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Clyde Lewis | November 15, 2019
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Throughout conflicts between the political parties, the question of language and communication looms crucial. The language that is used by each party helps define the terms of the conflict, interests, and objectives. A key factor in conflicts is information which, if misleading or false, can lead to misperceptions about the parties, their objectives, and strategies.

The impeachment circus is simply a framing war and that in a framing war you will not only be lied to but you will also be given information that will most certainly fortify your bias.

Due to the powerful effects of television, news images, and its impact on its audience, it becomes increasingly easier to distract people from the facts and frame the narrative in a way that spins a lie or a conspiracy theory to implicate someone or to create a scapegoat.

From there, social media takes over and while it can be used as a magnifying glass for a framed narrative provided by the mainstream, it is countered by other conspiracy yarns that are compelling and complex.

The mainstream media in its framing war will tell you that conspiracy theories are divisive, dangerous, and even, evil. The term ‘conspiracy theory’ has long been used to discredit anyone pointing out collusion between powerful people, but efforts to pathologize dissent as ‘conspiracism’ are doomed to collapse under the weight of reality.

If you can get past the common throw around “catch-all” of the Illuminati being involved with everything and that space aliens brought down The World Trade Center, it is no secret that the fringe subcultures, conspiracy historians, and free-thinking bloggers have been responsible for changing world views.

The government now sees it as a threat and the propaganda that is flowing out of think tanks and universities is coming directly from professors who have no trouble telling their students that conspiracy theory leads to terrorism.

Psychologists are beginning to term, “conspiracy theory” as somewhat of an intellectual vice. They claim that it is up there with dogmatism, gullibility, and close-mindedness which leads to extreme thinking.

But is it all that extreme?

In this era of political power grabs and destabilization ploys that there is a deeper and more insidious truth and that is politicians and most authority figures, including police officers today make it a point to lie about their lies.

It is naïve to believe that we are never lied to and to equate questioning the movements of government with the idea that it could lead to radicalization is a ploy to convince others that those who question the establishment are more than likely capable of becoming radicalized or a domestic terrorist.

The term “received wisdom” from any source especially from a government should be taken into a critical view. It is also equally important to be critical of conspiracy theory.

I have said many times that conspiracy theory is merely theory until there are many facts to back up those theories. When theories are proven to be correct we immediately understand them to be fact regardless of what the so-called consensus dictates.

However, to not question what your government is doing, or to not question authority means that we are to develop some form of myopic blind trust about political affairs and major events that affect all of us.

The worst naiveté is to believe that politicians would never lie. The denial is in believing that they are at our service and not at the bidding of big-money lobbyists and financiers. Furthermore, trusting the government in all things gives an excuse to abuse and take advantage of the good nature of most Americans.

The question is, are there really people in the United States that believe that the CIA and the intelligence apparatus would never lie or lie about their lies? If there weren’t questions of conspiracy theories about the alphabet agencies we would then believe that their sole job is to protect the national security and do whatever is necessary to protect freedom here at home, instead of participating in destabilizing governments abroad.

If the government wants to see conspiracy theorists maligned and eventually shut down, they would be able to control how we view the Pentagon and the defense industry. They would be able to convince you without rebellion or questioning that they have been established to altruistically secure the blessings of liberty.

Forgive me if my sarcasm and cynicism doesn’t take over at this point and that I thank God that I have the ability to question and counter what lies my government wants me to believe.

The biggest lie of all is that the FBI and police forces are only interested in altruistically stopping evil or even predatory criminals who use the legal system to their benefit.

Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s sweetheart deal, given an open-door 13-month sentence despite evidence of abusing and trafficking scores of girls, the machinations of the so-called Deep State and the CIA’s fomenting of coups around the world is just the tip of a massive iceberg.

However, we are told in the framing war that none of this exists except in the minds of crazy or backward people, yet the state continues to spin its own conspiracy theories in order to benefit their own various agendas.

Conspiracy theorists are always accused of being nationalists, dog whistlers, belligerent combatants, anti-Semitic and racist.

While there are well-known conspiracy theories that include racist or anti-Semitic talking points. The not-so-subtle inclusion of the word “racism” with regards to conspiracy theory is another convenient way to slime anyone poking around behind the facade of power or deny there is such a facade at all.

The word “conspiracism,” is a term first coined in the 1980s to describe the pervasiveness of conspiracy theories is actually a clandestine way of describing conspiracy theorists as victims of mass psychosis

‘Conspiracy theory’ has become the go-to shorthand in the mainstream media for inconvenient outbreaks of political dissent.

CNN’s Jim Acosta claimed that the idea professed by President Donald Trump and many independent journalists that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election on behalf of the DNC was all conspiracy theory.

CNN’s Chris Cillizza applied the same argument to Trump’s claim that Google was suppressing conservative news outlets in its search results, a claim echoed by many right-leaning social media users.

But the mainstream media also reported on Ukrainian involvement in the 2016 election, and multiple Google whistleblowers have come forward to confirm the search giant does, in fact, suppress right-leaning sources in its news searches.

Meanwhile, truly unhinged conspiracy theories blaming Russia for any vote that doesn’t go the way the US government likes as well as political dissent both abroad and at home are passed off as real news.

The mainstream media spent so much time peddling fantasies like the “Russian collusion” delusion which dominated headlines for three years in the absence of concrete evidence before dying an embarrassing death. For years, we reported that it was a flawed conspiracy theory regardless of political framing and extreme left leaners were at odds calling everyone who questioned Russian sympathizers.

Were all of the trolls on Facebook big enough to apologize for being dead wrong and following a framed narrative that was flawed?

No, but what happened was that trust in ‘journalism’ hit record lows.

The abundance of real conspiracies behind many of the turning points of recent history – Watergate, the Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction” hoax, and the CIA arming and training terrorist “Mujahideen” in Afghanistan to fight the Soviet Union being just a few examples is rarely mentioned amidst the endless mockery of those tinfoil-hat clanks who believe the rich and powerful are working together behind the scenes.

Even some mainstream journalists see through the tripe they’re asked to report, as Project VERITAS’ recent leak of an ABC reporter calling out a conspiracy to suppress her story on suspiciously-deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein proved. A media apparatus that can’t even fool the people on its payroll is in a sad state indeed.

However, sweet revenge has been had with a meme that has been racing around the internet and has splashed inconveniently into the mainstream.

It’s like a billboard for disillusionment and mistrust, and it’s everywhere: “Epstein didn’t kill himself.” The phrase has been slapped on beer cans, printed on sweatshirts, blurted as a nonsequitur in cable news interviews, scrawled on posters held up at Southern college football games and on San Francisco bar bathroom walls cramped with Sharpied phone numbers and profanity. It’s been not-so-secretly spelled out in the impeachment-related tweets of Representative Paul Gosar.

It has been showing up on dating apps – it is the bi-partisan conspiracy theory that everyone, both left and right, agrees on.

Jeffery Epstein didn’t kill himself.

Billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein died in jail in August while waiting to be tried for trafficking minors. Epstein had been facing allegations of sex trafficking and sexual abuse of dozens of girls, some as young as 14, for over a decade. In 2008 he served 13 months in jail after pleading guilty to soliciting sex from a minor. He consorted with many powerful men, including presidents Trump and Clinton, and his likely conviction was poised to be the #MeToo movement’s biggest public victory since Harvey Weinstein.

Then, while the guards outside his door slept, he suffered fatal injuries to his neck that New York City’s chief medical examiner, Barbara Samson, ruled suicide.

As soon as news of Epstein’s death broke, people were suspicious. Trump suggested Epstein was killed for having dirt on Clinton. New York City mayor Bill DiBlasio and Democratic representative Al Green expressed doubts as well. The equal-but-opposite #TrumpBodyCount and #ClintonBodyCount both trended on Twitter. “Even mainstream journalists were teasing that he had been murdered, teasing the conspiracy and not trying to discredit the meme at all.

Nobody’s saying Epstein’s death isn’t weird. In fact, it’s because it’s so weird that it’s become a widespread meme — it is a consensus conspiracy theory.

According to a Rasmussen poll, less than a third of Americans believe that Epstein committed suicide.

If the Epstein memes mean anything, it’s that the American public is deeply suspicious of the closed rooms and dark fringes that seem to encircle and control their world. The details of Epstein’s death, alone in a camera-less room guarded by two unconscious men, are permanently, astonishingly unknowable.

And yet there are psychologists and political analysts that claim that conspiracy theories are pathological and that they harm people – the only thing a conspiracy theory harms is the framed narrative and if that narrative is trampled upon – the media decides to manufacture concern and drags out paid spokespeople to back up their opinions.

Powerful people and intelligence agencies who don’t want the masses probing their misdeeds are aware they have a crisis of credibility on their hands. Even the FBI, in a memo warning agents that conspiracy theorists (like literally everyone else) are dangerous liars , had to admit that the “uncovering of real conspiracies or cover-ups involving illegal, harmful, or unconstitutional activities by government officials or leading political figures” might be behind the outbreak of conspiracy theorizing that had seized the nation.

In other words, conspiracy theories are everywhere because conspiracies are everywhere.

The tradition of labeling ideas conspiracy theories to discredit them is itself a documented conspiracy.

The term was weaponized in 1967 in a CIA memo about how to quash criticism of the Warren Report, the product of the government investigation into President John F. Kennedy’s murder.

The memo laments that some 46 percent of Americans did not believe the assassin acted alone, and details how the agency might “counter and discredit the claims of the conspiracy theorists” suggesting others were involved. It recommends “employing propaganda assets to refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose.”

The CIA had infiltrated mainstream media through its Operation Mockingbird, paying or even planting journalists to push favorable viewpoints, and a flood of articles denouncing ‘conspiracy theorists’ followed, pushing the term into the popular lexicon.

Nothing has changed – even though the Church Hearings exposed the Deep State agents pushing the false narratives and propaganda – there are now ex CIA operatives that are being used as consultants for many of the cable news networks.

Many of these intelligence men are actually behind the framing of the impeachment debacle. They were also responsible for the Russian collusion conspiracy theory that again mysteriously disappeared; something that should be called an intelligence failure right up there with weapons of mass destruction or babies being thrown out of incubators. We have heard them all from the mouth of the Deep State.

Last year, former CIA director John Brennan became a contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. Brennan’s official title was hired on as a National Security and Intelligence analyst.

Brennan, played a key role in the construction of the establishment’s Russia narrative. Brennan was not their only intelligence op being used as a narrative framer.

CIA and DoD Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash is also on the NBC/MSNBC lineup as well as NBC Intelligence/National Security reporter and known CIA collaborator, Ken Dilanian.

Former Director of National Intelligence, Russiagate architect James Clapper was welcomed to the CNN “family” in 2017 by Chris Cuomo and now routinely appears as an expert analyst for the network.

CNN also hired a national security analyst Michael Hayden, who has served as CIA Director, NSA Director, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and an Air Force general.

They take delight in conspiracy shaming – that is, if the conspiracy theory does not fit their haphazard narrative.

Conspiracy-shaming is a weak weapon. People are much less likely to look for conspiratorial explanations if the “facts” presented by the media make sense. But if mainstream narratives continue to decline in believability, pretty soon people will be dismissing establishment journalists as “coincidence theorists.”

There are things we see that raise questions, that are unexplained. This does not necessarily mean that there is a conspiracy, and having questions or doubts about a story that you are being told does not mean you are a conspiracy theorist. All it means is that you have doubts based upon how you have been treated or upon how you have observed past behaviors and conditions, doubts that suggest to you that you may not be getting the entire story.

Everything that happens around us isn’t always accidental, and to believe that all things in history are accidental is a bit naïve. The accidental view of history has now been reinforced by the controlled mass media. As a result, when most discover the conspiratorial view of history, the immediate reaction is shock, disbelief and a refusal to accept something other than what they’ve been taught to believe.

The mainstream media wants to convince you that the reporters they select to speak to you on radio and television are good people. They want you to believe that they can be trusted, that they are like friends. There have been many news agencies that have been groomed by consultants and focus groups to put forth an image of “family” meaning that the news team is a part of your family, and that as a part of your family they would do nothing to deceive you or otherwise manipulate you.

But that fact is they are strangers, who are highly paid to parrot the views of the Pentagon, to nourish the political polarization, and create the public Hegelian dialectic of “problem, reaction, solution.”

We put our trust in perfect strangers every day to tell us that everything is all right. We do it without thinking. We don’t question and unfortunately we accept it as consensus “truth.”

It would be disingenuous to say that you should trust all conspiracy theorists because they are also strangers and now we have conspiracy theories that are being generated as counter-propaganda that is quite literally written up by the same intelligence ops that are not so overt.

More and more of the outlets from which Americans get their information are being filled not just with garden variety establishment loyalists, but with longstanding members of the U.S. intelligence community which could very well be operatives of the Deep State conspiracy that wishes to dismantle the operations of the United States government in favor of a globalist option.

This includes social media – we need to admit that when conspiracy theory becomes flattened into a quick, shareable phrase—like “911 was an inside job” – or “Jeffery Epstein didn’t kill himself” you have to ask – how do these sound bites go viral so quickly?

Is it algorithms or is it well placed by intelligence operators working against the Deep state? Is it foreign intelligence? This is the complexity of what makes conspiracy theory so intriguing. In order to see systemic-conspiracy properly both in the past and present, we have to abstract up to the highest level of analysis, and the longest frame of history.

I tend to analyze theory from a historic frame rather than just jumping on every so-called false flag that is generated in order to get likes and clicks.

I believe that in some peculiar way that we should thank a conspiracy theorist for exposing the media for what liars and deniers they truly are.

If you are gullible and think that conspiracy theorists are just waiting to be radicalized or that they are pathological then perhaps it is easier for you to believe that the media is there to give us the truth, that the media would never overlook important details, or exaggerate a news story for the benefit of the government.

The majority of Americans take on faith these denials of deceit. People tend to get upset when you question their intellectual normalcy bias.

However things are far from normal in the United States.

It is vital that you learn about how the system truly works. You need to understand how power and power grabs are all a part of how government and leadership operate within a mob mentality. You know that today it is easy to manufacture a so-called fact in order to keep you prisoner within the dialectic.

Figure out how you can help change these things, play an active role in speaking up and backing up with reasonable evidence what you believe.

If you believe something solely on faith, then have the courage to admit it. Sometimes even when I am the most sincere and try my best to approximate reality, I don’t succeed.

No one has a monopoly on “wisdom” – and people like me don’t always believe every conspiracy theory that is reported on the Internet. I am not always presenting things that I believe in – I present things I am interested in investigating.

The truth for everyone who wishes to accept it is that the latest meme of Jeffery Epstein Didn”t Kill Himself” is actually a battle cry that is designed to break through the framing war we are in.

The “Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself” phrase is sending a message loud and clear that some people are tired of the distractions, the political correctness, the cover-ups, the snowflakes, the triggered, and the whole Trump Derangement Syndrome that spawned the Russian Conspiracy lie and now, the impeachment debacle.

The true believers will hold on but there are a mountain of people that feel they have been betrayed – they feel they are being lied to and screwed by the system.

The meme is a symbol of the fact that though we might not know exactly what’s going on, we know: There’s something rotting in the higher-up echelons of the powerful systems running America and its globalized, neoliberal reach. There’s something poisonous in the water, a cancerous cell in the brain.

Someone has slipped America that tab of LSD or that roofie that has put some people asleep.

Ironically, this might actually be one place where the radical left and red-pilled members of the far-right could potentially meet, united by a tenuous hatred of the systems currently in power.

It is what conspiracy theory is supposed to do. It is supposed to demonstrate that the system is set up to have you fail.

The government is hiding something but everyone knows it, these conspiracies seem to say.

Jeffery Epstein didn’t kill himself is just another way of saying you are being lied to.

Written by Clyde Lewis

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