SOOT: Viral Suspicion

SOOT Magazine Online

3 OCTOBER 2013


Conspiracy theorists are a growing breed. Is the fluoride in our water inducing paranoia? Rather, it’s the internet, which has allowed these theorists to team up and disseminate. There are now digital labyrinths of speculation. While some of the theories are as digestible as bullets, others have plausible evidence. Duct-tape the webcam and put on your tinfoil hat.

Internal Combustion

Before the dust from 9/11 had settled, there were chat-room pleas of a “controlled demolition”. Before too long, the claims began to snowball. was launched as an umbrella community for those who thought the US government was telling porky-pies. Soon after, Dylan Avery released a documentary called Loose Change. The film transferred the information from the 9/11Truth website into an even more accessible form. It was the first viral YouTube documentary; the bushfire was ablaze.

Rather than the ignorant, the movement is steered by experts. (Architects and Engineers for 9/11 truth) is a sub-branch of 9/11Truth. It presently has 2026 qualified contributors, who promote such tangible evidence as this: “Jet fuel burns at 1500 degrees, and Fahrenheit, steel at 2800 degrees”, and “the structure of a large, fireproofed steel framed building cannot be completely destroyed by isolated pockets of fire.” In 2011, 9/11truth posted a recording of Vice President Dick Cheney ordering the American Aero Defense Team to shoot down the approaching jets. The radar records show they had enough time to do so.

In a general sense, the Bush administration got everything they desired from the attack; a war to topple Sadaam, and the green light to monitor their critics. It’s unlikely there will ever be enough evidence to validate the theory. But according to a New York Times poll from 2006, 84 per cent of Americans reject the official story.

Uno Governmento

Many believe that 9/11 is the spawn of a colossal conspiracy creature. The New World Order theory emerged when such ideas spread a good deal slower than today. In 1940, author H.G. Wells forged the notion of authoritarian world government, which operates through unsuspected front organisations. The NWO direct political and financial events in pursuit of Orwellian control.

It’s the king of online theories. The most popular NWO website,, was launched in 1996 by radio presenter Alex Jones. It currently clocks more than four million monthly visits. As with every popular theory, there are vast distinctions between the sites. There’s with the  Lizard Apocalypse, to the Satanist-puppeteers on To wade through them all would leave you a geezer. On the other hand, it’s important not to bunch them together, dismissing the lot as reptilian delusions. This would squander the details at hand.

The secrecy of the NWO is seemingly a catch 22; they can’t be exposed, yet they can’t be discredited. But with the wonders of the interwebs, progress has been made. One of the uniform forces on all NWO sites is the Bildenburg group, who are comprised of 130 key big shots from Europe and America. Although the media were dismissive of the claims, it was recently proved that the Bildenberg have been meeting to discuss world events, while journalistic coverage is a no-no. A co-founder of the group, Denis Healey, said in a interview from 2009; “to say we are striving for a one-world government is not wholly unfair. We feel that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing.” It doesn’t yet verify the gecko invasion, but it warrants concern nonetheless. Thanks to the conspiracy forums, the most recent meeting in Watford UK lured major protests on the doorstep.

(U)nidentified (F)acility in the (O)utback

Forbidden locations are goldmines for suspicion; what do you like, have to hide, man? Twenty kilometres south-west from Alice Springs lies Australia’s answer to Area 51. Pine Gap is supposedly an American intelligence tracking station. Although it’s existed for more than 40 years, very little is legitimately known – apart from it being indispensable to the CIA.

It’s a prevailing topic on popular conspiracy websites like, along with as home-brews like The theorists think there is more going on at Pine Gap than military intelligence. Theories range from it being a UFO testing base to a US-Australian transporting station. Again, the dubiousness of such theories should not make you shrug off concern.

Pine Gap is a tangible symbol of our Yankee sovereignty. There’s been copious protests for its closure. In 1975, prime-minister Gough Whitlam made noise about uncovering what actually goes on there. The theorists believe his ensuing dismissal was an American measure to safeguard the base. WikiLeaks recently gave this some backbone. The site leaked a number of cables from 1975, revealing that Labor insiders were informing the US of Whitlam’s plans to act on Pine Gap. The leaks also revealed the American aversion to Whitlam. Lastly, they showed the CIA had been meeting with John Kerr, the man who sacked the Whitlam Government.

As for what actually goes on there? Supposed whistle-blower and 18-year-long employee David Rosenburg said in his book, Inside Pine Gap: The Spy Who Came in From the Desert, “It isn’t capable of initiating either the launch or activation of any weapons”. And yet Pakistani Lawyer Shazad Akbar proved last month that Pine Gap helped orchestrate Al Queda drone bombings. He also said he’s planning to expose the base in the near future. The forums are in a frenzy.

Just Because You’re Paranoid…

On one hand, one doesn’t wish to become a disengaged paranoiac. Conspiracy websites should not rule your life (that honour is reserved for social networking). On the other hand, we shouldn’t trust the mainstream media when they claim these sites are poison. We know by now the press can be as balanced as a baby.

While the internet has fuelled some farcical theories, it’s also helped uncovering some suspicious affairs. At best, we should strive to keep an open mind, and be grateful for unfiltered content. You never know what may become truth.