From the Military-Industrial Complex to mass government surveillance – A collection of ten conspiracy quotes that best encapsulate the mindset of conspiracy theorists.

Look for these in member signatures on popular conspiracy forums such as Above Top Secret and Prison Planet.

President Eisenhower on the military-industrial complex


“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”

~ Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell to the Nation Speech
January 17th, 1961

President Eisenhower used his last address as POTUS to warn the nation against the rise of the Military-industrial complex, a nation built around the arms industry and dependent on perpetual war for survival. Did the nation listen?


The same year US President Barack Obama received his Nobel Peace Prize, the United States was responsible for nearly half of the world’s entire military spending of around $1.5 trillion.

Since World War 2, the United States has been in a permanent state of war.

55% of the entire federal budget for research and development goes to the Pentagon.

To this day, the United States remains the world’s dominant arms dealer and is responsible for around a third of all international arms exports. As such, it has become the world’s leading supporter of terror.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government.

We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Military spending chart image source: SIPRI

The X-Files’ Deep Throat on who to trust


“Trust… no one.” 😖

~ Deep Throat,
The Erlenmeyer Flask, The X-Files

X-Files’ mysterious recurring character Deep Throat gives Agent Scully a final poece of advice to help guide her and Mulder in their quest to uncover the series’ central conspiracy.

Well-Manicured Man would later utter the same words in The X-Files movie.

Conspiracy theorists are well-aware that even the best sources might be compromised.

Image source: Title screen from FOX’s The X-Files

The X-Files movie is included in our Top 10 Illuminati Movies.

Lord Acton on Power and Corruption


“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

~ Lord Acton
April 5th, 1887

From a letter written by Lord Acton (John Emerich Edward Dalberg) to Archbishop Mandell Creighton on April 5th, 1887. Basically, Dalberg says that all men are corruptible no matter their station or class.

Note: Baron Acton inherited his title from his ancestor and Bavarian Illuminati member, Karl Theodor Dalberg.

I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong. If there is any presumption it is the other way against holders of power, increasing as the power increases.

Historic responsibility [that is, the later judgment of historians] has to make up for the want of legal responsibility [that is, legal consequences during the rulers’ lifetimes]. Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.

~ Letter I

President John F. Kennedy on Secret Societies


“The very word secrecy is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings.”

~ John F. Kennedy, The President and the Press
April 27th, 1961

The quote from a speech given to the American Newspaper Publishers Association at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York remains a conspiracy theorists’ favorite; especially for those with a penchant for anti-Masonry. Kennedy, undoubtedly, was referring to Freemasonry and the nation’s well-known opposition to it.

As a Catholic, Kennedy was forbidden by the Vatican from becoming a Freemason. (This was reaffirmed by the Church as lately as 1983) He joined the Catholic version of Freemasonry, The Knights of Columbus.

While claiming a disdain for secrecy, he would later ask in the same speech for journalists to censor themselves and not print everything they knew. Even though no formal war had been declared (they seldom are), he asked them to adopt the “self-discipline of combat conditions”.

Why was he asking for this? He added:

“For the facts of the matter are that this nation’s foes have openly boasted of acquiring through our newspapers information they would otherwise hire agents to acquire through theft, bribery or espionage;”

The same open source information ex-KGB Yuri Totrov boasted using to identify deep-cover CIA agent in foreign countries.

V on fearing your government


“People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

~ V, V for Vendetta (2006)

Spoken by the radical protagonist of the 2006 film, V for Vendetta. The script was written by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski of The Matrix fame.

The words have been attributed to Alan Moore, writer of the 1980s serialized comic turned graphic novel on which the film is based on. However, the quote does not appear in the book, so don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. 😤

The Wachowskis were most likely inspired by the words commonly misattributed to Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, or Thomas Paine.

“When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

~ Author Unknown

V for Vendetta is included in our Top 10 Illuminati Movies.

John the Evangelist on the Truth


“And ye shall know the truth, and the shall make you free.”

~ John 8:32, King James Version (KJV)

The Biblical passage resonates with conspiracy theorists because we see ourselves as truth seekers who are willing to look behind the veil in search of truth and freedom.

However, as government whistleblowers Ed Snowden and Chelsea Manning can attest to, the truth doesn’t always set you free.

“καὶ γνώσεσθε τὴν ἀλήθειαν, καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια ἐλευθερώσει ὑμᾶς.”

~ Original Greek

“kai ginōskō ho alētheia, kai ho alētheia hymeis eleutheroō.”

~ Mounce Reverse-Interlinear New Testament (MOUNCE)

Conspiracy Theory‘s Jerry Fletcher on what makes a good conspiracy


Alice Sutton: Can you prove any of this?

Jerry Fletcher: No. Absolutely not. A good conspiracy is an unprovable one.

If you can prove it, it means they must’ve screwed up somewhere along the line.

~ Conspiracy Theory (1997)

Fortunately, there are plenty of conspiracies that we do know about. Many government conspiracies have been exposed and the Pentagon cranks up conspiracies on a daily basis, most of which, we will never know about.

Jerry Fletcher mentions tons of conspiracies theories, both real and not real, in the movie’s opening scene and the main antagonist mentions working in the CIA’s Mk-Ultra.

Image source: Screenshot from Warner Bros.’ Conspiracy Theory

Conspiracy Theory Received an honorable mention in our Top 10 Conspiracy Movies.

President Andrew Jackson defeats the Banksters


“You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, I will rout you out!”

~ Andrew Jackson and the Bank of the United States

The best thing about this Jackson quote is who it was directed at – the financiers and politicians behind the latest central banking scam, the Second Bank of the United States. Jackson ran on an anti-banking platform in 1832 and soon used his veto power to kill a bill seeking to renew the bank’s charter.

But the elite class is nothing, if not persistent. In 1913, a third central bank was created with the passage of the Federal Reserve Act.

To this day, the Chair of the Federal Reserve Board and the Secretary of the Treasury sit at the very center of world finance.

“Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank.

You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, (bringing his fist down on the table) I will rout you out!

Lee Harvey Oswald on being a patsy


“I’m just a patsy!”

~ Dallas Police headquarters
November 22nd, 1963

Lee Harvey Oswald, the infamous assassin of President John F. Kennedy, maintained his innocence right until being gunned down less than 48 hours following his arrest. There is evidence that Oswald was, in fact, a patsy.

Most notably, the CIA surveillance and wiretaps of a man impersonating Oswald in Mexico months before the assassination and the collaboration of Oswald’s alibi by fellow book depository employee James Jarman.

Patsies are used by intelligence agencies and other criminals to provide a scapegoat in order to satisfy the public.

Reporter: Did you shoot the President?

Oswald: No, they’ve taken me in because of the fact that I lived in the Soviet Union…I’m just a patsy!

Orwell on Privacy and Government Surveillance


“Big Brother is watching you.”

~ George Orwell, 1984

Posters featuring the leader of the Party and bearing the caption “Big Brother is watching you” as well as telescreens, which function as both surveillance cameras and televisions, are ubiquitous in Orwell’s world of 1984.

Governments have always taken advantage of new technologies to spy on both friends and enemies.

However, the spread of Internet usage and rapidly increasing computing power have made the collection of individual data easier than ever before leading to an escalation in domestic spying. Today, virtually all governments of the world participate in mass surveillance programs against their own citizens and other nations.

In 2013, whistleblower Edward Snowden gave the world a wakeup call on just how extensive US spying and data collection truly were. That same year, a US mission tasks with launching a spy satellite chose the motto “Nothing Is Beyond Our Reach” and a logo featuring a giant octopus encircling the planet with its tentacles.

The US isn’t the only nation collecting intelligence on everything and everyone; other nations are doing the same within and outside their own borders. China lost face after a Trojan horse dubbed GhostNet originating from within its borders was discovered on the Dalai Lama’s computers, and eventually, in the systems of dozens of embassies and government offices.

Although most governments aggressively spy on each other, the US dominates the field of cyber espionage and has developed powerful cyber weapons. Despite Snowden’s revelations of US spying on its partners, the majority of governments are eager to enter partnerships with US intelligence agencies.

Membership has its privilege!

Members of the spying alliance known as the Five Eyes get to play around with SIPRNet, a US top secret intelligence version of the Internet.

With only a few nations operating their own networks outside US intelligence influence and with unprecedented access to anything and anyone, anywhere at any time, the NSA is indeed much like a giant octopus encircling the planet.

Image source: Screenshot from 20th Century Fox/Atlantic Releasing’s Nineteen Eighty-Four

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Tom A. Hidell

Tom likes to research conspiracy, write conspiracy and talk conspiracy. His current interests include the Bavarian Illuminati, the Illuminati and the New World Order.