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CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 07, 1977
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(Studio) 16 years ago, James Thornwell of Berkeley, California, was given general discharge from Army, judged to have mental problems; he says he's had psychiatric problems since then and has had trouble holding jobs. This week, Thornwell's attorney obtains formerly classified records from Army that may tell why Thornwell has had problems.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Oakland, California) Accding. to records just released by Army, Thornwell was given LSD by Army in 1961 without own knowledge or permission. Thornwell was stationed in Orleans, France, at time and drug was administered to try to find out if he'd stolen classified papers, as Army suspected. [THORNWELL - describes questioning by Army interrogators and experiences after telling them he didn't know where documents were.] Thornwell says he never stole any documents and that aftereffects of LSD linger. [THORNWELL - describes pain he still has.] Attorney plans to sue government for amt. still to be determined.
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg

Cronkite, Walter;
Goldberg, Bernard

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