25 Most Disturbing Government Secrets (Revealed)

Posted by , Updated on November 12, 2021

In recent years there have been numerous scandals involving government agencies, businesses, and cover-ups. Unfortunately, none of this is new. Whether it’s the government or a corporation, it seems that there is always something to hide. Get ready because these are 25 Most Disturbing Government Secrets (Revealed).

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In the 1950's there was an operation called Project Sunshine. The Federal government wanted to study the effects of nuclear weapons testing. To accomplish this, they secretly stole over 900 samples from dead bodies without notifying or getting permission from the families or next of kin.

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On January 3, 1961 a B-52 bomber accidentally dropped two hydrogen bombs over Goldsboro, North Carolina. One of them failed but the other was armed and ready to explode. The only reason it didn’t was because of one of its 4 safety switches.

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John F Kennedy’s brain was lost before it could be autopsied.

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In the 1990's, the US government researched an actual “gay bomb”...as in a bomb that would make people gay. (Just look up “gay bomb” and you’ll get plenty of info.)

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The soviet biological weapons program suffered an anthrax leak that was never fully cleared up (Sverdlovsk anthrax leak).

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Operation Northwoods was a plan by the US government to fake attacks on the US in order to fabricate reasons for a takeover of Cuba.

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All the way up to the 1970's, female Native Americans were forced to undergo sterilization by the Department of Health and Human Services. Similar things were taking place in Canada as well.

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Unit 731 was a Japanese research unit that performed incredibly horrifying war crimes on Korean and Chinese prisoners during World War II. Many of the experiments were on par with what occurred in Nazi concentration camps, but due to some complicated post war political situations, a lot of the “experimenters” were granted immunity and never prosecuted.

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COINTELPRO was a series of illegal projects carried out by the FBI against various political groups. The Deputy Director of the FBI, Mark Felt, was even convicted, but later he was pardoned by Reagan.

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Project MKULTRA was a massive mind control experiment by the CIA. Test subjects were forced to ingest LSD and were sometimes even tortured.

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Operation Mockingbird was a CIA project undertaken in the 60's that involved convincing journalists to publish CIA propaganda.

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Possibly the greatest declassified event in history was the Manhattan Project. This was the project that led to the creation of the first atomic bomb.

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In the 1970's, court documents showed that industry officials had known about the dangers of asbestos since at least the 1930's but had concealed them.

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Watergate was perhaps one of the most famous scandals that ever came to light. Republican officials had been caught spying on the Democrats at the Watergate Hotel in 1972. It wasn’t until 1974 that tapes were released linking Nixon to the event which then forced him to resign.

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The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment was a study carried out by the US Public Health Service on several hundred poor African American men from the 30's to the 70's. To make a long story short, they were not given proper treatment so that the agency could study the progression of the disease.

Tuskegee Syphilis ExperimentSource: wikipedia, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

Ever heard of Julia Child? As some of you may know, she was a well-known French chef. In 2008, it was revealed that she had worked for the Office of Strategic Services (what would become the CIA), helping them develop a shark repellent for underwater explosives.

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Operation Paperclip was the US government operation that attempted to recruit former Nazi scientists by essentially granting them immunity.

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In something called Operation Snow White, the Church of Scientology performed the largest ever breach of the US government, as well as spying on foreign embassies and organizations.

scientologySource: wikipedia

Next to Watergate, the Iran-Contra Affair was one of the reasons why we have so much governmental distrust these days. Basically, the Reagan administration was secretly selling weapons to Iran in exchange for prisoners. Although Congress had forbid funding the Contra rebel group in Nicaragua, the Administration was going to use the funds from the weapons sales, thus killing two birds with one stone.

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Again going back to Iran, the 1953 Iranian Coup was basically orchestrated by the UK and the US. It involved overthrowing the democratically elected President and installing a Shah.

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War Plan Red was a plan by the US government during the early 20th century in case of war with Britain. As crazy as it sounds, it basically involved invading Canada.

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It’s not declassified in the typical sense of the word, but North Korea only just recently reached out for help because Mount Paektu, an enormous volcano that could potentially decimate the country, is on the brink of getting ready to blow.

Mount PaektuSource: wikipedia

Later documents revealed that the FBI once tried to blackmail Martin Luther King Jr into committing suicide.

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After the fall of the Soviet Union, it came to light that FBI agent Robert Hanssen had been a double agent for many years and nobody knew.

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The Tulsa Race Riots of 1921 were an infamous incident of whites completely razing the most prosperous black neighborhood in the country (nicknamed “Black Wallstreet”) to the ground. Oklahoma textbooks didn’t even mention this event, and many people never even learned about it until only recently.

tulsa race riotsSource: wikipedia, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

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