What is a conspiracy?
There is more than one form of conspiracy according to epistemology, which is the branch of philosophy that deals with how we know what we know.
- Conspiracy (civil), an agreement between persons to deceive, mislead, or defraud others of their legal rights, or to gain an unfair advantage
- Conspiracy (criminal), an agreement between persons to break the law in the future, in some cases having committed an act to further that agreement
- Conspiracy (political), an agreement between persons with the goal of gaining political power or meeting a political objective
- A conspiracy theory is an explanatory proposition that accuses two or more persons, a group, or an organization of having caused or covered up, through secret planning and deliberate action, an illegal or harmful event or situation.
- ** Do note that academics will call the definitions above invalid due to the collaborative nature of the source, i.e., Wikipedia!
“For the U.S. historian Richard Hofstadter, what distinguished the true “paranoid” conspiracy theory was its scale, not that “its exponents see conspiracies or plots here and there in history, but that they regard a ‘vast’ or ‘gigantic’ conspiracy as the motive force in historical events.”
Hofstadter’s definition of conspiracy would include the idea— given play in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code— that the Church has for two millennia systematically suppressed the truth about the bloodline of Jesus (a truly vast deception), but not the smaller-scale accusation that British (or French) intelligence agencies had Diana, Princess of Wales, brutally done away with in Paris in 1997. It is important not to overlook the smaller theories, since, if believed, it seems to me, they eventually add up to an idea of the world in which the authorities, including those whom we elect, are systematically corrupt and untruthful.”
~ (To have called the latter conspiracy “smaller scale” if this comment was published after 911, we must all presume was an oversight by the aforementioned “Professional” Historian…and now moving right along….)
I have an ex as 95% of people do. We mere mortals often forget (while some of us remember to forget on purpose) that “x” often marks the spot in mysteries for a reason. Ex’s on the other hand, have a tendency to crop up out of nowhere in our memories and now and then, they materialize in our lives, years after we thought they were “dead and buried.” Sometimes, reuniting with an ex is plesant and we find that there is indeed a hidden treasure we had long ago forgotten or had never seen to begin with. We don’t know why that particular song rings a bell or makes us turn the channel, change the dial or turn right when we know we need to turn left. Memories are like that.
The internet is like this too. Hidden servers are called TOR’s and in European Archaeology, History, Mythology and Paganism, a Tor is another name for a burial mound where royalty were laid to rest. I have visited the TOR in Glastonbury UK. My mother threw away 99% of the pictures from that visit and from The British Museum but I remember the visit very well. I met a lady in a local shop that could have come straight out of Harry Potter. She had suffered an eye injury and was blind in one eye. She did not hide it the way pirates were said too and since it was an old injury, she did not wear any eye patch. This is what the TOR looks like:
Mysterious looking isn’t it? Look at this one:
This one looks more like a ship that the Vikings buried their Kings in. Here’s another:
Why a cow you may ask? Because I said so that’s why.
Sometimes, treasure hunting is a joy and sometimes it’s a lot of work. Relationships are also like that. This is what happened to me when I ran into an old flame of mine a few years ago. It was a joy to meet up with him again because he was and even now remains a happy memory for me. Sad to say, I was not a happy memory for him because I cheated on him sometime between 1992-1993. I confessed the fact at the time: that I did not care one bit about the person I cheated on him with. This made him mad. Very mad. I was not ready to be a serious girlfriend then. Once or twice I almost called him after that but didn’t. He had not called me. And even though I cheated on him, I liked and respected him and never called him again.
That changed 20 years later. This time around, I wanted to be a serious girlfriend and he had no time for me. I was not wild and carefree enough. He wanted to have ‘fun’ and I was not ‘fun’ anymore. So I wrote him a letter on this blog. One of a few password protected posts and one of MANY via email and regular mail he has complained about. There is more than one post for him on this blog but for some reason, the only post that seems to attract attention is this one. Let me show you a screen shot:
This is not the best screen shot and it’s small. Pardon moi’ science and technology gurus but I am not as skilled in paint and computer applications as some of you. This post is password protected. I was recently reminded of conspiracy a few days ago and how conspiracy gets out of hand, YET AGAIN mind you – after this post received traffic that it was not intended for.
So this is a public service notice on conspiracy for the curious, the unenlightened and those seeking enlightenment inadvertently or consciously.
And for those of you learning to hack – ask first. Say hello. And pay attention to the philosophy your tinkering with as you go. Not all mysteries, gothic or otherwise are created equal. Including ethics. Most of the world knows of Julian Assange and Anonymous. Less known is Matt DeHart. The logic behind the charges against DeHart are not what they seem. To say so is neither right nor wrong and that logical fallacy in and of itself is more simple and more complex than you may think. Epistemology is not the only branch of science or philosophy that created a situation that attracted the interest of De Hart and his associates. The world is a big place and it can be more scary than you think.
- Canadian Authorities take issue with the US charges against DeHart for child porn
- Canada denies DeHart asylum
- Julian Assange shames Canada for denying DeHart asylum.
- National Post on the DeHart story in Canada
- Anonymous on the DeHart story
Recommended Reading for the Curious as well as the Foolish who are over 18
- The Transatlantic Gothic Novel and The Law
- Gothic and the Rule of Law
- The Natural Law Reader
- The Case for Natural Law
There are a number of avenues from which to consider the anti intellectualism of Matt DeHart and the charges against him. The question that the American media is not asking, or even commenting on as yet, are the psychological implications and upshot of questioning the governments position. Unspoken is the presumed abuse of Natural Law being deflected by claims of political partisanship and religion. That religion in this instance is whitewashed into sociology devoid of the details and facts of history or for the philosophically inclined, subjective ontology, only detracts from the fact that DeHart was operating an illegal server to begin with. Who uploaded what to his “private” organizations system and why? Whom has targeted a young teen who then ended up in the military and why did the military not make a note ahead of time or did they?
Careful campers. You never know who’s random love letter your actually hacking into.