Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion : False Flag Theories Include Missiles, Crashing Helicopters, Drones, Animated Cartoon Characters, “Gun Grabbers,” And Obama, Obama, Obama

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Michael Matthew Bloomer, April 18, 2013

Conspiracy theories West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion 2013

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The massive explosion at the West, Texas fertilizer plant, two days after the Boston Marathon bombings, has understandably stirred up professional and amateur conspiracy theorists. On April 15, the day of the Boston bombings,  I highlighted the previous conspiracy marketplace reaction at PrisonPlanet to the April 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. My “prediction” of the false flag allegations that quickly ensued after Monday’s Boston bombings was, of course, a no brainer.Johhny on the spot was the website Infowars, the brainchild of Alex Jones, a leading conspiracy engineer and cheerleader. Infowars quickly accused the Obama administration “gun grabbers,” government military contractors, Saudi Arabia, the television show Family Guy, and even Navy SEALS for the Boston bombings. Such commonplace allegations allege a covert “false flag” operation. When true a false flag incident is solely planned and orchestrated by a group, often a government, in order to falsely blame their political or ideological opponents for it, or to advance an agenda (in the Boston Marathon case, gun control or increased surveillance of the population at large), or both.

Reputed by many as one of the more infamous false flag operations was the 1933 fire that destroyed Berlin’s Reichstag six days before parliamentary elections and four weeks after Adolf Hitler had assumed Germany’s Chancellorship. Immediately after the fire Hitler asked and received from President Von Hindenburg the Reichstag Fire Decree. Here’s its chilling preamble:

Verordnung des Reichspräsidenten zum Schutz von Volk und Staat Order of the Reich President for the Protection of People and State
Auf Grund des Artikels 48 Abs. 2 der Reichsverfassung wird zur Abwehr kommunistischer staatsgefährdender Gewaltakte folgendes verordnet: On the basis of Article 48 paragraph 2 of the Constitution of the German Reich, the following is ordered in defense against Communist state-endangering acts of violence:
§ 1. Die Artikel 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124 und 153 der Verfassung des Deutschen Reichs werden bis auf weiteres außer Kraft gesetzt. Es sind daher Beschränkungen der persönlichen Freiheit, des Rechts der freien Meinungsäußerung, einschließlich der Pressefreiheit, des Vereins- und Versammlungsrechts, Eingriffe in das Brief-, Post-, Telegraphen- und Fernsprechgeheimnis, Anordnungen von Haussuchungen und von Beschlagnahmen sowie Beschränkungen des Eigentums auch außerhalb der sonst hierfür bestimmten gesetzlichen Grenzen zulässig. § 1. Articles 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124 and 153 of the Constitution of the German Reich are suspended until further notice. It is therefore permissible to restrict the rights of personal freedom [habeas corpus], freedom of (opinion) expression, including the freedom of the press, the freedom to organize and assemble, the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications. Warrants for House searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed.

Source: Wiki

Conspiracy theorists abound in world history, and include lefties, righties, middies, and loonies. Many false flag claims, like the Reichstag fire, still find supporters, and admittedly, I’m among them. Any conspiracy that includes Adolph Hitler, I believe.

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Alleged false flag operations, however, are most often scurrilous, eventually debunked by hard evidence and by the theorists’  utter failures of logic,  for example, the 9/11 conspiracy theories claiming that airplanes did not actually crash into the WTC. The extreme cases, driven more by clinical paranoia than animus or methodical lying, plague our country. Claims about the Boston Marathon, I believe, are among those extremes. Yet, the little paranoid within me does wonder: were radical anti-tax nuts behind this – the Marathon bombings occurred on April 15, tax day? Isn’t that proof enough? Like my flirtation with a Boston Marathon conspiracy, except for clinically insane paranoids, these theories emanate from one’s political belief system, and mine includes a sense that attacks on our federal system by anti-government-in-any-form radicals will begin morphing into what they always threaten to do: to take up arms, and to use them. Nonetheless, somewhere in my otherwise loopy brain I agree that evidence needs examining before reaching conclusions.

At the aforementioned Alex Jones’ Infowars’ reaction to the Boston bombings, the authoritative conspiracy theorist website (accepting for a moment considering a conspiracy manufacturing site, even on its best day, as “authoritative”), a few ideas leaped for attention this morning:

  • Some commenters asked whether the government engineered the West, Texas explosions to draw attention away from the Boston Marathon bombings:
    • “I’m not saying it means anything, BUT it certainly is convenient to the (scumbag) power that be, that this explosion happened JUST as their Boston false flag debacle was unraveling….”;
    • “It seems suspicious to me because it was near Waco and just a few days after Boston bombing. Timing very odd!”;
    • “Could this be to drive peoples attention away from the Boston Bombing Blunder?”; and
    • gabrieldragonroy opined: “ya just when the texan find out about the false flag booming in boston, boom there another explosion in is backyard to diverted is attention i guess i must be paranoid to belive that type of timing don’t existe in REAL life.”
  • one commenter pondered a connection between the Boston Marathon and the West, Texas explosions: “suspicious looking individuals with black backpacks photographed at the Boston Marathon where [sic] most likely from Craft International, a private military contractor based in Texas….Coincidence?”; and
  • “I’m not usually a conspiracy theorist but what if someone could trace the ingredients in the Boston marathon bombings back to thisConspiracy eyes of TJ Eckleburg  fertilizer plant in Texas.  Someone might want to be covering their tracks and or destroying evidence or records.  Who could that someone be? Infowars broke the story this morning that the suspicious looking individuals with black backpacks photographed at the Boston Marathon where most likely from Craft International, a private military contractor based in Texas….Coincidence?”
  • another suggested that the fertilizer plant’s product could not alone have caused an explosion: “The chemicals at this plant were not suitable for ANFO [ammonium nitrate/fuel oil ]explosive (they don’t  make ammonium nitrate) and were deemed safe enough to be situated close by to a residential area.”;
  • questions about activities preceding the explosions quickly put down roots:
    •  In general, the Boston Marathon bombings occurred close in time proximity to the Waco Fertilizer Plant explosions, and, in particular;
    • “Nobody was at work when this fire happened and the factory was closed for the day! So the question is who or what started the fire? Who called in the fire?”;
    • “youtube search,  fema type trucks set up in waco day before explosion…just documentation no other conclusions…”;
    • some debated whether a missile caused the initial explosion: “check out video it shows a object coming from the left and than there is a explosion even the way the ‘boom’ looks would suggest a missle”;
    • Defying her moniker, I am Merrie asked: “Drone Attack? MCB”;
    • “[W]hat would that flash of light be just before the explosion on the left hand sode in the smoke. it doesnt seem to be a missle because it looks like fire. im pretty sure you can see the silos and they arent on fire so what was the fireball that happened just before the explosion.”; and
    • an anonymous commentator delivered a bravura performance, (although fully disclosing that he or she had not confirmed the claim):

“I have not confirmed this, but it also has been said that this ‘missile’ came from a helicopter. Same helicopter went down because most likely ‘miscalculated’ the power of the explosion. Also a drone was spotted around the area. My comments are not intended as fear mongering, just passing along what’s been said so far. Peace out ladies and gents and keep safe!!”

[Myself, I enjoyed the closing “Peace out.”]

  • This commenter combined the Boston and West, Texas tragedies into what might be termed a unified theory:
    • “With the 20th anniversary of Waco looming only a day away, not to mention the total implosion of the official government script of the Boston bombings and indictment of the current and former regime leaders for torture/war crimes, this is a very eerie lamestream media attention grabbing coincidence.”;
  • A commenter, scowel, forged a new direction entirely: “US. NWO [New World Order] Government GET OUT of ‘The SOVEREIGN Republic of Texas!’  WE seceded at the start of the civil war and NEVER re-joined !!!” [Ooh Rah!]
  • The right-wing detests Agenda 21, a UN non-binding sustainable development agreement (not a treaty under the Constitution’s Article VI) which the United States signed. Nonetheless, even a sustainable development agreement gets its moment in the shade: “AGENDA 21 comes to mind when ever I hear stories like this. It’s a great family farming community and they don’t need r want any outside help. So if u can’t get them to submit… burn them out!!  They do it with wild fires all over the country.”;1;
  • here’s a generally leftie theory, another unified conspiracy theory, and one that makes sense to me:  “The conspiracy of cutting corners on safety and protocol in the name of short term profits.”;
  • and then there was this from PhillyTom: “Just Monsanto culling the herd. Move along folks, move along…” [Hmmmmmm. . .];
  • and commenter nothing wrote this conclusion: “This is cleary part of the vast government conspiracy to stand up a shadow government by causing yellow lawns filled with weeds. How long before we get JDAMed by a UAV for trying to fertilize our lawn?: [Again, Hmmmmmm . . .]

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Finally, among the few conspiracy theory detractors, an anonymous appeal to reason struggled for attention at Infowars, and still does:

“This is not a false flag, you guys need to understand that SOMETIMES, real accidents do occur that are not conspiracies.  The moment you start thinking EVERYTHING is a conspiracy is the moment you dont understand anything at all.  This was a fertilizer plant fire that resulted in a massive explosion which is not at all unexpected with the chemicals they have onsight.  Additionally, the “moving flash of light from the left” so many have commented on is combusted gas in the air, which occurs when you have such high temperature fires and volatile compounds in the air.

Sometimes you have false flags (ie. Boston is a great candidate)… and sometimes you have shitty situations like this that are accidents or negligence (we dont know yet) but NOT a conspiracy…

Lets use of brains here folks.”

From your keyboard to God’s email, my friend, and to mine . . .


At Infowars, read the full article and the comments as they’ve developed since this morning here, if you dare,.

  1. Agenda 21 is a voluntary action plan developed by the United Nations and national governments at the “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. At the Summit, governmental leaders around the world agreed on the need to become more sustainable—to meet today’s needs without sacrificing our future. Agenda 21 presents a vision for how all levels of government—especially in the developing world—can take voluntary action to combat poverty and pollution, conserve natural resources and develop in a sustainable manner. One-hundred-seventy-eight nations adopted the agenda, including the United States under the Bush Administration.

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Michael Matheron

From Presidents Ronald Reagan through George W. Bush, I was a senior legislative research and policy staff of the nonpartisan Library of Congress Congressional Research Service (CRS). I'm partisan here, an "aggressive progressive." I'm a contributor to The Fold and Nation of Change. Welcome to They Will Say ANYTHING! Come back often! . . . . . Michael Matheron, contact me at mjmmoose@gmail.com

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