Nov. 22, 1963, was just an average day. I was in elementary school and was getting ready to go out on “safety patrol,” where we students would direct traffic after school.
I was putting on the bright yellow helmets and belt that included a strap across the chest that held a badge when someone came down the school’s main hall spreading the news that President John F. Kennedy has been murdered.
I wondered at the time who would want to kill him and why would someone want to do that. Now, almost 56 years later, I don’t have a clear idea about either of those answers.
Some facts about the assassination are still classified as top secret and have never been released even after more than half a century.
Yes, the Warren Commission came out with a report that a lone gunman did it, but a home movie film made of the assassination brings into question the commission’s findings.
In the 1960s, the American media and public had been programmed to regard the federal government as the sole truthteller. Those who disagreed and tried to expose official government lies were deemed crazy people who wore tinfoil hats or were somehow “unamerican.”
That changed after Kennedy’s death as millions of Americans wondered if their government had lied to them.
In 1967, to combat this growing concern about the government lying to the people, the CIA came up with a strategy to discredit skeptics by calling them “conspiracy theorists.”
In April 1967, a CIA written dispatch coined the term “conspiracy theories.” It is worth noting that this dispatch was marked “psych” – short for “psychological operations” or disinformation – and “CS” for the CIA’S “Clandestine Services” unit.
This dispatch became public knowledge in 1976 when it was released to the New York Times in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
That home movie of the Kennedy assassination appears to show four shots were fired that day when the Warren Commission determined only three shots were fired.
The term “conspiracy theory” is used dismissively to imply that any questioning of the official version of the “facts” is somehow implausible.
“Conspiracy theory” and “conspiracy theorist” have been used in a very negative connotation to silence anyone who questions the official version of the facts.
Now, the FBI is taking a new step to shut down people who disagree with what they are told by their government.
The FBI has identified conspiracy theorists as potential domestic terrorists.
Yes, people who exercise their First Amendment rights of free speech might be considered a threat to the nation, according to an FBI intelligence bulletin that has recently become public.
A May 30, 2019 FBI intelligence bulletin, describes “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists,” as a growing threat.
“The FBI assesses these conspiracy theories very likely will emerge, spread, and evolve in the modern information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts,” the document states.
The FBI bulletin adds that another factor driving the intensity of this threat is “the uncovering of real conspiracies or cover-ups involving illegal, harmful, or unconstitutional activities by government officials or leading political figures.”
This intelligence bulletin does not specify which political leaders or which cover-ups it was referencing.
Michael C. Mcgarrity, the FBI’S assistant director of the counterterrorism division, has said the bureau classifies domestic terrorism threats into four categories: racially motivated violent extremism, anti-government or anti-authority extremism, animal rights or environmental extremism, and abortion extremism.”
“This is the first FBI product examining the threat from conspiracy theorydriven domestic extremists and provides a baseline for future intelligence products,” the intelligence bulletin says.
This should be alarming to everyone no matter what his or her political views. This is the FBI on the road to becoming a very Orwellian thought police.
Who will decide what is a “conspiracy theory” and who is a “conspiracy theorist?”
Once some faceless bureaucrat deems you as a “conspiracy theorist,” the government is free to use all of its might against you — including arresting you for what you think and say.
Everyone needs to realize the chilling consequences of this for all of us.