Category Archives: Conspiracy Theorists (Alex Jones, Richard Hoagland, etc)

Cash for Coffee and Terrorism — A Look at Context and How Other Conspiracy Sites Misuse It

First, the facts.  The FBI did indeed recently publish a series of pamphlets, one which is particularly directed at Internet cafes and the like.  In this document, the FBI outlines some things that common people might should regard as suspicious.  One of the comments in the FBI document in particular has caused a bit of an Internet sensation, but as always, we here at Common Sense Conspiracy are on top of it and want to set the record straight.

One of the things we hate the worst here is when things are taken out of context, and in these circles, it happens a lot.  The myriad of “Cash for Coffee” websites and blog posts is designed to spark outrage in us civilians by indicating that paying with cash money for coffee at an Internet cafe indicates that you may be involved in terrorism.  While the message these sites are purveying has some credibility to it (we’ll go into that a little later), the way they are expressing it is actually deceitful.  What they do is they write a big booming headline, just like the one above.  A provocative one that sucks you in and makes you read.  Then, they outline the egregious actions of the FBI in making this insinuation.  At the bottom or on a sidebar, you’ll see a little very official looking document that is from the FBI.  No one clicks on it or takes the time to read it.  We simply assume that what our friendly local blogger is telling us is in there.  While we grudgingly hate to steer traffic this way, a great example of one site using this tactic is here.  This is just one of the many stops with a similar message and setup.  Our friend here runs a good blog and we hope he enjoys some of the traffic he gets from this article.  However, we found that if you look a little further, you might find that these blogs and sites are getting a little carried away with what the document actually says.  That’s why we are going to take a second here to blow it up a little large so you can read what it actually says.  This document is very much real and taken from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s very real website.  We’re not special; you can download it yourself.  Anyway, take a look.


Now, you see the part about always paying with cash.  This is what the blogs are pointing too for their provocative title, but they are insinuating that the FBI document actually says something about paying cash for coffee.  In reality, it means paying cash in general.  I don’t believe that a reasonable person necessarily reads that line and automatically assumes they are talking about coffee.  Many blogs are extrapolating this out further, saying that if you go into Starbucks or your average coffee shop and pay with cash, you go on a government watchlist or some other nonsense.

What the FBI is really getting at is that if a person regularly stops by your Internet cafe, downloads crazy s**t on a flashdrive, is overly worried about anyone knowing anything about him, like, I don’t know, his identity, walks in each day with a different smartphone, has a guy outside that gives him the thumbs up before he walks outside, or starts laughing maniacally while watching slow-motion videos of the September 11 terrorist attacks over and over, you might wanna say something.  This could be a terrorist.

If he dropped four bucks on the counter for his coffee…he’s probably thirsty.

Alex Jones At It Again — Angelina Jolie Should Be Arrested for War Crimes?

If Alex Jones had his way, this scene from Angelina Jolie's movie "Salt" would be reality.

Okay, so we’ll admit it.  Sometimes here at Common Sense Conspiracy we get a little crazy.  Maybe we get on our soapbox and call out some people, and maybe we don’t always really know what we’re talking about.  Or maybe all the facts just haven’t been uncovered yet, but in any case, our good friend Alex Jones has a way of taking it to the next level, and his latest videos and articles are a great example of why we don’t consider him to be all that credible of a resource despite his fairly strong popularity.  But this week, he’s taking it to the next level like never before.

According to Mr. Jones, famous actress Angelina Jolie, the wife of Brad Pitt, should be arrested.  He says that her stand on the situation in Uganda and the now infamous Joseph Kony amounts to war crimes, going as far as to say that she should be locked in prison.  Jolie has spoken out recently against the Ugandan warlord and his Lord’s Resistance Army because of allegations raised in a viral video documentary that outlines his recruiting of children to fight for his army as well as to be used as sexual slaves.  Angelina did step out pretty far…she has openly called for the United Nations, and the United States as a result, to invade Uganda for the purpose of routing out Kony.  While she might have went a little over the top, it’s a bit of a stretch to figure out exactly how Alex Jones thinks this should result in her arrest for war crimes against humanity, despite his eloquent explanation in the video below.

Jones rests his case on the “fact” that Ugandans say that Kony is not a threat, and in fact, no one has seen or heard of him for over five years.  Jones says that even at his height, Joseph Kony only controlled a small area, and the United Nations is using Angelina Jolie as a puppet to garner support to invade Uganda to take the people’s resources.  He also says that Angelina Jolie is undergoing a metamorphosis into a full-fledged political figure.  Right now, she is considered an ambassador to the United Nations, but Alex Jones says she is being groomed for a more prestigious position in which she will be in charge of relations for “refugees” in general.

We are investigating the Kony situation, because there has been some backlash in the national media about the documentary which originally caused so much controversy.  We want to find out more about this man and determine if the things he has been accused of have any basis in facts.  We realize that any video in this day and age can be fabricated, but the crimes Kony is accused of are of the most reprehensible nature imaginable.  If any of the allegations about him are true, then it may very well be that Angelina Jolie is right.  However, it’s hard for us, the common populace, to tell.  Don’t worry.  We are working hard to find out more facts, but in the meantime, whatever the final result might be, we do believe that Alex Jones calling for Angelina Jolie to be arrested for war crimes is a little premature, to say the least.  Besides, Brad Pitt would have a really hard time raising all those kids while Mommy is in prison.

We generally don’t make a practice of posting Alex Jones’ videos here at the CSC, but this one is just too enjoyable to pass up.  Let us know what you think…

Did the United States Government Really Shut Down 10 Million Christian Websites?

Patriarch Kirill I may have said a lot of things, but apparently what Pak Alert Press reported was not one of them.

Our friends at Pak Alert Press have reported something that is getting a lot of attention.  And with good reason.  If it were true, it would be a very damning revelation.  According to their article, located here, Russia’s most prominent religious leader, Patriarch Kirill I, issued a report that accused the United States government, with President Obama’s approval, of shutting down over 10 million Christian websites, citing national security as the reason.  They did this by requiring Google to eliminate these websites from its database, including almost all domains with the .cc designation.

We encourage you to read the article at Pak Alert Press and make your own decision, but Common Sense Conspiracy has delved deeper into the story and found some questionable problems with it.  First of all, you cannot find another website that corroborates this information.  Typically when there is big conspiracy news like this, several conspiracy sites, as well as general alternative news sites, will pick it up.  You will see carbon copies of the article regurgitated on website after website.  This has not happened.  There are only a couple of instances we could uncover where anyone has put any particular credence into this story, except Pak Alert Press itself.  The story has been around since July of 2011, so it has had plenty of time to make the Internet rounds.

Secondly, if Patriarch Kirill I did issue this report, there is no record of it on the Internet except for within the original report from Pak Alert Press.  How they would have received such a report if it wasn’t released publicly is another big problem that we have with the information here.  Additionally, nowhere in Pak Alert’s article is there an example of any one of the supposed 10 millions sites given.  You would think that if this report was authentic, surely a couple of Christian websites out of as bold a number as 10 million could have been tracked down and reported.  Once again, the article does not give even one example of a site that was shut down as a result of this report.

The .cc extension for websites is suggested to be an acronym for “Christian Church” in the article.  The extension actually stands for “Creative Commons” and was an extension used by a particular business that purchased the domain.  Google did indeed dump over 11 million .cc websites from its indexes last year.  However, they were dumped voluntarily by Google without government intervention because the Creative Commons business turned out to use the .cc domains for spam purposes.

You can’t believe everything you hear people.  It appears that Pak Alert Press comes under the microscope once again for reporting something without any factual basis to back it up.  Common Sense Conspiracy believes that there is a conspiracy out there to shut down the Christian religion in general, but this is not one of those cases.

Alex Jones — Predictor Of The Future

Hopefully by now our viewers have realized that we here at Common Sense Conspiracy try our best to provide both sides of the debate. With that being said, here is a video of some predictions made by Alex Jones that came true. Some of these predictions may be lesser known ones that Alex made but the video documents that he got them right.