How Nazi Scientists Taught The CIA To Use LSD Against Soviet Spies
The CIA saw LSD as a potential "truth serum," according to FOIA documents obtained by Jacobsen, but it turned out to be an active metaphor for Cold War paranoia.Here's part of the excerpt published in the Daily Beast: Advertisement
The plan for the enhanced interrogation program was meant to be straightforward: drug the spies, interrogate the spies, and give them amnesia to make them forget. Instead, the program produced questionable results and evolved into one of the most notorious CIA programs of the Cold War, MKULTRA.
A total of 1,600 former Nazis were recruited in preparation for total war with the Soviet Union. Of the 21 scientists followed in the book, six of them stood trial at Nuremberg, Haaretz notes.In other words, these were some of the most maniacally brilliant minds of the genocidal Third Reich, working side-by-side with American intelligence.
unknowingly dosed with the drug and then fell from a New York hotel room to his death in 1953. Advertisement
All-in-all, a strange time in world history: Former Nazis became chief U.S. scientists, the CIA mistakenly believed that the Soviets might drug millions of Americans with LSD through the U.S. water system, and the world's most powerful spies were attempting to weaponize acid by dosing each other.