Most conspiracy theories aren’t taken seriously because the people saying them are screaming and also believe the moon landing was all a hoax. Well, some of those tin-foil hat wearing folks were right! Here’s the craziest conspiracy theories that turned out to be true.
Project MK-Ultra has inspired a ton of TV shows/films such as “American Ultra” and even “Stranger Things”. This disturbing project was conducted by the CIA in hopes of developing mind control. In the 50s and 60s, they secretly ran dozens of experiments using hallucinogens such as LSD, on people who weren’t expecting it. They used hypnosis, electroshock therapy, isolations techniques and more, saving the most dangerous tests for terminally ill cancer patients. In the 70s, the U.S. Senate investigated the project, but most of the evidence had already been destroyed.
The Bilderberg meetings have been happening since 1954, where world leaders (mostly from Europe and North America) gather annually to discuss…? From the meetings, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no statements are issued. It’s a place where leaders can “speak candidly” without fear of the media. So, my guess is that they make sexist and other inappropriate jokes they otherwise never get to make.
In the 1950s, “Project Sunshine” was thought to be like something out of the ‘X-Files’.
The public thought the government was using DNA to create some sort of super humans. What the U.S. military was really doing was a lot less cool. They were stealing tissue samples from newly deceased children and babies to test Sr-90, the most serious threat to human health in the event of a nuclear fallout. They gathered approximately 1,500 samples without the parent’s knowledge to test the hazardous effects on human tissue. One mother from Britain reported that she hadn’t been allowed to dress her children’s body for the funeral because she later found out the stillborn baby’s legs had been removed by British doctors and shipped to the U.S. government.
In the 1960s, the CIA was suspected to be smuggling cocaine to the CIA-backed street gang “Contra” to profit from their drug sales. An award-winning journalist named Gary Webb published an article exposing the CIA’s connection to the gang, and two years later the CIA admitted that they knew Contra was dealing cocaine. However, this was at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal in 1998 so it went relatively unnoticed. Then, in 2004 Webb was found shot in the head…twice. It was ruled a suicide.
“Operation Northwoods”, also known as “Put the blame on Cuba”, was exactly what it sounds like. President John F. Kennedy rejected the plan, but U.S. officials followed through and allowed terrorism on American soil to persuade its citizens into supporting the war against Cuba. Such acts include sinking refugee boats fleeing to Cuba, killing innocent Americans in the streets, and framing people for various bombings.
In 1974, the Watergate scandal shocked Americans. Audio recordings were discovered that Republican officials were spying on the Democratic National Headquarters, and President Richard Nixon had full knowledge of it. Afterwards, Nixon became the first U.S. President to step down from office.
From 1920 to 1933, American citizens suffered through prohibition. (I can’t even handle that I have to wait until noon on Sundays to buy a mimosa.) As if prohibition wasn’t bad enough, the U.S. government poisoned alcohol in an attempt to enforce the ban. It didn’t work, and killed approximately 700 people as a result.
The Gulf of Tonkin attack that started the Vietnam War never happened. In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson told the public that U.S. ships were attacked by the Vietnamese, enraging American citizens and in turn making them support the war. A year afterwards, Johnson himself said “For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there”. And, in 2005 documents were released that confirmed the whole attack was fabricated to support the war.