In a June
column, I

is a term applied to any fact, analysis, or
truth that is politically, ideologically, or emotionally
unacceptable. This column is about how common real
conspiracies are. Every happening cannot be explained by
a conspiracy, but

are common everyday events.  Therefore,
it is paradoxical that
has become a synonym for

Conspiracies are
commonly used in order to advance agendas. In the July
issue of American
, a National Rifle Association
the organization`s executive vice president,

Wayne Lapierre
reports on a congressional
 investigation led by Senator Charles Grassley and

Representative Darrell Issa
of a

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

and Department of Justice conspiracy to further gun
control measures by smuggling guns across the border to
Mexican criminals and blaming it on American firearm

Lapierre writes:

"Thanks to federal agents coming forth with evidence
on the gun smuggling operation, this government
sanctioned criminal conspiracy has been exposed.

"Leading an administration-wide cover up–marked by
an arrogant dismissal of Congress` constitutional
role–is Attorney General Eric Holder, who has blocked
all efforts to get to the truth. His minions have
directed federal employees with knowledge of the
gun-running scam to refuse to cooperate with
congressional investigators."[

We Need To Extinguish The Firewall Of Lies

Many Americans
will find the uncovered conspiracy hard to believe. The
US Federal agency, BATFE, with the DOJ`s participation,
has been providing firearms to Mexico`s drug cartels in
order to create
to support the charge that US gun dealers
are the source of weapons for Mexican drug gangs. The
purpose of the government`s conspiracy is to advance the
gun control agenda.

Attorney General
Eric Holder`s stonewalling of the congressional
investigation has resulted in Rep. Issa`s warning to
Holder:  "We`re
not looking at the straw buyers, Mr. Attorney General.
We`re looking at you."

The most likely
outcome will be that Grassley and Issa will have
accidents or be framed on sex charges.

Conspiracies are
also a huge part of economic life. For example, the Wall
Street firm, Goldman Sachs, is

known to have shorted financial instruments
that it
was simultaneously selling as sound investments to its
customers.  The current bailouts of EU countries`
sovereign debt is a conspiracy to privatize public

conspiracies are endless, and most succeed. NAFTA is a
conspiracy against American labor, as are H-1B and L-1
work visas. Globalism is a conspiracy against First
World jobs.

The sex charge
against Dominique Strauss-Kahn could turn out to have
been a conspiracy.  According to the New York Times, the
hotel maid has bank accounts in four states, and someone
has been putting thousands of dollars into them.

governments are willing to kill large numbers of their
own citizens in order to advance an agenda. For example,
Operation Northwoods was a plan for false flag terrorist
events drafted by the US Joint Chiefs of Staff and
signed by General Lyman Lemnitzer.  It called for the
CIA and other
"black op"
elements to shoot down Americans in the
streets of Miami and Washington, D.C., to hijack or
shoot down airliners, to attack and sink boats carrying
Cuban refugees to the US, and to fabricate evidence that
implicated Castro.  The agenda of the Joint Chiefs and
the CIA was to stir up American fear and hatred of
Castro in order to support regime change in Cuba.

Before the
reader cries
"conspiracy theory,"
be apprised that the secret
Operation Northwoods was made public on November 18,
1997, by the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records
Review Board.  When the plan was presented to President
Kennedy in 1962, he rejected it and removed Lemnitzer as
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.


quotes extensively
from the plan`s menu of proposed
false flag terrorist acts. Those who distrust Wikipedia
can obtain a

of the plan from the National Archives.

When I tell even
highly educated people about Operation Northwoods, they
react with disbelief–which goes to show that even US
government-acknowledged conspiracies remain protected by
disbelief a half century after they were hatched and 14
years after being revealed by the government.

An example of a
conspiracy that is proven, but not officially
acknowledged, is Israel`s attack on the

USS Liberty

in 1967.  Captain Ward Boston, one of the two US Navy
legal officers ordered to cover up the attack, not
investigate it, revealed the Johnson Administration`s
conspiracy, and that of every subsequent administration,
to blame mistaken identity for what was an intentional
attack.  The unofficial

Moorer Commission
, led by Admiral Tom Moorer, former
Chief of Naval Operations and Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, proved conclusively that the Israeli
attack, which inflicted massive casualties on US
servicemen, was an intentional attack.  Yet, the US
government will not acknowledge it, and few Americans
even know about it.

Even the event
Americans celebrate on July 4 was a conspiracy and was
regarded as such by the
British government
and  American
colonials who remained loyal to King George
.  If we
don`t believe in conspiracies, why do we celebrate one
on July 4?

Paul Craig Roberts

was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during
President Reagan`s first term.  He was Associate
Editor of the
Wall Street Journal.  He has
held numerous academic appointments, including the
William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and
International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior
Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford
University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French
President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy


Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click


for Peter Brimelow`s
Forbes Magazine
interview with Roberts about the epidemic of
prosecutorial misconduct.