A few thoughts on conspiracy theories

A friend asked me a few months ago to write about the legal status of conspiracy theories. Here are a few thoughts.

We have a methodology we are supposed to adhere to for judging the veracity of reports and for interpreting reports deemed acceptable, in addition to court protocols for presenting accusations of murder.

It is certain that an individual is innocent. This state of innocence is presumed to continue until incontrovertible evidence is presented to the contrary. This applies to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Any accusation that falls short of our legal standards should be treated as gossip and tale-bearing, and one must suspend judgment of any kind.

Weaknesses in the official story do not strengthen alternative theories; each must stand on its own merit.

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