At the beginning of the Wikileaks "Podesta Emails" campaign, the public was exposed to the exact form of "boss hog" corruption that everyone pretty much expected to find. Unfair advantages against Bernie in the primary, unethical collaboration with the main-stream media, and lies regarding her private e-mails are all things we can wrap our heads around. These types of crimes can be rationalized. We can imagine ourselves doing similar things when walking in a different pair of shoes.
But over the last few days one email regarding an invitation to a "spirit dinner" combined with the alternative media, reddit investigators and FBI revelations from Anthony Weiner's laptop have unleashed a path of evidence that is incredibly difficult, if not impossible for the average Trump supporter or Hillary detractor to come to terms with: Satanism, child abuse, and pedophile rings at the highest levels of power. The accusations and implications are so outrageous, so outside the Overton window that even those that muster the intellectual courage to follow the evidence to its logical conclusion have a difficult decision to make: do you violate every instinct of taste and manners to encourage others to look at the most gut-wrenching evidence, or do you maintain the expectations of polite society by imposing self-censorship? There is also a tactical element to this question. If speaking about these atrocities would harm your credibility by falling under the label of a "conspiracy theorist", is it better to instead focus on exposing smaller crimes that are more palatable?
For some of us, these have been questions that didn't just come up this weekend, but ones we have been struggling with for years or even decades. For many, it all depends on whether or not you are familiar with the Franklin Cover-up.
The Franklin Cover-Up
"What you have to understand, John, is that sometimes there are forces and events too big, too powerful, with so much at stake for other people or institutions, that you cannot do anything about them, no matter how evil or wrong they are and no matter how dedicated or sincere you are or how much evidence you have. That is simply one of the hard facts of life you have to face. You have done your part. You have tried to expose the evil and the wrongdoing. It has hurt you terribly. But it has not killed you up to this point. I am telling you, get out of this before it does." - William Colby, Executive Director of the CIA , to John W. DeCampThe Franklin Cover-up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska is the work of State Senator John W. DeCamp, a book written to tell the story of his involvement from the inside of researching and prosecuting the crimes and eventual cover-up of a nationwide Satanic child abuse ring, discovered in the nexus of Omaha, Nebraska's Franklin Community Federal Credit Union. While my political "awakening" was initially triggered from a conspiracy, and only then did I discover libertarianism and Austrian economics, this work is the only non-economics book that I routinely buy multiple copies of to give out to family and friends. Whereas my general approach to the latest conspiracy theory is to keep it at arm's length and acknowledge that I wouldn't be surprised if it were true, the Franklin cover-up is one of my few exceptions to that rule.
My approach to this blog is not to lay out every piece of evidence to make the convincing case to the most skeptical observer, but to point to the relevant resources and explain at a high-level why it has been convincing to me. In addition to John DeCamp's book, other recommended resources include Nick Bryant's The Franklin Scandal, FranklinCase.org, the investigations of former FBI chief, Ted Gunderson, and a telling piece of evidence in itself, the Discovery Channel documentary Conspiracy of Silence which was pulled from national television at the last minute, had the rights purchased and all physical copies destroyed.
Through these resources, you will learn the story of how dozens of children in the vicinity of Omaha, Nebraska independently came forward through various channels and had remarkably similar stories to tell. These victims confessed horrific sexual abuse, naming some of the most powerful people in Omaha, including the Mayor, the Omaha Chief of Police, the editor of the Omaha World-Herald, wealthy businessmen, an Omaha Judge, and Larry King, the manager of the Franklin Credit Union and high level Republican Party activist.
When a special Franklin committee of the Nebraska Legislature launched its own probe, they not only found evidence of money-laundering and other financial crimes that corroborated the victim's stories (for which Larry King was sentenced to a 15 year sentence), but evidence that the high-profile suspects were indeed guilty of committing crimes against children. As local and state law enforcement, the FBI, and the Omaha World-Herald maliciously attacked the victims and the Franklin investigation, John DeCamp made a daring calculation by publicly releasing "The Franklin Memo", which identified some of the key child abusers for the first time. Predictably, DeCamp was threatened with a lawsuit for leaking this memo, but his risk paid off: concerned parents whose children had ties to the named abusers confronted their children, and additional victims came forward, resulting in Peter Citron, a columnist for the Omaha World-Herald, being convicted of child abuse, and Alan Baer, a wealthy businessman, being indicted of felony pandering.
|Once it goes to the White House, the fix is in: it could be nothing other than a "Carefully Crafted Hoax".|
So my key take-away has always been this: the police found the children's testimony consistent and credible, experts confirmed the victims were sexually abused, some of the accused were convicted of said child abuse, and the "pimp" Larry King was convicted of money laundering (and also had a creepy bedroom in the basement of the Credit Union). And just when you would think this story would wrap-up with the remaining child abusers brought to justice, the "cover-up" part of the story takes over in 1990. The Franklin Committee's chief investigator Gary Caradori and his son died in a suspicious plane crash as he was allegedly bringing back damning photographic evidence from Chicago, and his rapid death was only one of more than a dozen others tied to the Franklin case. Almost all of the child victims were threatened into recanting their stories, and those that didn't, notably Alicia Owen and Paul Bonacci, were convicted of perjury charges and sentenced to years in prison, with the grand jury wrapping a bow on the whole ordeal by labeling it a "carefully crafted hoax".
As admitted in the courts, the children were abused by someone, those they accused were guilty of child abuse and other crimes, and yet through some unbelievable act of mental gymnastics we arrive at the absurd conclusion that the whole thing was a hoax, just as dead bodies start piling up? Could the kingpins of Omaha, Nebraska really pull this off? This doesn't make sense until you consider the final part of the story: in addition to naming the prominent Omaha abusers, the children also told incredible stories of being flown on airplanes by Larry King to Washington D.C. to be served up to the "very top" political elites of the country - implicitly indicating Skull & Bones alumnus H.W. Bush. The stories they told were not only of sexual abuse, but of Satanic ritual abuse up to and including murder of the victims at the conclusion of the ceremonies. This is no longer an issue of depraved boss-hogism, but a threat to national security.
Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss
Fast-forward some 30-odd years, and we could be looking at the same story under a different name. On the one hand, we don't have victims coming forward, which is hardly surprising. The precedent set by Franklin is that "snitches" are killed or imprisoned for perjury, while the abusers are "too big to jail". And yet, the latest batches of the WikiLeaks Podesta e-mails contain both explicit references to Satanic rituals, as well as what looks to be coded references to child sexual abuse. Let's review the evidence, keeping in mind the Franklin "lens" to the power elite.
First, we have e-mails from "performance artist" Marina Abramovic to John and Tony Podesta discussing their upcoming "Spirit Cooking dinner". This e-mail went largely unnoticed, until WikiLeaks linked to an alternative media article putting together incredibly graphic videos and pictures of Abramovic's "spirit cooking" which include mock child sacrifice, buckets of pig blood, and consuming human "fluids" in a satanic ritual. For those defending this as art, we need only read her own words where she says it should not be considered art when done in a private home. Could this all be a misunderstanding? The fact that Podesta has creepy cannibalistic / spirit cooking art hanging in his campaign office, and "documentary-style pictures of naked teenagers" in his home indicates we should keep looking - where there is smoke, there may be fire.
Next, we look at the growing list of e-mails that use words like "hotdog" and "pizza" in ways that do not make sense, unless they are code-words for something else. As reddit users keyword searched the leaked e-mails, the alternative media started reporting on the emerging pattern that matched these words to common pedophile terms referring to preferences for children based on gender, age, and race. Some of the stranger e-mails included:
- "Do you think I'll do better playing dominos on cheese than on pasta?"
- "The realtor found a handkerchief (I think it has a map that seems pizza-related"
- "I'm dreaming about your hotdog stand in Hawaii…"
This pattern is also leading to new revelations on other e-mails from previous WikiLeaks projects, such as this chain from the Global Intelligence Files where, in response to the president of Stratfor asking if the recipients are ready for "Chicago Hot Dog Friday", one Stratfor employee makes reference to Obama spending "$65,000 of the tax payers money flying in pizza/dogs from Chicago for a private party at the white house" and asks if they are "using the same channels?" In response, they say "If we get the same "waitresses", I'm all for it!!!". While some conservative blogs originally highlighted this e-mail to point out government waste, now the e-mail takes on an entirely different meaning.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. One can spend countless hours going further down the rabbit hole reading through various theories on reddit's Operation Berenstain, WikiLeaks, and Conspiracy sub-reddits without end. How this all comes together is when Erik Prince, former Navy SEAL and founder of BlackWater gave a recent interview explaining that his sources in the NYPD are "disgusted" by the Anthony Weiner computer, and that it has been handed over to the FBI with 650,000 e-mails containing evidence of "money laundering, underage sex, pay-for-play, and, of course, plenty of proof of inappropriate handling, sending/receiving of classified information, up to SAP level Special Access Programs."
Will we actually see the FBI or NYPD release this information? Will Assange go through with the next set of leaks that he says is 50 times worse than anything released so far? Will Anonymous come through with the video proof they claim they have of Clinton child abuse? Or will all of this become just another "conspiracy theory" swept into the dustbin of history?
Incompetence vs. Evil: The Big Lie in Action
And this gets to the heart of Hitler's "Big Lie", that as long as the lie is so colossal, then you have the added advantage that no one will believe it. We expect the government to be incompetent, we expect them to be corrupt. We expect them to take bribes and bend the rules to enrich themselves and their friends. We can even imagine government officials going down a path that started out with good intentions but resulted in something evil, as we all can relate to the "white lie" or small indiscretion that slowly runs out of control.
But this? Pedophiles? Satanism? This is the stuff of creepy trailer parks, abandoned warehouses and the "dark web", certainly not belonging to mansions, capitol buildings, and the campaigns of presidential candidates.
And yet, as impossible as it is to believe, from a certain angle the worldview where these heinous crimes are possible is certainly more logically consistent. For instance, it stretches the imagination to believe that certain politicians that were the top of their class at prestigious universities are really so daft as to not understand basic economics, or even to pick up on the criticisms of their opponents as their government interventionist policies spectacularly fail one after the other. If they are really trying to help the poor, how do they not see that their policies perpetuate behaviors that increase poverty? If they are trying to stop racism, how do they not see that their interventions increase it? If they wanted to stop crime, how do they not see that gun control makes it worse, not better?
If we follow this inconsistency to its conclusion, that some of these people aren't incompetent or "useful idiots", but evil, then we are faced with a psychological barrier because we simply can't relate to people like that. The level of selfishness and disregard for the lives of other human beings at such a colossal scale boggles the mind. But if we follow the evidence, and uneasily sit with the idea of an elite political class that routinely engage in practices directly out of Eyes Wide Shut, then aren't we left with a number of undeniable consistencies?
What kind of person starts a war that kills millions of people over a known lie? What kind of person says the death of 500,000 children from sanctions was "worth it"? What kind of a person destroys evidence to set a brutal child rapist free and then laughs about it? What kind of person funds extremist groups that brutalize women, rape children, and murder hundreds of thousands of innocent people? Satanic pedophiles, that's who.
Going back to the original question, we ask, what do we do with this information? Researching the Franklin Cover-up was a transformative event in my life many years ago. I read the books, watched the documentaries, and attended conventions where I was able to meet FBI chief Ted Gunderson and hear of the horrors that he investigated first-hand. This is a topic that I've wanted to write on for some time, especially as various pedophile scandals would come up, such as Penn State, billionaire Clinton pal Jeffrey Epstein, and the royal family's connection to Jimmy Savile and their own pedophile scandal that was shut down for national security.
There are a few benefits to looking into this mother of all scandals, even though the information can be so disgusting and sad that it literally makes stomachs churn and grown men cry. First, if it is the truth, then we have an unstated and implicit assumption that it is better to be aware of the truth than to be ignorant. I would always argue for the red pill over the blue pill. You may not like what you see, but it is better to deal with reality than to hide from it.
Second, the more people that are aware of this information, or at least view it as conceivable in their world view, then the power of the "big lie" loses its strength, bit by bit. The power elite can only get to this level of hubris when they believe that the masses are too ignorant or naive to deal with the information. If a growing percentage of the population are of a mindset to accept these types of revelations, then the "good people" in government are less likely to want to hide these crimes from a "national security" perspective. Rather than fearing the burning of cities and total insanity, they can hope for a structured and level-headed revolution to dispense with the evil elements while maintaining law and order.
But finally, from an an-cap perspective, I am all too eager for the illusion of government benevolence to disappear in one mighty stroke. The American people think of government like Santa Clause or any other imaginary entity, and it is time they wake from their dream and see that those in power are imperfect souls like the rest of us. To take it one step further, they'll finally have the undeniable proof from Hayek's lesson that in government, the worst truly rise to the top. If this information ever got out, it would be a lesson that we would never forget.