Before Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the National Security Agency's surveillance of American citizens, tales of that kind of privacy infringement may have sounded delusional. Test your knowledge of what's conspiracy and what's not in our quiz.
True or false: The U.S. government has dabbled in mind control.
What were the CIA's mind-control experiments that started in the 1950s called?
Project New Earth Army
True or false: The U.S. government has a weaponized weather control program.
Which Air Force base is Area 51 associated with?
Area 51 is not a real place.
Nellis Air Force Base
Edwards Air Force Base
How many countries reportedly participated in the CIA's secret "black site" detention prison program?
Who is Deep Throat?
True or false: No plane wreckage was found at the Pentagon crash site on 9/11.
Which heavy metal musician implied that Obama staged shootings to garner support for a gun ban?
Between 1956 and 1971, the FBI ran a program called COINTELPRO; what did the program do?
covert monitoring and disruption of domestic organizations and activities
covert monitoring and evaluation of public resources
covert monitoring and recording of domestic communication
What percentage of people with Internet access actually read online privacy policies and terms of service agreements?
more than 50 percent
about 20 percent
fewer than 2 percent
What percentage of Americans think Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone?
What does the acronym PRISM stand for?
Planning tool for Resource Integration, Synchronization, and Management
Private Review, Inquiry, Screening and Management
Planning tool for Regulation, Information, Surveillance and Monitoring
What percentage of new cars sold in the U.S. today are equipped with black boxes?
According to rumor, where did the U.S. government experiment with time travel, teleportation and parallel dimensions?
George Air Force Base in California
Montauk Air Force Station on Long Island
Loring Air Force Base in Maine
True or false: The Treasury Department intentionally poisoned booze in the 1920s.
When will/did RFID chip implants become mandatory for Americans?
There are no current plans.
What types of information might be included in a national ID system?
phone and Internet communications
health records and biographic information
all of the above
True or false: North Dakota isn't a state; it's a government conspiracy.
Which of the following is collected by the U.S. Postal Service under its Mail Isolation Control and Tracking surveillance program?
names and addresses
return addresses and postmark locations
any information available on the outside of the letter or parcel
The Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program launched in 2001; how many pieces of mail were photographed and cataloged by the USPS in 2012 alone?