Report Suggests CIA Involvement In Fla. Illnesses - 1979-12-17
The CIA may have conducted open-air tests of whooping cough bacteria in Florida in the mid-1950's when state medical records show a whooping cough outbreak killed 12 persons, according to a Church of Scientology analysis of agency records.
The Scientologists said their examination of about 150 pages of financial records released in recent years by the Central Intelligence Agency indicates that the agency conducted at least one open-air biological test along Florida's Gulf Coast in 1955.
In a report the Scientologists are scheduled to make public today, the group said the CIA documents show that shortly before the test someone in the agency signed out a specimen of whooping cough bacteria known as Hemophilus pertussis from the Army's biological warfare center at fort Detrick, Md.