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covert ops and conspiracy theory

As I watched the coverage of the Iranian protests I viewed the former crown prince of Iran doing a press conference. A woman who said she was in the medical field got vocal and talked about former CIA interference and covert influence in the region and was this a concern now. He returned and stated that this isn't some contrived actions of some one world govt but that we can all plainly see people in the streets demanding their rights.

But she did not say anything conspiracy oriented nor did she speak of a one world govt theory. The question was answered by making any question of covert warfare or ops seem paranoid or a conspiracy theory.
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This is why its so important to walk to tightrope when doing activism. To not let people drag you into extreme movements or conspiracy theory type outlooks. You must sift through information very carefully. There are people who want to dis credit activists or anyone who questions things that are of a covert nature.

I feel this is why there is such an explosion of the conspiracy culture. Alot of what is put out is questionable and doesn't use deduction based on documented material or research. At a certain point alot of it just doest make sense at all but by that time people want a neat and tidy explanation of why their world is the way it is.

Beware of the sellers of junk info and beware of those who want to promote the idea of conspiracy culture in place of covert war or operations as you do your research.

If black ops or clandestine ops did not exist and were merely part of some conspiracy theory, then why are there definitions for them? Why are there academics that tell of their existence?