Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Listen . . .

. . . Do you Want to Know a Secret?

What do MI6 [the British Secret Intelligence Service], the CIA, Michael Heseltine [former Tory bigwig], and Yuri Andropov [former Soviet-–and KGB—leader] have in common?

According to convicted art conman John Drewe, they were all involved in a covert international arms deal conspiracy that singled out Drewe as its victim. The jury at his trial did not swallow his conspiracy allegations, and Drewe was found guilty and sentenced to six years in pokey.*

Impressive as Drewe’s covey of conspirators is, it pales beside the litany of plotters supposedly involved in the John F. Kennedy assassination. According to Wikipedia:
Most [conspiracy spotters] put forth a criminal conspiracy involving parties as varied as the CIA, the KGB, the American Mafia, Mossad, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, former Vice President Richard Nixon, sitting Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Cuban president Fidel Castro, anti-Castro Cuban exile groups, the Federal Reserve, the military-industrial complex, representatives of Big Business, or some combination of those entities and individuals.”**

More sober-minded individuals might wonder why—after nearly half a century—at least one insider (say, a KGB defector, a Mafia turncoat, or a disaffected ex-Castroite) has not broken silence. Think of the humongous publisher’s advance for his revelations! But not a peep, not a hint has reached the public’s ear. And that is because there was no conspiracy. Putting together a conspiracy from such a rag-tag collection of mutually-antagonistic people and organizations would have been more daunting than gathering a representative sample of Hatfields and McCoys, Montagues and Capulets for an evening of whist.

Ben Franklin once remarked that three can keep a secret—if two of them are dead. Which observation has led me to the formation of my latest Law:

There are no unknown conspiracies.

Do You Promise Not to Tell?


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