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The Top-Ten Conspiracy Theories by Mind Map: The Top-Ten Conspiracy Theories
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The Top-Ten Conspiracy Theories

10

The United States Shadow Government

A little-publicised executive order during the Reagan administration created the National Program Office which established a secret national security team outside the traditional branches of the government. This new agency with a reported multi-billion dollar budget was headed up by covert operations loyalist Oliver North, and included then Vice-President George Bush (Sr.), Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld (who was not part of the administration at the time). Long time conspiracy theorists were ultimately not surprised to see key members of this secret national security agency placed in prominent administration positions, and at key "action stations," at the time of the attacks on September 11, 2001.   Soon after the 9/11 attacks, this office was given a degree of legitimacy by the Bush (Jr.) administration and known more broadly as Project 908 or "Continuity Of Government" (COG). Because of their involvement in national security issues, even when not officially in any administration agency, the NPO and later COG has been the target of a great deal of conspiracy speculation ranging from off-the-books covert activity to having total control of the executive branch of the U.S. government.   More information about this particular conspiracy theory may be obtained from the following topics here on AboveTopSecret.com: The Shadow Government, A Complete Info Resource Bush administration is running a "shadow government" Mount Weather: Secret Underground Complex The United States" Secret Shadow Government, A Structural Analysis www.apfn.org... FEMA The Secret Government Political Conspiracies Forum: Recent Topics Overview

2.60% of all votes

9

Organized Religion

In the Book of Matthew, Jesus lays out specific instructions, "thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men." This instruction of simple and private spirituality is reflected in the writings of many faiths, but ignored by organized religion. Martin Luther in the 16th century, with his Ninety-Five Theses, may have been the first well-documented conspiracy theory author. The Christian Reform Movement began from concern over widespread commercial corruption in the Catholic Church. Many in the reformation were burned at the stake for being heretics, but in reality, were initially simply seeking to guide the church back toward the tenets of simple spirituality taught by Jesus. To this day, the mechanisms used by major organized religions to influence the hearts and minds of followers are a far cry from the teachings that first spawned the faiths. From the suppression of science to the obfuscation of human nature, the attempt to control the actions of the populace have been well-discussed in conspiracy theory circles for centuries. More information about this particular conspiracy theory may be obtained from the following topics here on AboveTopSecret.com: Religion is Social Control The Conspiracy of Organized Religion Religion as a tool of control Why would anyone say religion is here to control people? Escaping Religious Images and Delusions Conspiracies in Religion Forum: Recent Topics Overview

2.90%

8

The Suppression of Alternative And Free Energy Sources

One need only look at the debacle of the EV-1 Electric Car, and how the oil industry and big-auto (at the time) colluded with the government to kill a superior product to understand how similar alternative energy products and ideas have been systematically buried or outright killed. The ruthless oil industry, with government cooperation and sometimes active participation, has been the biggest barrier to the development of alternative energy sources, technologies, and ideas. Even the father of our technological age, Nikola Tesla, the inventor of alternating current and much more, encountered stiff opposition and suppression of his experiments (which now appear to have been very successful) into "Zero Point Energy," or "free" energy extracted from the fabric of the universe. And today, given the maturity of known alternative energy technologies, it shouldn"t be difficult for the average household to establish nearly complete energy self-sufficiency. However, the barriers in both cost (through suppression efforts) and legal requirements (through government collusion with big-oil) make it nearly impossible. More information about this particular conspiracy theory may be obtained from the following topics here on AboveTopSecret.com: Free Energy - Sound To Electricity Zero-Point Energy Generation Suppressed technologies Free Energy and its Political Economic Reality Brazilian Scientists Have Developed A Vacuum-Energy Motor Peak Oil Forum: Recent Topics Overview

2.99% of all votes

7

A Significant Global Catastrophe Will Happen In December, 2012

The ancient Mayans possessed a sophisticated culture with a unique perception of the universe and the role of the planets in cosmic events. Scholars studying the Mayans have found startling accuracy within the Mayan Calendar as it tracked days and weeks in comparison with astronomical data and events, and which is more precise than the Julian calendar. But the disconcerting discovery is that this highly accurate and painstakingly prepared calendar of cosmic events has an end date of 2012, beyond which no data exists. According to a growing number of people researching this particular phenomenon of the calendar agree that "something significant" will happen on the end-date. Opinions range from a simple "cycle back to the beginning and start over," to a cosmic catastrophe that will end all life on earth. And as more information becomes apparent, many now believe that "the government" is fully aware of what will happen and is very carefully suppressing the truth. One tantalizing glimpse of this potential foreknowledge lies in the manner in which the "Y2K Bug" was repaired in many mainframe computers -- the problem was simply pushed forward to, you guessed it, 2012. More information about this particular conspiracy theory may be obtained from the following topics here on AboveTopSecret.com: Could this cause the end in 2012? New pulsar found. Tibetan Monks See Aliens Saving Earth From Humans In 2012! David Wilcock - Best theory on 2012 to date? Catastrophic sun storm possible, NASA warns The Web Bot Project Predicts Apocalypse In 2012! 2012 Forum: Recent Topics Overview

3.55%

6

Cover-Up Of Alien Technology Research at Area 51

Few government installations inspire more speculation and flights of fancy than the most public of secret government facilities, Area 51 in Groom Lake, Nevada. Known to be the testing facility for the ultra-secret "Skunk Works" projects that gave birth to advanced technologies such as the stealth aircraft, this highly-guarded location is the stuff of conspiracy legend. Believed to be the final destination of the debris recovered from a alien space craft that crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico, many feel the installation has been the epicenter of projects that reverse-engineer captured extraterrestrial technology. Those who watch and track what appear to be government tests into highly-advanced technologies believe most of the activity at Area 51 has been moved to other locations. However, occasional hints and tidbits of information indicate there still may be significant efforts including the continuation of highly advanced research, possibly with the aid of actual extraterrestrial entities. More information about this particular conspiracy theory may be obtained from the following topics here on AboveTopSecret.com: Special Report: Area 51 Uncovered - New images available Pictures from Inside Groom Lake Recent trip to Area 51 - Guards cross the line How do you get a job in Area 51? Groom Lake - Here"s the Truth! Bob Lazar and Element 115 Area 51 And Other Facilities Forum: Recent Topics Overview

3.56%

5

The Collapse of the Global Economy Was A Controlled Demolition

3.88%

4

The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

6.10%

3

The Attacks on September 11, 2001

If we had performed this survey three years ago, this conspiracy theory may have come in at the number-one spot. This is not to say there is a diminished amount of speculation about various levels of government involvement, but that a layer of fatigue has found its way into traditional conspiracy theory circles. The basic premise behind 9/11-related conspiracy theories are relatively simple: elements within the United States government either made possible the events of the day, or turned a blind eye so as to allow the attacks to happen unhindered. The core notion is very similar to the conspiracy theories surrounding the attacks on Pearl Harbor. But compounding these theories are two disturbing items: 1) The discovery of Project Northwoods which was a 1962 Joint Chiefs of Staff plan to inflict civilian casualties with hijacked aircraft as a pretext to invade Cuba, and 2) Conspiracy theory "chatter" during the spring of 2001 that a "false flag" terrorist attack on American soil was imminent. When conspiracy theorists discover alarming coincidences that include key "Shadow Government" members at action stations the morning of 9/11, previous plans drafted by the government to do exactly what happened on 9/11, and growing rumors of a terrorist attack that will be used as a pretext for war, the speculation begins in earnest. Now, some eight years later, it"s nearly impossible to perform an Internet search on the topic of the 9/11 attacks and find material that is not related to one or more conspiracy theories. And while the event has sparked a type of online resurgence for conspiracy theorists, in many ways, the Internet chatter has also contributed to the lack of mainstream adoption of this particular conspiracy. A multitude of web sites and Internet forum postings promote a dizzying array of wildly speculative theories that range from holographic projections and nuclear devices to total and complete fabrication of the event through Hollywood-style special effects, and so much more. Many who follow the traditional conspiracy theorist path of sober analysis and relentless research feel that some, if not many of the popularized but wild Internet theories are distractions designed to obfuscate and hide the truth in plain sight. Indeed, those concerned about a "conspiracy within a conspiracy" need only look at the dozens (if not hundreds) of factions owing allegiance of sorts to the larger "9/11 Truth" campaign. Most of these smaller groups have been engaged in various levels of "one-upsmanship" as ever more speculative theories are aggressively promoted so as to attract attention away from competing groups. The result is an impossible to discern cacophony of competing theories, confusing or conflicting objectives, and ultimate frustration for both those involved and those seeking to learn. It doesn"t matter that the confusing mix of theories is by accident or design, the traditional conspiracy theorist will comment that there is no such thing as a coincidence, and that everything happens for a reason. More information about this particular conspiracy theory may be obtained from the following topics here on AboveTopSecret.com: VIDEO: 9/11 Press For Truth FLIGHT 93 - The Biggest 911 Smoking Gun! Bombs in the Building: Conspiracy Theory is a Conspiracy Fact Explosions Before Both WTC Collapses and before WTC7 Collapse 9/11 ABL - Smoking Gun - This Is It 9/11 What evidence would make you believe in a conspiracy? NIST Admits Total Collapse Of Twin Towers Unexplainable 4th Generation MicroNukes Used on WTC1,2 and 7 9-11 lets lay it on the table....please provide evidence The North Side Flyover - Officially Documented The Hologram Theory is dead Why there were no planes at the WTC New Video: September clues exposes 911 TV Fakery 9/11 Conspiracies Forum: Recent Topics Overview

2

Cover-Up of Extraterrestrial Visitation and Their Space Craft

19.28% of combined votes

1

The Secret Cabals Working Toward a Global One-World Government

22.07%

Survey Methodology

Members of AboveTopSecret.com were given a week to discuss what they believe are their most important or compelling conspiracy theories. Each member submitted at least three suggested theories for a total of over 200 distinct conspiracies submitted. The master list was condensed and reviewed, with a final master-list of 35 conspiracy theories. The final list of 35 theories was packed into a Flash-drive web-based voting system that allowed anyone to select their top-three most important theories. All users were allowed to vote once per 24 hours, resulting in 29,112 unique respondents with a total of 53,195 completed ballots... or 159,620 actual votes. The final votes were weighted as follows: A vote in the first position, or most- important theory, counted for a value of 1.2. A vote in the second position, or second-most-important theory, counted for a value of 1.0. A vote in the third position, or third- most-important theory, counted for a value of 0.8. The total vote-values for each conspiracy theory in the poll were tabulated and used to determine the top-10 conspiracy theories which represent 81.12% of all votes.

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