20 Sauciest Declassified Documents That’ll Just Blow Your Mind

1Project Pluto

In the 1950s, U.S. government was working on Project Pluto to develop cruise missiles that had a “nuclear ramjet,” which would use a nuclear reactor to heat incoming air and use that heated/expanded air for propulsion. The missiles could stay airborne for months, cruising in circles over the ocean until ordered onto a target. It would spew radioactive material over any area it was flying over. The project was abandoned when the ICBMs became more practical, fortunately.

2Lost Children in Spain

The Catholic Hospitals in Spain conspired to steal and sell 300,000 newborn babies over a period of five decades that started during General Franco’s dictatorship in the 1930s and continued until the early 90s. The parents of the children were told that their baby had died during childbirth.

3Operation Northwoods

Operation Northwoods was a plan proposed by CIA to commit genuine acts of terrorism on the U.S. soil, going as far as paint MiG jets in Cuban colors and markings to conduct some of these attacks and blame it on Cuba, to create public support for a war against the nation, which had recently become communist under Fidel Castro. John F Kennedy rejected this proposal and removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

4Operation Popeye

Operation Popeye was a highly classified weather modification program carried out by the USA in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The cloud seeding operation was carried out in an attempt to extend the monsoon season, to cause landslides, flooding, destroy enemy supply routes, etc. Weather manipulation has since been banned from use for military gain.

5Norwegian rocket incident

In 1995, a team of American and Norwegian scientists fired a four-stage rocket into the sky to study the effects of the Aurora Borealis. At its peak height, the rocket resembled a U.S Navy Trident missile. Fearing that the U.S had just launched a surprise nuclear attack on them, Russia had nukes ready to fire, but one single man in the Russian security department decided that it wouldn't make sense for the U.S to do a surprise nuke attack, and ordered to not go through with the retaliation.

6British Undercover Scandal

In the late 2000s, it was uncovered that a number of British undercover police officers as part of National Public Order Intelligence Unit entered into intimate relationships with members of different activist groups to infiltrate them. In some cases, some of them got into relationships and had kids with the activists.

7Stargate Project

As part of the Stargate Project, CIA and US military spent $20 million to use “remote viewers” as psychic spies for the US government. In one particularly interesting case from 1984, CIA gave a self-proclaimed psychic a sealed envelope and tried to trick him to supposedly project to Mars to approximately 1 million years B.C. The psychic just got confused by the landscape and described planetary catastrophe, strange structures (including pyramids), and the strange inhabitants on the Red Planet.

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8Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine

In 2017, a group of data scientists after digging the internet extensitvely, came to a conclusion that a company called Cambridge Analytica was using a Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine to target people individually to recruit them to an idea. It was leveraging automated emotional manipulation alongside swarms of bots, Facebook dark posts, A/B testing, and fake news networks to prey on the personalities of individual voters to create large shifts in public opinion. In March 2018, multiple media outlets broke news of Cambridge Analytica's shady business practices.

9Project MKUltra

Project MKUltra, which ran from 1953-1973 was a CIA mind control program. Experiments were done on humans to identify and develop drugs and procedures to be used in interrogations in order to weaken the individual and force confessions through mind control. Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber, who was a child prodigy, became a victim of the project during his stint as a math professor at UC Berkley at the age of 25 and may have led to his future behavior.

10Hacking Vehicle Systems

One of the internal CIA documents leaked by WikiLeaks in early 2017 revealed that agency had been exploring methods to hack into vehicle systems. This program might explain the death of journalist Michael Hastings who was investigating the government’s military and intelligence apparatus especially CIA. He died after losing control of his car and crashing into a tree while traveling at about 100 mph. Before his death, he informed his colleagues that he was under government surveillance and also suspected that his vehicle had been tampered with.



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