I like things that really stretch the limits of what you know to be true. Whether these are documentaries, talks or books, I like it all. It makes you realize that there is so much more to reality that you may think, and that any thing is really possible if you keep an open mind.
Many people tend to see conspiracy theories as something wacky and never having any ties to reality, but sometimes if you look deeply enough into something you may find there’s more to it than what you’ve been told. Here are 7 conspiracy theories which have been proven true, and shows you the measure of what “governments” will do to get what they want.
Operation Snow White – 1970s
[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Operation Snow White was the Church of Scientology’s internal name for a major criminal conspiracy during the 1970s to purge unfavorable records about Scientology and its founder L. Ron Hubbard. This project included a series of infiltrations and thefts from 136 government agencies, foreign embassies and consulates, as well as private organizations critical of Scientology, carried out by Church members, in more than 30 countries. It was the single largest infiltration of the United States government in history with up to 5,000 covert agents.
Gulf of Tonkin incident – 1964
[dropcap]2[/dropcap]On August 2, 1964, three North Vietnamese torpedo boats attacked a US destroyer, the USS Maddox. The boats reportedly fired torpedoes at the US ship in international waters in the Gulf of Tonkin, about thirty miles off the Vietnam coast. On August 4, the US Navy reported another unprovoked attack on the USS Maddox and the USS Turner Joy._Within hours, President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a retaliatory strike.
As the bases for North Vietnamese torpedo boats were bombed, Johnson went on TV and told America: “Repeated acts of violence against the armed forces of the United States must be met not only with alert defense, but with a positive reply. That reply is being given as I speak tonight.” The next day, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara assured Capital Hill that the Maddox had only been “carrying out a routine mission of the type we carry out all over the world at all times.” McNamara said the two boats were in no way involved with recent South Vietnamese boat raids against North Vietnamese targets.
Testimony of Nayirah – 1990
[dropcap]3[/dropcap]A 15-year-old girl named “Nayirah” testified before the U.S. Congress that she had seen Iraqi soldiers pulling Kuwaiti babies from incubators, causing them to die. The testimony helped gain major public support for the 1991 Gulf War, but — despite protests that the dispute of this story was itself a conspiracy theory — it was later discovered that the testimony was false. The public relations firm Hill & Knowlton, which was in the employ of Citizens for a Free Kuwait, had arranged the testimony. It turned out that she had taken acting lessons on request of the CIA and was actually the niece of a major politician in Kuwait.
Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii – 1894
[dropcap]4[/dropcap]Queen Lili’uokalani was selected as the successor to King Kalākaua by Kalākaua upon his election in 1874. During her brother’s reign the monarchy was left impotent by the Bayonet Constitution of 1887. In 1893, American businessmen organized in response to an attempt by Lili’uokalani to subvert the 1887 constitution, and took over the government of the Kingdom of Hawai’i. American troops aboard the USS Boston landed in Honolulu to protect American lives and property, while Sanford B. Dole and Lorrin A. Thurston’s Committee of Safety, a 13 member council of businessmen, organized the Honolulu Rifles to depose Queen Lili’uokalani. The overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii it’s subsequent annexation, the Spanish American war, and American policy in The Philippines after the war are sometimes cited as examples of American imperialism.
Operation Ajax – 1953
[dropcap]5[/dropcap]Operation Ajax was the plan successfully executed by the CIA to overthrow the democratically-elected Iranian government of Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq, in 1953.
The target was not an oppressive Soviet puppet but a democratically elected government whose populist ideology and nationalist fervor threatened Western economic and geopolitical interests. The CIA’s covert intervention—codenamed TPAJAX—preserved the Shah’s power and protected Western control of a hugely lucrative oil infrastructure. It also transformed a turbulent constitutional monarchy into an absolutist kingship and induced a succession of unintended consequences at least as far ahead as the Islamic revolution of 1979.
Project MK Ultra – 1950 – 1973
[dropcap]6[/dropcap]Project MK Ultra is the code name of an illegal U.S. government human research operation experimenting in the behavioral engineering of humans through the CIA’s Scientific Intelligence Division. The program engaged in many illegal activities; in particular it used unwitting U.S. and Canadian citizens as its test subjects, which led to controversy regarding its legitimacy. MKUltra involved the use of many methodologies to manipulate people’s mental states and alter brain functions, including the surreptitious administration of drugs (especially LSD) and other chemicals, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation, verbal and sexual abuse, as well as various forms of torture.
The Business Plot – 1932
[dropcap]7[/dropcap]The Business Plot was an alleged political conspiracy in 1933. Retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler claimed that wealthy businessmen were plotting to create a fascist veterans’ organization and use it in a coup d’état to overthrow President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt, with Butler as leader of that organization. In 1934, Butler testified to the Special Committee on Un-American Activities Congressional committee (the “McCormack-Dickstein Committee”) on these claims. In the opinion of the committee, these allegations were credible. No one was prosecuted.
While historians have questioned whether or not a coup was actually close to execution, most agree that some sort of “wild scheme” was contemplated and discussed.