Wiretaps and Tinfoil Hats: The Privacy Quiz
by Staff
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.

  • true
  • false

What were the CIA's mind-control experiments that started in the 1950s called?

  • Project MK-LSD
  • Project MK-ULTRA
  • Project New Earth Army

True or false: The U.S. government has a weaponized weather control program.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • 104
  • 54
  • 34

Who is Deep Throat?

  • Bob Woodward
  • John Dean
  • Mark Felt

True or false: No plane wreckage was found at the Pentagon crash site on 9/11.

  • true
  • false

Which heavy metal musician implied that Obama staged shootings to garner support for a gun ban?

  • Scott Ian
  • Dave Mustaine
  • Kirk Hammett

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?

  • 70 percent
  • 32 percent
  • 19 percent

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?

  • 96 percent
  • 70 percent
  • 30 percent

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.

  • true
  • false

When will/did RFID chip implants become mandatory for Americans?

  • 2005
  • 2014
  • 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
  • photographs
  • all of the above

True or false: North Dakota isn't a state; it's a government conspiracy.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • about 1 million
  • about 1 billion
  • about 160 million
  • about 160 billion