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HERE WE GO AGAIN...
By Geoff Metcalf
August 4, 2003
Agent Orange, Gulf War Illness, and now�.?
Associated Press reports, "The Army is trying to figure out what is causing a rash of serious pneumonia cases, including two fatalities, among soldiers serving in Iraq." A team of specialists have been sent to Iraq to investigate over a dozen cases of pneumonia sufficiently serious to put the soldiers on ventilators to breathe and to be evacuated from the area.
The Army reports that two soldiers have died, nine recovered and three are still hospitalized. Is this normal? The Army Surgeon General says, given the number of troops deployed, 100 cases "do not exceed expectations."
Maybe�But who's expectations and based on what data?
For at least 72 years our government has engaged in highly questionable (unethical) medical experimentation. The same kind of stuff they make movies out of and that we have vilified the Japanese and Germans for doing, our government has done (and arguably continues to do).
I wrote about The Mushroom Policy back in January but it bears repeating.
It is easy to "pooh-pooh" any "mad scientists" suggestion as mere "conspiracy theory" hogwash. However, a litany of FACTS should disabuse a reasonable person of the conspiratorial fiction line when you review history.
Washington Post Matriarch the Late Katherine Graham once said, "We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know, and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows."
The list is too long to chronicle but here is an incomplete (edited) generational overview:
Benjamin Franklin said, "A nation of well informed men, who have been taught to know and prize the rights that God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins!"
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"Benjamin Franklin said, "A nation of well informed men, who have been taught to know and prize the rights that God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins!"