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Worst Government Conspiracy Theories That Came True

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Worst Government Conspiracy Theories That Came True
In 2010 Top Secret Writers wrote a report about Operations Northwood (1).

Operations Northwood refers to a plan drafted by the US government in 1962 to commit various acts of terrorism on American soil with the aim of getting the public to approve of a war against Cuba.

Though the Northwood plan was quickly denied by the Kennedy administration, there are plenty of government conspiracy theories that have come true.


Operation COINTELPRO is the name for a series of top secret and, at times, illegal projects carried out by the FBI in an attempt to infiltrate, discredit and disrupt political activists. FBI documents reveal that Operation COINTELPRO targeted activists which the FBI regarded as dissident, including members of the Civil Rights Movement, anti-Vietnam War groups, the Black Power movement, such as Martin Luther King, and feminist groups.

Surely the CIA can’t pay people to give false testimonies? Sure they can, as proven by an emotional testimony by Nayirah, given in 1990 before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. During the testimony, 15-year-old Nayirah, revealed to be the daughter of Saud Al-Sabah, the Kuwait ambassador to the US, said she had witnessed Iraqi soldiers removing babies from incubators in a Kuwaiti hospital and leaving them to die during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

The widely publicized testimony was cited by President Bush and US senators, as being their rationale to back Kuwait in the Gulf War. It was later revealed as a false testimony and that the Iraqi troops had not stolen any incubators for Kuwait hospitals.

As List 25 informs in its 25 conspiracy theories that turned out to be true (2):

“People like Nayirah al-Sabah, who testified in court against Iraqi soldiers, were proven to be paid off by the CIA and even given acting classes.”

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The era of Prohibition gave rise to organized crime and rampant corruption. In 1926, in an attempt to show exactly how toxic alcohol really is, the US government seized alcohol from bootleggers and ordered the drink to be laced with poison and redistributed to the public. As (3) New Discovery informs, the ‘Noble Experiment’ led to the deaths of over 10,000 US citizens.

Heart Attack Gun

It sounds like a gadget Q would be proud of in James Bond – a gun that fires ice bullets that have been dipped in shellfish toxin and immediately cause the target to have a heart attack. Though the terrifying ‘heart attack gun’ is actually real, disclosed in 1975 by the CIA.

Operation Mockingbird

During the Cold War, when propaganda was the most effective non-violent weapon in existence, the CIA started to recruit journalists from major media outlets, such as the New York Times and CBS, as a means of promoting an anti-Communist agenda and pushing for American business.

As a result of investigations made by the Church Committee, US media continued to promote anti-Communist propaganda backed by the CIA until 1976.

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

Another shocking government conspiracy theory that was proven true was the United States’ Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment. The experiment involved almost 400 African American men being given syphilis without their knowledge or consent. The study ran from 1932 until 1972 and was aimed at identifying whether or not a sexually transmitted disease affected black men differently to white men.

According to Indy 100 Independent (4), instead of being informed they had an STD and treated for it, the men were told they had “bad blood.” By the time the study came to an end in 1972, only 74 of the 400 participants were still alive.

What are your thoughts on these shocking cases of government conspiracy theories that, despite their implausibility, were found to be true?

References & Image Credits:
(1) TSW: Operation Northwoods Tricks US Citizens
(2) List 25
(3) News Discovery
(4) Indy 100 Independent
(5) Cointelpro

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