A senator on the Committee investigating the CIA has suggested that the US Defence Department might have disobeyed a Presidential order to destroy lethal biological poisons by transferring them to the CIA.
SV Army senior researcher, takes oath and sits in front of Senate Committee (2 shots)
CU Shantz listens to question and replies.
SV Senators seated
CU Former Army Project Officer, Senseney at microphone (2 shots)
CU Senseney speaks
SV & CU Senators seated (3 shots)
CU Committee Chairman Church speaking (3 shots)
SV PAN Senator at table
SEQ. 2: SHANTZ: "Will you translate that into number of people killed per gram?"
"Well, if it was two tenths of a milligram there would be sufficient for five thousand people".
"And if you had seven grams that would be 55 thousand people?"
SHANTZ: "Yes, that's correct".
SEQ. 5: SENSENEY: "You can make a button from biological materials and place it in such a way that you can actually put it on your shirt, your coat, button it up, you can walk into another country with a starter for coming up with a biological agent."
SEQ. 7: CHURCH: "Above all, it emphasises the necessity for improved mechanisms of accountability, all the way from the White House to the outer branches of the intelligence establishments."
This film is serviced with an English Commentary and comments made to the Senate Committee by Senior Army Researcher Dr. Edward Shantz and Mr. Sensene.
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Background: A senator on the Committee investigating the CIA has suggested that the US Defence Department might have disobeyed a Presidential order to destroy lethal biological poisons by transferring them to the CIA.
Senator Walter Mondale said this during the last day of the Washington investigation on intelligence activities on Thursday (18 September). It was prompted by the discovery of a cache of poisons held by the CIA in defiance of an order to destroy them.
The Committee has heard evidence from leading CIA members, including the past and present directors. On Thursday they heard evidence from Charles Senseney, a former army project officer.
He denied any knowledge of the poisons being transferred but he did describe various ways in which the poisons were used.
Mr. Senseney also gave evidence that the US Army had conducted simulated experiments to determine whether germ warfare could destroy the White House, the Pentagon and New York city.
The purpose of the experiments was to determine what measures the US could take if an enemy introduced lethal biological agents into key areas, he said.