I agree, most conspiracies seem like a bunch of hogwash to me too, yet they do happen.
You say, "Typically an astronomical amount of people would have to be in on things for the event in question to be executed without any whistle blowing. I'm not saying this isn't possible, just not likely."
But, the practice of compartmentalization allows hundreds of people to be involved without knowing they are actually involved in a potential conspiracy.
"The Manhattan Project was carried out in extreme secrecy. By 1945, the project had nearly 40 labratories and factories which empolyed (sic)approximately 200,000 people." ~ http://gk12.rice.edu/trs/science/Atom/man.htm
In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
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