JUMP TO COMMENTS
Previous
Next

10 Creepiest Government Secrets

 

 

 

We expect dictatorships and well-known corrupt governments to have some pretty creepy “secrets” – but it’s more disturbing when it’s a government of a supposedly “free” society that has some dastardly deeds quieted up. The government has hidden some pretty disturbing secrets in the past. What government, you ask? Well, all of them quite frankly. It’s rare that any major government, from any part of the world, is innocent of some pretty dirty deeds. Most of the time, they’re acting “in your best interest” while invading your privacy, crushing civil liberties, or much, much worse.

The U.S. government is a top offender (unsurprisingly, it’s hardly a secret), but the U.K., Australia, Canada, France, and countless others – they’ve all done their part to walk the line of morally reprehensible governing, with very little in the way of consequences. The creepiest thing is no doubt this: despite knowing all these secrets (which are clearly not so secret any longer), there’s very little we can do, because the alternatives are just as corrupt, devious, and power hungry. Lets take a look at ten of the creepiest government secrets (that we know of!).

10. FBI Used LulzSec Hackers To Spy On Allies

Wikimedia Commons

It’s unclear whether this is creepy or just plain dumb, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation utilized hackers from LulzSec in spying on allies and other nations over the past couple of years, no doubt violating all sorts of international laws in the process. LulzSec (short for Lulz Security) was a hacker group offshoot of the Anonymous movement, so-called hacktivasts who mixed general anarchy and political protest together.

Their leader, Hector Monsegur, known as Sabu, was collared early on by the FBI, and turned informant against the group he supposedly led. For his cooperation, Monsegur was sentenced to only time served and supervised release, in essence getting just seven months in prison for his crimes. However, lesser known is the fact that the FBI used Monsegur to spy on allies.

According to a report by The Daily Dot, “Databases containing the login credentials, financial details, and private emails of foreign citizens, and in some cases government agents, were exfiltrated by hackers tasked by Monsegur to do as much damage as possible. At Monsegur’s instruction, the stolen data was routinely uploaded to a server under the FBI’s control, according to court statements.”

9. The U.S. Let Nazi Scientists Into The Country To Get The Edge In The Space Race

Wikimedia Commons

Operation Paperclip saw the U.S. take some of the less-evil Nazis (now there’s an oxymoron) into the country in order to take advantage of their scientific knowledge and get an edge in the space race. The operation was led by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the predecessor to the CIA. Under the program, over 1,500 german scientists and engineers were brought to the U.S. in the aftermath of World War II.

Then president Truman issued an order that any of the higher level, active participants of the Nazi party be excluded, but that didn’t sit well with those running the program, who especially coveted Wernher von Braun, creator of the V-2 rocket. In order to get around the ban on the more-evil Nazis, the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA), who ran the program under the OSS, opted to go the route of falsified working histories, political biographies, and general white-washing of their Nazi history.

The reason for all this deception? To get ahead in the cold war, and prevent the scientist’s knowledge from falling into Soviet hands.

8. Area 51/Groom Lake

Google

Whether or not you believe in little green men, UFO’s from outer space, or that there are the remains of aliens and/or a crashed spaceship at the top-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada, you have to admit, how the U.S. government has handled the base is just plain creepy.

That includes buying up land around the base so no one can see it (despite everyone knowing it’s there), a hidden guard shack on Groom Lake Road (okay, whatever), and planting spy cameras on public land (that is not cool, at all). The base wasn’t even officially acknowledged until 2013, when several documents pertaining to it were declassified.

7. Spying On John Lennon

AP

Both MI5 and the FBI are known to have spied on Beatles singer John Lennon off and on over the course of his time as a public figure, actions which included intercepting letters the singer sent to political parties and outlets out of favour with the government (Lennon, for example, supported Red Mole, a Marxist magazine run by a student protest leader).

However, more than that happened – we just don’t know exactly what. It’s no secret that FBI leader J. Edgar Hoover was no fan of Lennon’s, and that Richard Nixon ordered the FBI to spy on him because he had moved to the U.S. and was against the Vietnam war. Most of the FBI’s action was an attempt to prevent Lennon from being granted permanent residence in the country, however many documents remain classified, including a lot of rumoured files with MI5 – who clearly don’t want to be further embarrassed over their targeting of such an iconic British figure.

Eventually, Lennon won the right to stay in the U.S. – despite the FBI releasing several top secret papers to the INS in an attempt to dissuade them from allowing him to stay.

6. Operation Mockingbird

giphy

An operation led by the CIA to attempt to influence the media (and therefore the public), Operation Mockingbird began in the 1950s and involved recruiting journalists and directing them to present CIA-backed viewpoints.

The spy outfit also launched dummy magazines and other publications in an attempt to control public perception, most often in regards to the dangers of communism. Without the “red scare” of communism alive today, you can see examples of this sort of government sanctioned brainwashing – multiple political parties and governments pay for online content, newspaper editorials, and most commonly, posts in online forums (think reader response sections on news sites) that promote their viewpoints.

5. Attempts To Kill Castro

Wikimedia Commons

In direct violation of the UN character, following the second World War the United States became involved in assassinations and attempted assassinations of foreign political leaders. First and foremost on their list: Fidel Castro, leader of communist Cuba – who they failed to eliminate, time and again, to a point where it almost became comical (and Castro, legendary).

A committee formed to look into these actions, the Church Committee, found that the CIA had made at least eight attempts between 1960 and 1965 to murder the Cuban leader. These plots included an exploding cigar, a booby-trapped conch placed at the bottom of the ocean along with a contaminated wet suit, poisoned cigars, and poison pills carried by an ex-lover of Castro, Marita Lorenz.

When Castro uncovered the plot involving Lorenz, he handed her a gun and told her to shoot him. She lost her nerve, and Castro proved himself tougher than anything the CIA could throw at him. Castro is famous for stating later that “If surviving assassination attempts were an Olympic event, I would win the gold medal.”

4. Churchill Covers Up RAF/UFO Encounter To “Avoid Mass Panic”

PA/PA Archive

Winston Churchill feared public panic and a widespread loss of faith in religion when he covered up an encounter between an RAF bomber and a UFO during the second World War. That’s according to a trove of declassified documents on UFO sightings released in 2010 by the National Archives. General Dwight Eisenhower was present when Churchill gave the order to cover up the encounter, forbidding information about it from being released for fifty years.

The encounter took place between a a reconnaissance plane and a metallic-looking UFO which shadowed them. At the time, earthly origins for the UFC (such as it being a missile) were ruled out. There’s no telling how many more encounters like this took place, as UFO records prior to 1967 were routinely destroyed.

3. The Philadelphia Experiment

New World Pictures

Although most believe it to be a hoax, the legend of the Philadelphia Experiment has continued through the years – and if true, it’s one of the creepiest government secrets around. As the tale goes, it took place at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, where the U.S.S. Elderidge was rendered invisible. The U.S. Navy denies the experiment took place, but if you believe supposed witness accounts, it went down in 1943, and initial tests were partially successful – those present described a green fog being where the ship had been.

The experiments were based on unified field theory, generally attributed to Einstein. However, something in the experiment went wrong: when the ship came back into plain view, some of those on-board experienced nausea, dementia, and there were reports of crew members becoming embedded in the metal structures of the ship itself.

The ship, however, is stated to have disappeared completely from all instruments – though there were claims that 200 miles away, the crew of the SS Andrew Furuseth saw the ship appear in Virginia, briefly, then vanish again. The entire legend was put together into a low-budget sci-fi flick a while back.

2. Wikileaks Debacle & Edward Snowden

Wikimedia Commons

So basically, the NSA is spying on everyone, friend or foe, everyone knows this, and still nothing has been done. On top of that, there’s a good chance rape charges were concocted to take care of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Creeped out yet? You should be. When Wikileaks began publishing over 250,000 leaked diplomatic cables in 2010, it changed the world and the spy industry as we know it. No longer did we believe our governments were working in our best interest.

Those people we used to think of as tinfoil hat wearing paranoids? Turns out they were right. It has become clear that the U.S. government in particular, and the NSA and other agencies, were completely out of control and in violation of multiple U.S. and international laws. The wikileaks debacle was so bad that the U.S. government began warning other nations in advance of how damaging the leaked cables would be.

Among the revelations: Hillary Clinton had been spying on the UN, the U.S. had secretly carried out bombings in Yemen, the UK weaseled their way around a ban on housing cluster bombs, Israel was working to bring Gaza to collapse, the U.S. used Turkey as part of a secret rendition (read: kidnapping) program, and China had been cyber attacking Google.

After the leak, rape charges were brought in Sweden against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (who had files leaked from U.S. military member Bradley Manning), however, one of his accusers turned out to be linked to the CIA. Coincidence? Assange became a political refugee. There was enough info in the cablegate documents to last a lifetime, but then a bigger bombshell hit: in 2013, former CIA system administrator Edward Snowden began leaking classified documents showing that the NSA was running a data mining/surveillance program named PRISM that was overly broad and collected data from just about anywhere on court-approved search terms.

The program also had the involvement of the UK government. The Snowden bombshell was even bigger than wikileaks, and once again revealed that the US and UK governments could not be trusted by their allies or citizens. Snowden went on the run, was eventually helped by Wikileaks (the two leaks had a lot of similarities), and wound up being housed in Russia, while he awaits word on acceptance into the E.U. Multiple books can and will be written on these cases, more than we could ever include here – but considered your privacy in this day and age shot.

1. The CIA’s LSD Experiments On Unsuspecting Citizens

Wikimedia Commons

If this doesn’t peeve you and creep you out, you may not be human. Under Project MKULTRA, the CIA began experimenting on the behavioral engineering of human beings, using a variety of catalysts, including illicit drugs like LSD. This program was the follow-up to Project Artichoke, which involved experiments with mind control.

In this case, the CIA doped unsuspecting Canadian citizens (the Canadian government had allowed the agency to operate within its borders) in secret in the late 50s and early 60s, leading to lawsuits in the 1980s involving a CIA funded doctor on the project, Donald Cameron. Not one to want to leave out its own populous, the CIA also began administering LSD to U.S. mental patients in secret, with the hopes of uncovering mind control techniques and truth serums. In a related project, MKDELTA, they doped citizens of foreign nations.

The doping became even more devious and illegal as the project went on. In one related operation, agents set up brothels in San Francisco with one-way mirrors, doped unsuspecting clients, and filmed the results for later study (you know guys, these days folks do drugs and have sex willingly, so you know, search the net a little). Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, who headed MKULTRA, decided LSD might be used in covert ops, and also began feeding it to citizens in “normal” situations.

Eventually, the government decided LSD wasn’t as beneficial as hoped – but not before they’d cooked a up large number of more powerful hallucinogens of their own. Other drugs (including heroin and MDMA) were tried as well, as well as hypnosis, all against unsuspecting citizens. After the Watergate scandal, however, CIA director Robert Helms ordered all the MKULTRA files destroyed. What wasn’t destroyed was heavily censored, though some was eventually released; investigations into the illegal activities relied on the testimony of those involved.

A 1984 report by the General Accounting Office estimated thousands of citizens were experimented on with dangerous substances without their knowledge. At least one death was connected to the experiments, that of Frank Olson, a biological weapons researcher, in 1953. Olson had recently quit his position as acting chief of the Special Operations Division at Detrick, Maryland, and was seen as a risk to divulge state secrets. He was dosed with LSD without his knowledge or consent and later fell to his death from thirteen stories up.

A CIA doctor who was supposed to monitor Olson claimed to have been asleep when Olson went out the window. The agency was reprimanded, and the Olson family granted $750,000 in compensation from the government and an apology from President Ford in 1975. However, they maintain the death was a murder to keep Olson quiet rather a suicide stemming from the LSD, as was officially claimed. They filed a wrongful death suit against the government in 2012.

JUMP TO COMMENTS
Previous
Next
Please wait...

And Now... A Few Links From Our Sponsors