7 Conspiracy Theories That Sounded Crazy At The Time…But Turned Out To Be True

The real conspiracy theory about conspiracy theories is that none of them are true.

That’s just plain false! The simple explanation for this is that when so-called conspiracy theories are proved true, they’re no longer just theories, rather they’re now facts.

Don’t believe this is more common than you think? Here are some conspiracy theories that seemed coo-coo bananas when they were first posed to the public, but are now accepted as straight-up reality.

1. The Mafia

We now know that the American mob has been around since even before Al Capone pillaged Prohibition-era Chicago, but the FBI didn’t really know about their dealings until Joseph Valachi became the first mobster to publicly acknowledge the organization’s secrets in 1963. Not only was it revealed that the Mafia was involved with murder and drugs, but also in bribing politicians. It was very eye-opening at the time.

2. The Gulf of Tonkin incident

In 1964, the USS Maddox was fired upon by three North Vietnamese ships, effectively forcing Lyndon B. Johnson to deploy troops to fight against the communist threat. The only problem? The USS Maddox incident never happened! The NSA declassified a study which admitted the attack was completely made up.

3. Project MKUltra

In 1953, the CIA began a secret project aimed at discovering new forms of torture and mind control. Patients were given copious amounts of LSD to essentially melt their brains, which could explain why no one believed them when they tried to make the project known. It was finally deemed illegal only after 20 years of being in operation when President Ford issued an Executive Order (1976) outlawing many of the operation’s practices.

4. Tuskegee syphilis experiment

Now an infamous and horrible account of racial abuse, the U.S. government kept the Tuskegee syphilis experiment quiet for four whole decades before it was disbanded. Beginning during the Great Depression in 1932, hundreds of poor African American men thought they were receiving free healthcare from the government, but in reality they were being infected with syphilis. The government had no intention to cure them…it was all for the purposes of a study.

5. Asbestos

Evidence suggests that asbestos was mined as far back as 4,000 years ago, but large-scale mining didn’t really take off until the 19th century when construction companies started using it as building insulation. By the beginning of the 20th century, it became clear that the material caused severe respiratory diseases and even cancer. This didn’t stop asbestos companies from producing the mineral. Between 1930 and 1960, they did all they could to keep the whole cancer thing hush-hush, but eventually all was revealed.

6. Operation Mockingbird

Think the media is corrupt now? Beginning in the 1950s, the CIA devised a secret program that assembled American journalists to report the CIA’s own views on what was going on in the Cold War. This practice continued in secret until it was exposed in 1976 and abolished by CIA head George H. W. Bush.

7. The Iran-Contra affair

During Reagan’s second term, the White House authorized the exchange of arms to Iran for the release of seven U.S. hostages and funding for the Contras militia groups in Nicaragua. The President actually came clean about the whole decision, but only after it was revealed externally. Most involved (except Reagan) were held accountable, but charges were dropped when the administration refused to release certain documents.

(via The Anti Media)

As I’ve said before, conspiracy theories only sound crazy until they’re proven completely true.

Of course, I’m not saying that the government is secretly made up of lizard people or that ISIS has access to a Stargate or anything, I’m just saying, history shows us that sometimes the crazies aren’t actually crazy after all.