This article is from the Conspiracy Theory Literature FAQ, by Xavier Poez firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
A pattern of CTL is that conspiracies are furthered through specific
techniques. These range from the somewhat minor to extremely sinister.
All conspiracies are furthered through secrecy. The people
aware of aspects of the conspiracy might be silent for
different reasons, however. People high on the ladder may wish
to maintain their control. People lower on the ladter may wish
to preserve their own particular "piece of the action".
People who are deep in guilt or anxiety can be manipulated to
be silent about particular information that would reveal the
People who see themselves as victims, "losers", or worthless
and expendable by nature will not try to challenge a status quo
that affirms their position of oppression.
People involved in or peripheral to the conspiracy are paid off
not to say anything, or to say things that minimize or conceal
the conspiracy, etc. The conspiracy will "contract" with people
to secretly provide services useful to the conspiracy, etc.
The conspiracy is always furthered through manipulation. People
are manipulated to do things they might not otherwise through
all the psychological techniques available. Some of the
participants are aware that they are being manipulated but feel
powerless to shake it off. Others are manipulated in a way that
they do not perceive or are not aware of.
A ploy used by conspirators would be to create spectacles that
throw people off their track or keep them occupied with minutia
that is not relevant to the key problems of the country. One
example of this may have been when Gary Hart was about to run
for president, with polls suggesting he had a lot of
popularity. Conspirators would arrange to discredit him with
something that seemed scandalous but actually had no relevance
to his potentially sophisticated ability to govern/lead the
The tools of suppression, censorship of information are
critical to the maintenance of a conspiracy. Sometimes this
goes under the guise of protecting "national security" within
the government. However it might involve using other techniques
of intimidation on reporters who are coming near to the truth,
or other variations.
disinformation, lies, revisionism, coverup
"History is written by the victors". A very key aspect of
perpetuating a conspiracy is the use of disinformation or lying
to distract or mislead the public, those at the edges, and
those within the plot. One aspect of this would be manipulating
the media of the country, it's "eyes and ears". The public's
perceptions of a reality free of the conspiracy is crucial to
maintain. The insider's perception that their own agendas are
being served at all times, without further knowledge of the
deeper plots, is also key.
When there are "leaks", they must be covered up by agents of
the conspiracy or unwitting dupes who believe they are
ultimately serving their own best interests through the
intimidation, terror, paranoia, blackmail
People may be aware of the conspiracy but terrified of
revealing it due to the perceived tactics of the
coconspirators. Or, they may be blackmailed into participating
or staying silent.
Bribery is always one obvious means of manipulating
coconspirators, pawns, or dupes. The bribery might be in the
form of money, or some other vice-payment like sex or drugs.
Whatever the human psychology is susceptible to, could be used.
Conspiracies are furthered through the infiltration of agencies
by agents of the conspiracy. For example, those that would seek
to undermine the government would insert themselves into key
positions of power. Their loyalty would not be to the
government but to the secret society of which they are a part.
Assassinations are particularly useful to furthering the goals
of a conspiracy when they come in conflict with outsiders.
Outsiders who oppose key elements of the agenda are simply
eliminated. The public, being unaware of the conspiracy as a
whole, attribute the assassination to spurious causes such as
"lone nuts". Assassinations of those about to directly reveal
the conspiracy are the most crucial. Assassinations disguised
as suicides are also useful in misleading the public and
perpetuating the conspiracy.
"trojan horse", "bait and switch", "shell game"
A common theme of the CTL genre is that conspirators use
familar techniques to achieve their ends. A favorite is the
"trojan horse" scheme in which the public is tricked into
thinking something is a gift when it is in fact a devious plot.
A "bait and switch" would involve similar aspects. A "shell
game" is a game of deception and distraction in which the
subjects are mixed up about the true outcome, but play perhaps
because of their own greed. These ideas are frequently played
out in the legislature of the country, a power nexis, in the
form of laws that do not have the consequences the public
Another common theme of CTL is that of the delayed plan.
Conspirators who wish to take over the world, for example,
would be very patient and implement their plan in gradual,
minute, indetectable steps. The term comes from the observation
that frogs, when exposed to boiling water, jump away from it
immediately, but when they are put in a pan and the water is
slowly increased in temperature, they may sit and boil to
"pump and dump"
Another common theme of CTL is that pawns and dupes are subject
to a "pump and dump" situation in which they are favored by the
conspirators as long as they are useful, and then they are hung
out to dry (or in the worse case, murdered) when they no longer
serve the needs of the conspiracy. Hitler would be one example
cited by CTL-- he was at first assuaged and supported by a
hidden conspiracy, and then abandoned to die when he was no
plots within plots
CTL emphasizes the concept that not everyone in the conspiracy
is working toward the same ends, and that frequently subgroups
are utilized to work against each other. An example of this
would be the Kennedy assassination, in which one CTL book
suggests that a rogue element of the CIA was on the scene and
believed that an assassination was only going to be staged, but
that it would be unsuccessful. Their unknowing contribution to
the final assassination would have supported the overall
agenda, and their guilty complicity would only endanger
themselves in any attempt to reveal the betrayal.
Another example would be the following: the FBI might have an
informant working in a terrorist group. The informant is in
fact a double agent for the conspirators. The FBI thinks that
the informant is going to allow them to seize terrorists in the
nick of time, planting a bomb, thereby being the heroes of the
day. The informant misleads the agency and plants the bomb
anyway. The FBI, through its support of the infiltrator, or at
least lack of opposition, would inadvertently allow a situation
they would not have initially accepted (i.e. existence of a
Another example would be with the BATF during the Oklahoma
Bombing. CTL suggests that they were aware of an informant
within the bombing group. The informant may have tricked them
into believing they could defuse the bomb at an opportune
moment, thereby gaining favorable media publicity. The BATF
would then be motivated to cover up the details of the bombing
to hide their own negligence, a situation that would be useful
to preventing the real story of the conspirators from coming to
light. The conspirators, supposing they were really world
bankers, might have been motivated to discredit militias
spreading knowledge about them via the bombing.
problem, reaction, solution (thesis, antithesis, synthesis)
A key component of CTL documenting the gradual introduction of
the NWO asserts that the conspirators focus on a single
technique again and again: that of "problem, reaction,
solution". The conspirators create a fake problem, such as
terrorism. The public reacts and calls out for a solution, and
the conspirators present a pseudo-solution into a form that
increases their own power, such as a government crackdown. The
solution is bogus because the problem is bogus, but this point
eludes the public's perception. See e.g. [Icke95].