In a couple of recent Conspiracy Theory threads, I’ve mentioned my rules of conspiracies. I thought it would be a good idea to let the collective wisdom of the board discuss, debate and, if necessary, add some additional ones.
Rule #1 - Somebody always talks
Drilled into me by my late father, it’s simple human nature that someone will invariably shoot their mouth off. Whether the motive is money, revenge, making a deal with the prosecutor or simple bragging rights, somebody will talk. To minimize this, it’s important to involve as few people as possible and give each as little information as possible.
Rule #2 - The pieces have to fit together
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. A diversionary feint here or there is acceptable, but if I want to boost the price of oil, I won’t accomplish it by sending out my black helicopters to mutilate cattle.
Rule #3 - Follow the money
People need to be taken care of. Expenses need to be paid. It takes money to do this. It has to come from somewhere, and it has to go somewhere. Remember, when the Feds couldn’t get Al Capone on anything else, they got him on tax evasion.
Rule # 4 - The end has to justify the means
I don’t mean this in a moral sense, rather a practical one. Like Rule # 2, it makes things so much easier if I just do what I need to do to get what I want.
Rule #5 - Involve competent, trusted people and stay away from nutjobs
Judging by how many plots have been undone by incompetents/ nutjobs/ blabbermouths (they may have succeeded in killing Lincoln, but they never even got close to Seward or Grant) evidence suggests it’s really, really hard to find good co-conspirators. Despite the lowering of the talent pool, however, any conspiracy that stoops to using both Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby as trigger men deserves to be uncovered.
I don’t claim that every Conspiracy Theory has to satisfy all five of these rules to be valid, but any Theory which grossly ignores any of these rules is probably bunk.
Open for debate.