On aliens, anarchists and axes of
By: DAVID J. FOSTER
Sometimes they're as bogus as Nation of Islam leader
Louis Farrakhan's claim that Navy Seals detonated the
levees during Hurricane Katrina to wipe out the poor
black neighborhoods of New Orleans.
Then there's the netherworld, best represented by the
assassination of President Kennedy, where true believers
on both sides cherry pick "evidence" to support their
view and ig-nore facts even a magic bullet cannot explain
Conspiracies bud where logic fails us, where facts are
incomplete or faulty. But sometimes "the paranoid are
onto something," says Brad Steiger. For five decades
Steiger has chased down the weird and unexplainable as
author and co-author of 150 books and a veteran of
broadcast news shows, from Nightline to The NBC Nightly
News. His latest, "Conspiracies and Secret Societies:
The Complete Dossier" (Visible Ink), written with
wife, Sherry, is an encyclopedia of the aliens,
anarchists and axes of evil-a mix of the real and
delusional-that have haunted us since man put chisel to
stone. The Steigers call it a "dossier of the more
shadowy visages of human history, the images that appear
in the dark mirrors that reflect portraits of chaos,
confusion and deceit."
And there are shape-shifting reptiles, too.
Afraid German scientists had developed technologies
beyond our own, the U.S. government skirted a law that
banned Nazi Party members from entering post-war America
so they could build our Cold War missiles. Called
Operation Paperclip, the government confessed in 1973
after we sent men to the moon using the Germans'
Intrigued by German brainwashing experiments, the CIA
attempted similar tests us-ing LSD. It peaked in 1966
when Project Spellbinder attempted to create a
"Manchurian Candidate" sleeper assassin to take out Fidel
Castro. All attempts failed. We'd know more, but in 1972
CIA head Richard Helms destroyed all records of the
Maybe they did succeed?
Some conspiracy buffs are convinced Mark David
Chapman, who killed John Lennon, and Sirhan Sirhan, who
shot Bobby Kennedy, were sleeper agents run amok. They
refer to Chapman's serene attitude following Lennon's
murder. He also claimed voices told him to do it. So did
Sirhan Sirhan. Lawyer and journalist Fenton Bresler
believes these are the signs of brainwashing.
Or maybe they were just nuts.
Who really killed Lincoln?
The most widely-debated conspiracy question
surrounding the assassination of Abra-ham Lincoln was
whether Dr. Samuel Mudd, who set John Wilkes Booth's leg
broken during his escape from Ford's Theater, was part of
But who was the puppet master? Would you believe Pope
At least that's what some speculated. The shadows
stretch back to 1856, when Lincoln hammered a compromise
between rebellious priest Charles Chiniquy, charged with
slandering the church, and Bishop O'Regan of Chicago.
Chiniquy supposedly warned President Lincoln of a
Jesuit cabal and later claimed Jesuit hit men trained
Booth. A 1963 book tied in Pope Pius IX as instigator of
The ghostly conspirator
When Charles Guiteau gunned down President James
Garfield in a Washington rail-road station in 1881, it
was the first successful task Guiteau ever completed.
Guiteau failed at every grab for fame and fortune,
until he acquired a ghostly con-spirator he called Lordy.
It was Lordy who suggested Guiteau kill Garfield, barely
100 days into his presidency.
Guiteau's past was murky. His father, Luther, was a
cultist of John Humphrey Noyes, whose Oneida community
was a notorious haven for free love and what Steiger
calls "controlled perversity." After finding no females
willing to join him in the hedonistic rituals, young
Charles Guiteau left "to find himself" and met Lordy
along the way.
Guiteau was executed on June 30, 1882. Lordy is still
Bob Hope? No!
God? Allah? The Freemasons? Nope.
The real puppet masters controlling our fate are the
Anunnakis, says David Ickes. The Anunnaki are
extraterrestrial reptiles who have been spinning the
world's myths for thou-sands of years. They also run the
Trilateral Commission, probably the Rotary and
manage-ment of Wal-Mart.
Among the Anunnaki are Bill and Hillary Clinton, Henry
Kissenger, of course Presi-dent Bush, and, yes, Bob Hope
and Kris Kristofferson.
Ickes, a former pro soccer player waylaid by arthritis
and spokesperson for the Brit-ish Green Party, unveiled
his "discovery" after tracking the English bloodlines
back to the Sons of God (the reptile people) and the
Hebrew Daughters of Man, and, well... it's all in his
book "The Biggest Secret."
Maybe that's why Lordy wanted President Garfield shot?
The president was a reptile. Or maybe Garfield was human,
and Lordy needed him out of the way so Vice President and
Anunnaki Chester A. Arthur could take the White
Who knew conspiracies could be so fun and easy to
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