America and Biological Warfare

Oppose Bacteriological Warfare was made in 1952, and this documentary film alleged that the US was using biological weapons during the Korean War. The question of whether this is true or not is still unresolved…

The film alleges that following American air-raids, large quantities of germ-infected agents were found on the ground, which then led to outbreaks of plague, encephalitis and pulmonary anthrax and hemorrhagic meningitis, all of which were previously unknown in the region.

Some say that this film is all just a Communist hoax, as it was made by China along with North Korea. Other assessments provide a different picture.

Consider the following:

• In 1952, the CIA worked closely with the U.S. Army Bacteriological Warfare Laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland, to develop biological weapon agents and delivery systems.

• From 1950 through to 1966, the US Army conducted live bacteria experiments and tests in eight cities and bases in the United States, without the general public knowing anything about it.

• There were Chinese and Korean witnesses who saw these biological weapons’ air attacks.

• There were the confessions of 19 American airmen who admitted to dropping biological weapons.

• There is the strange murder of Frank Olson who worked in bio-weapons. Netflix did a biopic on him called, Wormwood.

• The report of the International Scientific Commission (ISC), led by Joseph Needham concluded that the US indeed use biological weapons against China and North Korea, during the Korean War.

The best reference for this is Stephen Endicott and Edward Hagerman book-length study, United States and Biological Warfare: Secrets from the Early Cold War and Korea.

Thus, the allegations of this documentary film from 1952 are not so easily dismissed, especially the question of “germ warfare” by the US during the Korean War remains open.