One aspect of the vast world of conspiracy-theory are so-called front groups - organization that are not what they appear or pretend to be. The
existence of such cannot be giggled away as "crazy conspiracy theory" like the msm and "debunkers" often do. This post is just a little intro on
the subject. After reading it I hope you say: Maybe we`re not paranoid afterall!
There are many thousands of examples of this happening, here are just a few.
1. The Cult who creates its own enemy.
One of the secret directives of the Scientology cult is "we create our own enemy. This way we can control the enemy. This way we can make the enemy
look stupid if we want to". An ominous real life example of this is the Cult Awareness
which used to be a group that was fighting
Scientology and helping the victims of Scientology...until it went broke and was
secretly bought up and taken over by Scientology. Now imagine that...you are a victim of a Cult, putting your trust in the anti-cult counselor, not
knowing that they are owned by the same cult you were trying to escape! Only deeper investigation into the financial dealings of the CAN Organization
and the revelations of WikiScanner
blew the lid of this dark conspiracy.
2. The Government that betrays its citizens
Another fantastic example of a front Group was Air America
, supposedly a civilian
airline that was actually
operated by the CIA for more sinister purposes than public transport alone. The public thought that "Air America"
would fly "humanitarian aid" to Vietnam and also fly civilians here and there. What "Air America" was actually
for was covert warfare,
spying and drug running. The CIA alone has many, many more fronts
...not to mention the
governments and intelligence agencies in the rest of the world.
3. Shell Corporations
There are countless "Shell Corporations"
in our world, fake companies set up to protect
criminals and conspiracists from legal liability. Other terms for this or similar: "Mailbox Company", "Dummy Corporation", "Straw Men". While
not illegal themselves they usually serve to cover-up illegal activity again giving the public a false idea of whats actually going on.
4. Charity and Volunteering Groups as Front Groups
Some charities that are in public view serve to put certain groups in a positive light to conceal backroom dealings. One example of this are the many
Charity Fronts of the criminal bank BCCI
which describes fake "grassroots movements" which are not actually
grassroots at all but groups that are politically planned, designed, carried out and manipulated. Related areas are "stealth marketing", "viral
marketing" and "undercover marketing" all of which aim to manipulate public opinion and conceal their true originator.
A so-called GONGO
is a government-organization that is posing as a non-governmental-organization. GONGOs
can serve various purposes: To qualify for outside aid, to confuse the public, or even
Stuff like this legitimizes conspiracy-theory. The conspiracy-theorist does not trust the facade and is aware of the pretense
That massage-parlor across the street? It may not be a message-parlor. That friendly Nigerian email? It may not be what it seems. That
great website where you can Download everything for free? Maybe there`s a data-mining project behind it.
Do you know any front groups?
Do you have a suspicion about any group or company being a front for something else?
[edit on 10-3-2009 by Skyfloating]