Out of the Sewers?

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This LA Times cartoon from an article by cartoonist columnist David Horsey is amusing because it is easy to see Alex Jones this way; it is however unfair. Horsey writes:

Usually, it would be best to ignore conspiracy-mongers such as Alex Jones and not reward him and his angry gaggle of paranoiac followers with any sort of attention. But, in a week when thoughts of the dead and maimed victims of the Boston Marathon bombings weigh heavy on the hearts and minds of most Americans, it is worth pointing out what a worthless waste of skin and bones Jones and his minions happen to be.

Alex Jones comes across as a self publicist and can  be seen as dangerously irresponsible in his advocacy of guns. But I don’t think that Jones is a ‘worthless waste of skin’. He may be wrong in his speculations about the Boston Marathon bombings but the behaviour of elements of the US government opens them to suspicion. An article from the New York Times notes that several terrorist plots foiled over the past few years were instigated or facilitated by FBI agents cajoling those they identified as probable terrorist sympathisers to commit terrorist acts. This video makes the same point:

http://youtu.be/anYwmWlwZuA