BBC: The Conspiracy Files

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BBC: The Conspiracy Files

numeral
Joined: 04 Dec 2005, 17:55

09 Dec 2006, 12:50 #1

How Diana Died: The Conspiracy Files will be broadcast on BBC Two on Sunday 10 December at 2100 GMT.

If this article is anything to go by we should not expect much from the series.
Tests 'prove' Diana driver drunk

DNA tests on blood samples appear to prove the driver of Princess Diana's car was drunk on the night of her fatal accident, the BBC has learned.

The tests indicate original post-mortem samples, which showed Henri Paul was three times over the French drink-drive limit, were accurate and were his.

BBC Two programme The Conspiracy Files was told the French authorities carried out the tests within the past year.

Conspiracy theorists have claimed that Mr Paul's blood samples were swapped.

Some suggest this was done to portray him as drunk in an elaborate cover-up of a secret service plot to murder Diana.

But the DNA tests would appear to prove that the driver's blood samples could not have been switched.

The new evidence has come to light days before the publication of Lord Stevens' report into Diana's death in Paris in 1997, which is expected to conclude it was an accident.

Meanwhile, a poll for the BBC suggests that more than three in 10 people in the UK do not believe it was.

DNA match

A source close to the French authorities told the programme the DNA tests were carried out in France within the past year.

A DNA profile was taken from Mr Paul's blood samples and compared with his parents' DNA. They matched.

Lord Stevens' inquiry team has pledged to investigate the many conspiracy theories that surround the deaths of Diana, 36, her companion Dodi Al Fayed, 42, and Mr Paul, the driver of the Mercedes that crashed in August 1997.

The Alma Tunnel crash investigation was the biggest in French history and was carried out by the country's top police force, the Criminal Brigade. After two years it concluded Diana's death was a tragic accident.

Mr Paul was held to blame for the crash and found to be drunk and driving at excessive speed.

However, conspiracy theories have gripped the public imagination as a result of doubts raised about the French crash investigation.

Sceptics of the official account question why a crucial witness, the driver of a second car involved in the crash, has never been identified and how it took nearly two hours to get Diana to a hospital just four miles away.

'Unanswered questions'

Royal biographer Nicholas Davies tells the programme: "The more we are left with so many unanswered questions, the more we are left saying there is only one answer to this - that she was taken out."

Former royal correspondent Noel Botham claims the Princess sensed danger: "Diana was fearful of her own death for the last few years of her life. Right up to the moment of the accident she believed somebody was out there to get her and she was right."

Mohamed Al Fayed maintains his son Dodi and Diana told him on the night they died of their plans to get married, and also that Diana told him she was pregnant.

He believes this provided the motive for the British Establishment to organise a secret service plot to murder the princess.

Her close friend Rosa Monckton was on holiday with her three weeks before she died.

Ms Monckton maintains that the ring Dodi had bought for Diana was not an engagement ring.

"I know there is a ring... she said it's going very firmly on my right hand. So no, she wasn't contemplating marriage with him."

Ten days before she died Diana visited a London clinic for treatment of pre-menstrual tension.

Checks carried out by her consultant, Dr Lily Hua, confirmed that Diana was not pregnant.

Ms Monckton also tells the programme she knows that "there's no way she could have been pregnant".

Diana 'not pregnant'

Professor Andre Lienhart reviewed the emergency services' response for the French investigation.

In his first interview he tells The Conspiracy Files he saw copies of the post-mortem examination carried out on Diana in England 24 hours after the crash.

"The autopsy," he says, "showed that she was not pregnant.

"I don't think it's possible to stop rumours - what is clear from all the medical staff and paramedics working that night, is that they wanted to save the person in front of them. That is absolutely indisputable."

And Professor Lienhart adds there is one crucial fact people need to know: "What is certain is that she was not wearing a seatbelt and this made things worse.

"We would like to think that if she had been wearing a seatbelt, we'd been able to save her."

This week Lord Stevens will make his judgement on the events of that night. It is widely expected that he will conclude the crash was an accident. The available evidence suggests Mr Paul was drunk at the wheel, with a potent mix of alcohol and drugs in his system, and driving too fast for the road.

The Metropolitan Police inquiry is likely to support the French police's view that the chasing paparazzi were an important influence on the speed of the Mercedes.

Martine Monteil, the head of the French Judicial Police who investigated the crash, tells The Conspiracy Files: "There was a horde of photographers who were following the couple and they were very close to the Mercedes when the accident happened.

"Obviously this causes annoyance and stress. But it is not the only explanation. The driver also lost control of the car, that's obvious."
Follow the numbers.
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matt
Joined: 12 Sep 2006, 17:57

09 Dec 2006, 15:38 #2

hi Numeral

i saw a trailer for this and i have to say i agree..."police and government scientists have checked and verified the data and samples, and there's no conspiracy, and there's your proof"

okie doke then
the 'war "against" terror' is a travelling circus, ready to pitch its macabre death display wherever self determination has a chance, in any place where transnational corporate interests say so, and while we sit in thrall at the spectacle, our pockets are being picked, and while we marvel at the shock and awe on display we should know, that the ring master's plan is that it is we who will be the future stars of the show
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numeral
Joined: 04 Dec 2005, 17:55

09 Dec 2006, 15:47 #3

Conspiracy test
I normally scorn this sort of thing but here's my result:
51-75
Your responses suggest you have a high level of belief in conspiracy theories. You might have reason not to trust others, even people close to you. You may also feel that you are an outsider in terms of society and the political and business decisions that large organisations make.
Beat that!
Follow the numbers.
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Sgt Rock
Joined: 17 Oct 2006, 16:31

09 Dec 2006, 17:21 #4

numeral @ Dec 9 2006, 03:47 PM wrote:Conspiracy test
I normally scorn this sort of thing but here's my result:
51-75
Your responses suggest you have a high level of belief in conspiracy theories. You might have reason not to trust others, even people close to you. You may also feel that you are an outsider in terms of society and the political and business decisions that large organisations make.
Beat that!
26-50

Your responses indicate that you have a medium level of belief in conspiracy theories. You may well be quite trusting of your close friends, partners, those you work with and others but sometimes cannot be sure of all of them all of the time. You may also feel that your voice in terms of wider political decisions is rarely heard or acted upon, perhaps because government and big business is more concerned with their own interests than with those of the average person.
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Bridget
Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

09 Dec 2006, 18:27 #5

And I thought I'd easily beat you numeral:
# 26-50:

Your responses indicate that you have a medium level of belief in conspiracy theories. You may well be quite trusting of your close friends, partners, those you work with and others but sometimes cannot be sure of all of them all of the time. You may also feel that your voice in terms of wider political decisions is rarely heard or acted upon, perhaps because government and big business is more concerned with their own interests than with those of the average person.
�To those who are afraid of the truth, I wish to offer a few scary truths; and to those who are not afraid of the truth, I wish to offer proof that the terrorism of truth is the only one that can be of benefit to the proletariat.� -- On Terrorism and the State, Gianfranco Sanguinetti
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The Antagonist
Joined: 25 Nov 2005, 11:41

09 Dec 2006, 18:29 #6

numeral @ Dec 9 2006, 03:47 PM wrote:Conspiracy test
I normally scorn this sort of thing but here's my result:
51-75
Your responses suggest you have a high level of belief in conspiracy theories. You might have reason not to trust others, even people close to you. You may also feel that you are an outsider in terms of society and the political and business decisions that large organisations make.
Beat that!
Ho ho! I'm not a conspiraloon nutter after all! I just realise that the Dark Ages' democracy-by-horse is an anachronistic and farcicial load of old theatrics which serves the people of this country, nay the world, no useful purpose any longer:
26-50

Your responses indicate that you have a medium level of belief in conspiracy theories. You may well be quite trusting of your close friends, partners, those you work with and others but sometimes cannot be sure of all of them all of the time. You may also feel that your voice in terms of wider political decisions is rarely heard or acted upon, perhaps because government and big business is more concerned with their own interests than with those of the average person.
Is there a way to print a certificate of the results to show my doctor? :P
"The problem with always being a conformist is that when you try to change the system from within, it's not you who changes the system; it's the system that will eventually change you." -- Immortal Technique

"The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." -- Malcolm X

"The eternal fight is not many battles fought on one level, but one great battle fought on many different levels." -- The Antagonist

"Truth does not fear investigation." -- Unknown
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Sgt Rock
Joined: 17 Oct 2006, 16:31

09 Dec 2006, 18:42 #7

The Antagonist @ Dec 9 2006, 06:29 PM wrote: Is there a way to print a certificate of the results to show my doctor? :P
Probably best to ask your doctor to take the test first? ;)
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