Top 10 CONSPIRACY THEORIES That Turned Out TRUE
We all love a good conspiracy theory every now and then. The speculation of truth, the process of discovery, and the eventual revelation that it was all inaccurate makes for great viewing – but what happens when those wild theories wind up being accurate? Join us as our world gets turned upside-down with these top ten conspiracy theories that turned out to be true.
For the duration of World War II, the United States was engaged in a super-secret government program dubbed the Manhattan Project. As of 1942, with assistance from the United Kingdom, U.S. researchers began work on the first nuclear weapons, and for the duration of the project, the general public was largely in the dark. Speculation of a secret government project was very-much-so validated in August of 1945 when the United States dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In one swift military action, the Manhattan Project was in the open – and its results terrified those that recognized the potential of the bomb when in the wrong hands.
For many years, that the government was listening in on their conversations was a great concern for paranoid theorists. Much of the public was incredulous over the concept of their personal phones being monitored, but a rather large revelation in 2013 once again proved that paranoia isn’t always wrong. Under the guise of monitoring for potential terrorist activity, the NSA, under the Obama administration, was revealed to have been keeping tabs on customers from various mobile companies, including Verizon Wireless. Phone numbers, geographic location, call duration, and unique phone identifiers were being provided by mobile companies while a large database of recorded personal phone calls is believed to be kept to be scrutinized for suspicious activity.
It was once a viable means of fireproofing and insulating homes and businesses, but there’s no denying now just how dangerous asbestos is. Leading to possible diseases like mesothelioma, only conspiracy theorists would believe that companies using asbestos were well aware of its more dangerous side-effects. Sadly, those theorists were right, and as early as 1918, it was revealed that insurance companies and manufacturers had more-than-enough knowledge regarding the negative effects asbestos had on human health. Despite a lengthy battle to remove asbestos from the market, a 1989 ban was overturned in 1991. Though its use has been diminished in the United States, it still pops up in some construction materials.
Don’t be fooled by the pretty name of this dubious government conspiracy which, by the way, completely taints the lullaby! As early as the 1950s, the CIA was allegedly involved in the manipulation of news and wiretapping of journalists. Allegations of the CIA’s abuse of power in regard to media control led to Congressional investigations that ultimately uncovered precisely what was feared. The 1976 report detailed the CIA’s use of propaganda to influence not just domestic but also foreign media. The program, known as Operation Mockingbird, gave the CIA the ability to restrict news outlets from reporting on incriminating events.
While it was no secret that much of the world despised Hitler, dissent for the Fuhrer stretched even to within the Nazi ranks. German native and Nazi party member Claus von Stauffenberg took charge of a conspiracy to assassinate the Fuhrer and eradicate the Nazi party using a modified version of Operation Valkyrie, which originally instated an emergency government in the case of a breakdown in order. On July 20th, 1944, Hitler survived the assassination attempt, effectively ceasing movement on Operation Valkyrie and leading to the execution of Stauffenberg and fellow conspirators.
Operation Snow White
The separation of church and state isn’t always feasible. Well, at least not when you have organizations like the Church of Scientology finding a means of completely corrupting the system. During the 1970s, when the church started taking fire for its tax-exempt status, members like L. Ron Hubbard’s wife, Mary Sue Hubbard, infiltrated government positions in multiple agencies to wiretap and steal official documents. By 1978, the involved parties of the largest government infiltration were taking the stand in the United States v. Hubbard court case, which led to 11 Scientologists receiving prison sentences for theft of government property, burglary, or conspiracy.
It’s not uncommon for anti-government theorists to spin tales of federal attempts at increasing fear in their people to support conflict with another country, but we always hoped it was just insane ramblings. In 1962, those claims became a reality with Operation Northwoods. Looking to drum up support for war with Cuba, the CIA and other government operatives were ordered to instigate terrorist actions on U.S. citizens. Read your history books and you’ll find that war with Cuba never happened and the U.S. government was able to sweep Operation Northwoods under the rug until full documentation was published by the National Security Archive in April of 2001.
The Heart Attack Gun
This isn’t a weapon from some science fiction novel and it’s definitely not the makings of a conspiracist’s overactive imagination. During a U.S. Senate testimony in 1975 covering possible rogue actions of the Central Intelligence Agency, a super-secret, albeit incredibly small weapon was uncovered. Dubbed the “Heart Attack Gun,” the pistol was designed to fire a poison dart capable of causing a heart attack in the victim. Manufactured to be undetectable in autopsies, the dart, which was fired from a modified Colt 1911, left a difficult-to-find red dot while the toxin was untraceable.
No, you don’t have to put down that beer. Or do you? During the dry years of the United States known as the Prohibition, the crafty powers that be grew tired of bootleggers stealing industrial alcohols and turning them into consumable ale. To restore order and keep these illegally-made brews from being manufactured, federal officials approved the poisoning of the base alcohols. While originally intended to simply scare bootleggers, the poisoned alcohol was said to have killed upwards of 10,000 people. Don’t worry, though, the program was ceased long ago, so drink away! … or should you?
Bohemia Grove Gatherings
It was once just a myth whispered amongst the lower classes: A place for the elite to hide out and enjoy a period of debauchery without the worries of the world – or their wives - following them. Established in 1878, the Bohemian Grove gatherings occur over a period of two weeks in July and involve the world’s richest and most predominant male figures. The men's only club has hosted government figures like Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and, though there is a strict “no work” rule, was the site of planning for the Manhattan Project in 1942.