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And the commentators in the major media wonder why we believe in conspiracy theories? Chris Carter, the writer/producer of the TV series, The X-files, has commented that his perception of the United States was formed by Watergate. But the key event was a decade before that – the killing of John F. Kennedy, and the refusal of a handful of stubborn Americans to accept the official government line that Lee Harvey Oswald did it. If any individuals are to be credited with starting the current mess we are in, it should be those critics of the Warren • 59 • conspiracytheories 13/12/05 8:35 am Page 60 C O N S P I R AC Y T H E O R I E S Commission.
J. Simpson case appeared in the US after the trial. According to a contents summary I read in the catalogue of Tom Davis Books,10 one such argues that the murders had their origins in the FBI blacklist of certain bar applicants (would-be lawyers) because of their antiwar activities. These unemployed lawyers assassinated Nicole Simpson and framed O. J. Simpson to compel the FBI to disclose the blacklist. Only in America, with one million lawyers, home of the lawyer joke, would someone imagine a murderous cabal of unemployed lawyers!
There was a long, careful and, I think, totally convincing analysis published in the Fortean Times in January 1997. But even if true, what does this suggest? Do fake pictures mean a fake moon-landing? As a federally-funded bureaucracy, NASA’s aim was to achieve maximum publicity to enable it to extract maximum dollars out of Congress for future projects. You get better pictures in a studio than on • 43 • conspiracytheories 13/12/05 8:35 am Page 44 C O N S P I R AC Y T H E O R I E S the moon. In a studio, for example, you can spotlight the US flag on the otherwise rather dimly-lit lunar module.