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Monday, August 15, 2011

That the CIA planned to use a fake space alien invasion to try to trick the population of Earth

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Following the panic caused by Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" Broadcast, the US Government began to study whether using such a device to scare the public into a specific political direction might be practical.

Under the code name Operation BARSOOM an isolated town in New Mexico was used as a test bed. The project managers covertly took control over the telephone wires leading in and out of the town, faked shortwave radio broadcasts and jammed real shortwave signals to isolate the town.

Then the story of a space invasion was fed to the town population and the reactions studied. From this study it was concluded that a faked invasion of space aliens would prove a powerful tool to unite the Earth's population through terror and xenophobia, a plan quite literally from science fiction.

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