Friday, June 14, 2013

When Conspiracy Theory Becomes Conspiracy Fact*Updated

In the movie "Red", former spy John Malkovich's character is portrayed as a delusional and paranoid sort who thinks his former spy friends as well as himself, are being followed and watched.

The characters in the movie treat Malkovich like a "nutter" up until such point- that Malkovich is exonerated- when suddenly his group of former spies are attacked by the people watching them.

It's very difficult for people to grasp the idea of conspiracies. Throughout my lifetime, people have dismissed conspiracy talk as the venue of the mentally ill and paranoid. Unfortunately, at no other time in the history of this country, have I seen more conspiracies taking place.

Perhaps the term collaboration is more palatable.

Conspiracies occur for a variety of reasons but are always motivated by perceived needs. For example, if the few major oil producing companies want the most profit for their product- they have the money and motive to keep prices high- by conspiring and collaborating. Even when demand is low.

Former President Nixon employed several people to break into the Watergate Hotel to obtain information on the Democratic candidate. They even used hookers to glean information.

People who don't think that conspiracies can exist are naive. There is so much proof to the contrary- that it is difficult to ignore.

*Update. Here's a piece that corroborates the intrusion onto Sharyl Atkissons' hard drive. (cited below) Ace of Spades speculates that the only one with a motive to hack her computer is the WH itself-which in this case makes sense. There was an inside leak and we know Obama hates leaks.

Here is the original piece I read regarding the intrusion onto the hard drive of a reporter actually investigating the Benghazi debacle. Oddly, it seems someone was worried enough to hack into her computer. Her associates probably thought she was paranoid. From Michelle Malkin:

CBS statement: Forensic analysis shows Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was compromised on multiple occasions

By Doug Powers  •  June 14, 2013 11:53 AM
**Written by Doug Powers
Last month, CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who has done lots of digging on stories such as Benghazi and Fast & Furious, became suspicious that her work and personal computers were being compromised.
That suspicion has been confirmed:
“A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012. Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson’s accounts. While no malicious code was found, forensic analysis revealed an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data.
This party also used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion.
CBS News is taking steps to identify the responsible party and their method of access.”


Anonymous said...

I'm not paranoid, I know they after me.

Marcus said...

1) Just because a guy may be paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get him
2) Being well adjusted to the insanity that is our society is in no way a measure of good mental health.