By Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain
Acid desires is the full social historical past of LSD and the counterculture it helped to outline within the sixties. Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain's exhaustively researched and unbelievable account-part of it gleaned from mystery govt files-tells how the CIA turned enthusiastic about LSD as an espionage weapon in the course of the early l950s and introduced a big covert learn application, during which numerous unwitting voters have been used as guinea pigs. notwithstanding the CIA used to be rationale on protecting the drug to itself, it finally couldn't hinder it from spreading into the preferred tradition; right here LSD had a profound impression and helped spawn a political and social upheaval that modified the face of the United States. From the clandestine operations of the govt. to the escapades of Timothy Leary, Abbie Hoffman, Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, Allen Ginsberg, and so on, Acid desires presents a tremendous and pleasing account that is going to the center of a turbulent interval in our heritage. "Engaging all through . . . without delay enjoyable and disturbing." - Andrew Weil, M.D., The country; "Marvelously exact . . . loaded with startling revelations." - la day-by-day information; "An engrossing account of a interval . . . while a tiny psychoactive molecule affected virtually each element of Western life." - William S. Burroughs; "An vital ancient synthesis of the unfold and results of a drug that served as a relevant metaphor for an era." - John Sayles.
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I was attempting to put on, with a good cover story," he grumbled, "to test to see what would happen in subways, for example, when a cloud was laid down on a city. " Upon completion of their mission in November 1962, the Special Purpose Team was told to remain in Japan and wait for further instructions. Arrangements were made to extend their stay in the Pacific Theater for an additional sixty days so that they could travel to Saigon. " * 39 As it happened, however, LSD was much more effective by ingestion than by inhalation, and the Chemical Corps was unable to figure out an appropriate means for delivering the drug.
These experiments had been organized by George Hunter White, a tough, old-fashioned narcotics officer who ran a training school for American spies during World War II. Perhaps White would be interested in testing drugs for the CIA. As a matter of protocol Gottlieb first approached Harry Anslinger, chief of the Federal Narcotics Bureau. Anslinger was favorably disposed and agreed to "lend" one of his top men to the CIA on a part-time basis. Right from the start White had plenty of leeway in running his operations.
This precluded any possibility of using LSD as a large-scale battle weapon. Undaunted, the military surrealists and their industrial counterparts forged ahead in search of a drug and a delivery system that could do the job. During the early 1960s Edgewood Arsenal received an average of four hundred chemical "rejects" every month from the major American pharmaceutical firms. Rejects were drugs found to be commercially useless because of their undesirable side effects. Of course, undesirable side effects were precisely what the army was looking for.