Ol’ Alex Jones of InfoWars fame is at it again. The man has a vivid imagination, I will say that for him. It might be humorous, except for the fact that some lunkheads (my new word for those who blindly support Trump and the alt-right) actually take Jones’ rhetoric seriously and if you remember what happened in the Pizzagate incident, it can lead to tragedy. So what is he up to now?
An excerpt from Jones’ interview with one Robert David Steele:
“We actually believe that there is a colony on Mars that is populated by children who were kidnapped and sent into space on a 20-year ride,” said Steele. “So that once they get to Mars they have no alternative but to be slaves on the Mars colony.”
Jones echoed Steele, saying “clearly they don’t want us looking into what is happening” because “every time probes go over they turn them off.”
“Look, I know that 90 percent of the NASA missions are secret and I’ve been told by high level NASA engineers that you have no idea. There is so much stuff going on,” Jones said.
The segment with Steele begins at around 2:10
Who is Robert David Steele? He was, from 1979 until 1993, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) clandestine services case officer. From 1993 until 2010, he served as chief executive officer of Open Source Solutions, a pioneering open-source intelligence firm. In 2011 he attempted a bid for the presidency under the United States Reform Party, but dropped the effort in 2012 due to a lack of support from … basically anybody. In 2015, he tried again for the presidency, this time with the Libertarian Party, but in 2016 dropped out due to … again, lack of interest.
A visit to Steele’s website informs us that …
“Robert David Steele is the pro bono Chief Enabling Officer (CeO) of Earth Intelligence Network, a 501c3 devoted to teaching holistic analytics (HA), true cost economics (TCE), and open source everything engineering (OSEE).”
Whatever all that means. He also claims that he was recommended for a Nobel Peace Prize this year. He also claims to have published eight books, as well as many papers and articles too numerous to list here. I did not bother to check this out, as it is of little interest to me at this point, but unless I miss my guess, based on his claims about NASA, the man is a nutcase.
NASA spokesman Guy Webster responded to Steele’s claim with, “There are no humans on Mars. There are active rovers on Mars. There was a rumor going around last week that there weren’t. There are. But there are no humans.”
Alex Jones buys into these ridiculous conspiracy theories, though I strongly suspect that for him, it is all showmanship, a way to make a buck and rile the masses. However, much as I may dislike and choose to discredit Jones, the reality is he is a dangerous man. First, because the lunkheads are altogether too willing to accept this garbage at face value, and when riled, it is a short step from talk to action. Which is what happened with Pizzagate last December when a man, Edgar Maddison Welch, entered Cosmic Ping Pong Pizza in Washington, D.C., with two assault weapons and began shooting. He believed Alex Jones’ trash talk that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was running a child sex ring under the basement of a D.C. pizza shop that has no basement.
Donald Trump vilifies legitimate media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN, but yet in 2016 he referred to Alex Jones as “amazing”. Over the years, Jones has claimed that 9/11 was plotted by the U.S. government, and that the Sandy Hook massacre was “staged”. And yet, the Trumps have nothing but admiration for him. In February, the White House distributed a press release, a document intended for actual news outlets, to InfoWars, then in May, they actually issued them a press pass!
And to add icing to the cake in the Trump-Jones coziness, Trump’s son Donald Jr. said of Idiot of the Week Mike Cernovich, the man who dreamed up the Pizzagate fantasy, claimed that Cernovich should win a Pulitzer prize for his “excellence in journalism”!
Given what happened as a result of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory propagated by Cernovich and Jones, the latest conspiracy theory should be of grave concern to us all. Most of us … at least 60% of us … will read it, shake our heads and understand that this is a bad joke, faux ‘news’, somebody’s idea of cute. But there is a portion of the populace that will believe it. Now, unlike Cosmic Ping Pong, the lunkheads will not be able to just make a quick trip to Mars to shoot the place up. But … it doesn’t mean they might not attempt violence against NASA, an agency of the executive branch of the federal government. It doesn’t mean that a NASA employee walking to his car at the end of the workday might not find himself the victim of a crazed lunkheads.
It is obvious that Alex Jones has no sense of compunction, no conscience, so it is up to the public to use their brains for something other than keeping their skulls from collapsing. And, Trump simply must distance himself from people like Jones and Cernovich, lest he give the impression that he is supportive of this type of dangerous fantasizing. And folks, if somebody you know appears to believe these things, please enlighten them! There are no humans on Mars, there is no child slavery happening on Mars. It is up to us to help them learn to focus on real-life issues, rather than the fantasies of loons like Cernovich and Steele!