August 16, 1976, Norman Mailer for New York Magazine, 'A Harlot High and Lowe: Reconnoitering Through the Secret Government'.
August 24, 1978, "Comandante Cero" Eden Pastora, while fighting the CIA-backed Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua. Later sold out to the CIA, but not nearly enough, apparently making him the target of the (unsolved) 1984 La Penca bombing. (August 25, 1978, Information Services on Latin America (ISLA), p. 87, 'Commander Zero')
There are two symbolic representations of true conspiracy research that I particularly like. One is trying to cross barefoot and without any aid the biggest and densest tropical rainforest on the planet. Even if you succeed in making it to the mountain top on the other side of the jungle, it's going to take a while. And apart from getting lost every five minutes, you'll encounter dangers and distractions all along the way: from creepy bugs and leeches trying to lay their eggs in every orifice of your body, preferably as close to the brain as possible; to comfortable Indian villages filled with beautiful, young, promiscuous girls.
However... if you truly desire the truth, you have to keep going; you can't get distracted for too long. Thus, better be careful with those girls, because, as Shakespeare wrote, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. In fact, the entire village is likely to come after you with their spears if you're looking for some much-needed "R&R" and then try to resume your quest. The natives are unlikely to appreciate your need to indulge in the beautiful art of fact-checking. Your place is alone, in the wild.
The other comparison I like to make is to archeology. As you're very slowly and very carefully excavating a newly-discovered structure, you gain more and more oversight and more and more insight into what it is that you've actually discovered. But it takes a long-long time before you can walk into the ancient buildings, analyze the ancient inhabitants' daily lives, and start to decipher the stone inscriptions left behind. Patience is key, possibly for a lifetime, and even then there are no guarantees that you'll have found the insight you're looking for. And if you have, it's very much the question if anybody else is really interested in hearing about it. Archeology can be a lonely quest, much like a lengthy jungle trip.
To get to the point, after writing about conspiracy and parapolitical affairs for about 20,000 hours at this point, having produced quite a bit of unique documentation and studied the spiders and leeches gathering around disinformation shows as Coast to Coast AM, the Alex Jones Show and Rense.com, I'm quite certain that I can help the average newcomer to the conspiracy business a little on his or her way -- easily saving a decade of full-time study and organizing. I may not have reached the mountain top yet, but join me and we can comfortably dangle from a steep cliff somewhere halfway up. Or, if you prefer, you can join me in finding those stone tablets, because most of the buildings have definitely been excavated at this point.
Below the reader can find my personal opinions as to what conspiracies to discard or take serious, as well as the most important conspiracies that need solving and/or official acknowledgment. The links will take the reader to a relevant ISGP article for more information.
There's no comfort in the truth; pain is the whole you'll find.
I'm never gonna dance again."
ISGP considers the following widely-pushed theories absolute nonsense. Mind you, these conclusions were not reached on a Sunday afternoon, but over a period of 20 years of continuous research. This list has slowly been expanded over the years. Readers can follow the links, where available, for more information.
In contrast to the claims that can be found above, the following conspiracies are considered credible by ISGP. The most important and/or easiest conspiracies to expose are listed near the top, although this is by no means a rigid structure. The links point to a wide variety of mainly very extensive, well-sourced articles of ISGP.
It's important to note here that the pro-open borders "liberal CIA" wing of the media, the so-called "new left", to an extent has already exposed CIA drug trafficking and death squad activity. This is nowhere near the extent that ISGP has done. Also, this type of "new left" media is fully against the discussing of the more sensitive conspiracies, JFK and 9/11 on top.
The following point-summary is an alternate list of credible conspiracy theories that includes a number of more general issues - and describes them a bit more in-depth: