Who is Alex Jones?
As John Hamilton reported, alleged California highway shooter Byron Williams cited radio host Alex Jones as a source of information. Like Williams, Alex Jones believes in numerous anti-government conspiracy theories, such as that the 9-11 attacks were an inside job.
Williams cites Alex Jones as a source of information
From Hamilton's "Progressive Hunter ":
Byron says that Gulf Coast residents should be up in arms about the conspiracy to destroy their shorelines for the profit of George Soros. "What ever happened to the spirit of the South, of the Confederacy in the Civil War?" he asks.
He blames Obama for deliberately destroying American jobs in the oil industry.
"We have a moratorium on drilling below 5,000 feet here," Byron says. "None of the other countries have that." He contends that this gives other countries an economic advantage, because they can drill far deeper.
"What I see here is a plan to bring the country down," Byron states.
I tell Byron that I haven't heard any of this and ask him where he got his information. He leans back in his chair and thinks a moment.
"Alex Jones. PrisonPlanet.com is his website. Also, DiscoverTheNetworks."
Jones is a conspiracist and repeat Fox News guest who mingles dire warnings of the "New World Order" with stories of government complicity in the 9-11 attacks. DiscoverTheNetworks is a website claiming to track "the individuals and organizations that make up the left." It's run by David Horowitz, a former leftist who has reinvented himself as a right-wing propagandist.
It's clear that there are some theories Byron subscribes to that Beck does not. For example, Byron endorses the claim that "the U.S. government contracted its own destruction of the twin towers." On this issue, Byron cites Alex Jones and other websites.
Jones tied to "friend" and Fox host Andrew Napolitano
Napolitano has hosted Jones, whom he calls a "dear friend"; Napolitano is also a regular on Jones' program. Fox Business host and Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano hosted  Jones on his then-online show, Freedom Watch. Napolitano is also a regular  guest  on  Jones ' show  and has called  Jones a "dear friend" who "we go to" because of "your zeal and your courage and your fearlessness in exposing" the government. Napolitano is a frequent guest-host and guest on Glenn Beck's Fox News program.
Jones: "Beck is now able to go on the air and talk about things that 15 years ago I was called a lunatic for." During the October 7  Alex Jones Show, Jones asked Napolitano whether Napolitano has been "influencing" Glenn Beck because "he is getting more and more hardcore." Jones later suggested that Beck followed him on pushing the falsehood that Obama administration official John Holdren is in favor of "forced sterilization in the water" and added, "The mood of the country has changed if Judge Andrew Napolitano has the number one show on Fox Business and is getting a primetime show weekdays and Glenn Beck is now able to go on the air and talk about things that 15 years ago I was called a lunatic for, when all I was doing was reading their own statements."
Alex Jones' conspiracy theories
New World Order. The starting point for Jones' conspiracy theories is his belief in the existence of the New World Order, a secretive group of powerful elites with an agenda to rule the world through authoritarian world government.
The Independent Film Channel (IFC) -- which aired a documentary about Jones -- wrote  that he believes the New World Order is "covertly masterminding a series of destructive events to cause a mass breakdown of the world's economy and society. Once the world has fallen into chaos, these same 'elitists' will offer a plan to rebuild the economic and social structure of the world (to their liking). ... The film captures this growing anti-New World Order movement as it targets the annual Bilderberg conference, and the 9/11 attacks as focal points in the alleged global conspiracy."
Part of the New World Order conspiracy is the meeting of the Bilderberg Group. Every year , according to Jones' website PrisonPlanet.com, "traitorous government officials go to Bilderberg to get their marching orders" to help enact global "serfdom and dictatorship." Jones' website also writes , "Two key Bilderberg films that contributed to this unraveling of Bilderberg's cloak of secrecy were Alex Jones' Endgame and The Obama Deception. In Endgame, Alex Jones bullhorns the 2006 Bilderberg meeting in Ottawa Canada, garnering front page coverage in major newspapers as for the first time Bilderberg's efforts to preserve their low profile agenda were blown wide open. ... In The Obama Deception, ... Alex Jones exposed how he [Obama] was personally chosen over Hillary Clinton at the 2008 Bilderberg meeting by Bilderberg luminaries and how Obama was in actual fact a compliant servant for the Bilderberg globalists who he answers to, people like Zbigniew Brzezinski."
Jones' film Fall of the Republic documents  how the New World Order dictatorship is in the "final stages of completion" for an authoritarian world government:
Fall Of The Republic documents how an offshore corporate cartel is bankrupting the US economy by design. Leaders are now declaring that world government has arrived and that the dollar will be replaced by a new global currency. President Obama has brazenly violated Article 1 Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution by seating himself at the head of United Nations' Security Council, thus becoming the first U.S. president to chair the world body.
A scientific dictatorship is in its final stages of completion, and laws protecting basic human rights are being abolished worldwide; an iron curtain of high-tech tyranny is now descending over the planet. A worldwide regime controlled by an unelected corporate elite is implementing a planetary carbon tax system that will dominate all human activity and establish a system of neo-feudal slavery. The image makers have carefully packaged Obama as the world's savior; he is the Trojan Horse manufactured to pacify the people just long enough for the globalists to complete their master plan.
This film reveals the architecture of the New World Order and what the power elite have in store for humanity. More importantly it communicates how we the people can retake control of our government, turn the criminal tide and bring the tyrants to justice.
NWO will exterminate 80% of the world's population. A summary of Jones' ENDGAME film states : "For the New World Order, a world government is just the beginning. Once in place they can engage their plan to exterminate 80% of the world's population, while enabling the elites to live forever with the aid of advanced technology. ... Watch as Jones and his team track the elusive Bilderberg Group to Ottawa and Istanbul to document their secret summits, allowing you to witness global kingpins setting the world's agenda and instigating World War III ... Discover how the practitioners of the pseudo-science eugenics have taken control of governments worldwide as a means to carry out depopulation."
The U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks. Jones describes  himself as being on "the front lines of the growing global information war from ground zero to the occult playgrounds of the power-mad elite. Jones predicted the attacks on September 11th, 2001 and is considered one of the very first founding fathers of the 9-11 Truth Movement."
The Anti-Defamation League wrote  that "Jones may currently well be the most prominent conspiracy theorist in the United States" and "reached prominence in the years after the 9/11 terror attacks, as he became one of the most energetic of the 'truthers,' the conspiracy theorists who believe that the 9/11 attacks were an 'inside job' by the U.S. government."
The New York Times wrote  that Jones "is the William Jennings Bryan of the 9/11 band." The Times described Jones' 9-11 theories as: "that the military command that monitors aircraft 'stood down' on the day of the attacks; that President Bush addressed children in a Florida classroom instead of being whisked off to the White House; that the hijackers, despite what the authorities say, were trained at American military bases; and that the towers did not collapse because of burning fuel and weakened steel but because of a 'controlled demolition' caused by pre-set bombs."
Jones' Infowars.com -- a sister site of PrisonPlanet.com that shares content and staff -- features a section  for 9-11 conspiracy theories. Jones also sells "exclusive" movies dedicated to the 9-11 Truth movement:
- 9/11: The Road to Tyranny. The movie claims  to document "the ruthless history of governments orchestrating terrorist attacks against their own people to scare them into total submission." The description continues: "In this brutal expose you will witness the birth of a global police state that surpasses Orwell's nightmarish vision. It's all here: *The history of government-sponsored terrorism *The modern implementation of fear-based control *The New World Order's future plans."
- Truth Rising: The 9/11 Chronicles Part One. The movie description  states: "Join Alex Jones, Luke Rudkowski and others as they set out on a mission determined to expose the ruthless global elite and alert the masses to the truth about 9/11. Strap in and get ready to ride along as criminal overlords David Rockefeller, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Alan Greenspan, John McCain, and many others are confronted about their lies and manipulation."
Jones is the executive producer  for Loose Change: Final Cut and helped with "financing the production and release of the film." The movie states  that it "hopes to be the catalyst for a new independent investigation, in which the family members receive answers to their questions, and the TRUE PERPETRATORS of this horrendous crime are PROSECUTED and PUNISHED." TIME notes  that Loose Change is "[o]ne of the most popular conspiracy videos online, ... a 90-min. blizzard of statistics, photographs, documents, eyewitness accounts and expert testimony set to a trippy hip-hop backbeat. It's designed to pick apart, point by point, the conventional narrative of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001."
Secret FEMA camps. Alex Jones is a proponent of the conspiracy theory that the government has set up FEMA concentration camps in America. From the description  of Jones' movie Police State 4 on Infowars.com:
Police State 4: The Rise of FEMA chronicles the sickening depths to which our republic has fallen. Veteran documentary filmmaker Alex Jones conclusively proves the existence of a secret network of FEMA camps, now being expanded nationwide. The military-industrial complex is transforming our once free nation into a giant prison camp. A cashless society control grid, constructed in the name of fighting terrorism, was actually built to enslave the American people. Body scanners, sound cannons, citizen spies, staged terror and cameras on every street corner -- it's only the beginning of the New World Order's hellish plan.
This film exposes how the Continuity of Government program has established an all powerful shadow state. Prepare to enter the secretive world of emergency dictatorship, FEMA camps, and a shredded Constitution. Witness police and military savagely attacking innocent citizens as our own government unleashes false flag operations to justify its oppression. Then watch as Alex Jones takes on corrupt mercenary police and exposes mainstream media brainwashing.
The police state isn't coming -- it's already here.
Ads  for the DVD show Jones' eyes above the words, "Death camps Are Real."
Jones' Obama Deception film claims  that "Obama is continuing the process of transforming America into something that resembles Nazi Germany, with forced National Service, domestic civilian spies, warrantless wiretaps, the destruction of the Second Amendment, FEMA camps and Martial Law."
An April 17, 1999, Austin American-Statesman article (retrieved from Nexis) reported that, even then, Jones believed that FEMA was "building hundreds of concentration camps on military bases with separate areas for men, women and women with children."
BP oil spill a deliberate act. Jones has pushed the theory that the BP oil spill was a deliberate attack. Jones co-wrote a June 8 article headlined, "Evidence Points To BP Oil Spill False Flag." A false flag event is an operation carried out by a powerful entity to deceive the public into thinking it was carried out by someone else. False flag examples cited by conspiracy theorists include the Oklahoma City bombing, and 9-11 attacks. From Jones' article  on Infowars.com:
- Sales of shares and stocks in days and weeks beforehand
- Halliburton link, acquisition of cleanup company days before explosion
- BP report cites undocumented tampering with well sealing equipment
- Government uses disaster to push for Carbon Tax, Nationalization talk
Troubling evidence surrounding the Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20th suggests that the incident could have been manufactured.
Jones has discussed  "evidence" that the spill was a false flag event on his radio program. A program posted on Jones' YouTube channel on June 20 states  that Jones "reveals why he is now sure it's a 100% false flag event to usher in the global carbon tax talked about at the G-20 summit."
Additionally, Jones has pushed numerous other conspiracy theories about weather control , mass sterilization , the Oklahoma City bombing  and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster , among others.