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August 29 2013

The Surprising, Sordid Story of Sarin, Syria's Alleged Chemical Weapon - ABC News

The Surprising, Sordid Story of Sarin, Syria’s Alleged Chemical Weapon - ABC News

German chemists “discovered” the nerve agent, then called “Substance 146,” in 1938 while doing pesticide research. (That’s its molecular composition shown above.) It was named “Sarin” after the four researchers who developed it: Schrader, Ambros, Rüdiger and Van der L*in*de.

One of those inventors, Otto Ambros, became Hitler’s chief chemical weapons engineer and put Sarin into production for the Nazi war effort. Ambros (...) also oversaw the production of a government rubber plant at the Auschwitz concentration camp, using Jewish prisoners as labor. Many of the workers died on the job or were later put to death.

In 1948, he was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity at Nuremburg and sentenced to eight years in prison. One prosecutor, disgusted by the light sentence, wrote a book about Ambros and his colleagues titled “The Devil’s Chemists.” (...)

Ambros only served half of his prison sentence. After his release in 1951, he was whisked to the West to advise the U.S. Army on its own chemical weapons program — including Sarin.


August 10 2013

ABC News, 4 Août 2013

ABC News, 4 Août 2013

Greenwald: ... there is a 2011 opinion, 86 pages long from the FISA court, That ruled that much of what the NSA is doing which is spying on American citizens, is both unconstitutional in violation of the Fourth Amendment and illegal, a violation of the statute.

This opinion remains a complete secret. The FISA court has said they have no objection to having it released, but the Obama administration insists it has to be secret.

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