From page 1 of Affidavit by U.S. Attorney Robert H. Schnacke in sedition trial of John W. Powell, Sylvia Powell, and Julian Schuman, 6 January 1959. Source: National Archives, Kansas City, MO

True crime devotees are familiar with the concept of the “cold case,” which Oxford Languages defines as “an unsolved criminal investigation which remains open pending the discovery of new evidence.” Allegations from China and North Korea that the U.S. used biological weaponry (BW) during the Korean War is an example of just such a cold case.

I recently obtained from the National Archives an affidavit from assistant U.S. attorney Robert H. Schnacke. The sworn statement was filed during a controversial 1950s trial prosecuting the editorial staff of China Monthly Review for sedition for reporting on the controversy over whether the…

Awhile back, as I was still trying to put together an understanding of the charges of use of U.S. biological weaponry during the Korean War, one well-known scholar wrote to me (bold added for emphasis), “I have spent quite a bit of time and effort investigating the various and multiple allegations of BW, CW and other atrocities brought forward by the North Koreans and Chinese during the Korean War. …

The Ptinus fur beetle, also known as the Whitemarked Spider Beetle, alleged to be used as an insect vector for delivery of anthrax spores during the Korean War (picture from the report of International Scientific Commission, 1952)

The following article provides shocking details and facts about the U.S. biological warfare campaign undertaken during the Korean War, and in particular, the use of anthrax as a biological weapon against China, which had entered the Korean War in late 1950.

Most of what has been published in the U.S. about this in subsequent years is filled with disinformation, or mere dismissal of the charges. Those involved in covering up U.S. germ warfare counted on the suppression of evidence surrounding the covert campaign of biological weaponry attack.

It’s taken nearly 70 years, but two events have changed all that. First…

Cover art for CIA pamphlet release in 2013, in public domain

“Bacteria bombs,” poisoned water, planes dropping contaminated flies, fleas and other insects, two nations grappling to understand and adapt to an attack by an unseen enemy, in the context of an epic war with the United States and allied countries that would kill millions… this is the hitherto untold story of what germ warfare looked like to those who were attacked, from documents kept secret for over 60 years!

In February 2013, the CIA posted over 1300 items online as part of their earlier “Baptism by Fire” document release commemorating the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War…

Photo of “Islamic Cemetery” at Navbase GTMO, by Jason Leopold, September 24, 2014, used by permission — Link

A newly declassified document, obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, confirms that weeks after Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo started to receive detainees, Department of Defense officials expected some of these prisoners to die. Camp authorities were also informed that burial at the U.S.-run naval base in Cuba was “authorized for detainees.”

According to a February 4, 2002 directive to Camp X-Ray from the Mortuary Affairs division at Guantanamo’s new JTF-160 medical department, “As a consequence of disease, battle injury, and non-battle injury it is assumed that some loss of life may occur among detainees.”

U.S. government photo of Robert Mueller

Over the past year, a series of revelations at the 9/11 Military Commissions (M.C.) proceedings at Guantanamo have exposed the fact the FBI worked far more closely with the CIA on the tortured confessions of “black site” detainees than we had heretofore known.

The revelations culminated in an admission via a new declassification in the M.C. trials that contrary to what was previously thought or asserted, the FBI under the leadership of then-director Robert Mueller had, according to a September 19, 2019 New York Times report, “assigned agents to the [CIA] black site program.”

Furthermore, the FBI “sent hundreds of…

Camp 6, Guantanamo, where Haji Naseem was held for part of his captivity. U.S. government photo in public domain.

Torture, secret confessions and recantations, an ominous email, a mysterious death, a detainee found hanging in a recreation yard outside his cell in the middle of the night — this is the story of the sixth man said to have died from suicide at Guantanamo on May 18, 2011.

Up until now, his story has gone totally untold. Even the location of the camp inside Gitmo where he died was kept secret for years. What follows is an in-depth examination into what really happened.

The narrative is largely based on an Army report that is mandated after a serious event…

C-SPAN [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

On January 8, Carol Rosenberg at the Miami Herald reported that Trump’s CIA Director Gina Haspel had possibly been Chief of Base at a CIA black site at Guantanamo in 2003 and/or 2004.

The revelation was drawn from a redacted transcript of a classified 9/11 military commissions hearing on November 16, 2018. The redacted transcript of that meeting quoted Rita Radostitz, a defense attorney for Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM), as saying Haspel was “chief of base” at Guantanamo during the time her client had been held in a CIA black site at the Cuba-based facility.

According to Rosenberg, “Chief of…

“CIA Extraordinary Rendition and Detention Program — countries involved in the Program,” according to the Open Society Foundation. Originally posted here, reproduced by terms of license, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported

A major aspect of the CIA’s detention and interrogation operations has been purposefully hidden from view, primarily due to secrecy guidelines that make it illegal for anyone “read into” the program to reveal even its very existence.

Recent declassified documents make clear that there was not one, but two CIA torture programs. These programs used different interrogation techniques, responded to different bureaucracies within the CIA, and had very different levels of oversight.

This article reveals for the first time a crucial untold aspect of the story behind the construction and development of the CIA’s torture programs, such as we can…

USP Florence ADMAX — Photo: Bureau of Prisons

The super-maximum security or administrative maximum (ADX) federal prison in Florence, Colorado is widely considered the most remote, the harshest, the most punishing prison in America. Its prisoners include Ted Kaczynski (the “Unibomber”), purported 9/11 would-be terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, “shoe-bomber” Richard Reid, and many other political and convicted terrorist prisoners.

According to former ADX prisoner Eli Hager, “It’s just the harshest place you’ve ever seen. Nothing living, not so much as a blade of grass anywhere.”

“My cell was all concrete. Every single thing, made out of concrete. …

Jeffrey Kaye

Psychologist (retired), blogger, author of "Cover-up at Guantanamo"

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