Conspiracy theories have been around for centuries, from the conspiracy about 9/11 being an inside job to claims about a supposed New World Order. They have garnered the attention of people all over the world, but Texas has its own conspiracy theories that have circled around the Internet, raising people’s suspicions of the U.S. government even more. Here are 6 of the most popular conspiracy theories in Texas:
1) Operation Jade Helm 15 is actually a government plot to establish martial law in Texas.
The military training exercise known as Jade Helm 15 has caused much paranoia and outright anger in the minds of conspiracy theorists. The U.S. military executed these exercises in Bastrop County, and its citizens didn't take very well to that. Many of them believed this was a sign of a military takeover in Texas, and also the end of gun ownership. This exercise caused such a panic that the county judge even called a U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman to come down to Texas and answer questions about Jade Helm. While the man answered questions for three hours, the citizens weren't convinced. Is Jade Helm a covert operation to take all freedoms away from Texans? This claim is dubious at best, but some swear by their suspicions.
2) Wal-Mart closed several stores in Texas to use as processing facilities once Jade Helm is enacted.
Some people believe that the timing of the closures of Wal-Marts in Texas and the launch of the Jade Helm operation is not just a coincidence. Supposedly, the Wal-Marts will be used as a central command station for operations, or to detain citizens who don't comply with the military takeover. Is Wal-Mart working in collusion with the U.S. military? Whether these speculations are ludicrous or believable, I'll let you decide for yourself.
3) Who really killed President John F Kennedy?
Ever since the assassination of JFK in 1963 in Dallas, many people have speculated that his death was part of some conspiracy, and that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone. The most popular conspiracies surrounding the assassination of JFK are: 1) the Soviets killed him due to having to back down after the Cuban Missile Crisis, 2) the mafia assassinated him, 3) Cuban President Fidel Castro sought revenge after U.S. agents tried to kill him numerous times and decided to kill Kennedy, 4) Lyndon Johnson, the president to succeed Kennedy, had him killed in order to become president, and 5) the CIA was involved.
4) The Astrodome in Houston is a secret NSA listening post.
A man named Dan Nagel, a supposed retired member of the U.S. military, sent the Houston Chronicle a letter about the secret plans for the Astrodome. In it, he explained that the steel rods on the perimeter of the dome resembled the design of FLR-9 Cold War antennas put in place to monitor radio communications. The man believed the U.S. government planned to collect information on all known Republicans in Texas. Hmmm..anyone buying this one?
5) There's a secret underground government base run by aliens in El Paso.
According to conspiracy theorists, Area 51 is simply a distraction so the government can carry out their plans in secrecy in underground tunnels located somewhere near El Paso. People have claimed to see spaceships landing in an area called Horizon. Where is this? Apparently, you just go all the way down Horizon Blvd until you can't go any more, then take a right. When you see gates, you have found it. However, don't attempt to trespass; the aliens there take humans to experiment on them, so I wouldn't get too close if I were you.
6) The West Texas fertilizer plant explosion in 2013 was no accident.
Some say a missile was fired at the plant, and there's even a video on YouTube trying to prove it with footage captured at the site of the explosion. Others believe it was an inside job by the U.S. government since FEMA-type trucks were seen there the day prior to the accident. Still others believe it was a drone strike, or even a Tesla Howitzer, a powerful device that acts like a high energy laser.
Do you know of any other farfetched or baffling conspiracy theories in Texas? Please share in the comments below!