The image of burning Twin Towers was a part of a 1990’s board game. It is believed that this game predicted the attack.
The haunting picture was published with an updated version of the game released in 1995, six years before the devastating atrocity which destroyed the iconic New York skyscrapers.
Steve Jackson’s Illuminati: The Game of Conspiracy, which first hit the shelves in 1982, was released as a challenging role-playing game for people aged 12 and over, who took on the role of the sinister alleged secret society to plot world domination.
The Illuminati – most famously featured in Dan Brown’s novels – is an alleged secret group made up of the world’s elite who conspiracy theorists claim are plotting to introduce a “new world order” which will give them total control over all of us.
The fact that a game about such a shady society appears to have predicted the world’s worst terror strike has given conspiracy theorists more fuel than they could have ever dreamed of.
One theory regularly touted by conspiracy theorists – known as 9/11 truthers – is that the atrocity was actually orchestrated by the Illuminati through US intelligence services to garner support for the series of wars which then unfolded in the Middle East.
The card in question, printed in 1995, looks strikingly similar to images of the 9/11 attacks in New York that spread across the globe, with an explosion ripping through the middle of one of the buildings.
About 3,000 people died after a series of al-Qaeda terror attacks on US soil on September 11, 2001.
Two hijacked passenger jets were deliberately flown into both towers of the World Trade Centre in Manhattan causing them to collapse onto the city below.
Where the “prediction” falls down is there is no mention of planes being used and the card itself is described as the “Terrorist Nuke” card.
The top of the building is also tipping to the right, suggesting it could be about to collapse.
Another card called “Pentagon” shows the US defence HQ burning. The Pentagon was also targeted the same day, suffering serious damage after a commercial plane was flown into its side.
But one conspiracy theory is that the planes were a decoy and the twin towers were actually blown up with a pre-planted nuclear device.
Conspiracists also claim there are cards that foretold of the Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011 which left 16,000 dead, and even the death of Princess Diana. The card comes with the description that she is “immune to attacks by your rivals’ Peaceful or Liberal groups…except for the media”.
Some claim that Mr Jackson somehow obtained a copy of the Illuminate’s master plan and used the roleplaying industry to leak it to the world.
This theory is further fuelled by the fact the US secret service DID raid his business address before the game was released.
The cutting edge report added: “He got a surprise visit from the Secret Service, who tried their best to shut him down and prevent him from publishing his game.”
According to Mr Jackson’s website, a large amount of equipment was seized, including four computers, two laser printers, hard disks and hardware.
The investigation was into suspected “fraud” in connection with alleged hacking.
But a judge threw out the case and awarded Steve Jackson Games $50,000 plus $250,000 costs.