National Affairs: GERM WARFARE: FORGED EVIDENCE

Since the Russian purges of the late '30s, the civilized world has marveled uneasily at Communist ability to extract confessions from Communist victims. In the last months of the Korean war, Chinese Communist propaganda began distributing motion pictures and tape recordings of detailed confessions by U.S. airmen—mature, trained Air Force and Marine officers—that they had participated in germ warfare in North Korea. The recent return of these ex-prisoners offers the U.S. the best chance it has ever had to understand some Communist techniques for destroying truth.

Last week the Defense Department released a...

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