There are many conspiracy theories conceived and thought up that are outlandish and unbelievable, but on the contrary, there are some conspiracy theories that have been proven to be 100% true. Here are the most notable cases of seemingly outrageous theories turning out to be correct.
01. Big auto killed the electric car
Around the end of World War I, electric railways accounted for nearly 90% of transportation. At that time, the railways were very lucrative and cost cities very little to maintain. Railways were reliable, and allowed the everyday worker to easily commute to and from work without having to invest in a vehicle and the other host of costs that come with one. In this day, cars were seen as a novelty, and typically only owned by the upper-class as glorified toys. It seemed as though everybody was winning; everyone, except for a small number of very wealthy people who had overestimated the need for automobiles.
After losing over $65 million in one year, General Motors decided to take the initiative, rather than to come to terms with the loss. In the 1930s, General Motors, Firestone, and Goodyear teamed up with numerous oil companies. The companies united under the guise of multiple fake railway companies, buying out railways for the purpose of destroying them in order to make automobiles a necessity. By the 1950s, 900 of 1200 railway systems were replaced with gas-fueled bus systems.
Though the ten companies involved were convicted of conspiracy in 1947, they managed to survive as their illegal monopoly became one of the most successful businesses in the world.
02. The government planned to get rid of Martin Luther King Jr.
As Martin Luther King Jr. rose to power as one of the most influential Civil Rights leaders in history, the FBI began seeing King as a threat. It is unclear whether the reason behind the FBI’s suspicion was the product of straight-forward racism or fear of a revolution, but, unbeknownst to the public, the government marked Martin Luther King Jr. as an official enemy of the state.
Following his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, a memo circulating around FBI headquarters pronounced King as the “most dangerous and effective Negro leader in the country. “Later memos spoke of,” neutralizing King as an effective Negro leader.” Upon FBI wiretapping of King, officials discovered he was involved in an extra-marital affair. The FBI used this information as blackmail, sending a letter threatening to reveal his affair if he did not take his own life.
Of course, Martin Luther King Jr. wound up being assassinated by James Earl Ray who is said to be an entirely separate entirely from the government, but with a story as crazy as this one, it is difficult not to wonder if the assassination was planned.
03. The Watergate scandal
One of the most infamous conspiracies that actually happened is the Watergate scandal. In the 1970, President Richard Nixon was tied to a crime that involved the FBI and CIA breaking in the Democratic National Committee building, and presidential candidate, George McGovern’s personal office. During the break in, phone lines were tapped by Nixon’s administration, and classified paperwork was stolen. Following the capture of the burglars, Nixon attempted to pay them off in order to keep them quiet about the crime.
Though the Nixon administration did everything they could to cover-up the scandal, Nixon’s involvement in the crime eventually came to light. On August 9th, 1974, Richard Nixon chose to resign from the presidency rather than be impeached.
Though it was the most publicized, the Watergate scandal was not Nixon’s only wrongdoing. His ongoing, hostile relationship with journalist and critic, Jack Anderson, came to a head when Nixon developed a plan to have him assassinated. Nixon employed two of his helpers to survey Anderson and his family, but before finalizing a plan to kill him. the helpers were pulled off the job, to instead, carry out the Democratic National committee building break in.
04. There was once a Soviet spy in Congress
In the 1950s, Joe McCarthy’s infamous communist witch hunt had the nation on edge. Ironically, only years before, a supposed New York Democrat named Samuel Dickstein was an active member of the United States Congress. Dickstein was even responsible for the creation of the House Committee of Un-American Activities, the committee that would later be in charge of hunting down communists. Samuel Dickstein however, had been hired by what is now known as the KGB to gather information on the United States government and report back to the Soviets.
Dickstein’s participation in the treason was solely motivated by money. He had previously spied for both Poland and Britain for the same reason. Somehow, Dickstein was never indicted for his repeated treason, and later seized for the New York Supreme Court. There is even a plaza named after Samuel Dickstein in Lower East Side Manhattan.
05. One of Americans deadliest massacres was covered up for years
In early 1920’s Tulsa, Oklahoma, a young black man named Dick Rowland accidently tripped and fell into a white women named Sarah Page. During this era, racism was rampant and Rowland was subsequently arrested for his innocent slip up. The following day, a lynch mob arrived at the prison where Dick Rowland was being held with clear intent to murder the man. A black mob also showed up at the prison in order to protect Rowland. In an unexpected turn of events, a single gunshot marked the beginning of a 16-hour race riot that left 39 people dead. Afterward, the entire city of Tulsa was in shambles, and two black hospitals were completely destroyed, as well as the area referred to as “Black Wall Street”, a place populated by affluent African-Americans.
The tragedy was immediately covered up and forgotten by the city’s inhabitants. The dead were reportedly thrown in mass graves, coal mines, or the Arkansas River. Years later, a shocking, in- depth investigation of the riot was performed. The research brought to light over 260 more deaths than were originally recorded. This information classified the Tulsa Race Riot as “the worst single act of domestic violence on U.S. soil since the Civil War”, yet almost no one has heard of the incident.
06. Tuskegee syphilis experiment
From 1932 through 1972, the United States conducted an experiment that involved nearly 400 African American males that were unaware of their participation in the study. The experiment sought to see if the STI, syphilis, affected African American men differently than it affected white men. Over the course of 40 years, black men that were infected with syphilis were told they had “bad blood”, rather than the truth, and were not provided with treatment. By the time the study concluded, only 74 of the nonconsenting participants survived.
07. Project MK-ULTRA
In 1953, Central Intelligence Agency director, Allen Dulles, authorized a covert operation that would involve the use of mind-altering drugs and substances on unwitting participants. The highly invasive program was developed when Dulles discovered that a number of American prisoners had been subject to “mind control” techniques in Korea. Project MK-ULTRA had many purposes. One purpose was to develop a truth serum for more effective interrogations of enemies, another purpose was to develop an “amnesia pill” that made agents immune to mind-control techniques performed by enemies, another was to develop a type of programmable assassin, or “Manchurian Candidate”, and finally they set out to control the minds of high-profile enemies such as Fidel Castro.
Along with the secret administration of drugs, project MK-ULTRA utilized radiological implants, hypnosis and subliminal persuasion, electroshock therapy, and isolation techniques. Using research as a front, LSD was secretly administered to CIA employees, U.S. soldiers, the institutionalized, and even the general public.
Frank Olson, a 43-year-old civilian germ- warfare researcher was subjected to the experiment during a meeting with the head of Project MK-ULTRA. Olson, along with four other scientists, had their drinks spiked by the CIA with acid and were informed of this 20 minutes after they’d already been drugged. Frank Olson experienced severe adverse reactions to the drug, and was later reported to have hurled himself out of the 10th floor window of a New York hotel room.
The CIA ceased further experimentation with the drug, concluding it was far too unpredictable to produce reliable research, but the agency still saw repercussions from MK-ULTRA nearly twenty years later. When information about the experimental program leaked, Frank Olson’s family learned he’d been unsuspectedly drugged by the agency. President Gerald Ford insisted that the Olson family be paid $750,00, but upon exhuming Olson’s body in the 1990’s, it was discovered that he may have actually died of blunt force trauma to the head received before his deadly fall.
Along with Olson, a tennis player who was subjected to the CIA’s program fell into a coma and died after receiving a derivative of mescaline. Project MK-ULTRA is likely to have caused many other deaths, but records of the tests were destroyed in 1973. This was most likely to prevent further lawsuits from families of the victims.
08. Alcohol was poisoned during prohibition
During the 1920s, Prohibition enforced a ban on drinking alcohol. The ban was met with much adversity, and many illegal bars, referred to as speakeasies, opened up in cities all over the country. People would go to speakeasies in secret to drink and mingle, just like anyone would in a legal bar today. During the Prohibition era, the government would shut down speakeasies and seize alcohol whenever one was found out, but when drinking remained a rampant activity despite the ban, government officials became very frustrated.
While it was common for people to experience alcohol poisoning due to bootlegged whiskies and fake gins during this era, the government upped the ante and ordered the poisoning of all industrial alcohols manufactured within the United States. Speakeasy owners and bootleggers were known to steal these alcohols and re-sell them as drinkable, so it was guaranteed the poisoned supply would circulate around speakeasies. The purpose of the poisoning was to scare people out of drinking, but the poison program ended up killing upwards of 10,000 people.
The idea of alcohol being banned in this day and age sounds preposterous, but imagine all of the other substances that are currently illegal, such as marijuana. You have to wonder if the government continues to employ poison programs such as this one.
09. Operation Northwoods
During the time of the Cold War, the United States began planning fake attacks on America that were to be blamed on Cuba. The purpose for these fake attacks was to garner support from American citizens for the war against the Latin American communist country. Though the operation never surpassed its planning stages, this is something to consider when terrorist attacks take place here in America and blame is placed on current enemies.
10. The NSA illegally spies on its own citizens
In 2005, reports began surfacing that the National Security Agency, or the NSA had been illegally intercepting communications between millions of ordinary American citizens. When the information surfaced, the government attributed the data collection to the prevention of terrorist attacks. Citizens accepted this explanation, but by 2014, it was discovered that nearly 90% of information being collected by the NSA was from American citizens with absolutely no ties to terrorist activity. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the NSA was in clear violation of the Fourth Amendment and is currently pursuing a lawsuit against the security agency.
Conspiracies such as this used to be a thing of fiction, portrayed only in movies and novels such as George Orwell’s, 1984, but now it is a fact that Americans are indeed being spied on. What could be the purpose of this?