10. Project MK-ULTRA
In 1953 the CIA launched a deadly mind-control program.
Masked as ‘intelligence research’, they secretly administered LSD to the public and manipulated their mental states. The CIA’s ultimate goal was to create a brainwashed assassin programmed to kill.
Patients were also hypnotized and given electroshock therapy to try and create split personalities that could be used against the Russians in the Cold War.
But when investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reported illegal CIA surveillance in 1975, the American public were outraged. Further government investigations discovered thousands of files on MK-ULTRA and some truly disturbing human experiments.
9. Operation Paperclip
After WW2 the USA recruited 1,600 Nazi scientists in order to prevent their knowledge falling into Soviet hands.
The US government claimed that any hired German found to be a former Nazi would be excluded from the program – but this was a sham.
8. CIA Drug Trafficking
In 1996 investigative journalist Gary Webb exposed the CIA for facilitating the sale of cocaine to LA street gangs.
Webb alleged that in the 1980s the CIA targeted drugs to African-American communities – and millions of dollars worth of cocaine funded the CIA’s army in Nicaragua.
7. Operation Northwoods
In 1962 US military intelligence planned terrorist attacks on its own country. US operatives intended to blame these attacks on the Cuban government to justify a war against Cuba.
The operation involved hijacking planes and bombing US cities, to gain public support against Cuba’s communist leader, Fidel Castro.
6. The NSA Files
In 2013 computer analyst Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA was accessing tens of millions of Americans’ online records and tracking phone calls – under the pretence of trying to uncover terrorist plots.
Peace activists suspected the FBI of infiltrating the anti-war movement – and they were right.
On March 8th 1971 they broke into an FBI office and stole hundreds of files, which revealed the bureau’s true motives.
The Counter Intelligence Program was an aggressive, covert operation by the bureau to destroy Communism and the New Left.
4. Operation Snow White
In the 1970s the Church of Scientology performed one of the largest infiltrations of US government in history. 5,000 undercover members raided 136 American agencies to steal documents critical of the church.
In 1977 former Scientology member Michael Meisner contacted the FBI, suspecting that the Scientology community was involved in criminal activities.
3. Guatemala Syphilis Study
Between 1946 and 1948 the USA landed in Guatemala City and secretly infected 1,500 people with syphilis to test the effectiveness of penicillin.
At least 83 people died in these experiments, which had the approval of The Rockefeller Foundation and Johns Hopkins University.
2. Gulf of Tonkin
The Vietnam War was started because of a lie.
On August 2nd 1964 America and North Vietnam engaged in military combat in the Gulf of Tonkin.
1. Operation Mockingbird
In the 1950s the CIA launched a secret campaign to control the media, recruiting top journalists so they would have power over the New York Times, CBS, and Newsweek.