Operation Paperclip: That Time The US Employed Nazi Scientists [Pics]

Submitted by: lalapancakes 1 year ago in News & Politics
 

Operation Paperclip hid Nazi scientists (many photographed above) in plain view of the American people. The program was designed in 1946 by President Truman with the interest of beating Russia to the punch in developing a lead in high tech weaponry and general technology. The “program [was] designed to bring selected German scientists to work for the United States during the Cold War. However, Truman expressly forbade anyone found to have been ‘a member of the Nazi party and more than a nominal participant in its activities, or an active supporter of Nazism.’”

Unfortunately and predictably, instead of vetting and rejecting war criminals, the War Department’s Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency cleaned Nazi records turning virtual monsters into average John Q. Public’s so they could become wholesome American citizens serving in the ranks of NASA, U.S. Army Chemical Corps, the Air Force and Army, and other areas concerning national security.

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“Defenders of Project Paperclip cite achievements such as the moon rockets and jet planes as positive products of postwar research in our country. But what Paperclip's defenders fail to mention is the shockingly inhumane psychochemical experimentation conducted on over 7,000 U.S. soldiers under the project.

Edgewood Arsenal, located near Baltimore, Md., is the most secret military base in the country. Paperclip scientists worked there between 1947 and 1966 conducting experiments on human beings. Initially, their main efforts were to test the poison gases that had been invented by the Nazis during the war. Soon, the testing turned to LSD and other mind-control agents. Nazi science that was reminiscent of concentration camp experimentation was used as the basis for research in the United States on humans.”

Photos: Radio Valencia

There are 12 comments:
Male 2,178
...As a result, many Nazis are in government today....
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Male 4,082
Why is this directed solely at the US? The entire world was doing it's best to snatch up the german scientists, not simply the US.
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Male 1,173
If you enjoy a large amount of our current medical procedures, telecommunication, transportation and entertainment technologies you should thank Operation Paperclip.
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Male 38,774
WORD
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Male 38,774
I have never understood the problem with this. They weren't the Nazi planners. They just worked for their government as we did ours. When the war was over they worked for our governments. It's not as though they put Josef Mengele in charge of a children's hospital.
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Male 3,714
Did anyone not know about this? I suppose people who believe in the aliens in Area 51 have their own ideas. This is how we got the stealth bomber
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Male 186
And without operation paperclip the US would never have gone to the moon... (And there is a whole host of other things "made in America" that are in reality "made by former members of the Nazi party, but let's not talk about that")
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Male 38,418
And America, UK and France ran concentration camps during and after the war, killing around 1 million, mostly Germans. Never mind what the Soviet union did before, during and after: usually to their own citizens!! There is blood on everyone's hands after a global war, it is a crime to try to cover it up and forget. :-( There were very real progresses made by Nazi "experiments" which we cannot un-learn. They tested thing on humans that were absolutely immoral and horrific, almost always for idiotic ideas. >>> But treating hypothermia properly (for example) was largely discovered by Nazis, using the worst methods one can imagine: subjecting people to freezing temperatures as if they were lab rats, and seeing which revival method killed the fewest of them. Horrific, but to refuse to use that knowledge would mean all those innocents died in vain. To forget what happened would be a second atrocity, knowledge is power.
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Male 5,890
"Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it."
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Male 38,774
I look forward to another reformation.
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Male 3,523
And we damn well better know, admit and understand that our government today would do the same thing and worse if it benefited them in any way no matter which of these illustrious “major parties” are in charge.
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Male 1,255
Not like the old regime ever left office either I think Nazism is alive and well in our local and federal government
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