Here are 10 conspiracy theories that turned out to be true. From CIA mind control experiments to a medical company giving thousands of people AIDS, we take a look some of the most notorious conspiracy theories and how they turned out to be frighteningly real.
10. CIA Mind Control
In the 1950s, the CIA began to find patients who had gone to clinics and doctors with ‘minor psychiatric complaints’ and were seeking treatment. These patients were secretly dosed with LSD and sometimes even electroshock therapy, in order to see the effects of mind control.
The program continued for two decades before it was put to a stop after dozens of people were left with permanent disabilities.
9. The Tuskegee Syphilis Study
From 1932 to 1972, the United State Public Health Service began a clinical study on 600 poor, lower-class African-American men. Four hundred of the men already had syphilis, and the purpose of the study was to simply learn more about the disease.
The men were given false and sometimes life-threatening treatments, and in the end almost 200 of the men died from complications from the disease. When a readily available, proven cure was on the market, the men were denied knowledge and access to the cure. The study was only supposed to last six months, but ended up lasting forty years.
8. The Gulf of Tonkin Incident
In 1964, the destroyer USS Maddox fired at North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats while on patrol, during the Vietnam War. Reportedly, almost 300 shots were fired. This incident was instrumental for the US military justifying their involvement in the war.
However, Navy pilot James Stockdale said that he had been present at the incident, and the destroyers were shooting at nothing. In 2005, declassified documents were released that proved that Stockdale was right. The destroyers were shooting at nothing.
7. The Bohemian Grove
In California, the owners of a place called the Bohemian Grove host a gathering of the world’s richest and most powerful people for a period of two weeks. Reportedly, this is where members enjoy meals together, and ‘share a passion for the outdoors, music, and theatre’.
Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon are just a couple of the aristocratic elite who have attended. It’s also said that initial plans for the first atomic bomb were conceived here.
Members also perform rituals on site, including the worshipping of a giant wooden owl statue.
6. Operation Northwoods
In 1962, the US military devised Operation Northwoods. The proposition was created to justify the US’s involvement in a war against Cuba.
The plan was to stage a terrorist attack in Washington and Miami. There was also a proposal for various other bombings, plus plans to kill civilians and sink boats carrying refugees fleeing from Cuba. While the operation was approved by the military, the Kennedy administration ultimately rejected it.
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