The Unz Review • An Alternative Media Selection$
A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media

Conspiracy Theories from JFK to 9/11

Over the last half-century, the phrase “conspiracy theory” has become a regular term of abuse directed against those who challenge the establishment narrative on major world events, with the JFK assassination and the 9/11 attacks being two of the most prominent examples.

Declassified government documents eventually revealed that this pejorative accusation may have originated with the CIA. By the mid-1960s, many Americans had grown skeptical of the official story that JFK was killed by a lone gunman and began to suspect that the CIA might have been involved. So the intelligence agency encouraged its media assets to ridicule such notions as “conspiracy theories” and the term became widespread.

The creation of the Internet in the 1990s suddenly allowed the easy distribution of unsanctioned narratives, and a massive new wave of conspiratorial theories blossomed in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

I have investigated many of these important historical events, often coming to controversial conclusions. These articles are all found in my lengthy American Pravda collection, but the more substantial ones are also available as stand-alone eBooks.

Articles in the Series

American Pravda: Was Rambo Right?
The American Conservative • May 25, 2010 • 1,300 Words
Our American Pravda
The American Conservative • April 29, 2013 • 4,500 Words
John McCain: When “Tokyo Rose” Ran for President
The Unz Review • March 9, 2015 • 4,200 Words
American Pravda: The Legacy of Sydney Schanberg
The Unz Review • July 13, 2016 • 3,500 Words
American Pravda: Relying Upon Maoist Professors of Cultural Studies
The Unz Review • July 18, 2016 • 1,900 Words
American Pravda: Will There be a Spotlight Sequel to The Killing Fields?
The Unz Review • July 25, 2016 • 2,700 Words
American Pravda: Was General Patton Assassinated?
The Unz Review • August 22, 2016 • 2,400 Words
American Pravda: Alexander Cockburn and the British Spies
The Unz Review • August 29, 2016 • 2,700 Words
American Pravda: How the CIA Invented “Conspiracy Theories”
The Unz Review • September 5, 2016 • 2,600 Words
American Pravda: The Destruction of TWA Flight 800
The Unz Review • September 26, 2016 • 2,800 Words
American Pravda: Breaching the Media Barrier
The Unz Review • October 24, 2016 • 2,500 Words

American Pravda: The JFK Assassination, Part I – What Happened?
The Unz Review • June 18, 2018 • 4,800 Words
American Pravda: The JFK Assassination, Part II – Who Did It?
The Unz Review • June 25, 2018 • 8,000 Words
American Pravda: Our Deadly World of Post-War Politics
The Unz Review • July 2, 2018 • 5,700 Words
American Pravda: 9/11 Conspiracy Theories
The Unz Review • September 10, 2018 • 11,000 Words
American Pravda: The ADL in American Society
The Unz Review • October 15, 2018 • 7,300 Words
American Pravda: The Power of Organized Crime
The Unz Review • July 15, 2019 • 13,000 Words
American Pravda: John McCain, Jeffrey Epstein, and Pizzagate
The Unz Review • July 29, 2019 • 6,400 Words
American Pravda: Mossad Assassinations
The Unz Review • January 27, 2020 • 27,300 Words
American Pravda: Our Coronavirus Catastrophe as Biowarfare Blowback?
The Unz Review • April 21, 2020 • 7,400 Words
American Pravda: Seeking 9/11 Truth After Twenty Years
The Unz Review • September 7, 2021 • 7,800 Words
American Pravda: Remembering the Liberty
The Unz Review • October 18, 2021 • 11,400 Words
American Pravda: Giants Silenced by Pygmies
The Unz Review • November 22, 2021 • 12,200 Words
American Pravda: Anne Frank, Sirhan Sirhan, and AIDS
The Unz Review • January 31, 2022 • 3,600 Words

Podcast Interviews

Kevin Barrett • JFK Assassination • July 1, 2018 • 1hr 10m

Kevin Barrett • Truth Movement • December 14, 2019 • 1hr 8m

Kevin Barrett • USS Liberty • October 27, 2021 • 56m