Paranoia: You Only Have To Be Right Once
(Proven Historical Conspiracies)
The ‘conspiracy theory’ is a worldwide phenomenon, but many of the most prominent examples of what happens when one of these ‘theories’ prove to be true can be drawn from the recent history of the United States of America. Project MKULTRA was a research operation run by the Central Intelligence Agency, or CIA, from the early 1950s to the late 1960s. Its objective was to investigate the potential usefulness of drugs, and in some cases, hypnosis, as interrogative or mind-control agents.
The studies involved administration of several substances, including LSD, barbiturates, amphetamines, heroin, and morphine, without the consent or knowledge of the test subjects. Many universities, colleges, hospitals, and prisons are known to have participated in the project, but the full extent of these experiments upon unwitting Americans remains unknown. Another relatively unknown CIA conspiracy was Operation Mockingbird, wherein attempts were made to exert influence over the foreign and domestic media. Beginning in the 1950s, the program soon held significant influence over 25 newspapers and other media agencies.
This allowed the CIA to filter coverage of certain events, such as plots to overthrow the governments of Iran and Guatemala. In 1976, George H. W. Bush – then the CIA’s director – introduced a new policy preventing the CIA from paying news correspondents, effectively calling an end to Operation Mockingbird. More recent – and prominent – is the Watergate scandal. On June 17, 1972, five men were arrested for attempted burglary of the Watergate complex. Upon further examination, however, it was discovered that their intent had not been to burglarize, but to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters located there.
Subsequent investigation linked the ‘burglars’ to President Nixon’s Committee to Re-elect the President, and revealed evidence of still more corruption. The fallout from the incident and attempts at cover-up would cost Nixon his political career, and he resigned from the presidency on August 9, 1974. It is important to remember that, while many ‘conspiracy theories’ are inevitably wrong, they cannot be completely discounted. All it takes is one proven theory to change your perspective on the world.
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