Scott Sommers’ Taiwan Blog

What’s a Conspiracy Theory?

I was recently exposed to the idea that the Denver International Aiport is part of an intergalactic plot to take over the world. You can find a summary of these ideas here on Wikipedia. I know this sounds bizarre, but the idea is that when the airport was constructed, a secret base for aliens was built under the airport that you and I see. For some strange reason, the aliens constructors of what is called the New World Order left all sorts of clues they had taken over the world and are using the DIA as their base. If I haven’t already lost your interest, you can read more about this here and here.

Of course I think this is hogwash, but that’s not what I want to talk about. Instead, I want to address the issue of what all of this says about what a conspiracy theory is and how one gets spread. My contention is that conspiracy theories are just bad journalism. If the investigation is done correctly and the conspiracy is real, the conspiracy disappears and becomes real news. When a conspiracy theory exists for more than a little while, it is because the logical investigative leads that should be followed have not been. Let’s look at what’s being said about the Denver International Airport and try to get my meaning.

One of the more interesting aspects of the Denver International Airport is its murals. The airport provides this information on the murals, and here are some pictures of the more controversial portions. I’m not sure what the mural evidence is supposed to prove, but they are a part of the theory that attracts a great deal of attention. While I agree they are “pretty freaky”, I also think their role in a conspiracy of any sort could be handled by talking to the people who painted them. I’ve had it suggested to me that investigators have attempted this and the painters had been impossible to find. This is not true. In fact, based solely on the names provided by the airport and an Internet search, I was able to find extensive information about all of the painters, and I’ll send it to anyone interested.

The most controversial aspect of the murals involves figures that appear as stormtroopers. This mural was painted by Leo Tanguma. Mr. Tanguma is a well-known artist in the Colorado area. He has taught at School of Education and the Wisconsin Center for Education. A number of websites describe him as a “professor” at the University of Northern Colorado, although I looked through the school’s site and could not find him listed. There are a many photos of him on the Internet. Interestingly, the racist organization Stormfront has not commented on Mr. Tanguma’s alien connections, but members of its forum have expressed their outrage at the anti-White statement’s of his murals. The point of this is that if someone wanted to find out why Leo Taguma painted what he did, it would be easy. I bet that if you really wanted to talk to him, all you’d have to do is walk into a high school anywhere in Denver and ask one of the art teachers where you could find him.

Another problem is this claim by Steve Snyder who is Public Affairs Office at the Denver  International Airport. Steve states that,

It is important to keep in mind that this airport was the largest, most scrutinized Public Works project in American history. There were cameras and reporters here documenting every single inch of dirt ever moved. If something strange was going on out here, hundreds of media outlets would have been all over it by now.

This is problematic because the interview published on this website states

AC: Well, we think that area is one that leads to deeper levels underground at the airport. But, it is surrounded by a chain-link fence and you can’t get in there. We think this is the area that one of the electricians kind of stumbled into that went down about six levels below the fourth level, and ran into some really weird stuff. He won’t talk about any of it now.

But this should be pretty easy to solve. The airport is really big and it would have taken a large number of people to construct and maintain the underground (alien) portion. Either that, or it was constructed and maintained by alien workers, and then a lack of accountable maintenance would be just as suspicious.

Returning back to the letter from Public Affairs Officer Steve Snyder, Steve claims another one of aspects of the airport’s construction that attracts attention is just a coincidence. Why is the airport called “New World” if it’s not part of the alien-run New World Order? Steve tell us that,

As for the “new world” designation, the New World Airport Commission was simply a group consisting of local business and political leaders who sponsored and organized a number of pre-opening events at Denver International Airport. The airport was to usher in a new era making Denver a world-class city, thus the New World name.

Is this true, though? It should be easy enough to confirm. All we need to do is – once again – locate those businessmen and ask them what’s going on. And since they’re local Denver guys, I figure that’d be pretty easy.

In fact, there should be vast numbers of people with little pieces to this puzzle. The hundreds of baggage workers who Steve claims work down in the tunnels should have seen something. They should know there are areas no one has ever been in; they should know all kinds of strange things about the deeper levels of the airport just by having been around there. For example, has anyone ever died or disappeared?

And it’s just not good enough to say that people keep quiet. Groom Lake and Area 51 are other installations rumoured to be associated with space aliens. I doubt this is true and believe that the area is a test facility for new military aircraft. Regardless, I can still tell you all kinds of stuff about the place. The Internet is full of photos of the place. I know the names of some of the civilian contractors who have worked there because they have tried to sue the US Air Force. Investigators have followed civilian contractors and identified all kinds of interesting things about them. Code names for the flights they take to and from the base have been identified and are regularly watched. I even recall reading news naming the hotels stayed at by Groom Lake contractors. While there is something going on at Groom Lake that I don’t know anything about, at least I know who’s doing it.

So let’s compare this with the Denver International Airport. I also know the names of countless officials and artists associated with the place. I know how to find them if I wanted to. I know an endless amount of information about the layout and organization and official story about the airport. On the other hand, I have not seen one piece of real evidence that would suggest there is anything out of the ordinary going on there. All I see is pictures of strange art in the airport waiting areas. No one knows anything about the aliens. I do not know the name of anyone who has reported strange things at the airport. I do not know any of the strange things that anonymous people have reported. That’s it.

There are real voices that should be speaking about this and they could be easily identified, yet no one who says there’s a conspiracy even seems to know their names. Great reporting that is. And just think about how powerful the claim is – aliens right in downtown Denver. Wouldn’t you want to be the reporter breaking that one?

But then, think of what the real claim is, because it’s not just about aliens. The real claim is about what you need to do to find out what’s really going on, to find the news that’s affecting your life. It doesn’t matter that the Republicans mismanaged Hurricane Katrina. It doesn’t matter that almost half of all Americans have no health insurance. In fact, it doesn’t matter where you live or who you vote for. No sir, you don’t need to excuse the fact that you’re lazy and would rather surf porn than read the news. The real stories aren’t in the news. The real news is badly researched, two-bit claims that no one can verify. And so little is know about them that it takes about 5 minutes to read everything there is about the most important news ever written.

Wow, the world really is simple, isn’t it. And that’s what a conspiracy theory is.

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  1. True Patriot said, on June 1, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Hmm, intristing. I rather don’t believein aliens living beneathe the city but do believe that thier are aliens. I also believe that thier are alien craft not at area 51, but about 15 miles from thier. I am not positive on his credintials, but Robert Lazar is an intristing subject when it comes to that. Not only Robert Lazar, but John Lier, one of his compadre’s who is well known and prior CIA. I think that sometimes you have to think outside the box, as Einstein once mentioned, to get a better look at things. Start with the impossible and work your way back in until the picture fits. I said I don’t believe thier are aliens underneathe the air port because I seen an actual video from a guy who was a former engineer for the project. I really can’t say where I found it, but I believe this guy is now dead after he spoke out which leads to another scenario. If you believe your life is in danger, which it could be in something as crazy as that, then maybe you might feel the need to stay quite. NWO, the New World Order is not a conspiracy, but the real deal. You can see it everywhere and most that are behind it have stated it several times. The term has been used several times in different speeches, and could have conveyed a different thought pattern but those that are truly behind it meant what they said. ( David Rockefellar) I always have trouble spelling his name for some reason. Research him and some others including those who attend the Bilderberg meetings and I am not talking about the infamous meeting some had in NY a short time ago that included Oprah. If you know anything about covert operations then you will understand. Here is a good site to go to that has over ten years of investigation behind the NWO… illuminati news.com I do have to say though, I think it may be getting to him for the current path he has taken on a new blog, but years of research is there, and he is factual. Do you believe the US is much more advanced in technology than we can imagine? Do you really believe if there were things going on that would take away your liberties? What good is protection without liberty? I assume your an Obama fan by some of your sentences, so I guess your also a fan of socialism. You know, there is a liberty bell out there that has a message on it, you should read it.

  2. Cahleen said, on June 3, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Don’t get me wrong, I think some people do some pretty shady things that they try and cover up, but as you said, good journalism (and science) usually exposes those things for what they are. I think to see a conspiracy behind every bush is to have a very low opinion of human nature in general. Why does one assume that every person in a position of power will automatically use that power in a corrupt way and then try to cover it up? When I think of modern day conspiracy theories that a lot of people are taken in by, the first thing I think of are these parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids because they think all the pharmaceutical companies are out to make money at the expense of their kid’s lives. This really bugs me! Do these people honestly think that all those people who work in pharmaceutical companies, people with kids of their own, would purposely kill children for money? Are people really that evil? Call me naive, but I don’t think so. I know people in positions of power do evil things, but it’s not usually a big, top-secret ongoing thing that involves whole governments. A conspiracy would require many bad/evil people working together, and I don’t think there are enough bad/evil people in this world for that to happen. By the way, I don’t know if anything I said makes sense because I really need to go to bed now. Just my thoughts. =)

  3. Scott Sommers said, on June 4, 2009 at 7:58 am

    For me it’s just a practical problem. You couldn’t do this as a project without the help of vast numbers of people. Even if the aliens did all the labour, modern accounting procedures would create a trail. It’s the same with 911 conspiracy theorists. I am no pal of the Bush Administration and have little doubt they would slaughter millions just to stay in power. The problem is that anyone doing what is claimed of them wouldn’t be able to do a project that large without leaving a vast number of witnesses and other evidence. Sure they have all the resources of the State, but that’s the point. It would be impossible to mobilize this without leaving evidence. To claim otherwise is to claim magic.

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