Under Paperclip, for example, the U.S. government imported some of the same scientists who were responsible for conducting the infamous hypothermia experiments, altitude tests, and salt water experiments on prisoners in Dachau Concentration Camp.
The operation also brought individuals like Kurt Blome, former head of the Nazi bio-weapons unit, into the U.S. Blome had conducted tests of Sarin nerve gas on prisoners in Auschwitz.
When individuals with particular skill sets are adopted into an organization, their skills and the methods they employ tend to become normalized. The case of the Nazi scientists is no exception. In fact, numerous tests and experiments were conducted on U.S. citizens, against their will or without their knowledge, in the period following WWII up through at least the 1970s. As had occurred during the war, those subjected to these abuses were often groups who could not fight back, particularly prisoners and members of the military.
U.S. soldiers, for example, were used to test mustard gas when they were told they’d be “testing summer clothing.” Conscientious objectors during the Vietnam War, mostly Seventh-Day Adventists, were used in experiments and exposed to rabbit fever, hepatitis A, and plague during “Operation Whitecoat.”
Inmates from at least two prisons found themselves subjected to the most intimate of radiation experiments as their genitals were bombarded with direct radiation. Men at these prisons received some 600 rads of direct radiation to their testicles, although it was common knowledge to the medical community at the time that only eight rads had measurable impacts of reproductive health. The men experienced a whole host of nasty side effects including rashes, blisters, and skin peeling. In the months and years that followed, the subjects experienced a variety of sexual problems, degeneration of their bones, and other diseases.
- George Washington UniversityPolitical Science, 2002 - 2006
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