Russian Tanks in U.S.!

Conspiracy theorists in the mid-1990s often maintained that the U.N. (and various other world organizations, often involving Jewish bankers) was planning to invade the U.S. and plant it under foreign control.

"Evidence" of this theory has included numerous sightings of black helicopters and actual photographs of Russian tanks being transported by train in the U.S.

Leaving aside the fact that the U.S. had more control over the U.N. at the time than vice versa, this theory is well-debunked.

The June 25, 1995, San Francisco Examiner quoted a spokesman for a National Guard base in Michigan as saying that the Russian tanks are "part of a program, under way for at least 12 years, in which captured foriegn military equipment is shipped by rail from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida for analsyis by military contractors and the training of U.S. soldiers."

The tanks are conveyed on open, uncovered flatcars to avoid paranoid suspicion.

Even though conspiracy theories are mainly bunk, they should not be ignored by the political mainstream. They are a side effect of widespread distrust of government, the symptom of a government out of touch with its citizens. When conspiracy theories flourish, there is something wrong.

Source: "Militia plotted assault on military base," in the June 25, 1995, San Francisco Examiner.