One of the hallmarks of the modern conspiracy theory movement is that the powers that be (the deep state, the New World Order, the cabal, or whatever we’re calling it this week) use training exercises as cover for actual operations against the people they control.
We’ve seen everything from 9/11 to the Sandy Hook shooting to the Boston Marathon bombing labeled a false flag drill that “went live” under the cover of training – giving the plotters the perfect cover to carry out their plans for consolidating power and rolling back our rights. Or something.
5) "Bigger than you can imagine."
What would be so big that domestic law enforcement couldn't be trusted? And so big it required helicopter extractions?
As sure as the sun will come up and the tides will roll in and out, there will be a mass shooting somewhere in America.
Today, it was at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, a suburb of Galveston. As of this writing, 10 people are confirmed dead, including one teacher. Details are still coming in, but the a suspect is in custody, a male thought to be a student at the school.
As much as mass shootings are a sick reality of life in this country, so too are the instant conspiracy theories that spring up in the minutes and hours after the bullets stop flying.
I'm going to go ahead and say what we are all thinking. The Santa Fe shooting was conducted by the Deep State. #Qanon
Because these conspiracies and hoaxes have little substance to them, there’s usually not much there to debunk. But it is useful to at least shed some light on them – not for this particular shooting, but to train minds that are so fried by the constant onrush of news to filter out noise and accusations that have no legitimate reporting behind them.
On Tuesday afternoon, a female suspect entered the main campus of YouTube in San Bruno, CA, and opened fire.
Mass shootings bring heartache for their victims, and anger and confusion for those helplessly watching. Now, they also bring conspiracy theories meant to either politicize the incident, grift off those predisposed to believe conspiracy theories, or simply troll.
Here is a roundup of YouTube shooting conspiracy theories and hoaxes, and it will updated continuously.
There has been an avalanche of conspiracy theories regarding the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida. Many revolve around concepts like false flags and crisis actors – terms that are familiar to those who study and write about fringe culture, but are new to the populace at large.
This can lead to an air of authoritative knowledge by those who decidedly do not have it. And unfortunately, they seem to come up for every tragedy – be it a shooting, terror attack, or even a deadly accident.
In the case of Parkland, Douglas High School student David Hogg has been described as a “crisis actor” paid to espouse gun control views. The whole thing has been called a government-perpetrated “false flag” by prominent conspiracy theorists and conservative infotainment figures. Rumors are flying that the shooting was covered up by an active shooter drill that “went live.”
The “crisis actor” derpderpers think (1) there’s a vastly richly-funded conspiracy to trick us with fake events, and (2) the vast rich conspiracy re-uses actors to save a few bucks and because it’s hard to find actors.
But what does any of that mean? Are these real concepts? Have these things been done before – and could the shooting in Parkland be the next iteration?
While these concepts are mostly unknown to the public (who are then appalled to hear them), I’ve been writing about them for years. On Skeptoid Blog, I wrote posts diving into each one of these ideas, and am extremely familiar with how they work – and don’t work.
This piece summarizes what I wrote there, and if you want more information, feel free to read the original posts. They have crazy comments!