Paul Craig Roberts
(August 7, 2019)

The FBI has published a document that concludes that “conspiracy theories” can motivate believers to commit crimes. 

Considering the growing acceptance of pre-emptive arrest, that is, arresting someone before they can commit a crime that they are suspected of planning to commit, challenging official explanations, such as those offered for the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King or the official explanation for 9/11, can now result in monitoring by authorities with a view to finding a reason for pre-emptive arrest.  Presidents George W. Bush and Obama created the police state precedents of suspension of habeas corpus and assassination of citizens on suspicion alone without due process.  If Americans can be preemptively detained indefinitely and preemptively assassinated,  Americans can expect to be preemptively imprisoned for crimes that they did not commit.  

As Lawrence Stratton and I explained in our book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions, the historic achievement of forging law into a shield of the people is being reversed in our time as law is being reforged into a weapon in the hands of the government. 

The FBI document says that conspiracy theories “are usually at odds with official or prevailing explanations of events.”  Note the use of “official” and “prevailing.”  Official explanations are explanations provided by governments.  Prevailing explanations are the explanations that the media repeats.  Examples of official and prevailing explanations are: Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, Assad’s use of chemical weapons, Iranian nukes, Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the official explanation by the US government for the destruction of Libya.  If a person doubts official explanations such as these, that person is a “conspiracy theorist.”  


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  1. What the FBI report does, intentionally or unintentionally, is to define a conspiracist as a person who doubts official explanations. In other words, it is a way of preventing any accountability of government.

    Unintentionally??? Really!???

  2. Another staged terror event in the Walmart shooting.

    Witnesses claim that 3-4 men dressed in Black and masked shooting those people with the “lone gunman” apprehended peacefully.

    New laws already targeting people peddling conspiracy theories-it’s getting so out of hand.

  3. Why have all names of author(s) been redacted from this document? The quality of any document depends on the quality of its author(s). For example Paul Craig Roberts name is on the article about this document. One can conclude instantly that at least since he is an honest writer with integrity, he will do his best to make an honest appraisal of the subject of his piece.
    But since no names or positions are provided of the authors of this document allegedly from the FBI office in Arizona, the readers have no way of verifying anything in it. Who in the FBI wrote this document and why did they write it? Who directed them to prepare this? We can’t even verify that it indeed did come from this office because no names are provided. At least if a name was provided we might be able to discern that that individual was employed at this office and hence verify a consistency argument. We want to know the qualifications of the authors, where they graduated from College and other institutions, the quality of courses they took in basic subjects like mathematics, physics, chemistry, …other sciences and courses in crime scene investigations, etc., rules of crime scene investigations which have been developed over centuries, etc., all based on the laws of physics, other sciences and laws of causality. Without this information this document is worthless. One also wants to know who and what motivated this document. How about TRUTH? Does the search for TRUTH have any relevance to the activities of the FBI or has it degenerated to a public relations lie operation to fool a gullible and unwitting public of the real facts and truth of a situation? Why all the secrecy surrounding this document? Don’t’ we have enough secrecy already in our totally corrupt government where most FOIA requests are answered, if at all, by blank pages. Blank pages are not helpful in the search for TRUTH. How about a little RESPECT by Government to its CITIZENS for a change? Don’t you work for us? Doesn’t the money in your checks come from taxes forced from us lowly taxpayers? As Rodney Dangerfield would say, “How about a little respect for us?”
    Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics

    1. Does government like citizen volunteers? My experience and that of some others answers: No they do not. I had a friend in the military long ago about the Korea period. He related this story: When his group arrived in Germany the Sergeant spoke to a large group outside. His first question to them was: “Does anyone here know how to drive a Cadillac?” Of course many or all hands flew up. The result was all were assigned to cut grass with scissors all afternoon! This was the Army Way of discouraging anyone from volunteering for duty.
      My wife and I have lived in Athens, Georgia over 50 years. We both do things to try to improve government here although it seems the government does not appreciate our efforts most of the time. Here is one example: A few years ago the government here was planning new fire stations with fancy expensive brick buildings. I did some research to try to minimize the land costs or make more efficient use of them. My efforts were totally voluntary and totally uninvited and unappreciated by the officials in government. For example the U.S. Navy Supply Corps School owned a large track of land. I was uncertain if they already had their own fire department or what possibly hazardous materials they might store there. But if one of the city fire stations were placed there, the land would be “free” since it was already public land. A side benefit would be the added easy fire protection for the Navy School as well. This seemed to me to be a good idea and way to save on land costs which are high today.
      In doing this research I made a call to the local Navy School and clearly identified myself and the purpose of my call. A low level employee had answered the phone. He said, “excuse me” and I instantly knew he was going to get an officer to talk to me. I repeated my request to the officer but instead of honestly and promptly answering a question from a lowly U.S. Citizen, he began interrogating me as if I were some sort of criminal or something. He refused to answer anything but said I could file a FOIA request for the information. He was the assistant commander of the Navy School. He acted like he owned the place. After this conversation I sent him and his supervisor a letter expressing my displeasure with him and his response to my free efforts to make this city a better place. One of my questions was if a fire at the Navy School was reported on the public 9 l l system. So I called a 911 operator and simply asked her. She readily spilled the beans and said , “why yes, they do use this system and ask for a city fire truck in reporting a fire”. So all the efforts of this idiot officer who answered the phone were in vain on me. Anyway I wrote about a 12 page report to the government with copies to the Navy School brass and others in the community, recommending, among other things, that one of the roughly $3 million fire stations be placed on Navy School property since it would be “free” because it was already public land owned by the Federal Government. I never received any acknowledgement or reply or “thank you” to my report but I heard over the grapevine that the Navy School Commander Ruff did not like it but did not have the guts to tell me directly or face me directly. The local Commissioners like to hob nob with officer jerks dressed up in their fancy white uniforms. This was my penance for “raising my hand to drive a Cadillac” wasn’t it? These crooks further bought a lot next to our property and built one of the fanciest fire stations in Georgia there to send us a message of their dictatorial power to prevent us from ever expanding our property. This is how citizens are thanked by government when they seek to make things better and help make better government for free.

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