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The Pentagon released a document which confirms that the US government tested biological weapons on its own citizens.
This report was released to the media on October the 8th, one day after President Bush outlined the Administration's main justification for waging war against Iraq, namely Saddam Hussein's alleged programme of weapons of mass destruction including biological weapons.
No public outcry, and very little media coverage. The US government used biological weapons against its own citizens, but this was justified, it was for a good cause.
The US government is a threat to the security of civilians, not Saddam Hussein.
The DoD official Release can be consulted by clicking: Briefing on Cold War-era Chemical and Biological Warfare Tests
According to Dr. Leonard Horowitz (see text below), the use of biological weapons on US citizens was far more extensive than what was reported by the Pentagon.
Sandpoint, ID — A Harvard trained bioweapons expert has documented a political fraud with this week’s allegedly “new” release of Pentagon papers showing the testing of germ weapons and nerve gases on American civilians and military personnel during the 1960s. According to Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz, author of a national bestselling book in which the military documents were reprinted, these and other tests were extensively detailed as early as 1975 during a congressional investigation into the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) illegal storage and testing of such weapons of mass destruction.
As detailed in Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola—Nature, Accident or Intentional? (Tetrahedron Press; 1-888-508-4787) documentation showing the CIA, directing project MK:NAOMI— America’s top secret biological weapons program—had stockpiled deadly nerve gases and biologicals, and maintained intelligence on military experiments from the 1950s through, at least, the early 1970s. The illegal weapons cache included biologicals for anthrax, smallpox, tuberculosis, brucellosis, encephalitis ( a relative of the West Nile virus), salmonella food poisoning, and toxins that caused botulism and nerve paralysis.
Contrary to widely disseminated news reports this week, the documents show far more than four states disclosed by the Pentagon papers—Alaska, Florida, Utah and Hawaii—were exposed to weapons tests during the 1960s. Biological weapons test sites included the Food and Drug Administration Building, the National Airport, and the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Washington, DC. Some of these experiments deployed E.coli, strains of which currently threaten meat supplies. New York, NY was sprayed with Bacillus globigii—a bacteria that might have caused the elderly and immune compromised people to become ill.
In addition, the Congressional Record from 1977 cited numerous contracts administered by several universities and private laboratories engaged in the military’s “Biological Testing Involving Human Subjects by the Department of Defense, 1977.” According to the Hearings before the Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research investigating the Army’s secret experiments on American civilians and military personnel, two of these contracts were managed by a private company implicated in the earliest studies of the Ebola virus. Litton Bionetics Research Laboratories, which oversaw all of the cancer research and weapons testing programs at Fort Detrick in Maryland during a largely funded, little known, “Special Virus Cancer Program,” also developed other biological weapons including ones that combined simple flu viruses with leukemia viruses, apparently to test airborne leukemia. According to these documents, reprinted in Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola, this subsidiary of Litton Industries, routinely engaged in advanced biological weapons experiments using genetically modified viruses that produced profound immune system failure and the unique cancer complex, more than a decade later, named AIDS.
“There’s no doubt that human subjects in New York and central Africa were being used by these militarymedical industrialists to even test cancer and AIDS-like viruses during the late 1960s and early 1970s,” Dr. Horowitz said. “This recent Pentagon release and broad news coverage of it, smacks of a royal ruse. This information is not ‘news’ at all. It appears to be some form of propaganda and political agenda aimed at superficially exposing America’s culpability, along with Saddam Hussein’s, in exposing human populations to genocidal weapons.”
[For the official story see the AP report]
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SHOW: WORLD NEWS TONIGHT (06:30 PM ET) - ABC
October 9, 2002
USA WEAPONS EXPERIMENTS BIOLOGICAL, CHEMICAL WEAPONS COVERTLY TESTED ON AMERICANS
BODY: PETER JENNINGS, ABC NEWS
(Off Camera) Now, to John McWethy at the Pentagon today, because the US has been somewhat embarrassed today by a report released at the Pentagon about a legacy of the US military buildup during the Cold War. It's a report that may well be used by enemies of the United States today. The military admits that during the 1960s and '70s, it tested deadly chemical and biological weapons, including nerve gas, on military personnel without their consent. Here's ABC's John McWethy.
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JOHN MCWETHY, ABC NEWS
(Voice Over) Forty years ago, the US secretly sprayed American sailors and soldiers with nerve gas and biological toxins. The fear was the Soviet Union had these weapons in massive quantities, and the experiments were meant to test America's protective gear and how the poisonous agents reacted in the open air.
DOCTOR WILLIAM WINKENWERDER,
ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR HEALTH AFFAIRS
The tests were not conducted to evaluate the effects of dangerous agents on people. As such, they were not medical tests, but were operational tests of war-fighting capability. Nonetheless, people were involved.
(Voice Over) More than 5,000 sailors and 500 soldiers participated in these experiments. They often were not told what poisons they were working with, and used gas masks and protective clothing far below what would be considered safe today. The Pentagon today, for the first time, admitted it conducted some of these tests, not only on US ships, but also in the open air on American soil, in Hawaii, Alaska, Maryland, and Florida during the 1960s and early '70s.
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(Voice Over) Also in Canada and Great Britain. An unknown number of civilians were exposed, without their knowledge, to what the today Pentagon claimed were nonlethal agents.
REPRESENTATIVE MIKE THOMPSON,
DEMOCRAT, ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE
The tests happened some 40 years ago, the ones that we know about. And the Department of Defense buried this information.
(Voice Over) Jack Alderson, who now has cancer, participated as a tugboat captain in an experiment called "Project Shad," in which his boat was sprayed with deadly chemicals.
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER JACK ALDERSON,
RETIRED, US NAVY
I believe they're still withholding information. I'm very upset with the way the officers and men of "Project Shad" were treated, and actually, the information concerning them hidden.
(Off Camera) The government has now contacted more than a thousand of those who participated in these experiments. But they are still looking for another 4,000. They are trying, Peter, to find out if what they may have been exposed to four decades ago is causing them health problems today.
(Off Camera) Thank you, John. John McWethy at the Pentagon.
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