25 Best Kept Secrets That’ll Scare You – Part 2

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1Project Sunshine

Project Sunshine was a series of secretive research studies conducted by the US government beginning in 1953 to ascertain the impact of radioactive fallout on the world's population. The US Government bought remains of dead infants, to test for radiation. They even took limbs from them and the parents were never told. One mother wasn't allowed to dress her daughter for her funeral, because doctors had removed her legs, and didn't want her to find out.


2Voice to Skull

Wireless transmission of audible voices into the skulls of human beings has been accomplished decades ago. Glimpses of weapons based on this technology have been uploaded and quickly pulled down from military websites. The Army calls it V2K for “Voice to Skull” also refers it to as “Voice of God” weapon. During his time in CIA custody, Abu Zubaydah was extensively interrogated and he was water-boarded 83 times, but that didn’t get him talking to the US authorities. What did was a visitation in his cell from “Allah” who spoke to him and told him his cooperation would make things easier on the other brothers. It is theorized in certain circles that V2K technology was used here.


3Iraqi Weapons

Chemical weapons were found for real in Iraq during the First and the Second Gulf War which resulted in Saddam Husain’s execution. US government was just too embarrassed to admit it at that time because it helped in the production of those chemical weapons. The USA always knew Saddam had chemical weapons, though they were not the Weapons of Mass Destruction over which the USA went to war with Iraq in 2003. The USA was concerned about new chemical, biological, and worse nuclear weapons, none of which was found and that’s why the story didn't explode.


4Castle-Bravo Test Botch

Scientists screwed up the Castle-Bravo test. The Castle-Bravo test was the largest nuclear explosion ever produced by the United States. They packed the explosive components of the bomb with what they thought was a “benign” substance. They miscalculated overtly and they ended up with an explosion much bigger than they intended and it almost killed the skeleton crew in the observation bunker. They estimated beforehand that the explosion would be somewhere in the range between 4 megatons and 8 megatons with 8 being the “scary” big end of the spectrum. Due to the unpredicted reaction of lithium-7, they ended up with a 15 megatons explosion.


5Operation Midnight Climax

In 1954, CIA established Operation Midnight Climax in order to study the effects of LSD. Sex workers on the CIA payroll were instructed to lure clients back to the safehouses, where they were given LSD and studied through a one-way glass to see if this could help the CIA’s mind-control research program. The program was soon expanded, and CIA operatives began dosing people in restaurants, bars, and beaches. Every one of these acts was blatantly illegal and several significant operational techniques were developed in this theater, including extensive research into sexual blackmail, surveillance technology, and the possible use of mind-altering drugs in field operations.


6Dog Control Experiments

As a part of the army and the CIA's experiments into mind control, researchers put electrodes into the pleasure centers of dog’s brains. Initially, they wanted hundreds of dogs. They only actually got 10, and of those only a few were implanted. These dogs would be “remote-controlled” by zapping them and essentially giving them a dose of dopamine when they were facing the right direction. The controllers would stop the dope-zap when they wanted the dogs to stop, and then the dogs would re-orient themselves until they were facing the correct direction. This meant when the controllers weren't present, the dogs who had been implanted would continually spin in circles, even in their cages, always looking for the direction that gave them that next hit. The program ran out of funding in the mid-60s, and the dogs were killed.


7Heart Attack Gun

In the late 1960s, the CIA developed an untraceable gun with a bullet made of ice and brushed with a shellfish toxin causing an almost immediate heart attack. Upon penetration of skin, just a tiny red dot was left. The poison itself worked rapidly and denatured quickly afterward. It was revealed in 1975 in a Congressional testimony.


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8Vietnam Civilian Killings

After the My Lai massacre (killing of around 400-500 innocent civilians in Vietnam by U.S. army troops), the U.S. government established a group to investigate other war crimes like this occurring in Vietnam under the Vietnam War Crimes Working group. They found 28 massacres of equal or greater magnitude than My Lai that the public was unaware of, so literally thousands of innocent people were killed by the U.S soldiers. The information has since been reclassified, but there were several journal articles on it when it was first released.


9Operation Mockingbird

Operation Mockingbird was a classified CIA program spanning from the '50s through to the late '70s that intended to influence the media and create ‘a propaganda network’ of leading American journalists. The operation was exposed after a 1967 Ramparts magazine article reported that the National Student Association received funding from the CIA. In the 1970s, Congressional investigations and reports also revealed Agency connections with journalists and civic groups.


10Phoenix Program

The Phoenix Program was a program designed and coordinated by CIA during the Vietnam War, which involved cooperation between American, South Vietnamese and Australian militaries to identify and destroy the Viet Cong (VC) via infiltration, torture, capture, counter-terrorism, interrogation, and assassination. Methods of reported torture detailed by author Douglas Valentine that were used at the interrogation centers included: Rape, gang rape, rape using eels, snakes, or hard objects, and rape followed by murder; electric shock rendered by attaching wires to the genitals or other sensitive parts of the body, like the tongue; the 'water treatment'; the 'airplane' in which the prisoner's arms were tied behind the back, and the rope looped over a hook on the ceiling, suspending the prisoner in midair, after which he or she was beaten; beatings with rubber hoses and whips; the use of police dogs to maul prisoners.

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