Episode 356 – Top 5 “Conspiracy Theories” That Turned Out To Be True

by | May 19, 2019 | Podcasts | 27 comments

We all know the old trope of the tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracy theorist who believes crazy things like “the government is spying on us” and “the military is spraying things in the sky” and “the CIA ships in the drugs.” Except those things aren’t so crazy after all. Here are five examples of things that were once derided as zany conspiracy paranoia and are now accepted as mundane historical fact.

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We all know the old trope of the tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracy theorist who believes crazy things like “the government is spying on us” and “the military is spraying things in the sky” and “the CIA ships in the drugs.”

Except those things aren’t so crazy after all. As it turns out, many of the old “conspiracy theorist” fantasies are actually true.

Here are five examples of things that were once derided as zany conspiracy paranoia and are now accepted as mundane historical fact.

#1 – The CIA Ships in the Drugs

The Central Intelligence Agency, the most well-known branch of America’s shadowy intelligence community, features in a number of popular conspiracy theories. One of the theories about the CIA’s dirty dealings that has been around for decades is that the agency helps bring illegal drugs into the United States.

But this isn’t just a theory. In fact, the CIA has been involved in drug-running from its very inception.

Just months after its creation in 1947, the agency began a relationship with the Corsican mafia that controlled the Old Port of Marseille in post-war France. That relationship involved a quid pro quo: The CIA would protect the mafia if the mafia would keep the communists from taking control of the port. In this case, “protecting the mafia” meant protecting their most lucrative business, which just happened to be smuggling heroin into the United States. This “French Connection” thrived for decades, with the majority of the heroin in the US in the post-war period coming via France under the watchful eye of the CIA.

From the Korean War to the Vietnam War and beyond, CIA-supported warlords used CIA-run airlines like Air America to ship heroin from the “Golden Triangle” at the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. As even The New York Times reported, the agency prevented the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs from monitoring drug trafficking in the region. They even stopped an investigation into “an Air America DC-3 loaded with heroin packed into boxes of Tide soap powder” that had been seized on its way to the US.

In the 1980s, yet more agency involvement in drug smuggling rings came to light. This time it was drug traffickers connected to the Contras in Nicaragua that received help from the agency. After the Contra-connected trafficking came to light, a Senate investigation headed by Senator John Kerry confirmed government complicity in the drug trade.

BOB MCKEOWN: As for the CIA, it’s denied ever aiding or condoning drug smuggling.

JOHN KERRY: Reports were reaching the highest councils of our government, in the White House and in the Justice Department. There is no question of that. I can document that.

MCKEOWN: The White House and Justice Department disputed Kerry’s report at the time. But he still believes some government officials turned a blind eye towards drug dealing in the mid-1980s, after the time at the heart of Gary Webb’s stories.

SOURCE: A Crack in the Story — NBC Dateline (13 June 1997)

In the 1990s, award-winning journalist Gary Webb traced the Contras’ CIA-protected backers to cocaine shipments into the US, and, ultimately, to the crack epidemic of the 1980s.

Stories of CIA drug-running continue to be covered up almost as quickly as they are exposed, from the CIA Beech 200 that was apprehended in Nicaragua with 1100 kilos of cocaine to the crash of a Grumman Gulfstream II that had been used for CIA rendition flights that was carrying 3.3 tons of Columbian cocaine. Then there’s the CIA’s relationship with Afghan drug warlord Ahmed Wali Karzai in Afghanistan and the admission that the Sinaloa cartel was aided by US agencies and the recent confession that famed Columbian drug king Pablo Escobar worked for the CIA.

At this point, the fact that the Central Intelligence Agency has facilitated drug-running into the United States is one of the worst kept secrets in history.

MICHAEL RUPPERT: I will tell you, Director Deutch, as a former Los Angeles police narcotics detective that the agency has dealt drugs throughout this country for a long time.

SOURCE: Michael Ruppert Confronts CIA Director John Deutch

#2 – The government is spraying us from the skies

It is incumbent on everyone who wishes to remain in the respectable, polite circles of society that they deride all chemtrail theorists as kooky fringe-nut wingbats (or whatever the ad hominem du jour is). I mean, who could actually believe that the government would ever coordinate a program to spray toxic chemicals on unwitting citizens?

Except, of course, for the pesky little fact that the US government has done precisely that. Repeatedly, in fact.

Like in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1950. The US Navy conducted an experiment they code-named “Operation Sea-Spray,” in which they secretly sprayed the population with Serratia marcescens, a “rod-shaped gram-negative bacteria” that just happens to be a human pathogen.

And what did the Navy hope to accomplish with this experiment? Why, to “determine the susceptibility of a big city like San Francisco to a bioweapon attack by terrorists,” of course.

And what did they actually accomplish? The death of at least one person and the hospitalization of many others.

Which, I suppose, answers the experimenters’ question, doesn’t it? Are San Franciscans susceptible to a bioweapon attack by terrorists? Well, yes, evidently . . . assuming by the word “terrorist” you mean the US Navy.

So surely this type of thing was just a one-off. They never tried something like this before or since, right? . . . Right?

. . . Oh, of course they did.

Like in 1953, when “the US Army secretly dumped a carcinogen on unknowing Canadians in Winnipeg and Alberta” as part of a cold war weapons test.

In fact, in 1977 the US Army confirmed that they “conducted 239 germ warfare tests in open air between 1949 and 1969,” using the public as human guinea pigs in New York, San Francisco, Key West, and numerous other cities.

But don’t worry, everyone. I’m sure the government wouldn’t be doing anything like this to the unaware masses today. That’s just crazy talk.

JEFF FERRELL: KSLA News 12 discovered chemtrails are even mentioned by name in the initial draft of House Bill 2977 back in 2001 under the Space Preservation Act. But the military denies any such program exists. Jeff Ferrell, KSLA News 12 reporting.

ANCHOR: And you know it turns out [that] until nine years ago the government had the right under US law to conduct secret testing on the American public under specific conditions. Only a public outcry repealed part of that law, with some exceptions.

SOURCE: KSLA News 12 report on chemtrails

#3 – Governments stage terror attacks

Over the last decade internet conspiracy analysts have brought the term “false flag” to the public consciousness.

In naval warfare, a “false flag” refers to an attack where a vessel flies a flag other than their true battle flag before engaging their enemy. It is a trick, designed to deceive the enemy about the true nature and origin of an attack, and it has been used over and over by government after government for hundreds of years in order to motivate their people for war.

In the 1780s, Swedish King Gustav III—looking to start a war with Russia in order to shore up his own domestic political power—dressed some of his own troops in Russian military uniforms and ordered them to attack a Swedish outpost on the Russian border. The ruse worked, and the Swedes, outraged at this supposedly “Russian” attack, gave the king the authority to launch a “defensive” war.

In 1931, the Japanese were looking for a pretext to invade Manchuria. On September 18th of that year, a lieutenant in the Imperial Japanese Army detonated a small amount of TNT along a Japanese-owned railway in the Manchurian city of Mukden. The act was blamed on Chinese dissidents and used to justify the occupation of Manchuria just six months later. When the deception was later exposed, Japan was diplomatically shunned and forced to withdraw from the League of Nations.

In 1954, the Israelis hired a number of Egyptian Jews to plant bombs in American and British cinemas, libraries, and other civilian targets, to be blamed on the Muslim Brotherhood or other malcontents. The plan, known as the Lavon Affair, was part of an effort to convince the British to retain their military presence in the occupied Suez Canal zone. Several bombings took place, but the British were ultimately forced out after Nasser nationalized the canal in 1956.

In August 1964, the USS Maddox, a US destroyer on patrol in the Gulf of Tonkin, believed it had come under attack from North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats, engaging in evasive action and returning fire. The incident led to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution authorizing President Johnson to begin open warfare in Vietnam. It was later admitted that no attack had occurred, and in 2005 it was revealed that the NSA had manipulated their information to make it look like an attack had taken place.

In June 1967, the Israelis attacked the USS Liberty, a US Navy technical research ship conducting maneuvers off the coast of Egypt. The ship was strafed relentlessly for hours in an attempt to blame the attack on Egypt and draw the Americans into the Six Day War, but amazingly, the crew managed to keep the ship afloat. In 2007, newly released NSA intercepts confirmed that the Israelis knew they were attacking an American ship, not an Egyptian ship as their cover story has maintained.

In the fall of 1999, a wave of bloody apartment bombings swept through Russian cities, killing 293 people and causing widespread panic. Although blamed on Chechen terrorists, later that month FSB agents were caught planting the exact same type of bombs as in the other blasts. The government claimed that the FSB bomb was part of a “security exercise,” but the terror hysteria of the apartment bombings was used to justify Russian aggression in Chechnya and win public approval for a full-scale war. Russian troops entered Chechnya the next month.

In 2001, attacks in New York and Washington are blamed on Al Qaeda as a pretext for invading Afghanistan. In the months leading up to the event, American negotiators had warned Afghanistan’s Taliban that they were interested in securing right of way for proposed pipeline projects, and the US would achieve this with either a carpet of gold or a carpet of bombs. The Bush administration’s first major national security directive, NSPD-9, a full-scale battle plan for the invasion of Afghanistan, including command and control, air and ground forces, and logistics, was drafted and sitting on the President’s desk to be signed off on September 4, 2001, seven days before the 9/11 attacks. The invasion proceeded as planned in October.

Naturally, mainstream commentators have to pretend that “false flags” and staged terror incidents are ludicrous flights of fancy that have no historical precedent . . . unless they’re talking about one of their enemies, like Russia, staging a false flag incident. Then it’s perfectly acceptable.

#4 – The CIA ran mind control experiments on unwitting Americans

Ever hear the “theory” that the government abducted people against their will and experimented on them to study mind control techniques and mind-altering chemicals? Well, it isn’t a theory, it’s a documented fact. The US government did run just such a program, dubbed Project MKULTRA, and it was exposed in the 1970s. . . or at least parts of it were.

What we don’t know about Project MKULTRA and its affiliated subprojects could probably fill several warehouses with books, but what we do know is voluminous (and scary) enough. The formerly top-secret program was as horrific as any dystopian fantasy ever devised . . . and is now openly acknowledged and documented.

Even the Wikipedia article on the subject admits that the project was completely illegal, employed unwitting test subjects, and attempted to “manipulate people’s mental states and alter brain functions” through the “surreptitious administration of drugs (especially LSD) and other chemicals, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation, verbal and sexual abuse, and other forms of torture.”

Some aspects of the MKULTRA nightmare are relatively well-known by now.

One series of experiments, presided over by Sidney Gottlieb, involved administering LSD to unwitting Americans, including mental patients, prisoners, drug addicts and prostitutes. This included “Operation Midnight Climax” in which unsuspecting men were drugged and lured to CIA safe houses by prostitutes on the CIA payroll. Their sexual activity was monitored behind one-way mirrors and used to study the effect of sexual blackmail and the use of mind-altering substances in field operations.

Another experiment, dubbed MKULTRA Subproject 68, was overseen by the esteemed psychiatrist Dr. Ewen Cameron. This subproject involved Dr. Cameron using LSD, paralytic drugs, electroshock therapy and drug-induced comas to attempt to wipe patients’ memories and reprogram their psyche. When brought to light, the program was identified as an attempt to refine methods of medical torture for the purpose of extracting information from unwilling sources and condemned. Lawsuits regarding the blatantly illegal experimentation conducted by Cameron continue to this day.

Yet despite CIA assurances that the program was scrapped in 1973 (“Would the CIA ever lie to us?”), documentary evidence continues to emerge that the program was far more extensive and horrific than the public was ever told.

But simply pointing to the documented horrors that took place during the officially acknowledged period of the officially acknowledged program’s officially acknowledged existence is enough to make even the most stubborn conspiracy deniers squirm in their seats.

MELISSA DYKES: MKULTRA would mostly be remembered for its drug experiments.

DOCTOR: I’m going to give you this cup that contains lysergic acid 100 micrograms. Will you drink it.

NARRATOR: That’s “acid.” Characterized by hallucinations, illusions, distortions of perception and thinking.

NEWS ANCHOR: John Gittinger, recently retired chief psychologist for the CIA.

GITTINGER: You could disable a whole city by putting a very small amount in our water supply.

DYKES: Everything from prostitution studies to poisons to top-secret weapons like the heart attack gun grabbed headlines with sensational accounts of the CIA’s sketchy techniques.

SENATOR: You’ve brought with you some of those devices which would have enabled the CIA to use this poison for . . .


SENATOR: . . . for killing people?

NEWS ANCHOR 2: Good evening. The White House disclosed today that the CIA’s drug testing program on unsuspecting Americans had been more expensive than the agency had admitted.

SPEAKER: . . . CIA secretly funneled money through scores of research foundations, colleges, hospitals, and clinics, including a $375,000 grant through the Geeshickter Research Fund here in Washington.

DYKES: The complex and compartmentalized management of such a large project through front groups and with the participation of countless agencies and institutions to carry out secret research should be a testament to just how sophisticated and shadowy government science had become.

SPEAKER 2: They’re names of doctors, they’re names of officials, they’re names of former and present CIA officials who were involved, they’re names of hospitals. And depending on how you treat it, it could be sensational.

SOURCE: The Minds of Men | Official Documentary by Aaron & Melissa Dykes

#5 – Chemicals are turning the friggin’ frogs . . . female

You’ve probably seen the memes about it. It’s one of the best known and most parodied conspiracy memes of recent years, constantly held up as an example of how utterly deranged and off base-online conspiracy theorists are. *MEME. After all, everyone knows that chemicals in the water aren’t turning the frogs gay. They’re turning them female.

Reports began to emerge on this phenomenon a decade ago, like this one from LiveScience: “Pesticide Turns Male Frogs into Females,” which points out that scientific research is demonstrating that “a commonly used pesticide known as atrazine can turn male frogs into females that are successfully able to reproduce.”

Atrazine, it turns out, is a weed killer used primarily on corn crops, and can cause “sexual abnormalities” in frogs, such as hermaphroditism (having both male and female sex organs). The study from 2010 further discovered that atrazine’s effects are long-lasting and can influence reproduction in amphibians.

The results suggest that atrazine could have potentially harmful effects on populations of amphibians, animals that are already experiencing a global decline. And despite the steady flow of funny memes this observation has generated, this is no laughing matter. As study author Tyrone B. Hayes of the University of California, Berkeley, explains, the study suggests that atrazine—which is banned in Europe—could have potentially harmful effects on populations of amphibians, animals that are already experiencing a global decline.

Though there’s no mention of the frogs’ sexual preferences, pesticides are admittedly bending the genders of amphibians. And to top it all off, since atrazine interferes with the production of the sex hormone estrogen, present in people and frogs, the findings could have implications for humans as well.

But it isn’t just atrazine. Over the last century, mass manufacturing of plastics and other products have meant that our environment is now awash in chemicals called “endocrine disrupters,” which, a growing body of research suggests, interferes with sperm production and may impair human fertilization. These chemicals may be one of the reasons that sperm counts are undergoing a dramatic drop in developed countries and other issues with men’s health, including “testicular cancer, undescended testes and low sperm count.”

That’s actually a pretty big deal. But I guess if you want to make trendy hipsters laugh, just tell them these completely admitted scientific facts about the pesticides that are wreaking untold havoc on our environment and then do your best impression of a loud-mouthed Texan ranting about gay frogs. You’ll have your friends in stitches. Just don’t say it’s a theory.

In Conclusion . . .

In truth, there are many more examples of conspiracy “theories” that turned out to be true, from the US government knowingly injecting poor black sharecroppers with syphilis to the CIA heart attack gun to the “anonymous” letter that the FBI wrote to Martin Luther King urging him to kill himself. So, what other not-so-theoretical conspiracy theories do you know of? Let us know in the comments below!


  1. Operation Gladio was eventually shown to be a network run by European Intelligence agencies. Cells of Gladio-agents committed bombings and terrorist-attacks to give the government an excuse to give the intelligence agencies and police more powers over citizens.

      • Thanks for this Pete.

        From the article:
        The online encyclopedia allows anyone to make edits, but keeps detailed logs of all these changes. Users who are logged in are tracked only by their user name, but anonymous changes leave a public record of their IP address.

        If the CIA or corporation etc. wished to make anonymous edits without revealing their IP addresses, why wouldn’t they simply sign up for an account and then post with their user name?

        Of course Wiki would be privy to their IP address (upon signing up), but then they are in bed with the CIA anyway.

  2. What an amazing contribution, thanks so much for this.

    • You said it Keith!
      Sterling presentation!
      It hits a wide variety of “buttons” and so can appeal to a wide audience. The subject matter is vast, from drugs to Afghanistan to our health to….

      And how is a dead-set conspiracy denier gonna argue with this one?!

      This video will be the “FIRST STEP” for many normies who are trapped by the media of which they are fed.

      A well designed tool, a gradient introduction into conspiracy land’s true side of things.

  3. Another conspiracy fact:

    Newly Released FBI Docs Shed Light on Apparent Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks

    New information released by the FBI has brought fresh scrutiny to the possibility that the “Dancing Israelis,” at least two of whom were known Mossad operatives, had prior knowledge of the attacks on the World Trade Center.


  4. “Trope”
    From Corbett’s introduction: “We all know the old trope of the tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorist who believes crazy things like….”

    I had to look that word up.
    After several dictionary definitions, I settled on this place…
    (an easy to digest read)
    “Trope” sounds like a highly sophisticated literary device, doesn’t it? Fear not. It’s simply a label for words that say one thing but mean another….

    Dictionaries should cite Corbett’s sentence as a perfect example of the use of the word “trope”.

  5. Homey, your talken Bacon English now pardner. Trope = t’rope = tied up= noose around your neck. Trite= t’Rite= Scottish Rite= Write the rules= Right to Rule= know who rules.
    You can also see the word ‘halter’ = high alter= this is where everyone comes to a halt, are fitted with a halter and sent out under the control of a lead. English trope. Ect. ect. ect.
    Don’t you just love Bacon English. Horsefeathers!
    Horses and English, Corbett helped unsaddle the rider for us. Now if we can just shake off the halter we could start leading ourselves.

  6. Great job James!
    This one’s a keeper, so rich.
    To be used in the future on unsuspecting normies. 🙂

    Of course we all know what the official government response would be to this if they were backed into a corner and forced to make a statement.

    “Oh, you simply cherry-picked a few examples that turned out to be true.
    You can rest assured however that almost all conspiracy theories are complete nonsense.”

    • They can also be sure that the majority of zany conspiracy theories is the doing of the controlled opposition.

  7. Some examples that could have easily fit in this report:
    – Ukraine war is full to the brim with various conspiracy theories. Media reporting taking the lead. Like the story of that aerial photo showing the Russian buildup on the border. Or the grainy image of a “Russian mercenary”
    – Any of the “terrorist” attacks across Europe these past few years. Those stories are wackier than any zany conspiracy drivel
    – Any US election during the past few decades

  8. Impeccable revelations James, including some collateral facts where my direct witnessing and/or involvement from the mid 70’s till the early 80’s had taken place, corroborating what you’re delivering here… and now living by the heart of the Venezuelan nightmare i can tell you and testify: This Is No Joke!

  9. An admirable quality about James Corbett’s reporting…

    Unlike some “truth telling pundits”, James often acknowledges the journalistic endeavors of others.

    A few of the journalists mentioned in this video are Gary Webb, TruthStreamMedia, and Jeff Farrell.

    Jeff Ferrell
    I have to hat tip this fellow. At a time when it was unpopular to do so, (in 2007), Reporter Jeff Ferrell of Shreveport’s KSLA News 12 (CBS) did a story on Chemtrails.

    Jeff Ferrell also covered 9/11 in a variety of ways, along with other controversial subjects.
    He reported on a 9/11 story and murder which no mainstream media would touch. Even a lot of 9/11 Truth Advocates are unfamiliar with this Louisiana/Texas murder.
    Remember, these reports were on CBS.

    I am guessing, that this type of gutzy reporting might have been detrimental to his career.

    I encourage people to take a look at some of the topics he delved into.
    Be sure to go the 911blogger link.

      • I find it unsettling how many links on older and not so old articles have been severed. I wish James would create backups for posterity.

  10. Great interview mbp.

    It starts with a free plug for Parliament cigs by Mike Wallace and endorsed by the U.S. Testing Company:
    “… and remember Parliament is continuously tested and reported by the U.S. Testing Company, the world’s leading independent testing laboratory.”

    They knew nicotine and tar were bad for you already in 1958.

    Dali was terrific! 🙂

  11. Those cigarette ads were just perfect. Extremely discrete, practically subliminal. I felt the urge to smoke something,

      • Yes, but would you otherwise have lit up, that’s the crux of the matter.

  12. “It is a clean, satisfying smoke…”

    “Recessed HiFi filters”
    While the cigarette ad mentions that Hi-Fi stands for “high filtration”, the marketing guys are playing into the new big hype of “High Fidelity” sound, also referred to as Hi-Fi.

    This was the rage in the mid-late 1950’s.
    I remember the excitement when my folks got a brand new black-n-white TV with a Hi-Fi phonograph built into the top. Hi-Fi was the buzzword. It wasn’t called a record player – it was called a HiFi.

    My mother would often play 33⅓ rpm vinyls with the new Hi-Fi.
    Harry Belafonte’s “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” was a sound which I loved as a kid. Mom, with her long flowing pleated brown skirt, played it often.
    Day-o, day-o
    Daylight come and me wan’ go home
    Day, me say day, me say day, me say day
    Me say day, me say day-o….

    I still like it.

  13. Lets all agree that piece with Mike Wallace was powerful. Ok ok I dug out the tobacco stash I brought home from Switzerland , I showed the custom guy all the boxes, he said it was ok . I smoked on one on the deck and watched the lightning in the west from 1am till 3am. Tornadoes were not the only thing spinning that morning. Tasted like a chocolate bar. I said a prayer and blew tobacco smoke into the wind. Tobacco means something slightly different in Oklahoma. Mike Wallace means something different now than in 1960. I lit one up too like a clockwork orange, real horrorshow, Mancherian candidate like. M. W. Creep me out.

  14. This is a very well made and valuable video.
    It’s also the perfect type of video for testing for truth-seeking forums that have been compromised or overrun with bots & shills.
    Simply post a link to the video on the forum you wish to test.
    Generally speaking, if the forum hasn’t been compromised, the video will be praised; if the forum has been compromised the video will be buried, shadowbanned or ignored.

  15. Your words also painted a lovely, albeit brief image promising light and life. I’m so sorry for your profound loss.

    • Honestly, I don’t see narcissism at play here whatsoever. It is what it is – loss, sadness, beauty, honesty, mystery and wisdom.

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