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    Cassiodorus

    this thread and deserves as much prominence as possible for its deep truth.

    Is it 'conspiracy theory' to allege that Nixon used conspirators like Anna Chennault to plant the suggestion with RVN President Thieu that Thieu should obstruct peace negotiations during 1968 so that he could get a better deal from a Nixon administration? If that's a 'conspiracy theory,' it's one that the historical record would seem to bear out, as Walt Rostow had the goods on Nixon via a secret wiretap but LBJ chose not to go public with Nixon's treason. (Rostow donated the results of the tap to the LBJ Library with instructions it not be made public for 50 years.)

    Speaking of Nixon, wasn't the Watergate coverup itself a grand conspiracy? According to what I've read here, we would be prohibited from discussing it.

    Kos policy doesn't seem to add up; I think we need a precise working definition of that which we're going to ban and why before speech is curtailed. Otherwise, 'conspiracy theory' becomes a convenient way to dismiss and cudgel those with whom you disagree because you disagree, not because their hypothesis is flawed or untestable.

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