Top 10 Terrible Things the USA Did to its Own Citizens — TopTenzNet

Top 10 Terrible Things the USA Did to its Own Citizens — TopTenzNet


10 Terrible Things the USA Did to its Own
Citizens 10. McCarthyism This dark period of United States history
saw anti-communist hysteria reach its boiling point. Led by Senator Joseph McCarthy and
J. Edgar Hoover, hundreds of Americans were imprisoned and others lost their jobs for
simply being subpoenaed to testify. Many who were imprisoned did not even have connections
to communist organizations but were victims of circumstance. An industry affected greatly
by the era was Hollywood. Many actors, writers and directors were blacklisted and unable
to work. Notable Americans that suffered as a result of persecution include Lucille Ball,
Dalton Trumbo, W.E.B Dubois, as well as Charlie Chaplin. McCarthyism also led to the targeting of homosexuals
who were viewed as threats to “national security.” Fear mongering allowed McCarthy
and others to create programs that allowed them to spy on government employees in the
hopes of outing them as homosexual and demonstrating they were not loyal government citizens. Ironically,
McCarthy’s own sexual affiliation and behavior became a point of contention and caused him
to lose political standing. 9. Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment A study that meant to document the natural
progression of untreated syphilis in poor African American men is now a testament to
government abuse. The most amazing fact of this study is not that public health officials
were willing to carry out the study, but that it carried on for 40 years. It continued until
1972, when a whistle blower by the name of Peter Buxtun came forward to expose the study. In 1932, public health officials wanted to
study the effects of syphilis on African Americans as it was thought that the disease would have
a different affect on black people. A total of 600 impoverished sharecroppers from Alabama
were enrolled in the study, and 399 of the men already had syphilis when it began. By
1943, antibiotic penicillin demonstrated an ability to cure the disease, but the officials
did not divulge or treat the infected with the antibiotic, or even tell the patients
they had the disease. By 1972, 28 people had died of syphilis and 100 were dead of related
complications. Additionally, 19 children were born with congenital syphilis as a result. 8. Project MKUltra The Tuskegee syphilis experiment wasn’t
the only time the government used citizens for experiments, either. During the Cold War,
the CIA commissioned Project MKUltra in an attempt to identify drugs that could be used
for torture and to force the victims to divulge secrets through mind control. Initially, CIA
officials used victims that “could not fight back” but eventually widened the scope. The program was sanctioned despite the fact
that it used test subjects who were unaware and unwilling to participate. Methods used
included administration of LSD, barbiturate IV, amphetamine IV, heroin, morphine, and
mescaline, with non-drug methodologies including sleep deprivation, isolation, sensory deprivation,
verbal and sexual abuse, and various forms of torture. Project MKUltra was performed on a host of
Americans throughout various institutions including hospitals, colleges, prisons, and
pharmaceutical companies. One of the victims of the study was Ted Kaczynski – better
known as the Unabomber. 7. COINTELPRO In response to the growing radicalism of the
oppressed segments of population, the FBI led a government sanctioned plan called COINTELPRO
(short for Counter Intelligence Program) to spy on these organizations and their most
prominent members. J. Edgar Hoover ordered agents to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit,
neutralize or otherwise eliminate” the most prominent leaders of radical organizations.
The main targets of the government’s illegal activities were civil rights organizations
and black power supporters. The overall range of surveillance was broad
and included the Rainbow Coalition, the American Indian movement, white supremacist groups,
the New Left, and even the likes of Albert Einstein (a noted socialist). The actions
and existence of the program were well known and even approved by President Kennedy. Methods used by COINTELPRO were far-reaching
and effective in disrupting the targets. The FBI was able to infiltrate many of the organizations,
and were also able to discredit and harass them by planting stories and spreading misinformation
that splintered the groups. The program was kept secret until 1971 when a burglary into
FBI offices led to the discovery of documents that exposed the operation. 6. Murder of Fred Hampton It’s horrific to think that a government
could murder one of its own citizens but that is exactly what happened to Fred Hampton.
A revolutionary and political organizer, one of Hampton’s most powerful achievements
was negotiating a non-aggression pact between Chicago’s most violent street gangs. Hampton
was seen as a charismatic leader and quickly rose through the ranks of the Black Panthers.
The Black Panthers began to splinter as a result of COINTELPRO, and Hampton worked hard
to keep the party together – something that did not sit well with J. Edgar Hoover. In 1967, the FBI opened a file on Hampton
that would eventually expand to over 4,000 pages. The night before his murder, Hampton
dined with several affiliates and was slipped a powerful barbiturate by an FBI informant.
Police officers raided Hampton’s home at 4:00 a.m. and murdered Hampton along with
Mark Clark, another party member. In a press conference after the murder, officers stated
that they had defended themselves against a “violent” group of Panthers. Charges
of aggravated assault and attempted murder against all other Panthers arrested that night
were later dropped. 5. Hurricane Katrina Yes, we know the government didn’t cause
Hurricane Katrina. While that statement is correct, the inept response to the crisis
rests firmly on the government, and the ensuing fallout on the Gulf Coast will be remembered
as a tragic and epic failure. Katrina was the fifth deadliest natural disaster
in United States history and its aftermath left citizens without food, water, and shelter.
Many Americans died as a result of thirst, exhaustion, and, sadly, violence after the
storm. An enduring image of the crisis is one of school buses that could have been used
in the evacuation, but instead sat empty in parking lots due to local government’s refusal
to put them into service. Amazingly, the administration had not declared a state of emergency for
the coastal parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, and Plaquemines leading up to the disaster.
Testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee later revealed that this was due to Louisiana
governor Kathleen Blanco failing to include those parishes in her request for assistance. A total of 1,836 people died across seven
states due in large part to slow response times and poorly coordinated rescue and relief
efforts. 4. Shays’ Rebellion It’s easy to believe that the earliest American
citizens had grievances against the government. Many patriots of the war were barely paid
for their efforts and returned home with great debt. Instead of easing the debt of veterans,
state governments called court hearings for tax and debt collection, and many individuals
had their farmland seized. A farmer named Plough Jogger described his
plight at a commoners meeting, saying “I have been greatly abused, have been obliged
to do more than my part in the war, been loaded with class rates, town rates, province rates,
Continental rates and all rates … been pulled and hauled by sheriffs, constables and collectors,
and had my cattle sold for less than they were worth.” Daniel Shays, an aggrieved farmer, organized
4,000 rebels to stage an uprising against the Massachusetts government that was earnestly
put down by local and state militia. Four rebels were killed, and hundreds were arrested
with 18 sentenced to death. In the end only two were hanged for their participation, and
Shays received a full pardon. 3. Capital Punishment The use of capital punishment is a long debated
topic, but what cannot be argued is that sometimes the wrongfully convicted find themselves on
death row. Some have even been executed before the chance for exoneration. A recent study
estimated that 4.1% of death row defendants would be cleared if held on sentence of death
indefinitely. The study highlighted that it is unknowable to determine the accuracy of
criminal conviction because there is no systemic method of review. However, in cases of death
row, a process does exist. As a result, we’re able to know and determine a rate of exoneration
for death row defendants. One tragic case involves the execution of
Cameron Todd Willingham. In 1992, he was convicted of murdering his three young children by arson.
Strapped to the gurney, Willingham yelled that he was an innocent man but his protests
were ignored. The Innocence Project began looking into Willingham’s case, and in 2006
submitted forensic evidence that proved his pleas were rooted in fact. Willingham is just
one of many that have been killed for crimes they didn’t commit. 2. Persecution of Whistleblowers One of the cornerstones of the United States
is the right to free speech, and while we are not free from repercussion in the private
sector, we expect protection from the government. Daniel Ellsberg learned this wasn’t always
the case when he released the Pentagon Papers, becoming the victim of personal attacks and
a campaign against him by President Nixon. Presidential aides broke into Ellsberg’s
psychiatrist’s office hoping to find information that would discredit him. When that failed,
they planned to break into his home but were not given authorization. Another example of the grave consequences
about speaking against the government is the case of discharged soldier Chelsea Manning
(formerly Bradley Manning). Manning released material pertaining to a 2007 Baghdad airstrike,
the 2009 Granai airstrike in Afghanistan and the release of 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables.
Manning was prosecuted under the 1917 Espionage Act and was sentenced to 35 years’ imprisonment. Similarly, the persecution of Edward Snowden
is well known, with his whistleblowing putting him on the run from the US government. 1. The Drone Killing of a US Teenager In recent years the US military has greatly
increased the use of drones in the fight against terrorism, and nations like Yemen and Pakistan
have felt the brunt with many human rights organizations documenting the great civilian
causalities. Sometimes, even American citizens meet their demise by predator drones. Abdulrahman Anwar al-Awlaki was a 16-year-old
boy living in Yemen, who was killed while eating dinner at an outdoor restaurant. Like
his father, he was an American citizen but became an inadvertent target due to his dad’s
work as a propagandist for al-Aqaeda. It remains unknown why Abdulrahman was killed, as the
CIA had already killed Anwar al-Awlaki and the young boy had no affiliations with any
terrorist organizations. Anonymous tips have indicated the intended target was Ibrahim
al-Banna, an senior al-Qaeda operative, and Abdulrahman’s death is typically chalked
up to merely being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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    David Mentzer

    I was very happy you stated the real facts about hurricane Katrina being largely in part to local government incompetent handling (I was on ground for 4 months during the initial response – gross local incompetence versus media blaming the Feds) and of course followed for a long time after given my personal experience. It was heartbreaking to see the suffering local/state government caused the residents (I was in St Bernard Parish).

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    Brian Jackson

    Why is the unibomber in prison if the government basically made him what he was they turned him crazy and then imprisoned him because of his programming that failed

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    Christopher Russell

    I think we can put this all down to the ignorance and naivety of the American people. It is a known fact in Europe that the American people are very patriotic and brain washed to a point of stupidity. They really must see the world beyond their borders!

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    snowystar2

    wonder what other countries have done against their own Citizens as well. just wondering since no one is perfect and just interesting sometimes.

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    Sam Thomas

    What a coincidence that the unibomber was apart of MKUltra. With all the school shootings going on shows MKUltra is still going on.. Cops lying on police reports and giving higher charges so they can throw people in jails for months so when they get out there either really far behind on bills or lost there homes and vehicles all together and when they get out they have court fines, court mandated classes that cost money and probation supervision fees. If they don't pay government fees and fines they go back to jails or prisons. Messed up broken system.

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    Jim Houston

    Of course after viewing this, I immediately scanned your "insights" to see what terrible things were perpetrated by the people of your own culture. Alas, it seems that jolly old England is squeaky clean and above reproach.

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    Tyler Christensen

    The IRS persecuting conservatives. And I'm not a conservative. I'm more of a classical liberal. Oh, and don't forget the NSA's massive spying apparatus, which is in large part due to the USA P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act.

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    Weight Loss at 59

    Infecting blankets with small pox and issuing to native americans, then making them walk the hundreds of miles in Trail of Tears. CDC. Agent Orange dropped on OUR troops. Imprisoning Japanese Americans during the war with Japan. Katrina – the taking of land from the poor. They could get their houses and land back IF they had their documents. FEMA. The atrocities in the astrodome allowed to go on, and the mililtary shooting civilians. The first nuke tests on young men, told to "cover themselves with wet newspapers." Military "interrogation" methods developed by experimenting on prisoners or the uneducated and poor. Military and government are OWNED. They are not human.

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    Weight Loss at 59

    ALSO in history: What the UK did to its East Indian citizens. What it did t its lower classes. Its Doctors doing horrific, invasive procedures to its citizens. The dungeons. Citizens tortured and killed for tax money. Medieval history, 'nuff said. The Irish and the Scots. The European witch hunts and spanish inquisition.

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    Nunya Bizness

    In Puerto Rico that also tested agent orange on the public also they bombed certain towns and we were injected with cancer cells in an experiment etc.

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    Bumble Butt

    And people refuse that 9/11 was an inside job. "Oh, our government would never do something like that" Damned ignorant fools the lot of you.

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    James Meritt

    Concur with the internment/concentration camps for Japanese-Americans and the distribution of smallpox contaminated blankets to American Indians!

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    Trebor Ironwolfe

    Simon, these are some UBER harsh statements in this video.. while I accept the idea of "necessary action" to protect one's position, I just can't stomach any more of the brutalities you report here as being factual. Alas, I seem to have found my bias in recent years.. I promise I will listen as long as I can stand, but when that time passes.. Treb… Out.

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    JL JR

    Y’all can thank Obama for changing the law allowing American citizens to be targeted with drones… including IN the us. Civilian deaths are now categorized as “enemy non-combatants”

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    SewardWriter

    Don't forget that the Republican Party has blocked all attempts to instate socialized medicine. People choose to die of heart attacks, asthma, and cancer because treatment would put them in catastrophic debt.

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    Mac Sten

    Interesting about Ted Kaczynski's participation in MKUltra project. Wonder through what institution (@3:30) it occurred (hospitals, colleges, prisons, pharmaceutical companies). Could it have influenced what he eventually did?

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    StellaBean Purry

    That was Obama, that American teenager in Yemen. Yet he is said to have no scandals. He killed a lot of people and did some really awful things. Even he admitted what he did in Libya was his greatest regret, leaving it a lawless mess with active slave markets in which black African men are castrated. (Or maybe he meant lying to Americans about that video triggering Benghazi.)

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    Pablo Herrera

    Remember chris kyle was bragging about taking out killing looters at Katrina hes says he killed dozens

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    Earl Barnes

    Number 11. Opioid epidemic lie!

    Due to financial gain, the government decided to spread misinformation and lies.
    This resulted in millions of legitimateCPP to suffer and die, some took their own lives, some turned to the black market and many died of heart failure” Due to untreated pain” this still happens today! To make matters worst….many CPP are labeled addicts and treated badly.

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    Shoto Todoroki

    The busses were not simply a matter of the government saying, "we will not use these busses to help evacuate people because we are a horrible government", like you claim happened. The government actually secured an astonishing number of busses and other transportation and requested that people use them to leave the area, but the stubborn people refused to leave because there was no Forced evacuation (which is extremely rare to have). After the storm started and the levees were failing, the busses were flooded, damaged and out right completely destroyed (as you clearly showed in the picture) making them impossible to use. The government could have done more, yes, but you imply that they did nothing to help anybody, and the truth is most people thought they could simply ride out the storm and be ok, thus they refused to leave the area.

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    Shoto Todoroki

    The last points you made don't make sense. Capitol punishment is not an unusual thing. The whistleblowers were convicted of theft/treason/espionage, they were not innocent people. And the person was killed in a warzone, in the middle east, and was connected with a huge TERRORIST ORGANIZATION!!!

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    Malonated_Muslim76

    U left out Convict leasing. Jim Crow,Redlining, Senaca Village and the whole Act of Slavery, which is the most tragic and horrific thing Any Country in the history of the WORLD has down to its own citizens.

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    Sam S

    Hey, I appreciate that these videos have subtitles, but why do they always start when the list starts, and not from the very beginning?

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    Kiba Kurosaki

    Number 2, just proves free speech is non existent. I heard that whistleblowers have a right to whistleblow against their employer especially for health and safety (at least that's true in the UK where I live)

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    Joe Russo

    Do not buy any 4K Ultra TVs
    4 Mk ultra… they just leave the ml out… it's an LED TV that can send information and commands into your brain.. they actually have a patent for the technology and it is current look it up for yourself if you don't believe me

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    izzykhach

    Gimme a break, there are maybe six legit activites on the list that are concerted efforts on the part of the government to hurt its citizens. The rest are a stretch and some have an agenda behind them. Also, you missed some real ones, like the interment of Japanese citizens during WWII.

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    Josh French

    Growing up in britain i used idolise america but through the years I've learned how horrible the American govt can be. Id rather visit Moscow or Novisibirsk than New York or LA, America is in such unrest with shootings and that right now id never feel safe in the US. I never ever thought id say this but i like Russia over America any day. Russia isnt innocent but your less likely to be murdered there to be honest.

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    Kimberly Creel

    There's also the indian removal act and forced sterilization of indigenous women that's still going on in some cases.

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    Kathleen Kaiser

    I was born on the American base in Cuba of American parents in 1961. Because of the fear of Communism in our coyntry I was ridiculed my entire childhood. I was called a Fidelite and acommie my entire childhood.

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    Debra Sparks

    We kidnapped innocent people, and made them slaves.. put Americans into internment camps, and gave the REAL natives smallpox covered blankets, and stole their land… Americans are monsters. Oh and also forced birth control on people who were in state hospitals … I’m a disabled person and we had to sue the U.S. Postal service for wheelchair ramps !!!

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    Keith Garland

    F'n please. A tommy talking about the 'sins' of America. Yes, we have erred but we are the only country that airs its dirty laundry and then works like hell to correct it. Lets talk about Britains 'Prince Andrew Epstein', your treatment of the Irish and the Scottish nation not to mention India.

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    Leonard McGaha

    About Katrina in Louisiana U must remember that the governor must give the government permission to enter a state even for help or it would be a act of war.. the governor didn't for 2 days

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    Baylor58 Duncan

    Bullocks Whistler, The Federal Govt tried for at least two weeks to get an evacuation of NOLA, the inept Democrats in charge ignored. I watched with my own eyes as ignorant pregnant stoned folks refused to leave while standing waist deep in flood waters, you can fix stupid.

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    Mid Null

    Every country did similar things to its inhabitants… or even far worse. It's not an American thing it's a human thing…

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    John Fabio

    11 – German genocide followed by making German state prisoners victims by calling prisons concentration camps !

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    Doug Billman

    The FBI… federal BUREAU of IMBICILES… the DOJ, DEPARTMENT of jerkoffs…if you want to be jerked around… call the DOJ…if you want to frame someone… call the FBI… want a Nazi to do something, for you… call the CIA…D.C. IS A FOREIGN CORPORATION… NOT EVEN AMERICAN… RAN BY THE CITY OF LONDON…IT IS OWNED BY THE CITY OF LONDON…LOOK… DO NOT TAKE MY WORD FOR IT…LOOK…YOU THINK YOU HAVE A CHOICE… YOU DO NOT………

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    margaret johnson

    citzens united. the WORST decision in history by the SCOTUS. bribery has no legitimate place in politics and buying politicians is about as bad as it can get.

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    Beverly Balius

    Well apparently the Government didn’t clean out the Communists of Hollywood , they are now raving Lunatics and we call them Democrats!!!

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