[Marxism] What Cold War CIA Interrogators Learned from the Nazis - The Daily Beast

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Feb 11 07:57:48 MST 2014

At a secret black site in the years after the end of WWII, CIA and US 
intelligence operatives tested LSD and other interrogation techniques on 
captured Soviet spies—all with the help of former Nazi doctors. An 
excerpt from Annie Jacobsen’s Operation Paperclip, published this week.

It was 1946 and World War II had ended less than one year before. In Top 
Secret memos being circulated in the elite ‘E’ ring of the Pentagon, the 
Joint Chiefs of Staff were preparing for ‘total war’ with the Soviets—to 
include atomic, chemical, and biological warfare. They even set an 
estimated start date of 1952. The Joint Chiefs believed that the U.S. 
could win this future war, but not for reasons that the general public 
knew about. Since war’s end, across the ruins of the Third Reich, U.S. 
military officers had been capturing and then hiring Hitler’s weapons 
makers, in a Top Secret program that would become known as Operation 
Paperclip. Soon, more than 1,600 of these men and their families would 
be living the American dream, right here in the United States. From 
these Nazi scientists, U.S. military and intelligence organizations 
culled knowledge of Hitler’s most menacing weapons including sarin gas 
and weaponized bubonic plague.


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