Conspiracy theories have always been an intriguing topic for many people. While some theories seem too far-fetched to be true, some have actually turned out to be accurate. Here are 12 conspiracy theories that turned out to be true:
The Dead Baby Project
After the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the United States government initiated a program called “Project Sunshine.” The aim of this project was to measure the effects of nuclear fallout on the human body. The government recruited a worldwide network of agents to collect recently deceased babies and children’s samples, limbs, and other body parts without the consent of the grieving families. This program lasted from 1955 to 1958 and involved the exhumation of bodies from all over the world. The results of this program were not widely known until the 1990s when the government finally released its findings.
During Prohibition, the United States government poisoned alcohol to discourage bootleggers from turning the alcohol into moonshine. The government added poisonous chemicals such as methanol, a type of alcohol that can cause blindness, to the alcohol. This resulted in over 10,000 Americans dying from tainted alcohol. The government’s actions led to public outrage and ultimately led to the end of Prohibition.
The First Lady Who Ran the Country
President Woodrow Wilson suffered a debilitating stroke towards the end of his presidency. His wife, Edith Wilson, made most of the executive decisions while the public was kept in the dark. Edith Wilson acted as a de facto president for over a year until Woodrow Wilson’s term ended.
Government Mind Control
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) conducted experiments on behavior modification using LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs under a program known as MK-ULTRA. The program began in the 1950s and lasted until the early 1970s. Many victims were left permanently mentally disabled as a result of the experiments.
The Dalai Lama’s Impressive Salary
Declassified intelligence documents revealed that the Dalai Lama earned a six-figure salary from the U.S. government during the 1960s. The salary was in exchange for the CIA’s funding of the Tibetan Resistance against Chinese occupation.
John Lennon Was Under Government Surveillance
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) put John Lennon under surveillance due to his anti-war stance. The Immigration and Naturalization Service also tried to deport him.
The Government Is Spying on You
Government agencies frequently request user data from tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple. Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, revealed in 2013 that the NSA was spying on American citizens’ phone calls and emails.
Big Tobacco Knew That Cigarettes Caused Cancer
Tobacco companies buried evidence of the link between smoking and lung cancer for decades. Internal documents released in the 1990s revealed that tobacco companies had known for years that smoking was deadly but continued to market their products anyway.
The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
From 1932-1972, the U.S. government conducted a study on untreated syphilis in African American men without their informed consent, leaving many to suffer and die needlessly. The experiment was conducted by the U.S. Public Health Service in Tuskegee, Alabama, and was meant to study the progression of untreated syphilis. Participants were told they were being treated for “bad blood” and were never informed of their actual diagnosis. Even when penicillin was discovered as a cure for syphilis, the study continued and participants were denied treatment. The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment is one of the most infamous examples of unethical medical research in history.
The Watergate Scandal
The Watergate Scandal was a political scandal in the United States during the early 1970s. The scandal began with a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex in 1972, which was orchestrated by members of President Richard Nixon’s administration. The scandal grew as evidence emerged of other illegal activities by the Nixon administration, including the use of federal agencies to target political opponents and a cover-up of the Watergate break-in. The scandal ultimately led to the resignation of President Nixon in 1974.
The Iran-Contra Affair
The Iran-Contra Affair was a political scandal in the United States during the Reagan administration in the 1980s. The U.S. government secretly sold arms to Iran in exchange for hostages and used the profits to fund Contra rebels in Nicaragua, despite an explicit ban by Congress. The scandal came to light in 1986 and resulted in the indictment of several high-ranking members of the Reagan administration. The affair was one of the most controversial events of Reagan’s presidency and had a lasting impact on U.S. foreign policy.
The Manhattan Project
The Manhattan Project was a research and development project that produced the first atomic bombs during World War II. The project was a joint effort between the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and was led by physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer. The project was kept secret from the public and even most of the government, with only a select few officials aware of its existence. The project culminated in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in August 1945. The development and use of atomic weapons had a profound impact on global politics and international relations in the post-war era.
In conclusion, these 12 conspiracy theories that turned out to be true show the importance of questioning authority and seeking out the truth, even when it seems too outlandish to believe. These examples also serve as a reminder that individuals and organizations in power are capable of unethical and illegal actions, and it is crucial to hold them accountable for their actions. By remaining vigilant and informed, we can work towards a more just and transparent society.