As a new decade dawns, we look back on the conspiracy theories that shocked, amazed and appalled us over the past.
1. Apollo Moon Landing
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The Apollo 11 Moon landing in 1969 is said to be an elaborate hoax by the US accordingto some space conspiracy theorists. In 1969, millions of people watched as men walked on the moon for the first time in human history. Or did they? According to one remarkably enduring conspiracy theory, the U.S. government faked the moon landings with the use of movie sets and props. NASA footage of Moon’s surface seems bogus according to some theorists, who claim glaring anomalies such as shadows going in different directions and the US flag blowing in the wind show it was faked.
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The defining moment of the past decade has spawned the most controversial and hotly debated conspiracy theory of all time. Did the US government allow the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon to happen despite it’s prior knowledge, or did the Bush administration plan and execute the attacks as a “false flag” operation to justify the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the repressive anti-terror legislation that offers the US government unprecedented control over the public. A bitter argument between theorists and scientific journals still rages over whether the two planes that struck the twin towers were the cause of the World Trade Centre’s collapse, or whether controlled explosions and thermite plasma were used to destroy the skyscrapers. The destruction of Tower 7, which was not hit by a plane, and questions over whether the Pentagon was struck by a cruise missile rather than a jumbo jet, have all lent weight to the conspiracists claims.
3.The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
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A theory which has gained considerable traction in the Muslim world following one of the worst natural disasters in South Asian history is that the tsunami could have been caused by an Indian nuclear experiment aided by Israeli and American experts. Theorists suggest that the heated nuclear race between India and neighbour Pakistan, led to the former spending billions on unsophisticated nuclear technology. Theorists are then split as to whether the test went awry, or whether backed by the US and Israel, India was taking the first step in “geological warfare” as part of a bid to wipe out Muslims in the heavily Islamic areas of Indonesia and Sri Lanka which suffered most of the 230,000 deaths caused by the Tsunami.