The problem with the concept of "government conspiracy" is that it implies a unified effort on a sizable group within "the government" large enough and prominent enough to be considered representative of the government as a whole. Furthermore, it implies that the criminal network is primarily centered within the government. It seems more probable that the network's center of power is located outside of government and influences and controls government from within through moles, and from without through its operatives in the infotainment industry, as well as finance and organized crime.
Have you seen Conspiracy of Silence
? I followed up on a lot of the claims in the documentary, and have been forced to conclude there is more than a little truth in it.
I'll agree with your assessment. I think that the term 'government' is used for the sake of simplicity.
My feeling is that clandestine, secretive and semi-secretive organizations such as Skull & Bones, CFR, Illuminati, Trilateral Commission, CIA, Bilderbergers, Masons and such will have over lapping members. I 'll call them interlockers.
Take 9/11 for example. I have removed doubts about the veractiy of the official claim. It is scientifically impossible on many counts. So who did it? A lot of people say that the "government" did it. That is a lot like saying that the civilians did it.
My suspects are:
Central bankers...many are Skull & Bones
Some CFR members with 'appropriate' political viewpoints
A few FBI managers/members who are members of above organization
A few CIA managers/members who are members of above organization
A few Pentagon managers/employees who are members of above organization
A few Norad managers who are members of above organization
A few Blackwater managers/employees who are members of above organization
An organization seeking to rule by deception is behooved by indoctrinating key upper management of influential organizations. Thus wagging the dog. Or they could insert members into upper management or key positions of course.
I'm saying the same thing that you are really. Just dropping some names.