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Re: [skeptics-137] Conspiracy theories: the science behind belief in secret plots

From: Penny
Sent on: Saturday, September 7, 2013 8:58 AM
Hmmm. Not sure why.  It is, however, a bit funny that The Guardian, on the same page as Dean Burnett’s article about those crazy conspiracy theories, features a link to a report on documents leaked by Edward Snowden:  Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security. $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products.

The Guardian reports that spy agencies use covert measures to ensure NSA control over setting of international encryption standards, and through partnerships with technology companies and internet service providers have inserted secret backdoors or trapdoors – into commercial encryption software.

Would that qualify as a conspiracy?




From: Kansas City Skeptic <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Friday, September 6,[masked]:58 PM
Subject: [skeptics-137] Conspiracy theories: the science behind belief in secret plots

Conspiracy theories: the science behind belief in secret plots 

For every major event, there is usually a theory that argues it was due to a conspiracy. Conspiracy theories are seemingly more popular than ever, so how do supposedly rational people get caught in their tangled webs? 





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