criteria of adequacy), which classically include:

  • (CA-1) the clarity and precision of the language in which they are expressed;
  • (CA-2) their scope of application for the purpose of explanation and prediction;
  • (CA-3) their respective degrees of empirical support on the available evidence; or,
  • (CA-4) the economy, elegance or simplicity with which they satisfy (CA-1) – (CA-3)?

Since conspiracy theories are theories, why should they not be evaluated by the same criteria, where the testability of a theory depends (right off the bat) on the specificity of its language?

When Ilhan Omar (D-MN) made the observation, “Some people did something” (in relation to 9/11), for example, her remark qualifies as true but trivial. It cannot satisfy (CA-1) or (CA-2), much less (CA-3) or (CA-4). When The 9/11 Commission, by contrast, concludes that 19 Islamic terrorists commandeered four commercial carriers and attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon under the control of a guy in a cave in Afghanistan, however, the content and thereby the testability of what has been asserted increases substantially. The government, however, has not been disposed to revise its “official narrative”, even though a half-dozen or more of the 19 “suicide hijackers” turned up alive and well the following day and made contact with media in the UK, as David Ray Griffin observes by making his first argument in his magisterial study, The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions (2004). Even though we know the theory advanced by the commission therefore cannot be true, the government has remained unmoved.

And when consideration is given to Building 7 (WTC-7), for example–a 47-story building in the World Trade Center complex, which was not hit by any plane but came down in what has been characterized as a classic “controlled demolition”—it raises the specter of a “conspiracy theory”, even though its collapse has the characteristics of having been a controlled demolition—abrupt, complete, symmetrical collapse into its own footprint, leaving a debris pile equal to about 12% of the height of the original—where even the owner of the WTC, Larry Silverstein, confirmed to PBS that WTC-7 had been “pulled”. Nothing about this account violates any of (CA-1) – (CA-4).

There are many videos and expert studies of the collapse of WTC-7 available on-line, which means that the recorded sequence of events can be reviewed again and again. It leaves no doubt that, contrary to the NIST Final Report on WTC-7 (2008), which attributes its collapse to the modest fires in the building and the loss of a major support column, this was a controlled demolition that fits the pattern of controlled demolitions around the world. Indeed, on 9/11, as it took place, Dan Rather was (perfectly accurately) reporting it as reminiscent of pictures we’ve seen “where a building was deliberately destroyed by well-placed dynamite to knock it down”

But if WTC-7, which was not hit by any airplane, was brought down by a controlled demolition, then what about WTC-1 and WTC-2, the North and South Twin Towers? According to The 9/11 Commission Report (2004), which is the official government account of 9/11, the World Trade Center was destroyed as part of an elaborate plot by 19 Islamic terrorists who commandeered 4 commercial carriers, which were used to attack the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. But, since a conspiracy only requires two or more participants collaborating in the attempt to commit a crime, the “official account” of 9/11 itself obviously qualifies as a “conspiracy theory”. Once we look at the evidence, we find that we are confronted with alternative theories that differ in the causal mechanisms they posit, but where both alternatives qualify as “conspiracy theories”.

Comparing Conspiracy Theories

Once we acknowledge the obvious—that the “official account” of 9/11 is a conspiracy theory—we are no long able to avoid dealing with conspiracy theories, unless we avoid 9/11 altogether. That, indeed, appears to be the attitude of most philosophers of my acquaintance, who have no interest in evaluating alternatives or in assessing the adequacy of The 9/11 Commission Report (2004) itself. This stunning lack of intellectual curiosity might be rooted in the desire not to “fall down the rabbit hole”, since there are disconcerting revelations upon revelations, once you take the bait and begin to scrutinize what we have been told. One fascinating tidbit, for example, is that Philip Zelikow, the Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission, had as his area of academic specialization, before entering government, the creation and maintenance of “public myths”.

Another reason the study of 9/11 turns out to be philosophically interesting is that so much of the official account entails violations of laws of physics, of engineering and of aerodynamics. At Shankesville, PA, for example, where Flight 93 is alleged to have crashed, there is a hole about 10’x20’ but no signs of any crash having taken place by a Boeing 757 weighing over 100 tons with a 125’ wingspan and tail standing 44’ above the ground. As both the reporters first on the scene observed, the eerie aspect of the crash site was that, unlike other crash sites, there were no signs that any plane had crashed there, which invites an inference to the best explanationWhich hypothesis is better supportedthat a Boeing 757 really crashed there or that it did not?

The situation at the Pentagon is even more intriguing, since not only is there no massive pile of aluminum debris—no bodies, no luggage, no wings, no tail, not even the engines (which are practically indestructible) were recovered at the time—but the official trajectory (of a Boeing 757 traveling over 400 mph skimming the ground and taking out a series of lampposts) turns out to be aerodynamically impossible. Because of the phenomenon known as “downdraft” (or “ground effect”), such a plane at that speed could not have come closer than 60’ or even 80’ of the ground, which is higher than the Pentagon at 71’ is tall. Since violations of laws of nature are physically impossible, something must be wrong. How could the official narrative possibly be true?

Various accounts of scientific reasoning posit a series of stages of inquiry, beginning with one of Puzzlement (where something doesn’t fit into our background knowledge and invites attention); Speculation (during which alternative possible explanations are articulated for consideration); Adaptation (where the strength of the relationship between those hypotheses and the available evidence is evaluated); and Explanation (where, when the evidence has “settled down”, the best supported of the alternatives may be accepted, in the tentative and fallible fashion of science). It ought to be apparent already that the “official account” cannot be reconciled with available evidence, where serious thinkers, I surmise, can excuse themselves only by ignoring 9/11 entirely.

And here we have the key to why some prominent “conspiracy theorists” are relatively easy targets of public attack. Alex Jones, the paradigm of the category, often does excellent work in drawing attention to puzzling cases where what we are learning does not fit into our background knowledge and understanding. And he’s equally good at speculating about possible alternative explanations. But he does not have the aptitude or the ability to carry their investigation further, where sorting out the difference between authentic and fabricated evidence can play a crucial role. At the Pentagon, for example, a key piece of fuselage from a Boeing 757 (which the media has frequently cited) did not come from Fight 77 but from an earlier crash near Cali, Columbia, in 1995, where the salvage was done by an Israeli firm and then planted on the lawn that day as “proof” a plane had crashed there.

Are JFK conspiracy theories unfalsifiable?

Lest it be thought that 9/11 may be the exception, let’s consider another familiar case, that of the assassination of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, as a second. If it turns out that conspiracy theories here are unfalsifiable, then perhaps the admonition against taking them seriously has some foundation, in fact. But that does not appear to be true here, either. In criminal investigations, homicide detectives apply multiple criteria of motive, means and opportunity to identify and narrow the list of suspects. Among the most familiar theories about the assassination of JFK, for example, are alternative hypotheses positing (h1) that it was done by Fidel Castro, (h2) that it was done by the Mafia, (h3) that it was done by the KGB; and (h4), alas, that it was done by the CIA. Are these theories testable? Are they unfalsifiable?

On the “official account”, Lee Oswald fired three “lucky shots” and killed JFK while wounding John Connally, the Governor of Texas. Suppose the alleged assassin had been an expert shot; the Mannlicher-Carcano he is said to have used was an appropriate choice for the purpose; the backyard photos showing Oswald holding a rifle wearing a belt and holster with the revolver with which he is said to have shot Officer J.D. Tippit (and holding two communist newspapers) was authentic—and the “lone assassin” theory just might have merit. In a single package, the version published on the cover of Life magazine subtly conveys that this guy had the motive (as a communist), the means (rifle and handgun) and (presumably) opportunity (by working in the Texas School Book Depository–and encountering Officer Tippit, while he made his escape).

But what if it turns out that Oswald was a mediocre shot; that the weapon he is alleged to have used was a World War II carbine known as “the humanitarian rifle” for never harming anyone on purpose; that there were four versions of the backyard photographs, where his face and expression remain exactly the same across different poses taken at different times; that the chin on the subject in the photos is a block chin, not Oswald’s tapered chin; that there is an insert line between the chin and the lower lip; that the fingers of his right hand are cut off and that the shell casings found at the site of the Tippit shooting by the first officer on the scene had been ejected from (one or more) automatics, not from a revolver, such as he possessed?

Although most philosophers might not know, Oswald was a mediocre shot; the weapon was a ridiculous choice for an assassination; the shell casings found at the scene by the first officer to arrive had been ejected by (one or more) automatics; and the backyard photos were staged, where experts even appear to have identified the stand-in for Oswald, who was Roscoe White, a Dallas Police Officer with ties to the CIA. One student, Jack White, used the newspapers in the photo, the dimensions of which are known, as an internal measure of the height of the man in the photos, who, it turns out, is either too short at 5’6” to be the 5’10” Oswald or, which is more likely, the newspapers were introduced a bit too large when these photos were manufactured.

The JFK Assassination Literature

From a philosophical point of view, the facts matter less than that the hypothesis that Oswald was framed as the “lone gunman” appears to be empirically testable. Indeed, recent research has confirmed the opinion of Harold Weisberg and of Jim Garrison that a figure in the doorway of the Texas School Book Depository was not his co-worker, Billy Lovelady, as the government proclaims, but Lee Oswald himself, just as he had explained to Will Fritz, the homicide detective who interrogated him, when asked where he had been during the shooting, namely: “out with Bill Shelley in front”, where Bill Shelley was one of his supervisors in the book depository. And this has been confirmed not only by studies of the height, weight, build and clothing of the two alternatives but by recent superposition of their images in the famous “Altgens6” photograph.

You do not have to be familiar with the extensive conspiracy literature by authors including (to cite only some of the most famous) Mark Lane, Rush to Judgment (1966); Josiah Thompson, Six Seconds in Dallas (1967), David S. Lifton, Best Evidence (1980), Jim Marrs, Crossfire (1989), Robert J. Groden, The Killing of a President (1994) and The Search for Lee Harvey Oswald (1995), Noel Twyman, Bloody Treason (1997), and Douglas Horne, Inside the Assassination Records Review Board (5 volumes, 2009), on the conspiracy side of the ledger, and others, such as Vince Bugliosi, Reclaiming History (2007), which runs around 1500 pages in defending The Warren Commission Report (1964), which was said to have been supported by 26 volumes of evidence—until you take a closer look, as Sylvia Meager, Accessories after the Fact (1992), did, demonstrating that the contents of those 26 volumes contradicts the 888-page summary.

It turns out that conspiracy (to commit burglary, to commit fraud, to commit murder and so on) is the most widely prosecuted crime in the United States. Conspiracies only require two or more individuals to act in concert to commit a crime. Once you know that JFK was hit at least four times—once in the back from behind; once in the throat from in front; and at least twice in the head (from behind and from the right/front), after the driver, William Greer, had brought the limousine to a halt to make sure he would be killed—the case for conspiracy is beyond doubt. See, for example, the studies of the medical evidence by David W. Mantik, M.D., Ph.D., who is board qualified in radiation oncology and discovered the autopsy X-rays were altered to patch a fist-sized blow out at the back of the head, which had been widely reported by the physicians at Parkland Hospital, where the body was taken, and the leading JFK medical expert in the world.See David W. Mantik, John F. Kennedy’s Head Wounds: A Final Synthesis—and a New Analysis of the Harper Fragment (2015).

Most philosophers are not even aware that, on the day of the assassination, two wounds were repeatedly reported over the national networks: a shot to the throat, which Malcolm Perry, M.D., three times explained to the press during a conference following the announcement of death, was a wound of entrance (where the bullet was coming at him), and a shot to the right temple, which blow out the back of his head, a report attributed to Admiral George G. Burkley, the president’s personal physician, and reported by Malcolm Kilduff, Acting Press Secretary, who said it was a simple matter of a bullet through the head while pointing to his right temple, while announcing the death. Indeed, Frank McGee, who was a keen analyst, that day on NBC, when reports that the shooter has been above and behind began to surface, astutely observed, “This is incongruous. How can the man have been shot from in front from behind?”

Ramifications for Public Policy

That, of course, was the conundrum that the Warren Commission had to resolve: how to make the case for a lone assassin, when there was evidence in the public domain that JFK had been shot from several directions in a brief span of time. It was a gargantuan challenge, where they were not entirely successful, since wide swaths of the public to this day doubt that Lee Oswald acted alone. Many, myself among them, believe that distrust in the American government dates from the deception perpetrated on the American public about the assassination of JFK, where so many were listening to their radios and glued to their television and learned with their own ears and eyes that he had been shot in the throat from in front and that he had been shot in the right temple from the right/front. Frank McGee had it right: How can the man have been shot from in front from behind? Yet the government insists on “the lone gunman” to this day.

During the past two decades, the scientific studies of the assassination have been undertaken by experts in different fields, including a world authority on the human brain (who was also an expert on wound ballistics), several Ph.D.’s (one of whom is also an M.D.) and a physician who was present in Trauma Room #1 when JFK’s moribund body was brought to Parkland Hospital and who, two days later, was responsible for the care and treatment of his alleged assassin. Assassination Science (1998), Murder in Dealey Plaza (2000) and The Great Zapruder Film Hoax (2003), for example, have been described by Vincent Bugliosi, Reclaiming History (2007), as the only “exclusively scientific” volumes ever published on the assassination, where Douglas Horne, Inside the Assassination Records Review Board (2005), extends that tradition with five more.

The discovery of more than 15 indications of Secret Service complicity in setting him up for the hit; that the body was altered and the autopsy X-rays were changed; and that the home movies of the assassination were massively edited to conceal the true causes of death provide evidence that falsifies (h1) that was done by Fidel Castro, (h2) that it was done by the Mafia and (h3) that it was done by the KGB. None of them could have exerted control over the Secret Service, the autopsy at Bethesda, or the home movies, including the Zapruder film, which was in the custody of the Secret Service. Which means not only are JFK conspiracy theories empirically testable but multiple among them have already been falsified. (h4), of course, remains under consideration in all of its manifestations, including the indispensable collusion of LBJ and the FBI.

What matters here, however, is not the specifics of “who dunnit” but that the situation with regard to conspiracy theories is not at all as popular belief would have it. Not only are they not unfalsifiable, but the application of scientific reasoning has produced significant results, which have led to the identification of the probable perps. Philosophy–though teaching logic, critical thinking and scientific reasoning–has much to contribute to the public good. There is nothing wrong with “conspiracy theories” that warrants their neglect by philosophers. On the contrary because most students have a keen interest in knowing the truth about JFK, 9/11 and a host of other politically significant but controversial events, there is a wealth of material to work with if faculty, philosophers, especially, would come down from their ivory tower and engage with real world events.

A striking illustration of the difference it makes for public affairs may be found in the attacks upon Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), whom the Democrats (as the majority party) removed from her committee assignments because she was raising too many issues that they did not want to address (about Sandy Hook, Parkland, Las Vegas, CA wildfires and more). Having done research on all of these, I composed an assessment, where it turns out that, on every one of the issues about which she was being attacked, Marjorie Taylor Greene was either clearly in the right or supported by the weight of the evidence. Most of her assertions, of course, qualified (in the mind of her critics) as conspiracy theories; but if they paused to consider the evidence with regard to each of them, they would have been impressed provided only they had an open mind.

And there’s the rub. As James Files, who may or may not have been behind the picket fence on the grassy knoll informed me, “When the government commits a lie, it’s stuck with it!”, which of course resonates with the failure of the government to change its position (about the 19 Islamic hijackers on 9/11 or Lee Oswald as the lone, demented gunman on 22 November 1963). Which means, in turn, that the government is not operating on the basis of principles of science or of rationality, where the discovery of new evidence or alternative hypotheses may require that we reject hypotheses we previously accepted, accept hypotheses we previously rejected and leave others in suspense. The government operates as an authoritarian source of (politically infallible) knowledge, where to admit mistakes would weaken its grip on the body politic that it governs.

And, reflecting upon the treatment of Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), it struck me like a silver bullet: Conspiracy theorists are investigating crimes: No wonder they want to silence us! The government was involved in the assassination of JFK; the government was involved in 9/11; the government was involved in Sandy Hook, Parkland and Las Vegas, too! Think of the genius of it all: the perps themselves are in the position of dictating to the public who is credible and who is not when it comes to investigating crimes in which the government itself is complicit! It turns out, therefore, the answer to the question we ask, What’s wrong with conspiracy theories? , could not be more obvious once they are properly understood. We should all be conspiracy theorists! The nation can only benefit from sorting out true conspiracy theories from false.

James H. Fetzer, Ph.D., a former Marine Corps officer and McKnight Professor Emeritus on the Duluth Campus of the University of Minnesota, has published 24+ academic books and 12+ in conspiracy research.

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43 thoughts on “UNZ REVIEW: Jim Fetzer, What’s Wrong with Conspiracy Theories?”

    1. It refutes itself. That dog is a puppy; it just got dropped. It doesn’t know what’s going on. I’m sure it’s used to all the yelling and fighting.

      All four shots when into that girl’s back.

      If this is a set-up, was the security cam from across the street fake, too? Was the 911 call from the location made up? Was the side fight over that other girl with the adult male kicking her till he heard the shots just a drama enacted for the nation?

      You’ve seen false flags. They never achieve the reality that this event does.

      On another note, I am dumbfounded by the people who are pretending this is normal teenage behavior. What kind of neighborhood is this? Who would put any child in a so-called foster home where this kind of violence erupts? What teenage girl is ready to use deadly force over housework? What neighborhood puts up with an adult male kicking a teenage girl on the sidewalk? Apparently this neighborhood. And all at the same time. Certainly not any place I’ve ever lived.

      1. You make a salient point re the dog. But I would still contend that a puppy (especially a puppy IF it’s a puppy) hearing that many shots would jump sky high and run like the devil. As always in these events, I saw no blood. Where’s the rest of the neighborhood in this event? For me that denotes that it was all cordoned off to create this scene. Hey, it’s a crap shoot. One thing for damn sure as with the hundreds of other events….we will never know the truth. All any of us can do is depend on logic, common sense and normal reactions to an event of this nature. Maybe I missed the blood. Did you see any?

      2. Not a puppy that’s never heard shots before. Maybe he’ll run next time. Like I said, the puppy resides in a chaotic atmosphere, and is used to being carried around like a toy. Those kids probably never let it run around. I don’t think the puppy signifies anything other than an unfortunate ‘pet’ who’s been denied his natural instincts.

        Maybe there’s no blood apparent to the cameras because the resolution is not good enough and the girl is wearing black. And if she died quickly her heart would not be pumping blood out of her wounds.

        You ask where’s the rest of the neighborhood. Kicking the other girl on the ground?

        Did you hear the guy with the security cam across the street tell his story? He was in his backyard with his dog when he heard girls fighting. So he took his dog inside and didn’t look out the window. This veteran was so leery of a girl fight that he retreated inside from his BACKYARD and tried to ignore it. That’s where some of the neighborhood was. They didn’t want to get involved in a melee they knew from experience was coming to their street.

      3. This event could not have been acted out as it occurred, uncut in front of two cameras. The girl with the knife would not have been able to stop the momentum of her faked attack and stage her own death.

        The reaction of the girl in pink who is the intended victim is completely real. What about her? None of these people are good enough actors to pull this off in one take.

      4. Maybe you are correct…time will tell…but I doubt it.

        What bugs me more than anything is that all the many thousands of hours of research on all these false flags never results in anything other than more false flags and more research. Nothing ever gets resolved., which essentially never gives us anything to fall back on and say..see, we were correct….and those guilty paid the price. It’s all an exercise in futility whether they are real or not. THAT is the world in which we no live and it’s beyond frustrating.

        This is not to take away from your analysis, which I believe has excellent points. BUT, I also believe that staging can go beyond anything and include details of which we could never dream. Soros’ pockets are deeper than the hell from which they derive..

        I would be curious (and this is not to distract from the current consternation), but if I remember correctly, you also initially thought the Babbit shooting was real. Do you still feel that way? I still think it was staged. But, there we have an example…after all these months, we still have nothing definite even though we know Pelosi was responsible for having the police (or the capitol cops) stand down. But let’s face it, JFK’s assassination remains unresolved and even with all the research Jim and his colleagues have done, more info (such as James Files) come forward to throw yet more wrenches into the gears.
        Essentially, “I can’t get no satisfaction”.

      5. You vacillate between arguing the incident was staged and that it was an extremely sophisticated cgi operation, though you have evidence for neither.

        You’d think if either was true, that the false flaggers would have put these talents to use on the 6th at the Capitol.

      6. Toni…CGI…where did I say anything re CGI? Professional wrestling does not use CGI and this seems to be one of the techniques used here as far as that kick is concerned.

        In the vid that has the slo mo version, they had a good close up of the woman supposedly shot and I saw no blood. Not only that, the cop or emt attending to her had to ask where she was wounded (if that emt was not part of this staged event).

        “You’d think if either was true, that the false flaggers would have put these talents to use on the 6th at the Capitol.”

        I have no doubt they did…I still believe Babbit did not die and that was all staged. That was another situation in which the amount of blood from someone shot in the neck was just not there.

      7. Toni, btw, if you have a link to a vid in regard to that conversation with the vet across the street, maybe you can provide it. I am not close to changing my mind if there is evidence that convinces me. Maybe that interview will do it.

      1. Toni, Excellent comment. I don’t see them run together. Do a refresh or try another browser.

      2. Toni…I was having the same problem the past few days. Also, images would not appear in the unmoderated version. I re-loaded Linux, but have yet to determine if that helped. What did help yesterday was to refresh. Looks like a bug is hidden somewhere. I’ll know more when I post another image or see how this shows up un-moderated.

      3. Just to add, after having posted a couple of comments, the sentences are not now running together.

      4. Will, so that’s what was going on. It’s strange because only one of my two comments ran the sentences together in unpublished form. Weird.

      5. Toni…I had quite a few do it yesterday before I re-installed Linux. Now, none of them are running together. Beats me. Weird is the word. I’ll know more when I find an image to post.

      6. Sorry to say it still did it…..the image does not show up in the pre-mod post. All that shows is “attachment”, but no image. Now I am going to refresh and see what happens.

      7. OK…reloading did not change it. Still just show “attachment” and no image …on that first article. I know that on Jim’s side, it shows up….so who knows what is happening. Just one of those glitches that seem to perpetuate on truthers sites.

    1. Chauvin Guilty Verdict Completes the Total Collapse of Law, Order, and Due Process in Biden’s America

      From the article:

      Criminals have received the same message. They know that if they run from police, they will not be pursued. If they fight back, they will not be punished. Taxpayer funds will be spent to compensate injured criminals, while what’s left will be used to pursue criminal charges against police. If criminals riot, the streets will be abandoned to let them plunder at will. Unsurprisingly, crime has exploded. Murders are up by a third. In cities like D.C., carjackings have quintupled compared to the same time last year.

      Me:…We are now in a lawless society….justice is dead…ARM YOURSELF NOW before it’s too late.


      1. I have yet to hear of a hint of a retrial. Have you? There may be an appeal, but with the courts as corrupt as they are now, I would doubt it would succeed. Politics has taken over any hope of a fair trial or appeal.

      2. These things take time. They probably have 30 days to submit an appeal, but the Court of Appeals can take a year to decide whether or not to accept the appeal or decide upon it. Time lags in this case mean practically nothing.

      3. Well, Jim, we watched a staged shooting go to trial (in itself an amazingly contradictory progression…how is that even feasible or acceptable…little different than the Charlottesville fiasco), so waiting for an appeal and a re-trial of a conviction of a “murder” that very likely never happened is beyond bizarre. How does reason and logic accept something of this nature?

      4. This has nothing to do with logic and reason. This is politics and the politicalization of our legal system. As a friend of mine has observed, “There’s Truth and there’s The Law!”

      5. True, Jim…who would know that better than yourself. But I will always find it astounding that our present legal system has little if anything to do with truth and reason and all to do with politics and corporate law rather than common law and justice. We took a wrong turn somewhere. The scales of justice have always had a thumb on one side and most times the peasants have paid the higher price.

  1. “What’s wrong with conspiracy theories?” What’s “wrong” is that they force people to come out of their comfort zone to confront ugly truths and abandon their naive worldviews. That is something most people cannot bring themselves to do.

    1. ‘It’s Easier to Fool People Than to Convince Them That They’ve Been Fooled’?

      An old quote that applies to most hoaxes and frauds.

  2. ”…Boeing 757 weighing over 100 tons with a 125’ wingspan and tail standing 44’ above the ground.”

    The hole in Shanksville is an old mining claim, that had been there for over 20 years….aerial photos can prove that.
    Also, the trailer building that held a supposed 3 pieces of the passenger’s luggage has mysteriously burned.

    The fact that Trump went to that site for a special ceremony is very disturbing to me and others.

    The idea that Bush was probably in the loop for a USA 911 missile to fly into the Pentagon is so heinous as to be ……fill in your word.

  3. I have experienced the “you must be a conspiracy theorist” from young people in their 20s when I tried to point out something you can see with your on eyes… jet aircraft spewing chemicals. I usually only mention it when I’m with someone outside and the mission is right in your face. I was with some Whitewater Guides a few years back and it was a full on saturation mission. I pointed it out and one of them hit me with “you must be a conspiracy theorist”. Instead of a theory, it was something you can see and there it was. Garrett’s attitude was so arrogant and dismissive – typical of many guides and I’ve met 100s of them over the years. You can go to Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah or Wyoming and you will find the same people with different names and facial hair. It’s a pretty fun business to be in. I think my High School Counselor really failed me when he should have said… “Dave… you could become an architect, lawyer or scientist. But you should really consider a career in Whitewater” I used to do a neat trick where by the time customers pulled up in their rafts, I would have whitewater money shots of big splashes not only printed but under glass in frames but tastefully displayed in shed deer antlers cradling them. It was no easy feat to pull off… and rafters would come up to my table and have the gaul to say “these are great, can I see them online?” It took heavy duty restraint not to bitch slap them as I said NOooooooh!

    When the Kung Flu karate chopped our lives to smithereens, if it was an actual real thing I thought to myself, if I was an evil psychopath hell bent on infecting all of Earth’s population with a killer superbug, person to person contact spreading would be too slow and uncertain to affect remote populations with few long distance travelers coming and going.The only logical way to pull that off would be to spray it from planes. That way every inhabited continent would be affected at once. Then we started getting reports that hospitals were overwhelmed while locals proved that to be a lie and it was the other way around. People were avoiding hospitals like they were the plague! That’s when I said “the most dangerous virus is a permanent sense of paranoia” The virus could be real but they didn’t need it to carry out the plan. Besides they could lose control of a real bug. They could make an imaginary bug work just as well, maybe even better because half of us would see the scam, half would not. And it would create massive conflict over nothing. That’s another wild wet dream for the elite.

    I have a pal who’s Mom worked at Fort Detrick her entire career. Her job was to detect deadly pathogens engineered into deadly bio-weapons and develop counter measures. She was working on exactly that during Russia’s occupation of Afghanistan. Deadly biologicals were found randomly on the leaves of trees and plants. How did it get there? Sprayed from planes is your only logical answer, but sprayed from vehicles and building roofs could be part of it. Exactly what the our own military did with radioactive isotopes in slums of St Louis. This documented decades ago by their own hand and there’s videos of it.

    I have documented the geo-engineering operations for 14 years. There are at least 7 different concoctions. White, gray, charcoal gray, black, distorted rainbow and creme-sickle binary where one trail is white, the other orange. Only once did I see the black globule over Boulder, Colorado. It looked like it had oil in it. This Boeing class jet was only about 10,000 feet above ground level and flew south over the heart of the city. God only knows what was in that one. Since almost all the operations were from Boeing class airliners, the military had plausible deniability. That was until I photographed B-2 Stealth Bombers on three occasions in three different places. The most noteworthy was over Moab, Utah when three B-2s created dominant cloud cover with just one pass over town. They were only 15,000 feet up or maybe a lot lower than that. Now take into account that it was hot in the mid 90s and bone dry cloudless desert blue sky when this happened. The cloud dominated the visible sky for a couple hours and then drifted east. It was clear blue again. Here’s the weird part. There was this hideous face formed in the cloud. It was a nightmare in broad daylight. The cloud went from smooth and puddle-like shaped white to these tortured looking gray striations. It looked hideous and un-natural.

    The colors I’ve seen in clouds have changed drastically over the last 20 years. Lots of aqua-greens, hues of purple and rust colored orange. It has made for awesome sunset pictures but I know it’s deadly chemicals floating around. Mass spectrums of rain and snow samples from far and wide show an insane and growing concentration of aluminum, barium, strontium and many more chemicals. Mount Shasta California has experienced exponential growth in concentrations. Meanwhile solar power production has dropped off the table from growing cloud cover throughout the year. I think it’s a good bet that the explosive natural of wildfires is fueled by the aluminum sprayed in geo-engineering operations. I saw the explosive power of aluminum powder in homemade fireworks back in the 70s. When people tell me “they would never do this because it would harm them and their kin”… my answer is “you have no idea who you are dealing with”… you can’t understand this through your own lens of morality or empathy because these beings are devoid of these qualities. Bill Gates is a dictionary picture of this phenomenon… The meme went George Soros says to Bill Gates… “How evil are you?” Gates answers “I want to block out the sun”… long before Gates started publicly talking about his plan, The Simpsons had an episode where Billionaire Monty Burns did exactly what Gates proposes… something that’s been happening for 25 years. Perhaps much longer.

  4. Trump, like every American president and CONgress CRITTER since Bush-it, among many other Oath-taking Officials, KNOWS that Israel [Mossad] did 911 – with the cooperation of their “katzas” and “sayanim” in the CIA, FBI, NSA, Pentagon, etc. They are ALL guilty of HIGH TREASON – and should HANG, once found GUILTY AS CHARGED! Israel and ZIONAZIS are America’s WORST ENEMIES! They are on the POA [ http://patriotsoccupyamerica.us ] HIT-LIST.


    1. Israeli fingerprints are all over 911. It was Mossad munitions experts that planted bombs on the 92 floor of the WT Towers that were detonated to fake a jet crashing into the building. Notice that all of the structural beams and metal facia were facing outwards. One has to be blind not to notice that.


  5. Excellent essay Jim on the many problems in learning the correct facts and truths.

    I am not new to the examination of these frauds, fakes and hoaxes. This is the 5th blog I’ve been on in 20 years. I had to leaves the others because either the moderator died or was deleted by whomever.

    One of the big problems with all members of these blogs is that they do not know how to look at a photograph or read through the many lies told by the perps.

    One of the mystery blog owners was quite good at pointing out hoaxes but he had mental problem. He got so caught up in his successes that he started to figure that most ALL of the new hoaxes were real events. This was evidently proof to the loyal bloggers that he was still sharp as a tack. He finally became a joke.

    There needs to be a college course on Critical Thinking: How discern which event is staged, which is Real and how to Figure it all Out.

    I thought that Sandy Hook was real UNTIL I was in contact with people who actually live in the Sandy Hook area. My mind was changed almost immediately. It took days and days of time for me to sort through all of the lies. Most all people are NOT willing to do this.

    Speaking of the JFK Commission….several members hated JFK….if I can use that word.

    Since the murder of JFK the US has become THE most corrupt nation on the planet. Evil doers learned that you can kill a President and get away with it. Imagine that !!!

    The Federal agents at the Shanksville site told the puzzled EMTs to “keep their mouths shut”.

    1. “First the truth is ridiculed, then it is violently opposed, then it is accepted as self-evident.” — Schopenhauer

      You deserve the Medal of Freedom, Jim!

      1. Here is a quote from me. ” Its easier to split an atom than to change the opinions of a Lefty.”


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