Declassified Dread: 17 Scariest Documents Ever Made Public

1Operation Northwoods

Operation 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.


2Operation Popeye

Operation 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.


3Norwegian rocket incident

Norwegian 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.


4British Undercover Scandal

British 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.


5Stargate Project

Stargate 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.


6Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine

Weaponized 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.


7Project MKUltra

Project 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.


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8Hacking Vehicle Systems

Hacking 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.


9Operation Sea Spray

Operation Sea Spray

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.


10Gay bomb

Gay 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.

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