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You’re not being paranoid if someone’s really out to get you. Chilling conspiracy theories that ended up being true.

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Fake news!?! It’s been said that you are not being paranoid if someone is really out to get you. Likewise, it’s only a conspiracy theory until someone proves it is true. So, before you turn your back on a conspiracy theory, it might behoove you to consider many hotly debated conspiracies that were eventually validated as true.

Check out this partial list of conspiracies that turned out to be true after further investigation or disclosure by the perpetrators. As always, correct us in the comments below if we let someone get something past us!

  • The Dreyfus Affair: French government wrongfully convicts Alfred Dreyfus on treason charges based on falsified documents.  It was made public by writer Emile Zola.
  • The Mafia: Until the 1960’s, the mafia was a secret society of sorts until Joe Valachi revealed their secrets to law enforcement officials.
  • MK-ULTRA: CIA sponsored mind control experiments.  Exposed by Rockefeller Commission investigation after public rumors circulated that the program existed and was conducting illegal experiments on civilians.
  • The Manhattan Project: Government project conducted to create the world’s first atomic bomb.  Ran from 1942-1946. Although rumors of a “super weapon” development program persisted, it would be 25 years before the public learned of its existence.
  • Asbestos ills: Rumors of the dangers of asbestos began as early as 1930 while manufacturers fought to suppress the rumors and convince the public that no harm could come from the use of asbestos in construction methods.  It was not until 1962 that the public learned of the damaging health effects from asbestos exposure.
  • Watergate: Was a rumor for a couple of years after the famous break-in (which occurred in 1972).  It was not until 1974 that the recordings were brought forth that proved the break-in actually occurred with participation of the President of the United States.
  • The Tuskegee Syphilis Study: The public suspected for many years that something was not quite right with the syphilis treatments African American men were being given to battle the disease.  The program continued for 40 years while 200 men died from inadequate treatments before the program was finally exposed.
  • Operation Northwoods: Approval for the operation was passed by the Joint Chief of Staff but nixed by civilian leadership – then it was kept secret for 40 years.  Rumors spread until 2002 when the public learned that the CIA was planning to stage phony terrorist attacks on the US in order to lay the blame on Cuba as justification to start a war.
  • Nayirah Iraq testimony: 15-year-old Nayirah testified before Congress that she had seen Iraqi soldiers pulling Kuwaiti babies from incubators and watching them die. Independent human rights groups challenged her claims, and the public was left puzzled.  Years later it was discovered that Nayirah was the daughter of a US Ambassador, that the CIA had given her acting lessons, and the entire story was concocted by a public relations firm.
  • COINTELPRO (Counterintelligence Programs against Activists): A series of covert, illegal projects conducted by the FBI aimed at disrupting dissident political organizations in the United States.  Their activities continued from 1956 through 1971 with targets including Martin Luther King Jr., Southern Christian Leadership Conference, NAACP, and all groups protesting the Viet Nam war.  For years these groups claimed they were being unjustly targeted but it would not be until the late 1990’s that it was finally disclosed that J. Edgar Hoover had authorized the project.
  • Iran-Contra Affair: Government officials secretly traded weapons with the Israeli government in exchange for the release of hostages in Iran. Exposed by Congress in 1987.
  • CIA drug running: Nicaraguan drug traffickers sold and distributed crack cocaine in LA with funds used to sponsor CIA-supported Nicaraguan Contras. Although widely known in LA, the rest of the country could not fathom our government’s involvement in the illegal drug trade. In 1996 it was exposed in the San Jose Mercury News.
  • 1919 World Series (Black Sox Scandal): Fans speculated that the Chicago White Sox had thrown the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. Two years later it was confirmed, and eight players were banned from the game for life.
  • Silkwood: Karen Silkwood suspects Kerr-McGee is knowingly contaminating employees with high levels of radiation. She tests herself and finds radiation levels that are 400 times the norm. She dies in a mysterious one-car accident.  Years later her accusations are proven true.
  • Other conspiracies proven to be true: Operation Mockingbird, Operation Ajax, Operation Snow White, Operation Gladio, CIA Assassinations in 1975, and… Add your favorite in the comments section below.
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