Conspiracies Proven True
Conspiracy theorists believe in a lot of crackpot ideas and deserve their reputation as an amusing distraction, but once in awhile, they get one right, and just one is all it would have ever taken to keep the rest of the theories going forever.
Below we present some of American conspiracies that are no longer theories, but proven true, no matter how absurdly unbelievable you may find them.
1962: The U. S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Plan to Terrorize the U. S. Populace
The Joint Chiefs are the 5 generals and admirals in charge of the 5 branches of the U. S military. In 1962, those men were George Decker (Army), David Shoup (Marines), Georg Anderson, Jr. (Navy), Curtis LeMay (Air Force), and Edwin Roland (Coast Guard), along with a few others, all chaired by Lyman Lemnitzer (Army).
Operation Northwoods, Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1962
The entire board of the Joint Chiefs of Staff proposed, drafted, and agreed on a plan to concoct a casus belli for war against Communist Cuba, under Fidel Castro. Their collective motive was to reduce the constant threat of Communist encroachment into the Western Hemisphere, per the Monroe Doctrine.
Actual photo of the Northwoods Memorandum for the U.S. Secretary of Defense (March 13, 1962) titled: “Justification for U.S. Military Intervention in Cuba (TS)”
This plan was named Operation Northwoods, and entailed the most impossibly indifferent cruelty ever envisioned by a government against its own people. In order to sway public sentiment in favor of the war, the Joint Chiefs planned to bomb high pedestrian-traffic areas in major American cities, including Miami, New York, Washington, D. C., and possibly Chicago and Los Angeles; to frame U. S. citizens for these bombings; to shoot innocent, unarmed civilians on the streets in full view of hundreds of witnesses; to napalm military and merchant vessels in port, while people were aboard; to sink vessels carrying Cuban refugees bound for Florida; to hijack planes for ransom.
President meets with Secretary of Defense. President Kennedy, Secretary McNamara. White House, Cabinet Room
Not only did every single member of the Joint Chiefs sign his approval of this plan, they then sent it to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara for his approval, and then to President Kennedy. McNamara claimed years later never to have seen it, but that he would have rejected it. Kennedy, however, did receive it, and promptly called a meeting of the Joint Chiefs, in which he threatened, with severe profanity, to court martial and incarcerate every one of them. The President cannot actually do this, but can order the Congress and military branches to do so, and in these circumstances, they most certainly would have. But Kennedy decided that it would cause irreparable disrespect around the world for the U. S. military. He did remove Lemnitzer from his position as Chairman and assign him as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, not much of a demotion.
Picture of President Kennedy in the limousine in Dallas, Texas, on Main Street, minutes before the assassination.
Theorists claim that the military may have had a hand in Kennedy’s assassination because of his blistering rebuke of the Joint Chiefs. This, however, remains unproven.
PS One can only wonder if such sinister plans were ever re-considered (check out the 9-11 conspiracy theories and “script “for the Middle East) …
1920-1933: The FBI Poisoned Alcohol during Prohibition
Conspiracy theorists like to point out that the government (usually the U. S. government) is poisoning the national populace, which is blissfully unaware, via chemtrails and/or flouridation. How laughable, most of us say, and yet, although there is no proof of these two, the FBI did, in truth, poison liquor stores during Prohibition for the purpose of “dissuading” people from that demon hooch.
Prohibition lasted from 1920 to 1933 in the U. S., and was absolutely unenforceable. Everyone of the public knew perfectly well that a drink now and then was not at all harmful, and refused to accept its absence. Prohibition was impelled by the Temperance Movement, which promoted teetotalism, or utter abstinence from alcohol. Its most prominent activist was Carrie Nation, a 6-foot, 180-pound, blue-haired battle axe, who stormed into bars and smashed their kegs open with a hatchet. Amazingly, no drunks ever beat her up for this.
Detroit police inspecting equipment found in a clandestine underground brewery.
Once Prohibition went into effect, the FBI saw fit to enforce it as well as possible, since the law is the law, and, by adding potentially fatal impurities to it, endeavored to teach the public that it was going to lose with Mr. Booze. These impurities included methane, formaldehyde, ammonia, and even arsenic and kerosene. But the FBI’s usual method, without informing the populace, of course, was to denature drinkable alcohol, which is called ethanol, by adding rubbing alcohol, which is made of water and propene. Propene is distilled from natural gas and oil; rubbing alcohol does a fine job cleaning wounds and preventing infection, but will destroy your intestines, kidneys, and liver if you drink it. The FBI also added acetone, which is paint thinner.
Not surprisingly, people started dying quite readily from what seemed alcohol intoxication, and this only fueled the Temperance Movement’s assertion that alcohol is the Devil.
1964: The Incident in the Gulf of Tonkin Is Only Half True
In history books, the Gulf of Tonkin incident is usually cited as the immediate instigation for war between the United States and North Vietnam. The general casus belli was to protect the democracy of South Vietnam from the North’s communist aggression. The straw that was seen in the West as breaking the camel’s back was when, on 2 and 4 August 1964, in the waters between Vietnam and Hainan, China, U. S. naval vessels were attacked by Vietnamese naval vessels and defended themselves, killing some Vietnamese sailors.
“Photograph taken from USS Maddox (DD-731) during her engagement with three North Vietnamese motor torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin, 2 August 1964. The view shows all three of the boats speeding towards the Maddox.” Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
American public sentiment called for immediate retaliation, and the Congress resolved that Lyndon Johnson could defend any Southeast Asian nation from Communism. The war was on.
What the public was not told for a long time was that the incident on 4 August did not take place. The first incident was a legitimate naval battle, in which the USS Maddox fought off three Vietnamese torpedo boats and killed 4 Vietnamese sailors. But two days later, the Vietnamese were engaged in salvaging their vessels and no hostilities erupted. Nevertheless, Johnson informed the public that the Maddox and the USS Turner Joy had been attacked in separate battles. The Turner Joy had not been attacked.
In keeping with #3, the CIA was for a time regarded as having deliberately spread this false information among the national public to sway favor toward war against Communism. Dozens of senators and congressmen were calling for land invasions of North Vietnam, and then China, and then Russia if they dared retaliate, nuclear weapons be damned.
Today, we know that the misinformation was spread by the National Security Agency, and not for political reasons, but to cover up genuine mistakes they made during the second incident: their radar showed what they thought were approaching enemy warships, but which were, in truth, tricks of light that confused their equipment.
1933: The Fascist Plot to Overthrow the U. S. Government
In 1933, Franklin Roosevelt deemed it beneficial to the American economy to abandon the gold standard and operate on a pure American currency basis. This had proven very helpful in Great Britain in lowering the cost of products and boosting the citizens’ buying power. Many conservative businessmen of the time deemed the gold standard essential for a strong economy, since gold does not devalue like a nominative currency.
Major General Smedley Butler testified before a senate subcommittee a year later that he had been approached by Gerald MacGuire and William Doyle of the American Legion veterans’ organization. They confided in Butler whether he would have any part in a military coup d’etat to oust Roosevelt and set up a Fascist government with Butler as its head commander, Secretary of General Affairs. Their motive was money, of course, since they and their friends had their fingers in a lot of business pies [ see Business Plot ]
Butler was pro-Communist in light of what he viewed as Roosevelt’s very foolish ideas on the American economy, but Butler was not about to agree to the impossible. In his opinion, the United States government could not be successfully overthrown. To do so would entail a total military siege of every major city in the nation, especially Washington, D. C. So he ratted on the Fascist businessmen. His testimony earned a mixed reception from the subcommittee, which declared that there probably had been a conspiracy to stage a coup in favor of a Fascist system of government, but that it never left square one, and that most of the public figures Butler implicated, many of them retired generals and millionaire bankers, had nothing to do with it.
1990: The CIA Had Nayirah al-Sabah Bear False Witness
Nayirah al-Sabah was a woman in Kuwait who, in 1990, testified on the floor of the House of Representatives that she had personally witnessed Iraqi soldiers invade Kuwaiti hospitals and take newborn infants out of their incubators and throw them onto the cold floor to freeze to death. Nayirah was invited primarily by Tom Lantos, who had made no secret of his desire that the U. S. retaliate against Iraq for its offenses against Kuwait.
It was Nayirah’s testimony that provided the largest part of the foundation for American public opinion in favor of military force against Iraq, and the CIA was responsible for organizing the funds and advertisements to disseminate Nayirah’s testimony. They enlisted the help of Hill & Knowlton, a global public relations corporation that specializes in marketing, to reach the masses.
It was not until 1992 that John MacArthur of the New York Times discovered Nayirah was the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador the U. S., and that her story had been utterly fabricated. Thus was it shown that the CIA assisted a few powers-that-were in America in waging war with Iraq for another purpose, and that purpose was oil. The Iraqis did invade Kuwait and should not have done so, but they did not throw babies out of incubators. The nurses and doctors who supposedly witnessed this with Nayirah had already fled, and most of them stated that she was lying. The CIA had paid her to lie, and even paid for her to attend acting classes to appear convincing. It worked.
1960-1970: The CIA’s Heart Attack Gun
This weapon exists. The CIA actually invented it with taxpayer money in the late 1960s to early 1970s. It was not disclosed until 1975, when Senator Frank Church displayed it to a subcommittee investigating the CIA’s illegal activities. They are specifically forbidden from directly killing anyone in the performance of espionage and intelligence-gathering. The gun was designed to be untraceable. It fires a bullet made of ice, about 0.11 inches wide, less than the diameter of a BB, which has been brushed with a minute amount of shellfish toxin. This toxin induces a myocardial infarction in any human, regardless of size or physical fitness. The bullet then melts leaving no trace of any kind. Autopsies would discover the presence of shellfish toxin in the bloodstream, but if the victim has died of a legitimate heart attack, unnaturally induced or not, an autopsy is unlikely. The entrance wound of the dart would appear about as minor as a mosquito bite.
There is no consensus on who, if anyone, the CIA has assassinated with this gun, but it is most likely that they have used it. Theorists point to Andrew Breitbart, a conservative media mogul who published less than flattering stories and details about President Barack Obama. He had promised in the months prior to his death that he would publish proof that Obama’s presidency was illegitimate. Breitbart collapsed on the sidewalk in a Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles on 1 March 2012 and was taken to a hospital where he died of a massive heart attack at the age of 43, despite being relatively fine health. He was not seriously overweight, but the coroner report states that cardiomegaly caused his heart to fail.
It is possible that the gun was used to assassinate Mark Pittman, the financial journalist who, in 2007, predicted the ongoing American economic recession, which was caused by subprime mortgaging. During the subsequent federal bailouts of major financial companies, Pittman famously sued the Federal Reserve for mishandling taxpayer money. The case is still on appeal. Pittman, however, died on 25 November 2009 in Yonkers, New York, in the very same circumstances as Breitbart. He was walking down the sidewalk and collapsed from a heart attack. He was 52. but possible victims notwithstanding, the heart attack gun does exist, and the CIA invented it. They could have had only one purpose in store for it. The conspiracy theorists got this one right.
2006-2013: USA Secret Surveillance Program Prism
According to the original leaked slides, Prism is a Us government-run programme for accessing vast swathes of data from some of the world’s biggest and most powerful technology companies, such as Apple and Google.
The slides suggest Prism is a programme giving NSA operatives direct access to the servers of these companies, giving them unfettered access to personal information of billions of people around the globe.
Subsequent reports suggested Prism is simply a tool for analysing this vast amount of data or a tool which operates by intercepting the data coming from and going to the servers, a theory posited following strong denials by the tech companies involved.
The slides however suggests that Prism is indeed a bespoke tool for accessing data directly from servers while there are other tools available to NSA operatives which can capture data while in transit.
Essentially the specifics are not known (and may never be) but we are likely to learn more in the coming weeks and months.
Risking prosecution by the U.S. government, a 29-year-old intelligence analyst who claims to have worked at the NSA and the CIA was revealed as the source of The Guardian’s disclosures about the U.S. government’s secret surveillance programs. (June 9) Photo Credit: The Guardian
What information can Prism collect?
Pretty much anything that you post online. Use Gmail, Facebook, Skype, Outlook or Yahoo? Then it is likely you’re online activities could be monitored by Prism. From emails and instant messages to voice-over-IP calls (such as Skype) and your search history on Google, operatives using Prism could build up an extensive portfolio on any online citizen.
Snowden in his interview with the Guardian said as long as he had a personal email address for someone, he would instigate a wiretap on their phone and begin monitoring their online activity, without the need for a warrant.
What companies are involved?
To date nine technology companies are involved in the Prism programme – (in order of date joined) Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, YouTube, Skype, AOL, Apple.
According to the slides Dropbox was/is going to be included in the programme very soon. Reports suggest that Twitter was approached about the programme but declined to be involved.
All companies listed have denied involvement with the programme, with some – including Apple – denying knowledge of its existence. Most have issued carefully worded statements which say they comply with all legal requests from the government but they don’t give anyone unrestricted access to the data they store on their servers.
It is unclear if Prism requires consent of these companies in order to work.
Who Uses Prism?
Prism is in use by the NSA in the US and has been for seven years. However it is also alleged that the UK intelligence agency, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has been using the system since 2010 and that it has GCHQ has become increasingly reliant on Prism, with the 197 reports generated in 2012 marking a 137% increase over previous years. Reports generated by GCHQ are normally passed on to MI5 or MI6.
Foreign Secretary William Hague has called allegations emanating from this revelation as “fanciful nonsense” and that “law-abiding” citizens had “nothing to fear” from the intelligence services, adding that GCHQ’s operations were subject to stringent legal checks.
It is worth to mention here an amazing coincidence: American TV series Scandal: Season 2, Episode 3 Hunting Season (18 Oct. 2012) deals with nearly identical top secret NSA surveillance program called “Thorngate”. This government conspiracy is mentioned 7 month before E. Snowden reveals that such program is not a fiction…
PS Other Conspiracies (to be verified)
2003 Conspiracy: Bush Lied about the WMDs
This one is believed by about 44% of the American population. In the wake of 11 September 2001, almost every American supported Bush’s war on terror, and had no problem with him invading both Afghanistan, where bin Laden was thought to be hiding, and Iraq, led by the one of the most sadistic leaders in 20th Century history, Saddam Hussein.
Hussein was the man Bush’s father, George H. W., did not remove from power at the end of the First Gulf War. General Schwarzkopf informed Bush that he had a clear path to Baghdad and could present Hussein to an international military tribunal for war crimes within a month. Bush, Sr. decided against this, because he was afraid it would even further destroy Middle Eastern-American relations, and portray America as the same merciless, vengeful brute Hussein was.
Hussein decided to enjoy being alive by trying to save face after he lost the war. He claimed that Iraq won, and rallied what was left of his country behind him yet again. He had an even stronger iron grip on the weakened nation, and issued multiple, globally reported death threats against Bush, Sr.
President George W. Bush addresses the nation from the Oval Office at the White House Wednesday evening, March 19, 2003, announcing the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom. THE PRESIDENT: My fellow citizens, at this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger… Image obtained from http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/03/images/20030319-17_address2-515h.html. See the preparations before the speech >>
When Bush, Jr. took office, the theory states that he was always looking for an opportunity to get revenge on Hussein. Anything Iraq did would be considered an excuse for declaring war on Iraq. Unfortunately for Hussein, 9/11 was more than sufficient. Hussein had absolutely nothing to do with it, but the whole world was so enraged (92 countries lost citizens in the World Trade Center) that few people offered objections when Bush included Iraq in his agenda. He did have to give a specific reason for the invasion, and claimed that Iraq possessed chemical weapons of mass destruction, with which he intended to target Israel, and possibly America [btw, it is very similar argument used today against Syria and Iran .]
Apparently, no such weapons were ever discovered. A theory persists that Hussein simply shipped them all to friendly Syria in advance of the impending invasion. Regardless of the truth of this, theorists claim that Bush had no idea beforehand if Hussein had WMDs, absently hoped that he did, and didn’t really care one way or the other. Instead, the real casus belli was Bush’s desire to make Hussein pay for threatening his father. He gave direct orders that the first soldier to encounter Hussein tell him in Arabic, “Regards from President Bush.”
Conspiracy: Obama Is Trying to Bankrupt America
The uninitiated questions this with, “Why on Earth would he want to?!” The conspiracy theorist responds with utter incredulity at someone who is unconvinced. The explanations are far and wide but they one common denominator, that President Barack Obama hates the United States, and wants to destroy it however possible.
This cannot be done by force, at least not until the nation decays from within, and the fastest way to effect this is financially. The U. S. has a current total deficit of about $16.4 trillion. At the end of 2013, it should be about $20.5 trillion.
Which Foreign governments own the most U.S. debt?
Answer: Here is the Top 10 (as of Aug/2012)
1. China, Mainland, $1,153.6 billion dollars 2. Japan, $1,121.5 billion dollars 3. Oil Exporters*, $263.0 billion dollars 4. Carib Bnkng Ctrs**, $256.9 billion dollars 5. Brazil, $253.9 billion dollars 6. All Other, $226.8 billion dollars 7. Switzerland, $202.2 billion dollars 8. Taiwan, $198.0 billion dollars 9. United Kingdom, $153.6 billion dollars 10. Russia, $153.3 billion dollars
*Includes oil exporting countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iran **includes countries such as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands
Of the $5.1 trillion dollars of US debt that is owned by foreign governments, China and Japan own nearly half.
Almost all the rest is held by the U. S. federal government itself because of American investors, future retirees, the Social Security Trust Fund, and pension plans for civil service workers and military personnel.
So if Obama is not allied in any way with the Chinese, why did he campaign on the promise to cut America’s national deficit by half, and then attempt to do so with a pitifully misdirected economic overhaul? This caused monumental protests across the country, as the overhaul’s specific financial points made no sense. If spending digs the hole, spending will not extricate you from the hole.
Theorists do not agree on why Obama is making the American deficit larger, to the tune of $4 trillion since he took office. Bush, Jr.’s second term presided over a $3 trillion increase. So all of Obama’s new ideas for lowering the deficit did nothing at all. It seems he is either incompetent or malicious.