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True history: U.S. dropped bubonic plague on North Korea as a weapon of mass destruction

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(NaturalNews) A 2013 bombshell book claims that during the Korean War, the United States employed germ warfare against North Korea and communist Chinese forces, claims that the government has denied for decades.

The book, This Must Be the Place: How the U.S. Waged Germ Warfare in the Korean War and Denied It Ever Since by Dave Chaddock, claims that U.S. forces air-dropped insects and bird feathers containing anthrax, cholera, encephalitis and bubonic plague.

"This was supposed to be a secret at the time, and the Chinese response of mass vaccinations and insect eradication probably contributed to the project's general failure (hundreds were killed, but not millions)," writes David Swanson in an Amazon.com review of the book. "But members of the U.S. military taken prisoner by the Chinese confessed to what they had been a part of, and confessed publicly when they got back to the United States."

A search of the National Security Archives maintained by The George Washington University turned up a few references to the claims made in Chaddock's book. According to one historical record, some 36 U.S. pilots who were shot down over the skies of North Korea were captured and subjected to horrendous torture involving sleep deprivation and other physical and psychological techniques.

"They are all lies"

During one filmed interrogation session, pilots were shown confessing to dropping "germ bombs" on North Korean and Chinese positions.

"Our two outboard wing bombs were germ bombs..." one pilot said in propaganda newsreel that was released worldwide by the North Korean government of Kim Il Sung.

The document cited a Washington Post story dated October 27, 1953 - an armistice ending hostilities between the two Koreas was signed that July - which reported on the alleged torture and abuse:

The United States declared today that Russians directed a Communist torture center where false confessions of germ warfare were wrung from United States fliers in Korea -- even after the armistice. ... Dr. Mayo said an interrogation center known as "Pak's Palace" near Pyongyang, North Korea, was staffed by Chinese and North Koreans but directed by Soviet personnel. "Many of our fliers were interrogated there by Soviet personnel," the Minnesota surgeon said. He told of a Kansas flier who refused to write a confession despite 180 hours of questioning directed by Russians. Dr. Mayo said United States fliers were reduced to a level lower than that of animals, and that the tortures were designed to be more terrible than medieval methods.

Another online document at the National Security Archives said the confessions were "lies":

During the Korean War, thousands of U.S. POWs are captured and physically tortured by communist forces. In addition to the physical abuse, 36 American airmen are held in isolation and mentally tortured. Using techniques such as sleep deprivation and exposure to the elements, North Korean and Communist Chinese interrogators elicit false confessions. In an elaborate propaganda campaign, the American POWs are forced to admit to the use of "germ bombs" targeting civilians. They are all lies.

Who is telling the truth?

However, in his book, Chaddock refutes the official narrative offered by the government and mainstream media of the day as "falsifications and lies and secrets," writes Jeffrey S. Kaye in a separate review of the book.

"The falsifications and lies and secrets propounded by the U.S. on the issue of its crimes has been going on for decades now," writes Kaye. "For instance, the U.S. populace did not learn of its government's post-war deal with Nazis, or its amnesty of the Japanese Imperial Army's Unit 731, until nearly 40 years had passed from the time of these events.

"If the book seems partisan at times, it is understandably the passion of someone outraged at what he has discovered -- just as many who have served in America's imperial wars returned home outraged, and too often broken, by what they had seen and endured," he writes.

Who is right? Other claims made by the book reviewers – that the U.S. carpet-bombed North Korean cities and forces – are backed up by historical record; could it be that the other claims of germ warfare are also correct?

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