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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Daniel Ellsberg: “Secrets ... Can Be Kept Reliably ... For Decades … Even Though They Are Known to THOUSANDS of Insiders”

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Judges, prosecutors and journalists all know that collusion happens every day. As I noted last year:
Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme was a conspiracy. The heads of Enron were found guilty of conspiracy, as was the head of Adelphia. Numerous lower-level government officials have been found guilty of conspiracy. See this, this, this, this and this.

Time Magazine's financial columnist Justin Fox writes:

Some financial market conspiracies are real ...
Most good investigative reporters are conspiracy theorists, by the way.
Indeed, conspiracies are so common that judges are trained to look at conspiracy allegations as just another legal claim to be disproven or proven by the evidence.

As I pointed out in 2009:
Federal and all 50 state's codes include specific statutes addressing conspiracy, and providing the punishment for people who commit conspiracies.
is a very well-recognized crime in American law, taught to every
first-year law school student as part of their basic curriculum.
Telling a judge that someone has a 'conspiracy theory' would be like
telling him that someone is claiming that he trespassed on their
property, or committed assault, or stole his car. It is a fundamental
legal concept.
Obviously, many
conspiracy allegations are false (if you see a judge at a dinner
party, ask him to tell you some of the crazy conspiracy allegations
which were made in his court). Obviously, people will
either win or lose in court depending on whether or not they can prove
their claim with the available evidence. But not all allegations of trespass, assault, or theft are true, either.

a claim of conspiracy is no different from proving any other legal
claim, and the mere label 'conspiracy' is taken no less seriously by
Indeed, even Obama's information tzar - who advocates using the power of the state to shut down talk of conspiracies - admits:
conspiracy theories, under our definition, have turned out to be true
... The Watergate hotel room used by Democratic National Committee was,
in fact, bugged by Republican officials, operating at the behest of
the White House. In the 1950s, the CIA did, in fact, administer LSD and
related drugs under Project MKULTRA, in an effort to investigate the
possibility of 'mind control.'” [This post isn't going down the rabbit hole of mind control.]
Can't Hide It
accusing Goldman Sachs, Dick Cheney or some other powerful people of
conspiring to enrich their interests are often met with the argument
that 'someone would have spilled the beans' if there had really been a
But famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg explains:
is a commonplace that 'you can't keep secrets in Washington' or 'in a
democracy, no matter how sensitive the secret, you're likely to read
it the next day in the New York Times.' These truisms are flatly
false. They are in fact cover stories, ways of flattering and
misleading journalists and their readers, part of the process of
keeping secrets well. Of course eventually many secrets do get out
that wouldn't in a fully totalitarian society. But the fact is that
the overwhelming majority of secrets do not leak to the American
public. This is true even when the information withheld is well known
to an enemy and when it is clearly essential to the functioning of the
congressional war power and to any democratic control of foreign
policy. The reality unknown to the public and to most members of
Congress and the press is that secrets
that would be of the greatest import to many of them can be kept from
them reliably for decades by the executive branch, even though they
are known to thousands of insiders
History proves Ellsberg right. For example:
  • A BBC documentary shows that:
was "a planned coup in the USA in 1933 by a group of right-wing
American businessmen . . . . The coup was aimed at toppling President
Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The
plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families
in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse &
George Bush’s Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should
adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great
Moreover, 'the tycoons told General Butler the American people would accept the new government because they controlled all the newspapers.'
Have you ever heard of this conspiracy before? It was certainly a
very large one. And if the conspirators controlled the newspapers then, how much worse is it today with media consolidation?
  • The government's spying on Americans began before 9/11 (confirmed here and here. And see this.) But the public didn't learn about it until many years later. Indeed, the the New York Times delayed the story so that it would not affect the outcome of the 2004 presidential election
  • The decision to launch the Iraq war was made before 9/11. Indeed, former CIA director George Tenet said that the White House wanted to invade Iraq long before 9/11, and inserted 'crap' in its justifications for invading Iraq. Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill - who sat on the National Security Council - also says that Bush planned the Iraq war before 9/11. And top British officials say that the U.S. discussed Iraq regime change one month after Bush took office. Dick Cheney apparently even made Iraqi's oil fields a national security priority before 9/11. And it has now been shown that a handful of people
    were responsible for willfully ignoring the evidence that Iraq lacked
    weapons of mass destruction. These facts have only been publicly
    disclosed recently
These examples show that it is possible to keep conspiracies secret for a long time, without anyone 'spilling the beans'.


anyone who knows how covert military operations work, it is obvious
that segmentation on a 'need-to-know basis', along with deference to
command hierarchy, means that a couple of top dogs can call the shots
and most people helping won't even know the big picture.

those who think that co-conspirators will brag about their deeds are
forget that people in the military or intelligence or who have huge
sums of money on the line can be very disciplined. They are not likely
to go to the bar and spill the beans like a down-on-their-luck,
second-rate alcoholic robber might do.

Finally, people who carry
out covert operations may do so for ideological reasons -- believing
that the 'ends justify the means'. Never underestimate the conviction
of an idealogue.
'All Wars Are Based on Propaganda'

Tom Brokaw notes:
All wars are based on propaganda.
There are numerous examples, such as dressing corpses in fake uniforms and planting false intelligence on them to mislead enemies.
In addition, governments from around the world have admitted to
false flag terror. In all of these cases, more than a handful of
people were involved in planning, funding and carrying out the
attacks. And yet no one spilled the beans or – if someone did – they
were not believed.

For example:
  • The CIA admits
    that it hired Iranians in the 1950's to pose as Communists and stage
    bombings in Iran in order to turn the country against its
    democratically-elected prime minister
  • Israel admits
    that an Israeli terrorist cell operating in Egypt planted bombs in
    several buildings, including U.S. diplomatic facilities, then left
    behind 'evidence' implicating the Arabs as the culprits (one of the
    bombs detonated prematurely, allowing the Egyptians to identify the
    bombers, and several of the Israelis later confessed) (and see this and this)
  • As admitted by
    the U.S. government, recently declassified documents show that in
    the 1960's, the American Joint Chiefs of Staff signed off on a plan
    to blow up AMERICAN airplanes (using an elaborate plan involving the switching of airplanes), and also to commit terrorist acts on American soil, and then to blame it on the Cubans in order to justify an invasion of Cuba. See the following ABC news report; the official documents; and watch this interview with
    the former Washington Investigative Producer for ABC's World News
    Tonight with Peter Jennings. Official State Department documents show
    that - only nine months before - the head of the Joint Chiefs of
    Staff and other high-level officials discussed blowing up a consulate in the Dominican Republic in order to justify an invasion of that country. (
    the Joint Chiefs of Staff pushed as a serious proposal for Operation
    Northwoods to be carried out, cooler heads fortunately prevailed;
    President Kennedy or his Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara
    apparently vetoed the plan)
  • The South African Truth and Reconciliation Council found
    that, in 1989, the Civil Cooperation Bureau (a covert branch of the
    South African Defense Force) approached an explosives expert and
    asked him 'to participate in an operation aimed at discrediting
    the ANC [the African National Congress] by bombing the police vehicle
    of the investigating officer into the murder incident', thus
    framing the ANC for the bombing
  • An Algerian diplomat and several officers in the Algerian army admit
    that, in the 1990s, the Algerian army frequently massacred Algerian
    civilians and then blamed Islamic militants for the killings (and see
    this video; and Agence France-Presse, 9/27/2002, French Court Dismisses Algerian Defamation Suit Against Author)
  • Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Hugh Shelton says that a Clinton cabinet member proposed letting Saddam kill an American pilot as a pretext for war in Iraq (and see this)
  • According to the Washington Post, Indonesian police admit that
    the Indonesian military killed American teachers in Papua in 2002
    and blamed the murders on a Papuan separatist group in order to get
    that group listed as a terrorist organization.
  • The well-respected former Indonesian president also admits that the government probably had a role in the Bali bombings
  • As reported by BBC, the New York Times, and Associated Press, Macedonian officials admit
    that the government murdered 7 innocent immigrants in cold blood and
    pretended that they were Al Qaeda soldiers attempting to assassinate
    Macedonian police, in order to join the 'war on terror'.
  • Former Department of Justice lawyer John Yoo suggested
    in 2005 that the US should go on the offensive against al-Qaeda,
    having “our intelligence agencies create a false terrorist
    organization. It could have its own websites, recruitment centers,
    training camps, and fundraising operations. It could launch fake
    terrorist operations and claim credit for real terrorist strikes,
    helping to sow confusion within al-Qaeda’s ranks, causing operatives to
    doubt others’ identities and to question the validity of
  • United Press International reported in June 2005:
    intelligence officers are reporting that some of the insurgents in
    Iraq are using recent-model Beretta 92 pistols, but the pistols seem
    to have had their serial numbers erased. The numbers do not appear to
    have been physically removed; the pistols seem to have come off a
    production line without any serial numbers. Analysts suggest the lack
    of serial numbers indicates that the weapons were intended for
    intelligence operations or terrorist cells with substantial government
    backing. Analysts speculate that these guns are probably from either
    Mossad or the CIA. Analysts
    speculate that agent provocateurs may be using the untraceable weapons
    even as U.S. authorities use insurgent attacks against civilians as
    evidence of the illegitimacy of the resistance
  • Quebec police admitted that, in 2007, thugs carrying rocks to a peaceful protest were actually undercover Quebec police officers
  • At the G20 protests in London in 2009, a British member of parliament saw plain clothes police officers attempting to incite the crowd to violence
  • There are many other instances of false flag attacks used throughout history proven by the historical evidence. See this, this and this.
summary, the claim that conspiracies couldn't have happened or else we
would have known when someone bragged about their deeds completely

Conspiracies are generally not discovered unless the facts are aggressively investigated and prosecuted.


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