Re: extropians-digest V1 #60 -Reply

Michael Wiik (
Thu, 26 Sep 1996 08:35:03 -0700 (PDT)

> Regarding the cover-up conspiracies of a Navy missile shooting down
> TWA 800. Is this relevant for the issue of government cover-ups? Or is
> there something extropian I'm missing. Being a Washingtonian, and
> knowing plenty of people in gov, I can tell you, they're just people. And
> the military is just people too, with a somewhat lower mean IQ than the
> other gov departments. The idea that people who work for the
> government *suddenly* have the ability and resources to cover-up the
> biggest secrets and fiascos is a fallacy of disempathy. Do you think the

In general, I agree with this, yet it appears the gov't has the ability to
keep embarrassing things secret for some time. Combined with {in}|{unin}-
tentional lack of media coverage, things can be kept out of the public eye for
many years. Consider the recent coverage of forgotten Korean War prisoners.

Perhaps the truth wil be revealed only after new antiterrorism laws are
passed in the wake of TWA 800.

I don't think the US govt intentionally sets out to kill large numbers of
the citizenry (maybe with certain exceptions). Using whatever events come
along to further their own ends, maybe they're good at that.