“Gerald D. Klee dies.” is one of the top stories trending on the Internet Saturday.
The Los Angeles Times first reported the story Friday night in a headline that read, “Gerald D. Klee dies at 86; psychiatrist involved in Army LSD experiments
“In 1975, Klee confirmed reports that the University of Maryland had been involved in secret research in which soldiers were given the hallucinogenic drug in the 1950s.”
Klee was an LSD expert who participated in the experiments with the drug on volunteer US servicemen at military bases in the 1950s. Klee was 86.
The scientist died at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center after complications from surgery on Sunday.
Klee’s LSD experiments were conducted between 1956 and 1959 but were not confirmed until 1975 when Klee when Klee first spoke publicly about the experiments. He said that hundred of soldiers were given LSD in the chemical weapons experiments.
"A large proportion of the people who have gotten involved in research in this area have been harebrained and irresponsible — Timothy Leary being the most notorious example — and a lot of the stuff that has been published reflects that," Klee told the Baltimore Evening Sun in 1975.
"We didn't have any axes to grind, and the university's role was to conduct scientific experimentation," he said. "The interests of the University of Maryland group were purely scientific, and the military was just there."
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