Like many grown men living with their parents my mind has delved into the realm of conspiracy theories. This world of grassy knolls and CIA operatives and pyramids with eyeballs on them has seemed ever present lately.
First the world mourned the thirtieth anniversary of John Lennon’s murder/assassination on December 8. Lennon’s murderer, Mark David Chapman, was considered to be a lone nut who read the wrong book, The Catcher In The Rye. Chapman preached against phoniness, but if that was the case why didn’t he shoot down Mick Jagger or one of the Monkees? No, instead he killed one of the world’s greatest espousers for peace and love and walruses. Lennon was a man the FBI and CIA kept taps on. He was so sympathetic to the left wing that President Nixon did everything in his power to get him kicked out of the country. And in 1980 a month after dark forces represented by Ronald Reagan’s election took over the country they found a way to get Lennon permanently exiled from the USA.
These assassins tend to be much more effective in taking out a person representing peace, be it Lennon or MLK or RFK or Malcolm X after his pilgrimage. But somehow the targets tend to survive when they stand for bigotry, intolerance, and the military-industrial complex like Reagan, George Wallace or Darth Vader.
A more topical conspiracy involves that of WikiLeaks director, Julian Assange. WikiLeaks had been leaking classified government documents on the internet for the past few years. It has raised the ire of the United States government for posting secret and classified diplomatic cables including one that stated levels of cancer are higher in Fallujah than they were in Hiroshima likely due to American weapons being used in Iraq.
I have seen many movies and in all of them when one whistleblows a powerful institution there are consequences to be paid. One is either killed in a fashion to make it look like an accident or suicide or a psychotic act by a lone nut or a scandal comes out to undermine one’s credibility. So it does seem fishy that on August 20, 2010 an arrest warrant was issued in Sweden for Assange involving sexual encounters with two different women at two different times in two different cities. Perhaps Assange is a serial rapist, but the timing of the allegations seems rather convenient for the powers that be.
If nothing else the last few weeks’ news coupled with President Obama’s refusal to take a liberal stance on any issue shows a public awareness that there are severe consequences to rocking the boat. And unfortunately not very many people are willing to get as wet as Lennon or Assange.