Conspiracy Theories That Are Actually True

Conspiracy Theories

There are some pretty crazy conspiracy theories out there, but then again, we live in a pretty crazy world. So crazy, in fact, that there are a number of conspiracy theories that have come up over the years that actually turned out to be true. While we might not have solid evidence that the Illuminati is running the show, we do know that at least these are real conspiracies that turned out to be true, and they are enough to get us all going off the grid.

The MK-ULTRA Project

If you’ve ever wondered whether the government is controlling everyone’s mind, this one is for you. In 1953 the CIA authorized the MK-ULTRA project, a highly classified affair meant to study the potential mind-controlling effects of LSD and other psychedelic drugs. Through its research, the CIA hoped to devise a truth serum for interrogations, develop techniques to prevent mind-control efforts from adversaries in their own agents, create programmable assassins, and find control the minds of oppositional leaders. The project testing, including the drug testing, radiological implants, hypnosis, subliminal persuasion, electroshock, and isolation, was administered through shell organizations to agency employees, psychiatric patients, and to the general public through a programs like one that used prostitutes to slip drugs to unwitting clients. The project came to light in 1975 during investigations mandated in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study

Starting in 1932 and stretching for a 40 year span, 399 African-American men were denied treatment in the name of a US Public Health Service clinical study after they were found to have contracted syphilis. They were never informed they had an STI, and never offered treatment even after penicillin became a readily available cure. Instead, these men were told they were being treated for “bad blood.” The treatments, as it turns out, were simply a guise for an unannounced observational study, and never actually administered. It wasn’t until 250 of the men registered for the WWII draft that they were told they had syphilis, and even then they were denied treatment. By the project’s end in 1972, 128 of the men had died of syphilis or related complications, 40 of their wives had contracted it, and 19 of their children were born with congenital syphilis.

Prohibition Poisonings

Bathtub gin is some strong stuff, and during the days of Prohibition, it was known to do some damage. Alcohol poisoning from improperly made and unregulated booze was common, which is why it took until 1926 for a hospital in New York city to figure out that the US government has been poisoning industrial alcohols produced within the US. These were regularly taken by bootleggers, renatured, and resold for beverage purposes at the time, which frustrated a government facing an unparalleled wave of defiance from its citizens. Their hope was that the frequent poisonings would encourage people to stop drinking illicitly. By order of federal officials, kerosene, gasoline, iodine, ether, formaldehyde, chloroform, camphor carbolic acid, acetone, and more were added to these industrial alcohols to make them more lethal and less “renaturable.” The result was at least 10,000 dead courtesy of the US government.