Paranoid/Paranoia - Media
Buzzwords To Silence
The Politically-Incorrect

By Alan Cantwell, MD
c. 2005 Alan Cantwell, All Rights Reserved
According to Christopher Rudy's report, "When the 109th Congress convenes in Washington in January, Senator Bill Frist, the first practicing physician elected to the Senate since 1928, plans to file a bill that would define 'political paranoia' as a mental disorder"
("Incredible - Frist's Bill Defines 'Political Paranoia' As Mental Illness, 1-10-5,
Immediately after the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995, there was a media blitz blaming paranoid people and anti-government militia groups for the violent deaths. After the 9/11 attack the media reported a "conspiracy lobby" whose basis premise is that President Bush/ the CIA/ Big Oil either planned the attacks or let them happen to secure the U.S. oil pipeline/ take over the Middle East/ launch a one-world government.
In a Los Angeles Times op-ed piece (March 24, 2002), Gale Holland claims the so-called conspiracy lobby is a tiny but persistent subgroup spawned by the John F. Kennedy assassination and nurtured through the CIA/ assassination-plot scandals of the following decades. Predictably, Holland uses the paranoia buzzword in his final paragraph: "Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, but sometimes fiction is just fiction. Getting at the truth is tough, accepting it can be harder still. Paranoia is a lot easier. Sept. 11 may have robbed us of our sense of normalcy, but we can't let it upset out reason."
What is obvious is that the major media quickly accept the politically-correct version of an "official story" of an event, as provided by official government sources, and then dump all politically-incorrect versions of the story into the conspiracy theory trash bin. Waging war on "evil doers" everywhere is deemed politically correct; but believing in conspiracy theories is unpatriotic and borders on treason. The media demand documentation as proof of conspiracies, while incriminating documents are shredded by the government, or by a team of well-paid lawyers, accountants and executives, as in the case of the Enron scandal.
Any researcher who has dug hard to find "the truth" knows that it is rarely found in the media. After all, the specialty of the major media is to provide new stories, not to solve the ills of society, nor to bore people with "old news." Reporters pride themselves in unbiased reporting by not taking sides or injecting personal opinion in their stories. Few news writers have the courage or ability to investigate potentially-explosive conspiracy theories that might embarrass the government, or their advertisers or editors - or even their readers.
Despite these shortcomings, the media seem to take pride in dismissing people who believe in conspiracy theories as "paranoid."
According to Webster's Dictionary, paranoia is a serious psychiatric diagnosis: a psychosis characterized by systematized delusions or persecution or grandeur usually without hallucinations. Paranoia can also be defined as a tendency on the part of an individual or group toward excessive and irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others. People who exhibit such psychiatric traits are paranoid.
A definite diagnosis of paranoia requires the expertise of a psychiatric health professional. A diagnosis is made after a careful history and physical examination of the patient, and must include a detailed drug history and psychiatric observation.
All this is ignored by journalists who indiscriminately label people as paranoid. Their purpose is to discredit a person's mind and reasoning ability. Unfairly labeling people as paranoid is malicious and evil; and the word can be as hateful as words like nigger, kike, and faggot. When terms like paranoia and paranoid are tossed around in the media, rational communication is no longer possible.
In psychiatric terminology, a paranoid person is not normal because paranoia indicates a diseased mind.
In their quest for power, politicians sometimes portray their enemies as diseased. Hitler was a master of this. After securing the cooperation of the German physicians, he rid the Third Reich of thousands of mental and physical defectives by murdering them. When this was accomplished, he turned on the Jews. He labeled the Jews as a cancer that needed to be cut out of a diseased Germany. Thus, the roots of the Holocaust were planted.
Labeling people as diseased is an effective way of discrediting and silencing them.
My publishing house, Aries Rising Press, has published two books on the subject of AIDS as a man-made epidemic, which were well-received and reviewed in the alternative press, but totally ignored in the mainstream media. In 1989 my book, AIDS & The Doctors of Death, was offered for sale by an independent bookseller at the International AIDS Conference in Montreal. The presence of the book so infuriated officials of the World Health Organization that they demanded the book be removed from the shelves and banned from the conference. During the past two decades the media have totally dismissed the man-made theory of AIDS as misguided and paranoid.
Ex-New York City Health Commissioner Stephen Joseph, in his AIDS book, Dragon Within the Gates, dismisses without explanation "the paranoid theories about AIDS being a deliberate invention of biological warfare." However, he does note "the scars left by the Tuskegee experiment" in the Black community.
Perhaps physician and senator Frist needs to be reminded of this infamous government-sponsored syphilis Tuskegee experiment, in which public health doctors deliberately lied to black sharecroppers in Alabama for over 40 years. The men were never told they were infected with syphilis, and when a penicillin cure became available in the 1940s the doctors withheld treatment so that they could study the devastating effect of untreated syphilis. When the men died, the doctors rushed to get an autopsy, coaxing the family into giving permission by having the government pick up the tab for the funeral expenses. Under pressure from civil rights activists, this racist experiment was finally terminated in 1972. Is is paranoia to suggest that this experiment was some sort of conspiracy against black people?
Joseph also writes that the memory of Tuskegee "fueled a conspiratorial theory that AIDS resulted from a biological experiment, gone awry, performed on Africans by the United States government." Perhaps that is why a 1990 poll taken of African-Americans living in New York City concluded that "a third believe that HIV was produced by scientists and disseminated through black neighborhoods for the purpose of genocide."
Conspiracy theorists know that government doctors and scientists have conducted covert experiments on unsuspecting civilians for decades, even up to the present time. Current reports in the media indicate that military physicians were either actively or passively involved in the recent scandal involving torture of Iraqi prisoners.
A few years ago the nation was shocked to learn that physicians had performed dangerous radiation experiments on unsuspecting hospitalized patients from the 1940s up until the 1980s. After a half century of government cover-up, the proof was finally revealed when previously classified government documents were released by the Department of Energy. (For details, type in "Human Radiation Experiments" at Also see Pulitzer Prize-winning Eileen Welsome's The Plutonium Files; America's Secret Experiments in the Cold War.)
Only a fool would believe that government-sponsored conspiracies do not exist. And history has proven that the media cannot protect us or inform us of vast government programs that hurt innocent people.
Charges of secret and unethical experiments against helpless citizens are not the ravings of paranoid people. On the contrary, they are serious accusations of an informed and enlightened citizenry.
It is time to speak out against falsely labeling people as paranoid.
Paranoid and paranoia are acceptable terms when used in a medical setting. But they have no place in slandering and denigrating people who express alternative views in a democratic society.
And, of all people, Senator and Dr. Frist should know that.
Dr. Cantwell is the author of Queer Blood, and AIDS and the Doctors of Death, two books on the man-made origin of AIDS, available through internet sources and published by Aries Rising Press, P.O. Box 29532, Los Angeles, CA 90029 USA. Email:



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