The vast majority of us live out our lives as members of a large audience. We pay our taxes, and work jobs that serve society in some function or another, but we don’t really ever get to have much of a peek at what happens behind the curtain.
Some of us speculate as to what’s really happening behind the scenes – those of us who do are often disdainfully referred to as ‘conspiracy theorists.’
And that’s exactly how the whistleblowers behind the four cases I’m about to share with you were once seen – as unqualified speculators with little basis for their accusations against the powers that be.
But while conspiracy theories like the ones behind 9/11 and the moon landing have yet to be proven, these four are known to be true.
1. Black Budget World
Every year, the government releases reports detailing how dollars are spent for government purposes. And for good reason. This is no chump change — in 2015 the federal government spent $3.7 trillion.
Since 2007, when these reports first began being released, there has been speculation as to whether or not all of it was really accounted for.
That speculation turned into a quantifiable no in 2013 when a former NSA contractor released documents showing the U.S. Department of Defense receives upwards of $50 million annually that virtually disappears.
You’ve probably heard of him – Edward Snowden. He’s currently hiding in Russia.
2. The CIA Is Responsible For ISIS.
Remember that time we all forgot how horrible Vladimir Putin was when he flipped the lid on the CIA’s responsibility for the creation of ISIS?
One day we were all beating up the dude for Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine and then the next day we were praising him for exposing how horrible the U.S. government is.
Hey, even terrible people are right sometimes.
3. Certain Inventions
Let’s face it – some inventions would change the course of life and our economy more than we think. The above comic might be a joke from a cartoon but just think about how much life as we know it would change if a cure for cancer became available.
The existence of this act was brought to light thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, which – unsurprisingly – is incredibly hard to get information through.
4. The Trans-Pacific Partnership
12 Pacific nations are involved in talks with the U.S. regarding a trade deal. It’s all very hush-hush at this point but details are slowly coming to light and it’s no longer the speculative rumor it used to be.