Top Ten Conspiracy Theories

From commercial airplanes whose exhaust trails are secret experiments in weather control to the New Jewish World Order behind the Federal Reserve, everyone is out to get the paranoid Right.

From commercial airplanes whose exhaust trails are secret experiments in weather control to the New Jewish World Order behind the Federal Reserve, everyone is out to get the paranoid Right. "Over the last two decades, a far-right conspiracy culture of self-proclaimed 'Patriots' has emerged in which the United States government itself is viewed as a mortal threat," says an article from Intelligence Report Magazine. "Few Internet-age antigovernment conspiracies have spread as quickly or as widely as the idea of 'chemtrails': the belief that air and water vapor contrails that form in the wake of high-altitude aircraft are really clouds of toxic soup being deliberately sprayed by hundreds, if not thousands, of secret government planes executing the designs of the New World Order."

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Former president of the ACLU Nadine Strossen discusses whether our society should always defend free speech rights, even for groups who would oppose such rights.

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  • In this video, Strossen describes the reasoning behind why the ACLU defended the free speech rights of neo-Nazis in Skokie, Illinois, 1977.
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