The truth about these scientist's pasts were eventually exposed and the secrets of the operation were revealed (mostly). Americans were outraged. The men who had revolutionized the United States' scientific, technological, and medical communities were convicted war criminals. The public was shocked that the government tried to whitewash the horrific crimes of these men in order to exploit their knowledge. The nation faced a tough decision: to accredit and honor these men for their service to the United States or discredit them and their work. For example, every year debates continue to arise about whether or not Strughold's award should still stand, considering he oversaw the torture of prisoners. The debates and controversies which emerged after this revelation continue today. The United States government justified their actions as necessary for the preservation of democracy; but, our nation was founded on the principles of justice and equality and by integrating these Nazi scientists into our society, we allowed the fear of Communism to cloud our judgement and poison our morals.