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When Alan Watt's website Cutting Through the Matrix went offline in February, he knew it was because someone "at the top" decided he was getting too close to the truth.

Watt is one of several "esoteric researchers" (call them conspiracy theorists) who believe Big Brother is telling Yahoo!, Google, and other companies which websites get to stay up, and which come down.

"I am certain of it," said Watt, a researcher studying the role secret societies play in global events.

Yahoo!'s web hosting division, which provides services to Cutting Through, pulled the site without explanation after Watt posted an audio "blurb" about the CIA's links to drug traffickers and the 1980s crack epidemic in Los Angeles, he said.

Yahoo! lifted the suspension, again without explanation, about three days later, according to Watt.

It may not be the worst thing Big Brother has done to Watt: Paramilitary forces once plunked a phosphorous grenade down his chimney, he claims.

But there are many other Anti-Masons and 9/11 truthers claiming that sinister forces and the internet's big boys are de-indexing and suspending sites that threaten to expose the global ruling elite.

It sounds loopy, but the allegations - from the webmasters of sites such as Prison Planet and the Illuminati Conspiracy Archive - have persisted since late last year.

The conspiracists suspect Western intelligence and law enforcement agencies are using subtler means to curtail anti-government content, because - unlike Vietnam and China, for example - they cannot overtly censor bloggers, vloggers and podcasters.

A Prison Planet article last October reported a claim that Google, which hosts videos and blogs through its subsidiaries, is "in bed" with the CIA, and the two have "targeted websites for blackout".

The site also accused Google Video of trimming the viewership statistics for Terror Storm, a film that argues that many attacks against America are government-sponsored "false flag operations" designed to get people to relinquish their freedoms.

Of course, the site suspensions, YouTube ranking changes, and search engine de-indexings may simply be the result of technical errors, as claimed by the service providers.

"Lazy workers in an increasingly Sovietized Western economy" are surely to blame for some of these problems, says Henrik Palmgren, who runs the website Red Ice Creations.

Red Ice features podcast interviews with esoteric researchers, including Watt, and news updates from bloggers and the mainstream media.

Red Ice earlier this month was suspended by its hosting service One.com in "a knee jerk reaction" to a spam message that linked to Red Ice, but did not originate there, said Palmgren.

At least that's what the service provider told Palmgren.

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