CIAs heart attack gun could kill without a trace of damage left on victims

The CIA's alleged "heart attack gun" could kill "without a trace" of damage being left on its target.

Should the weapon โ€“ reportedly used by MLK agents in the 1970s โ€“ have existed then those on the receiving end of a deadly shot would find themselves in a state of trance before succumbing to what seems like a "heart attack".

The development of the weapon coincided with the Cold War and an attempt on the life of Fidel Castro planned out by the United States. Wild assassination plots were plentiful against the Cuban leader, with self-heating wetsuits also planned out.

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Whether the heart attack gun existed or not is up for debate, though expert Anthony Glees believes the weapon was indeed developed despite the flawed concept.

Speaking to the Daily Star, expert Glees said: "In my view, like so much of what the CIA dabbled in, the concept of the gun (developed by a very junior official) was flawed because the the assassin would have to get very near the target with a gun in their hand.

"Not only was this likely to be impossible unless there was a massive lapse of security around someone like Castro but the perpetrator would be easy to identify. An American assassin taking a pop at Castro would have been a major international incident and could indeed have led to a nuclear war given the protection Cuba was getting from the Soviet Union."

And, according to having reviewed congressional testimony, the gun would shoot a small poison dart to cause a heart attack โ€“ with the dart leaving nothing but a tiny red dot on the skin.

The site reported the poison dart would completely disintegrate upon entering the target, with lethal poison then rapidly entering the bloodstream and causing a heart attack.

Although there's contention over whether the heart attack gun existed, expert Glees did warn of it opening doors to other forms of chemical warfare.

He added: "There are many places one could see such weapons being used, e.g. Gaza or Ukraine. However, the big snag, the obvious snag, that like all chemical weapons if you use them, the enemy will use them back at you and the result would simply be a drug-induced stalemate. Still, an idea worth thinking of."

Other experiments on the likes of thermonuclear warfare were designed to "minimise the blast of an atom bomb but maximise the radiation", in other words to kill people inside a building but to leave the building itself intact.

"America continued to possess Neutron bombs until 1992 at the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union made the US authorities doubt it was tested. France tested this weapon in 1967 and in 1980, China in 1988."

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