Top Ten: Conspiracy Theories
5. The JFK Assassination
One of the greatest conspiracy theories of all-time, the assassination of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, is still widely debated over half a century after the fact. The media famously blamed Lee Harvey Oswald for the murder of JFK. According to the Warren Commission, he allegedly acted alone, firing his rifle from the window of the Texas School Book Depository. Oswald claimed he never shot anyone and was merely a patsy, but before he could be officially prosecuted, Jack Ruby shot him from a point-blank range. A 2013 Gallup Poll showed that only 30% of people actually believe that Oswald acted alone. There is debate over exactly how many shots were fired; bullet holes were found in Kennedy’s back, neck, and skull; a bullet even grazed the cheek of spectator nearby. Many argue it would be impossible for Oswald to have fired all shots with the given rifle in the allotted time. Those who disagree with the Warren Commission believe there must have been at least one other shooter – the “grassy gnoll” is the location brought up in most mainstream debates. If Oswald didn’t kill Kennedy then who did? Maybe the more important question is why? Was JFK assassinated because of mafia relations gone sour? Did it have something to do with his speech against secret societies? Perhaps, it was because he was against going to war. Or maybe Lyndon B. Johnson wanted to be the lead man no matter the cost? Whatever the case may be the JFK assassination theories continue to linger to this day.
4. The Moon Landing
Another conspiracy theory that people still debate decades after the fact is the moon landing. July 21, 1969, America wins the space race. Neil Armstrong is the first man on the moon and the hero of the Apollo 11 mission. The ability to go to the moon struck fear in the hearts of the Cold War enemy, the U.S.S.R. Why kill the enemy with bullets when you can scare them with advanced technology? Ever since that fateful mission, a large group still denies that man actually went to the moon. The feat must have been impossible with ‘60s technology that housed the computational power of a modern-day wristwatch. Unlike the JFK assassination, the motive for this conspiracy is clear: America had to overtake the Soviet Union in the space race, especially after the U.S.S.R. took the lead with Sputnik. So, is it possible that the United States government realized they couldn’t get to the moon first, and instead, filmed the whole moon landing in a Hollywood soundstage? This is exactly what moon-landing, conspiracy apologists believe. They even claim to know the director behind the colossal task; it was non-other than the creator of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick. With the IQ of a genius, the mind of an artist, and all of the money he would need, Stanley Kubrick faked that famous footage of man walking on the moon. He even admitted to doing so when he created the horror classic, The Shining. He couldn’t bear to keep his secret any longer; Kubrick was smart enough to leave every detail of how he came to fake the moon landing in the subtext of that film. Don’t believe me? Check out Jay Weidner and see for yourself!
3. The Illuminati
The Illuminati or New World Order is often laughed at all over the media today. The mother of all conspiracy theories, the New World Order or Illuminati is the group of people who pull the strings behind the scenes. Every major world event can be explained by the influence of the Illuminati or so this conspiracy would have you believe. The New World Order is a phrase that became popular thanks to a speech by President George Bush Sr. Presently, we are seeing the New World Order take place with Agenda 21 coming into effect. The final goal of this Globalist plan is to create a One World government with the proletariat as the slaves. The world’s elite are behind this plan for total domination. They’ve been planning it for centuries, ever since the world’s banking community began to dominate economics in the 1700s. Founded on May 1, 1776, in Bavaria, the Illuminati was originally a secret society of scientific philosophers who opposed the rule of the Church in Europe. The group is thought to have infiltrated all sorts of other secret societies in order to spread their elitist viewpoint. Although the formal society was disbanded some years ago, their philosophy still reigns supreme in countless modern fraternal orders. The term “Illuminati” is still widely and erroneously used to refer to secret organizations of all kinds.
2. September 11, 2001
Forever known as 9/11, the attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York remains one of the greatest cover-ups of all time. Practically everyone has seen the footage of the monolithic, twin structures crashing to the ground. The media and government were quick to point out that Osama bin Laden was responsible for organizing the terrorists behind the attack. Soon enough the U.S. military invaded the Middle East, starting a one-sided war. Many conspiracy theorists claim that the government simply wanted the oil and allowed the attack in order to justify their agenda to harness that oil. Others suggest that they were not only in Iraq and in Afghanistan for oil, but they were there also to harvest precious poppy fields in order to sell opium across the world. Still, others claim the terrorist attack was a ploy to implement The Patriot Act – legislature used to justify various alphabet agency’s spying and (ironically) terrorizing of American citizens. There may have been multiple motives for allowing such an attack to take place, but conspiracy theorists go a step deeper. The government didn’t only allow for the collapse of the Twin Towers, but they are in fact directly responsible for the attack. Videos show screaming survivors of the attack claiming they “heard bombs going off on the lower levels.” Conspiracy theorists hold fast to the notion that a plane cannot bring down a building of that magnitude. The terrorists would be incapable of overriding the jet and hitting such a precise target. Some claim that there were no airplanes involved at all! The planes we saw on TV were nothing more than advanced CGI or holograms. The people on the planes were killed elsewhere; directed energy weapons and bombs actually caused the towers’ collapse. It really becomes obvious that something is amiss in the Commission Report’s explanation of “building 7.”
The term flying saucer was born out of Kenneth Arnold’s famous encounter with UFOs in June of 1947. This case marks the modern-era for UFO sightings. Just one month later, one of the most famous UFO reports surfaced out of Roswell, New Mexico. Newspapers headlined that a UFO had crashed in the sandy desert. The story quickly changed when the military claimed it was nothing more than a weather balloon that crashed. Eventually, footage of the alleged alien autopsy would surface; the sci-fi world was changed forever. Since 1947, there have been numerous stories of purported UFO sightings. The encounters would become progressively more bizarre as abduction cases began to arise. People claimed to have missing time, and sessions of hypnosis revealed that abductees were being scientifically examined aboard these ships. It is practically impossible to deny the existence of UFOs with thousands of cases being reported monthly across the globe. Some suggest the Air Force is responsible for these advanced crafts. However, well-documented cases of strange lights in the sky date back long before 1947. Some claim that UFOs have been seen since the dawn of history. There are three general ideologies when it comes to explaining the origins of these UFOs. The first camp claims our future selves control these glowing balls of light. We created these time-travelling machines to travel to the past to save ourselves from some unknown doom. It gets complex quite quickly when one tries to explain how reverse time travel is possible. The second group believes that these UFOs are controlled by intelligent beings from somewhere in our Universe. These Extraterrestrial Biological Entities (EBEs) have come to warn us of the dangers of nuclear attacks. The final camp believes that these entities are not from some distant planet in our galaxy. Instead, these beings are interdimensional travellers, spiritual beings with a nefarious agenda. Which theory do you believe?