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Epstein Conspiracy Theories Are Inevitable, Good, and Necessary

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Sunday's New York Times carried a thought-provoking editorial by opinion writer at large, Charles Warzel. It was entitled, "Epstein Suicide Conspiracies Show How Our Information System Is Poisoned." The article lamented the power of Twitter and other social media to spread toxic conspiracy theories reflecting our current culture's worst "choose your own reality" tendencies.

According to Warzel, Twitter and other versions of social media have actually "outmatched" the power of the mainstream media (MSM). And this, to such an extent that an FBI field office recently identified fringe conspiracy theories as a domestic terror threat.

Warzel illustrated his point by focusing on Twitter's unfounded speculation regarding the Clintons' involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein "suicide" and on President Trump's role in advancing the theory. The editorial complained about resulting "dueling hashtags" with their viral accusations of foul play.

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The unexpressed message of the Warzel piece seemed to be that conspiracy theories are bad in themselves and that one would do better to simply accept the more reasonable official story emanating from the CIA, FBI, and prison officials that Epstein actually did commit suicide as explained by those official sources. Fevered accusations of foul play are ipso facto unreasonable.

Others whose opinions have appeared in sources such as OpEdNews have made that point more explicitly. Forget exciting conspiracies, they cautioned, simply accept the boring reality that Epstein killed himself just as we've been told.

The point I wish to make here strongly disagrees. I contend that in cases like Epstein's mysterious death, conspiracy theories are not only good; they are inevitable and necessary. Additionally, the overwhelming power of Twitter and other social media to "outmatch" that of mainstream media represents the public's healthy recognition of the fact that the government officials and the MSM (like The New York Times) are no longer reliable. Their "official stories" must be presumed false unless otherwise demonstrated by irrefutable evidence. Such evidence will come to light not by internal investigations, but by full legal process involving (yes!) conspiracy theories, discovery and trial.

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"Conspiracy" Is A Legal Category

My first point is to recognize the fact that the term "conspiracy" is not synonymous with fiction or paranoid fantasy. It is a legal term referring to the crime that occurs when two or more people plan actions forbidden by law. In other words, criminal conspiracies happen all the time. People go to jail for them.

In fact, "conspiracy theories" are routinely employed by prosecutors who use them to initiate investigations when such crime is suspected. Without lawyers' conspiracy theories, there would never be any criminal trials involving two or more suspects.

With such theories in mind, prosecutors gather evidence. Some of it is circumstantial or inferential (it's usually what sparks legal inquiry). Other evidence constitutes direct or "smoking gun verification. Juries and judges evaluate evidence of both kinds. When it is convincing beyond reasonable doubt (based on direct and/or circumstantial evidence), the legal system convicts conspirators and sentences them accordingly.

The bottom line here: It does not discredit a theory to call it "conspiratorial."

Official Stories Are Suspect

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My second point is that the public has not merely good, but excellent reason to discount official theories about, well, EVERYTHING! Think about:

  • Iraq and Colin Powell's testimony before the United Nations about the certainty of Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction
  • The New York Times' endorsement of his testimony as "masterful and compelling"
  • The Times support of the subsequent Iraq War with more than one million senseless casualties
  • The literally thousands of obvious lies that our current chief executive has uttered and how he adds to them each day
  • Secretary of State (and former CIA chief), Mike Pompeo's boastful admission that he and the agency he formerly headed lie, cheat, and steal on a routine basis. In fact, he said, the CIA sponsors whole courses for its agents on how to do so effectively. (Imagine a witness at trial admitting on stand that he is an inveterate liar. Would his testimony be taken seriously?)
  • The testimony of numerous CIA defectors revealing that the CIA has routinely conspired to assassinate heads of state and others considered enemies or persons who know too much

Epstein's Death Is Welcome

My third point is that there exists reasonable circumstantial and direct motive for suspecting that important people had good cause to want Jeffrey Epstein dead and that he may well have been murdered accordingly. Indication that Epstein had bribery-worthy information on important people is indicated by the facts that:

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As a Great Man once said, "Fool me once . . ."

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"The article lamented the power of Twitter and other social media to spread toxic conspiracy theories reflecting our current culture's worst 'choose your own reality' tendencies."

Naturally, whatever good this NYT article might have contained was only used as a packaging for the usual message the mainstream continues to try to pound into everyone's brains - "We must control what is being said over social media."

It is the mainstream that is poisoning the well, and has been for some time now, with this kind of BS. People who don't see how this diabolical message is being spread by the likes of the NYT need to bloody well WAKE UP!

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Well said, Advocate.

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Here's Caitlin's recent take...

The Epstein Case: Everyone's a Conspiracy Theorist

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And, from Patrick Martin, who's always a "must read"...

Why is the media dismissing questions about Jeffrey Epstein's death as "conspiracy theories"?

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Thank you for the links, DA!

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There are so many conspiracy theories because it's becoming more obvious to all (perhaps thanks to the internet) that this corporatized, highly-privatized government simply cannot be trusted.


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All theories are "conspiracy" theories. There's a conspiracy of postulates that form the basis of a theory. That's what a theory is.

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Yes. As I understand it, theory is about making connections between apparently disparate phenomena to make sense of the world. That's how human intelligence is demonstrated as well. Therefore so-called conspiracy theories about the Epstein case look at all the known facts in the light of history and human experience in general, and connects them in a narrative that makes sense beyond reasonable doubt. That's what good thinking and analysis is.

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They've given us this fantastic murder mystery. Who knows, maybe it was "Mr. Pedo killed himself in the cell with the bedsheet" as they say, but there are all these disparate clues lying around all over the place, just inviting anyone paying attention to pick them up, put them together and draw their own conclusions.

I saw a comment somewhere the other day that when they piss on our backs, we can go along and pretend that it is just raining, but when they piss in our faces, we cannot ignore it.

I don't know whether the sloppiness that feeds this is simple arrogance due to how much power they have over us or actual distress among the power elite who are now starting to kill each other. The shrieking about "conspiracy theories" only makes it worse for them, so I suspect the latter, though as things heat up it may look like the former for a while.

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The control freak ruling class is in a state of panic over what the internet has unleashed in the way of independent thought among the masses. They are desperately trying to put the lid back on what was for a time their near total ability to control public perceptions. It is heartening to see their efforts failing miserably.

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Yes, and all of us who support OEN are part of this thankfully subversive process.

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It should be a civic duty to be a conspiracy theorist considering how our rogue government has never once told us the truth about anything and has consistently shown itself as the world's leading aggressor.

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Well put. By vilifying "conspiracy theory," the CIA and MSM want us to stop thinking subversive thoughts and recognizing what's being done to us behind our backs and sometimes -- as with Mr. Epstein -- before our very eyes.

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There are a lot of conspiracy theories that are conspiracy FACTS!!

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Exactly. A real conspiracy theory is anything that persists after it has been demonstrated to be false by science and rational analysis. That 9/11 happened with US complicity is not a conspitracy theory, it's a very legitimate question with real probability of truth; that the world was invented 10,000 years ago is what a real conspiracy theory looks like.

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