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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?
Are expectations based on forecasting statistics for depleted uranium munitions exposure?
• Or assorted vaccines?
Are the pneumonia incidents routine?
Or statistical anomalies?

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:

The 30s:
Starting in at least 1931 "Dr. Cornelius Rhoads, under the auspices of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Investigations, infects human subjects with cancer cells."
In 1932 there was the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study.
Three years later The Pellagra Incident.

The 40s:
In 1942 Chemical Warfare Services started mustard gas experiments on approximately 4,000 servicemen.
A few years later "Program F" is the most extensive U.S. study of the health effects of fluoride, which was the key chemical component in atomic bomb production.
In 1947 the CIA started to study LSD as a potential weapon for use by American intelligence. Human subjects (both civilian and military) are used with and without their knowledge.

The 50s:
One of the most outrageous experiments was conducted in 1950. The purpose was to determine how susceptible an American city would be to biological attack. To find out the U.S. Navy sprayed a cloud of bacteria from ships over San Franciso. Many residents become ill with pneumonia-like symptoms.
A year later the Department of Defense began open air tests using disease-producing bacteria and viruses. Tests last through 1969.

The 60s:
In 1960 The Army Assistant Chief-of-Staff for Intelligence authorized field testing of LSD in Europe and the Far East.
Five years later prisoners at the Holmesburg State Prison in Philadelphia were subjected to dioxin, the highly toxic chemical component of Agent Orange used in Viet Nam.

The 70s:
In 1977 Senate hearings on Health and Scientific Research confirmed that 239 populated areas had been contaminated with biological agents between 1949 and 1969. Some of the areas included
o San Francisco
o Washington, D.C.
o Key West
o Panama City
o Minneapolis
o St. Louis.

The 80s:
A 1986 report to Congress revealed that the U.S. Government's (then) current generation of biological agents included: modified viruses, naturally occurring toxins, and agents that are altered through genetic engineering to change immunological character and prevent treatment by all existing vaccines.

The 90s:
In 1990 over 1500 six-month old black and hispanic babies in Los Angeles are given an "experimental" measles vaccine that had never been licensed for use in the United States. Parents were never informed that the vaccine being injected to their children was experimental.
Another report was issued in 1994 by Senator John D. Rockefeller issues a report revealing that for at least 50 years the Department of Defense has used hundreds of thousands of military personnel in human experiments and for intentional exposure to dangerous substances.
Just six years ago eighty-eight members of Congress signed a letter demanding an investigation into bioweapons use & Gulf War Syndrome.

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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