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Biological Warfare #251312

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 08, 1977
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(Studio) In report to Congress, Army reveals biological warfare tests conducted on civilian targets in United States from 1949 to 1969.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Some details of report noted. 1 such test in DC's National Airport in 1965 cited; Army had used bacteria thought to be harmless, but later was proved to cause infection; Army continued use of such bacteria after some suspicion raised. [Senator Richard SCHWEIKER - cites Army continuance of bacteria use after Fort Detrick safety officer said he felt there was serious problem and also after American Medical Association said test had caused death.] [Army physician Brigadier General William AUGERSON - hazard of organism not brought to general attention of medical profession till 1969 in "Lancet" and 1970 in "Journal of AMA."] Other points of report noted, include fact that Defense Secretary Harold Brown, as Pentagon aide in 1961, urged expansion of program. CIA report also submitted to Congress today, reveals agency used bacteria against Nazi official Hjalmar Schacht during World War II, to keep him from attending economy conference
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Pappas, Ike
Duration:
00:02:20

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