From propaganda to a conspiracy about the moon landing, we count 10 conspiracy theories that were actually true.
10 – Operation Paperclip,
- We all know the Nazis were lovely people, especially when you take into account their completely humane science experiments, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that under the Nazi malice was an intelligence that could and did change the world.
- After World War 2 was over America decided that instead of putting the Nazi scientists into a prison and throwing away the key that they would recruit them to help out with various scientific endeavours, the main one being rocket science.
- Over 100 rocket scientists from Nazi Germany were put to work under the American government and it’s mostly thanks to them that we have the Saturn V rocket, the one that put man on the moon.
9 – The Gulf of Tonkin Incident,
- On the 2nd of August, 1964, during the middle of the Vietnam War, an American Destroyer claimed that they were attacked during a recon mission, the resulting fireworks damaged a US Air carrier.
- There was another report of a naval battle two days later with no damages or injuries.
- However, later down the line it was confirmed by US officials that the second battle never happened, and there have been convincing reports from whistle-blowers and allusions by the President of the time that neither incident actually occurred.
- The reason they might have faked these attacks? Well it gave the Military and the President a reason to respond with deadly force in the way of Air Strikes, even if it was just one attack that was faked, it’s still a grimy thing to do.
8 – North Korea Abductions,
- During the years between 1977 and 1983 Japanese citizens were disappearing, the public was in disarray and began pointing fingers at North Korea, eventually Japan admitted to the public that eight men and nine women were taken by North Korea and they themselves admitted that they took 13.
- However, the estimated numbers are actually much higher than 17 people, especially when you take into account other nations, in particular South Korea, current estimates hover around 480 kidnapped victims.
- But that’s not all, there’s a few districts in Japan that fund schools run by North Korea and they all teach the children studying there that the abductions are fabrications by the Japanese government and media.
7 – COINTELPRO,
- Most conspiracy theories about America involve the CIA, but in this case it was actually the FBI who subverted the law, in particular they violated the American right of free speech in the name of national security.
- Basically the FBI surveyed, infiltrated and discredited many political movements, including the black civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King Jr, feminist organisations, as well as the socialist parties that were rising up during the 50s and 60s.
- They mostly did this by getting undercover agents in these circles, while also running false news stories and in some cases flat out arresting them under fabricated pretences.
6 – The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment,
- There was a clinical study done by the US Public Health Service that focused on studying the progression of untreated syphilis in patients, it took place in Alabama and lasted from the 30s to the 70s.
- The PHS took in African American men, the majority of which had previously had the disease, and infected them with syphilis; in return the government promised them free health care.
- However, none of the men were told that they had syphilis and the government refused to give them penicillin, even after it had been proven to cure the disease, they were instead told that they were being treated for ‘bad blood’.