From ancient aliens…

to the Federal Reserve

Sometimes I like to write here about little oddities like the fabled Jersey Devil, but I haven’t really gotten into conspiracy theories. A conspiracy theory is sometimes a way to explain an event, such as the JFK assassination or the attacks on 9/11/01, as being the result of an alleged plot by a covert group or organization. More broadly, it is the idea that important political, social or economic events are the products of secret plots that are largely unknown to the general public.

I don’t consider myself a conspiracy believer – but there is a video podcast that I have been watching called Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know that hits on a lot of those conspiracy theories.

It’s not all conspiracy. They do cover some of of the just-plain-odd topics and fringe science like the Jersey Devil and those ancient aliens that have been popular for many years. But the show also covers conspiracies that you have heard of and ones I am sure you have not heard before.

You start watching these shows and you wonder if Trapwire is watching you. You might have heard about the surveillance system known as TrapWire when Wikileaks was big in the news. Of course, is there any validity to the additional claims that we are all being spied upon or is this just a legitimate system exaggerated by conjecture?

You know about the Federal Reserve, right? It attempts to keep banks secure through the management of currency and interest, but if you watch the video, you might believe it has another and much more frightening purpose.

I remember hearing conspiracy theories years ago about the effects of fluoride in our drinking water and those theories are still alive and well, especially online.

These are not topics that are hidden so deeply that no one is aware of them. In fact, the most “believable” theories are about very real but somewhat mysterious groups, organizations or events.

You can find some information about Operation Garden Plot on Wikipedia but you won’t read there about any conspiracies. (Wikipedia is a lot more fact-based than most people give it credit.) Operation Garden Plot was a very real US Army and National Guard plan to respond to major domestic civil disturbances (like the 1960s Watts, Newark, and Detroit riots) that occur within the United States. It is now under the control of the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM). The original plan outlines the Army’s perception of a potential revolution against the establishment and warned about racial unrest the anti-draft and anti-Vietnam movements. The plot came back into action (as “Noble Eagle”) to provide military assistance to civil authorities following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. All that is real. But when you start to explore what other purposes the ploy may have that are not known to the public, you enter the conspiracy zone.

I think you will enjoy some of these stories. But be careful – they can be seductive.

The links in this post are to the YouTube versions of the videos.
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