Abe Lincoln on "Conspiracy Theories"

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[from INDISPENSABLE ENEMIES The Politics of Misrule in America
by Walter Karp, page 117]

....One more point needs to be made here: some people, I suspect, will object to the preceding analysis as grossly "conspiratorial" or "paranoid," as the cant phrases go. This is as good a place as any to clear the air. When it can be established that a number of political acts work in concert to produce a certain result, the presumption is strong that the actors were aiming at the result in question. When it can be shown, in addition, that the actors have an interest in producing those results, the presumption becomes a fair certainty.. No conspiracy theory is required. It is common sense applied to the actual deeds of men without recourse to begged questions about the character of the actors, for in politics, as I have said, we judge the character of men by their deeds and not their deeds by presumptions about their character. On the other hand, those who make blanket condemnations of "conspiracy theories" base their own view on a farfetched theory indeed, namely that whatever those in high office actually do, they are essentially men of goodwill. According to this school of special pleading -- the "King can do no wrong" doctine suitably updated -- it is entirely proper to praise an American President for skillfully engineering some desirable result, but to note the same skillful engineering of an indefensible one is to fall victim to "political paranoia" and "conspiratorial fetishism" on a par with subscribing to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

A good antidote to this infectious nonsense may be found in reading a speech delivered in 1858 by a man who would later become President of the United States. In that speech the orator describes in minute detail a complex series of acts taken by the then current party powers to legitimize the extension of slavery. He shows, for example, how those who passed the Nebraska Act of 1854 had put into it certain seemingly innocuous phrases which became, in his words, an "exact niche" for the Dred Scott decision, a decision which, he also shows, was well known in advance to the power wielders. After describing these and related actions in dense and remorseless detail, the speaker then concluded: "We cannot absolutely know that all these exact adaptations are the result of preconcert. But when we see a lot of framed timbers...joined together and see they exactly make the frame of a house or a mill, all the tenons and mortices exactly fitting...we find it impossible not to believe that [the ruling politicians] all understood each other from the beginning and all worked on a common plan." If, after reading this speech, anyone is still ready to denounce as paranoid the political analysis of political deeds, he will have to admit that Abraham Lincoln was suffering from "conspiratorial fetishism" and that when he called upon his fellow citizens, in his words, to "meet and overthrow the present ruling dynasty" he labored under the paranoid delusion that the dynasts had been acting together....


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Daniel Sunjata interviewed by Eric Deggans, media critic of the St. Petersburg Times.

The interview appears on TampaBay.com on his blog entitled "The Feed." 4/6/09:

....when critics asked the minds behind FX's blockbuster firefighter drama Rescue Me about the inspiration for a storyline where one of the guys insists the 9/11 terrorist attacks was an inside job, they simply pointed to cast member Daniel Sunjata, who plays Franco.

That's because Sunjata, a buff, accomplished actor who has played everyone from Reggie Jackson to Langston Hughes, believes a faction in the American government pulled off the attack.

"There’s alternative theories about what really happened on 9/11," he told TV critics in January. "They’re not discussed a lot in the press....


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(From the Introduction to NOTHING TO FEAR, FDR's inner circle and the hundred days that created modern America, by Adam Cohen (2009)


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Actor and activist Ed Asner has signed the Architects and Engineers for 911Truth (AE911Truth) online petition and sent a letter of support.

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October 6, 2008

To Whom It May Concern:

I would like to thank Richard Gage, AIA and Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth for presenting the scientific facts behind the unprecedented destruction of the World Trade Center Twin Towers and Building 7. AE911Truth presents solid research that contradicts the official story of the building's destruction with the overwhelming evidence of explosive controlled demolition.

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a word to call the defenders of the official conspiracy would be "magicians," since they seem to be able to pul a rabbit out of a hat, make a building fall from a mere scratch, or a few matchsticks. Walla! A contest would be in order to find the best name for them.