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Re: BW Controversy
I'm coming into this a bit late, but perhaps I can add a bit of perspective on the allegations that the US used BW during the Korean War.
During my research for Apollo's Warriors (see below my sig block) I was on a government contract, cleared to research Korean War subjects in both DOD and CIA databases, up to the Top Secret level. Which I did. I mention this only because it is extremely rare for any author to have access to classified data for the purpose of having such data declassified for subsequent publication. Which I also did.
While I would never claim to have read a fraction of the billions of classified documents relating to that war, I can tell you that my research focused on intelligence and special operations subjects, and never once did I come across so much as a hint that the US even considered the use of BW. Nukes, yes (as we know); BW, no.
What I did come across was a never-ending, predictably shrill, and crude communist propaganda campaign to persuade the world that the US was in fact using BW. In March 51, MacArthur sent BrigGen/Dr. Crawford Sams behind enemy lines to check out these propaganda claims, as the communists for once were being specific about a locale. Escorted by CIA guerrillas, the Dr. examined many sick North Koreans (this was near Wonsan), learning that they were suffering from hemorrhagic smallpox; the kind of epidemic one would expect to see following the breakdown of North Korea's already primitive public health system. Sams presented his finding to the UN, which put a temporary--and only temporary--halt to the communist bullshit re: BW.
There must still be some juicy secrets left to tell about that war, but US-use of BW isn't going to be one of them. Regards.
Col. Mike Haas, USAF, ret., author
Apollo's Warriors: US Air Force Special Operations during the Cold War
In the Devil's Shadow: UN Special Operations during the Korean War