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Conspiracy Theories [Secure eReader]
eBook by Kate Tuckett

eBook Category: Politics/Government/Reference
eBook Description: Worried that the world is run by a sinister cabal operating at the very highest level of government? You could be right. Bringing together evidence on topics ranging from the Sphinx to JFK, Chernobyl to men in black and life on Mars to Roswell, this book has a cover-up for every occasion. Laid out in a handy A-Z format, Conspiracy Theories makes it easy to find out about all the major conspiracy theories in the world today. The archetypal conspiracy theory might go something like this: there is a clandestine secret society in our midst--they are alien to all we believe in and are about to seize control of the world--they are everywhere--they are ruthless and powerful--they are sexually corrupt--they perform the most heinous crimes known to mankind. Belief in conspiracy theories is more than just the belief in an occasional underhand plot. It is a belief system that asserts that world events are being governed in secret by a group of ultra-powerful puppeteers behind the scenes. While little may be done about this sorry state of affairs, at least we can have the satisfaction of having worked out what is going on. Of course, one can argue that obsession with conspiracy theories serves only to demonstrate the lunatic paranoia running rife in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Much talk about conspiracies is dismissed as paranoia and much of it is paranoia. But in reality, history has proved all too well that politicians lie, presidents lie and bureaucrats lie. If we continue to be gullible and believe everything that is presented to us, the truth will never come out. It becomes not only interesting and revealing but an absolute priority to question authority and, more specifically, the authoritarians. Why is it that we can accept that Tony Blair's smile is as broad as it appears? Or that the American CIA assassinated the president of Chile, but we cannot believe that they would assassinate their own? Why is that we can accept that governments would experiment on their citizens with plutonium, syphilis and nerve gas, but don't consider that they would use the AIDS virus? Why did the German populace accept in the first place that Hitler was trustworthy? Conspiracy theories are not new. It is believed that Nero concocted an elaborate tale to shift the blame to the Christians for the burning of Rome. Hitler was a master of such deceipt. And, undoubtedly, when conspiracies fail to accurately predict world events, this only serves to prove their credibility. Double bluff is refined to an art form. It cannot be denied that controversy has often accompanied many of the pivotal turning points of Western civilization. Many major events, for better or for worse, have occurred as the result of people behind the scenes who have held the keys to the actions of the world. Startling discoveries, often stretching far back into history, can affect the very way our Western thought processes and behaviour patterns are conducted. And that is not to mention such terrifying revelations as the Elvis Killed Kennedy conspiracy or the real reason for Santa's oversized hat.

eBook Publisher: Summersdale Publishers Ltd/Summersdale non fiction, Published: 2004
Fictionwise Release Date: June 2004

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Some of these may strike a chord with you, others will merely be scoffed at, but whatever your level of mistrust/paranoia or just piqued interest then this pocket edition should provide plenty of stimuli for you.--Brave New World Magazine

One theorist has commented how significant it was that Mother Theresa lay in state in a big glass coffin compared to the closed casket of Princess Di. Dodi's casket has never even been seen, let alone open at a funeral. The story goes that their faces were too badly damaged for open casket viewing but then, we're also told that Diana was uttering some final words. Naturally, the bounds of taste would dictate that it might not be entirely appropriate to have the public hordes ogling Diana's corpse, but has anyone seen any dead bodies? Is there really a religious reason for Dodi to have been buried straight away? One piece of evidence supporting this theory is that bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones is still alive, despite claims from Mercedes experts that it would have been well nigh impossible for anyone to have survived a crash in a car going at 121 mph. Maybe, as Henri Paul's lawyers claim, the car was not going that fast. Maybe the crash was in fact faked by Rees-Jones who had previously deposited Diana and Dodi elsewhere? More and more bizarrely, Dodi's usual driver was not used. The mystery of Henri Paul, the security officer who only agreed to drive the vehicle at the last minute, is still unsolved. His identity was kept undercover for several days after the crash. According to colleagues at the Ritz Hotel, he had been something of a loner and did not socialise with them. Such little personal information seems to exist on Paul that one version of the story would have it that Henri Paul simply did not exist, another that he was whisked away from the hospital after being pronounced dead by doctors working with the Al-Fayed family. Perhaps most suspiciously of all, Di let it slip to the Daily Mail just six hours before she died that she was going to withdraw completely from public life. Well, she certainly did that. Whether the crash was an impressive ?death? scene from which she retreated into blissful privacy, or whether it was an attempt at a faked death that went horribly wrong, we don't know. Plastic surgery permitting, it might be worth looking out for a stunningly attractive ?nanny? coming to visit Diana's children.

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