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The FBI said another factor driving the intensity of this threat is “the uncovering of real conspiracies or cover-ups involving illegal, harmful, or unconstitutional activities by government officials or leading political figures.” The FBI does not specify which political leaders or which cover-ups it was referring to.
Conspiracy theory is a term that at once strikes fear and anxiety in the hearts of most every public figure, particularly journalists and academics. Since the 1960s the label has become a disciplinary device that has been overwhelmingly effective in defining certain events off limits to inquiry or debate. Especially in the United States raising legitimate questions about dubious official narratives destined to inform public opinion (and thereby public policy) is a major thought crime that must be cauterized from the public psyche at all costs.
Conspiracy theory’s acutely negative connotations may be traced to liberal historian Richard Hofstadter’s well-known fusillades against the “New Right.” Yet it was the Central Intelligence Agency that likely played the greatest role in effectively “weaponizing” the term.
originally posted by: Mike Stivic
a reply to: dashen
I understand that, and I Appreciate the work you put into the OP's as well as some of the info that gets dug up. That's why I read it every day.
I'm specifically talking about the Few agitators who come and go.
Who are getting "fed up" , and the talk of civil war or blood in the streets.
I have never once seen you advocate that, and did not mean to imply you did..
originally posted by: grey580
a reply to: dashen
Congrats ATS users. You're on the list.
And now they have your passwords too because this site doesn't use a SSL certificate.