From racist sterilizations and experiments through to fabricated reasons for war, here are seven real government conspiracies.
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COINTELPRO was a counter-intelligence program run by the FBI with the aim of monitoring, infiltrating and destroying minority political organisations in the United States. Any group deemed subversive was targeted and smeared, including anti-Vietnam War demonstrators, feminist organisations, Native Americans, anti-colonial organisations, and the Civil Rights Movement.
The Tuskegee experiment secretly infected nearly 400 African American men with syphilis between 1932 and 1972 in a program directly backed by the US Public Health Service. Their aim was to see if black men coped better than white guys with the disease, because obviously that's a great reason to go around giving people a serious sexual infection. Good job science jerks.
This is a girl called Nariyah and in 1990 she gave a moving testimony to Congress about how she witnessed invading Iraqi soldiers dumping newborn babies out of their incubators in her home country of Kuwait, leaving them to die in filth on the floor. Her story helped garner support for an invasion of Iraq led by then President George Herbert Walker Bush, but there was just one problem with Nariyah's account of Iraqi atrocities – it was about as truthful as the guys caught on To Catch A Predator turning up to a kids house with a bottle of wine and a six pack of condoms. "No of course I don’t find children attractive Mr Hansen, I brought the wine for communion, I’m a religious man you see.
Between 1920 and 1933 the United States was drier than an April Ludgate comeback after a mouthful of crackers. Prohibition was in full swing, and even though stiff penalties were in place for those who drank or made alcoholic beverages many people continued to get wasted in secret by purifying industrial alcohol.
But the FBI didn't approve of this, so to persuade the public of the error of their ways they began adding impurities to industrial alcohol to make it even more poisonous, hoping nobody would consume it.
Denmark, Norway, the USA, Switzerland, Estonia, Iceland, Britain, Panama – what's the link? They're all terrible at soccer? No because Iceland clearly rock at the moment. I'm afraid the clue was in the title, because each of these countries has at some point enforced sterilization programs on its citizens.
In 1996 Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Gary Webb published a series of books and articles in a series called "Dark Alliance", where he exposed links between the CIA and Central-American right-wing groups called the Contras. The Contras were assisted by the CIA in smuggling drugs for sale into the USA, so that their profits could be used to overthrow left-wing Governments across Central America.
In the early 2000's the UK Parliament was deliberating whether to join the US in an invasion of Iraq, but a recently-concluded investigation seven years in the making has outlined a shocking conspiracy regarding the war between two of the world's major former leaders – George W Bush and Tony Blair.