“The most efficient accident, in simple assassination, is a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface.”
CIA assassination manual (1953)
“What Wormwood tries to do is tell a story about how we know what we know and how reliable is that knowledge.”
Errol Morris — Documentary Director
“You think that finding the answer to this is gonna restore the path of your own life. But how can it possibly do that if you’ve lost yourself along the way?”
Eric Olson (Wormwood)
Wormwood is a 2017 American six-part docudrama miniseries directed by Errol Morris and released on Netflix on December 15, 2017. The series follows a scientist who participates in a secret government biological warfare program.
In the final chapter, Seymour Hersh states that he believes the CIA murdered Frank Olson. Although, he has a source that backs up this story, Hersh refuses to speak out because the story would expose how his source acquired the necessary information.
Hersh claims he knows what Frank did that got him killed. But he does not reveal it. In this post, I suggest the most likely explanation. As always, your feedback is welcome!
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I agree with Eric Olson and Hersh Seymour. The death of Frank Olson was neither an accident — induced or not by LSD — nor a suicide. But Frank Olson was not merely murdered. I suggest that Olson was executed to prevent him from revealing an ugly truth.
I believe that Frank Olson knew that the US Military had used biological weapons in the Korean war. Moreover, I suspect that Frank Olson could prove it and he was about to reveal the truth. Therefore, the US government had “no choice” but to silence him in order to avoid a major international crisis.
Published in Japan in 2001, the book Rikugun Noborito Kenkyujo no shinjitsu — The Truth About the Army Noborito Institute — revealed that members of a covert section of the Imperial Japanese Army that took part in biological warfare during World War II also worked for the “chemical section” of a U.S. clandestine unit hidden within Yokosuka Naval Base during the Korean War as well as on projects inside the United States from 1955 to 1959.
“The United States and Biological Warfare: Secrets of the Early Cold War and Korea” — written by Stephen Endicott and Edward Hagerman — provides an in-depth analysis of the U.S. military use — and coverup — of biological weapons against the Korean and Chinese people during the Korean War of 1950-53.
Endicott and Hagerman conducted extensive archival research and interviews with Chinese, U.S., Canadian, Japanese, and British officials and civilians. They were the firsts to gain access to declassified U.S. records regarding the Korean War.
Endicott and Hagerman concluded that the U.S. Military had employed biological weapons whose use was banned by the 1925 Geneva Protocol.
Prof Masataka Mori — a professor of history at Shizuoka University in Japan, who has studied the activities for Unit 731 for many years — believes that a new investigation should be carried out and that it is time the US, China and both North and South Korea open up their archives and provide unfettered access to their documents.
“The use of germ weapons in war is a breach of the Geneva Convention and I think that is why they are refusing to admit the allegations.
The criterion for my judgment is not whether North Korea’s claim is correct or the American claim is right; the criterion is whether the incidents actually happened or not.
I went to North Korea and met people who had suffered the effects of germ warfare. They told me their stories, shedding tears and grimacing with anger. They told me what actually happened and I cannot question that.”
War document claiming U.S. use of biological warfare going up for auction
The full text of a report claiming the US military used biological weapons during the Korean War will soon be up for auction.
Kobay, Korea′s largest art and antiques auction company， said Tuesday… filmmaker Lim Jong－tae is selling the document after having acquired it in 2013 from a bookstore in England.
The so－called Needham report contains photos， maps and testimony from American POWs that biological weapons developed from Japanese research were used during the war.
It was filed in 1952 and was thought to have been discarded. US psychologist Jeffrey Kaye posted a 64－page version of the 670－page document online in January.
The US maintains it did not use biological weapons during the Korean War.
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