FLASHBACK FUNNY: “Shut Up, Conspiracy Theorist!!!”

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FROM 2014: A public service announcement on how to talk to conspiracy theorists. Brought to you by the Friends of the Department of Homeland Security, the Information Awareness Office, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the President’s Working Group on Financial Matters, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Rhodes roundtable group and the Bohemian Club.


They walk among us. They breathe our air. Shop at our stores. Drive on our streets.

They are conspiracy theorists, people who make the outrageous claim that people in positions of power conspire to consolidate and expand that power.

Their notions are absurd, their pronouncements are insane and their ideas are dangerous.

As a civilization, we have moved beyond giving hemlock to those who would corrupt our young. In this day and age we just respond to them in a firm and dismissive manner, making clearly visible to all in the immediate area that this person is a conspiracy theorist and not to be debated with.

Resident expert and 30-year CIA operations officer Dewey Clarridge demonstrates:

DEWEY CLARRIDGE: Don’t give me the conspiracy [ __ ]. Come on! You’re a more intelligent man than that.


CLARRIDGE: Come on, come on! I mean, come on. This . . . There has never been a conspiracy in this country!

SOURCE: A Crack in the Story — NBC Dateline (13 June 1997)

This is how to respond to a conspiracy theorist: quickly, firmly and disparagingly.

To simplify, let’s reduce the response to this: “Shut up, conspiracy theorist!”


HILLARY CLINTON: I mean, let’s remember here: the people we are fighting today we funded 20 years ago.

SOURCE: Hillary Clinton : We created Al-Qaeda

Shut up, conspiracy theorist!

BILL GATES: You know, is spending a million dollars on that last three months of life for that patient . . . would it be better not to lay off the those 10 teachers and to make that trade off in medical costs? But that’s called the death panel and you’re not supposed to have that discussion.

SOURCE: Bill Gates: End-of-Life Care vs. Saving Teachers’ Jobs

Shut up, conspiracy theorist!

MIKE RUPPERT: I will tell you Director Deutch, as a former Los Angeles police narcotics detective, that the agency has dealt drugs throughout this country for a long time.


SOURCE: Former LA Police Officer Mike Ruppert Confronts CIA Director John Deutch on Drug Trafficking

Shut up conspiracy theorist,

For variety, the eminently rational Penn and Teller present an alternative response.

PENN JILLETTE: We’re Penn and Teller and conspiracy theories are [ __ ]!

SOURCE: Penn and Teller: Conspiracy Theories

Good job, boys!

Let’s try again.

MICHAEL MEACHER: If there is any conference which required transparency, which required democratic accountability, it is the Bilderberg conference.

SOURCE: Michael Meacher on Bilderberg criminals meeting

Shut up, conspiracy theorist!

GEORGE W. BUSH: Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th.


Good job, Mr. President!

ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI: I don’t believe in this notion of some sort of secret societies controlling people . . .


BRZEZINSKI: . . . but of course in any political system there are sort of over-the-table and under-the-table arrangements.

SOURCE: Q & A with Zbigniew Brzezinski

Shut up, conspiracy theorist!

BILL CLINTON: What do you want me to talk about?


A fraud? No, it wasn’t a fraud, but I’ll be glad to talk to you if you shut up and let me talk.

SOURCE: Bill Clinton owns a crazy 9/11 conspiracy theorist


CLINTON: The United States government actually did carry out on our citizens experiments involving radiation. In one experiment, scientists injected plutonium into 18 patients without their knowledge. In another, doctors exposed indigent cancer patients to excessive doses of radiation, a treatment from which it is virtually impossible that they could ever benefit.

SOURCE: Human Radiation Experiments Report

Shut up, conspiracy theorist!

MEDIA STOOGE: Were US government officials aware of drug smuggling in and around the Contra movement and did they simply choose to ignore it? One US senator says “absolutely.”

JOHN KERRY: There’s no question in my mind there is a complicity in the flow of drugs into this country. Period.

SOURCE: A Crack in the Story — NBC Dateline (13 June 1997)

Shut up, conspiracy theorist!

ANDREW MEYER [TO JOHN KERRY]: Also, were you a member of Skull and Bones in college with Bush? Were you in the same secret society as Bush? Were you in Skull and Bones? [MIC CUT] Thank you for cutting my mic! Thank you!

[. . .]

Are you gonna arrest me? Excuse me! Excuse me, what are you arresting me for? [LED BY THE ARM BY SECURITY] Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!

[. . .]

Don’t tase me! I didn’t do anything!


SOURCE: Don’t Tase Me, Bro! What Really Happened

This public service announcement was brought to you by the Friends of the Department of Homeland Security, the Information Awareness Office, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the President’s Working Group on Financial Matters, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Rhodes roundtable group and the Bohemian Club.

And remember: ignorance is str—

Shut up, conspiracy theorist!


  1. CONSPIRACY THEORY In April 1967, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term “conspiracy theories” … and recommended methods for discrediting such theories…In other words, the CIA’s clandestine services unit created the arguments for attacking conspiracy theories as unreliable in the 1960s as part of its psychological warfare operations.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    At work today: UN Agenda 21&2030; UN Wildlife Project; The New World Order Agenda, and others.

    ALL of them part of the planned reduction of the population under 24/7 track, trace, and data basing living in 5G SMART cities, no private vehicles, no access to the country side, most living on the Government dole and forced to obey any laws or regulations put out by the Government to maintain the dole.


  2. Fabulous video! Thank you for re-sharing. Really appreciating these flashbacks.

    • Paul823,
      I couldn’t help reading the comments on this site.

      Looks similar to a brown shirt pack meeting from 1933 or as one of my friends from Alabama told me about Orwellien cub scouts having 30 seconds of hate speech he had to participate in 1962.
      This is insanity,stop the ride I want off.

      • genealbottlewasher

        “…brown shirt pack meeting from 1933 ….”

        The reasons those types were popular enough for regular folks to vote them into power are not MASSIVELY different then what western populations face today.

        The reason that the Elites want lots of unassimilated immigrants is that it keeps social capital and trust low and stops regular folks being able to organize….Putnam showed this to be the case and was kinda embarrassed by his own work since he is quite liberal AFAIK

        article says
        “…..But even after statistically taking them all into account, the connection remained strong: Higher diversity meant lower social capital. In his findings, Putnam writes that those in more diverse communities tend to “distrust their neighbors, regardless of the color of their skin, to withdraw even from close friends, to expect the worst from their community and its leaders, to volunteer less, give less to charity and work on community projects less often, to register to vote less, to agitate for social reform more but have less faith that they can actually make a difference, and to huddle unhappily in front of the television.”…”

  3. There is nothing but a good flashback ??

  4. Bravo, James!
    One of your best.
    Thank you, from the Manitoulin.


    You oughta make a new one of these sometime.

  6. “Shut the fuck up, Donny!” Walter Sobchak.

    I watched the Tom Cruise movie “American Made” two days ago. Great movie about the CIA smuggling drugs into the USA. Cruise is a pilot and does his own flying in the movie. Good ol’ Billy Clinton isn’t shown on camera (of course) but he’s in the background as governor of Arkansas. The drugs were flown into Mena, Arkansas.

  7. “Shut Up, Conspiracy Theorist!!!” has some classic footage.
    Newcomers will probably draw blanks on some of it.

  8. I guess the White House is a conspiracy center…

    Congressional Report Details Blocking Sunlight To Save The Planet From “Global Warming”
    The congressionally mandated report released by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy shows the Biden administration is very eager to explore “geoengineering” methods to block sunlight because they allege the planet is burning and there’s an imminent climate crisis that will destroy the world.

    • I thought the climate did not depend on the Sun at all. Why block it?

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