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Why did you get into conspiracy theory?

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posted on May, 13 2005 @ 07:51 AM
I guess you could say I was born and bred for conspiracy theory. I just didn't know it until a few years ago. All my life before that, I was super empirical. If I couldn't see it, touch it, taste it, hear it, or smell it, then it didn't exist. I had to be able to calculate a real solution using a proven formula about everything in order to assign it any credibility.

My Dad was my final authority on anything technical, military, or government related. In addition to being a MCSO (Naval) Aviator and retired Colonel, he was an aeronautical engineer under contract to NASA at Edward's AFB in the 60's. He worked on black projects at SkunkWorks, and other places. He flew the SR-71. He did a lot of work on pilot monitoring systems. He created one of the first functional autopilots. He helped develop the M-2 lifting body program when it was the unwanted stepchild at NASA, before it went on to lay the groundwork for the glide characteristics of the Space Shuttle.

Anybody remember the big experimental aircraft crash at the beginning of every episode of 'The Six Million Dollar Man'? "Blowout, vapor three! I can't hold her! she's breaking up! she's breaking up!" That was an M-2 rolling across the dry lakebed at Edwards, my Dad was there when it happened, and his good friend, Bruce Petersen, not Steve Austin, was in the cockpit and got busted up bad that day.

After my Dad died, and after his funeral, I started putting things together a little differently. He always told me, 'don't believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see'. I began to learn more about what he'd done for the military and the government, and began to see things around me in a new light.

Then I was in a bad car accident, had two back surgeries, recovered (I thought), and went back to work only to add an annular tear @L5/S1 to my worries after three weeks back on the job. That was over three years ago. Needless to say to anyone who reads my posts, along the way since I've had some very strange experiences, and way too much time to think about them.

Metaphorically, I equate it to the difference between the big crash in the opening scene of 'Six Million Dollar Man', and what really happened. Its like, here's what we want you to think happened. Well, I know Bruce Petersen, and he wears an eye patch, and they did not make him better than he was. He was better than all of them to begin with, and they know it. Its time we all found out what's really going on around us. Time to take the blinders off.

Thats what ATS is for, blinder removal.

posted on May, 13 2005 @ 09:13 AM
i spent most of my life studying and researching the paranormal.
I used to be a ghost hunter and became very interested in evp/itc.
hearing the voices of the dead was amazing, but mentally draining for me.

After a while I started to read those time/life series of the unexplained. the ufo coverups caught my eye and then the internet was spawned. Movies such as mothman, and conspiracy theory got me asking questions about those dirty little secrets the world has. From there, google returned about 100 sites of interest for me. ATS was the LAST stop for me. I lurked for a year on/off. Gave up the paranormal for a strong dose the dark stuff.

As far fetched as the movie conspiracy theory was, it held a suspicion that there was more out there than those who covet want us to know about.

posted on May, 13 2005 @ 09:41 AM
I got into it when I was googling Nick Berg. I came across this site and haven't looked back. I was never a consiperecy buff before coming here though. But I also had the feeling all my life that nothing is as it seems. Which is why when I came here and read the things I read, and had the discussions I have had, everything seemed to click with me. Started getting into the alien/ufo talk and have really tried to educate myself on the subject.

posted on May, 13 2005 @ 10:02 AM
All started with a childhood UFO sighting of a pretty major kind. Multiple witnesses, but near a military compound (USCG) and it was definitely weird. I was only around 8/9 at the time, and if we asked about it, we were told not to ask.

A few experiences with some poltergeist like activity also set me on that path, just weird that various objects kept turning up in the strangest places, noises in the house, even proverbial book stacking, all while nobody was in the house. Weird stuff like that.

So, early on, even school papers were on the more factual aspects of legends like vampires, werewolves, etc. or on UFOs and government coverup. In doing so, I pretty much read tons of books, articles, saw specials etc that had anything to do with it.

Apart from UFO study, other things never added up right, like the JFK assassination, etc. Once the internet came into full usage, I was then like a sponge, and tried to find even more books, articles, etc. on the subjects that interested me. One such search led me here...

posted on May, 13 2005 @ 11:15 AM
Back in the late 70's when i was about 8 i remember when the family would get together they used to have long conversations about ghosts and life after death. i was too young to really know but enjoyed listening to the story's they had to tell about the ghostly encounters they had had and heard of. The paranormal went hand in hand with ufo's which also interested me so one thing lead to another. And that's how it all started for me pretty much.

posted on May, 13 2005 @ 11:33 AM
I have always questioned the JFK assassination since I was a kid, now 43 years old. The magic bullet theory is when I knew I was not being told the truth. Later I have always watched documentaries that confirmed my suspicions. I also saw a few on UFO's and was amazed at the implications of it. To me this is the most important conspiracy, so I try to focus on it, but find the others interesting as well. I started looking for info on the Internet after seeing a lot of fighter jets in the area, and that’s when I came across ATS. I always considered the Internet to have too much noise to wade through to find any valuable info, but ATS is more refined. I also like discussing these topics here because I don't know anyone else that is interested.

posted on May, 13 2005 @ 11:37 AM
A paranoid individual, i found this site and hit the ground running. It has become my second home.

posted on May, 13 2005 @ 11:42 AM
Five or six years ago I read Behold a Pale Horse by William Cooper and another NWO Conspriacy book...I don't recall the title. But a lot of it made sense to me and I have been digging for answers ever since.

posted on May, 13 2005 @ 11:51 PM
Why am I into it? Because when you look at world events from a conspiracist POV, things start to fall into place and make sense.

Me, I'm interested from the Bible prophecy POV. Forewarned is forearmed.

posted on May, 14 2005 @ 12:42 AM
why ?

many many reasons , let me count the ways

I was in junior high , when JFK was shot , my dad was an avid UFO enthusiast and related anomalies.[ but I got tired of it as a teen ]....but this other stuff kept piling up, like this ;

the 6 day war , watergate , cyprus , arab oil embargo , carter , iran hostages , marine barracks 1983 beirut , iran/contra , oliver north , general secord , barry seal , whitewater , ron brown, vince foster , the clinton body count , twa 800 , waco , ok-city

then I read my advisors comments about bubba , and how he had tangled with bubba , then all the related stories about bubba, that I never took the time to read....OMG !

then I heard on the radio, this guy named victor mordecai , talking about the 5 deceptions of islam, which turned into some digging

then I heard tony brown talk about the wahabbi problem with islam, which again turned into some digging...

then I started getting bits n pieces of the NWO , and iran contra , barry seal , CIA selling crack in south central LA which got quashed , the author GARY WEBB got SUICIDED [ by the NWO in my opinion ] and on and on it goes...and what makes the NEWS ? crap , just plain crap , politically correct crap and more crap

it's been an interesting last few years...and I've only just begun to do in depth reading on , islam , barry seal and related > , iran contra bubba connection , twa , ok-city , and the NWO

I have about 2 dozen good books on related subjects to read .

and found some interesting guys here to kick it around a bit with AS WELL.

we r living in an unbelievably interesting time in history , and I want to try to understand what is going on and cut thru all the bull . kinda hard to do that, since the ENEMY controls the MAJOR NEWS OUTLETS.

I'd say we r in the "end times" , cuz if this isn't deceit , then I don't know what is !

posted on May, 14 2005 @ 01:56 AM
Lost said earlier : "we all agree this conspiracy stuff, as entertaining as it is - cannot be entirely healthy. when you think about it, unfolding a conspiracy is much like studying evil. often the culprits are that bad. after a while, the evil starts to work on you too."

You are quite right. I have the autobiography of Robert Ressler, the FBI Serial Killer Profiler who coined the term 'serial killer', named "Whoever Fights Monsters"; which is taken from this quote :

"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you." -Frederick Wilhelm Nietzche

posted on May, 14 2005 @ 03:12 AM
When I was around 10 my grandma gave me a book called strange stories and amazing facts which poked holes in a lot of the irrational drivel that is taught in our schools. It got me asking questions, and the more I asked, the more holes I found, till now, where I know so many of these types of theories, I am a undeniable conspiracy theorist. It kinda sux, cuz I know few folks who don't think I'm nuts.

posted on May, 14 2005 @ 03:38 AM
with me i have always questiond things, and man do teachers hate that
.if it dosn't sit right or i don't understand i just want to know. personalyu i don't think oswald shot kenidy after seeing footage i have to wonder if it was someone in the car. his wife looks like she is trying to crawl out of the car, why? i would have thought she would have hit the floor unless she for some reason thought that that was unsafe.

then came 9-11. i was with everyone else wanting to turn the mid east into a great big glass parking lot. then i watched the planes colide with the building, every piece of footage i could find. it just did not look right and as the story came out it made no real sence, too many holes and intriqueing reasoning that didn't seem to match up. that is how i found ats. then six months ago i had a bad car accident and had lots of time on my hands. that is when i joined. heck do you know how patheticaly boreing it is lyeing arround all day? if only i could go out and enjoy my time off
heck i even missed driveing in the snow (and i even hate the cold, love driveing in snow though).

posted on May, 14 2005 @ 04:00 AM
Well, I've always distrusted the government, which is probably why I became active as a Libertarian.

But after being around conspiracy-sites for about five years now, I have come to the conclusion that about 90 percent of the "conspiracies" are rubbish and five percent are maybe true but irrelevant.

This of course, makes me a major debunker, since I'm certainly not shy about saying what I believe.

But that other five percent ... aah, now there's some interesting stuff!

posted on May, 20 2005 @ 02:20 PM
For me started back in the early eighties when Arthur C Clarke started his programmes,followed by a weekly magazine called the Unexplained.Got me interested in the Paranormal which then led to an education in Psychology.Gained an interest in Demonic Possession and the study of Occult and Supernatural Murders along with studies into Serial Killers.Also an interest in the Intelligence services.Oh tes and l am afraid a did watch quite alot of the X Files,which l must really stop admitting too. Came to ATS from hereing about it from various sources but l have to try very hard not to come across as a Troll it`s just that a lot of ATS subjects do make me laugh not because of the type but the way people on here react/ignore and basically kiss butts of some posters yet ignore others.

posted on May, 20 2005 @ 07:24 PM
Bad things happen when a kid has access to Encyclopaedia Britannica as a child.

For one, there was SO MUCH in there, but sometimes when I looked for a topic that especially interested me as a child, I would not find much about it.

Then I read Machiavelli's "The Prince" in parts, and Sun Tzu's Art of War and 1984. It was shortly after this (as a teenager) that X-Files came on TV, and I was always suspicious of the show's plots, even.

I guess I found it funny that the biggest secret is only that there are aliens, and that is all that the government is hiding, and that is a large reason behind why they do everything they do.

Just did not click, so I thought he just settled on a conspiracy plot, beyond which he was not willing to go.

I don't think I saw anything after about the 5th or 6th season.

I guess the number one thing that made me think Encyclopaedia Britannica had rosy-colored glasses was reading the history of the colonies.

I guess as a child, you don't understand that Britannica means it is THEIR Encyclopaedia, and they can sugar coat it if they so please.

posted on May, 20 2005 @ 07:30 PM
One stop here, and i was hooked.

I was looking for information on our new president, George, when i stumbled here on what i consider a very lucky day for me.

I've been here everyday since. I love ATS and the people here

posted on May, 20 2005 @ 08:04 PM
I grew up sitting at the table listening to adults discuss everything from ghosts to Kennedy~I've always been interested in the occult information and knowledge of the world.

posted on May, 20 2005 @ 08:29 PM
Because the Department of Homeland Security assigned me to keep an eye on all of you paranoid freaks. LOL

What can I say, I was a tremendous nerd when i was little. I read all of the Hardy Boys mystery books when I was in 4th grade. A year later I had graduated to adult-level stuff that lightly touched on HP Blavatsky's "Secret Doctrine" (re: The Lost Continent of Mu) and the related book "A dweller on two planets".
By sixth grade I was a devoted Art Bell listener.

All of that sort of fell into the background until I found ATS about ago, while i was researching my interest in lost civilizations. The ancient nuclear war theory is what originally brought me here. I was a diehard believer, but die I did. I still consider myself a conspiracy theorist, but a skeptical one. I like it for the mental excercise and raw fascination of discussing the theories, be they true or not. I am a bit of a debunker though I have to say. That's the bad part about conspiracy theory- you begin to develop beliefs and defend them, and before you know it you're not much different than the skeptics.

posted on May, 20 2005 @ 08:31 PM

a combination of things, when i was young & impressionable

*my father would go away on the Dredge Haines for months at a time,

*i was aware of the 1952 'buzzing' of D.C. by UFOs, i saw the newspapers
and listened to mother say it was probably satanic stuff; because the catholic church told parishiners that 'God' did not make the encounters/sightings happen.

*I constantly heard radio news reports of the battles in Cyprus, and around the middle east and Korea...later it was the Berlin Air Lift then communists, et al.....

*There was a greenish, but see-thru plastic you could put on the TV screen=
and during the show, with your grease pencil in hand, you were given the secret curser dot to follow....then tracing the TV secret message drawing
on that plastic overlay, you could be/would be privy to that sessions 'secret'

**i never had a 'Captain Midnight' de-coder ring....but that show would also
play the youngsters into believing they, too, were special! wow, i wanted to be in that secret-knowing group!

I became conspiracy oriented at about 4 years old...which was 1 year after sailing from Germany & going thru Ellis Island (Immigration)

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