Princess Diana and MI5; Beyonce and satanism; Jay Z and the Illuminati – conspiracy theories and paranoia.

Posted: May 31, 2012 in Blogs
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“Who shot Biggie Smalls/ If we don’t find them, they gon’ kill us all.”

Princess Diana & Dodi Fayed

I remember exactly where I was in August 1997 when I heard that Princess Diana had died.  (Psychologists call this a flashbulb memory).  I had stopped the night at my mother’s house and she awoke me with the news that Diana and her boyfriend Dodi had been killed in a car crash in a tunnel in Paris.  My immediate response was ‘it was a hit’. It’s not that I’m a natural conspiracy theorist, but bearing in mind the events that had led up to this dramatic event, it seemed entirely plausible. Diana, mother of the future King, had become a major embarrassment to the Royal family, exposing the infidelities of her former husband and heir to the throne in a television interview, and subsequently cavorting with a series of high profile boyfriends.  Front page pictures in the tabloids of her in a bikini sunbathing on Al Fayed’s yacht, and rumours that she was now pregnant with his child, must have been too much for the House of Winsdor to bare.  In short, she had to be taken out! Or so I saw it.

In the intervening 15 years there have been many more such conspiracy theories.  The most popular being that the attack on the World Trade Centre in September 2001 was not a surprise attack on America by a loose band of terrorists led by Osama Bin Laden, but was  infact either allowed by the U.S. government who knew it was going to happen, or was orchestrated or staged by government agents in order to justify their longed for ‘war on terror’ overseas, and the implementation of draconian security measures at home.

In the words of former MI5 agent David Shayler

“I used to think they let it happen.  I have come to believe that they made it happen.”

The 9/11 Attacks – terrorist attack or government conspiracy?

Not even the President of the United States (P.O.T.U.S) is immune from such conspiracies.  Whilst the right wing racists in the US argue that Obama wasn’t even born in the US and as such, is not eligible to be President, some Black people believe that he another puppet of the Illuminati, or even an illegitimate child of George Bush Snr. And so rather than being a radical change in the status quo, he is simply carrying on the rule of the old establishment.

President Obama – is he even American?

There is nothing new in these types of conspiracy theories.  Similarly to the 9/11 attacks, way back in 1941when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour, there were some at the time who argued that this was no surprise attack, but was allowed to happen by the President Roosevelt in order to justify America entering into World War Two, to which there was much domestic opposition.

Many Americans believe that John F. Kennedy was assassinated not by lone gun man Lee Harvey Oswald, but was infact hit by the mafia collecting unpaid debts, or even the C.I.A/ F.B.I/ right wing elements of the American establishment, who didn’t like the direction he was taking the country in.

J.F.K. – killed by lone gunman or Mafia hit?

Likewise Marilyn Monroe didn’t die of an accidental overdose, but was assassinated on the orders of JFK to cover up their affair, or by a Mafia don who was angered that she left him for the Kennedy brothers.

Although the aforementioned conspiracy theories are popular with many white Americans, recently many Black folk have jumped on the conspiracy bandwagon and are now riding it till the wheels fall off!

Rap group Dead Prez rapped on their classic track ‘Hip-Hop’,

 “Who shot Biggie Smalls/ If we don’t find them, they gon’ kill us all.”

On the same album they assert that Bob Marley didn’t die of cancer.  Do they know something that we don’t?

Mary J. Blige was quoted as saying that she was devastated by the death of R&B singer Aaliyah in 2002, and was convinced that she would be next.  If Aaliyah died in a tragic plane accident why would Mary feel that she would be next?

Aaliyah – killed in plane accident or something more sinister?

Unless she felt that it wasn’t just a random accident but infact part of an orchestrated campaign by unseen powers to take out Black music stars that had previously succeeded in removing Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, and more recently Biggie and Tupac. (Personally I prefer Chris Rock’s take on those last two cases.  “Malcolm X and Martin Luther King were assassinated – them two niggas was shot!”)

Or have you heard the theory, that when the levees broke in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that led to the floods in New Orleans, this was not the result of a natural disaster, but rather caused by direct action (or deliberate inaction) from the US government in order to drown/wash away the poor Black community that had remained stuck there.  (Personally I prefer Kanye West’s infamous assessment of the situation – “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people”).

Beyonce – surely not a satanist?

More recently I received e-mails telling me that Beyoncé is a devil worshipper and the artwork for her album I Am Sasha Fierce is full of satanic iconography.  As if that was not bad enough, apparently her husband Jay Z is a member of the Illuminati.  The diamond symbol that he likes to ask the crowd to ‘throw up’ at concerts, is not the innocent symbol of his Roc-A-Fella Record label, but is infact Illuminati symbolism.

The Roc A Fella symbol – illuminati symbolism?

So why are Black people so fond of conspiracy theories, and does it even matter? Even if they are all proved to be false, isn’t it just a bit of harmless fun?  For some perhaps, but for others it can be the thin edge of the wedge.  The problem is not in the theories themselves, but in a way of thinking that they encourage.  We all know people (usually of the older generation) who refuse to use Facebook, or supermarket reward cards, or shop on-line, for fear of corporations secretly collecting data on them.  Or to chat their personal business over the phone because ‘the feds might be listening.’ It’s a small step from being cautious, to being hyper-vigilant.  And then from hyper-vigilance to paranoia. And from paranoia to paranoid schizophrenia, which is a particular problem for Black people.

The Fourth National Survey of Ethnic Minorities (FNS) shows a higher rate of psychotic illness for Black Caribbean people than for white people, with Black Caribbean people being twice as likely to be diagnosed with psychosis. According to American Psychiatric Association schizophrenia represents a group of disorders characterised by the presence of thought disorder – more specifically misinterpretations of reality; delusions and hallucinations; inappropriate emotional and social response; and withdrawn regressive, or bizarre behaviour.

Although delusions vary, they tend to encompass a small number of themes.  The most common type is persecutory or paranoid in which the individual feels himself the victim of some kind of malevolent plot.  The imaginary persecutors are sometimes people known to the patient, but more often institutions such as government bodies or criminal gangs or ideological groups.

Legendary 70s soul singer Donny Hathaway suffered from schizophrenia, and its reported that on the day he died, he had complained that white people were trying to steal the music from his head, before he threw himself to his death.

Donny Hathaway – suffered from schizophrenia.

The problem is not so much the conspiracy theories themselves, but rather in the world view that they encourage. Have you noticed that the people who cling to these kinds of theories the most, are the ones at the margins of society? The very ones at most risk from developing mental illness.

Another thing that historically Black people have been particularly fond of, is religion. Religious people say that faith is belief in something in the absence of proof.  I would go further and argue that faith is belief is something despite facts that prove the contrary.  People cling to their beliefs despite contrary evidence because it fits in with their world view.  I was so willing to believe that Diana was assassinated, because it fits in with my view of the Royal Family as a murderous villainous dynasty.  Christians cling to Creation Theory despite the contrary evidence from Carbon dating, Geology and Archaeology because if the creation story is proved to be wrong, then what else in the Bible is wrong?  If they let go of that, then they may have to let go of their whole belief system, their whole world view, the whole religion that defines them.

Christians still adhere to the Creation Story despite evidence to the contrary.

If such beautiful and talented people like Aaliyah, Princess Diana, Marilyn Monroe can die in random accidents, then it could happen to any of us.  If the P.O.T.U.S. can be assassinated by a mad lone gun-man, then so could any of us.  For some, that is too terrible to contemplate and so they create a larger more comforting story to explain these events.

Similarly, how is it that Beyoncé has had such a long and successful career when most R&B chicks come and go like fashion?  She must have sold her sold to the devil!

How could two ordinary Black men, like Jay Z and Obama, both raised by single mothers like so many of us, rise to such heights, just on their own merits?  It is easier for us Black men struggling at the bottom, to believe that their success is due to  membership of some secret all-powerful organisation, rather than to acknowledge that it is down to their own hard work and talent. Because if they can do it, then why can’t we?

Conspiracy theories are rather like religion – although on the face of it they are nonsensical and ridiculous, they are actually reassuring as they give meaning and order to life.  Rather than believing that the world is a random, lawless, chaotic place where anything can happen, at any time, to even the best of us, it is more comforting to believe that some higher power is in control, even if they may not always have our interests at heart, and they sometimes allow bad things to happen for reasons our simple minds can’t understand. It is more comforting to believe a fantastical conspiracy theory then to acknowledge the bleak and terrifying truth. Sometimes planes and cars just crash by accident, no matter how beautiful or talented the passenger is.

As Elaine Showalter put it in her 1997 book Hystories: Hysterical Epidemics and Modern Culture……….

“Men and women, therapists and patients, will need courage to face the hidden fantasies, myths and anxieties that make up the current hysterical crucible: we must look into our own psyches rather than to invisible enemies, devils and alien invaders for the answers.”

For our own benefit and mental health, we must stop giving the credit for what happens in the world to unseen powers, and secret organisations, and give the power back to ourselves.

Lee Pinkerton

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  1. says:

    Spot on Lee. Razaq

    • Dorothy from Oz says:

      This is a disinformation article, views like this encourage authorities to take away our civil liberties, because the general public are gullible and conditioned by the media to be docile and accepting of everything they are told. Welcome to the real world, America is not a democracy but a demonocracy, American people cannot utter the word ”illuminati” in public. In the 21st century, the fact that people believe and belong to secret societies is backward not ‘enlightened’. All this pagan and devil worship shocks me that cultured, intelligent people who have spent years indoctrinating the masses into telling people that non-White people are ‘inferior’ believe in such crap like Baphomet, Horus, Isis etc. I don’t care about this ‘treasure’ that the Knights Templar supposedly discovered or hidden knowledge or which eminent person belonged to this society. Every institution has been infiltrated, there are freemasons/illuminati everywhere. It’s just a stupid brotherhood with people looking to ingratiate their way to success, power and wealth. To me, the fact that in this free world, people are so obsequious to others highlights the worst features in humanity…a lack of courage, vision, integrity etc. These people are fundamentalists, egotists, who have carried out horrific experiments on people, carry out so-called ‘ritual sacrifices’ in public, are affiliated with pedophilia using the gay agenda, currently have a program to impoverish middle classes etc. There is no such as ‘ritual sacrifices’ these are MURDERS. The illuminati are the worst thing that ever happened to civilisation. They’re certainly not liberated, visionaries, humane or progressive but backward scum hiding from the masses.

  2. Joe Aldred says:

    An interesting perspective Lee with which I mostly agree. However I think your carricuture of Christians as people who ‘…cling to Creation Theory despite the contrary evidence from Carbon dating, Geology and Arch aeology because if the creation story is proved to be wrong, then what else in the Bible is wrong?’ is a little unflattering. Many Christians are far more sophisticated than being classified as seven-day creationists. It is at least, in my humble view, as rational to believe in a Creator/Designer as to believe the Big Bang happened by itself.

    • leepinkerton says:

      Thanks for the comment Joe. Are there Christians nowadays who believe in Creation theory, but not that the earth was made in 6 days? I didn’t know. I suppose there are Christians around the world more flexible in their thinking than the American fundamentalists.

  3. all above is true i studied it at the age im at u mite not think im only 11 im glad i learned before i went to those auditions cuz wit my voice theyed try to get me in that crap

  4. kay amange says:

    You need psychiatric treatment to say the least. If People joined Iluminati since it’s inception and as a result manage to rule the world since then without a complaint. Why has it suddenly become a when other people follow suit. You are an insecure lunatic trying to hide behind religion and conspiracy theorems. You are no different from Adam Lanza and you are not a christian to say the least.

  5. Joecasy says:

    Man this world is too crazy, with assassination, homos, and the devil is just cashing in on souls. Man for all you people that say god don’t exist but y’all still believe that people are slanging their souls to the devil. You should see good threw evil, right from wrong, if a book has pages then GOT DAMMIT I BET THAT MUTHA F@#%A GOT WORDS. So if y’all believe the devil is moving in America. Then why not believe in god? If the devil exist then god exist. for every evil their is good. keep hope alive RIP PIMP C- Leader of the south. We gotta inform the public y’all Casey OUT!!!

  6. Manny says:

    Quoting the article:
    ” We all know people (usually of the older generation) who refuse to use Facebook, or supermarket reward cards, or shop on-line, for fear of corporations secretly collecting data on them. [1) Google etc collect usage data for a myriad purposes to be sold as individual usage info or bulk trend analytics to anyone who wants it]
    Or to chat their personal business over the phone because ‘the feds might be listening. [2) US Patriot act has a provision for random phone tapping] ’
    It’s a small step from being cautious, to being hyper-vigilant. And then from hyper-vigilance to paranoia. And from paranoia to paranoid schizophrenia, which is a particular problem for Black people.”

    Seems to me that they had a point being “paranoid” as you put it

    Beyonce’s new album art is full of satanic rhetoric – why is that? After she has been certified the greatest performing and recording artist of all time her latest offering is riddled with satanic symbolism, if she hails from a christian home in the bible belt you’d think she would kinda steer clear of that sorta thing right?

    The defines Theory as:
    1. A set of statements or principles devised to explain a group of facts or phenomena, especially one that has been repeatedly tested or is widely accepted and can be used to make predictions about natural phenomena.
    2. The branch of a science or art consisting of its explanatory statements, accepted principles, and methods of analysis, as opposed to practice: a fine musician who had never studied theory.
    3. A set of theorems that constitute a systematic view of a branch of mathematics.
    4. Abstract reasoning; speculation: a decision based on experience rather than theory.
    5. A belief or principle that guides action or assists comprehension or judgment: staked out the house on the theory that criminals usually return to the scene of the crime.
    6. An assumption based on limited information or knowledge; a conjecture.

    In short, its not randomly stating the death of Diana was imperative for the survival of the marshmallow people whose invasion must be kept secret. NOPE! These theories are widely accepted as there is common rationale behind their cause and effect. Diana’s life ended out of coincidence when she had stated she had truly put the house of Windsor behind her and had found happiness absolutely random? To walk away from the British monarchy and live to tell the tale, really?

    The death of Aaliyah: One of the old school/new class fame with names like Brandy, Monica, Mary JB, R Kelly, Faith Evans, died on completing the third video on her final album which would see her leave the doldrums of “alternative RnB” and enter the limelight of “Pop/RnB” Stunning woman, gifted dancer, transcendent performer, endearing character, what would that mean for the Female RnB Landscape? Who stands to loose from it? Who stands to gain? Reasonable cause and effect.

    [As black people] Why do we believe in unseen powers? Because we are historically suppressed in socio-economic and political systems that are laced with injustice and segregation. They were designed that way, yet when we seek answers to why they must be so there is no one who can be held accountable. Why is that?

    I have seen good men and women, honest, genuine, hard-working, brilliant and talented men and women get nowhere almost as though they are punished for sticking to their virtues, why? In a, supposed world of capitalism where you’re supposed to get what you put in, How can this be? I went to an arts school in Africa with performers who would put beyonce to shame, (note how she and rihanna seem to be a deja vu of classic central African cultural dance) yet these abounding talents seem to end up on the street. For the life of me I cant see anything that beyonce has that these girls don’t, total absence of dignity maybe?

    At the end of the day however theories are just that, an explanation without evidence but also reasoning based on experience of things seen and unseen. Not entirely unlike religion. We need an explanation for what we have no control over eg you pay your taxes but you have (in real terms) absolutely no control over what is done with them lol you need an explanation and where experience tells you otherwise your better judgement devises a theory to explain the later. i believe your cause would fair a lot better not by discouraging subscription to conspiracy theories as they are, in essence, the natural product of rational reasoning, but rather to encourage maintaining a reasonable perspective of ones reality in light of that theory

    Just saying. . . .. .. . .lol

    Thank you for your article, definitely the highlight of my morning!

    • leepinkerton says:

      A most well argued and well reasoned argument Manny (unlike many i get in response to this post!) Perhaps you should be writing a blog/book, or are you already? Let me know. Best

  7. Manny says:

    Oh and Lee, based on further inspection and re-translating of the Aramaic texts its being more widely acknowledged that a “day” in The Creation was an approximation of a period or era if you prefer, possibly millions of years at a time as the standard measurement of time has greatly altered over the ages whilst the terminology may have not.

    Keep doing what you’re doing!

    • leepinkerton says:

      To quote from the Bible “And on the 7th day, He rested.” If we interpret ‘days’ in the Bible to really mean, years, eras or millenia, is that what He’s doing now – resting?

      • Manny says:

        Thank you Lee!

        it took me a while to get over how flattered I am by your prompt and gracious response (Being a kid from africa it doesnt happen so often lol) I did pen something a while back but the editor of le monde considered my biography to be a little too colorful to believe lol and asked me to wait another 10 years before trying again. So Im doing just that . . . . .. . . .biding my time between the jungles, deserts and megacitites of south east asia)

        I think to more accurately phrase your inquiry, you may wanna know why the world is so f****** up? LOL Well its partly our fault because of that free will thingy God gave us, making us more dear to him than even his angels! We gotta deal with the results or consequences of our free will to act against instinct and (being more of a scientist it never fails to leave me feeling awkward to say this) its also the Devils fault! Due to my own experiences I am a closet christian as I have had my scrapes with various denominations of christianity LOL The loud and proud I fear for as christendom has misled the masses. I will not bias this response with my own beliefs but by solely referencing the King James Version of the bible as the generally accepted centerpiece of christianity

        When Jesus returned to heaven:

        Revelation 12:10-12:

        And I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

        “Now have come to pass the salvation, power, and kingdom of our God & the authority of his Christ, because *the accuser of our brothers* has been hurled down, who accuses them day and night before our God! . . . On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them! Woe for the earth & sea, because *the Devil has come down to you*, having great anger, knowing he has a short period of time.”

        Jesus said:

        John 12:31 KJV
        31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

        John 14:30 KJV
        30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

        Paul commenting on the world as he saw it:

        2 Cor. 4:4 KJV
        4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

        Temptation occurs where there is substantial gain on offer, eg Money on the table, REAL, LEGIT. For satan to tempt Christ he had to have his money where his money is:

        Luke 4 KJV
        5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

        6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

        7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

        8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

        So in short Gods resting ended ages ago (not that we have any business scrutinizing the big man’s RnR shore leave!), but most recently he decided to send a messiah, a saviour. The state of the world has nothing to do with his resting.

        Hence “The devil made me do it” should be a legitimate plea bargain!! hahahahaha

  8. Joecasy says:

    Y’all crazy but lee and Manny i need to know a list of all the leaders of the public, that are speaking out against the Illuminati. As in JFK, David Kelly, William Copper, Princess Diana and so on.

    • leepinkerton says:

      I can’t help you there Joecasy, but I’m sure there’s some sort of ‘Illuminati watch’ type blog/website out there that could give you what you seek. Good hunting

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