A once-classified U.S. Chemical Corps history, obtained by the Deseret News through a Freedom of Information Act request, reveal the Army used humans to test the drug LSD as a possible weapon.
The history leaves unclear whether the LSD testing occurred at Dugway or another Army facility.It says that in 1956, "the Army approved a corps plan to ascertain the effects of K-agents (chemicals including LSD) on human volunteers. . . .
"One of the most interesting investigations was carried out to see if the drug (LSD) would affect a squad of men who were undergoing routine training. First the squad was given the drug. The leader, however, did not receive the compound.
"The men paid little attention to their leader's commands. Their motions were slow, they were quite happy and unconcerned with the leader's attempt to drill them.
"In the second experiement, the squad leader as well as the men received the drug. When an officer told the leader to drill the men, he refused and told the officer to do it himself. The entire group laughed and joked. When the officer told the squad leader to leave the field, he refused and had to be escorted away."