Britons got a taste of old-fashioned American fanaticism on Sunday when the conspiracy-happy radio host Alex Jones went toe-to-toe with David Aaronovitch of The Times of London over why Jones’ supposedly all-powerful enemies haven’t yet snuffed him out.
Appearing on -- and eventually disrupting -- the BBC morning show “Sunday Politics,” Jones asserted that he’s received many death threats for exposing a “New World Order” in which “puppeteers” pull the strings of the major parties.
Among Jones’ theories are that the moon landing was a hoax, 9/11 was an inside job by the U.S. government and the euro was a Nazi-hatched scheme to control European economies. He said his willingness to speak out on such issues makes him a live target, and added that one person even threatened to cut off his head if he didn’t keep his mouth shut. When Aaronovitch pointed to the obvious fact that Jones’ head hadn’t been cut off, Jones surmised that his enemies were afraid that he’d be more powerful dead than alive.
“Ladies and gentlemen, if they kill me, it turns me into a martyr,” he said. “It puts big explanation points on the end of what I’ve said.”
The discussion -- if you want to call it that -- devolved into an impassioned, one-man rant from there, with neither Aaronovitch nor Andrew Neil, the show’s host, able to get a word in over Jones’ increasingly vociferous outbursts. At one point, when Aaronovitch tried to explain from a psychological standpoint why people believe conspiracy theories, Jones exploded:
“Hey, listen, I’m here to warn people!” he yelled. “You keep telling me to shut up. This isn’t a game. Our government in the U.S. is building FEMA camps. We have an NDAA where they disappear people now.”
(FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The NDAA is the National Defense Authorization Act.)
Neil eventually described Jones as “the worst person” he’s ever interviewed, and ended the segment, with Jones yelling maniacally over the top of him (and throwing in multiple plugs for his website, InfoWars.com, for good measure).
Jones was reportedly in Britain to protest the Bilderberg Group, an annual secretive gathering of businessmen and politicians, which is at the heart of several conspiracy theories. The meeting this year took place from Thursday through Sunday at Hertfordshire’s Grove Hotel, with 140 delegates from 21 countries in attendance, according to the U.K. Telegraph.
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