When asked about the veracity of a conspiracy, believers will often point to historic precedents — examples of similar events/plots from the annals of history — as proof that the events they’re proposing are within the realms of possibility.
Take 9/11, for example. As a way of demonstrating their theory — that the government carried out the attacks as justification for war — truthers will refer to Operation Northwoods, a 1962 proposal by the Department of Defense to commit terrorist attacks against citizens with the intention of blaming Cuba and providing a pretext for war. However, note the word ‘plan’; the scheme was personally rejected by John F Kennedy for being totally insane. (more…)