Eight Government Conspiracies That Could be True

chemical-biological-weapons-terrorismMental Floss rounds up eight conspiracies that could be true. (Could be, Mental Floss?)

Via Mental Floss:

From 1940 to 1970, America was a giant germ laboratory. The U.S. Army wanted to assess how vulnerable America was to a biological attack, so it spread clouds of microbes and chemicals over populated areas everywhere.

In 1949, the Army Special Operations released bacteria into the Pentagon’s air conditioning system to observe how the microbes spread (the bacteria were reportedly harmless). In 1950, a U.S. Navy ship sprayed Serratia Marcescens—a common bacteria capable of minor infection—from San Francisco Bay. The bacteria floated over 30 miles, spread through the city, and may have caused one death.

A year later, during Operation DEW, the U.S. Army released 250 pounds of cadmium sulfide off the Carolina coast, which spread over 60,000 square miles. The military didn’t know that cadmium sulfide was carcinogenic, nor did it know that it could cause kidney, lung, and liver damage. In the 1960s, during Project 112 and Project SHAD, military personnel were exposed to nerve agents like VX and sarin and bacteria like E. coli without their knowledge. At least 134 similar experiments were performed.

President Nixon ended offensive tests of the US biological weapons program in 1969.

Take a big sigh of relief that the government pinky swore that they’d never dose you and your neighbors again, and keep reading.

17 Comments on "Eight Government Conspiracies That Could be True"

  1. Ittabena | May 9, 2013 at 1:12 pm |

    Nice, however I know that there were never any of this chemtrail nonsense true, because Phage on ATS explained it very condescendingly and impatiently whenever it came up. In fact he was on it like a pit bull on a poodle. You could almost time it. And of course his word is law.

    What is that in my cheek? Oh, yeah, it’s my tongue

    • The temperature outside the aircraft at flight altitude is far below freezing. You could settle your concerns about chemtrails in the safety of your own home, by looking up what condensation is.

      There are enough high crimes and shenanigans in the corridors of power without letting con artists with books to sell take advantage of scientific illiteracy.

      • Ittabena | May 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm |

        See? The Government has admitted they have used it, they even passed a law to ban it, but…

        It never happened, can’t be true.

        Been in this argument too many times. Yawn.

        • So with you it’s not skepticism so much as it is brand loyalty. That’s good to know.

          • No, with me it is a burning desire not to go down this road again, with you or with anyone else. I have heard it all before and wasn’t convinced then, won’t be this time either, and neither will you. Call me psychic if you like.

            I did notice that you did not address what I said but rather attacked the messenger. A very old, tired and worn out tactic that is caused not by a desire to debate, but rather to prove yourself right; to win the field, or the day or whatever term you have taken a shine to. Your message took an antagonistic tone and was meant to goad me into discussing this. Sorry, not interested.

            You see the playing field in this case is not quite balanced. It seems as though it is somewhat important to you that you convince me that you are right. I, on the other hand, am really not interested in what you believe, or convincing you of anything.

            Do you think you can return that courtesy, and do it without getting one last sling of mud launched? Not that I care either way. I am just curious.

      • Are they all con artists?

        • You know, the Poconos might be nice this time of year after all. Been working on the act too.

          So there is this old couple in the nursing home. They’re not married but that’s okay because each night they get into bed and she just holds it.

          Well, they’ve been doing this for years and then one night Sam doesn’t show up in her room. Evelyn gets concerned and goes into the hallway. She stops by her best friend’s room for a second and there is Sam in bed with her friend.

          Evelyn puts both hands on her hips and says; “Alright Sam, I just want to know one thing; “What does she have that I haven’t got?”

          Sam replies “Parkinson’s”

          Now I might feel guilty about telling that joke except for one thing. The oldest living native (born there) resident of my town has told me that joke, in my store at least 50 times, and his wife has Parkinson’s. Each time I laugh like I have never heard it before. He is 89 years old and only has about 6 jokes, but I still love it when he comes in.

  2. Aipeed Teaitchse | May 9, 2013 at 7:06 pm |

    The overarching lesson: Until about 40 years ago the government was using poison, radiation, and weaponized diseases on US citizens, in addition to manipulating them via the mass media, black psy-ops, and psychotronics, and spying on them the entire time, in part, to observe the effects these tactics have on people in general…but that’s all in the past and they somehow became more trustworthy since the mid 70s (since they haven’t publicly owned up to very much since then). Everything is under control. Also, who said anything about chemtrails?

    • Dingbert | May 9, 2013 at 8:17 pm |

      To maintain transparency (and to protect from prosecution), the government is tasked with reviewing the classification of documents every 25 years. Recently, due to overclassification, lack of funding, and doing even more sneaky stuff, it’s become technically impossible for them to ever catch up with the backlog. There was a GAO report on it released a few months back.
      Don’t be surprised if we never find out about any government conspiracies again.

      • Aipeed Teaitchse | May 10, 2013 at 12:58 am |

        any chance you have the name of that report?

        • Sorry, it wasn’t GAO, it was ISOO (so much duplication of effort . . . ), but here you go:

          “AT ONE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY ALONE, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT APPROXIMATELY 1 petabyte of classified records data accumulates every 18 months. One petabyte of information is equivalent to approximately 20 million four-drawer filing cabinets filled with text, or about 13.3 years of High-Definition video.
          Under the current declassification model, it is estimated that one full-time employee can review 10 four-drawer filing cabinets of text records in one year. In the above example, it is estimated that one intelligence agency would, therefore, require two million employees to review manually its one petabyte of information each year. Similarly, other agencies would hypothetically require millions more employees just to conduct their reviews.”
          There are dozens of intel agencies, dozens more of DoD, dozens more of DoS, and then even more under the President.

          Just as crazy:

          We spent over $11B on classified data in 2011. Note the steady decrease spent on declassification, and increase of everything else.

  3. BuzzCoastin | May 9, 2013 at 7:32 pm |

    there is no question that Der Homeland government is an occupying power
    they need to do everything they can to keep things unstable & obscure
    otherwise people might get hip to the jive and throw the bums out

  4. That there are conspiracies does not make all conspiracies, or conspiracy theories, equally valid.

  5. prob the only good thing nixons’ ever done

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