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  1. keyshock
    keyshock at |

    while the bay of pigs invasion was disastrous, it wasn't a total loss either. at least it taught kennedy some humility and developed in him skills in crisis decision making that was integral to the peaceful resolution of the cuban missile crisis.

  2. Abel
    Abel at |

    lol we cubans knew it before. damn we kick a$$!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Cuba!!!!!!!!

    1. Alex
      Alex at |

      just go make me a cigar..

    2. Joe Hill
      Joe Hill at |

      Cuban’s were on both sides.

  3. Dustin
    Dustin at |

    I've been reading about some CIA conspiracy stuff lately and after reading this list none of it seems far off anymore.

    I know it's past Halloween, but if anyone is into those internet legends that get passed around via forwards similar to the Dibbuk box, Ted the Caver and the Dionnea House, I highly recommend checking out the blog indianlakeproject.blogspot.org.

    It takes some of the real CIA programs mentioned in the above list and weaves a wicked tale about this supposed facility that used to exist in New York that worked on mind control techniques similar to the Manchurian Candidate and MK Ultra. Probably all fiction at its core, but fascinating reading and a great way to waste a day nonetheless.

    Excellent list! Keep 'em coming!

  4. bananna pancakes
    bananna pancakes at |

    Is there a top 10 top 10s?

    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      No, but if there was it would be outdated every week. I have new favorites that often.

      1. NotoriousBigBrain
        NotoriousBigBrain at |

        I think you are confusing scientists with the misuse of science by non-scientists. Oppenheimer may be the father of the Atom bomb, but he didn't order it to dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That was done by religious god fearing men like yourself. As far as I know there has never been a scientist appointed to a top position in US government. By top position I mean top ten positions of power,

        You are so fond of top tens, show me a scientist who has ever held a top ten position of power in the US. Yes the world is screwed up, because for the most part, people of faith are pulling the strings and calling the shots. Scientists have to feed their families and just plain survive, just like everyone else at the bottom of power pyramid. Scientists in every country of the world are forced to work for mad men or men of faith else suffer the consequences. When evil is done, it falls on the shoulders of the scientist,(the religious leaders giving the orders will generally escape responsibility) though they are not the one's in power.

        You list some very disturbing research conducted by the CIA, but you neglect to mention that with the exception of John Deutch appointed Director of Central Intelligence in 1995 by President Bill Clinton, (though Deutch was initially reluctant to accept the appointment.)George H. W. Bush (Episcopalian) Stansfield Turner (Christian Scientist), William Casey (Catholic)) James Schlesinger(Jewish), William Webster (Christian Science), James Woolsey (Presbyterian), Robert Gates(Christian Protestant?), ,George Tenet (Greek Orthodox), Porter Goss (Presbyterian), Michael Hayden (Catholic), and the current head of the CIA Leon Panetta (Catholic) are all men of religious faith and not scientists. And NO, just because one holds the faith of "Christian Scientist" does not make them a scientist !

        So please do by all means, show me where scientists left to their own accord have perpetrated evil on humanity. For I will show you how for the most part it was god fearing men with no science background that gave them the orders.

        And what's this about utopia? I never mentioned any utopias. A world run by scientists is a world where all the leaders would speak the same language– a world where reason would surpass superstition and ignorance. Not a utopia, but steps in the right direction

        1. TopTenz Master
          TopTenz Master at |

          NBB, I officially invite you to write a list for this site. You are so outspoken and have a lot say, Think about it. Email me at admin @ toptenz.net if you are interested.

          ps I knew you would jump on the word utopia. 😉

        2. NotoriousBigBrain
          NotoriousBigBrain at |

          Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centures since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly.

          — Isaac Asimov, Canadian Atheists Newsletter, 1994

      2. Mekhong Kurt
        Mekhong Kurt at |

        Ain't THAT the truth! I read these kinds of lists all the time, and if I had to choose just TEN to stand for all time — well, might as well put me in a silo and demand I wee-wee in the corner!!! 🙂

  5. Phil
    Phil at |

    It's weird to think that as recently as the sixties (After Operation Mockingbird) the New York Times, Newsweek and Time weren't propaganda machines. Insidious propaganda may be the only thing keeping the Times afloat at this point.

    1. dawn
      dawn at |

      oh, that's funny. I was just thinking the same thing about Fox "News."

      1. Mekhong Kurt
        Mekhong Kurt at |

        Amen to THAT.

  6. Albert Laine
    Albert Laine at |

    Eloquent Books has just released an exciting new novel about the Bay of Pigs, the CIA, and the JFK assassination. The title of the book is: "A Kiss for the President", by A. John Laine. Buy this exciting new book at the following website: http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/AKi

  7. joe reiter
    joe reiter at |

    no mention of 1953's operation ajax, the cia operation to depose mohammed mossadeq and restore the shah to power? it directly influenced the 1979 iranian rebellion and the hostage taking at the u.s. embassy

  8. Doug
    Doug at |

    These operations were pretty wild, but 10's missed the wildest. 1.Operation paper clip, 2.operation starfish, 3. Operation Big City, and then some of these…

    1. Evan
      Evan at |

      Operation Paperclip just missed making the list. Compared to some of these other programs, it just wasn't odd enough. I don't think I'm familiar with the other two. What did they involve?

    2. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      Yes, give us details or links. Thanks.

  9. Roger
    Roger at |

    Stargate #4 dead-ended at 3:42. Why?

  10. Sid
    Sid at |

    Very interesting list. Im sure some of this stuff like the media munipulation is still going on. It would be interesting to know what kind of confidential, bizzare and illegal programs the CIA/Gov't is up to right now…

    Top Tenz Master: Suggestion for the site- It would be neat if we could give a thumbs up/down for each comment! Love this site either way thanks!

  11. milleronic
    milleronic at |

    What the CIA has done over the years (and continues to do) in the name of "National Security" is simple treasonous, morally objectionable, disgusting, and simply wrong. I don't understand why people aren't simply up in arms, in the streets protesting and shutting down the government until they remove this scourge (along with the IRS, NSA, and other 'programs' ) which mock us with their 'institutional' and patriotic labels and ideologies. So much of the government's budget – our money – is squandered on this crap day after day, year after year, decade after decade. How many countless innocents have been killed by the CIA over the years? No one knows, but the perpetuation of coercion by violence and intimidation will ultimately fail, and prove to be one of the most damning and effectual in the demise of our civilization. We're doing it to ourselves.

  12. Jess
    Jess at |

    I knew cats were not normal

  13. theorist1
    theorist1 at |

    nice list

    and where does that leave us when we consider the following;-

    CIA and 9/11

    CIA and Google

    CIA and JFK

    hmmmmm . . .

  14. thumbinbum
    thumbinbum at |

    "For years after, Operation Northwoods existed as a rumor"

    Oh, you mean it existed as a "conspiracy theory" which was mocked a derided by those who trusted their governemnt and knew better, right?

  15. CrazyEyes
    CrazyEyes at |

    Very cool list.

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  17. accidie
    accidie at |

    I know someone who worked on the USSR psi-ops projects. My partner and this person bonded big time because partner's ex worked on the CIA/MI6 attempts to replicate what the Russians claimed they did. They couldn't do it.

    This is because a bunch of physicists and philosophers in Siberia made up the experimental results to keep the KGB off their backs while they did proper work. Some of the Western people doing the psi-ops stuff started to believe it was true> Stockholm syndrome.

    I can provide names to back this up. But why would I do it to one of the nicest people I know, who moved as far away as possible?

  18. Jabari
    Jabari at |

    If number 7 isn't proof of False Flags (ahem 9/11) I don't know what is.

    Time to dismantle the CIA and get their drugs and corruption out of this country.

    1. number seven
      number seven at |

      #7 sure sounded like Bush's 911 and the runup to Iraq war

  19. jixel
    jixel at |

    @toptenz #7 sure sounds like 911 http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-weirdest-c

  20. TriviaFan
    TriviaFan at |

    Fascinating list, I’m sure there are more for future lists, in particular I believe there are some rather interesting tales to be told about the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and CIA operations.

    Another rather shady CIA program that seems somewhat infamous these days was the Phoenix program during the Vietnam War:


  21. Twiff
    Twiff at |

    I know this thread is old and my comments don’t mean much now but I just have to say this. Wow! Some of these comments are as weird as the items listed. Actually, they’re past ridiculous. Like those made by ‘NotoriousBigBrain’ Your ranting is way off base. In most cases scientist are the creators of programs like these. They would theorize these programs, then they’d submit their proof-of-concept reports, brief the programs panel, and, if it were approved for further study they’d perform a concept study which would be used to determine the feasibility of the concept. The people that you say are the ‘God fearing men’ might be the one’s who approve the program for implementation, but nine times out of ten these individuals aren’t the ones who â??conceiveâ?? the program. In the CIA (and other agencies) it would be the people who have masters and doctorates, who call themselves ‘scientist,’ who would be the breeders of this stuff. You know; the people who think they have notoriously big brains.

    And you people who think that the gov’t has implemented a program like Operation Northwoods and conducted terrorist attacks like 9/11 or the Oklahoma city bombing are lunatics! If this were true don’t you think there would be some gov’t informants…whistle blowers…who’s conscience (or greed) got the better of them? But if you really think there was a conspiracy with 9/11, you’re absolutely right! It started with clinton (lower case intentional). You can read all about it here: http://www.apfn.org/apfn/knowledge.htm. But what’s not a conspiracy is the believe that the U.S. Gov’t (under Bush or any other president) committed the deed. You’re just plain ignorant and stupid (ignorpid) to think such a thing. But ya know what, if the gov’t had done it…the idea would have been conceived by scientist! The big brain type.

  22. jkg
    jkg at |

    Operation Paperclip should be on this list (though it was not really a full CIA program). Importing german scientists (many ex nazis) to the US after WWII was one of the most important operations conducted in the 20th century. Besides the ethical dilemma that exists in importing ex nazi scientists and pardoning them of all war crimes, there is also the fact that many of these German masterminds went on to help shape the science and technology america has today. Classic example is wernher von braun, the creator of the v2 rockets (also a member of the ss). Von Braun also went on to help start NASA and helped to engineer the space program that landed us on the moon. The fact that so many nazi scientists (some criminals, others not) were imported to the US without trial or much speculation makes operation paperclip quite an operation to me.


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