Conspiracy theories simplify events into purely 'black and white' terms, where particular people and groups are blamed for all the world's ills. They promote the idea of 'us against them'. They promote the idea of a battle between good and evil.
Types of Conspiracy Theory
Conspiracy theories usually fall into one of three groups -
- Single events. Was Princess Dianna murdered? Did Man really go to the moon? Was HIV developed in a lab?
- By a group. A deliberate plan of action by a single group to attain power in any particular country, region or institution. Usually with plans for world domination. Examples are Jews, Communists, Bankers .
Investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein exposed the conspiracy in his book 'The Rise and Fall of Diamonds'. In 2004 De Beers was fined $10 million by the US Justice Department for fixing diamond prices.
The Age of the Internet and 9/11
Then something came along that would change things forever. The Internet.
The Twin Towers
The Internet was clearly going to have a major role to play in any future society and if anyone wanted to launch a recruitment campaign, the World Wide Web was the place to do it from.
On 11 September 2001 the attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Centre provided the perfect vehicle for a major propaganda campaign to convert as many people as possible to the new belief system. The belief system that questions the motives of the very people who are supposedly here to protect us.
9/11 has been hi-jacked by the Internet. There are many holes in the official version of events of that day and this is being exploited. This is being used to promote the idea that if the official story is not true, then they are lying to us. And if they are lying to us then it must mean that they have something to hide and if they have something to hide then it must mean that they did it. This is the main thrust of the 9/11 conspiracy theory, that the attacks on the World Trade Centre were carried out by the United States government.