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In a June
, I concluded that "conspiracy theory" is a term applied to any fact,
analysis, or truth that is politically, ideologically, or emotionally
unacceptable. This column is about how common real conspiracies are. Every
happening cannot be explained by a conspiracy, but conspiracies are common
everyday events. Therefore, it is paradoxical that "conspiracy theory" has
become a synonym for "unbelievable."

Conspiracies are commonly used in
order to advance agendas. In the July issue of American Rifleman, a National
Rifle Association publication, the organization's executive vice president,
Wayne Lapierre reports on a congressional investigation led by Senator Charles
Grassley and Representative Darrell Issa of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms, and Explosives and Department of Justice conspiracy to further gun
control measures by smuggling guns across the border to Mexican criminals and
blaming it on American firearm sellers.

Lapierre writes:
"Thanks to federal agents coming forth with evidence on the gun smuggling operation, this government-sanctioned criminal conspiracy has been exposed.

"Leading an administration-wide cover up -- marked by an arrogant dismissal of Congress' constitutional role -- is Attorney General Eric Holder, who has blocked all efforts to get to the truth. His minions have directed federal employees with knowledge of the gun-running scam to refuse to cooperate with congressional investigators."
Many Americans will find the uncovered
conspiracy hard to believe. The US Federal agency, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), with the DOJ's participation, has been
providing firearms to Mexico's drug cartels in order to create "evidence" to
support the charge that US gun dealers are the source of weapons for Mexican
drug gangs. The purpose of the government's conspiracy is to advance the gun
control agenda.

Attorney General Eric Holder's stonewalling of the
congressional investigation has resulted in Rep. Darrell Issa's warning to
Holder: "We're not looking at the straw buyers, Mr. Attorney General. We're
looking at you."

The most likely outcome will be that Sen. Chuck Grassley
and Issa will have accidents or be framed on sex charges.

are also a huge part of economic life. For example, the Wall Street firm,
Goldman Sachs, is known to have shorted financial instruments that it was
simultaneously selling as sound investments to its customers. The current
bailouts of EU countries' sovereign debt is a conspiracy to privatize public
domain. Economic conspiracies are endless, and most succeed. NAFTA is a
conspiracy against American labor, as are H-1B and L-1 work visas. Globalism is
a conspiracy against First World jobs.

The sex charge against Dominique
Strauss-Kahn could turn out to have been a conspiracy. According to the New York
Times, the hotel maid has bank accounts in four states, and someone has been
putting thousands of dollars into them.

Sometimes governments are willing
to kill large numbers of their own citizens in order to advance an agenda. For
example, Operation Northwoods was a plan for false-flag terrorist events drafted
by the US Joint Chiefs of Staff and signed by General Lyman Lemnitzer. It called
for the CIA and other "black op" elements to shoot down Americans in the streets
of Miami and Washington, D.C., to hijack or shoot down airliners, to attack and
sink boats carrying Cuban refugees to the US, and to fabricate evidence that
implicated Castro. The agenda of the Joint Chiefs and the CIA was to stir up
American fear and hatred of Castro in order to support regime change in

Before the reader cries "conspiracy theory!" be apprised that the
secret Operation Northwoods was made public on November 18, 1997, by the John F.
Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board. When the plan was presented to
President Kennedy in 1962, he rejected it and removed Lemnitzer as Chairman of
the Joint Chiefs.

Wikipedia quotes extensively from the plan's menu of
proposed false-flag terrorist acts. Those who distrust Wikipedia can obtain a
copy of the plan from the National Archives.

When I tell even highly
educated people about Operation Northwoods, they react with disbelief -- which
goes to show that even US government-acknowledged conspiracies remain protected
by disbelief a half century after they were hatched and 14 years after being
revealed by the government.

An example of a conspiracy that is proven,
but not officially acknowledged, is Israel's attack on the USS Liberty in 1967.
Captain Ward Boston, one of the two US Navy legal officers ordered to cover up
the attack, not investigate it, revealed the Johnson Administration's
conspiracy, and that of every subsequent administration, to blame mistaken
identity for what was an intentional attack. The unofficial Moorer Commission,
led by Admiral Tom Moorer, former Chief of Naval Operations and Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, proved conclusively that the Israeli attack, which
inflicted massive casualties on US servicemen, was an intentional attack. Yet,
the US government will not acknowledge it, and few Americans even know about

Even the event Americans celebrate on July 4 was a conspiracy and was
regarded as such by the British government and American colonials who remained
loyal to King George. If we don't believe in conspiracies, why do we celebrate
one on July 4?
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Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His books, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available (more...)

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