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International Terrorism and Travel--Conspiracies

Miles Seeley, who spent his life in US intelligence, writes:

"I know nothing about Hopkins, Morgenthau etc. but I have rather extensive experience dealing with conspiracy theories. If they are alleged to take place within the government, be very skeptical. Allegations are easy, evidence that is solid is almost impossible to come by. Remember, in our system there are not only whistle-blowers, there is always the opposition party, which is most anxious to get dirt on those in office. That obviously includes the FBI, CIA, DEA, NSA and so forth. I found that secrets as grave as conspiracies are nearly impossible to keep; someone always talks."

My comment: As a mugwump, I am generally skeptical. The arguments usually concern accusations against individuals. I knew Alger Hiss, who was prominent in the government, and I had no idea that he might be subversive. He died denying it, but we are assured that there is solid proof of this. Careers have been wrecked by false accusations, so one must be very careful.

At the same time, conspiracies exist, especially outside of the government. The orchestration of a series of expensive demonstrations is evident, as the shipping of large numbers of American Indians to international conferences proves. The response of governments is interesting. They know international conferences will invite trouble, but they are held in conspicuous places, rather than is some inaccessible island. Next year's meeting of the World Economic Forum in Mexico is a case un point. It meets each year in Davos, Switzerland: Who decided to hold a meeting in Mexico, and why, is a mystery. It will provide a splendid opportunity to protest against the Fox government, to discredit it, and possibly to overthrow it. Possibly the aim is to show who is boss and not to appear frightened of a mob.

Ronald Hilton - 12/11/00