Last night President Obama announced that U.S. military forces killed Osama Bin Laden. This morning the conspiracy theories are already running rampant. Did they really kill him or is it a lie? When will we see photos? Is this just to make the President look good for the upcoming election?
We Americans are skeptical people, aren't we?
Why are we so untrusting?
The individualization of Americans has played a huge part in this. We tend to rely on ourselves. We struggle with believing something when our only evidence is the word of others. This is something engrained in the American spirit, and in the democratic spirit.
We have also been given many reasons to distrust the U.S. Government. I recently watched a documentary about Daniel Ellsberg and The Pentagon Papers. With history like that behind us how can we, as an educated and free people, trust what we are told? We have been forced into skepticism. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Right?
I've already seen a photo floating around the internet claiming the U.S. government released a photoshopped image of what is supposed to be Osama's head. CNN just said moments ago that the Obama Administration hasn't decided yet if they will release the photo of Osama... Kind of intriguing to watch the process as conspiracy theories are created.