Conspiracy theories are infectious for a lot of human beings. They’re the topic of many TV shows. They became the subject of many films and have served as an inspiration for a lot of fiction writers. We ask ourselves, why the craze for conspiracy theories? Aside from the fact that humans are naturally curious creatures, it’s because conspiracy theories are too interesting to let go. Many of us believe in the saying, “when there’s smoke, there’s a fire” and the premise that these conspiracy theories can be real gives us all an equal opportunity to solve it. This is perhaps the reason why they continue to stand the test of time.
The juiciest conspiracy theories are those that involve politics, an unsympathetic arena where public image and trust is a big issue. Here is our list of the top ten political conspiracy theories.
10. Deep Throat
“Deep Throat” is the alias of the secret informant of Woodward and Bernstein, the two Washington Post Journalists who exposed the Watergate Scandal.
Chief of Staff Alexander Haig
The mysterious identity of Deep Throat ended in May 31, 2005, after William Mark Felt Sr., finally revealed himself as the elusive whistle blower. There were numerous rumors around the early 80s, all trying to point out Deep Throat’s real identity. Some believed it was Nixon’s chief of staff, Alexander Haig. Some said it was Admiral Bobby Ray Inman, boss of the National Secutity Agency. Others say it was the deceased Bob Kunkle, the former FBI field office head. There were even rumors that “Deep Throat” was just a strategy to silence newspaper lawyers. The Deep Throat mystery and the Watergate Scandal are in this list because these are the first conspiracy theories in US history that proved to be correct all along.
9. Roswell Mystery
Cover-ups by government agencies are common among “X-files” conspiracy theories.
The weather balloon
Among the most popular is the flying saucer that crashed near a ranch just outside the Roswell Air Force base in New Mexico. On July 8, 1947, the air base released a statement saying that the crash came from what appeared to be a flying disk. Shortly after the release of the first statement, the Air force nullified their first statement and said that the wreck actually was from an experimental balloon. Soon, many different manifestations were released by the Air Force, which resulted to more skeptics. Until 1997, the Air Force released yet another report saying the Roswell mystery is just a case of compiled false memories. Then Major Jesse A. Marcel’s story released his story. Marcel was the person assigned to inspect the wreckage and he reportedly told other personnel that the debris was something he had never seen before. (Want to be a UFO hunter, learn the 11 Ways to spot a UFO
8. Lockerbie Bombing
Lockerbie is a south-western Scottish town where Pan American Airlines flight 103 exploded on December 21, 1988, which resulted to 270 causalities. Two Libyan officers (Tripoli and Gadaffi) were charged in 1991, but nine years passed before an actual trial took place in 2001.
Pan American Airlines flight 103
Aside from the usual terrorism story, other stories surfaced about heroin-filled suitcases found at the crash site by American intelligence officers. Conspirators say that the CIA and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) struck a deal with dope dealers in the Middle-East in hopes of getting some information about the kidnapped victims in Beirut. There are two rumors why the plane blew up: 1) Syrian and Palestinian terrorists were already aware of the CIA’s plan and switched the luggage containing the dope with a Samsonite containing a bomb. 2) Among the passengers killed were two people who are believed to be on their way home to blow the whistle about the dope dealing operation. They were Major Charles McKee, a DEA agent who headed the hostage rescue team, and Matthew Gannon, head of CIA station in Beirut.
7. The New World Order
Many of us cringe over the fact that secret societies could control the behavior of world leaders. Something to that effect exists, popularly known as the Illuminati.
Adam Weishaupt a Bavarian Illuminati
They’re referred to as the secret society that can influence and manipulate the world’s governments. Their name means “the illuminated ones”. They are believed to be “the power behind the throne”, or “de facto” leaders, which speaks to their ability to set policies by influencing and manipulating a particular politician or group. There are allegations that the present affairs of many governments and corporations are controlled by Illuminati. Some conspiracy theorists say that in history, the Illuminati were the mastermind behind many revolutions. They were allegedly organizers of the 18th-century French Revolution and the Russian October Revolution. This ambiguous group was also featured ion Dan Brown’s novel Angels and Demons.
6. Boston Strangler
Boston was terrorized from 1962 to 1964 when an infamous serial killer victimized 13 women. A surprise confession in 1964 by Albert DeSalvo finally ended the terror, but many experts said that the murders he confessed to do not match the patterns of a real serial killer.
Gainsborough St site of the first murder
They said that the Boston Strangler is only an image created by the media and the crimes couldn’t be done by just one guy. Up to this day, many believe that De Salvo is only the “green man” (the rapist of 4 women). Some claimed that the confession was a laid out plan for earning certain police officers reputations. Skeptics said De Salvo, who knew he would spend time in jail as a sexual offender, confessed to the murders so that his family would get some money. They also believe that former Boston Attorney General John Bottomly knew that DeSalvo’s confession would mean solving the high-profile case in Massachusetts’s history. De Salvo’s defense lawyer, F. Lee Bailey, agreed to the plan so he could use the murders as an insanity defense. The plans materialized and DeSalvo was put in jail. Things turned more eerie when De Salvo was suddenly found dead on November 25, 1973 in a maximum security prison with six stab wounds in the chest. Many believe he was silenced because he wrote a strange poem about the identity of the Boston Strangler days before he died.
PROMIS is a controversial database developed by Inslaw, an I.T company based in Washington. In 1970, Inslaw signed a $10M contract with the US Department of Justice that granted the licenses to utilize the PROMIS database and software provided that government would not modify the software, create versions of it, or sell it.
A Software Program
The theory claims that a PROMIS-derivative software was distributed by the US Justice Dept. and friends of Ronald Reagan sold the software internationally for their own profits. This theory was rooted out from an actual court battle between Inslaw and the government about this copyright infringement scandal. The media also fanned the flames of the conspiracy theory by reporting mysterious deaths related to the Inslaw case. In 2001, a report was released that stated that Osama Bin Laden obtained copies of the software from the black market in Russia. Osama allegedly paid $2M so that he could hack US intelligence systems. The US government never paid Inslaw any damages to PROMIS even after it admitted of some unauthorized use.
4. JFK Assassination
Of course, this is about the fatal sniper shot that transformed a festive presidential motorcade into one of the most horrific events in American history. There are many versions of this theory.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
One is about the assumption that a secret organization conspired to kill JFK because he was the only American president that the organization could not control. Conspirators say that proof of JFK’s disobedience could be found in his August 1961 speech to the press that discussed his repugnance of word secrecy. Another version concentrates on the string of strange coincidences that took place after the Assassination. Lee Harvey Oswald, the known assassin, was shot by a man named Jack Ruby before he could even go on trial. Jack Ruby was then held by police. It was reported that Ruby feared for his life and died of pneumonia after his death sentence was overturned when he was granted change of prison venue. The most popular version is that Oswald wasn’t alone; there were reports of an unidentified man who hid behind the grassy knoll during the motorcade.
3. October Surprise
The October surprise conspiracy refers to theories about the alleged negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and campaign representatives of Ronald Reagan during the 1980s.
According to the theory, the negotiation was about the plot to delay the freedom of American hostages in Tehran and only release them after the US Presidential Elections (when Reagan beats Jimmy Carter). This means that there would be no “surprising” release of hostages during the incumbent Carter Administration that could ruin Reagan’s chances for presidency. The theory also suggests that in return for Iran’s cooperation with dirty politics, the US government would remove the restrictions on Iran and would supply Iran with weapons. The theory is called October Surprise because presidential elections in the US happen on the second week of November, so any news or event that takes place in October has the power to influence election outcome. Strangely, the hostages were released 20 minutes after Raegan’s inaugural speech.
2. Princess Diana’s Death Inquest
Princess Diana in Bristol
Goodbye England’s rose and hello conspiracies. There are three strange stories about Diana’s death. Diana was so tired of the media that she and Dodi planned to stage their own deaths and run off to an isolated island until their attempted fake death accidentally went too far. Another story is about business enemies of the Fayeds who used Diana as a perfect strategy to assassinate Dodi. The most believable is that Diana was pregnant with Dodi’s child and threatened the royal family lineage. Whatever the theory, one fact about the Diana inquest is that the white fiat that veered towards Diana’s mercedes has not been found.
1. Martian Slavery
A Martian in human suit
US government agencies are hiding Martians in huge warehouses and strategically-located sweatshops so that they could put the indelible color green on the US dollar which theorists said, are all made with special Martian body slime. Any unsuspecting civilian who recognizes the Martians will be flashed with a white light that induces memory gap.
We admit that this list is quite a mouthful. Like what we said at the beginning, conspiracy theories about politics are infectious, proven by the fact that you are reading this final sentence. You’ve just become our mind control guinea pig.
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