‘Patriot’ Paranoia: A Look at the Top Ten Conspiracy Theories

The current issue of Southern Poverty Law Center’s publication Intelligence Report (available online) includes a fun and freaky “look at the top ten conspiracy theories” flourishing amongst America’s radical right.

‘Patriot’ Paranoia: A Look at the Top Ten Conspiracy Theories: Conspiracy theorizing has flourished as a virtual art form in all nations and across all political persuasions. But the American radical right has to be considered a strong contender for the title of modern conspiracy champion.

I was already familiar with most of the “top ten” – like the idea that some of the contrails of high-altitude aircraft are infect “chemtrails” being used to spread chemicals to aid the insidious agenda of the New World Order; or the one about FEMA being at the center of a planned police state and having plans for, or even having built, secret concentration camps to house dissidents (“patriots”). And of course 9/11.

But a couple were news to me. Like concerns that there is a secret plan to merge the United Steas with Mexico and Canada, or my favorite from the list – HAARP:

According to the U.S. government, the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program [HAARP] is a joint scientific research project of the Air Force and Navy, based in Gakona, Alaska, whose stated purpose is “studying the properties and behavior of the ionosphere, with particular emphasis on being able to understand and use it to enhance communications and surveillance systems for both civilian and defense purposes.”….

To the conspiracy-minded, HAARP is a government program tasked with creating secret directed-energy weapons, instruments for weather and mind control, and even potent new methods to cause earthquakes. Predictably, after January’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, some Patriot sites noted that the neighboring Dominican Republic was undamaged, leading them to speculate that the U.S. government was responsible and had targeted Haiti alone. (via ‘Patriot’ Paranoia)

Here’s the full list of the top ten:

  1. Chemtrails
  2. Martial Law
  3. FEMA Concentration Camps
  4. Foreign Troops on U.S. Soil
  5. ‘Door-to-Door’ Gun Confiscations
  6. 9/11 as Government Plot
  7. Population Control
  8. HAARP
  9. The Federal Reserve Conspiracy
  10. The North American Union

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