As the day of the supposed alignment that could end with the comet Elenin striking Earth approaches, conspiracy theory websites, forums, and message boards are lighting up with chatter that ranges from significant to completely maniacal. As always, Common Sense Conspiracy takes a look at some of these and tries to see if we can find a fact trail, a means of documenting some of the claims with factual evidence.
First of all, it has been reported that a White House letter leaked to the public expressed a concern that our government agencies (and the rest of the Earth for that matter) should be prepared in the case of a cataclysmic comet impacting the Earth. According to the reports, the government has long considered an asteroid collision as a possible disaster, but the possibility of a comet striking Earth has been mostly overlooked. The timing of the letter is the interesting part. This letter supposedly leaked in October 2010. This is interesting because it is two months from when the comet Elenin was discovered and all of the chaos and confusion began.
If you’re interested in seeing a full account of this report, try this link:
Now, you have the rumor. Now, let’s check the facts. It’s pretty clear to see that this report went viral among conspiracy sites. It is posted online in various forms on sites all over the place, but if you look closer, you’ll find that nowhere can you find a source that can bring true credibility to it. As a matter of fact, it’s almost impossible to isolate when or where the first report of this broke.
Granted, if this story is true, then obviously there would not be any big signs with blinking lights revealing it. The point is, this is the kind of stuff that theorists use as fact when there is not necessarily any way to corroborate it. What that means is that anyone, you or me, could fabricate a story about anything, spread it around, let the internet machine do what it does, and then link back to their own story in arguments as factual evidence.
The conclusion: Possible? Absolutely. Probable? Hard to say. One thing is for sure, however. Simply posting something on the internet doesn’t make it true, no matter how many times the story is regurgitated across message boards, websites, and news services.