In addition to the celebrated 11 gm. of deadly shellfish toxin and 8 mg. of lethal cobra venom, the CIA stockpiled eight substances that can kill people and 27 others that will temporarily incapacitate them. A sampling, drawn from an inventory that was made public last week at a hearing conducted by the Senate committee investigating the agency:
COLCHICINE. Paralyzes muscles, leading to asphyxiation.
STRYCHNINE. Commonly found in rat poison; kills by causing convulsions and failure of the central nervous system.
CYANIDE L-PILLS. Carried by agents in World War II; blocks the absorption of oxygen by the body's cells, resulting in an agonizing death...