Updated: August 21, 2013


By Peter Nealen

I’ve been seeing more and more rampant conspiracy theories floating around for the last nine months. Sandy Hook seemed to really open the floodgates, and it’s just gotten more widespread and more bizarre as time has gone on. Yesterday, I saw a posting from someone I respect a great deal, about this “article.”

Let’s start at the beginning. “First, let me start by saying that I am not trying to scare anyone and that I’m not asking anyone to think like me.” Like hell. The entirety of this unsubstantiated screed is a bunch of vague supposition deliberately calculated to scare people. “I’m just asking people to think.” No he isn’t, because if anybody really thought and applied some perspective to his bullshit it would fall apart in a second.

Every major crime in the last nine months has had dozens of people coming out of the woodwork to yell “False flag! This is it! This is the Reichstag fire to give Obama the excuse to declare martial law!” (As a side note, I wish I could meet whoever taught these idiots the term “false flag.” Throat punch doesn’t even begin to cover it.) Every one of these predictions has turned out to be false. They are also all predicated on large numbers of US military and/or law enforcement acting like psychopaths, and all backed up by “I know lots of people in the military who are telling me this.” The hell you do. If you really knew that many military or LEOs, you’d know better. If I came up to you and told you that for “the greater good,” I needed you to walk into a school and murder a couple dozen kids, you’d tell me to go to hell. So would any cop or soldier I’ve ever met.

Are there Islamic terrorists on American soil? Undoubtedly. Is Obama giving them their marching orders? Are you fucking kidding me? Look at Syria and the fight between Al Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq. These people are squabbling over regional commands, and you think they’re going to all band together to follow the orders of an American president? Not to mention, it wasn’t all that long ago that Obama was crowing about how “he killed Bin Laden.” Osama was a big deal to a lot of Salafist terrorists. How do you think they reacted to that? So yeah, tell me how they’re all secretly in cahoots.

con theoryThen we get to the “15,000 Russian peacekeepers” story, which keeps cropping up. Supposedly there’s a report that Janet Napolitano requested 15,000 Russian troops for an “upcoming emergency.” Strangely, while often quoted, this report is nowhere to be found. The only links provided in these breathless stories are to reports of talks between FEMA and its Russian counterpart on sharing techniques and training, and stories of Russian troops participating in training in Fort Carson. The latter is talked about as especially sinister, but let me fill you in on something—there were a Lebanese and a Bulgarian officer in my company at jump school. There were two Turks in my class at Scout/Sniper School (they both failed). Troop exchanges happen all the time. There has been a USMC/Royal Marine exchange program for decades. It’s part of international relations.

In fact, the only remotely credible news story I could find referencing 15,000 Russian peacekeepers is in fact five years old, talking about the dustup in Georgia in 2008. That’s the country of Georgia, in the Caucasus. Not the state of Georgia. I’m pretty sure somebody saw the headline and freaked.

As for Russian troops being used to prop up the Obama regime at all, let’s just look at the international situation right now. Obama and his cronies are (foolishly) talking about backing the Syrian rebels against Assad. Russia is backing Assad. Putin has made Obama look like an incompetent child on more than one occasion, and Obama has publicly insulted Putin, saying he acts “like a bored kid.” So how does Russia sending troops to help Obama in the event of unrest make any sense whatsoever?

Then we come to the ultimate bogeyman, the UN. “MASSIVE BUILDUP of UN troops.” What? What country in the UN, besides the US and China, has anything close to the manpower that would be necessary? 17,000 UN peacekeepers couldn’t do shit in Sierra Leone, which is a tiny fraction of the size of this country. The only reason the UN did anything in Bosnia was because the US did most of the heavy lifting. The numbers simply don’t add up.

In the comments, somebody always brings up the 2700 MRAPs story. “2700 ‘urban tanks’ to oppress the American people.” Give me a fucking break. First of all, they’re not tanks. They’re a glorified bigger, more unwieldy, far more expensive version of the Brinks armored cars that move money between bank branches. (I shouldn’t have said that, now somebody’s going to get started on how Brinks is the secret Gestapo of the international banking cabal. I need a drink.) And 12,000 of them sure didn’t do much to help us control Afghanistan, a country roughly the size of the state of Texas. Do. The. Math.

So much of this crap is either ignorance, supposition, or flat out deliberate misinformation, like the guy showing an order for lots of AK mags and 7.62x39mm ammunition, ostensibly to arm the Russian troops that are about to occupy Main Street USA. He tries to skip the “Purpose” section, which explains that they are for classroom and range instruction for foreign weapons classes, which have been standard in the US military for a long, long, long time.

The people spreading this bullshit always claim they “just want people to think.” But they are cashing in on a vast lack of critical thinking that is dragging this country into the gutter. This kind of gullibility is the antithesis of an informed electorate. “The Truth will set you free.” We need to show this crap for the idiocy it is at every opportunity.

Peter Nealen is a former Reconnaissance Marine and the author of the military thrillers Task Force Desperate and Hunting in the Shadows.




  1. ET1(SS) Princess

    August 21, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Got talking with a co-worker about my EDC and BOB and couple of months ago. Immediately I think: “Sweet! We are gona talk EDC and survival tactics!” He was really interested and stated that he “wants to be prepared.” I told him it’s always a good idea to be prepared (I was a boy scout and I’ve been on the scene of a fair share of car accidents and little kid boo-boos – always nice to have first aid, jumper cables, blanket, matches, etc). He then started to go off about how the government will eventually take over. I realized our conversation was starting to take a wrong turn. And here I thought we were about to start talking about the Zombie Apocalypse…

    No. No we weren’t. He began to go off about the “2700 MRAPs.” I get amused by people and their ranting’s so I tend to try and spin them up. It’s fun. At least for me. So I stated that they are good vehicles and obviously could help out the police, etc. within the states. That didn’t satiate his lust for conspiracy. He began to “spin-up” (I could almost hear the increasing pitch of a whining turbine).

    Once he started talking about the “mass graves” – http://www.thedailysheeple.com/shocking-photos-mass-graves-readied-by-u-s-government-for-citizens_072013 (P.S. I don’t follow this website, I just Googled mass graves in usa) that the government is preparing for I had to give him the ‘hand’ and walk away.

    He stated as I headed for the door: “When I see those MRAPs coming down the street and them asking for your guns and shootin’ if you don’t surrender, I’m headin’ for the hills man!”

    Dude… if your EDC consists of your Samsung Giganto-phone and your hoody, you won’t have to worry about no hills because you won’t make it down the street.

    I don’t think I could count on my hands the amount of civil and military authorities that would support such diarrhea of the mouth that these scum-sucking bottom feeders puke out of the blow holes. Bunch of douche-copters. At least the crap they say is amusing – Because it’s stupid.

  2. Michael

    August 21, 2013 at 7:39 am

    *slow clap* Well put. Every day I see more and more of the “tell me what to do” to the point where we are going to have to tell grown men to wipe their own ass. In current times, logic and reasoning is a rarity.

  3. LC Aggie Sith

    August 21, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Most excellent. And I am totally stealing that new word, conspiritardation. It’s perfect 🙂

    • moriah

      August 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm


      Is this something a laxative can help?

  4. Bart Bechtel

    August 21, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Well said Peter. Now we need to go have a beer.

  5. leftoftheboom

    August 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” Joseph Heller

    Question: How do you boil a live frog? You put it in cold water and slowly turn up the heat. The amphibian will recognize a drastic temperature change and jump out of the water but will not react to an incremental one and will stay in the water until it is boiled alive.

    The lesson, small changes accumulate into big changes over time. Each day we lose a little of our freedom and each step is seen as logical and necessary for the greater good. As each incremental change is absorbed, it makes it much easier to absorb the next.

    Is this happening at the will of one cabal bent on world domination or destruction? Not in any organized fashion. But there is a lot of profiteering going on buy special interest groups who ride the tidal wave of fear to their own ends. And in the final analysis, we still need to be cautious.

    Just because the sky is not falling, does not mean some idiot is not throwing bricks out the window from the 10th floor. And whether you die with the world or die alone, it does not matter to you. Or does it?

    • tru-jdm

      August 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      LotB: outta curiousity, have you ever tried boiling a frog that way? I know its a popular analogy… but its based on an experiment where the reseaecher effectively lobotomized the frogs first to study the effects of brain matter and instinct, essentially trying to determine if instincts are housed somewhere other than the brain..
      Pretty certain if I was missing a large chunk of the ol’grey matter, I probably wouldnt notice the water starting to boil either.
      Wait….THATS why the government mandated HD conversions, so they could have enought bandwidth to transmit the llobotomy rays!!!! Wheres my tinfoil?!?

      • leftoftheboom

        August 25, 2013 at 6:43 pm

        No frogs were injured in the performance of this analogy. When I dealt with live frogs, we pithed them with a spike just behind the head and the cut them open, that way we could watch the heart beat.

        The analogy is that sudden change is noticible and small changes are not.

        • tru-jdm

          August 25, 2013 at 11:57 pm

          Sorry, LotB; you typically have excellent replies and I repect a lot of your opinions. I merely have a “twitch” when it comes to flawed analogies and arguments. No disrepect!

          On a secondary note, anyone else ever notice people suffering from “conspiraTARDIS?” its a rare form of conspiritardation that convinces otherwise sound-minded people that a time traveler in a blue police box has been at the center of every focal point in human history.

          • leftoftheboom

            August 26, 2013 at 8:13 am

            No problem. I admit that is my favorite analogy even if it is flawed as a premise.

            My daughter is addicted to that show. And by that show, she started at the earliest ones which is some seriously goofy guy with wild hair and is watching every show forward.

  6. John

    August 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Uh wait – there are Russian troops being armed with AK-47s in Georgia because of constipation related to Osama Bin Laden? Sir, I implore you to do some fact checking before you spew this vile.

  7. John

    August 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Russian troops are already here! They were training in Jamaica with Tupac (he’s not dead) and they are waiting to unleash a Ganja fueled massacre. Why do you think Colorado just “legalized” marijuana?

    But seriously, there are some kooky conspiracy theories out there. I understand why people believe them though. Look what has gone down in just the past few years…

    ATF funneling guns to Mexican narco gangs

    IRS targeting with prejudice ordinary citizens who disagree with DC
    Benghazi cover-up and lies

    $Billion$ of $ being stripped from US taxpayers to prop up US and European banks

    Justice department illegally watching AP reporters

    $Billion$ of $ being stripped from US taxpayers to prop up failing(ed) green energy companies

    The realization that the NSA is hoovering up an uncomfortable amount of private data from people with no connection to terrorism

    The daily abuse doled out from TSA agents on US citizens

    The many tragic stories of lives ruined by an EPA gone wild

    I don’t believe that Sep 11 was an inside job. I don’t believe the feds conducted the Sandy Hook massacre. However, why does the social security administration need thousands of rounds of ammo for training? Our government is completely out of control and it needs to be reined in immediately!

    • Mr. Twisted

      August 21, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      I think there is a pretty substantial gap between government excess and secret plans to implement tyrannical rule.

      Though I do understand what you are getting at (as a confirmed libertarian myself), these are all the natural byproduct of over-spending and massive unchecked growth, rather than a concerted effort to control the public. If it goes awry into an even more socialistic society, we have no one to blame but ourselves; we voted these people in.

      • John

        August 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm

        Well said! Except for the we voted these people in. I didn’t vote them in. Neither did my neighbors. Wyoming is the most conservative state in the union. Unfortunately there are only about 500,000 of us so our votes don’t count for nuthin. We are inconsequential in presidential elections and our two senators and one representative can’t do much up against a chamber full of douchenozzles like Barbara Boxer, Harry Reid, and on and on.

  8. Paul

    August 21, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I almost fell out of my chair!!

    I may have a few to many differences of opinion with actions/policies, but I do not think that our President has ill will against Americans. I just think some actions/policies are misguided/wrong!

    In other words, “The path to Hell is paved with good intentions.”

  9. just another Dirt Bag

    August 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm


    Vuurwapen does a good job of demolishing the MRAP and Class V build-up paranoia

    • John

      August 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks Dirt Bag! That video made me feel better. I still hate the government though. Vuurwapen looks like a blog I’m going to frequent.

  10. Just another Dirt Bag

    August 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Oh and will somebody please tell the “make you think” types that 7.26×39 has not been the standard Russian round since 1974?

  11. Whitey

    August 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I’m not *much* of a conspiracy guy myself. I think the official story about JFK was pure bullshit and it sure as hell wasn’t a weather balloon that crashed at Roswell (which doesn’t automatically mean it was aliens, either), but the overwhelming majority of theories I hear range from far-fetched to batshit-insane. Of course, I don’t trust the federal government–especially this administration–half as far as I could throw a DHS MRAP with Janet Napolitano’s fat ass strapped to the hood. By the same token, I don’t necessarily think they’re coming for any day now, either. I stockpile ammo and toilet paper just in case, but it’s far more likely that I’ll use those after an earthquake. I guess you could say that I believe in being prepared, but don’t consider tin foil hats to be effective personal protective equipment.

    I know two guys at work who are full-blown conspiritards. It’s kinda sad, really. Both are good guys, and good firefighters (I used to work with another one, but he was an asshole, so fuck that guy). I personally think highly of both of them (I knew them before they started lining their helmets with tin foil), but one is a little bit “out there” and the other has pretty much lost his Goddamn mind.

    They both are convinced that 9/11 was some kind of false flag, insider, illuminati bullshit. The WTC was a controlled detonation because jet fuel can’t melt steel–even though anybody in our job knows enough about building construction to know that steel I-beams will fail at roughly 1100 degrees (depending on metallurgy), the office contents ignited by the jet fuel will reach 2500 easily, and we all know (now) that the WTC’s structural members had shitty low-bid insulation installed by a bunch of crackheads in 1976. The Pentagon was actually hit by a Tomahawk–despite the fact that 500,000 people on both sides of the Patomac WATCHED a Boeing 767 nosedive into the freakin’ building. Andrew Jackson beat the Bank, Rothchilds started WWI, your birth certificate is actually the deed from the bank that owns you, moon landing was a hoax, blah blah blah.

    One of them showed me web site once that had him absolutely convinced, CONVINCED, that Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Queen Elizabeth, and the last 3 Popes were secretly alien reptiles. I shit you not. I kept looking at him, praying that he was fucking with me, and wasn’t really buying this crap. I’ll admit I don’t like Obama, but I’m pretty sure he bleeds the same color red as me. Oh no, this was God’s own gospel, just look at all the “proof”!

    How do you deal with that? Personally I just smile and nod, out of respect for two very good men (crazy notwithstanding). But it is sad, especially since its now impossible to have a conversation with these guys that doesn’t immediately go into tin foil hat territory.

  12. moriah

    August 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Maybe this is the source of the paranoia.


  13. ReserveMedic

    August 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Apparently no one pays attention to little stories like “The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf” anymore.
    False flag incidents/operations are possible and something we should look for, but people like Alex Jones are making it impossible for anyone to believe the truth if it does happen.

  14. Common Sense

    September 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    The other big issue is that freedoms ARE being lost. It doesn’t matter what happened in Boston, the house to house -martial law -state of emergency- there all going to get us -excuse was just that, an excuse. The way searches were conducted was illegal- even though I firmly believe those two little shits were absolutely responsible for what happened.

    The same as the firearms confiscations after Katrina, etc, etc.

    People should be scared- HOWEVER- the best ways to make changes are:

    1- Always be prepared for the worst but most likely catastrophe (which isn’t islamist/communist/alien invasion, but could be anything from terrorism knocking out the grid to an accidental release of smallpox).

    2-Don’t bunker down and only talk to people who agree with you- speak to everyone, and FACT CHECK your own shit.

    3-Be active in both your community and at larger federal levels to seek REAL change. For everyone that whines about “the government”, a ridiculously small percentage have ever spoken to their elected representatives, or sent an email, etc. “The government doesn’t listen” is only a valid argument if you have done everything reasonable to be heard.

    4-Work to get veteran organisations to lobby for you as well. Remember that much of the social change (both good and bad) done in the last century was proposed and carried out by veterans and veteran backed lobby groups. Though far fewer have served in the 21st century, the term veteran still carries weight.

  15. Stephen

    September 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I think it’s time to take the luster off of Peter Nealen’s AIPAC colored glasses…

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