The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel was today reported as consulting lawyers in Washington for legal action against a right-wing telephone message service which broadcast propaganda taped telephone messages that the drug LSD has been smuggled into the United States from the Institute. A spokesman for the Weizmann Institute here said "there is not a cintilla of truth in the outrageous broadcast."
The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith charged this weekend that the message service, which operates under the name "Let Freedom Ring," is circulating a "scurrilous and libelous" attack against the Weizmann Institute. The ADL will meet this week to consider action against the ultra right-wing service.
"Let Freedom Ring" messages were established by Dr. William C. Douglass, a physician of Sarasota, Fla., who is a member of the John Birch Society. These messages have attacked former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President Kennedy, the late Adlai E. Stevenson, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Chief Justice Earl Warren and Senator Jacob K. Javits. The current message, according to the ADL, links LSD with Communism and suggests that if a quantity of LSD were placed in a central water supply "a metropolis could suddenly become a city of fools totally incapable of reason as to invasion or sabotage and not really caring."
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