What can disinformation and anti-American conspiracy theories tell us about TWA flight 800?

There are many conspiracy theories which surround the TWA flight 800 disaster of July 17, 1996. Chief among these narratives seems to be the notions that the plane was shot down by a missile – and then covered up by the US national security apparatus; or that even the missile itself came from a US Navy training exercise gone awry.

Today, with the accumulation of quality investigative research about the crash, and the similar patterns which have emerged in internet-based conspiracy theory since 1996, it seems fairly easy to connect the TWA flight 800 conspiracy theories as emerging from similar strategic disinformation networks responsible for September 11 2001, Syrian Civil War/ISIS, and 2016 ‘election hacking’ conspiracy theories (among others).

From RT, to Veterans Today, to Infowars, to GlobalResearch, to UNZ, to the network of Mark Lane-connected L. Fletcher Prouty, and no doubt many lesser known outlets for conspiracism – there is a clear trend which emerges of information warfare around TWA Flight 800 that is connected to an Iranian and Russian/Soviet disinformation legacy. Despite their variations, in all cases, these narratives seem to be calculated to diminish faith and trust in the US government.

Perhaps the best place to start to explain this rationale is by demonstrating Russian proxy Iran’s semi-transparent motivations for creating a controversy around the TWA flight 800 disaster, which can be most plausibly found in reciprocation for the 1988 shootdown of Iran Air flight 655 on July 3, 1988 by the USS Vincennes cruiser. The US Navy ship mistakenly shot down an Iranian civilian Airbus A300 airliner from within Iran’s territorial waters in a case of mistaken identity, resulting in the deaths of 290 passengers – a majority of them Iranian. In Iran, this action had significant propaganda value and it has been generally portrayed as an intentional act by Americans, although there is little rational evidence to support this perspective.

Iranian stamp commemorating Iran Air flight 655 as state propaganda

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Google Trends Spike in Nostradamus Related to Notre Dame Fire

A very brief update to complement my prior post of 4/20/2019.

My research has often relied on the use of webometric data like Google Trends in order to show quantifiable evidence that Nostradamus interest ‘spikes’ during periods of probable Russian Active Measures. (See my most recent and comprehensive report on the subject here.) There have been such spikes during the 9/11 terror attacks (2001), during the April 2010 crisis surrounding the crash of the Polish executive government in Smolensk Russia, during the February-March 2014 Russian invasion of the Ukrainian Crimea, and during the ISIS-fueled Syrian migrant crisis of August-September 2015 in Hungary. All of  these events could be correlated to Russian Active Measures operations.

As you can see from the following representation, we are currently in the midst (of a likely subsiding) worldwide spike in Nostradamus interest related to the Notre Dame fire.

In the past 5 years, there have been similar spikes only in the case of the November 2015 Paris terror attacks (which were correlated to searches for ISIS (2) ), and in the November 2016 US Presidential election.

Based on what I’ve studied, I’d feel fairly confident to ascertain that Russia is also most likely behind this spike in Nostradamus interest as well. The question is: is Russia just opportunistically capitalizing on the Notre Dame fire?

The Notre Dame Fire and Nostradamus Conspiracism: Don’t Forget the Name or Russia

So my self-imposed ban on Nostradamus writing hasn’t lasted a single posting cycle. (If you haven’t read my recent peer-reviewed report, check it out here.)

In the past week, the tragic fire which severely damaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was linked to numerous instances of conspiracy theorizing; especially that it had been a deliberate arson or some kind of Islamist plot. Given France’s recent history of terrorism, such claims had surface plausibility. However, it seems at this time that those rumors are not true; or at least that those who continue to believe they are true will result in having themselves labeled conspiracists.

Interestingly however, the inferno happened to spawn another wave of viral Nostradamus hoaxes which can be traced indirectly to Russian influences.

Julian Assange compared to the Salvator Mundi by Nostradamus conspiracists in the aftermath of the Notre Dame fire (perhaps it is actually a picture of Judas Iscariot?)

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Russian Information Warfare and 9/11 Conspiracism: When Fake News Meets False Prophecy

I was proud to be invited to contribute a chapter to Prof. Muhammad Sarfraz’ recent edited book: ‘Developments in Information Security and Cybernetic Wars‘, entitled ‘Russian Information Warfare and 9/11 Conspiracism: When Fake News Meets False Prophecy‘.

The invitation to contribute was resultant from my participation in the 2017 International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism (IJCWT). My chapter incorporates revised content from the site here at N01R on Russian Apocalypticism, Syrian Chemical Weapons False Flag Hoaxes, Orson Welles’ Cambridge Five Connections,  and Google Trends Nostradamus ‘Spikes’. I even snuck my Conspiracy Model in the paper (which I also delivered as a poster at the ICCWS conference in 2018).

As such, the chapter represents the ‘Magnum Opus’ of my Nostradamus conspiracy research, which to be honest, I truly hope will represent the last time I write formally about this generally dreadful subject.

However, were I to delve into this subject again, I would certainly highlight Alex Jones’ connections to the Lyndon Larouche movement (see also Webster Tarpley) (1) and how that legacy of False Flag conspiracism is connected to a clear history of Marxist-Trotskyist thought, and how that connects to modern anti-Semitism, as well as Iranian and Duginesque geopolitics. (Aside from that take by the venerable leftist Louis Proyect (1), check out a similar 1984 perspective on Larouche from the conservative Heritage Foundation which painted him as a Russian disinformation asset.)

I would also highlight Giulietto Chiesa’s ‘Zero’ documentary which aired on Russian state media near the 7 year anniversary of 9/11, and how this links 1999 Moscow Apartment Bombings conspiracism beyond Russian apocalypticism to the 2001-era 9/11 conspiracy theories.

Please download the paper/chapter which is available here per the publisher’s fair use policy: Russian-Information-Warfare-and-9_11-Conspiracism_-When-Fake-News-Meets-False-Prophecy

Distancing my ‘Illuminati’ Poem from all the Recent Cell Phone Conspiracism and Disinformation Attributable to Russia

A couple months ago I wrote an ‘Illuminati poem‘ to encapsulate some feelings I had about how the online world is used to spread conspiracy theories.

The poem was sort of an honest reflection on the idea that despite increases in technology which would purport to bring us closer – these technologies can actually drive us apart. Despite better access to scientific knowledge – people consume conspiracy thinking on their computerized devices which is anything but scientific.

While ‘The Illuminati’ of Bavaria sought to better man ostensibly, their methods and those of later Communists were often overtly – and intentionally – “Satanic”. Russia seems to have both influenced the rise of Nazi fascism and fought against them by promoting deep anti-fascism through their Comintern fronts and cutouts.

Sergei Nilius’ Russian Orthodox and Okhrana-connected forgery “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” is specifically related to ‘antichrist‘. Despite ‘The Protocols’ being Tsarist, they were leveraged by the Soviets. In addition to this kind of anti-Semitism being a clear influence on the Nazis, the Gestapo modeled themselves on the Soviet Cheka (Okhrana successor in communist Russia) and later collaborated with the Cheka’s successor, the NKVD before and during the Molotov-Ribbentrop era. The Nazi’s race theories were derivative from the Tsarist intelligence movement Theosophy — and they even took the Swastika from Theosophy in all likelihood.

That these movements are in large part attributable to Russia should give anyone who gives such ideas credence, some pause.

The name of the poem itself: “Digital Conspiracy” was a reflection on Hegelian dialectic in a sense: and how 0’s and 1’s might as well represent extremes of a political left and right. How an ignorant flat earth mentality exists within such a modern dialectic spectrum as well (“Compact disc earth : the tapped phone, eternal contract from hell!“). How — like the Illuminati of the 18th century — it seems apparent that those who push these ideas may claim they are advocating for the advancement of humanity and society, but they are actually driving it towards a possible destruction.

The poem also attempts to go to lengths to relate Russia’s ‘playing of both sides’ especially within the context of anti-Semitism and Nazism; and how that may also relate to our present online condition. How the fruits of such supposedly ‘Promethean’ humanist movements and influence operations may lead to technologies which may ultimately be used against humanity (“light given flames – man’s ashes”?).

I’m not a deeply religious person, though I do believe in God and monotheism. I don’t believe God is responsible for just the good things – but also the bad things that happen too. It is all part of the plan in such a view. If it were not so, God would not be ‘omnipotent’. That said, especially within the context of the widely schismatic nature of our global religions — I have a hard time understanding how anyone can so passionately feel the church/religion they are born into (or come to join), or the nation they live in, or any aspect of politics/birthright can be seen as a ‘one true way’. Earth is a shared community we live in, and we have to accept our neighbors. We have to accept the good with the bad as well when it comes to the imperfection of our own existences. It is the whole of us which is humanity, not any one of us.

The world we live in is complex. It is a blend of perspectives, shades of gray — 0’s and 1’s together — not just one or the other. I feel that people need to realize this and make conscious decisions to accept wholeness of our reality. There is no atom without both electrons (,neutrons) and protons, afterall. The clear attempt to divide by extremes (or ‘Schizowarfare’) in a technological context is what I mean by “digital conspiracy”.

To me, ‘Satanism’ is an attempt to split this natural wholeness (call it ‘Tao’ if you will) into constituent parts which may be used for some entity, group, or person to withhold a perspective of complexity and exert control over groups of people. To promise both groups everything perfect which cannot possibly be so. To even try is the path to destruction.

Today in the online world, I see this approach largely done through the kind of ignorance which is reflected in the conspiratorial political perspectives of the extreme left and right. I see these activities as primarily being attributable to Russian influence.

I also tried to make the case that technology like rockets, nukes, and cell phones are those kind of knowledges which will eventually take us from the ‘Eden’ of earth into the stars someday. Given that these technologies are in some ways relatable to Nazis/WW2 tech, political ignorance, and malign influence, they can sort of be effectively related to an embrace of sin analogous to man falling from the grace of God and leaving the allegorical garden of innocence in the poem.

It is a metaphorical, rather than literal interpretation of how technology corrupts us.

Our use of technology doesn’t necessarily have to be so, although I do believe that if these entities are continually improperly utilized and managed, there is little argument that they could lead to our destruction as a species. It also seems quite possible that there has been at least a metaphorical use of Satanism to drive these ‘revolutionary’ social movements.

Thus while I find it interesting in the weeks following my poem’s posting that Russian Orthodox and right wing entities have increasingly come to relate cell phones and such technology to the enslavement of humanity and the rise of the so-called ‘Antichrist’, ‘Beast Computer‘, etc., these kinds of pronouncements are not how I view technology. Instead, I view such claims as further reference to the conspiratorial and ‘Satanic’ socially engineering views which define the very point behind the poem. It was just ‘art’ but I want to make it clear that as much as it may seem these ideas echo my views, they are actually represent what I am disparaging and are apparently put forth by the very (especially Russian Orthodox Christian) folks I consider to be the root cause behind such ‘antichristian’ anti-Semitism.

The current state of dualistic conspiracism, occult anti-Semitism, and false antichrist attributions are due to Russia. Period. Patriarch Kirill’s claims that the ‘antichrist’ will control people through smart devices and phones is both ‘true’ and blindingly deceptive, especially considering the clear Russian hand in fomenting these problems.

See:

Smartphone users warned to be careful of the Antichrist

Far-Right Show TruNews Warns: 5G Technology Is the Antichrist

The Beast Computer in Brussels: Religion, Conspiracy Theories, and Contemporary Legends in Post-Soviet Culture

The Myth of the Jewish Menace in World Affairs

(excerpt on Yuliana Glinka, Theosophist who spread ‘The Protocols’ in book) “Politics and the Occult

Andrei Nekrasov: Deep Cover (Former) KGB – (Current) FSB Information Asset?; or Self Incrimination: The Russophobia Strategy?

One of the most compelling stories which got me interested in the idea of Russian conspiracies was the Andrei Nekrasov film ‘Poisoned by Polonium: The Litvinenko File’ (2008) (released internationally as ‘Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case’ (2007)); and to a lesser extent, Nekrasov’s prior film ‘Disbelief’ (2004). The documentaries stand out as poignant critiques of the Putin regime. As the title suggests, in the case of Poisoned by Polonium the emphasis is on the agonizing poisoning death of Alexander Litvinenko at the hands of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). In the case of Disbelief, the film focuses heavily on the idea that the 1999 Moscow Bombings which brought Putin to power were some kind of an FSB provocation.

Since those films released, there has been considerable speculation about Nekrasov’s film : ‘The Magnitsky Act: Behind the Scenes’ (2016). The film has been roundly criticized in the West because it has called into question the idea that Sergei Magnitsky was a victim of the Russian state and instead posits some kind of Western conspiracy to discredit Russia. To this point, the release of the 2016 film caused The Daily Beast to publish an article: ‘How an Anti-Putin Filmmaker Became a Kremlin Stooge’.

Today I would like to explore the idea that Nekrasov has never been a Kremlin stooge, and perhaps he has been a willful agent of the Russian secret services all along, despite the clearly anti-Putin content of his earlier films.  I will also present the idea that Russia has set out to discredit itself in order to achieve a strategic objective. Counterintuitively, Nekrasov’s 2004-2008 films seem to have aided and abetted a strategy of ‘Russophobia as a strategic narrative’. Hiding in plain sight is an idea which I have observed in the past regarding other plausible Kremlin assets. If I am correct, this seems to be one of Nekrasov’s favored approaches to filmmaking as an apparent clandestine officer of Russia.

Andrei Nekrasov: Self incriminating KGB agent?

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Evidence of an Apparent Russian Conspiracy Behind the ‘Bavarian Illuminati’ and Influence on ‘Revolutionary Art’

I haven’t got time to do a real report on this important subject in conspiracy theory but I’ve been away from the desk for too long. So I will synthesize some facts. The short idea is that Catherine the Great seems to have been considered an ‘enlightened despot’ by figures like Thomas Jefferson and Voltaire, but the apparent strategic aim was not necessarily the betterment of mankind, but rather the diminishing of the power of Russia’s 18th century rivals, Britain and France. While Catherine ‘talked a good game’ on democracy and abolition, the evidence is that under her, the serfs of Russia fared much more poorly. In a similar sense, it can objectively be seen that the Bolshevik Revolution and emergence of the Soviet state did not serve man any better either. (Additional background of pertinence can be found here.)

Catherine the Great as Minerva; Jean-Pierre-Antoine Tassaert (1774). Tassaert was a court sculptor for one of Barruel’s supposed French Revolution conspirators – Frederick the Great. Both Frederick and Catherine are considered innovators in the context of intelligence and disinformation (also see: ‘The Secret World‘ by Christopher Andrew which isn’t readily indexed on Google Books but can be found as PDF online. (I have the unabridged audio book, and it is great)).
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Schizowarfare: A Beginning Definition

It’s been obvious that Russia plays both sides in our political chaos. Two independent reports presented by the Senate Intelligence Committee all but confirm it. Hamilton 68 highlighted it. Based on qualitative interpretations of Russian propaganda headlines, in February 2016 I pointed out Russian support for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in a comment in a Forbes article — and after acknowledging he had not had the idea before and asking if it was my work — within days the author wrote an article about Russian support for Bernie and Trump in 2016 (with no attribution to my ‘Mitchell Indiana Hedges‘ pseudonym).

But seriously — just look to the Nazis and anti-fascists — or the schismatic Orthodox Church even. Russia drives wedges and plays both sides — it is what/who Russia is. Not really controversial. The longer we ignore the obvious, the bigger fools we are. President Trump was right when he urged calm in both sides during the Charlottesville protests, no matter what you think of him. (Of course he got attacked the one time he wasn’t divisive.)

A mind divided cannot stand.

Also not controversial is the idea that conspiracy theories encapsulate a ‘paranoid style’ in politics. One needn’t look very far into the scholarly literature on metanarrative/master narrative to find there is a good body of work touching on Freudian/Kleinian psychoanalytical concepts as they relate to ‘paranoid-schizoid’ processes as part of personality development and how these normal psychological processes in humans can be related to conspiracy theories. (I admit, I don’t know a ton about this but the material in the link seems very solid and consistent with my existing research — even including an unsought Nostradamus reference.)

So often we hear about culture war, cyberwar, or ‘infowar’ as they relate to Russian active measures and conspiracy theories — but none of these terms describe the ‘two sidedness’, ‘divisiveness’, and ‘psychological paranoia’ which is inherent to the Russian version of these concepts at least and the higher order strategy they apparently serve.  I’d like to propose a term to conceptualize what we deal with and sort of merge the ideas of psychological warfare, ‘infowar’, and culture war into one concept: ‘schizowar(fare)‘.

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Seems Russia wants us to know Mohammed bin Salman as MBS

It is hard to look at the news today without finding some reference to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as ‘MBS’.  Of course it seems normal these days to think of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed as ‘KSM’; or to know Osama bin Laden as ‘OBL’ . (When I contributed to this analysis on MH 370 in March 2014, I wanted to refer to Zaharie Ahmad Shah as ‘ZAS’, but my collaborator discouraged it — perhaps sensing the loaded connotation that such a three letter name initialization of a Muslim associated with terror intentionally carried.)  It is clear that this ‘initialization’ is almost a form of labeling associated with fears about radical Islamic terrorism today.

Knowing that the case of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder seems to be connected 1.) to Saudi geopolitical struggles with Turkey, in 2.) the context of the Syrian Civil War, which is 3.) a proxy struggle that is propped up by diplomatic and military assistance from Russia and Iran; and that 4.) pro-Russian conspiracists who were connected to the most viral 9/11 conspiracies (which are anti-Saudi at core focusing on Osama bin Laden and Bush family connections to Saudi Arabia)  as well as ‘Syrian false flag’ chemical weapons narratives (in the Syrian Civil War period)  — are now using ‘MBS’ as a core of their 2001-like claims; I figured I should check it out.

“AT LAST the Beast of Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (AKA MBS) is getting unwanted American and worldwide attention for what he is really like, the young and ruthless power behind the throne of his stroke-ridden father, King Salman. Starting last year I began writing about MBS as a new and perhaps the most formidable candidate for Nostradamus’ Antichrist I’ve ever encountered since being on the trail for candidates since 1983… MBS is an evil beast but he’s your beast, Mr. and Mrs. America.” – John Hogue, Hogueprophecy.com

If you’re wondering who has fallen out with Assad and will be barrel bombed next — or just who the latest Syrian chemical weapons false flag is getting blamed on —  tune in to Coast to Coast AM with George Noory next time John Hogue visits and channels his Czarist Nostradamus.

It seemed almost blindingly obvious to me that John Hogue referring to MBS as a codeword for Nostradamus’ ‘third antichrist’ ‘Mabus’ was a renewed instance of the same kind of strategy which had been used to make Osama bin Laden to look like such a ‘third antichrist’ following the 9/11 (2001) attacks. (Hogue had the top selling book of the 9/11 timeframe and the subject was Nostradamus — he’d predicted Osama Bin Laden as Nostradamus’ ‘third antichrist’ since June 2001.)

Having had some experience with Google Trends to do quantitative analyses of keywords; as well as Google Search itself to assist in quantifying the volume of a topic on a given site as well as qualitatively analyze results, I decided to see if I could find where ‘MBS’ comes from. 

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