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Norway conducted LSD tests on babies

2000-09-04 14:20

Oslo - Norwegian researchers in the 1950s and 1960s used children with German fathers to test the effects of the powerful hallucinogen LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), according to news reports on Monday.

At least 10 so-called war babies, the offspring of occupying German soldiers during the Second World War, were used as guinea pigs along with psychiatric patients and others in experiments to test LSD as a mind control drug, the Olso newspaper Dagsavisen wrote.

The LSD experiments were allegedly carried out by the pharmacological institute at Oslo University, the army's technical weapons corps and the US Central Intelligence Agency CIA.

The claim was made in connection with a compensation suit being brought against the Norwegian state by more than 50 offspring of German fathers.

The full extent of the LSD testing on humans is not known, but at least three or four died as a direct result of the experiments, the newspaper said.

During the early Cold War period the CIA saw LSD as a promising mind control drug with possible military applications, and the agency supported research to this end in a number of countries, according to declassified documents.

Randi Hagen Spydevold, the lawyer representing the victims, called on the state to go through its archives to find documentation on the case.

"Now that the Americans have opened their files on the case, there should not be any reason for Norway to keep its files closed," Spydevold was quoted as saying. - Sapa-DPA