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Originally posted by Mr Jackdaw
Conspiracy theories can serve other purposes; for instance, isn't it possible that the Roswell incident helped to illuminate the US Government's use of Black Projects? Aggressively pursuing a subject -- on this board or anywhere -- is bound to produce some result, even if it isn't what the researcher was expecting.
Originally posted by SantaClaus
So now that you all have convinced me that we are doing some good, is there any historical evidence of a conspiracy theorist being called nutty and then being correct?
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I've found it!), but 'That's funny...'
* The French government's attempted cover-up following Emile Zola's accusations in the Dreyfus Affair
* The efforts by the Tsar's secret police to foment anti-Semitism by presenting The Protocols of the Elders of Zion as an authentic text.
* Operation Himmler and its Gleiwitz incident
* the MKULTRA mind control program
* the Watergate burglary and cover-up
* Operation Mockingbird
* Operation Northwoods
* Iran-Contra Affair
1763 Small pox infected blankets given to Native Americans
In response to the 1763 uprising known as Pontiac's Rebellion, Jeffrey Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst suggested using smallpox as a weapon for ending the rebellion. In a series of letters to his subordinate Colonel Henry Bouquet, the two men discussed the possibility of infecting the attacking Indians with smallpox through gifts of blankets that had been exposed to the disease. Apparently unbeknownst to both Amherst and Bouquet, the commander at Fort Pitt had already attempted this very tactic.