Is U.S. Government Using LSD for Interrogations?

By | October 17, 2006

Is US Government Using LSD for Interrogations

In a new court filing on behalf of alleged dirty bomber Jose Padilla, his lawyers allege that government interrogators forced him to take LSD, Gerstein reported.

“Additionally, Padilla was given drugs against his will, believed to be some form of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) or phencyclidine (PCP), to act as a sort of truth serum during his interrogations,” he quotes the filing.

Now, There are some important details that aren’t explained: Padilla’s lawyers don’t say what effects the prisoner reported to make them conclude it was LSD or PCP, nor do they report how many times such a drug or drugs were administered. And as any self-respecting child of the D.A.R.E era knows, LSD and PCP typically produce wildly different behavior (neither of which is particularly helpful if you’re trying to get information out of someone).

Still — if their charge is accurate, it’s disturbing and bizarre. – muck

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