“In America today, and increasingly throughout the Western world, actual facts and true explanations have been relegated to the realm of kookiness. Only people who believe lies are socially approved and accepted as patriotic citizens.”
This article says what many feel. It’s about time people stopped getting hung up on the term ‘conspiracy theory’ and spent the energy looking at actual facts instead.
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Paul Craig Roberts
June 20, 2011
While we were not watching, conspiracy theory has undergone Orwellian redefinition.
A â€œconspiracy theoryâ€ no longer means an event explained by a conspiracy. Instead, it now means any explanation, or even a fact, that is out of step with the governmentâ€™s explanation and that of its media pimps.
For example, online news broadcasts of RT have been equated with conspiracy theories by the New York Times simply because RT reports news and opinions that the New York Times does not report and the US government does not endorse.
In other words, as truth becomes uncomfortable for government and its Ministry of Propaganda, truth is redefined as conspiracy theory, by which is meant an absurd and laughable explanation that we should ignore.
When piles of carefully researched books, released government documents, and testimony of eye witnesses made it clear that Oswald was not President John F. Kennedyâ€™s assassin, the voluminous research, government documents, and verified testimony was dismissed as â€œconspiracy theory.â€
In other words, the truth of the event was unacceptable to the authorities and to the Ministry of Propaganda that represents the interests of authorities.
The purest example of how Americans are shielded from truth is the mediaâ€™s (including many Internet sitesâ€™) response to the large number of professionals who find the official explanation of September 11, 2001, inconsistent with everything they, as experts, know about physics, chemistry, structural engineering, architecture, fires, structural damage, the piloting of airplanes, the security procedures of the United States, NORADâ€™s capabilities, air traffic control, airport security, and other matters. These experts, numbering in the thousands, have been shouted down by know-nothings in the media who brand the experts as â€œconspiracy theorists.â€
Even Internet sites on which I am among the readersâ€™ favorites will not allow me to report on Harritâ€™s findings.
As I reported earlier, I myself had experience with a Huffington Post reporter who was keen to interview a Reagan presidential appointee who was in disagreement with the Republican wars in the Middle East. After he published the interview that I provided at his request, he was terrified to learn that I had reported findings of 9/11 investigators. To protect his career, he quickly inserted on the online interview that my views on the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions could be dismissed as I had reported unacceptable findings about 9/11.
The unwillingness or inability to entertain any view of 9/11 different from the official view dooms to impotence many Internet sites that are opposed to the wars and to the rise of the domestic US police state. These sites, for whatever the reasons, accept the governmentâ€™s explanation of 9/11; yet, they try to oppose the â€œwar on terrorâ€ and the police state which are the consequences of accepting the governmentâ€™s explanation. Trying to oppose the consequences of an event whose explanation you accept is an impossible task.
If you believe that America was attacked by Muslim terrorists and is susceptible to future attacks, then a â€œwar on terrorâ€ and a domestic police state to root out terrorists become necessary to make Americans safe. The idea that a domestic police state and open-ended war might be more dangerous threats to Americans than terrorists is an impermissible thought.
A country whose population has been trained to accept the governmentâ€™s word and to shun those who question it is a country without liberty in its future.
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts is the father of Reaganomics and the former head of policy at the Department of Treasury.
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