Do you consider ATS a valid source of info?
Admittedly I haven't been a part of this site as long as most of you but I've been a long time reader and what I've found is that to a very high
degree, most of what appears on ATS is met with the proper skepticism and then bombarded with seemingly unlimited conspiracy theories and often
For example, Someone will say:
Topic: Strange hatch hidden in a field
I found a concrete hatch with metal doors welded shut under a piece of plywood in a field in Xquitz, MD which had a military insignia on it and the
letters K21. Does anyone know what this might be? (No pictures)
The replies will typically consist of:
-People claiming its part of an underground facility of which they worked.
-People guessing with things like bomb shelter or missile silo.
-People demanding the person answer their own question with pictures and investigation.
-People outright calling him a liar and he never saw a hatch at all.
-People who claim to have seen the same hatch but also don't know what it is.
And my favorite
-People who claim their friend/father/grandfather worked there but died without talking about it.
Statistically with the number of people on this forum, a given area is really only accessible to about 10-20 people on the boards to go physically
investigate so there's thousands of us reading who are curious but are left wanting and never given straight answers.
We create our own disinformation here!
ATS has so many people with such wildly varying experiences and imaginations that I really feel, unless someone is able to backup what they say with a
full on, time coded, high definition video I find myself constantly taking the pessimistic and logical stance rather than believing the person.
The reason it's nearly impossible to identify truth versus disinformation here just because the forums contain equally as many conspirators as any
other group here. Who is to say if there's even actual government agents here whose purpose is to spread false information. Some topics are
investigated in person by my favorite ATS member, the urban explorer, but I've noticed even these people often do not take cameras with them, or
discourage others from posting locations of their journeys.
Using my example, lets say the truth was:
Beyond those doors is a ladder going 12 feet down into a 10x10 concrete vault which housed a small seismic machine and a little well for groundwater
testing because this area was a former weapons testing range.
With ATS, its equally as likely that its an unmarked entrance to a 4000 mile long network of tunnels under the USA or an escape hatch to a 20,000 sq
ft underground complex where aliens were studied. It could also be a forgotten hatch to a nuclear missile site or even a very remote and forgotten
exit to a cold war underground nuclear reactor. It could be just like another hatch I found that used to be part of a prison, prisoners were taken
there to be tortured. No wait, its actually nothing more than the actual door removed from a real secret base in Plixtylnt, NC that must have feel off
the truck on the way to be scrapped.
Do you see why I both hate and love ATS? The truth COULD be right in front of us, but how would you know? I wouldn't.
Where I'm going with this is simple, this place has a fantastic community of people but some of us intentionally or otherwise, do more harm than good
to the cause.
Its a GREAT thing we have lots of speculators and guessers that help us piece together the puzzles, but we must actively weed out the blatant liars
and properly identify people who intentionally spread disinformation and fantasy.
Am I way off base here?
Please let me know what you think and thanks for reading.