A Gathering Where any Conspiracy Goes (San Jose Mercury News 6/6/10)
Among the crowd at a convention hall at the Santa Clara Marriott on Saturday, there was a consensus that very bad things are being secretly done to us.
But there was wide-ranging opinion as to who’s responsible, with popular examples being President Barack Obama, extraterrestrials, the military-industrial complex, Communists, Jews, the United Nations, the lead guitarist of AC/DC or, in some cases, a combination of two or more of these.
This was Conspiracy Con 2010, the 10th annual gathering of people in search of alternative, often disturbing, truths.
“We are very well-behaved, intellectual, sometimes highly spiritual individuals who have decided to put our differences aside and get together and look for truths,” said Brian Hall, the Bay Area producer of the event. Hall said he was inspired to be a “conspiracy analyst” about a decade ago when he learned of evidence of alien influence on humankind. “I really like the bumper sticker that says, ‘The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.’ ”
By Hall’s count, about 400 truth-seekers were at the weekend convention.
They gathered around the booth set up to warn the public about FDA brain implants. They crowded the table groaning with engineering information showing that the Twin Towers could not possibly have been brought down by planes. They bought DVDs trying to prove global warming is a hoax, that President John F. Kennedy was not assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald
and that rock ‘n’ rollers like Angus Young were subliminally pushing an insidious New Age philosophy.
One booth had organic cocoa for sale. Conspiracy by Nestle? Naw, just yummy, said the booth operator.
In a conference room, a keynote speaker, Texe Marrs, was at the podium speaking to a large crowd of the “Hidden Cabal” — an “evil and heartless group of conspirators “… united in a bloody quest to murder America, decimate humanity and install an international police state.”
Jews are at the heart of Marrs’ conspiracy theory
He laid out his complex case — spiced with blog quotations and knowing asides about global financier and philanthropist George Soros and the Rothschild banking dynasty and the number “666” and the banking crisis — that Obama was a puppet of the Jewish people and government of Israel.
Peter Mallary of Chico said he was both shocked and convinced.
“Why do Jews have disproportionate power? That is the question, and this explains a lot,” he said. “These are things we are not allowed to talk about.”
Richard Sickels stormed out halfway through Marrs’ speech. He said he was disgusted by what he believed was the strongly anti-Semitic tone of the lecture.
“He’s a Christian pastor, he was preaching, he has no credibility,” Sickels said.
Sickels, a retired teacher, said he had Jewish grandchildren, but his ancestors came from “Doggerland,” a now-sunken landmass that once lay between Britain and mainland Europe.
Other attendees included Rocio Flores from the East Bay and Rich Torres from Daly City. They both said they were veterans of the conspiracy convention.
Torres, holding a dog-eared copy of “New World Order,” was hoping to find out the name of the anti-Christ. But he was left in the dark. No conspiracy, he admitted. They just missed the morning lecture.
“We are in a critical time as a human race where many things are hidden,” Flores said, citing UFOs and the consumption of meat. “We will move toward the light or we will move toward the darkness. I hope and believe that we will move toward the light.”
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