A Conspiracy Theory for Everyone in New Clinton Docs

Afraid of black helicopters? A right-wing conspiracy? Or just have questions about JFK? These documents have something for you.

President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton await the arrival of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain on 23 February, 2000. Taken on the South Portico of the White House. 
National Journal
Alex Seitz Wald
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Alex Seitz-Wald
April 18, 2014, 11:55 a.m.

Newly re­leased in­tern­al doc­u­ments from the Clin­ton White House have something for con­spir­acy the­or­ists of all stripes.

While most people are fa­mil­i­ar with con­spir­acy the­or­ies in­volving the Il­lu­minati or the Free­ma­sons, black-heli­copter-fear­ing con­nois­seurs of mod­ern con­spir­acism will tell you the real pup­pet­eers of the New World Or­der are the mem­bers of the Bilder­berg Group, a very real and very se­cret­ive clique of fin­an­cial, gov­ern­ment, and civil-so­ci­ety lead­ers.

Alex Jones, the broad­caster be­hind the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar In­foWars con­spir­acy me­dia em­pire, has made a ca­reer out of shout­ing through bull­horns out­side the group’s an­nu­al meet­ings. So he’s sure to find grist for his con­spir­acy-the­ory mill in new doc­u­ments that show Hil­lary Clin­ton spoke at a meet­ing of the ex­clus­ive club in 1997. While there ap­pear to be loc­al con­tem­por­an­eous press re­ports of the then-first lady’s vis­it, it was not widely known, ap­par­ently even to In­foWars.

The in­tern­al emails between na­tion­al se­cur­ity aides Tony Blinken and Peter Bass, pub­lished Fri­day by the Clin­ton Lib­rary, show that Hil­lary Clin­ton’s speech touched on ser­i­ous for­eign policy items, in­clud­ing “a strong en­dorse­ment of im­me­di­ate NATO mem­ber­ship for the Balt­ics.” Un­for­tu­nately, little more is re­vealed.

If that’s not sat­is­fy­ing enough, nev­er fear — there are con­spir­acy the­or­ies no mat­ter your polit­ic­al per­sua­sion. For those on the Left, the new doc­u­ments re­veal ex­tens­ive talks among White House staffers about a right-wing “con­spir­acy” against the pres­id­ent and his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

One doc­u­ment, for in­stance — no au­thor is lis­ted — at­tempts to trace the “com­mu­nic­a­tion stream of con­spir­acy com­merce” be­hind sev­er­al Clin­ton White House scan­dals. It dubs Richard Mel­lon Scaife, a huge fun­der of right-wing causes, “The Wiz­ard Of Oz Be­hind The Foster Con­spir­acy The­ory,” in ref­er­ence to former Clin­ton law­yer Vin­cent Foster, whose sui­cide promp­ted the­or­ies about foul play and polit­ic­al murder.

And fi­nally, for those who doubt the of­fi­cial nar­rat­ive of the as­sas­sin­a­tion of John F. Kennedy, there are new doc­u­ments show­ing a heated ex­change between the then-dir­ect­or of the FBI and a board set up to re­view and re­lease gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments per­tain­ing to the as­sas­sin­a­tion. The FBI pro­tested the board’s de­sire to re­lease some re­cords, say­ing the board was clue­less about the need to pro­tect the agency’s se­cur­ity.

In all cases, the de­tails are par­tial and in­com­plete, but that suits con­spir­acists just fine — they’re more than happy to fill in the blanks with their own nar­rat­ives.

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