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Princess Diana: The Royal Conspiracy

Over the years, there have been many conspiracy theories popping up regarding Diana's tragic death. Here are three of the most prominent ones circulating:

1. Faked Death

Plot

Fed up with the constant intrusions into her private life by the media, Diana, helped by the huge resources of Dodi, arranges a spectacular 'death' from which she can retreat into blissful isolation. One version of the theory claims that the crash was an attempt at a faked death that went horribly wrong.

Evidence

a. Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones still lives, but testimony from Mercedes auto experts says that it would have been almost impossible for anyone to have survived a crash in the tunnel in a car going at 121 mph. Maybe, as driver Henri Paul's lawyers claim, the car was not going that fast. Maybe the crash was faked by the army-trained Rees-Jones who had previously deposited Di and Dodi elsewhere.

b. Dodi's usual driver was not used. Mystery still surrounds Henri Paul, the security officer who stepped in at the last minute to drive the Mercedes S-280. It took a full two days for his name to be revealed, for instance. Co-workers at the Ritz Hotel say he kept himself to himself and never socialised with them. One version of this conspiracy has it that Paul simply did not exist, another that he was quickly whisked away from the hospital after being declared dead by doctors in cahoots with the Al Fayed family.

c. Just six hours before she died Di let slip to Daily Mail reporter Richard Kray that she was about to withdraw completely from public life.

Likelihood: 2/10

Parts of it sound feasible but what about Di's two children? It is almost inconceivable that she would want to miss out on the rest of their lives. The chances of her coming back to see them without being noticed are surely slim, though plastic surgery permitting it might be prudent to look out for a similarly built 'nanny' appearing on the scene in the future.

2. MI6 Killed Di

Plot

Rogue elements in the British secret service decide that Di is a threat to the throne, and therefore the stability of the state. They take her out.

Evidence

a. Recent revelations have shown that there are rogue elements in the secret service who act as more or less autonomous cells. Some of these have been revealed to have a pretty strange view of what constitutes a threat to the state. For instance, they have files on John Lennon, current British Home Secretary (Interior Minister) Jack Straw and they once tried to destabilise the 1970s Labour government. It is not inconceivable that the same agents who believed Lennon was capable of leading revolution also believed Diana was capable of fomenting popular unrest.

b. MI6 is suspected of bugging Diana throughout her years in the Royal limelight, and many believe they were behind the leaking of the 'Squidgygate' phone tapping tapes which damaged her image during the break up with Charles.

c. Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones was a former member of the crack Parachute Regiment, one of the most toughest in the British army. He also completed two stints in Northern Ireland and served in the Royal Military Police, just the kind of background that would have seen him come into contact with members of the secret service. Theorists cite the fact Rees-Jones survived the crash as evidence that he was in on the plot to snuff out the Diana threat.

Likelihood: 3/10

Few doubt that the nutters at MI6 are capable of anything but surely even they would have had qualms about bumping off Diana, if only for the reason that her death might bring on the very things they most fear, the drift toward a republican state in the UK, as Charles loses still more popularity.

Did MI6 Kill Diana? We examine the evidence

3. Target Dodi

Plot

Business enemies of Dodi and his father Mohammed Al Fayed assassinate Dodi, with the death of Di a magnificent cover for their operation.

Evidence

Al Fayed has not got to the top without making some serious enemies along the way. The owner of Harrods fought a bitter battle for the top London store some years ago and has also been denied British nationality after question marks were raised about his business practise. His activities have included under the counter payments to Conservative MPs. as his oldest son and heir, Dodi would be an obvious target for anyone wanting to settle a score with Al Fayed.

Likelihood: 1/10

With Di involved, the police operation is likely to be one of the biggest in Paris history so any assassin would be taking one hell of a risk by cutting the break cable, say, of Dodi's car. Then again, the day of the Jackal is a Paris story.

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The New World Order

The New World Order is no longer a conspiracy theory; it is an established fact.

The "New World Order" has been a prominent conspiracy theory for decades[1]. Here and now, as the new millennium dawns, the New World Order has become a globally recognised political concept,[2] and as such it can no longer be regarded simply as a theory. Mankind is now literally entering a new age, the Age of Aquarius, according to the ancient zodiacal calendar which is as old as human civilisation.[3] Aquarius is associated by astrologers with brotherhood, or fraternity, which is the central theme in Freemasonry. The previous zodiacal age was that of Pisces. The zodiacal symbol of Pisces, the fish, is also an important Christian symbol, and it is noteworthy that the age of Pisces coincided with the age of Christianity. During the previous age dates were written with the suffix "A.D." which stands for "Anno Domini" or "Year of Our Lord" denoting the era of Christ. Alternatively, dates were denoted "B.C." - "Before Christ". In 2002 AD, as the Age of Pisces was giving way to the new age of Aquarius, the decision was officially taken to replace the BC/AD date referencing system with the new CE/BCE references which stand for "Common Era" and "Before the Common Era".[4] What better way for the New Secular Order to proclaim the begginning of its reign than to secularise the way in which dates are recorded, replacing the Christian dating system of the old Order with a new, secular system for the for the Aquarian age? Consider the ancient occult symbols on the back of the one dollar bill[5], one of the world's best known banknotes. This is the official Great Seal of the United States of America. The Latin inscription beneath the pyramid says "novus ordo seclorum", which means "new order of the ages". If a secret society is capable of displaying esoteric Masonic symbolism so prominently for us all to see, then perhaps this is indeed the age of Freemasonry.

9-11

Washington- One theory has it that the Bush administration was warned about the Sept. 11 attacks but did nothing to stop them. Another says a missile fired by the U.S. military, not a hijacked jetliner, struck the Pentagon. Yet another: The Israelis orchestrated the attacks to force the United States into a war against the Arabs. More than two years after terrorists hijacked four airliners and killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, conspiracy theories abound about what happened on Sept. 11, 2001.

A Sept. 11 widow recently filed a lawsuit accusing President Bush of allowing the attacks to guarantee support for a war on terrorism. Conspiracy books have become best sellers in Europe. Earlier this month, Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean was criticized for mentioning "the most interesting theory" he had heard: that Bush ignored warnings from Saudi Arabia about the attacks. He later dismissed the allegation, saying, "I can't imagine the president of the United States doing that." "What breeds these theories is that two years out, we have no authoritative account of how it happened and why it happened," said Sept. 11 widow Kristen Breitweiser of Middletown, N.J., a member of the Family Steering Committee, a group of survivors and relatives monitoring the national commission examining the attacks. The commission is charged with providing that au thoritative account. As it approaches a May deadline, the bipartisan panel is evaluating, and in some cases investigating, some of the conspiracy theories. "All you can do is try to take every question that has been raised and see it is answered in the final report to the best of your ability," said Thomas Kean, chairman of the commission and former governor of New Jersey.

"We have heard some theories that are a little unusual and some that have a possibility of being true; some don't hold water and some require further investigation," Kean said. As with the Warren Commission that investigated the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy, Kean said, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States probably always will have doubters, no matter how exhaustive its research. Breitweiser, whose husband Ronald died at the World Trade Center, said the steering committee fears stonewalling and a cover-up. She cited the government's "excessive secrecy," Bush's initial opposition to the commission, his delay in turning over White House intelligence briefings and the naming of Philip Zelikow, a friend of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, as executive director of the panel. A number of books, articles and Internet postings have pushed conspiracy theories - many with intricately woven plots filled with mind-numbing but unsubstantiated details.

There are the widely denounced theories claiming Israeli involvement in the attacks, despite the evidence that Islamic radical Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida terrorist network planned and carried out the plot. Bin Laden has claimed responsibility for the attacks. A former German Cabinet minister, Andreas von Bulow, has written a best-selling book in Germany suggesting that the U.S. and Israeli intelligence services blew up the Trade Center from the inside, then crashed two jetliners into the buildings by remote control to cover up their actions. He argues the attacks were mounted to justify the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Gore Vidal has written widely about Sept. 11. In one British newspaper, he wrote that the United States was warned repeatedly in advance of the attacks that there would be "unfriendly visits to our skies some time in September 2001 . . . But the government neither informed nor protected us despite Mayday warnings from Presidents Putin [of Russia] and Mubarak [of Egypt], and even from elements of our own FBI." Mark Fenster, a University of Florida law professor and author of "Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture," said conspiracy theories have long been "part of American history." Many are stoked by "those who distrust government and are skeptical of power," Fenster said. If significant information is kept secret because of national security concerns and questions remain unanswered, he said, people will be all the more doubtful about the commission's findings, and the conspiracy theories will grow.