In 1951, the FBI Thought the Soviets Might Be Hiding an Atomic Bomb Somewhere in New York City

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Fat Man, the atomic bomb detonated over Nagasaki by the United States in 1945.
In the incredibly overheated, paranoid environment of the Cold War, anything seemed possible. Senator Joe McCarthy saw Communists hiding in every broom closet, Julius and Ehtel Rosenberg were executed as spies -- although the evidence we have today suggests that Ethel, at least, wasn't guilty of anything of the sort -- and the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched COINTELPRO, a series of covert actions spying on and disrupting various political organizations, including civil rights leaders and Vietnam war protesters. In 1951, according to a recently declassified FBI file, the agency also became convinced that an atomic bomb built by the Soviet Union could be hiding somewhere in New York City, waiting to be detonated. After receiving a rather flimsy tip from an unnamed informant in Brazil, the FBI spent several years quietly looking for the bomb.

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Times Square Billboard Calls for "Independent Investigation" of 9-11--and the People Speak

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It's always nice to be included.
The 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks came and went pretty quietly, with the usual somber memorials at the World Trade Center site and at the Pentagon. It was probably quieter than Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth) might have liked; it's a group dedicated to spreading the idea that the attacks were an inside job and the towers were felled in a controlled demolition. Perhaps you've heard of them.

A crucial piece of the group's theory revolves around the collapse of "Building 7," or 7 World Trade Center. On September 3, in part of a campaign they've dubbed ReThink911, AE911 and a related group, Remember Building 7, bought space on an enormous billboard near Times Square and took out an ad, one which reads, "Did you know a third tower fell on September 11?"

The groups bought similar billboards in Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Sydney, and London. But the Times Square ad was meant to be the centerpiece, the small flame that would, in their words, "spark a new investigation into the events of September 11, 2001." When that didn't happen, they launched an email campaign.

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Dorothy Rabinowitz Isn't the Only One Who Thinks Bike-Share Is a Totalitarian Plot

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The internet was tickled by this yesterday--a video interview with Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal editorial board member. When asked about the city's new bike-share program, Rabinowitz delivered an impassioned diatribe about "the totalitarians running this city" implementing "this dreadful program" in the interest of "this ideology, this forward-lookingness."

"It is shocking to walk around the city to see how much of this they have sneaked under the radar in the interest of the environment," Rabinowitz said. "The bike-lobby is an all powerful enterprise," she later added.

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Obama "Scandal" Is At Columbia (Claims "Gut Instinct" Of Right-Wing Vegas Oddsmaker)

Wayne Allyn Root: Vegas oddsmaker/total fucking nutjob.

Of all the far-right-wing bullshit "journalism" that litters the Interwebs, we've tracked down one of the bull-shitiest -- a Vegas oddsmaker who claims that the most scandalous conspiracy regarding President Barack Obama can be found at Columbia University.

Admittedly, he doesn't know exactly what this scandal entails, and his theory is based on nothing more than his "gut instinct," but the scandal exists -- again, according to nothing more than his (ahem) flawless intuition.

The piece was written by Wayne Allyn Root, a self-described Vegas "prognosticator" who graduated from Columbia with Obama in 1983. He's also a syndicated far-right-wing radio host who ran as the vice-presidential candidate on the Libertarian ticket in 2008.

Root's piece is in response to Nevada Senator Harry Reid's baseless claim that Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes in over a decade. Root argues that Romney should call Reid's bluff and request that Obama release his college transcripts because he has a "big skeleton in his closet."

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Right-Wing Sites Succumb To Silly Occupy Wall Street Conspiracies

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A wave of reports "exposing" the secret liberal money behind the Wall Street occupation has been cresting over the right-wing blogosphere, which has been at a loss to explain how a movement of dumb dirty hippies has managed to build up attention and support rather than explode or fade away. The answer: cunning financier George Soros and his allies must be paying the bills and pulling the strings.

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Andreas von Bülow: The World's Most Respectable 9/11 Conspiracy Nut

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von Bulow: CIA blew up the World Trade Center
There are 9/11 conspiracy nuts who are nuts and then there's German politician Andreas von Bülow, a member of the center-left Social Democrats who spent 25 years in the Bundestag and was Helmut Schmidt's Minister for Research and Technology for a few years in the '80s.

Von Bülow's The CIA and September 11 (Die CIA und der 11.September) blames the CIA for directly causing the 9/11 deaths and destruction. Der Spiegel's Christian Stöcker has a good piece on the guy -- the excellent German news magazine has notably debunked him time and again, especially one of his claims that the 9/11 hijackers are in fact still alive. But like those "zombie terrorists," as Der Spiegel derisively called them, von Bülow's ideas won't stay dead, and his book still sells. He remains reasonable-sounding and may in fact be the only mainstream-type guy who is greatly admired by both left-wing and right-wing radicals.

His theory is at least interesting, considering that he rightly points out that the U.S. government has pathologically lied about so much stuff, so why not this? In his view, the CIA didn't screw up and allow 9/11 to happen. The spy agency actually did the bad deeds. As if the CIA could get it together enough to pull something like that off.

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Derrick Praileau: What Happened to Right-Wing Anti-Arab Theory That Dubai Royals Ordered Him to Kill Andree Bejjani?

​Now that Derrick Praileau, the 31-year-old veteran housekeeping manager at the upscale Jumeirah Essex House, has finally admitted in court that he strangled financial bigwig and hotel guest Andree "Sara" Bejjani in September 2009, what has happened to the cockamamie theory raised at the time by right-wing Muslim hater Debbie Schlussel that the Dubai royal family ordered it done?

If you thought that conspiracy theory would have evaporated by now, you'd be mistaken. Other than porn, nothing lives longer on the web than bullshit. Or was it bullshit?

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Osama Bin Laden Poster From FBI Doesn't Even Mention 9/11

FBI's poster of Bin Laden.
​The FBI's Ten Most Wanted list of course includes Osama bin Laden, but it doesn't say he's wanted for murdering several thousand New Yorkers on 9/11. What gives? Why the pussyfooting around such an obvious fact?

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