There’s no shortage of conspiracy theories to choose from today. There are ones floating around saying that the Earth is really flat, that Elon Musk’s rocket launch the other day was a fake, and that Hillary used a body double during the election.
Who knows, you may believe some or all of them, and just because you do, it isn’t really a bad thing. Just because your theory hasn’t been proven correct, yet, doesn’t mean it won’t be at some time during the future.
Here are three cases where government cover ups were finally revealed to be true. Maybe yours is next!
CIA Mind Control Experiments
For a long time, people have thought that the government, through black ops agencies such as the CIA, might controlling events in US and using American citizens as guinea pigs.
This revelation detailed by IFLScience.com lends some validity to those claims:
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) crops up in many a conspiracy theory, but its shady reputation is not entirely undeserved. Papers released in the seventies revealed the secret service really had been dabbling in mind control, psychological torture, radiation, and electric shock therapy in a series of studies into behavioral modification known as “Project MK-ULTRA”.
More than 150 human experiments took place between 1953 and 1964, many of which involved administering drugs to US citizens without their knowledge and consent, and under no medical supervision. The purpose of this research was to develop techniques and substances to use against the Soviet Union and its allies – think truth serums and Bourne-like super agents.
But things get more sinister. Then CIA Director Richard Helms ordered the destruction of all records relating to MK-ULTRA in 1973, which means there is little evidence of the intelligence services’ nefarious activities around today. We know the research was responsible for at least one hospitalization and two deaths but the true cost could be much higher.
Other conspiracy theorists have long maintained that we’ve been visited by aliens from other planets, and that the government was covering it up. For years, these people were vilified as crackpots, but recent revelations show that the government has, indeed been investigating UFO’s and visitors from other planets:
UFO’s and Flying Saucers
So much for Area 51 being a fiction conceived by conspiracy theorist loons. Last year, the Pentagon confirmed that the US government had been investigating “anomalous aerospace threats”, or what you and I might refer to as UFOs.
Between 2008 and 2011, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program received close to $22 million, which, admittedly, isn’t exactly a large slice of the Defense Department’s annual budget of $600 billion. Ultimately, the experiment came to nothing and the program was closed down – at least, that’s what official sources are saying.
Finally, this last conspiracy theory from the days of Prohibition, almost 100 years ago, show how the government is not afraid to go to great and devious lengths to control the population.
Government Intentionally Poisoning Liquor Supplies
Politicians introduced Prohibition in 1920 to curb the nation’s drinking habit, but speakeasies multiplied and bootlegging (the illegal production and distribution of liquor) was widespread. Apparently, putting something in law is not enough to actually change people’s behavior, so the US government came up with a drastic, far more sinister solution: poison the illegal liquor supply.
To do this, the government started adding toxins like benzene and mercury to alcohol in the mid-1920s. The most lethal, however, was methanol, otherwise known as wood alcohol, a substance normally found in industrial products like fuel and formaldehyde. Drinking this stuff can cause paralysis, blindness, and even death. In total, it is estimated around 10,000 people died as a result of the government’s moral crusade.
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