Monday, January 2, 2017

The Cold War psychiatric experiments at Edgewood Arsenal

In the December 17, 2012 issue of The New Yorker, Raffi Khatchadourian wrote a deeply disturbing article on the US military's Cold War human testing program at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland, where soldiers were exposed to chemical weapons such as sarin, as well as psychoactive drugs such as PCP and LSD. The military was interested in drugs that could incapacitate the enemy and aid in interrogation.

One of the most harrowing stories recounted by Khatchadourian involves the mistreatment of a young black soldier from Boiling Springs, South Carolina named James Thornwell, who was dosed with LSD and tortured. His story emerged years later in an investigation by 60 Minutes.


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