First things first, let’s say that we are all intrigued by the search for truth behind the Boston Marathon terror attacks. We all want answers, and Common Sense Conspiracy certainly doesn’t always count on the government agencies involved to necessarily give the correct ones to us. However, sometimes we have to stop and think about how powerful an accusation can be, even if it starts out as an innocent curiosity on a website.
Our case in point is what is going on right now at Alex Jones’ infamous Prison Planet website. There are articles posted there that go very in depth claiming that they have tracked down the bombing suspects through a trail of photographs and videos. Don’t get us wrong. It’s very interesting, and someone obviously put an enormous amount of time piecing it all together. And for all we know, they may have hit pay dirt and may be following in the footsteps of investigators who did announce today that they have identified a suspect thanks to images from surveillance cameras in the area. So what’s the problem? Well, for the couple of people called out on Jones’ site, there are two possibilities. They are either involved or completely innocent bystanders that now have thousands of people discussing them as having committed a terrible atrocity.
The Internet is too far and wide of an influence now to think that this kind of speculation will go unnoticed. People are hungry for answers right now, and the government is staying pretty tight-lipped about things. As Prison Planet points out in the intro to its revelations, a lot of people interpret the government’s lack of sharing information as either indicating that they don’t know anything or that they are struggling to make sure they have their story together before they go before the press. In reality, they probably don’t want to tip their hand, because you can bet that whoever the real suspects are, they are waiting breathlessly to see what will be revealed. If the FBI or another agency are close on the trail of a suspect, any revelation could jeopardize their entire investigation. Not that we are saying there’s no chance there could be a conspiracy here, but their silence on the matter certainly should not be taken as any such proof.
The point is that to make wild speculations on the Internet and actually circle people in photographs and say “We got our man” without any true proof may seem like fodder for conspiracy websites, but it could have severe effects on these people in these photographs. Remember Richard Jewell, the cop that saved the day in the Atlanta Olympic bombings but then got fingered as a suspect later. He was 100% innocent, as was proven finally when the real bomber was finally tracked down years later. Despite never being actually charged with a crime, the mainstream media latched on to Jewell and literally ruined his life. He spent years trying to repair his image and fighting civil lawsuits for damages for all of the ways the false allegations of the media affected his life. This guy couldn’t get a job, couldn’t get a date, couldn’t do anything, because everyone thought he was a terrorist and a murderer. He ended up dying very young, and while there is no way to prove that these terrible circumstances brought about his early demise, it is hard to imagine that it helped, isn’t it?
It’s one thing to believe in conspiracies and to question the official account of things. It is another to play detective and then come to the table as if you have scooped the story. A lot of the photographs that supposedly identify the bombing suspects on Prison Planet revolve around common stereotypes… like, “let’s scour the photographs for anyone of Middle Eastern descent.” Or anyone that happened to be on a cell phone (because those are exceptionally rare these days, right?) at the right moment must be somehow involved? Or if someone wasn’t intently watching the race for ten seconds, they must have been contemplating the chaos and disorder that was about to happen.
These photos, which we are not going to publish here for all the reasons we’ve given above, elicit an emotional response, even though we know intellectually that they may be nothing at all. You can’t help but get that shiver down your spine when you look at these people and think that you might be witnessing the face of pure, unadulterated evil. And yet, you might also be looking at someone that is just as innocent in all of this as you are. The power of suggestion is so powerful that it causes that emotional response right down to your very bones.
So, remember when you post things on the Internet after something like this, your speculation could very well be considered an accusation for the people that find themselves in the line of fire. Remember people like Jewell who prove that there can be grave repercussions to rushing to judgment and assuming things without the facts to back it up. Will the people on Prison Planet that are so adamantly proclaiming that they have cracked the case be so adamant tomorrow if the FBI provides a picture of a suspect that looks like none of these people?
We can theorize about this, and we at Common Sense Conspiracy believe that it is healthy to have such conversations, but when you start actually making accusations, you have to be aware of all of the repercussions of the act. Remember, freedom of speech is not freedom from consequences, and the consequences don’t always fall just on the person that is speaking.