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In 1967, the CIA Created the Label "Conspiracy Theorists" ... to Attack Anyone Who Challenges

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posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 11:57 AM
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In 1967 the CIA invented the term Conspiracy Theorist to attack anyone who challenges the 'official narrative.'


OK ATS, So now it looks like we ain't as kooky as The MSM and The PTB make us out to be. From the article and the evidence presented in it. It appears this has been a deliberate attempt of The Government Security Agencies to suppress dissent and make those dissenters look like they're A Bit Nuts!

I don't know about you Guys and Gals, but I get some of my Best Info here on ATS (A Supposed Conspiricy Theorist SIte). HA Ha ! It just goes to show that it's about power and the lust for it will drive those in charge to pull any scam under the sun to stay in charge and we as a people mostly fall these tactics. Believing that even our friends and close family members are a little off for offering any sort of opinion that in any way varies with those with The Power.

OK then, My ATS Family, Friends and Fellow Conspiracy Theorists. What do you think, do we have an Out of Control Government bought by those who will do Evil to make themselves that much Richer? Or, IS this A Load of Hooey and The Gov and their Security Agencies are just protecting us from all the Bad Things Out There and that we should be most grateful for them telling us what to think?

Anything Y'all wanna add, Comments, Gripes, Thoughts etc. are as always most appreciated and We Do as Always stick around and tend our own patch here. Thanks My Friends for takin' A Look and Peace N'Stuff Guys and Gals
Arjunanda.


Conspiracy Theorists USED TO Be Accepted As Normal

Democracy and free market capitalism were founded on conspiracy theories.

The Magna Carta, the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and other founding Western documents were based on conspiracy theories. Greek democracy and free market capitalism were also based on conspiracy theories.

But those were the bad old days …Things have now changed.

The CIA Coined the Term Conspiracy Theorist In 1967

That all changed in the 1960s.

Specifically, in April 1967, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term “conspiracy theories” … and recommended methods for discrediting such theories. The dispatch was marked “psych” – short for “psychological operations” or disinformation – and “CS” for the CIA’s “Clandestine Services” unit.

The dispatch was produced in responses to a Freedom of Information Act request by the New York Times in 1976.

The dispatch states:

The aim of this dispatch is to provide material countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries. Background information is supplied in a classified section and in a number of unclassified attachments.





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posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 12:04 PM
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a reply to: arjunanda

Link broken all to hell...

Also, I am interested to read the link, and think that this thread will need more careful examination once that link has been fixed! For now, kudos.... Stars later in all probability!



posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 12:06 PM
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Democracy and free market capitalism were founded on conspiracy theories.


There's your problem right there.

We don't believe in democracy or free market capitalism anymore. Interventionism and its immediate successor, socialism have turned the pot upside down.

Free speech is incompatible with totalitarianism. Our government is just reflecting and nurturing our self destructive side.


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posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 12:16 PM
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the CIA did not create that term.... some un-named think tank did
the CIA just gave the term CT'er a slot, a pigeon hole compartment in the person-of-interest 'Profile'

well, at least CT did not come down the pipeline to us Intel. Documents clerks...
a CT label was probably a 'flag' for a unstable personality, but not quite a Schizo is my guess, and only noted in 'for eyes only' material used by professional clinicians in personal risk assessments

I guess I better read the 'source' for a better understanding of just when 'CT' became CIA Jargon

 



I you want to start your own research,,, this link seems to be a source for the ZeroHedge author & the 1967 claim (fantastically absurd)
tangibleinfo.blogspot.com...
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posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 12:22 PM
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Conspiracy theorist was a term being used a few years earlier, in 1964, by Richard Hofstadter - The Paranoid Style in American Politics.

It's a longish essay that raises the idea that much of American politics, at that time, was driven by paranoia. It's classical conspiracy theory to suspect greater powers and/or opponents of seeking to destroy you. In the early 60s, the US was politically paranoid about its neighbours (e.g. Cuba), it's population (Commies, subversives etc) and its enemies (Soviets, East Germany). Domestically, some of those on one side thought the other side would deliver them unto a homosexual, communist nightmare. Some of those on the other side thought their opponents would cause nuclear Armageddon or a 3rd World War.

Hofstadter even mentions the anti-Zionist conspiracies and probably 90% of ATS will enjoy the read if they can overcome tl/dr syndrome : )

I've probably read it 5-6 times over the years and it really nails the state of politics in every decade since Hofstadter wrote it. Bloody awful really!



posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 12:28 PM
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A proud CT since 1973.

THE elite of fringe elements...



posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 12:34 PM
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OK TrueBrit, I'll get on The Link Fix, Thanks for that arjunanda a reply to: TrueBrit



posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 12:37 PM
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originally posted by: arjunanda do we have an Out of Control Government bought by those who will do Evil to make themselves that much Richer?


yes we do.



posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 12:41 PM
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Good Info Kandinsky, I'll have a nice read of this essay tonight, A very Nice Addition to the thread. Thanks
Arjunanda. Oh and BTW, the link is fixed ATS a reply to: Kandinsky



posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 12:41 PM
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I've never heard of this one but I would not be surprised if it proved to be true. Earlier today I made a post in a different thread on a different topic but the term conspiracy theorist came up. I will provide a portion of my post as It seems to go with your OP.




Conspiracy Theorist is a derogatory term invented to discredit those who see through the BS and use their open yes to expose the truth.

"You saw past our BS? You're a nut-job conspiracy theorist!"

They do the same with criticism of Israel - "You're an anti-Semite!"

These terms are meant to dismiss critical thinking.

Although, yes, there are those tin-foil hat wearing people who do try to find a conspiracy in EVERYTHING, the sad thing, is I DON'T BLAME THEM! Most of what is happening in the world today is a conspiracy. One would be a fool to not think that people in power with malicious intent are in fact conspiring against us in many ways. Most people who use the term "conspiracy theorist" don't even know the true meaning of conspiracy, or just pretend not to to keep their bias.


Calling someone is a conspiracy theorist is a last resort for someone who has zero debating skills. The ones who do so, ESPECIALLY on this site, are so easy to catch.

"OMG your explanation would turn my whole world upside down if I even entertained what you have presented so I will ignore it and call you truther or conspiracy theorist."

I've seen this so many times (in different words of course).

Another one that pisses me off is "anti vaxer".

The deniers are getting desperate.
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posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 12:42 PM
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A Nice Reply Greencmp, I can't argue much with your take on this, it just becoming all too obvious. Thank You for your Input
Arjuanda, Oh and A Star
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posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 12:48 PM
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I saw this title posted on a Facebook page last night. It really makes you think about how far TPB are willing to go to keep their secrets from us.

This thread reminded me of another posted a few weeks back that claimed that a new study reveals people labelled as conspiracy theorists are actually much more intelligent than the average person.

S+F. Any topics that helps me reassure I haven't lost my sanity is a good read =)



posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 02:55 PM
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originally posted by: Kandinsky
a reply to: arjunanda



Conspiracy theorist was a term being used a few years earlier, in 1964, by Richard Hofstadter - The Paranoid Style in American Politics.



It's a longish essay that raises the idea that much of American politics, at that time, was driven by paranoia.


Adolf Hitler liked to call his political opponents "conspiracy therorists"
and there was a lot of paranoia in Germany at that time, so it seem these
things go hand in hand. I'm also sure, Hitler wasn't the first to use this
label as a way to dismiss serious debate.

Yesterday I saw a headline about "medical conspiracy theories" and
according to an expert there a lot of "mentally ill" people who think
genetically modified foods are a plot to shrink the global population!

CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT !!!

Yes, it is all just a conspiracy theory---move along, nothing to see....



But conspiracy theories aren’t just a coping mechanism on a theoretical level; Oliver found they ultimately correlate to behavior, and could even contribute to some people’s decisions about how to manage their health. For instance, the people who believe in conspiracies are more likely to take herbal supplements and seek out alternative medicine, and less likely to use sunscreen or get flu shots.


Oliver told HuffPost thinkprogress.org... his research has found the people who are more likely to agree with medical conspiracies often rely on “very unconventional sources of information to inform themselves about health” (maybe ATS for example).










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posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 03:03 PM
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Yes Wasaka, I can see your point about Hitler/The Nazis belittling their opponents with Negative Labels. I think it goes hand in hand with the use of Propaganda in General which was used extensively by The Third Reich to deadly effect. A Good read in this regard is The Book "Propaganda" by Edward Bernays 1929 (The Original). A Good Post and A Star, Thanks
Arjunanda. a reply to: wasaka



posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 03:14 PM
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First off, your avatar is one of my favourites and makes me smile when I see it.



Adolf Hitler liked to call his political opponents "conspiracy therorist" and their was a lot of parania in Germany at that time, so it seem these things go hand in hand. I'm also sure, Hitler wasn't the first to use this label and a way to dismiss serious debate.


In different words, I bet people have been accusing competitors of being crazy since forever. Some horny caveman was probably saying the same thing back in the day to attract women and scare them off the competition. Some things never change, huh?




posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 04:37 PM
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I have heard and read this a few times as well. However, from what I remember, there were two issues especially the CIA didn't want the unwashed looking into - UFO's and the Kennedy Assassination.

So what began as a harmless term has turned into and remained a pejorative, when essentially all that is means is mystery investigator. Some who use it deliberately as a pejorative may be part of agenda's to suppress the truth on certain subjects.



posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 06:56 PM
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Hey PlanetXishere, Yeah from info provided by other members here on ATS, it looks like The CIA didn't come up with this Negative Term. But, they sure picked it up quickly and used it as a bludgeon to staunch any sort of further investigations into things they didn't want uncovered. Good Reply and A Star
Arjunanda. a reply to: PlanetXisHERE



posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 06:57 PM
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Hey Kandinsky, The visual of your comment is too funny and apt
Thanks for your reply
Arjunanda . a reply to: Kandinsky



posted on Feb, 24 2015 @ 10:14 PM
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Yet, the USA was founded on a revolution. To some people, the founding fathers were full-fledged conspiracy theorist.



posted on Feb, 25 2015 @ 04:03 AM
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The CIA are criminals and liars and thieves and scum and have single-handedly created all the wars on this planet since their inception, prior to that they were Hitlers SS.

They are the Banksters Bitches........



Also known as a Critical Thinker, some of the most intelligent individuals I have had the privilege of meeting reside right here on ATS.

And, a lot of conspiracy theories are no longer theories - they are facts that there was/is indeed a conspiracy.

eg: NSA caught spying on US citizens, US government denying Area 51 existed.



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