posted on Jan, 21 2008 @ 02:48 PM
Ah, secrets, secrets, where are the secrets?
Secret to who? Joe Average? Government officials? Corporations? Applicable to which country? After all, what's secret to America might not be secret
to Canada or the EU at all.
How secret? Are we talking stuff that is only in a black vault on the other side of a compartmentalized door in an unmarked hallway locked with a spin
lock, keycard, and 12-button keypunch? Or are we talking about really important topics that everyone should know about, should be made aware
of, and are technically out there in easy reach of a google search, but most people never think to?
What constitutes something that should be considered a really big secret? Does it have to mean the downfall of a company? The loss of life? The loss
of billions of dollars? Does it count as a conspiracy if it was just one small business with a few guys embezzeling? Does it count as a conspiracy if
it's brazenly out in the open these days, such as the Bohemian Grove? Is JFK secret enough, or does it not count because everyone already knows it's
Is there a statute of limitations on these secrets? Does something that happened 10,000 years ago in South America count, or does it have to recent?
How recent? Is Tammany Hall recent enough? The Moon Landing? The last 2 elections in America? Strictly 2008?
How exotic are we talking? Can it be something as blasé as a corrupt governor fast-tracking 21 coal plants against the wishes of his constituency to
get some extra cash from the electric monopoly in his state? Or does it need to be something more like psychic vampires piloting black triangles from
Does the fate of the world need to hang in the balance, or can it be something of relatively minor importance in the grand scheme of things, but very
personal to a select few individuals?
The Above Network is not just a whistle-blower site, sometimes we also stick our fingers in the dam, or merely theorize that there might be water on
the other side of the levee. Most of the posts in here are done with the intention of discussing matters that are important to each other.
I might, for instance, find it of great concern that there are a number of corporations that are legally operating terrorist organizations under the
guise of a Private Military Corporation, their subsequent undermining of democracy, and post a long thread on it, complete with links.
It wasn't any information I had to go on some epic adventure saga to obtain; persistance, google-searches, and lots of reading lent me the majority
of the material I needed, all I had to do was string it together coherently. I did not, in fact, do anything that a 5th grader with a home internet
connection could not have done, had they taken enough interest in the subject matter. Does the fact that I was able to do it without "stealing" any
information whatsoever make it any less important to someone concerned about where their country is headed?
ATS has a lot of faces, and is a conspiracy themed site, but what it's really about is community. We've grown something here that you won't find on
any other forum on the net; a community of individuals bound, not by race, creed, color, political, or religious affiliation, but rather in
spite of all those things. It's a community as diverse as Earth itself, all here of their own volition, contributing to respective debate and
discussion about fringe topics that most people in society refuse to even think about.
And through it all, sometimes we really do make a difference. When hundreds of thousands of people begin to logically, reasonably, rationally, and
above-all, respectfully discuss taboo topics, awareness of it grows, then acceptance. We've touched places we've never even considered. Perhaps,
because of a spirited discussion on Dark Matter, enough new ideas are raised to convince enough people of import to, say, open up a lab several miles
underground to try and capture it. Or perhaps awareness of a particularly nasty law gets stopped in time to avoid having it snip a vital right from
the consitution. Perhaps, on a whim, someone high enough in rank sees a post of interest here, reads on, and figures out how to stop a war before it
We all change the world in ways we cannot possibly imagine. One life touches hundreds of thousands, whom all in turn, touch several others each, until
soon you have a movement, millions-strong, all starting from one post on a forum somewhere where people could sit down and talk about something that
polite society deems "too fringe" to devote any attention to.
The end of the movement might never realize its humble beginning as a post in a thread somewhere, but the simple fact of the matter is that, if you
are passionate enough about something to research it, write up an article about it, reference your sources, and are willing to debate and discuss the
topic without losing your cool, then ATS is one of the few places left where one person really can make a difference.