Monday, July 1, 2013


ACSI was also interested in advanced interrogation techniques, especially the use of drugs that the CIA and the Army Chemical Corps at Fort Detrich were experimenting with, including LSD.
A random Google serch for ACSI turned up the following excerpt from what appears to be a Church Committee summary report:
Re: THIRD CHANCE and DERBY HAT - “….make a net evaluation concerning the adoption of EA 1729 for future use as an effective and profitable aid in counterintelligence interrogations.” 
On the same day the ACSI requested that the CDC Commander revise regulation FM 30-17 to read in part:. . . in no instance will drugs be used as an aid to interrogations in counterintelligence or security operations without prior permission of the Department of the Army. Requests to use drugs as an investigative aid will be forwarded through intelligence channels to the OACSI, DA, for approval. . . .Medical research has established that information obtained through the use of these drugs is unreliable and invalid. . . .It is considered that DA [Army] approval must be a prerequisite for use of such drugs because of the moral, legal, medical and political problems inherent in their use for intelligence purposes. The subsequent adoption of this regulation marked the effective termination of field testing of LSD by the Army. The official termination date of these testing programs is rather unclear, but a later ACSI memo indicates that it may have occurred in September of 1963. On the 19th of that month a meeting was held between Dr. Van Sims (Edgewood Arsenal), Major Clovis (Chemical Research Laboratory), and ACSI representatives (General Deholm and Colonel Schmidt). “As a result of this conference a determination was made to suspend the program and any further activity pending a more profitable and suitable use.”
US Army Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence Records

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