25 Scariest Documents to have ever been Declassified

1Goldsboro Incident

In 1961, a B-52 bomber went into a tailspin and broke up mid-air, accidentally dropping two Mark-39 hydrogen bombs over Goldsboro, North Carolina. One of the bombs worked exactly as intended. Its parachute deployed and it's triggers activated, armed and ready to detonate on impact. 3 of the 4 safety switches failed and a single low-voltage switch prevented two 4 megaton nuclear explosions. A part of one of the bomb is still buried in concrete in a fenced off area in Goldsboro.


2. In 1966, four nuclear bombs were accidentally dropped on the fishing village of Palomares, Spain when a B-52 bomber collided with its tanker plane while refueling in midair. Thankfully none of the bombs detonated. Three were recovered immediately, but the fourth was found 2.5 months later, but it was immediately dropped and temporarily lost again.


3. In 1950, a U.S. Air Force B-50 bomber which was returning to the USA accidentally dropped a nuclear bomb due to engine troubles over the small city of Rivière-du-Loup in Quebec, Canada. The bomb was destroyed in a non-nuclear detonation before it hit the ground and scattered nearly 100 pounds of uranium.


4. In 1968, a B-52 bomber carrying 4 Hydrogen bombs crash-landed near the airbase of Thule in Greenland. The bombs detonated on impact spreading radioactive material over a large area. Bad weapon design ensured that a nuclear explosion was not triggered. The radioactive debris scattered in nearly 3 miles radius, melted through the ice, sunk, and then was frozen over.


5. 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.


6Lost 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.


7. 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.


8. 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.


9. 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.


10. 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.


11Stargate 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.


12. 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 2008, multiple media outlets broke news of Cambridge Analytica's shady business practices.


13. 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.


14. 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.


15. In 1950 the U.S. NAVY sprayed a cloud of bacteria over San Francisco in a biological warfare experiment under “Operation Sea-Spray”, just to see what happened. 11 patients at a local hospital developed very rare, serious infections and it led to the death of 1 patient. Cases of pneumonia also increased in San Francisco after the experiment.


16Gay bomb

The Gay Bomb is an informal name for a theoretical non-lethal chemical weapon that a United States Air Force research laboratory speculated about producing. The theories involve discharging female sex pheromones over enemy forces in order to make them sexually attracted to each other.


17. Pollster and media strategist Frank Luntz wrote a paper on how to effectively wage war on environmental science. After big gains by environmentalists in the 1970s, corporate interests colluded to fight back using propaganda techniques (front groups, public relations, think tanks, etc). Into the 90s their big battle was against the science of global warming, and Luntz basically wrote the playbook for how to deny, obfuscate, spin, and reframe the debate.


18. Laboratory 12 was a Soviet assassination laboratory that used poisons to kill its victims. People were poisoned in broad daylight and they were indefensible even if they knew it was coming. One of the more interesting cases involved a man who knew he was being targeted. He holed himself up in a hotel with guards. The assassins sprayed a poisonous substance on the lamp shade and when the lamp was turned on hours later, the substance evaporated due to heat and killed everyone in the room.


19. Project Angelfire debuted during the Iraq War. The project was designed to provide 24x7 real-time clear aerial surveillance data of any geographic location deemed worthy. It provides “Google Earth and TiVo-like capabilities on steroids” to the ground commander. The planes are so far up you couldn’t even see it. Currently, it is being used in the United States.


20. In 2007, Pentagon commissioned the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program to study UFOs. One of the program contractors modified buildings in Las Vegas to store metal alloys and other materials that were recovered from unidentified aerial phenomena. The program has recordings of reported U.F.O. incidents, including the footage from a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet showing an aircraft surrounded by some kind of glowing aura traveling at high speed and rotating as it moves. The Navy pilots can be heard saying, “There’s a whole fleet of them.”


21Dolphins Experiments

In 1965, U.S. government funded an experiment to determine whether or not dolphins could speak. For 10 weeks, a young female research associate shared living space with a dolphin in a partially flooded, two-room house. Soon the dolphin became uninterested in his lessons and tried to aggressively woo and mate with her. All this ultimately led to her giving the dolphin a handjob and both of them taking LSD in order to increase the likelihood of it being able to speak.


22. Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia has been a site of controversial dermatological, pharmaceutical, and biochemical weapons research projects involving testing on inmates. One inmate described exposure to microwave radiation, sulfuric and carbonic acid, solutions which corroded and reduced forearm epidermis to a leather-like substance. In another experiment, fragments of cadavers were stitched into the backs of inmates to determine if the fragments could grow back into functional organs.


23. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services practiced involuntary surgical sterilization on Native American women all the way through the 1970s. The procedure was often done under the pretense of a checkup or abortion. Most of the victims were not aware they had been sterilized, even after the procedure. The average birth rate of Native American women fell from 3.79 in the 1970s to 1.8 in 1980s.


24. The US Office of Strategic Services decided that the best way to ensure that their bombs reached the intended naval targets was to strap them to cats and drop the cats from planes with parachutes. It was believed that the cats would naturally avoid the water and direct their payload to enemy decks. The project was declared a failure because no way was found to stop the cats from fainting in midair.


25. In 1954, shortly after the 15 megaton Castle Bravo nuclear explosion, Edward Teller, the "father of the H-bomb," proposed a new weapon known as the SUNDIAL. Its explosive yield was proposed to be 10,000 megatons or 10 gigatons. To put it into perspective, the largest bomb ever detonated, the Tsar Bomba, could at its maximum yield have been 100 megatons. The SUNDIAL would have been 100x more powerful than the Tsar Bomba and could scorch an area the size of France or Texas. The project was axed by the Air Force.

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