In the late '70s, a mysterious disease cropped up in the U.S. where healthy young people were suddenly dying and doctors couldn't explain why. By 1982, nearly 1000 U.S. citizens had died from AIDS - and President Ronald Reagan still hadn't said a word about it. Some wonder if the U.S. government was intentionally ignoring the disease, or if they engineered the epidemic as a population control scheme.
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Low-resolution footage. Shadows that don't quite line up. Visible prop markers on rocks. If the 1969 moon landing was staged, it wasn't done meticulously. Questions remain about the discrepancies in the photos and videos taken aboard the Apollo 11 mission. Perhaps faking a moon landing was even harder than actually putting a man on the moon.
Half a billion viewers around the world tuned in to watch Neil Armstrong take his first steps on the moon's surface in 1969. It was one of the greatest television moments in history - and many suggest Stanley Kubrick should have received a Best Director award for the broadcast. Even today, there's considerable speculation that putting a man on the moon is a task too difficult for even the best astronauts to accomplish.
When a 93-year-old Nazi war criminal was found dead in Spandau Prison in 1987, some refused to believe the official verdict of suicide by hanging. Doctors were baffled that the weak, elderly prisoner had the strength to hang himself. The timing of Rudolph Hess’s death was suspicious as well. After spending 50 years in prison, he was finally going to be released.
War criminal and powerful Nazi, Rudolf Hess, was sentenced to 50 years in prison at the Nuremberg Trials. In 1987, official reports agreed he died from suicide by hanging himself inside the Spandau Prison. However, Hess' son claims he was murdered by the British Secret Intelligence Service to prevent him from revealing pertinent information.
What many thought was a weather balloon turned out to be a top-secret surveillance craft being used to spy on the Soviets. Surviving witnesses have all given different and contradictory versions of what happened, some more sensational than others. Regardless of what theory you believe, UFOlogists have been captivated by Roswell ever since the 1950s.
One morning in 1947 a rancher discovered debris on his property in Roswell, New Mexico. The debris didn’t look recognizable and the army was quickly called to the scene to declare it as a crashed weather balloon… but that’s not the only story. Many believe aliens were found at the scene of the crash, even leading a mortician to request a coffin that could fit alien bodies.
April 4th, 1968 marks the day one of the most powerful public speakers and civil rights activists was tragically murdered by James Earl Ray. Many people believe, including some of Martin Luther King Jr.’s very own children, that the “lone” gunman didn’t actually act alone. Authorities have investigated the case, but haven’t found conclusive results.
James Earl Ray, a 40-year-old escaped convict, pleaded guilty to the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison without trial. But years later, Ray claimed he didn’t act alone. He was a mere pawn at the center of a dark and twisty conspiracy to kill the civil rights activist.
Pretty much everyone in the United States owns a cell phone today. Yet, they might be detrimental to our health. Some believe they can even be weaponized in the form of lasers, heat rays, and particle beams. The only major health study conducted to this point was funded by telecommunications companies, raising questions about the credibility of the results.
Cell phones are a ubiquitous element of society today. We use them for just about everything. In many ways, they are beneficial to a person’s well being. We set alarms on our smartphones to wake us up, and fall asleep watching videos or texting with friends. Still, questions remain as to whether these devices are safe to use, or if they could actually be hazardous to our health.
After the U.S. military dropped the first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, the world roared with questions: what long-term health risks could atomic weapons carry? How did the Soviet Union build their own bomb so quickly? And did the Manhattan Projects scientists have help from extraterrestrials?
This top-secret military initiative was responsible for developing the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. As a result of the Manhattan Project, nearly 150,000 people were killed by the blast, and an additional 150,000 people died as a result of cancer or radiation poisoning. These facts are out there, but what they won’t tell you is that the physicist who oversaw the creation of the atomic bomb was secretly spying for the Soviet Union.
Is the agency known for helping the United States rebuild after natural disasters, actually responsible for the deaths of millions of people? The fear of FEMA “death” camps have deep implications for the future of the United States and the agency.
FEMA, The Federal Emergency Management Agency, helps millions of people recover after a natural disaster. However, some say FEMA might not be the solution to disasters, but the cause of them. FEMA is alleged to have established hidden “death” camps for one ominous reason: to detain, and possibly kill, American citizens who don’t conform to the New World Order.
Most Americans don’t believe the theory that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in Dallas, Texas in 1963. He must have been working for the Cubans or possibly the Soviets. Or was it an accident? John F. Kennedy might have been killed by the very organization he was working for. The government might have been the real culprits behind the most examined assassination in modern U.S. History.
Lee Harvey Oswald is the sole person responsible for Kennedy’s assassination. Or is he? Many Americans think the government’s official story is flawed and Oswald didn’t act alone. Is there someone else out there responsible for JFK’s death?
Vaccines are universally accepted and overwhelmingly deemed safe and effective by medical professionals today. Yet, controversy remains about what’s inside of them, who’s controlling them, and for what purpose?
These injections provide long-term, sometimes lifelong protection against a disease, but are there side-effects we don’t know about?
The Human Genome Project allowed us to understand the genetic blueprint of a human being. What could the reverse engineering of UFOs teach us about life beyond our world?