The ironic thing about conspiracy theories and paranoia is that somehow, they are two sides of the same coin. A conspiracy is defined as a combination of persons for a secret, unlawful, or evil purpose. Paranoia is an extreme irrational distrust of others. When you live in a world where almost anything is fathomable, it’s difficult for certain people to draw the line between the two.
Below is a list of alternative hypotheses that offer and explanations for well-known events and phenomenon:
September 11th: Speculation continues to surround the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Many have suspected the Bush Administration, in conjunction with Israeli participation, for the atrocities. In addition, a number of hypotheses have been made in regards to the manner in which the WTC buildings collapsed and the “suspect” Pentagon wreckage site that contradict official reports.
New Orleans Was No Accident: The fact that Black folks were disproportionately effected by the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, multiple reports that the levees in the 9th Ward were bombed, the delay (and possible prevention) of governmental assistance, and much more, cause many to wonder if the heartbreaking events brought on by the hurricane were a part of a plan to “whiten” New Orleans.
Area 51: The government initially reported that it was a saucer that crashed on a remote ranch outside of Roswell, NM in 1947, then retracted the statement, claiming it was a weather balloon that smashed into the ranch. Alternately, there are those who insist that Area 51 it was a Cold War Era spying program.
New World Order: NWO refers to the worldwide conspiracy that seeks result in the breakdown of individual cultures, currencies, and territorial boundaries to in effect create “one world,” one government, and a drastically reduced global population.
AIDS is Man Made: For many years now, people have suspected that AIDS is a man-made epidemic with a genetically engineered virus, which was deliberately introduced into very specific cultures for population control purposes.
The Apollo Moon Landing Hoax: There are those who still insist that the Apollo Moon Landings never took place, and were faked by NASA with the help of the CIA.
The Iraq War (for Oil): The jury’s still out on this one – so to speak. Rumors persist that 9/11 was orchestrated to justify a war in Iraq in order to redistribute the resources of the Middle East – including black gold. Several reports from people on the ground in Iraq lend to the suspicion as well.
Swine Flu is Man Made: Another attempt at population control perhaps? During the peak of the Swine Flu pandemic, many feared that this deadly bug was also the result of genetic engineering, and that the vaccine developed to treat it was just as deadly as the infection itself.