The U.S. Army is trying to delay a court order that would reveal how Vietnam veterans were secretly used as test subjects for experimentation by the US during the Cold War.
According to Courthouse News, the veterans claim the “Administrative Procedure Act obligates the [US government] to provide notice to test subjects and to provide them medical care.”
Individual soldiers and Vietnam Veterans of America filed a lawsuit against the US Army, US Department of Defense and CIA in January 2009 requesting details about testing that was performed during “Project Paperclip."
The New York Times reported in 2010 about how some Nazis, including scientists, were knowingly given "safe haven" in the US under "Project Paperclip," after World War II, because they agreed to work with the CIA.
Several veterans told CNN in 2012 how they were experimented on, but not informed of the dangers or the specific drugs (video below).
"It just did not look like a military base, more like a hospital," recalled Army Pvt. Tim Josephs, who volunteered for a two-month assignment at the Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland on January 1, 1968.
"Sometimes it was an injection, other times it was a pill," added Josephs. "A lot of chemicals were referred to as agent one or agent two."
The veteran's lawsuit states, “With the help of Nazi scientists recruited through ‘Project Paperclip,’ the Army and CIA used at least 7,800 veterans as human guinea pigs at the Edgewood Arsenal, [Maryland] alone."
“The U.S. government sought drugs to control human behavior, cause confusion, promote weakness or temporary loss of hearing and vision, induce hypnosis, and enhance a person’s ability to withstand torture,” adds the lawsuit.
The lawsuit also claims that the US government “administered at least 250 and perhaps as many as 400 types of drugs, among them Sarin, one of the most deadly drugs known, amphetamines, barbiturates, mustard gas, phosgene gas and LSD.”
The lawsuit also says that chemicals were given to vets “above the known toxic threshold” and left many vets with “excruciating pain, blackouts, memory loss, hallucinations, flashbacks, trauma, psychotic disorders, and other lasting health problems.”
Sources: Courthouse News, CNN, The New York Times