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Volume 1: Unauthorized Storage of Toxic Agents
Volume 1 of the Church Committee Reports, like each of the 7 “volumes,”
consists of transcripts of hearings supplemented by documentary
exhibits. The subject of the hearings in this volume is the unauthorized
and illegal storage of toxic agents by the CIA for 5 years after
their destruction was ordered by President Nixon. These toxins,
stored at the Army’s Fort Detrick in Maryland, included anthrax
and tuberculosis bacteria, the encephalitus virus, salmonella, shellfish
toxin, the smallpox virus, and various other poisons and biological
warfare agents. Witnesses called to testify included CIA Director
William Colby, former CIA Director Richard Helms, Defense Department
employees, and the former Chief of the CIA’s Technical Services