The US State Department’s America.gov web site, which purports to engage international audiences on issues of foreign policy, society and values, has dedicated a special section to conspiracy theories and misinformation, claiming:
“Conspiracy theories exist in the realm of myth, where imaginations run wild, fears trump facts, and evidence is ignored. As a superpower, the United States is often cast as a villain in these dramas.”
Some of the conspiratorial myths “officially” debunked by the State Department include:
The US military’s use of depleted uranium in combat and comparing this to radioactivity from detonations of nuclear weapons.
“Uranium evokes very powerful fears. It is associated with atomic weapons, mass annihilation, radiation sickness, cancer and birth defects. Depleted uranium evokes these same fears, despite the fact that it has been depleted of much of its radioactivity. Even if you accept this fact, your fear-based associations can be more powerful than logic and facts. Compare how you feel about tungsten to how you feel about depleted uranium. Both are heavy metals, but â€œdepleted uraniumâ€ might sound scarier to you.”
Never mind that the World Health Organization says that depleted uranium is weakly radioactive and a radiation dose from it would be about 60% of that from purified natural uranium with the same mass. It’s only 60% as radioactive as the real stuff, so it’s safe to use in weapons systems we’re lobbing into neighborhoods in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The employment of economic hit men to entrap countries in huge amounts of debt.
“Economic conspiracy theories are often based on the false, but popular, idea that powerful individuals are motivated overwhelmingly by their desire for wealth, rather than the wide variety of human motivations we all experience. (This one-dimensional, cartoonish view of human nature is at the heart of Marxist ideology, which once held hundreds of millions under its sway.)”
“One fantasy, reflecting this simplistic, unimaginative way of interpreting human events, falsely claims that U.S. national security agencies employ â€œeconomic hit menâ€ to entrap countries with huge amounts of debt.”
“Within the United States, those who fear international influences may believe false stories that, with Canada and Mexico, the United States is replacing the dollar with a new â€œAmeroâ€ currency, patterned after the Euro, or that the United States is sacrificing its sovereignty to an imaginary â€œNorth American Union.â€
Two words: Goldman Sachs.
And, while the Amero may not be a reality now, there is only one way that the United States is going to pay off the national debt that our domestic economic hit men have strapped us with, and this is through either devaluation or all out default. In both cases the US dollar as we know it today will be completely destroyed and a new currency system will be required. Call it a theory, we think it’s fact, and if they’re doing it to our own country, why would they not do it to third-world foreigners?
The State Department has also made efforts to debunk the myth that President Obama is not a US citizen.
“Today, some conspiracy theorists falsely claim President Obama was not born in the United States, making him ineligible to be president. However, there is no doubt that he was born in Hawaii.”
There may be no doubt in the minds of those appointed to their posts by President Obama or those hired to write the State Departments debunking blogs, but millions of Americans question the President’s eligibility to serve for a number of reasons that include his failure to provide a legitimate Certificate of Live Birth issued by the State of Hawaii, his inability to explain his trip to Pakistan in the 1980’s when holders of US passports were not allowed into the country, and most recently, his use of a social security number issued only for residents of the State of Connecticut, in which he never lived.
No government debunking of conspiracy myths would be complete without discussion of September 11th:
Dramatic, polarizing events often give rise to conspiracy theories, and the September 11 attacks were the most dramatic terrorist attacks in history. Nonsense about them abounds, especially in the popular video â€œLoose Change.â€
See â€œThe Top September 11 Conspiracy Theoriesâ€ for an overview. There was no â€œcontrolled demolitionâ€ of the World Trade Center towers. Instead, the unprecedented attack by hijacked airliners full of jet fuel destroyed support pillars, loosened fireproofing insulation, and ignited fires that destroyed the twin towers. The collapse of the north tower heavily damaged World Trade Center 7, igniting fires and causing its collapse.
A hijacked plane, not a cruise missile, hit the Pentagon, as detailed in a photo gallery. Four thousand Jews did not miss work at the World Trade Center on September 11. And al-Qaida has admitted, many times, that it carried out the attacks.
At the risk of sounding like Debra Medina Truthers, we’ll refrain from arguing every point, however we’d like to point out to those of our readers who have not yet viewed the popular video “Loose Change,” that they take the time to do so before swallowing this nine sentence so-called debunking of the largest crime in American history.
If nothing else, we’d suggest to readers that there are many questions that went unanswered about 9/11 which include, but are not limited to, over fifty (50) missing closed circuit videos around the Pentagon that were never released to the public and the fact the Osama Bin Laden was never officially implicated for his role in the September 11th WTC plot.
A couple of conspiracies which were considered myths at the time of their occurrence, yet were not debunked by the State Department’s new web site include the Gulf of Tonkin incident which lead to the Vietnam war and the CIA drug transportation rings of the 1980’s. Because of the overwhelming evidence that was uncovered by independent researchers and reluctantly released by the government, these myths and fantasies eventually became realities.
We wonder if the US government may be rushing to judgment about wild imaginations and irrational fears when they have failed to answer simple questions regarding many of the conspiracy “theories” above. Naturally, many of these will remain theories until the facts are openly provided to those requesting the information, at which point they will either be conspiracy fact or non-truths.
For the time being, those who seek the truth will likely remain baffled, confused and misdirected, much like the magic bullet that killed JFK, because any good conspiracy creates a web of illegible disinformation and misinformation, not from those looking for answers, but by those who have the power to provide them.
“What is it men cannot be made to believe!”
April 22, 1786