A black op is a clandestine, typically illegal, action carried about by a government agency or private organization. It will be officially denied or even blamed on another party (a false flag operation). Many of the black ops listed here were kept secret for decades, readily disproving the idea that conspiracies are only possible in Hollywood films.
1940 - Leon Trotsky is assassinated on the orders of Joseph Stalin.
1942 - The Office of Strategic Services, forerunner to the Central Intelligence Agency, is formed.
1942 - The Institute for the Works of Religion, the Vatican Church, is founded. Over the next several decades it will be implicated in numerous clandestine operations supporting the far-right in both the U.S. and Europe.
1943 - Argentine President Ramon Castillo is overthrown in a military coup.
1943 - Newspaper editor and labor organizer Carlo Tresca is assassinated by an unknown gunman.
1943 - The U.S. Navy allegedly experiments with turning a ship invisible, either to radar or visibly. This story grows into an urban legend known as "The Philadelphia Experiment", but evidence for the events having actually occurred is exceptionally flimsy.
1945 - The U.S. begins Operation Paperclip, an effort to recruit as many Nazi scientists and capture as much Nazi technology as possible before Russia could do the same.
1945 - Arthur Kasherman, a journalist who wrote about political corruption and mafia dealings in Minneapolis, is murdered. The homicide is never solved, but the involvement of Jewish-American Mafia figure Kid Cann is suspected.
1946 - The School of the Americas is founded at Fort Benning in Georgia. It is used to train right-wing American proxies in Central and South American countries brutal counter-insurgency techniques including torture, assassination, and terrorism.
1946 - Right-wing Zionist organization Irgun bombs the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing 91.
1947 - The National Security Act is signed, creating the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
1947 - Allied forces conduct a failed operation variously known as BGFIEND, OBOPUS, or VALUABLE to incite a civil war in Albania. Although the operation cost over 300 lives, it was kept as one of the most closely guarded secrets of the Cold War, with documents confirming its reality only coming to light in 2006.
1947 - Irgun members incite a riot and subsequent series of massacres by throwing grenades into a crowd of Arab day-laborers outside the gates of the Haifa Oil Refinery.
1947 - Lehi, a Zionist group which split from Irgun, sends a number of letter bombs to President Truman and high-ranking White House staff. The bombs are defused by the Secret Service after a tip from British Intelligence.
1948 - Operation Gladio begins. The CIA and intelligence agencies of various allied countries organize clandestine "stay-behind" armies of anti-communist guerrillas. Over the coming decades they will perpetrate numerous terrorist attacks against communists as well as false flag attacks on civilians which they will blame on the communists.
1948 - The CIA's Special Activities Division interferes with the Italian election, buying votes, broadcasting propaganda, infiltrating and disrupting political groups, and threatening or attacking activists to keep the Italian Communist Party from winning.
1948 - Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated by a member of the right-wing Hindu Mahasabha.
1948 - Swedish diplomat Folke Bernadotte is assassinated by Zionist organization Lehi. One of the men who planne the assassination is Yitzhak Shamir, who will go on to become a prime minister of Israel.
1949 - The Central Intelligence Agency Act is passed, allowing the CIA to keep many of its organizational details and functions a secret, as well as allowing it to use confidential fiscal procedures and exempting it from many of the usual limitations on the use of federal funds.
1949 - Former Secretary of Defense James Forrestal dies after falling from a 16th-floor window of the National Naval Medical Center. Although his death was ruled a suicide which followed a period of depression, the Navy kept the full transcript of its official hearing and final report on his death secret. It later emerged that investigators had found broken glass inside the room, on his bed.
1949 - The CIA sponsors a coup in Syria which overthrows the democratically elected government of Shukri al-Quwatli. Al-Quwatli had blocked the creation of the Trans-Arabian Pipeline, which begins to move forward immediately after the coup.
1950 - Two Puerto Rican independence activists make a failed assassination attempt against President Truman. The surviving attacker cites the experiments of Cornelius Rhoads as additional motivation for his actions. Rhoads was an American medical doctor who admitted in a letter to performing unethical cancer experiments on Puerto Ricans. He avoided prosecution after a whitewashing campaign by the Rockefeller Foundation, but was later stripped of some accolades due to the racist contents of that letter and one other.
1951 - Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are put on trial for passing information on the atomic bomb to Russia. They will be executed in 1953.
1953 - The U.S. and British governments carry out Operation Ajax to overthrow the democratically elected leader of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh, after he nationalizes their oil industry. An absolute monarchy is placed in power.
1953 - CIA biowarfare expert Frank Olson dies after falling from a window in a New York hotel room. He had not only orchestrated CIA human experimentation projects (possibly including Project Span), but had been a subject himself, having been dosed with LSD only nine days prior.
1954 - Israel fails at an attempted false flag attack which becomes known as the Lavon Affair. Egyptian Jews recruited by Israeli army intelligence bomb Egyptian, American, and British targets and attempt to blame the explosions on Muslims and Communists. The true perpetrators, however, are caught and tried. Israel denies the incident for 51 years before Israeli President Moshe Katzav honors the surviving agents in 2005 with certificates of appreciation.
1954 - In Operation WASHTUB, the CIA plants a phony Soviet arms cache in Nicaragua in an attempt to implicate Guatemalan ties with Moscow.
1954 - The CIA carries out Operation PBSUCCESS, a military coup which overthrows Guatemalan President Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán. The coup is carried out at the urging of the United Fruit Company after Guzmán expropriates some of their idle land to distribute to peasant farmers. The coup triggers the Guatemalan Civil War which kills 140,000 to 250,000 Guatemalans.
1954 - The CIA carries out Operation PBHISTORY to gather intelligence on Latin American Communists and share said information with Anti-Communist regimes.
1956 - Radio Free Europe broadcasts a secret speech in which Nikita Khrushchev criticizes Joseph Stalin. The broadcast, along with hints of forthcoming American aid are strong factors in prompting a short-lived revolution in Hungary which is ultimately put down by Soviet forces.
1957 - With help from the CIA, the Shah of Iran establishes SAVAK, a brutal secret police which terrorizes the people of Iran for the next 22 years.
1959 - In Operation ST Circus, the CIA secretly finances, trains, and arms Tibetan guerrillas participating in the Tibetan Uprising against China. 259 are trained at Camp Hale in Colorado.
1960 - A CIA U-2 spy plane is shot down over Russia.
1960 - The CIA begins Operation 40, organizing groups of anti-Castro Cuban exiles and carrying out various acts of terrorism against Cuba.
1961 - The CIA establishes JMWAVE, a secret operations center to carry out anti-Castro actions. It will soon become their largest operations center outside of their headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
1961 - CIA-supported paramilitary units, backed by U.S. bombers, attempt a coup at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba but are defeated.
1961 - Following the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion, Air Force General Edward Lansdale launches Operation Mongoose (also known as Special Group Augmented or simply The Cuban Project) to wage a covert terrorism campaign against Cuba.
1961 - A coup deposes the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba. He is captured and executed with the help of the CIA.
1961 - The Defense Intelligence Agency is formed.
1961 - Rafael Trujillo, the Dominican Republic dictator once supported by the U.S., is assassinated with help from the CIA.
1962 - Joint Chiefs Chair Lyman Lemnitzer and other top military and intelligence officials approve Operation Northwoods, a series of false flag terrorist attacks to be directed against American citizens and blamed on Cuba to justify a war. President Kennedy vetoes the plan and removes Lemnitzer from his post.
1962 - The U.S. military begins Operation Ranchhand, spraying 20 million gallons of Monsanto's Agent Orange over 500,000 acres of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The purpose of the operation is to destroy foliage cover for enemy troops and also to destroy food crops. The toxic chemicals also cause widespread death and disease including half a million children in the area being born with birth defects. U.S. soldiers also develop numerous health problems.
1963 - President Kennedy is assassinated, allegedly by Lee Harvey Oswald. The evidence for a conspiracy led by CIA or ex-CIA personnel is too overwhelming to list here, but includes the management of Oswald by intelligence agencies, the Zapruder film which shows Kennedy being shot from both the back and the front, the deathbed confession of CIA hitman E. Howard Hunt, the numerous untimely deaths of people connected with the assassination, the official conclusion by the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations that there indeed was a conspiracy, and more.
1963 - Following his public insistence that he was merely a patsy, Lee Harvey Oswald is shot to death by Jack Ruby.
1963 - Civil rights figure Medgar Evars is assassinated by White Citizens' Council member Byron De La Beckwith.
1963 - The U.S. abandons support for South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem and the CIA begins to covertly support a coup led by General Duong Van Minh. Diem and his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu are assassinated.
1964 - A small plane carrying Senators Ted Kennedy and Birch Bayh crashes near Springfield, Massachusetts, but both survive.
1964 - Mary Pinchot Meyer, former wife of CIA official Cord Meyer and mistress to JFK, is murdered. Meyer was friends with Timothy Leary, and had told him and others that she was trying to turn Kennedy on to LSD to get him to realize how pointless the Cold War was. She also told friends of a diary she kept which they should safeguard if anything should happen to her. The morning after the murder, friends of Meyer's go to her house to search for the diary but find CIA Counterintelligence Chief James Jesus Angleton already there. Cord Meyer will later be named in the deathbed confession of E. Howard Hunt as a co-conspirator in Kennedy's assassination.
1964 - Cancer researcher Mary Sherman is murdered. Her body is found burnt and stabbed in her apartment. Sherman had been friends with suspected JFK assassination conspirator David Ferrie who will himself be found dead in his apartment a few years later. Sherman is rumored to have been performing weaponized cancer research on behalf of the CIA.
1964 - A CIA-backed coup overthrows democratically elected Brazilian President João Goulart. The right-wing military junta which takes power brutally suppresses political opposition while receiving substantial loans and credit from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
1965 - Malcolm X is assassinated, likely with help from the FBI.
1965 - The CIA begins the Phoenix Program, a terrorist campaign against suspected Viet Cong civilian sympathizers. Over 26,000 are killed while some 55,000 others are captured and subjected to rape, electrocution, maulings, and other torture.
1965 - Dorothy Kilgallen, an American journalist critical of her government, dies under questionable circumstances.
1966 - The left-handed William Pitzer dies from a gunshot to his right temple in what is ruled a suicide. Pitzer had worked at the National Naval Medical Center where JFK was autopsied. Fellow naval officer Dennis David has testified that Pitzer showed him autopsy slides of the slain president which contradicted the official story. Instead, the slides are consistent with video of the assassination in which Kennedy's head twists back and to the left, suggesting that the fatal shot came from ahead of him and to the right. Lt. Col. Dan Marvin of the U.S. Army will later testify that he turned down a CIA contract to assassinate Pitzer.
1967 - Israeli fighter aircraft and torpedo boats attack the USS Liberty, killing 34 crew members and wounding 171. Israel later claims that the attack was due to mistaken identity. Many survivors insist that the attack was deliberate, possible motives being a (failed) false-flag attack to draw America into the Six Day War, or to cover up Israeli war crimes during the war.
1967 - The U.S. Military begins Operation Popeye (also known as Motorpool and Intermediary-Compatriot). It is a weather modification program which seeds clouds with silver iodide to successfully extend the monsoon season over the Ho Chi Minh trail to disrupt enemy convoys.
1967 - Bolivian Special Forces, with the aid of the CIA, capture and execute Che Guevara.
1967 - A bomb destroys Cyprus Airways Flight 284 in midair. The culprit or culprits remain unknown.
1967 - A CIA-backed coup in Greece overthrows the democratic government and replaces it with a neo-fascist military junta.
1967 - Suspected JFK assassination conspirator David Ferrie is found dead in his apartment. Although he has just written two different suicide notes, the death is ruled to be the result of natural causes. Ferrie served in the same Civil Air Patrol until as Lee Harvey Oswald in the 1950's and was deeply involved with anti-communist groups, among other events linking him with the assassination.
1968 - Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated, allegedly by James Earl Ray. At his trial, Ray pleads guilty to avoid the death penalty but later recants his confession. A civil jury trial in 1999 finds that government agencies are party to the assassination.
1968 - Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated. Sirhan Sirhan confesses to the murder after being arrested but claims to have no memory of the events. His defense will later claim that he was the subject of mind control, which the CIA has successfully used to create hypnotized killers since 1953. An audio recording of the shooting also seems to reveal 13 shots being fired, suggesting a second shooter since Sirhan's revolver only had eight rounds.
1969 - The U.S. Air Force begins Operation Menu, secretly carpet-bombing Laos and Cambodia. Though the attacks claim tens of thousands of lives, they are officially denied until the operation is declassified in 2000.
1969 - Black Panther activists Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are assassinated by the Chicago Police and FBI.
1969 - The National Agrarian Bank in Piazza Fontana in Milan, Italy is bombed. Although a number of inconclusive investigations and trials follow, it appears today that the attacks were carried out by far-right paramilitary elements supplied by the CIA under Operation Gladio.
1970 - The CIA begins Project FUBELT to prevent Salvador Allende's rise to power, and to instigate a military coup after he is democratically elected to the presidency in Chile.
1970 - FBI Agent and CIA Advisor Dan Mitrione is killed by the left-wing guerrilla organization Tupamaros in Uruguay. Mitrione had been teaching local police torture techniques in the soundproofed basement of his house, where a number of homeless men were shocked to death for practice.
1972 - Five men are arrested while breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. This blossoms into the Watergate Scandal, during which 69 government officials are charged with various crimes, and 48 convicted. Nixon will resign in two years as a result.
1972 - The Central Security Service is created for the seemingly innocuous purpose of coordinating cryptologic elements between the NSA and various branches of the armed forces. It will also serve as the operational hub for the Special Collection Service, a classified black-budget infiltration and espionage organization.
1972 - Arthur Bremer shoots and seriously injures Democratic presidential candidate George Wallace. Bremer's story inspires the movie Taxi Driver, which in turn inspires John Hinckley, Jr. in his later attempt on President Reagan's life.
1972 - Corporate intelligence company Kroll Inc. is founded. About two weeks before 9/11 they will hire former FBI agent and Osama bin Laden expert John O'Neill to head security at the World Trade Center. O'Neill will be killed there on 9/11.
1973 - The CIA supports a coup in Chile against democratically elected socialist president Salvador Allende.
1973 - A C-47 transport plane codenamed Argo 16 crashes after a bomb explodes onboard. The plane had been used for covert operations by the CIA and Italian Intelligence. Responsibility for the bombing remains unclear.
1973 - Members of a Mossad hit team are arrested and convicted in Lillehammer, Norway, after they assassinate an innocent man they believed to be an enemy target. Details of Mossad's European infrastructure as well as Israel's nuclear weapons program are exposed to Norwegian authorities, although they remain silent about the latter for another decade.
1974 - Martin Luther King, Jr.'s mother, Alberta King, is assassinated by a seemingly deranged man named Marcus Wayne Chenault. The slaying comes just months before the evidentiary hearing for James Earl Ray to determine if he will receive a new trial. The King family will later state that they believe Ray had nothing to do with MLK's murder.
1974 - With help from billionaire Howard Hughes, the CIA carries out Project Azorian, one of the most complex, expensive, and secretive Cold War operations ever to come to light. The project involves the design and construction of a unique ship to recover parts of a Soviet submarine which had sunk in the Pacific.
1975 - The Church Committee exposes numerous criminal acts by the CIA, NSA, and FBI. Innumerable documents relating to these crimes and others are shredded before they can be brought to light.
1975 - Union leader Jimmy Hoffa goes missing. Although his disappearance is never solved, it is widely believed to be related to his involvement with organized crime.
1975 - The CIA carries out Operation IA Feature to intervene in the Angolan Civil War. They support UNITA and the National Liberation Front of Angola against Soviet proxies.
1975 - The CIA begins to collaborate with several South American countries in a widespread anti-Communist suppression and terrorism campaign known as Operation Condor.
1975 - The CIA and military intelligence begin the Stargate Project to conduct experiments in remote viewing and other psychic phenomenon, mainly through the Stanford Research Institute. Notable participants include Ingo Swann and Harold Puthoff, both top level Scientologists, as well as Andrija Puharich. Puharich is a primary figure in a UFO cult which believes it is in touch with The Nine, a group of aliens once worshiped as gods in Ancient Egypt. Perhaps not coincidentally, a film called Stargate will be released in 1994, a year before the Stargate Project officially ends. The plot of the film centers around aliens who were worshiped as gods in Ancient Egypt.
1976 - Cuban Airlines Flight 455 is destroyed by a bomb, killing 78. The bombing is carried out by CIA-linked anti-Castro Cubans with the CIA's foreknowledge.
1976 - Arizona journalist Don Bolles is killed by a car bomb. Suspects in the killing include the Mafia and certain business interests which Bolles was investigating at the time.
1976 - Orlando Letelier, a socialist politician and diplomat of the Allende administration, is assassinated in Washington, D.C by Michael Townley, an employee of the Chilean Intelligence organization DINA as well as the CIA.
1976 - The hacked up body of mobster John Roselli is found in a barrel floating in a bay near Miami. Roselli had been involved in a CIA plot to assassinate Castro, and has also been named as a shooter in the JFK assassination.
1977 - U.S. and Argentinian military forces begin Operation Charly, a covert war against leftist elements in a number of Central American countries.
1978 - Dan White murders San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Board of Supervisors member and gay rights icon Harvey Milk.
1978 - Afghan President Mohammed Khan is assassinated during a coup by the Communist People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan.
1978 - Army Colonel Jim Channon publishes a manual for creating psychic super soldiers based on New Age principles. He begins recruiting soldiers into a unit which he names the First Earth Battalion. A member of the Battalion named Bert Rodriguez will go on to teach hand-to-hand combat skills to alleged 9/11 hijacker Ziad Jarrah.
1978 - CIA operative David Sanchez Morales dies. He has been named as a conspirator in the assassinations of both JFK and RFK.
1978 - Pope John Paul I dies suddenly after only 33 days in office. Discrepancies surrounding his death combined with his investigation of Vatican Bank dealings with fascists, Freemasons, and mobsters have led to speculation that he was poisoned.
1979 - The CIA begins Operation Cyclone to train, arm, and finance Islamic radicals in Afghanistan.
1979 - The Iran Hostage Crisis begins, in which 52 Americans are held hostage for 444 days following a takeover of the American embassy in Iran by Islamist students and militants.
1979 - Adolph Dubs, American ambassador to Afghanistan, is killed during a gun battle following his kidnapping by Settam-e-Melli militants.
1979 - Afghan leader Nur Taraki is murdered on the orders of his successor, Hafizullah Amin, who is in turn assassinated by Soviet agents.
1979 - Battalion 316 is created in Honduras. With extensive training, financing, and equipping from the CIA, it will kidnap, torture, and murder hundreds of leftist activists and others.
1980 - According to numerous insiders including former Iranian President Banisadr, George Bush and other members of the Reagan team sabotage efforts by the Carter administration to secure the release of hostages in the Iran crisis. The hostages are then released minutes after Reagan is sworn into office. The Algiers Accords are signed shortly afterwards.
1980 - Following a decade of bloody conflict between U.S. and Soviet proxy forces in Turkey, top Turkish generals lead a successful coup with U.S. support, and Turkey becomes an official U.S. ally.
1980 - Following years of political upheaval, Luis García Meza leads a bloody coup in Bolivia and becomes dictator. Meza is financed by cocaine traffickers and mercenaries recruited by Klaus Barbie, a former Nazi Gestapo officer who had been recruited into U.S. intelligence.
1980 - Oscar Romero, Archbishop of El Salvador, is assassinated. Although no one is ever officially prosecuted, it is widely believed that the assassins were members of a right-wing death squad led by former Major Roberto D'Aubuisson.
1980 - John Lennon is shot to death by Mark Chapman, who later claims that he was carrying out God's will. Chapman had worked for some time for World Vision International.
1981 - John Hinckley, Jr. attempts to assassinate President Reagan. John Hinckley, Sr. is a close family friend and major political donor to the Bush family. He is also the president of World Vision United States.
1981 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is assassinated by dissident military officers. Several others are wounded in the attack including Vice President Hosni Mubarak, who will assume the presidency for the next thirty years.
1981 - As the assassination of Anwar Sadat is taking place, an Egyptian Army Major from the same unit responsible for the assassination is training with Green Berets at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. His name is Ali Mohamed, and over the next decade and a half he will serve as a top asset for the FBI, CIA, and Al-Qaeda.
1981 - The Atlacatl Battalion, trained in the U.S. at the School of the Americas, takes part in the slaughter of over 800 Salvadorean civilians during the El Mozote massacre.
1981 - Left-wing, anti-war journalist Duong Trong Lam is assassinated in San Francisco by a member of an anti-communist organization.
1981 - Licio Gelli , head of the P2 Masonic Lodge, is arrested in Italy in conjunction with the Banco Abrosiano investigation. Gelli had been a member of the fascist paramilitary Blackshirts in the 1930's and during World War II served as a liaison between the Italian government and the Third Reich. After World War II Gelli had worked closely with British and U.S. intelligence, notably on Operation Gladio.
1982 - Graziella Corrocher, the personal secretary of Banco Ambrosiano CEO Roberto Calvi, supposedly writes a letter denouncing him before jumping to her death from her office window. Calvi himself is found hanging from the Blackfriars Bridge in London soon after.
1982 - The company Inslaw is formed from the non-profit Institute for Law and Social Research, which had been created in 1974 by former NSA analyst and CIA contractor William Hamilton. The company is primarily known for its creation of the Prosecutor's Management Information System (PROMIS), a sophisticated database management program. A contract lawsuit brought by Inslaw against the U.S. government brings to light various instances of espionage and black market deals. A journalist named Danny Casolara who is investigating these matters dies under questionable circumstances in 1991.
1982 - Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17, authorizing the CIA to begin secretly supporting the right-wing Contras militias in Nicaragua.
1982 - The Atlacatl Battalion, trained in the U.S. at the School of the Americas, slaughters over 200 Salvadorean civilians in the El Calabozo massacre.
1982 - Left-wing journalist Nguyen Dam Phong is assassinated in Houston by a member of an anti-communist group.
1983 - American and French barracks in Beirut, Lebanon are hit with truck bombs. 241 American servicemen, 58 French servicemen, six civilians, and the two suicide bombers from the Islamic Jihad Organization are killed.
1983 - Banker Gérard Soisson dies of an apparent heart attack. Friends and colleagues suspect that he was murdered because he knew too much about the Banco Ambrosiano and Clearstream scandals.
1983 - Vaudeville promoter Roy Radin is murdered by contract killer William Mentzer on behalf of Karen Greenberger and others involved in Hollywood financing and drug trafficking. Mentzer has been named by Son of Sam killer David Berkowitz as a member of the satanic cult of which Berkowitz claimed that he himself was a member. There has also been speculation that Mentzer was the Zodiac serial killer.
1984 - CIA officer William Buckley is kidnapped by members of Hezbollah. He will die in captivity the following year.
1984 - The U.S. sees a major sudden surge in crack cocaine use as CIA-sponsored Contras flood the country with cheap product.
1984 - U.S. counterinsurgency specialist James Steele heads a group of special forces advisers to Salvadorean military battalions which soon develop a reputation as death squads.
1984 - Journalist Henry Liu is assassinated by mob members reportedly trained by Chinese military intelligence.
1984 - Followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh aka Osho poison 751 people in Oregon by deliberately contaminating salad bars at several local restaurants with salmonella. Their intention is to keep people from voting so that their own candidate can win.
1985 - French intelligence agents bomb and sink the Rainbow Warrior, flagship of the Greenpeace fleet, killing one person.
1985 - Palestinian activist Alex Odeh is assassinated with a bomb in Santa Ana, California. Three suspects affiliated with the Jewish Defense League flee to Israel.
1985 - Hezbollah is officially founded, although it has informally active for several years prior.
1985 - Members of Hezbollah hijack TWA Flight 847 over Greece.
1985 - Andrew C. Thornton II dies in a parachuting mishap over Tennessee while strapped with 40 kilos of cocaine and various pieces of military gear. Thornton had been a lead figure in a drug trafficking outfit simply known as The Company. Thornton had worked in the narcotics division of his local police force and had associates in the DEA and government including the son of Kentucky Governor Albert "Happy" Chandler. There has been speculation about but no definitive proof of links between Thornton's operation and drug trafficking in the Iran-Contra scandal.
1986 - Secret arms deals with Iran come to the public's attention in the Iran-Contra Affair. In a deal to secure the release of hostages, the Reagan administration ships weapons to Iran with help from Israel despite an arms embargo. Part of the funds from the sale are diverted to fund the right-wing Contras militias in Nicaragua. Lt. Colonel Oliver North is convicted for his involvement but the conviction is later overturned. Eleven total convictions are made but all will be pardoned in the final days of the Bush presidency.
1986 - Barry Seal, a drug pilot for the CIA and Medellín Cartel, is gunned down in Baton Rouge. Amongst his personal possessions at the time of death are a paper with phone numbers for George H. W. Bush  as well as an office at Area 51.
1986 - Charlie Rogers "commits suicide" after telling family members that he feared for his life and that if anything should happen to him they should contact his attorney. Rogers had been a lover of Larry King, a rising star in the Republican party who had been accused of running a child prostitution ring catering to the rich and powerful.
1986 - Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme is assassinated. The crime is still officially unsolved and numerous theories exist about the culprit or culprits.
1987 - Jonathan Pollard, an American civilian intelligence contractor, is found guilty of passing classified information to Israel.
1987 - Journalist Tap Van Pham is assassinated in California by members of VOECRN, an anti-communist organization.
1988 - Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and several of his top advisors are killed in a plane crash. Various parties are accused of sabotaging the plane, but no decisive conclusion is reached.
1989 - The Atlacatl Battalion, trained in the U.S. at the School of the Americas, murders six Salvadorean Jesuit priests along with their housekeeper and her daughter.
1989 - A coup attempt against the government of Philippine President Corazon Aquino is thwarted with U.S. intervention.
1989 - A sudden, massive invasion of medflies descends on California. Scientists believe that the plague is the result of bioterrorism, and eventually an ecoterrorist group calling itself "The Breeders" claims responsibility. No one is ever arrested for the crime, however, and solid proof that this person or group was indeed responsible is never produced. Regardless, the outbreak requires an eradication program costing the state upwards of $60 million.
1990 - Meir Kahane, a Zionist rabbi and leader of the right-wing terrorist Jewish Defense League is assassinated by El Sayyid Nosair, an Egyptian-American radical trained by CIA/FBI/Green Beret/Al-Qaeda asset Ali Mohamed. Nosair will be acquitted in the killing before going on to participate in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
1990 - The CIA launches Operation MIAS in an attempt to recover Stinger missiles given to the Mujahideen during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. The mission is an overwhelming failure, leaving hundreds of the weapons in the hands of Islamic warlords and militants.
1990 - A grand jury is convened to investigate charges that Larry King is running a child prostitution ring for elite clients. King is declared incompetent to stand trial while children who were prepared to testify against him are intimidated by the FBI. Investigator Gary Caradori is killed along with his eight-year-old son when their plane mysteriously breaks apart over Illinois. Various other witnesses and family members of witnesses also "commit suicide".
1991 - A CIA-backed coup removes Haiti's first democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, from office.
1991 - Occultist and historian Ioan Culianu is assassinated by parties unknown in a bathroom at the University of Chicago.
1991 - Journalist Danny Casolaro is found dead of an apparent suicide while working on an investigation tying together the Inslaw case, the Iran-Contra scandal, Bush's October Surprise, and BCCI.
1992 - Panamanian dictator and CIA asset Manuel Noriega is tried in the U.S. for drug trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering.
1992 - Journalist Manuel de Dios Unanue is assassinated in New York, allegedly on the orders of Cali cartel boss José Santacruz Londoño.
1993 - The World Trade Center is bombed by Muslim extremists. The terrorists had received training from CIA and FBI asset Ali Mohamed, and were provided with explosives by FBI informant Emad Salem, who recorded himself discussing this fact with the head of the FBI New York office. Seven people are killed and over a thousand are injured.
1993 - Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster is found dead in a park in Virginia of an apparent suicide. Limited evidence exists suggesting that he was either murdered or that he committed suicide elsewhere and his body was moved. Some of this evidence, however, may have been fabricated by political opponents of the Clintons.
1993 - The CIA announces that over the past decade Israel has secretly sold $8-10 billion worth of U.S. military technology to China.
1993 - Kuwaiti officials arrest a group of men allegedly plotting to assassinate former President Bush on behalf of Saddam Hussein. President Clinton orders 23 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired into Iraq in response.
1993 - OB/GYN doctor David Gunn is assassinated by anti-abortion terrorist Michael Griffin.
1994 - John Britton, the physician who replaced murdered OB/GYN David Gunn, is himself murdered by another anti-abortion terrorist, Paul Hill. Hill is an affiliate of the secretive Army of God.
1994 - Anti-abortion terrorist John Salvi shoots two receptionists and wounds five others at two Planned Parenthood clinics in Massachusetts. He is later found dead in prison with a plastic bag around his head.
1995 - The Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City is bombed. 168 people are killed and over 680 are injured. A federal investigation finds that the explosion was the result of a truck bomb left by Timothy McVeigh, with help from Terry Nichols and Michael and Lori Fortier. Bomb experts including General Benton Partin disagree, and local news footage seems to confirm that additional bombs were found inside the building. These facts, the fact that an unknown individual seen with McVeigh the day of the bombing is never found, the apparent simultaneous failure of numerous security cameras in the area of the bombing, the fortuitous absence of many federal agents from the Murrah building during the bombing, and many other anomalous facts suggest that the official story of the attack cannot be true.
1995 - A series of terrorist attacks known as the Bonjinka Plot are disrupted. Part of the plot includes a plan to fly a plane into the headquarters of the CIA.
1995 - Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated by Yigal Amir, a right-wing Israeli radical. Amir had been encouraged to carry out the assassination by Avishai Raviv, an agent provocateur working for Shin Bet.
1996 - MKULTRA subject Ted Kaczynski (aka The Unabomber) is arrested following a bombing campaign which had killed three and injured 23 others.
1996 - The Centennial Olympic Park in Georgia is bombed during the Summer Olympics by anti-gay and anti-abortion terrorist Eric Rudolph. It is the first of four bombings he will carry out, which will ultimately kill two people and injure at least 150 others.
1996 - Former CIA Director William Colby dies in an apparent boating accident.
1996 - The Khobar Towers complex in Saudi Arabia, while being used as barracks for U.S. troops, is bombed. 19 Air Force Personnel are killed and 372 other people are injured. Saudi, Iranian, and Al-Qaeda militants have variously been blamed for the attack.
1996 - Former President of Afghanistan Mohammad Najibullah is executed by the Taliban.
1997 - Princess Diana is killed in a car crash in Paris. Numerous accusations of a conspiracy to murder her have arisen, notably from Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed. Al-Fayed is the father of Dodi Fayed, Diana's boyfriend who was also killed in the crash.
1997 - The United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, a right-wing paramilitary group, use chainsaws and machetes to butcher around 30 civilians in Mapiripán, Colombia. Leaders of the death squad were trained to target civilian supporters of insurgent groups at the School of the Americas.
1998 - American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya are bombed, killing 224 and injuring over 4,000. Al-Qaeda and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad are blamed, although some of the bombers received training from CIA/FBI asset and Green Beret Ali Mohamed.
1998 - Two students in Columbine, Colorado carry out the deadliest high school massacre in American history. They kill 13 and injure 21 more before ending their own lives.
1998 - Physician Barnett Slepian is assassinated by anti-abortion terrorist James Kopp. Kopp is affiliated with a militant Roman Catholic group known as the Lambs of Christ.
1998 - In an incident designated Moonlight Maze, a cyber-attack of allegedly Russian origin targets The Pentagon, NASA, the Department of Energy, and other organizations.
1999 - The U.S. begins Plan Colombia, a massive military and economic aid program to Colombia, despite laws against providing military aid to governments with severe human rights abuse records. The plan is supposedly aimed at combating the drug trade, but both the volume and profits from Colombian cocaine trafficking only increase after the plan is implemented. Part of the plan involves DynCorp mercenaries dusting the countryside with a super-strength version of Monsanto's Roundup to destroy coca crops. The dusting also destroys the food crops of many peasants while causing numerous health problems and is often centered around Colombia's many oil pipelines, which supply a great deal of oil to America, and in which soon-to-be President Bush is heavily invested. Meanwhile, newly armed and supplied right-wing death squads continue to terrorize the population.
1999 - Two whistle-blowers independently reveal that DynCorp is involved in sex trafficking in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
1999 - John F. Kennedy, Jr. dies in a plane crash along with his wife and her sister. Although Kennedy was a competent pilot, his last radio communications were calm, and radar indicates that he was flying at the proper altitude and speed, news reports citing "unnamed sources" immediately spring up spreading misinformation about these and other facts relating to the crash.
1999 - A series of apartment bombings in Russia kill 293 and injure over 1,000. Former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko and journalist Anna Politkovskaya, among others, claim that the bombings are a false flag operation carried out by the Russian government to justify an invasion of Chechnya. Both will be murdered in 2006.
2000 - In September, the neoconservative think tank, Project for the New American Century, publishes a document entitled Rebuilding America's Defenses. In this document is detailed the belief that for America to remain the world's sole superpower into the coming century, it must have control of the oil and natural gas reserves in the Middle East and Central Asia. The authors of the report lament that the American people will never support the imperial conquest of the region "absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event, like a new Pearl Harbor".
2000 - Massive fraud hands the 2000 election to George Bush. Overall, Al Gore wins the popular vote by half a million. In the deciding state of Florida, over 57,000 people, primarily Democrats, are incorrectly listed as felons and thus barred from voting. Even despite this, independent recounts of the vote show that Gore still wins the Florida election. The Supreme Court, however, stops the official recount and declares Bush the winner.
2000 - The USS Cole, a Navy Destroyer, is the target of a suicide bombing.
2000 - Binyamin Kahane, son of Meir Kahane and head of the far-right Zionist terrorist group Kahane Chai, is assassinated. Palestinian militant groups including Force 17 and Fatah al-Islam are various blamed for the killing.
2001 - On September 11th, four passenger planes are hijacked, allegedly by Al-Qaeda terrorists. Two crash into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, one crashes into the Pentagon, and the fourth crashes in a remote field in Pennsylvania. A mountain of evidence suggests that the official account of these events cannot possibly be true. Some key points of this evidence include: the numerous highly specific warnings given to the U.S. by foreign governments prior to the attack, the numerous internal warnings from U.S. intelligence agencies tracking and monitoring many of the hijackers, and the funding of the hijackers by friendly Saudi and Pakistani sources such as when Pakistani Intelligence Director Mahmood Ahmed orders $100,000 wired to lead hijacker Mohamed Atta shortly before 9/11. On the morning of 9/11, incidentally, Mahmood Ahmed was in Washington, D.C., having breakfast with Bob Graham, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Porter Goss, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and future director of the CIA. Further evidence to consider includes the war games overseen by Dick Cheney on 9/11 which were already simulating plane hijackings and planes being crashed into buildings, and the possible controlled demolition of the twin towers along with WTC 7 on 9/11 as detailed by thousands of professional architects, engineers, physicists, and demolition experts. Taken together, these facts and other evidence strongly suggest that the events of 9/11 were facilitated by a handful of highly placed neoconservatives as a pretext for an invasion of the Middle East/Central Asia and the codification of a domestic police state.
2001 - The day before 9/11, Donald Rumsfeld announces that $2.3 Trillion is unaccounted for in the Pentagon's budget from the past several years. When Flight 77 hits the Pentagon the following day, it performs a difficult and inexplicable maneuver. Rather than simply diving down into the roof of the Pentagon from the direction it was approaching (which would have killed Rumsfeld in his office along with numerous other high-ranking Pentagon officials), the plane ends up hitting the opposite side of the building, where the Pentagon's financial records are stored (there are also Pentagon financial records stored off-site in WTC 7). Both Rumsfeld and the man directly in charge of these financial records, Dov Zakheim, are members of the Project for the New American Century. Perhaps coincidentally, from 1987-2001, Zakheim was CEO of SPC International, a subsidiary of System Planning Corporation. SPC makes, among other products, a system for remotely hijacking planes that are in flight.
2001 - Cheney, his staff, and other top officials begin taking Cipro, an antibiotic used to prevent or treat anthrax infection. One week later, letters containing anthrax spores are mailed to several news media offices and two Democratic U.S. Senators, killing five people and infecting 17 others. The two senators targeted, Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy, had opposed the PATRIOT Act but now declare their support for it. The Bush administration and media are quick to blame both Al-Qaeda and Iraq. When it is revealed that the anthrax was a weaponized strain originating from the biowarfare center at Fort Detrick, the FBI has the samples there destroyed, hindering subsequent investigations. A bio-weapons expert named Steven Hatfill is targeted by the FBI as a person of interest, and his name is leaked to the press resulting in widespread harassment. Hatfill is eventually exonerated and another employee at Fort Detrick named Bruce Ivins is put under investigation. Ivins dies of an apparent suicide and the FBI closes the case despite having no direct evidence that Ivins was actually behind the crime. Further investigation shows that the strain of anthrax which Ivins had access to for his work is not the same strain which was used in the attacks.
2001 - Despite being monitored by British intelligence, Richard Reid is allowed aboard American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami with explosives packed into his shoes. He attempts to set off his bomb but is thwarted by other passengers. Reid had been recruited into Al-Qaeda at a London mosque run by an informer to British authorities.
2002 - Senator Paul Wellstone, a leading progressive politician, dies in a plane crash over Minnesota. His death comes less than two weeks before an extremely close election crucial to determining which party will control the Senate. Some sources indicate that FBI agents sent to investigate the crash site actually left their offices before there was any indication of problems with the flight.
2002 - Reporter Daniel Pearl is investigating ties between the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistan's primary intelligence organization) and radical groups when he is kidnapped and shortly thereafter murdered. Kalid Sheikh Mohammed, Saif al-Adel, and Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh have been implicated in these events. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh is believed to have worked for ISI at one point.
2002 - For three weeks in October, the D.C. area is terrorized by a sniper who kills ten people and critically wounds three others. Eventually the local police chief appears on the news and announces that he has been told that the sniper needs to hear a cryptic message: "We have caught the sniper like a duck in a noose". The police chief urges the media to repeat this exact message frequently. Four hours later the sniper, John Allen Muhammad, and his young accomplice, Lee Malvo, are found sleeping in their car at a rest stop and arrested. Lee Malvo will claim that he was sexually abused and brainwashed into participating in the sniper plot, but this claim is dismissed. Malvo is given life in prison while John Allen Muhammad will be executed in 2009.
2002 - Military and business leaders fail in an attempted coup against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Chavez asserts that the U.S. supported the coup, and Rear Admiral Carlos Molina, a central leader of the coup, will later assert that "We felt we were acting with US support... we agree that we can’t permit a communist government here. The US has not let us down yet."
2002 - A covert action organization known as Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG) is formed. Among other operations, P2OG is tasked with launching "secret operations aimed at 'stimulating reactions' among terrorists and states possessing weapons of mass destruction—that is, for instance, prodding terrorist cells into action and exposing themselves to 'quick-response' attacks by U.S. forces".
2003 - Software company Ptech shuts down following a raid by federal agencies. Ptech had previously been allowed to operate for years despite known ties with terrorist financing while it provided software to numerous federal agencies including the FBI, Secret Service, Pentagon, and FAA. Following the company's closure it reopens under the name GoAgile and continues to carry out sensitive contracts for the government.
2003 - Former diplomat Joseph Wilson publishes an op-ed detailing his finding that Iraq had not purchased uranium from Niger and had no active WMD program. State Department official Richard Armitage then leaks to the press that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, is a covert CIA agent. A criminal investigation into the leak follows, but only Scooty Libby is ever convicted, and his sentence is ultimately commuted by President Bush.
2003 - UN weapons inspector David Kelly is found dead two days after appearing before a British parliamentary inquiry into his leaked report on Iraq's lack of WMDs. The death is ruled a suicide, and it is decided that all evidence surrounding the death will be sealed for 70 years.
2003 - A series of cyber-attacks against Lockheed Martin, NASA, and other organizations begins. The U.S. government blames the Chinese military, but no definitive proof is found.
2003 - A paramilitary group supported by the Colombian and U.S. governments carries out a massacre in the Colombian village of Betoyes. Hundreds flee as several people are killed and four girls are raped. One of them, aged 16, is already pregnant, and her fetus is ripped out and hacked apart with a machete.
2004 - Investigative journalist Gary Webb is found dead with two gunshot wounds to the head. The death is ruled a suicide. Webb had reported extensively on the CIA's involvement with the crack-cocaine epidemic of the 1980's as part of an effort to fund the Contras.
2004 - The Iraqi Wolf Brigade counter-terrorism unit is formed with the aid of James Steele, a U.S. Special Forces veteran who had previously helped to train Salvadorean death squads. The Wolf Brigade soon gains a reputation for mass killings and the use of torture.
2004 - Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, dies, possibly of polonium poisoning.
2004 - Train bombs in Madrid, Spain kill 191 people and wound around 2,000 others. Al-Qaeda and the Basque-separatist group ETA are variously blamed for the attacks. Six men are eventually prosecuted, but hard evidence of who masterminded the attacks never surfaces.
2004 - In response to widespread claims of fraud in the Ukrainian presidential election, massive protests break out across the nation in what becomes known as the Orange Revolution. Protesters are successful in forcing a new election which reverses the previous results.
2005 - On July 7th, four bombs explode in London- three on the Underground and one on a bus. 56 people are killed and more than 700 are injured. Islamic terrorists using backpack bombs are blamed, but there are a number of incongruities in the official story. Photos and eyewitness accounts reveal that the explosions on the trains came from beneath the floors, rather than from inside the trains. IDs for some of the alleged terrorists were recovered multiple times, in multiple locations. Terrorism response drills were also being run that morning, using a scenario where bombs would go off in precisely the same tube stations as were actually attacked.
2005 - Lebanese Prim Minister Rafic Hariri is assassinated. Syria, Hezbollah, and Israel have variously been implicated.
2006 - Julian Assange and Sunshine Press launch Wikileaks, and organization dedicated to sharing information leaked by government, military, and corporate whistleblowers.
2006 - An Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation reveals that 264 Department of Defense employees, many with top secret clearance, have been purchasing child pornography. The Pentagon declines to examine the overwhelming majority of these incidents.
2006 - Lawrence Franklin passes classified U.S. government documents to Israel through the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
2006 - Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya is murdered. Politkovskaya had been critical of Vladamir Putin and the Second Chechen War and had also speculated that the 1999 Russian apartment bombings were a false flag carried out by Russian Intelligence. Five men are eventually arrested for her murder, but none will say who ordered them to carry out the act.
2006 - Former KGB and FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko is murdered by polonium poisoning. Like journalist Anna Politkovskaya, he had also suggested that the 1999 Russian apartment bombings were a false flag operation.
2007 - Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto is assassinated shortly before a general election in which she was a leading candidate. Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Pakistani President Musharraf, and the ISI have been variously implicated.
2007 - Oakland, California journalist Chauncey Bailey is assassinated by an employee of Your Black Muslim Bakery, which Bailey was investigating in connection with a number of crimes.
2007 - The Department of Justice announces that it has arrested ten people conspiring to arm a coup attempt against the Communist government of Laos. The BATF states that they believe state senator Gary George to be involved in the plot. The investigation and prosecution are poorly executed, however, and eventually charges are dropped against everyone involved.
2008 - Arkansas state senator Bill Gwatney is murdered inside the Democratic Party Headquarters by Timothy Johnson. Johnson is killed by police in an ensuing chase. His motives remain unclear.
2009 - A military coup removes Honduran President Manuel Zelaya from power.
2009 - Guinea-Bissau President João Bernardo Vieira is assassinated by local army forces.
2009 - George Tiller is assassinated by anti-abortion terrorist Scott Roeder.
2009 - Cyber-attacks target several American corporations. The U.S. government blames China while the Chinese government states that the attacks were part of an internal conspiracy by the U.S. government.
2009 - Italian authorities confiscate $134.5 billion in bearer bonds from two men traveling to Switzerland. The men are released, but their identities are never revealed. Some of the bearer bonds were in $500 million and $1 billion denominations, although the U.S. Treasury department claims that bearer bonds have never been issued in amounts greater than $10,000. This explanation has been challenger, however, as forging bonds which don't actually exist would seem to serve no purpose since anyone with the cash to actually purchase such a bond would have the wherewithal to confirm their validity.