Operation Paperclip (1945)
Right after World War 2, President Truman wanted to snag up all of the German scientists because they had all of the cool weapons and we didn’t want the Russians to have access to them. We had already brought in some Germans to help with the Manhattan Project – the building of the atom bomb, but we wanted more advancement. Truman stated that he didn’t want any Nazi party members or people who were influential in the war, but this was nearly impossible to fulfill. Government officials, working for a group called the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (a precursor to the CIA), circumvented the President and created false documents from the Nazi scientists.
Project F (1945)
Growing up we were all told that fluoride is good for our teeth. They add it to drinking water, it has to be good. I had read about different groups complaining in the 1950s about fluoride in our drinking water, but I thought they were all kooks. Turns out I was wrong! As it turns out, fluoride in our drinking water was the result of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). Program F was the largest and most extensive study on the effects of fluoride in human subjects, which is a key component in the making of nuclear bombs. Fluoride is one of the most toxic chemicals known to man and does some really bad stuff to your central nervous system. This information, however, has been largely pushed under the rug to keep our nuclear program going. From 1945-1956, the Department of Health used Newbury, New York as a testing ground for fluoride. The results are still classified. Fluoride exposure collects in the bones and also effects the brain. While it does have some benefit to our teeth, does this outweigh the hazards? Fluoride can be found in mouthwash, toothpaste, drinking water, and nuclear missiles.
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