From the New York Times comes a story about a conspiracy theory that got debunked by reality:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/27/us...port.html?_r=2GULFPORT, Miss. — The planned overthrow of the United States government ended rather prosaically this fall, with a giant pile of mashed-up trucks in a muddy scrap yard a mile or so off the Interstate.
The crew at Alter Metal Recycling has been piling up the old trucks since the summer and sending them to Alabama, for melting down and reincarnation as everything from cars to washers and dryers.
What I found particularly interesting is the mentioning of Timothy McVeigh who was at the site once to check it out and dismiss the theory, because "as concerned as he was about the New World Order, he also saw a danger in the increasing spread of mystified paranoia in the Patriot community."
The latter quote is reportedly from a book about McVeigh, "American Terrorist"; I took the quote from here:
I can't verify that point of view, knowing no details about the McVeigh story or the book in question. But if it's true, McVeigh would count as one of the "cool heads" in the conspiracy theorist crowd, even as an occasional debunker, despite his ultimate actions.
For me, that raises the question: who is more dangerous in the hard core conspiracy theorist's circles, the crazy hot-heads or the cooler, calculating believers ?