Conspiracy Theory

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Thierry Meyssan - "The biggest victor of Sept. 11 was the U.S. military-industrial lobby. Its wildest dreams [are] fulfilled"

Move over Fox Mulder, here comes Thierry Meyssan. Like the unrelenting FBI hero of the popular X Files TV series, Meyssan is a player in the conspiracy business. But in contrast to the fictional Mulder's sympathetic crusades — one geek's quest to combat a farcical cabal of sociopathic humans and the world-conquering extraterrestrials they serve — Meyssan's campaign has attracted audiences with a singularly despicable suggestion: that the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 were carried out by U.S. government officials as part of a murderous economic and military plot.

Meyssan makes that astonishing proposition in the book l'Effroyable Imposture (The...

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