Why-ever would a relatively rational and aware intellectual embrace the idea that human society is based on lies and the truth lies buried out there? In my case, I would claim it is because I am relatively goofy and prone to believing things because I am wholly deceived by a core belief that all human beings are by nature good, and have to be taught to be evil.
But while I have a misguided misconception about the goodness of people, I also have a dark side… a faith in my own ability to dig into facts and controversies and make sense of them with powers of reason. My world changed forever in 1963, when I was seven years old. I have never forgotten how wrenching the assassination was to my Iowan family and Iowegian friends. I remember how the world can be turned upside down and feelings of love and security can be totally usurped by fear and irrational feelings. You have an innate desire to believe the grownups will put things right again and the world can go on as before. Accept what the authorities say, and all will be just as it was.
I don’t know if you are aware of this or not, but E. Howard Hunt, the Watergate burglar and CIA dirty-tricks operator confessed to the part the government played in the death of JFK. He died shortly there-after. About the only benefits he could get from telling this story was a conscience that would have been about one per cent less black and horrible as he died. There are numerous ways to cast doubt on this deathbed confession, but as you follow and research each line of evidence about what Hunt says, you find that far more of these details are accurate than there are details that seem slightly questionable. I know that in the conspiracy world that “if it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, then it’s probably an ostrich”. But the one thing conspiracy theorists say that gives support to their position is, “You can do the research for yourself.”
So why, if it is so clear that the CIA, FBI, and LBJ got together to kill Kennedy for a variety of nefarious reasons, is the information not common knowledge and plastered all over the headlines in every major newspaper? Well, the Inquirer and its ilk are a big part of the reason. Sensationalist journalism is not above making stuff up and distorting what is real. It leads my relatives and friends to think I am so convinced about the guilt of the CIA, FBI, and LBJ only because those letters keep coming up on my word tray during Scrabble games. I do actually cross-reference things and look for books and articles that have verifiable footnotes. I am always more convinced by things stated by writers who source their details.
So, when you look at these things with a rational and thoroughly inquisitive mind, you begin to find a number of things about Roswell, 9/11, and Elvis faking his death that are quite unnerving and threaten your cherished world view. I continue to put tinfoil on my head to protect me from alien mind-reading powers because… Dang! Some of that crap is TRUE!