30 Nefarious Government Operations That Have been Declassified

21Operation Paul Bunyan

Operation Paul Bunyan included 60 US troops, 64 South Korean Special Forces troops, 7 attack helicopters, an array of attack jets, nuclear ready B-52 bombers, and 12,00 troops on standby to finish cutting down a tree after North Korean soldiers killed 2 US soldiers who were cutting a tree.

22Operation Kitty

During Cold War, CIA launched Operation Kitty in which cats were surgically implanted with bugging devices to eavesdrop on Soviet conversations after all who would suspect a cat of wearing a wire. The 1st mission failed after the cat was run over and the $15 million operation was dropped.

23Operation Phoenix

The CIA in Vietnam, in a program called "Operation Phoenix," secretly, without trial, executed at least 20,000 civilians in South Vietnam who were suspected of being members of the Communist underground.

24Operation Flex

As part of Operation Flex, which took place in California, an FBI informant named Craig Monteilh pretended to be a radical Muslim. The members of the mosque quickly got a restraining order on him and reported him to the FBI.

25Operation Flagship

Operation Flagship was a sting operation that sent out free Redskins tickets to wanted fugitives. The operation was success, which resulted in more than 100 arrests with Marshalls wearing Redskins and Chicken costumes.

26Operation Bernhard

The Nazis during World War 2 formed a plan called 'Operation Bernhard' in which they planned to crash England’s economy by counterfeiting 132 million Great Britain Pound and dropping it over England by planes. This would equivalent to £8.3 billion today.

27Operation Tracer

Operation Tracer was a top-secret WW2 mission in which a British team consisting of 6 men were to be sealed in a cave inside the Rock of Gibraltar, incase Nazi's captured Gibraltar. They were to monitor enemy movements after the Rock’s capture. They would have supplies with them for several years as there was no way out and anyone who died within the chamber would have to be embalmed and cemented into the floor. After decades of rumors and searching, the cave was rediscovered in 1997.

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28Operation Berkshire

Operation Berkshire is the name of a secret program started in the 1970s by seven of the world’s largest tobacco companies which was aimed at promoting “controversy” over the link between smoking and disease.

29Operation Pastorius

Operation Pastorius was a German World War 2 mission of sabotage inside the United States. It failed primarily due to defections but was in danger of being compromised right from the start as one of the agents, when drunk, announced to patrons at a bar in Paris that he was a secret agent.

30Operation Mongoose

As part of Operation Mongoose, CIA tried to kill Castro with exploding cigars and shells, poisoned wetsuits, milkshakes, a former lover; character assassination via thallium to make his beard fall out and LSD. Castro once said, “If surviving assassination attempts were an Olympic event, I would win the gold medal.”


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