In 1975 a congressional hearing revealed the CIA had numerous top-secret weapons including a gun that became known as the “CIA heart attack gun.”
In 1975 Congress investigated the CIA out of concern that former President Nixon may have used the CIA in an abuse of his powers. Nixon had resigned from office the previous year on August 9, 1974, fearing impeachment amidst the Watergate scandal. One revelation from the Congressional hearings was that the CIA had a secret assassination weapon otherwise known as the “heart attack gun”.
According to a video interview with Mary Embree, a former CIA employee, she was asked to help develop an “ice gun”. The CIA asked her to help find a poison which when administered would mimic a heart attack in a person but remain undetectable.
She said the heart attack gun reportedly could pierce through clothing, leaving no signs of impact on the skin except a small red dot. The targeted person would feel nothing beyond a slight sting, comparable to a mosquito bite.
In the 1998 video interview Embree said, “The poison was frozen into some sort of dart and then it was shot at very high speed into the person. When it reached the person it would melt inside them, and there would be a tiny red dot on their body, which was hard to detect. There wouldn’t be a needle or anything like that left in the person.”
The weapon, a modified Colt 1911, was mentioned during the infamous Church Committee probe in 1975, officially known as the United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence activities. The investigation lasted nine months.
Footage from the probe in 1975 has gone viral in recent years, after being shared by historians and “conspiracy theorists”.