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The 9 Most Shocking Conspiracy Theories
« on: May 28, 2011, 05:51:09 am »
SIX WISE:

The 9 Most Shocking Conspiracy Theories
That Turned Out to be True
by www.SixWise.com


Most people can't resist getting the details on the latest conspiracy theories, no matter how far-fetched they may seem. At the same time, many people quickly denounce any conspiracy theory as untrue ... and sometimes as unpatriotic or just plain ridiculous.

While intelligent cynicism certainly can be healthy, though, some of the greatest discoveries of all time were initially received (often with great vitriol) as blasphemous conspiracy theories -- think of the revelation that the earth was not the center of the universe, or that the world was not flat but actually round.



Have you heard? About five decades ago the CIA gave LSD and other drugs to people, without their consent, in an attempt to develop a truth serum.

What follows are some of these most shocking modern conspiracy theories that were apparently right all along.

(Of course, the counter-claims of conspiracy theory regarding some remain open ... and who knows?)

The Dreyfus Affair: In the late 1800s in France, Jewish artillery officer Alfred Dreyfus was wrongfully convicted of treason based on false government documents, and sentenced to life in prison. The French government did attempt to cover this up, but Dreyfus was eventually pardoned after the affair was made public (an act that is credited to writer Émile Zola).

The Mafia: This secret crime society was virtually unknown until the 1960s, when member Joe Valachi first revealed the society's secrets to law enforcement officials.

MK-ULTRA: In the 1950s to the 1970s, the CIA ran a mind-control project aimed at finding a "truth serum" to use on communist spies. Test subjects were given LSD and other drugs, often without consent, and some were tortured. At least one man, civilian biochemist Frank Olson, who was working for the government, died as a result of the experiments. The project was finally exposed after investigations by the Rockefeller Commission.

Operation Mockingbird: Also in the 1950s to '70s, the CIA paid a number of well-known domestic and foreign journalists (from big-name media outlets like Time, The Washington Post, The New York Times, CBS and others) to publish CIA propaganda. The CIA also reportedly funded at least one movie, the animated "Animal Farm," by George Orwell. The Church Committee finally exposed the activities in 1975.

Watergate: Republican officials spied on the Democratic National Headquarters from the Watergate Hotel in 1972. While conspiracy theories suggested underhanded dealings were taking place, it wasn't until 1974 that White House tape recordings linked President Nixon to the break-in and forced him to resign.

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study: The United States Public Health Service carried out this clinical study on 400 poor, African-American men with syphilis from 1932 to 1972. During the study the men were given false and sometimes dangerous treatments, and adequate treatment was intentionally withheld so the agency could learn more about the disease. While the study was initially supposed to last just six months, it continued for 40 years. Close to 200 of the men died from syphilis or related complications by the end of the study.

Operation Northwoods was a well-orchestrated plan by top U.S. military leaders to create public support for a war against Cuba -- by carrying out acts of terrorism on U.S. soil, hijacking planes, sinking Cuban refugee boats and more.

Operation Northwoods: In the early 1960s, American military leaders drafted plans to create public support for a war against Cuba, to oust Fidel Castro from power. The plans included committing acts of terrorism in U.S. cities, killing innocent people and U.S. soldiers, blowing up a U.S. ship, assassinating Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees, and hijacking planes. The plans were all approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but were reportedly rejected by the civilian leadership, then kept secret for nearly 40 years.

The Iran-Contra Affair: In 1985 and '86, the White House authorized government officials to secretly trade weapons with the Israeli government in exchange for the release of U.S. hostages in Iran. The plot was uncovered by Congress in 1987.

1990 Testimony of Nayirah: A 15-year-old girl named "Nayirah" testified before the U.S. Congress that she had seen Iraqi soldiers pulling Kuwaiti babies from incubators, causing them to die. The testimony helped gain major public support for the 1991 Gulf War, but -- despite protests that the dispute of this story was itself a conspiracy theory -- it was later discovered that the testimony was false. It was actually the creation of public relations firm Hill & Knowlton for the purpose of promoting the Gulf War.

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Re: The 9 Most Shocking Conspiracy Theories
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2011, 08:22:17 am »
SIX WISE:

The 9 Most Shocking Conspiracy Theories
That Turned Out to be True
by www.SixWise.com


Most people can't resist getting the details on the latest conspiracy theories, no matter how far-fetched they may seem. At the same time, many people quickly denounce any conspiracy theory as untrue ... and sometimes as unpatriotic or just plain ridiculous.

While intelligent cynicism certainly can be healthy, though, some of the greatest discoveries of all time were initially received (often with great vitriol) as blasphemous conspiracy theories -- think of the revelation that the earth was not the center of the universe, or that the world was not flat but actually round.





The Mafia: This secret crime society was virtually unknown until the 1960s, when member Joe Valachi first revealed the society's secrets to law enforcement officials.






I've always thought people knew about the Mafia through Chicago and  eventually Hollywood gangster movies from the 1930s - 1950s.  :-\

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Re: The 9 Most Shocking Conspiracy Theories
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2011, 10:02:36 pm »
SIX WISE:

The 9 Most Shocking Conspiracy Theories
That Turned Out to be True
by www.SixWise.com


Most people can't resist getting the details on the latest conspiracy theories, no matter how far-fetched they may seem. At the same time, many people quickly denounce any conspiracy theory as untrue ... and sometimes as unpatriotic or just plain ridiculous.

While intelligent cynicism certainly can be healthy, though, some of the greatest discoveries of all time were initially received (often with great vitriol) as blasphemous conspiracy theories -- think of the revelation that the earth was not the center of the universe, or that the world was not flat but actually round.





The Mafia: This secret crime society was virtually unknown until the 1960s, when member Joe Valachi first revealed the society's secrets to law enforcement officials.






I've always thought people knew about the Mafia through Chicago and  eventually Hollywood gangster movies from the 1930s - 1950s.  :-\
I don't think people knew how well organized crime was. Did those old gangster movies mention the 5 Families or The Commission?

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Re: The 9 Most Shocking Conspiracy Theories
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2019, 06:03:44 pm »
Thursday, 18th July 2019
19 mafia suspects arrested in coordinated raids in Italy and New York
by Claire Parker & Stefano Pitrelli



Italian police and FBI agents arrested 19 Mafia suspects in Sicily and New York on Wednesday in a coordinated crackdown that brought to the fore the enduring transatlantic ties between organized crime families in Italy and the United States, according to Italian authorities.

About 200 Italian police and FBI officers carried out the raids in the Palermo region of Sicily and in the New York area early Wednesday, CBS News reported.

Eighteen people in Italy and one in New York were arrested.

The arrests marked the culmination of a nearly year-long joint investigation by Italian and U.S. law enforcement that delved into an organized crime network that has regrouped and strengthened its cross-continental collaboration, according to Rodolfo Ruperti, the chief investigator for the Palermo judicial police.

Wednesday’s operation, called “New Connection,” particularly homed in on the Passo di Rigano mandamento — a district ruled over by several Mafia families — and the notorious New York-based Gambino crime family.
 
The Sicilian Mafia, also known as Cosa Nostra, has long exerted influence over the Mediterranean island, where rival crime families have fought bloody battles against each other and against Italian law enforcement for decades.

A mob war in the 1980s between the rising Corleonesi Mafia family and the Inzerillo family forced the Inzerillos to flee to the United States.

That family strengthened relationships with the Gambinos in New York and, in recent years, had begun to reestablish itself in Sicily.

Among those arrested Wednesday was Thomas Gambino, an American citizen and member of the New York crime family whom authorities apprehended while he was vacationing in the Sicilian beach town of Cefalu, according to Palermo prosecutor Salvatore De Luca. Authorities arrested others including Rosario Gambino, several members of the Sansone family, and Tommaso and Francesco Inzerillo.
 
“All Mafia associations, if they’re not attacked, will get stronger, acquire local consensus, pursue their investments and, thus, get even stronger,” Ruperti said in an interview.

“Now we’ve delivered a blow to this very important mandamento, which has been able to regrow itself and create relationships with all the most important Mafiosi of Palermo.”

De Luca said his office contacted the FBI after law enforcement officials in Italy noticed that two Italian Mafia suspects they had been monitoring were “constantly in touch” with Thomas Gambino and Franky Cali, a reputed Gambino family crime boss who was killed outside his Staten Island home in March.

According to De Luca, Italian authorities then began coordinating with Keith D. Edelman, the assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and FBI officers.

De Luca said they put in motion a joint plan:

“Americans would handle searches, and we would handle the arrests.”

Investigators raided the homes of three men suspected of being Gambino mobsters in New Jersey, Staten Island and Philadelphia, CBS News reported.

FBI spokeswoman Lauren Hagee confirmed in an email that “the FBI was involved and is assisting Italian authorities” but declined to comment further.

The U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment.

Transatlantic connections between mob families are not new.

“These relationships have grown thicker and consolidated over time,” De Luca said. “Contacts between the Passo di Rigano mandamento and the Gambino family of New York have always existed.”

But he said the operation Wednesday did reveal a reconfiguration of those relationships.

Cosa Nostra in Sicily has weakened in recent times. Members of the Inzerillo family who had escaped to New York took advantage of that opening to return to Italy and begin to consolidate their position in Cosa Nostra once more, De Luca said.

The family focuses on the food sector and online gambling, he added.
 
“This operation goes to show that they’re a Mafia family with a role of ever-growing importance,” Ruperti said. “They were exiled from Sicily to save their lives. . . . Not only did they rejoin Cosa Nostra, but now they have authority and rank inside of it.”

Antonio Nicaso, a professor at Queen’s University in Canada who studies the Mafia, said the raids Wednesday “showed that there is still a strong bond between Sicily and the United States.”

Nicaso said they also signaled the resurgence of Cosa Nostra, which has in recent decades played second fiddle to the 'Ndrangheta, an organized-crime network operating from Calabria, Italy.

Mob leaders in Sicily and New York seeking to breathe new life into Cosa Nostra saw joining forces as a way to strengthen mob families on both sides of the ocean, Nicaso said.

“The idea is to regain the power that the Corleonesi lost in the fight against the state,” he said.

The 18 men arrested in Italy will face trial there, De Luca said. They were charged with crimes including association with organized crime, extortion and fraudulent transfer of valuable goods, CNN reported.

Italian authorities also confiscated more than $3 million worth of real estate and other assets, according to CNN.
It remains unclear where the suspect arrested in New York will be tried.
 
The arrests will deal a “significant blow” to Sicilian and American mob leaders’ efforts to resuscitate cross-continental ties, Nicaso said.
 
But they will not spell the end of this collaboration, he added.

“The Mafia is not an organization that you can defeat just with a major police operation,” he said.






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