In modern society, term Conspiracy theory is associated with nonsense. We immediately image flat earth, fake moon, and human lizards but that is not fair. Many conspiracy theories have turned out to be true.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines conspiracy theory as “the theory that an event or phenomenon occurs as a result of a conspiracy between interested parties…”.
It’s important to use critical thinking and don’t believe that everything is always what it looks like. The past has taught us that conspiracy theories are not always just theories. Governments scheme and conspire, people lie. Whether more conspiracy theories will turn out to be true in the future is up for debate. For now, get to know the ones that did.
Read Also: 10 Conspiracy Theories to Think About
1. Operation Mockingbird
In the early years of the Cold War, efforts were made by the governments of both the United States and the Soviet Union to use media companies to influence public opinion internationally.
CIA Started Operation Mockingbird in the early 1950s. Target was to manipulate news media for propaganda purposes. The CIA maintained a secret campaign to influence media around the world for almost 25 years.
In 1977, investigative journalist Carl Bernstein published an explosive, 25,000-word story in Rolling Stone detailing the CIA’s impact on the world’s most powerful media organizations.
Virtually every major publisher including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Associated Press, Reuters, and broadcasters including CBS, ABC, and NBC took part in the program.
“You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple of hundred dollars a month,” a former CIA agent told journalist Deborah Davis in her 1979 biography of Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, Katharine the Great.
2. Big Tobacco hid that cigarettes caused cancer
Already in the early 1950s, research showed a strong statistical link between smoking and lung cancer. But only in the late 1990s, Philip Morris admitted that smoking could cause cancer.
In 1994, heads of the major U.S. tobacco companies testified before Congress that the evidence that smoking cigarettes cause cancer and heart disease was weak. Cigarettes were not addictive in they’re opinion.
Read Also: Did The World End in 2012?
Less than 1 month after this testimony, a box with confidential documents from the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation was delivered to the University of California at San Francisco.
Documents revealed evidence that the tobacco industry had for decades known and accepted the fact that cigarettes caused death. They also considered tobacco to be addictive. Finally, their programs to support scientific research on smoking and health had been a sham.
3. Project Sunshine
“Project Sunshine” doesn’t sound so sunny when you find out what it’s about. After dropping nuclear bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the U.S. government stole parts of dead bodies to measure the effects of nuclear fallout on the human body.
Because they needed young tissue, they recruited a worldwide network of agents to find recently dead babies and children. They had to take samples and even limbs – each collected without notification of the more than 1,500 grieving families.
The world learned the horrific scientific history of Project Sunshine only half a century later.
4. The Phoebus Cartel
Products today aren’t made to last. This is not a cliche. This is another conspiracy theory that turned out to be true. From your iPhone to the toaster, almost everything has a built-in expiry date.
The technical term is “planned obsolescence”, which means that products are on purpose designed with short lifespan. This can be achieved by using materials that break down faster, avoiding repairs, or performing other tricks, such as irreplaceable batteries.
Read Also: 3 Shocking Theories of How the World Works
The most popular example is the Phoebus Cartel.
In December 1924, the world’s biggest light bulb manufacturers met in Geneva to form the “Phoebus Cartel”, and split up the international market among themselves. While the Cartel last only till the 1930s it’s legacy of shorter life of lightbulb still lives.
Prior to 1925, light bulbs typically lasted around 2000 hours. The cartel managed to halve that to just 1000.
5. The U.S federal alcohol poisoning program
In 1920, during Prohibition, it was illegal to buy, sell, make, or spread alcohol in the U.S. Bootleggers started to steal industrial alcohol — used in paints, fuels, and medical supplies — and redistilling it for sale.
The U.S. government took drastic steps to keep people from drinking. They changed the formulas of industrial alcohol to make it completely undrinkable. At least 10% of industrial alcohol formulas had to contain methyl alcohol, a poisonous substance, and other toxic ingredients.
That didn’t stop the bootleggers or their customers, so by the end of Prohibition, more than 10,000 Americans died.
6. CIA mind control program
Project MKUltra also called the CIA mind control program, is the code name given to a program of experiments on humans. This 20 years long experiment was intended to identify and develop drugs that could control the mind.
Most famously, they gave people LSD. No medical personnel was available to control these tests. Often, this resulted in subjects being sick for days. But the program heads soon began dosing people without their knowledge; MK-ULTRA left many victims permanently mentally disabled.
Read Also: How Google Affect Your Thinking
The CIA paid hospitals, prisons, and universities for their participation and their silence. In 1973, CIA director Richard Helms ordered that all documents related to MKUltra be destroyed.
While this conspiracy theory was after all uncovered, nobody involved in the project “remembered” the details. As a result complete timeline of events remains hidden.
7. CIA paid The Dalai Lama
Another conspiracy theory that turned out to be true involves the CIA.
The CIA Tibetan program was a nearly two-decades-long hidden anti-Chinese operation focused on Tibet.
To fight against Communist governments, the CIA gave $1.7 million a year to Tibetan exiles. This also included payments to the Dalai Lama, which received $180,000 annually.
“The purpose of the program,” explained in a memo written by U.S. intelligence officials, “is to keep the political concept of an autonomous Tibet alive within Tibet and among foreign nations, principally India, and to build a capability for resistance against possible political developments inside Communist China.”
8. Secret UFO program – Project Blue Book
Project Blue Book was one of the studies of UFOs run by the United States Air Force (USAF). It started in 1952 and collected thousands of reports.
After analyzation, the Condon Report found that there is nothing anomalous about UFOs. Most of the reports were confused as clouds, stars, or planes.
The air force declared “case closed” so the program was shut down.
In the nearly five decades after the end of Project Blue Book, the US government’s official position was that it no longer investigated UFOs. That is until December 2017, when The New York Times revealed the existence of a secret Pentagon program called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program.
Tree videos of what appears to be unidentified flying objects rapidly moving were released to the Internet by a private company. Finally, In April 2020 Pentagon confirmed those videos and officially re-released.
9. The first lady who ran the United States
The United States President Woodrow Wilson suffered a hard stroke towards the end of his presidency. That made him unable of governing so his wife Edith Wilson stepped in. She made most of the executive decisions in his place.
She effectively ran the country for well over a year. The government kept it quiet because of fear that it would cause a stir.
Mrs. Wilson said that she acted only as a “steward,”. However, historians who have analyzed the Wilson term in office confirm that for well over a year, Mrs. Wilson was effectively president.