By Craig McKee
I’ve always been fascinated by things that are unknown. The more unknowable something is, the more I want to know it.
For me it comes down to believing that some questions need answers. Or at least they need people to want the answers. I have this idea – admittedly unrealistic – that everyone should be driven to understand the same things as I am. And it frustrates me when they aren’t! Does that make me passionate about finding the truth or just a control freak? Or both…
There are always going to be questions that are fun to think about, but which won’t be resolved any time soon – if at all. Things like: ‘Is there life on other planets?’ or ‘Did highly advanced civilizations exist on the Earth thousands of years ago?’ or ‘How is it possible that 34% of Republicans think Barack Obama is a Muslim?’
There are so many shocking facts that can be known if anyone chooses to make the effort. The problem is that even when the information is floating around, it still often hasn’t really penetrated the public consciousness. And what’s the point of knowing about some terrible injustice or conspiracy if the world at large is unaware?
Some things I’d like to explore in this blog are deadly serious and involve situations (political or otherwise) that are still ongoing, and some are historical mysteries that are just too much fun not to contemplate. Here are some:
- Did Shakespeare really write any of the plays that were credited to him? There is a very strong case that he did not.
- Did the Egyptians really build the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx, or were these enigmatic landmarks already thousands of years old when the Egyptians got there? I’ll argue the latter.
- Was there once life on Mars, and what happened to extinguish it? Could it have had anything to do with a planet that used to exist between Mars and Jupiter?
Of course I approach all of these with my own biases. But I strongly believe these can be overcome with an open mind and a reliance on the truth (Believe it or not, my Republican friends, Obama is NOT a Muslim – and he was NOT born in Africa).
There are some subjects that I intend to explore with you that have driven me crazy over the years. I wouldn’t say I’m obsessive about them, let’s just call it boundless enthusiasm. Yes, that sounds better.
For example, I have no doubt that John F. Kennedy was assassinated in a conspiracy, and that Lee Harvey Oswald never fired a shot. Many people feel this way, but how many know that a well-known CIA operative (sounds like an oxymoron, I know), who was part of the Watergate break-in, actually CONFESSED on his deathbed to being part of a U.S. government plot to kill JFK. And he implicated Lyndon B. Johnson! More about this in a future post.
I believe we’re being lied to about 9/11. In fact, there are so many lies that it’s hard to know where to start. Thankfully, there are many people who won’t let this go no matter what the obstacles – and they shouldn’t! I’ll have a lot to say on this subject.
The information is out there to clearly establish that the CIA has participated in the overthrow of numerous democratic governments around the world, including Iran in 1953, Guatemala in 1954, and Chile in 1973. No, I’m not suggesting that overthrowing unelected governments is okay.
I have been intrigued in recent weeks about the case made in the film Aaron Russo’s America: From Freedom to Fascism that the establishment of the Federal Reserve in the United States was a stunning coup by elite bankers that continues to take away freedoms today. I would also recommend Zeitgeist and Zeitgeist Addendum on this subject.
I believe the case of Canadian Omar Khadr is one of the greatest travesties of justice in this country’s history – and it’s still going on! This young man (he was 15 when he was arrested…) has spent eight years in jail without being convicted of anything. And our “government” continues to make no effort to stand up for one of its own citizens as he is railroaded by American “justice.”
Having said all of this, I don’t believe in taking as truth any crazy conspiracy that comes along. I’m not inclined to believe that the Moon landing was faked (the idea spawned a terrible movie in 1977 called Capricorn One – ugh!), but I would still look at the case being made on the other side. Something I just recently learned is that the Soviets actually landed an unmanned ship on the Moon ten years BEFORE the Americans set Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin down on the lunar surface in 1969.
While I don’t buy every questionable idea that comes down the pike, neither do I shy away from the idea that powerful forces sometimes work in secret to manipulate events to serve their own ends. I can’t imagine any intelligent person not conceding this. To say that conspiracy theories are always “loony” is tiresome and shows an intellectual laziness and arrogance.
People resist controversial ideas for many reasons. They may have a political bias, they may have something personal at stake, or they just don’t want anyone challenging their version of the truth – perhaps a “truth” they’ve spent a lifetime defending.
I believe that a lot of very bad things can happen when people are kept ignorant – or when they willingly remain ignorant. And I believe that we can only be truly free if we embrace the free exchange of ideas. I look forward to hearing what you have to say.