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These Things Really Did Happen

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Really: the CIA mind-control program MK Ultra (see here); the FBI’s COINTELPRO project to infiltrate civil-rights groups; the Army program to spray radioactive material on St. Louis project housing; Operation Mockingbird, which paid journalists to publish CIA propaganda; the Joint Chiefs’ Operation Northwoods to provoke war with Cuba by staging attacks on the U.S.; the Gulf of Tonkin incident, in which an attack on U.S. ships that never happened was used to escalate the Vietnam War; the trading of weapons for hostages with Iran; the fully staged testimony by Nayirah, said to be an atrocity-witnessing Kuwaiti girl, to build support for the Persian Gulf War; and the assassinations of many foreign leaders, uncovered by the Senate’s Church Committee, whose findings prompted Frank Church to declare, “The technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back, because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know.” A senator said that.


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