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We're proud to introduce the international release of the first book based on AboveTopSecret.com content. Written by best-selling author,
, the book features nineteen chapters pulled directly from the threads of ATS, with expert commentary and
additional research from the esteemed Mr. Marrs.
Provided below are some teaser excerpts to give everyone a taste of what's coming, as well as a list of the chapters.
Foreword by Bill Irvine
The last century witnessed the rise of what is popularly known as the "conspiracy theorist," a subculture of like-minded people who have become
concerned that major contemporary and historical events were not caused by "what we've been told" through mainstream media or our history books.
Often misunderstood as "those crazy conspiracy nuts," these people are passionately concerned about society, have a deep affection for their
country, and are driven by a strong sense of ethics and justice.
The tipping point that can inspire someone to begin asking the questions that will transform them into a conspiracy theorist are as diverse as the
conspira- cies they theorize about. Some have looked as far back as the time leading up to World War I and have noticed the oddities surrounding the
assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. Many have become doubtful of the official story surrounding the events in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 and the
resulting broad spectrum of UFO cover-up questions. The rise of the Federal Reserve and contemporary economic troubles have provided a fountain spring
of stimuli for questions related to financial conspiracies. In fact, if you've ever watched the evening news and wondered to yourself, "that can't
be right," you have taken your first tentative step into the world of conspiracy theory.
For years, conspiracy theorists belonged to a soft-spoken subculture relegat- ed to perusing a limited selection of small-press books in the dark,
unvisited corners of bookstores, searching out hard-to-find independent newspapers, and mail-order VHS tapes of difficult-to-watch production quality.
Even with the relatively robust categories of UFO-conspiracy aficionados and JFK assassination theorists, it was difficult to fathom how many of
"us" there really were. Then came the Internet, and everything changed.
Starting first via uncertain voices on early bulletin board systems in the 1980s, conspiracy theorists from an abundance of diverse topic areas found
each other online. As additional channels for collaboration grew through IRC, Usenet, and CompuServe, more and more like-minded people with troubling
questions found answers in their online conversations. The advent of the web and ubiquitous easy Internet access sparked a startling societal
explosion that brought conspiracy theories from the dark corners of bookstores to the forefront of popular culture. In fact, the wildly popular phrase
of 2007, "Don't taze me bro," was a plea from a conspiracy theorist that exploded into the pop-culture lexicon because of the Internet.
Today, the web has given birth to what is nothing short of a renaissance of conspiracy theory. The zero-cost of entry and easy access to blogging has
inspired a significant portion of the "blogosphere" to focus on a myriad of conspiracy topics. For better or worse, untold millions of pages examine
hundreds of variations on thousands of conspiracy theories. Some are superlative examples of relentless research, others push the speculative envelope
with magnificence, and many more are dubious flights of fancy. But no matter the accuracy or veracity of these millions of thoughts, the sheer volume
bears witness to the tremendous number of people with provocative questions in search of answers.
The evolution of the Internet has given birth to another cultural phenomenon, one that has its roots in the core essence of how the medium was
birthed. While the technological underpinnings were created via a military mandate, the users of the Internet directed its evolution as a culture of
collaboration, driven by the ethics of sharing. Despite all the billions of dollars invested in e-commerce and Internet advertising, the essence of
the medium is driven by the share-and-share-alike ideology of its users. From hyperlinking to Facebook, every important advance in core online
usefulness has its roots in the need for the users to share information, and nowhere has the urge to learn through sharing been more readily apparent
than in the birth of online communities devoted to conspiracy theories.
AboveTopSecret.com began in 1997 as the hobby of an inquisitive teenager named Simon Gray of Swindon, England. Over the years, user demand dictated
the inclusion of a discussion board section of the site so that like-minded conspiracy theorists could share information and collaboratively speculate
on what they learn. In 2003, the demand imposed on Mr. Gray's original hobby became so great that the site outgrew its humble beginnings and
dedicated hardware was urgently required. Over the next four years, demand continued to grow at a pace that required additional investments in
technology every nine months on average. The "perfect storm" explosion of Internet accessibility, online conspiracy theory topics, and the urge to
share has grown the humble hobby into a stunning Internet phenomenon with over 2.4 million pages of content and more than two million visitors each
month, making it the largest and most-popular website dealing with conspiracy theories.
Regular users of AboveTopSecret.com will be eager to tell you that such growth and success is no surprise. The heart and soul of our website is an
inspiring social content community that is often referred to as the best in class of any topical genre. Discussion boards, forums and blogs have
rightfully earned negative reputations for an often overly free-form environment of juvenile behavior, questionable content, personal attacks, and
insults. Five years ago, the users of AboveTopSecret.com decided that they wanted none of that. A motto of "Deny Ignorance" was adopted as a
rallying cry that not only spoke to the need to be civil with one another, but also stated the clear desire to understand the truths behind difficult
questions. This unique civil environment of AboveTopSecret.com is credited with its rapid rise to success. Participants are able to focus on whatever
they feel are important issues and provocative questions, with complete confidence that those responding will do so out of a desire to aid in
While the civil environment has attracted a humbling number of intelligent people asking important questions, the real magic of AboveTopSecret.com is
that it is a true user defined media vehicle. Complete editorial control is in the hands of the "wisdom of the crowds" as more than 1,200 new topics
every day are ranked and prioritized by the participants. The staff and management have no ability to influence editorial decisions or the positioning
of topics on any of the site's pages (with exception of removing occasional inappropriate items). The result is an ever-evolving ecosystem of content
that represents a stream of consciousness from an enormous collaboration of intelligent people who want nothing more than answers that make sense.
No contemporary author is better prepared to provide you with a summary of AboveTopSecret.com's unique and collaborative stream of consciousness than
Jim Marrs. He's a superlative writer, a brilliant conspiracy theorist, and most importantly, a firm believer in the notion that "together we are
smarter than any one of us." Jim has selected a collection of topics that represent some of the most stunning and imaginative works in recent memory
on AboveTopSecret.com. No matter what conspiracy theories hold your interest, there's something for you in this book. And if you don't believe
yourself to be a conspiracy theorist now, you're not being honest with yourself. After all, you picked up a book entitled, Above Top Secret:
Uncovering the Mysteries of the Digital Age, and read the entire foreword.
Jim, I leave our reader in your capable hands.
Introduction by Jim Marrs
Contrary to an old adage, what you don't know CAN harm you. One may be the most highly intelligent person in the world, but if he or she is operating
on erroneous or incomplete information, a truthful and correct conclusion on any issue is impossible.
Additionally, a person is at a distinct disadvantage when confronted with new and unfamiliar information in any situation. So, you want to know all
you can about a wide variety of topics. And none are more fascinating than the subjects being tossed about on the Internet in the Digital Age.
You say you want to know all about those mysteries and conspiracies you hear about but you don't want to spend your life digging through old dusty
books or hours surfing the Net?
Here's the book for you.
In one beautifully designed package, compliments of an inspired linkup between AboveTopSecret.com and The Disinformation Company, you can find answers
- or at least understand the questions -to such wild topics as "Did John Titor come from the future?" and "Who parked the Moon?"
Some of these sections deal with mysteries that may involve science of which we are not yet aware. In the primitive past, such things would have been
called magic. Today, they are more likely to be called extraterrestrial. Some of the issues here are concerned with conspiracy, a term formerly
disparaged by the corporate-controlled mass media. However, since the attacks of Sep-
tember 11, 2001, were obviously the result of someone's conspiracy, the term has been somewhat rehabilitated. My motto - "If it's not an act of
God, it's a conspiracy" - still stands. Sure, accidents happen. Cars crash, ships sink and airplanes crash. But if an event is not an accident and
more than one person is involved, by the dictionary definition, you have a conspiracy.
Conspiracies are not all bad. If you throw your friend a surprise birthday party, that's a conspiracy, but it's not a bad one. However, if people
conspire to break the law or harm someone else, that's certainly not good.
The Internet is chock-full of conspiracies and mysteries. The Net is a conun- drum within itself because the upside of the Internet is that everyone
and anyone has access to this modern phenomenon. The downside is that everyone and anyone has access. The problem is separating the wheat from the
chaff, distinguishing between good information and bad.
How does one find the truth behind any conspiracy? Take a lesson from the great detectives and journalists of the past.
Don't settle for superficial and facile explanations. Dig past the obvious evidence - which can be fabricated or planted - and look for finer facts.
Go past the headlines and seek evidence in the small print deep within a news story. Carefully look at the source of a story. If you read an article
about the safeness of nuclear power and note that the story is based on information from the Atomic Industrial Forum, an industry organization
promoting the commercial use of nuclear power, you will know that you are not getting both sides of the story. Likewise, a piece raising alarm over
land use citing the Earth Liberation Front as its source most probably is not a fair and balanced account of the issue.
Study all sides of an issue. Don't allow partisan politics or an ingrained belief system to influence what you read and hear. Visit
www.AboveTopSecret.com, seek out alternative publications and prowl used bookstores for information you may have missed or never knew. And double
check all sources. For example, in the case of the JFK assassination, do you believe a politically-motivated commission that concluded Kennedy was
shot through the neck or do you believe the official autopsy report and doctors (supported by the hole in his coat and shirt) which stated he was
struck in the back below the shoulder blade? Do you trust government pronouncements on the 1947 Roswell crash that have been changed four times or do
you believe several hundred fellow citizens who tell a different story? Sometimes the Devil is in the details.
Don't trust polls and statistics; it has been repeatedly proven that these can be manipulated by loaded questions and misleading arithmetic. For
example, did you know that 82.4 percent of all statistics are just made up on the spot? See what I mean?
Don't put your trust in media personalities. In Great Britain, they have it right. Instead of "news anchors," media talking heads there are called
"presenters," a more appropriate description. Most news presenters are fine folks but let's face it, they "rip and read," that is, they read news
stories right off the wire that are placed before them. They simply do not have the time or inclination to verify all the stories they must deal with
on a daily basis. Additionally, they rarely have the background knowledge or leniency from management to pass judgment on the truth of any given
story. After all, the sins of the corporate-controlled mass media are primarily those of omission rather than commission.
Most importantly, begin to think for yourself rather than putting your trust in persons and pronouncements in the media. This does not mean that any
old idea that pops into your head is as valid as those of conventional thinking. Davy Crockett once said, "Be always sure you're right and then go
ahead." The key here is to make certain you know what you are talking about. Just because you learned something in Sunday school, public school or
from your parents does not necessarily mean that you got correct information.
When you tackle a controversial issue, start out with the fundamental questions that were once taught to beginning journalism students - Who, What,
When, Where and Why.
Armed with these basics and hopefully a dash of deductive reasoning, you are now ready to take on the world of mystery and conspiracy. While the
evidence for some of these conspiracies presented here admittedly may be dubious, many have an impressive amount of narrative and documentation to
back them up. Study this material carefully. "I don't believe that!" is not a convincing argument.
The cases here have been selected based on the broad appeal they seem to hold for the more than two million monthly visitors to the Above Top Secret
website, which in 2007 celebrated its tenth anniversary. The material presented here leans toward the conspiratorial because the corporate mass media
leans the other way. If you want the "other side," just watch TV. They will tell you there is nothing to any of the topics presented here. They
don't want you to see the little man behind the green curtain.
The world of modern America is very much like that portrayed in The Matrix movie trilogy. Today, instead of everyone physically hooked up to some
machine that runs a virtual reality program through their brains, everyone is wrapped inside an electromagnetic matrix woven by corporate-controlled
radio and TV. A close study will reveal that almost everything you read, see or hear is controlled by six multinational corporations. That's a
tremendous concentration of power.
While this media matrix cannot (yet) tell you how to think, it can certainly tell you what to think about and to a large extent, how to view both the
news and world events. It sets the agenda and usually presents only one viewpoint. It is not easy to break away from an electronic media that has been
conditioning us all since birth. But it can be done.
Deny ignorance. Break loose from the media matrix. Think for yourself. Question authority.
The following mysteries and conspiracies are a good starting point.
Jim Marrs, October 2008
List Of Chapters
Was 9/11 an inside job?
Is the supply of oil peaking?
Why did the airforce change its story on Stephenville?
Do road signs contain hidden codes?
Is free/alternative energy being kept from the public?
Is the Federal Reserve a scam?
Are chemtrails for real?
Is there a Nazi base in Antarctica?
Who killed JFK?
Did John Titor come from the future?
Who built the spidery drones?
What passed by the space shuttle Atlantis?
What hovered over O'Hare gate 17c?
What flew over Phoenix?
Were the moon landings faked?
Who parked the moon?
What crashed at Roswell?
Is God an alien?
What will happen in 2012?
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[edit on 10-9-2008 by SkepticOverlord]