Prior to the mid-1960's, the term 'conspiracy theory' was a neutral expression. However, in the aftermath of the JFK assassination, it acquired a derogatory meaning, implying a paranoid tendency to see the influence of some covert agency in events. In 1967, the CIA released the document titled, Countering Criticism of the Warren Report, which laid out a series of techniques for "countering and discrediting the claims of conspiracy theorists" in order to protect the reputation of the American government. The CIA effectively 'weaponized' the term 'conspiracy theory' and to this day, it still retains its negative connotation. Despite its derogatory meaning, a 2015 study conducted by political scientists, Eric Oliver and Thomas Wood, found that 50% of Americans believe in at least one conspiracy theory. Perhaps, the reason for the large number of conspiracy theory believers is that a number of conspiracy theories have been proven true. Maybe they aren't so crazy after all - especially since, these ten shocking conspiracy theories turned out to be true.
10 CIA Assassinations
9 CIA Pays for False Testimony
8 Operation Paperclip
7 The Gulf of Tonkin Never Happened
6 Watergate Scandal
5 CIA Smuggled Cocaine Into The U.S.
4 Tuskegee Syphilis Study
3 Operation Northwoods
2 Operation Fast and Furious
In 2011, the Obama administration smuggled weapons to Mexican drug lords in an apparent effort to trace the guns and bust the drug gangs. It was known as Operation Fast and Furious. However, CBS News obtained documents in December 2011, which proved that ATF agents had discussed how they could tie guns involved in Mexican violence to gun dealers based in the U.S. as a way to pass stricter gun control regulations. A law enforcement source told CBS News, “It’s like ATF created or added to the problem so they could be the solution to it and pat themselves on the back. It’s a circular way of thinking,”
1 1.U.S. Government Assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Although the U.S. government has wrapped Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in the American flag, using his words to symbolize racial harmony and patriotic unity – very little is spoken of the fact that a Memphis jury found the U.S. government guilty of conspiring to assassinate Dr. King, on April 4, 1968. The family of Dr. King filed a civil suit in 1999 in Memphis, Tennessee. After four weeks of testimony and over 70 witnesses, twelve jurors reached a unanimous verdict on December 8, 1999, that Dr. King was assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The King family was awarded $100. The jury found that local, state and federal U.S. government agencies, and the mafia were all involved in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and that James Earl Ray, who pleaded guilty to assassinating King, was an unknowing scapegoat.
Sources: quora.com, nytimes.com, usatoday.com, abcnews.go.com, newsone.com
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