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 densent tropical rainforest on the planet (if you read this in 30 years and they don't exist anymore, I'm sorry about that). 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 your brain as possible) to comfortable Indian villages filled with beautiful, young, unmarried and promiscuous girls. But if you want the truth, you have to keep going. And better be careful with those girls, because the entire village might want to spear you 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.
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 descipher the ancient 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 16,000 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 and the Alex Jones Show, I'm quite certain that I can help the average newcomer to the conspiracy business a little on his or her way -- saving about 10 years of full-time study (or travel). 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 acknowledgement. The links will take the reader to a relevant ISGP article for more information.
I personally think the following is absolute nonsense:
I personally think there's more than enough evidence pointing in the following directions:
In no particular order: