Ever get the feeling that someone is out to get you? I mean, more than usuel; ’cause you know pranksters, ghosts and the neighbors’ dog are always watching you. The culture of seeing conspiracies at work in every part of society has been around forever, and while we laugh at most conspiracy theories, there’s a somewhat chilling point that must be made about them: conspiracy theories have often proved to be true. Sure, people are a bit paranoid, and don’t trust anyone. So, tell me, what do you think about these 10 crazy conspiracy theories?
10. Watergate Break Ins
The Watergate scandal was named after the hotel that housed the suites targeted by the crooks associated with then-President Richard Nixon. Their mission was to plant recording devices in the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters, and to photograph private documents found in the offices. The men were caught, and the investigation that followed convinced Nixon to resign. No one knows about the purpose of the break-ins.
9. CIA Cocaine Smuggling + Cover-up
It’s been largely confirmed that Nicaraguan drug smugglers brought cocaine to America with the permission of the CIA, and possibly partly funded by the CIA. The goal of the operation was to fund a group to take down the Nicaraguan government. A man named Gary Webb revealed the truth, although the journalism community and government both shunned him; he took his own life in 2004. Nowadays, everyone agrees he was very close to the mark.
8. UK And USA Killed Iranian Democracy
Iran was once a thriving democracy. But after the government of Iran nationalized a British oil company, with substantial holdings in the country, the UK and US governments orchestrated a coup and installed a monarch, the Shah, as the head of Iran’s state. The oil had returned, but the 1979 Iranian Revolution saw the coming of a totalitarian Islamic regime.
7. US Government Allowed People To Die Of Syphilis
Penicillin is able to cure a wide range of ailments that might otherwise run rampant through a person’s body, including syphilis. The ‘Tuskegee experiment’ was set up to monitor the effects of withholding treatment from those suffering from syphilis, although the pacients were told that the study was meant to help cure them. This allowed the disease to progress, further damaging the subjects and also spreading to their families. A class action suit awarded $9 million to the victims, and a Presidential apology was issued in 1996.
6. DeBeers Inflated Diamond Prices
It seems diamonds aren’t actually that rare, but quite a common stone. So, why are they expensive? A company called DeBeers artificially controlled the supply in the beginnings; this, combined with the idea that an engagement ring must have a diamond, has allowed diamond companies to set you back a hefty sum everytime you touch a diamond. DeBeers has been dismantled, but prices are still higher than they should be.
5. MKULTRA May Have Created Monsters
MKULTRA was one of the scariest experiments of recent history. It was a project meant to create sleeper agents by subjecting subjects to hypnosis, drugs, and various forms of torture and abuse – think Bourne. Almost all of the files on the various experiments were destroyed, and most figures involved denied the experiments ever took place. Notable subjects of the experiment include Ken Kesey, author of “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest,” and mobster Whitey Bulger. Some people say that Ted Kaczynski, the “Unabomber”, was a participant in the program; similar stories are told about the Zodiac killer.
4. Bohemian Club Is Illuminati-Lite
There is an Illuminati, of sorts, and its members meet at a campground in California. It has been reported that the Bohemian Grove is a place where club members gather to drink, urinate where they please, and perform in elaborate theatrical pieces. Odd, right? The Bohemian Club is something of an open secret, and has counted men like William Randolph Hearst, Richard Nixon, and Walter Cronkite among its members. Purpose unknown.
3. Operation Paperclip Rescued Nazis From Justice
After the end of WWII, many Nazis were spirited away by America, since they were the best scientitst in the world. Rocket scientist Wernher Von Braun, for example, was responsible for most of the space program, and its success. Still, with over 1,500 Nazi scientists and technicians brought over to America, there is no doubt that some boasted a questionable value system.
2. American Modern Art Was Secretly Propaganda
Modern art is incredibly odd, boasting all kinds of weird shapes and lines and general chaos. By promoting modern art abroad, the CIA was indirectly showing off the freedom that American artists enjoyed. It extended to creating art events, and putting up money for fake collectors to spend on modern art pieces, implying great value; I guess this movement to discredit the Soviets by artistic contrast was really quite brilliant.
1. American Govt Poisoned Liquor During Prohibition
Prohibition doesn’t work. Period. So, in a move to try and stop the people of the 1920s from consuming moonshine, the government poisoneda supply of liquor. How better to prove how dangerous something is than to go and make it dangerous? According to Slate, 400 people died from the poisoned liquor in 1926, and 700 in 1927. Have a drink!