5 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out to Be True  

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1 Rob Ashley
Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory. Whether its Soviet spies or extra-terrestrials, you can always count on something interesting to come your way. But not all conspiracies are the raving of madmen. Here are five conspiracies that prove the truth can be greater than any speculation.

 

Church of Scientology

Operation Snow White

The largest infiltration of US intelligence services wasn’t done by the KGB, nor by any other governmental spy organization. During the 1970s, the Church of Scientology has made it its mission to place as many of its members as possible in government positions in an attempt to destroy documents that reflect badly on the Church or its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. Over 5,000 members found their way into government offices, some landed high-profile positions. Countless documents were destroyed. In the end, though, only 13 people saw a trail for destruction of government property.

Gulf of Tonkin

The Incident that Led to the Vietnam War May Have Never Happened

In 1964, a report came out that shots were fired on the USS Maddox, which was sailing in international waters in the Gulf of Tonkin near Vietnam. The act of aggression served as a reason to declare war on Northern Vietnam. This conflict has left its mark on US society for years to come. 40 years after the incident was reported, secret Pentagon papers were declassified, indicating that it never happened. The crew was nervous after an earlier incident when they sailed into Vietnam’s territorial waters, and fired into the mist. There was no evidence that they were fired at, and President Lindon Johnson was recorded saying “they could have been shooting at a whale for all I know.” Despite that, Johnson and the military used the so-called incident as evidence to convince the US congress to go to war.

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An Israeli Spy Convinced Syria to Mark its Military Bases for Air Raids

In the 1960s, a new figure rose in the government circles of Damascus. Kamel Amin Thaabet appeared to be a wealthy businessman who had quickly gained the confidence of Syria’s military elite and minister. In reality, he was Eli Cohen, an Israeli spy. There is no exact account of all his achievements as a spy, but one particular story is that he advised the Minister of Security to plant trees in military bases in order to provide shade for soldiers. The trees supplied shade, but also made the bases easier to spot from the air, and so, the Israeli Air Force used the trees as marks for its air raids during the Six Day War. Cohen was eventually exposed and executed in Damascus. He is revered as a national hero in Israel to this day.

The Testimony That Pushed the US to the Gulf War was fabricated by a PR Firm

When Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, there was some uncertainty as to the United States’ role. The testimony of a 16-year-old Kuwaiti girl named Nayirah, who spoke in front of the congress, was the trigger that provoked the US to act. Nayirah spoke of Iraqi troops who were pulling infants from incubators at hospitals and throwing them out the window. As it turns out, Nayirah’s testimony was carefully crafted by a PR firm, which was paid for its service by a Kuwaiti businessman, who wanted the US to free his country.

CIA

The CIA Experimented with Mind Control

Hard-core conspiracy theorists always talk about “government mind control.” As it turns out, the CIA actually did try to come up with a form of mind control. The intelligence agency had experimented with narcotics and electric currents without informing the subjects of the treatments. Covert studies were done on unsuspecting prison inmates and hospital patients. The program, known by codename ‘MK-Ultra,’ ran for 20 years, from 1953 to 1973. It came to light when President Bill Clinton apologized on behalf of the American government for the CIA’s shady practices.