My perception of reality has always been shaped, in part, by a near transcendent fascination with odd "coincidences," juicy cover-ups, furtive conspiracies, and mind-boggling mysteries. You know. The type that stretch beyond the often easy-to-debunk urban legends. I have vivid memories of being so thoroughly captivated, at age nine, by the mysterious and still-unexplained disappearance of Joan Risch (below, right), that I established my own unofficial, one-kid search for the Lincoln, Massachusetts housewife. I spent a more than a week engaging in a Keystone Cops-like search for clues to her disappearance -- in fields, back alleys and abandoned buildings of my Boston neighborhood over 25 miles away!
Not long after that insouciantly hapless misadventure, the barrage of endless unanswered questions surrounding that infamous riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, aka, the JFK assassination, helped further germinate this nascent seed of interest in events that arouse intrigue.
Sure enough, I soon found myself drawn into an irresistible vortex of interest in UFOs. An interest that intensified considerably after reading author John Fuller's unearthly account of Betty and Barney Hill's (below, left) "Incident At Exeter" alien abduction experience. My UFO fascination reached dramatic new heights -- literally -- after a personal "close encounter" that summer with what I still believe was an object of extraterrestrial origin hovering over a nearby housing development. (I know: a housing development instead of, say, a power line? Who knows? Perhaps apartments were scarce on Zeta Reticuli that year.)
In any case, my sighting went down during the summer of 1965, a period marked by a flurry of UFO reports and one that oddly coincided -- in an eerie "X-Files" kind of way -- with the pre-911 Mother of all Mysteries: the great Northeast Power Blackout. This was followed three years later by a breathtaking surge of sinister conspiracy theories, conjured up like moody apparitions in the wake of the Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy assassinations.
Apparently, after being captivated by this seemingly endless materializing of mystery-shrouded events, all transpiring during a brief six-year span of my young life, a sort of caliginous uncertainty crept into my perception of reality. A submerged, steadily fermenting wellspring of insecure skepticism about how my perception was being shaped by an unpalatable diet of "official" answers to deliciously unsavory questions. Answers that seemed increasingly difficult to digest. Answers, that in fact, channeled into even more questions. Questions about what is genuine; what is synthetic; and what may just be a simple coincidence.
For me, the perception/reality conundrum has again resurfaced, in part, due to the current global financial crisis -- itself fodder for endless conspiracy theories -- but mainly as a result of my stumbling across an item about a conspiracy involving the theft by the government several years ago, of a highly valuable software product for use in so-called "off-the-shelf" clandestine activities by our intelligence operatives and to be sold on the black market to regimes around the world, both friendly and unfriendly.
It is fairly well understood that cyberspace is overwhelmed by a broad and dynamic spectrum of conspiracy theories linked to secret societies, the paranormal, geographical locations, religion, blood feuds, extraterrestrials, the occult, and anything else an imaginative mind can conjure. Not surprisingly, a fair number of these tales, like the software theft, involve elements from within the U.S. government or more specifically, the Central Intelligence Agency. You name it, somehow, the CIA, aka, "Criminals In Action" are in some way, a part of it. The words or phrases observers consistently find woven into many CIA-based plots include, "Octopus," "Illuminati" and "New World Order."
These conspiracies, both CIA-based and others, run the gamut from colorfully comical, (were you aware of the CIA connection to the Monica Lewinsky scandal?); to disturbingly absurd (a plan to rid the planet of "useless eaters" ); to outright bizarre (allegation that the actual WMD sought by the Bush administration in Iraq consisted of alien technology buried thousands of years ago, deep beneath the Iraqi desert).
But wait, there's more. Were you aware of the on-going conspiracy to prevent us from knowing that the Earth is hollow? (Perhaps the Flat Earth Society is behind that one.) How about conspiracy by the U.S. government to spread AIDS among Africans through the injections of HIV-laced smallpox vaccine?
Maybe you've heard of the allegation that since perhaps as far back as the early 1950s, the government has been operating under a super-secret agreement with extraterrestrials that gives the ETs -- in exchange for sophisticated alien technology -- free rein to abduct humans whom are stored in joint U.S./alien underground facilities for use in biological experiments? Talk about your arms for hostages scandal!
For many reasons, including the absence of sustained investigative media coverage and tepid, maybe even shallow handling of above-the-radar conspiracies by congressional committees, it has been difficult for the general public to come to definite conclusions about whether any of the potentially plausible CIA-based conspiracies (the Iran-Contra Affair or the alleged CIA/crack connection for example) are part of a coordinated effort by spooky unknowns functioning under the umbrella of a single, but powerful clandestine, "Illuminati"-like group.
However, what might hold up as an "odd coincidence" would be that in so many conspiracies, particularly those rooted in geopolitics, a fairly coercive argument can be made about the similarities between the immediate goal of some of these conspiracies -- for example, the manipulation of the Iran hostage crisis in order to alter the outcome of the 1980 presidential election, aka the "October Surprise" -- with that of the long-term agenda some conspiracy theorists insist is being pursued by Illuminati-types, i.e., abetting the establishment of a New World Order. Just a thought.
This raises another question. What's up with conspiracy "nuts" anyway. What are they thinking? The question of what kind of thought processes contribute to a belief in conspiracy theories is clearly provocative insofar as in a lot of cases, such thought processes are inexorably attributed to paranoia. But as the saying goes: "Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean there ain't someone out to get me."
One study conducted in 2002, linked the acceptance of conspiracy theories to what it called "major event; major cause" reasoning which contends that people will assume that a cataclysmic event with "substantial, significant or wide-ranging" consequences would most likely be caused by something substantial, significant or wide-ranging. Meanwhile, most skeptics are perhaps wedded to the wisdom of Occam's Razor, the assumption that in most inquiries, the simplest answer that best fits the known facts is usually correct.
Either way, for me, as it turned out, unearthing that old software theft article led to my exposure to far more mysteries, conspiracies and odd coincidences than I might have otherwise imagined. Many of these events, even if remotely plausible, have frightening implications.
What I find clearly inescapable however, is that the exploration into a vast, multi-faceted, preternatural netherworld of conspiracies only served to further alter my perception about the possibility of an immense, tethered network of interlocking entities engaged in history-shaping conspiracies that are simply too wild to believe.
Or are they?
Why not take the Conspira-Tour, a totally random rundown of people, places, events, activities, groups, etc., all of which, whether by chance or by some odd coincidence, have one thing in common -- a connection to a conspiracy, mystery, or "odd coincidence" of some sort.
Conspiracy theorists insist that the picture on the far left, taken from footage of a tape supposedly made by Osama bin Laden, the so-called, "fat bin Laden" tape, was faked. The near left photo is considered authentic.
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What follows is a non-categorized compilation of people, places, events, activities, groups, and etc., all of which have one thing in common -- a link to a scandal, mystery, odd coincidence or conspiracy of some sort. They range from topics such as the 21 Goals of the Illuminati, to alleged collaborations between U.S. government officials and beings from other planets.
Essentially, each subject, person or topic is linked to at least one website that provides hopefully useful and germane background information on the conspiracy to which they are associated. In most instances, I avoided linking to Wikipedia since it is widely used. Instead, I made every effort to link to somewhat obscure websites with information sources that may otherwise have been overlooked. It should also be pointed out that this is a work-in-progress and is constantly being updated. Consequently, some of the entries may not be linked at the time of viewing.
This endeavor in no way represents my belief in, or serves as an expression of skepticism about these events. Nor is it designed to either debunk or verify anything. It's perhaps best described as an unpretentious, and certainly unscientific effort to raise awareness and connect curiosity-seekers to sources of additional information.
Considering their sheer number and limitless variety, the old saying, "the more you know, the more you discover how little you know" seems totally apropos when it comes to cataloging conspiracy theories. And though I've compiled quite a few, since I obviously don't know what I don't know, this compilation can hardly be considered comprehensive.
In other words, suggestions are welcomed, even encouraged.
A Mortgage Crisis Conspiracy? "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." - Thomas Jefferson
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LINKS Above Top Secret Hidden Mysteries Spitfire List Spy Speak Federation of American Scientists - Project on Government Secrecy Freedom Activist Network Public Eye.org Seize The Night Investigating New Imperialism Better World Links Mr. Conspiracy Skepacabra Signs and Portents of Armageddon American Blackout Newsmine Want To Know Info National Whistleblowers Center Surfing the Apocalypse Killtown Blatant Truth.org Orwell Today Information Clearinghouse Philip Coppens.com JFK Murder Database Nodule Conscious Media Network Conspiracy Planet The Architecture of Modern Political Power The Progressive Review Totse.com SytiNet Pragmatic Witness Rumor Mill News The Charley Project Ratville Times Crime Magazine CTKA Eureka DWM Stranger Than Fiction GNN Narco News Bulletin Green Left From the Wilderness The Excluded Middle The Black Vault UFO Era Representative Press Assassinations Record Review Board UFO Evidence Illuminati Conspiracy Archive ce399 Committee for Skeptical Inquiry MJCA for 911 Truth HOTT (Hour Of The Time) Targeted Individuals.com CTRL (Conspiracy Theory Resource List) The Paranormal Report Spartacus Educational Right Web Covert Action Propaganda Matrix.com Grand Conspiracies.com Anomaly Blog Zeta Talk Unexplained Mysteries.com
The Grand Chessboard - Zbigniew Brzezinski
The New Conspiracy Reader - Al Hidel & Joan D' Arc
The Roots of Coincidence - Arthur Koestler
The Secret Team: The CIA and its Allies in Control of the U.S. and World - L. Fletcher Prouty
Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America - Robert Alan Goldberg
The Rise of the Fourth Reich: The Secret Societies That Threaten To Take Over America - Jim Marrs
The Conspirator's Hierarchy: The Committee of 300 - Dr. John Coleman
Crimes of Patriots - Jonathan Kwitny
Confessions of an Economic Hitman - John Perkins
Synthetic Terror: Made in USA - Webster Tarpley
Behold A Pale Horse - William Cooper
October Surprise: America's Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan - Gary Sick
The Democratic Facade - Daniel Hellinger and Dennis R. Judd Brooks
Compromised: Clinton, Bush and the CIA - Terry Reed
The Treason of Intellectuals - Julien Benda
Law and the Rise of Capitalism - Michael E. Tigar
Naked Imperialism: The US Pursuit of Global Dominance - John Bellamy Foster
Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II - William Blum
Bloodlines of the Illuminati - Fritz Springmeier
American Spy: My Secret History in the CIA, Watergate and Beyond - E. Howard Hunt
The Zeta Reticuli Incident - Terence Dickinson
The New Jackels - Simon Reeve
"All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order." - David Rockefeller
"No one will enter the New World Order unless he or she will make a pledge to worship Lucifer. No one will enter the New Age unless he will take a Luciferian initiation." - UN Dir. of Planetary Initiatives David Spangler