Secret Government Black Projects That Might Actually Exist

The US Government has numerous secret plans and projects in the works at all times. Some are technological, others political, and some dedicated to simply preserving the continuity of government should a disaster strike. Many of these have been declassified, giving us a look at the inner workings of secret government programs and operations once deemed to be too sensitive for most people to even know about.

But while many such top secret government projects exist, there are an equal or greater number of such government black projects and secret government experiments that aren't real, and were made up at some point by conspiracy theorists or authors. Some are secret bases, others dastardly plots. Which are real and which are just nonsense? From the highest levels of government to the US military,  there are plenty of rumored secret projects based in various levels of actual fact.

Here's a list of the "secret government black projects" that are all thought by some to actually be plots by the government to build advanced weapons or imprison enemies. Some are real, some aren't. Can you tell which ones are true and which are the products of someone's imagination?

  • Sea Shadow (IX-529)

    Sea Shadow (IX-529)
    Photo: US Navy employee / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    It might have a sinister sounding name, but Sea Shadow (IX-529) was simply a prototype stealth ship built by Lockheed for the US Navy. Its purpose was to test the configuration and stability of various hull types in preparation for radar-invisible naval ships.

    Sea Shadow was first housed in San Diego, then Benicia, CA until being sold to the highest bidder for scrapping. It was unarmed and never meant for anything other than testing.

  • Boeing X-37 Space Plane
    Photo: United States Air Force / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    A recently declassified space plane, the Boeing X-37 was transferred from NASA to the secretive military research arm DARPA in 2004. It wasn't publicly acknowledged again until 2010, when its first mission ended. Three versions of the X-37 have spent nearly 1,400 days in space - with the most recent mission ending in October, 2014.

  • The Report from Iron Mountain

    Supposedly the findings of an ultra-secretive government panel, "The Report from Iron Mountain" seems to detail exactly how the US will cook up fraudulent wars and conflicts in order to tighten its grip on the populace, with a 1984 style campaign of propaganda and jingoism. Meeting in a secret nuclear bunker (Iron Mountain), the group is said to have sent their findings to President Johnson, who was furious and ordered the book suppressed.

    In reality, the Report is a hoax, perpetrated by a writer who owned up to the fraud in 1972. Despite this, many conspiracy theorists hold to its authenticity, based on the success of the Report itself, which was a New York Times bestseller in 1967. Anything that popular and bought into must be real, and only called a hoax as disinformation.
  • SR-72

    Video: YouTube

    The successor aircraft to the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, the Lockheed SR-72 is a real design, though it hasn't been built yet (that we know of.) It would be an unmanned, hypersonic drone craft able to travel over Mach 6.

  • Dulce Base

    Dulce Base
    Video: YouTube

    The creation of a UFO researcher from New Mexico, Dulce Base is supposedly a massive, seven-level underground complex designed to hold thousands of captured aliens and dissenting humans. Horrible experiments, advanced weapons research, and even alien-human cloning are said to take place at this awful government base.

    However, all of the "evidence" of Dulce Base is either the ramblings of paranormal researchers or simply made up. There's nothing in Dulce, NM except rocks, sand, and a small population of Native Americans.
  • Project Sigma

    Supposedly a joint NSA/CIA project designed to facilitate communication with alien species, Project Sigma is popular on UFO websites, but has no basis in reality. According to the lore, the project was successful and led to alien/human contact at some point in the late '50s, when a treaty was signed to allow Grey aliens to experiment on humans.

    However, no such aliens or treaty has compelling evidence to support it, and the actual government attempt to communicate with aliens, SETI, is far from secret.