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|Additional Physical Format:||Also issued in print:
Washington, DC : Congressional Quarterly, 2009
|Material Type:||Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Computer File|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Peter Katel; Congressional Quarterly, inc.
|Notes:||Title from caption (CQ, viewed on Nov 19, 2009).
"Oct. 23, 2009."
|Description:||1 online resource (p. 886-907) : ill.|
|Series Title:||CQ researcher, v. 19, no. 37.|
|Responsibility:||[by Peter Katel].|
President Barack Obama is a foreign-born radical plotting to establish a dictatorship. His predecessor, George W. Bush, allowed the Sept. 11 attacks to occur in order to justify sending U.S. troops to Iraq. The federal government has plans to imprison political dissenters in detention camps in the United States. Welcome to the world of conspiracy theories. Since colonial times, conspiracies both far-fetched and plausible have been used to explain trends and events ranging from slavery to why U.S. forces were surprised at Pearl Harbor. In today's world, the communications revolution allows conspiracy theories to be spread more widely and quickly than ever before. But facts that undermine conspiracy theories move less rapidly through the Web, some experts worry. As a result, there may be growing acceptance of the notion that hidden forces control events, leading to eroding confidence in democracy, with repercussions that could lead Americans to large-scale withdrawal from civic life, or even to violence.
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- Conspiracy theories -- United States.
- Conspiracies -- United States.
- Democracy -- United States.
- Communication and culture -- United States.
- United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009.
- Communication and culture.
- Conspiracy theories.
- Political science.
- United States.