According to the BBC, Mohammed (Not the Teddy Bear) Al Fayed alleges that "The murder was carried out at the behest of the security services by photographer James Andanson, who has since died, by using a strobe light to blind Mr Paul". Maybe a strobe attached to his camera. Or a flash.
And this is where it gets really silly:
"Journalists working for the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday, The Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph - acting on the instructions of MI6 - have all been engaged in a campaign to destabilise Mr Al Fayed's businesses as a punishment for speaking out against the conspiracy"
As a journalist, where do you think the big story is? Trying to destabilise Mohammed (not the teddy bear) Al Fayed's business or exposing the whole of the UK system of justice an government is based on a huge conspiracy?
And of course, this is always the rub with Conspiracy Theories. When you sit down and look at just how many people have to keep shtum to ensure the charade continues, it really becomes nonsense. At a quick count I reckon about 100 people (according to Mohammed (NTTB) Al Fayed's craziness) need to be in on it. Most of them earning a mediocre wage.
And so it is with many forms of belief. Take for instance the Complimentary & Alternative 'medicine' lobby, many of whom believe in the huge worldwide big Pharmaceutical conspiracy to keep us all sick so they can make drugs that don't work and keep charging us lots of money and make lots of money for themselves.
For me, when someone comes up with this argument, I tend not to bother retorting. There is no point. It's like the BBC Radio 4 'PM' correspondent asking M(NTTB) Al Fayed about his 'evidence' - to which his reply was to call him an idiot and say he worked for MI6. It's not a debate.
You may or may not have had the interesting (yet deeply disturbing) opportunity to look at the www.whale.to site. I refuse to link to it because I would be defiling all that is good and proper. This site is a conglomeration of the most bonkers, outrageous, banana-headed loopy juice conspiracy drivel that could ever be imagined, all in one place.
Who on earth could believe such a load of imagined distortions? It's irrelevant isn't it? Well....... Have a look then at the JABS website. www.jabs.org.uk
This is a site for people who believe their children have been affected by vaccine damage. Not for me to say whether they have or haven't, but you can imagine where the 'site' lies on the idea of MMR causing Autism. A story which has become so debunked (try here, here, here for just a few) by the world and their respective partners, that it's a bit irrelevant.
Not so for JABS, it's all part of the conspiracy. Someone comes on saying that their child had some difficulties after receiving the MMR. Here is the sage advice given:
I would stop the anti biotics as this wipes out his /her immune system.
Then give him/her half teaspoon VIT A cod liver oil per day a good natural one not a synthetic man made excuse .Also ask for pro-biotics as this replaces the bacteria the anti-biotics have just wiped out (they do have them)and are given as routine in America when anti-biotics are used.
Get a clinically trained homeopath to give him a remedy there is one I have heard that is good at fighting the vaccine in the early stages.
Also any wireless devices baby monitors etc..mobiles radios switch them of or keep them at least 20 feet away from the child as the wireless waves stop detoxification.
Wonderful. Perfectly good, safe, reasoned advice. How could anyone object with that? I know, I know, a few came on after and suggested that perhaps this was not a suitable course of action, but the same the person who wrote the above, also likes to link to articles on whale.to.
Surely these are a small group of loons sidelined to a weary existence outwith the bounds of normal society?
Well, not according the BBC (who surely need to be in the conspiracy?) - have a look here from FEB 2008:
MMR does not trigger reaction
But what's this? On the right hand side, under Related Internet Links, just below NHS link on MMR facts, we have the JABS link on MMR fiction!
So in a few easy clicks, we can get from BBC, to JABS to Whale.to and find yourself in another planet.
I reckon Mohammed (not the Teddy Bear) Al Fayed would feel at home there.
EDIT (30/05/08) - In passing, with reference to Whale.to, Scopie's law has evolved from BadScience.