National Security in the United States: Was it all a Conspiracy Theory or True?

National Security Conspiracy

For a second, remove your hard hats because oftentimes, you will hear an almost crazy conspiracy theory that eventually turns out to be truthful in the end. This happens within the government when political officials create a scenario that there is an attack from the enemy’s camp in order to justify that the country has to defend its stance and go launch an all-out war against the alleged opponent.

Mind Control

Many times, the government will use this as an experiment of mind control. Several of these stories below have shown, even though, difficult to believe, declassified information or intense investigations have proven that they really took place.

North Vietnamese

The United States supposedly launched an attack on the torpedo boats of the North Vietnamese, doing so from their USS Maddox boat. As it turned out later, there were no boats. This took place at night on August 15 in 1965. The United States and North Vietnamese went into hostile combat, which was unprovoked. The one problem is the lack of torpedo boats or any initial attack from the North Vietnamese. There was nothing to fire at – since there were no boats, but they fired anyway and justified the incident as escalated conflict from the Vietnamese. During that era, Lyndon Johnson was the president of the United States. In many articles, the American media supported the story that two enemy boats had sunk after the attack. Later on the declassified documents from the U.S. National Security Agency showed that this was a false attack and there were no boats.

Fidel Castro

In 1961, it is alleged that the military leaders in the United States orchestrated a plan to murder innocent individuals and place the blame on Cuba. Fidel Castro was the Cuban leader at the time and the U.S. thought he was a threat throughout the Cold War. The United States attempted to overthrow Castro to get him out of power. However, that did not go well. So, instead of ousting him, they decided to put blame on him for murder. This U.S. operation was known as “Operation Northwoods.” The plan to blow up a ship in Cuban harbor or sink a boat with Cubans on their way to Florida was revealed to the office of the President, which was led by John Kennedy at the time, but the plan was rejected. For almost forty years, this plan went undisclosed until the documents were discovered once released by the Joint Chief of Staff, after much embarrassing persuasion.

American Journalists

It is alleged that the United States government recruited several journalists and had them spread propaganda to get CIA intelligence. This began in the 1950s when the CIA approached a few prominent journalists to influence the opinion of the public with their story in an attempt to get information. This was not a onetime incident. It was something done by the CIA over almost three decades. The operation was known as “Operation Mockingbird.” Several of the journalists acted as the go-between with Communist spies in other countries while some simply gathered intelligence for the CIA.