FBI Headquarters
© Wikimedia CommonsThe J. Edgar Hoover building, FBI headquarters.

America has always been the land of conspiracies, after all the nation was founded by a giant conspiracy hatched in taverns across the colonies. Today the term "conspiracy theory" has a dismissive air surrounding it, and maybe it shouldn't. Each section below addresses a popular theme in modern conspiracy theories and gives the details of when the United States government did exactly that.

The US government is targeting activists through surveillance, blackmailing or discrediting them... and killing them.

It's utterly insane to believe that the US government would waste its time harassing bloggers or activists of any kind. We live in a nation where we have the FBI to stop civil rights violations such as that, which is wonderful except for the fact that it is the FBI that has historically targeted activists in the past for surveillance, slander, and even tried to blackmail one into killing himself. That unfortunate victim of blackmail was a nonviolent activist in the south; a preacher even. Now his name graces street signs and schools across the country. He even has his own holiday. Of course, we are talking about Dr. Martin Luther King.

From the early 1960s the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the very agency tasked with protecting civil rights, embarked on a non-stop campaign against the activist who preached nothing but peace and love. His hotel rooms were bugged, he was followed night and day, and he was sent a letter along with audio proof of an extramarital affair. The letter ends with the subtle advice that, our now national hero, take his own life.
King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is. You have just 34 days in which to do it (this exact number has been selected for a specific reason, it has definite practical significance). You are done. There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.
This is the real FBI at work. Surprisingly, the FBI has not admitted taking part in his assassination. The Department of Justice has, in fact, issued a statement arguing that the 1999 federal court decision that determined that "government agencies" participated in a conspiracy to assassinate Dr. King is wrong. The King family was awarded $100 as part of the suit, which was donated to charity. The minimal amount of the settlement was to show that the family was after the truth, not financial compensation.

With this in mind, is it really so far-fetched to believe that the FBI or other government agencies are doing the same thing today?

MLK and Johnson
© Yoichi R. OkamotoDr. Martin Luther King with President Johnson.
The President passed certain legislation or engaged in particular acts for his own personal benefit.

Nothing could be more unimaginable than a man entrusted with that high office deciding to put his own personal interests above those of the nation. Most of the time, when this charge is leveled in modern theories it is something relatively harmless in the grand scheme of things. Something as simple as letting a relative take a government contract they are not really qualified; just petty corruption really. Of course, there are those that would suggest that Presidents have gone to war to enrich themselves.

In 1968, President Nixon, deliberately sabotaged the Vietnam peace talks in order to make his political opponent's foreign policy appear flawed. His plan worked, and he won the election at the cost of an additional 22,000 American lives before an almost identical peace deal was struck a few years later.

Almost as infuriating, is that President Johnson was fully aware of Nixon's activities, and said nothing publicly to avoid disclosing his own impropriety in having the FBI and the National Security Agency (NSA) spy on Nixon. He did pass the information along to Nixon's opponent, Hubert Humphrey, but Humphrey believed he would win the election and that going public would damage the nation.

All of this was disclosed when the White House tapes of President Johnson were declassified. They are widely available for review.

Prolonging one of the worst wars in American history was a small price to pay to pave the way to the Presidency. Is it really so hard to believe that a sitting President would use his position to enrich himself at the expense of American national interests?

The US government is lying and we are knowingly going to war under false pretenses.

This is obviously one of the craziest of all. Our leaders take putting our nation's fighting men and women at risk very seriously. To say otherwise is unpatriotic and treasonous.

Of course, this faith in the intentions of the US government is unearned. After all, The Gulf of Tonkin incident has been admitted to have been deliberately skewed to provide an excuse for war in Vietnam. That small altercation in which almost 60,000 American soldiers died and over 150,000 were wounded.

The incident was said to have involved North Vietnamese boats attacking US flagged ships in the area. However, the current story is that freak weather confused the US Navy and they were shooting at well, nothing. Even with this dubious story, it is admitted that the National Security Agency was aware that the incident did not unfold as reported to Congress, however the country needed a pretext for war. Robert J. Hanyok, an NSA historian wrote;
So a conscious effort ensued to demonstrate that an attack occurred.
Even that, if one was to believe the second story to come out from the NSA, was really just them seizing upon an unfortunate incident and using it to justify going to war. It isn't like the US government ever planned to intentionally deceive the American public to trick them into supporting an unneeded war.

The Vietnam War Memorial
© AlwynlohThe Vietnam War Memorial.

Except, that it did. This formerly top secret document dated 13 March 1962 outlines the Department of Defense's (DOD) plans for lying to the American public in order to gain a much wanted war with Cuba, codenamed Northwoods. If there was ever a single document that lays bare the depths of corruption of the US government, it is this.

Some of the suggestions included attacking our own bases with mortars and then blaming the Cubans, substituting a drone aircraft for a commercial airliner that would be destroyed and blamed on the Cubans, and sinking a ship in the harbor of Guantanamo Bay.

To believe that the US government would not lie about terrorist attacks or attacks overseas to achieve a political end is, well, stupid.

The government is secretly putting something in the food, water, vaccines, or air.

If there was ever a statement that makes people want to commit someone to a mental institution, it is this. However, rather than being obviously snarky about how it has happened in the past, perhaps it would be better to simply post a partial listing of examples of the unethical human experimentation that has occurred in the US.

In 1955, the CIA intentionally caused a whooping-cough outbreak in Tampa Bay, Florida in which a dozen people died.

In 1957, the US Army funded research on schizophrenic patients that were dosed with LSD and then had electrodes inserted into their brains.

In 1962, radioactive iodine was released into the atmosphere of Washington state contaminating three small towns. The project began in 1949.

In 1967, the US Army applied blistering agents to the skin of inmates in Holmesberg prison to test the skin's reaction.

In 1968, the United States Army paid over $385,000 to professors to dose prisoners with a mind altering drug to determine the lowest possible dose that would still generate effects in at least 50% of a desired population.

Until 1971, DOD funded whole body irradiation on poor, black, cancer patients. They were told they were receiving a treatment, but in reality DOD just wanted to measure the effects of high doses of radiation.

Up until 1973, the CIA's MK-ULTRA program continued. The program included experiments with dosing unknown Americans with LSD. Another less-known element of the program, Subproject 68, attempted to completely erase people's memories and minds. Then the researchers attempted to rebuild them however they chose.

This list is just a fraction of the secret tests that became public knowledge. This article discusses how the US Army dosed predominately black, low-income areas inside the United States with radioactive particles for years to test the effects.


You can ignore history and repeat it, or you can wake up and accept what is going on around you. Some of this may seem like ancient history, but really consider the parallels between what was happening then and what is happening now.

To outright dismiss something simply because you don't want to believe that people can be that evil, is betrayal of common sense and decency. All it takes for evil to flourish and conquer is for the good in humanity to be silent and inactive.